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Catholic principal accused of loitering for prostitution

  [2007 October - Mr Schum -NEW*] - Roman Catholic Church (RCC). "Woman" loitering for prostitution, or for Hallowe'en? United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Courier-Journal, www.courier- journal.com/ apps/pbcs. dll/article? AID=/ 20071031/ ZONE07/ 71031050 , By Charlie White, cwhite@courier-journal.com , October 31, 2007
   LOUISVILLE (KY) – The principal of a Catholic high school in Bardstown received a citation from Louisville Metro Police on Halloween Eve after they allegedly spotted him dressed like a woman in an alley in the Russell neighborhood.
   Paul A. Schum, 50, of the 5100 block of Maryview Drive in Louisville, was cited Tuesday for loitering with the purpose of prostitution, according to police records.
   Schum, the principal at Bethlehem High School, was wearing an all black leather outfit with fishnet stockings and a pair of fake women’s breasts, the records show. [more follows]
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Series starts: www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethicscontents.htm   Visit www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker . These are digests of and links to mass media and other coverage of clergy abuse. Get fuller details by trying the links.
   Schum requested personal leave from his post at the school pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement yesterday from the Archdiocese of Louisville, which oversees the school. Schum denies the allegation, the statement said. (This is the first item of Abuse Chronology: http://www. multiline. com.au/~ johnm/ethics/ ethcont142. htm , and of the Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abusetracker , A Blog by Kathy Shaw, for Thu November 01, 2007.)

Sex charges against priest dismissed

  [~ 2001 Dohey cleared] - RCC. Girl. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Newfoundland and Labrador (Canadian province) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   CBC News, November 01, 2007
   CANADA -- A judge in Newfoundland and Labrador has dismissed sex-related charges against a Roman Catholic priest.
   Wayne Dohey, 45, was charged last year with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
  [Picture] Criminal charges against Wayne Dohey, shown in a 1997 image, have been dismissed. (CBC).   
   At a hearing Thursday in Grand Bank, provincial court Judge Harold Porter dismissed both charges.
   The charges were laid after a woman in her 20s complained about alleged incidents that occurred when she was 14. At the time, Dohey was working as a parish priest on the Burin Peninsula. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 1, 2007 10:09 PM]

Las Vegas priest sentenced to prison for attack on woman...

  [2007 Chaanine*] - RCC. 4-12yrs prison. Fondled, choked, smashed wine bottle over head of "loved" woman. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   KXMB, www.kxmb.com/News/176902.asp , ~ November 01, 2007
   LAS VEGAS (NV), (AP) A Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for attacking a woman in a Las Vegas church office and smashing a wine bottle over her head.
   The Reverend George Chaanine (shah-NEEN') denied he sexually assaulted the woman and offered an apology and a rambling statement about his feelings for her before he was taken away in handcuffs.
   The woman sang in the Our Lady of Las Vegas church choir and had been hired by Chaanine as the parish events coordinator. She testified that the attack caused her to lose faith in the church. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 1, 2007 9:54 PM]

Anglican Church doesn't understand sex abuse impact: victim

  [1970s Sharwood*] - Anglican. Boy. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au  Queensland (Australian State) flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au 
   ABC, By Michael Edwards, November 1, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- A man sexually assaulted by an Anglican clergyman says he is incredulous that his abuser has not automatically been stripped of his status as a minister.
   Robert Francis Sharwood was found guilty last year of sexually abusing the then 13-year-old boy hundreds of times when he was working at a Brisbane diocese in the 1970s.
   Sharwood is set to be released from prison shortly and the Anglican Church is considering whether he can remain in the ministry.

Hindu priest cleared of sex charges

  - Hindu. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   This is Hertfordshire, By Court Reporter, ~ November 01, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Hindu priest has been cleared of sexually assaulting two girls and their mothers.
   Priest Bharat Vyas, 55, of Baytree Road, Streatham, had denied all five counts of sexually assaulting the two women and the girls, aged 12 and 15, at a trial at Croydon Crown Court.
   The jury acquitted Vyas of assaulting the two mums and the younger girl but could not reach verdicts on the two allegations relating to the older girl.
   He was acquitted of the final charges today after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to apply for a retrial.

Split Supreme Court tosses sex conviction of ex-priest

  [ 2005 Bussmann*] - RCC. 2 women. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Worthington Daily Globe, The Associated Press, Thursday, November 01, 2007
   ST. PAUL (MN) -- A split Minnesota Supreme Court has awarded a new trial to a former priest convicted of sexually abusing women he was counseling.
   John Bussmann is serving a nearly six-year sentence at the state prison in Moose Lake.
   The former Roman Catholic priest was convicted in Hennepin County in 2005 of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for his sexual relationships with two women in his congregation.
   Bussmann, now 53, maintained that the sex was consensual. But he was tried under a law that makes it a crime for clergy to engage in sexual penetration with a person receiving private religious or spiritual advice.

Criminal investigation of closed school continues

  [1970s-1997 - Grenville Christian College* (Community of Jesus)] - Anglican. Sexual, physical, psychological. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Anglican Journal, Nov 1, 2007
   CANADA -- The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has launched a criminal investigation into allegations of abuse of students at Grenville Christian College, a recently-closed private school in Brockville, in eastern Ontario.
   The allegations of psychological and physical abuse, some dating back to the 1970s, involve staff and two priests from the diocese of Ontario.
   The diocese earlier launched its own investigation as the priests were under the jurisdiction of the diocesan bishop, but it has stated that Grenville was not an Anglican school. But former students dispute the diocese’s claim, citing the frequent attendance at school ceremonies by senior Anglican dignitaries, the former headmasters who were Anglican clergy and compulsory Anglican worship in the school’s chapel.
   George Bruce, the diocesan bishop, has met with former students who have filed formal complaints to the diocese to discuss the specifics of their allegations. He has also met the priests accused of wrongdoing to hear their response to the allegations.

Police reviewing case of B.C. priest who admitted misconduct

  [Antonio Osorio*] - Anglican. (Promoted same-sex unions). Woman. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Colombia flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Anglican Journal, Staff, Nov 1, 2007
   CANADA -- Victoria police are investigating an admission of sexual misconduct made by a priest from the diocese of British Columbia who resigned on Sept. 15.
   Rev. Antonio Osorio, former rector of St. Saviour’s church, was a prominent cleric in the Victoria-based diocese when he stepped down from his parish position.
   “It’s not anything to do with kids,” Sgt. Grant Hamilton of Victoria West police told the Times Colonist newspaper. “The church notified the department about the priest’s relationship with an adult female. We’re just reviewing the information. We’re trying to determine if there is something of a criminal nature.”

Convicted priest jailed on probation violation

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   ABC 7, By Paul Meincke, November 1, 2007
   ELKHORN, Wis.-- It has been 20 months since Fr. Donald McGuire was convicted of sexually abusing two young men in the 1960s. Although sentenced to seven years, the former Jesuit priest has been allowed to remain free on bond while he appeals.
   "I'm praying for everybody, myself. I'm at the age where prayer is more important than anything else. So that's what we're doing, OK?" said McGuire.
   McGuire returned to court Thursday to argue that his original trial lawyer did an inadequate job and that the abuse claims occurred so long ago that they're no longer legally valid.
   The judge did not agree and denied McGuire's request for a new trial. But within minutes of that decision, the county sheriff deputies arrested the 77-year-old McGuire and took him to jail for what was said to be a probation violation.
   McGuire's attorney was furious.

Priest jailed after appeal motion denied

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys.
   Janesville Gazette, By MIKE HEINE, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007
   ELKHORN (WI) – The Rev. Donald J. McGuire is in jail and will have to go to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals if he wishes to overturn a conviction on nearly 40-year-old child molestation charges.
   Minutes after Walworth County Judge James Carlson denied every defense motion requesting a new trial, McGuire, 77, was arrested on a warrant for a probation violation.
   Defense attorney Robert Hanek was stunned.
   “The timing on this is extremely suspicious,” Hanek said. “It follows the big media circus. Especially given that the (probation) agent in Illinois said there wasn’t any problem, it’s very, very suspicious.”
   Moments before the arrest, Hanek told Carlson that McGuire was following all requirements of his Illinois Department of Corrections probation agent. McGuire is living at 9501 New England Ave., Oak Lawn, Ill.

Priest Gets Prison in Attack on Woman

  [2007 Chaanine*] - RCC. 4-12yrs prison. Fondled, choked, smashed wine bottle over head of "loved" woman.. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Fox News, By KEN RITTER, Associated Press Writer, Thursday, November 01, 2007
   LAS VEGAS (NV) – A Roman Catholic priest who smashed a wine bottle over a woman's head in a church office attack was sentenced Thursday to four to 12 years in state prison.
   The Rev. George Chaanine, 53, had pleaded guilty Sept. 20 to felony battery with a deadly weapon and faced a possible two to 15 years in prison in a plea deal that avoided trial.
   Prosecutors dropped other charges, including attempted murder, sexual assault and kidnapping, that could have resulted in a sentence of life in prison with parole. The duration of his sentence hinges on whether he is approved for parole.
   In court Thursday, Chaanine denied he sexually assaulted the woman and offered an apology and a rambling statement about his feelings for her before he was led from the courtroom in handcuffs, court information officer Michael Sommermeyer said.
   "He loved her," Chaanine's court-appointed lawyer, Jeff Banks, said later. "His emotions got the better of him. It was the biggest mistake of his life, and he's going to have to come to grips with it."

Closed college continues to raise questions of accountability

  [1970s-1997 - Grenville Christian College* (Community of Jesus)] - Anglican. Sexual, physical, psychological, possible lesbian leaders from 1973, public confessions. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Canadian Christianity, By Jim Coggins, November 01, 2007
   ALLEGATIONS of abuse at a Christian school have raised difficult issues of accountability.
   CANADA -- Grenville Christian College began operating as a private Christian boarding school in Brockville, Ontario in 1970 but closed this year after former students began making allegations of abusive practices.
   According to a series of articles by Michael Valpy in The Globe and Mail, the school changed direction in 1973 when Mother Cay and Mother Judy -- leaders of the Community of Jesus, a "cult" based in Rock Harbor, Massachusetts -- were invited in as consultants.
   Under the influence of 'The Mothers,' the school was reorganized according to the principles of the Community of Jesus. These included strict obedience, close surveillance, harsh punishments and a rigid application of morality -- even though the Mothers themselves apparently were in a lesbian relationship, drank heavily and engaged in loud arguments. A defining practice were "light sessions" in which individuals were singled out and ordered to confess their sins.

Priest convicted of sexual abuse to get new trial

  [ 2005 Bussmann*] - RCC. 2 women. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Minneapolis Star-Tribune, By Rochelle Olson, Last update 8:21 PM, November 01, 2007
   MINNESOTA -- A priest convicted of sexually abusing two women in his parish will get a new trial because of the admission of extensive evidence at his first trial regarding the Roman Catholic church's doctrine on the power of priests over parishioners, the state Supreme Court ruled in a splintered decision Thursday.
   The court rejected John Bussmann's appeal on the grounds that the state's criminal sexual conduct law violated the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution but was evenly split on whether the law violates the Establishment Clause, which bars Congress from making laws respecting the establishment of religion.
   Because the court was evenly split on the issue, it affirmed the ruling of the state Court of Appeals that the law is constitutional.

McGuire motions under way

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Janesville Gazette, By Mike Heine, November 1, 2007
   WISCONSIN -- The post-conviction motion hearing for The Rev. Donald McGuire, a renowned Jesuit priest convicted of nearly 40-year-old child molestation charges, is underway at the Walworth County Judicial Center.
   McGuire's attorneys are arguing there is new evidence to support a re-trial and also accuse former defense counsel Gerald Boyle of being ineffective.
   Attorney Robert R. Henak is trying to show Boyle failed to call witnesses who could have shown McGuire's two accusers were lying because they knew each other long before the criminal trial started in 2005. The accusers testified they had really [? not] known each other until their accusations became known to one another.
   Boyle defended his work on the case, saying that putting the accusers together earlier may have corroborated their claims.

Notorious Pedophile Organized Youth Retreats in OC

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys.
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano, in Ex Cathedra, Main, 10:32 AM, November 1, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Earlier this week, National Public Radio aired a segment on Donald McGuire, a Jesuit who served as a spiritual director for Mother Teresa's religious order who just happened to molest boys. You know the rest of the story: ravaged kids, parental complaints ignored by diocesan and Jesuit officials, more rapes, lawsuits. But what hasn't been noted is that McGuire was a familiar face in Orange County for decades.
   The pedophile, described in a 1991 Orange County Register article as "feisty, blunt and armed with some caustic home truths," held many retreats at Marywood (the Orange diocese's headquarters) and St. Jean de Lestonnac Elementary School in Tustin during the 1980s and 1990s.

Don Sguotti a Antenna Tre

  [2000s Sguotti*] - "Sinners' Church", Roman Catholics, Methodist Evangelical, Catholic Action and newsmen. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, November 1, 2007
   ITALY -- Rev. Sante Sguotti will be at Antenna Tre.
   The Rev. Sante Sguotti, his truth, his fears and his plans for the future. It is the theme of the "Signore e Signori" talk show to air at 8:45 this evening on Antenna Tre Nord Est. Rev. Sguotti will be joined in the studio by Selenia Carlon, representative of the Associazone Chiesa Cattolica dei Peccatori Foundation, Mirella Manocchio, pastor of the Methodist Evangelical Church, and Paolo Criveller, president of Azione Cattolica of the Treviso diocese, newsmen Adriano Favaro of Il Gazzettino and Claudio Baccarin of Il Mattino.

Sweet deal for church goes sour amid suits

  - RCC. 15% for pledges even if unpaid! United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Palm Beach Post, By LONA O'CONNOR, Wednesday, October 31, 2007
   BOCA RATON (FL) -- Right from the start, the deal struck some people as odd.
   John F. Boyer, a parishioner of St. Jude Catholic Church in Boca Raton, and the Rev. Michael Driscoll, St. Jude's pastor, signed a contract that would give Boyer a 15 percent commission on money Boyer raised for St. Jude.
   Boyer's first pledge was a big one: $7 million from Elizabeth "Libby" Dodson, 93, a Boca Raton philanthropist.
   "She had always been envious of the buildings that (philanthropists) the Countess (Henrietta de Hoernle) and Christine Lynn had around town, so she wanted to have some recognition of her own," wrote Boyer, explaining the size of Dodson's pledge to St. Jude, intended to finance a new parish center that would be named for her.
   Under the contract, Boyer's 15 percent commission would be $1.05 million.
   As Boyer himself noted in an e-mail to an associate: "I still remember one week after signing my contract with St. Jude, that (St. Jude development director) Harry Fear stopped me and said, 'That's quite a deal you made for yourself, let's see if you will collect.' "
   Boyer's reasoning is that his contract required only that he procure the pledge from Dodson. As far as Boyer was concerned, it was the church's responsibility to collect the $7 million.
   So far, Dodson's only monument at St. Jude is a tower of legal documents.

Portraits of Clergy Sex Abuse (Photo Essay)

  - RCC. 5400 admitted clergy seducers in USA.  "It's the barrel and the men who built and oversee the barrel."  Book comment.
   AlterNet, By Nina Berman, Posted November 1, 2007.
   UNITED STATES -- Abuse is rampant among clergy, who, too often, remain unchecked in their power and unpunished for their crimes. Survivors of this abuse share their stories.
   Photographer Carmine Galasso's recent book, Crosses: Portraits of Clergy Abuse, shows the huge, personal price paid by survivors of clergy sex crimes and their struggle to seek justice from a Catholic Church intent on covering it up.
   AlterNet is pleased to present the above multimedia show from Crosses and an interview with David Clohessey, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
   Nina Berman: There are many cases of individuals who are part of companies, or armies for that matter, who commit horrible crimes, and, invariably, the response by the institutional leadership is ... Well, it's just a few bad apples. How do you respond to the statement that the clergy sex abuse is just a few bad apples?
   David Clohessey: First of all, no matter how you look at it, the word "few" is inaccurate. The church's own inadequate, inaccurate self-survey indicates at least 5,400 priests are proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesters. That's just the ones they acknowledge. Second, the crux of the crisis is the complicity of bishops, not the abusive priests. It's not "some bad apples." It's the barrel and the men who built and oversee the barrel.

Pennsylvania bishop inhibited from ordained ministry

  - Episcopalians. [ 1973 ?+ Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [1973 + Bp Charles Bennison] - US$11.6m. To be suspended. 1973 onwards - Did not report brother. [~2007 Ms Alton] - Allegedly changed Wikipedia entry, so banned by Wikipedia.
   Episcopal Life, By Mary Frances Schjonberg, October 31, 2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on October 31 inhibited Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Bishop Charles Bennison from all ordained ministry pending a judgment of the Court for the Trial of a Bishop.
   The Title IV Review Committee issued a presentment for conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy against Bennison on October 28.
   The two counts of the presentment center on accusations that Bennison, when he was rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Upland, California, did not respond properly after learning sometime in 1973 that his brother, John, who worked as a lay youth minister in the parish, was having an affair with a 14-year-old member of the youth group. John Bennison was also married at the time, according to the presentment.
   The bishop is accused of not taking any steps to end the affair, not providing proper pastoral care to the girl, not investigating whether she needed medical care, taking three years to notify the girl's parents, not reporting his brother to anyone, not investigating whether his brother was sexually involved with any other parishioners or other children, and seeking no advice on how to proceed. The presentment says Charles Bennison reacted "passively and self-protectively."

Bishop of Pennsylvania Inhibited; Trial Pending

  - Episcopalians. [ 1973 ?+ Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [1973 + Bp Charles Bennison] - US$11.6m. To be suspended. 1973 onwards - Did not report brother. [~2007 Ms Alton] - Allegedly changed Wikipedia entry, so banned by Wikipedia.
   The Living Church Foundation, Oct/31/2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on Oct. 31 inhibited Bishop Charles E. Bennison of Pennsylvania pending a judgment of the Court for the Trial of a Bishop. The Title IV Review Committee issued a two-count presentment for conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy on Oct. 28. The two counts of the presentment center on accusations involving his brother who was serving as an assistant at the California parish where Bishop Bennison was rector.

SK Pastor, Church Aroused Suspicions of Neighbors, County

  [1995-2007 Harper*] - "The Church" and Family Church of God Pentecostal. 7 females.
   Kitsap Sun, By Josh Farley, Wednesday, October 31, 2007
   KITSAP COUNTY (WA) -- As the sex abuse case against a former pastor of a cloistered congregation gathers momentum in Kitsap County courts, details about the church Robbin Leeroy Harper once led are slowly coming to light.
   But members of the church and those who live nearby were reluctant to give their names to inquiring reporters, and few neighboring churches returned phone calls asking for information about The Church in South Colby.
   Harper, 60, turned himself into the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office on Monday amid allegations by seven women and girls that he molested or raped them over the course of several years while he was the pastor of the church.

Pennsylvania bishop Charles E. Bennison inhibited!

  - Episcopalians. [ 1973 ?+ Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [1973 + Bp Charles Bennison] - US$11.6m. To be suspended. 1973 onwards - Did not report brother. [~2007 Ms Alton] - Allegedly changed Wikipedia entry, so banned by Wikipedia.
   Virtue Online, Special Report, By David W. Virtue, www.virtueonline.org , Oct/31/2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- The Bishop of Pennsylvania, Charles E. Bennison has been inhibited from ordained ministry and must cease all episcopal functions as bishop after November 3 diocesan convention. The Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori inhibited Bennison Oct. 31 from all ordained ministry pending a judgment of the Court for the Trial of a Bishop. The Title IV Review Committee had earlier issued a presentment for conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy against Bennison on October 28.
   It was found that there was enough evidence to send Bennison to trial on two counts of the presentment centering on accusations that when he was rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Upland, California, he did not respond properly after learning sometime in 1973 that his brother, John, who worked as a lay youth minister in the parish, was having an affair with a 14-year-old member of the youth group. John Bennison was also married at the time, according to the presentment.
   The bishop is accused of not taking any steps to end the affair, not providing proper pastoral care to the girl, not investigating whether she needed medical care, taking three years to notify the girl's parents, not reporting his brother to anyone, not investigating whether his brother was sexually involved with any other parishioners or other children, and seeking no advice on how to proceed. The presentment says Charles Bennison reacted "passively and self-protectively."

Bishop sought help for alleged sex-abuse victim

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Savannah Morning News, by Dana Clark Felty | Thursday, November 1, 2007
   SAVANNAH (GA) -- When they suspected a Jesuit priest of abusing their teenage son, a Georgia couple turned to their own bishop, the Most Rev. J. Kevin Boland, for help.
   Boland asked top Jesuit officials in Chicago to address the family's concerns.
   The Savannah bishop is among a number of Catholic clergy and families who wrote to the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus - a religious order known as the Jesuits - for more than 30 years, expressing concerns over the Rev. Donald J. McGuire, a Jesuit priest who conducted religious retreats around the world.
   The priest, now 77, had three such retreats in the 1990s in central Georgia.
   The letters were released to the public for the first time this week by a Chicago attorney representing some alleged victims of McGuire, who was convicted in 2006 in Wisconsin for molesting two boys during retreats in the late 1960s. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and 20 years on probation.

Another clergy sex abuse study under way

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Advocate, by Trevis R. Badeaux, tbadeaux@theadvertiser.com , November 1, 2007
   LOUISIANA -- This month the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at Fordham University in New York will give bishops from across the nation insight into what caused the clergy sex scandal that has rocked the U.S. Roman Catholic Church.
   The information comes from research being conducted by the college, which is expected to explain its study's preliminary findings in the context of the crisis.
   The presentation is part of the annual fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops set for Nov. 12-15 in Baltimore.
   Monsignor Richard Greene, Lafayette Diocese spokesman, on Wednesday confirmed Bishop Michael Jarrell is scheduled to attend the meeting. However, the bishop received no prior information about the study or its preliminary findings. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 1, 2007 8:42 AM]
   [COMMENT: It is alleged that Saul/Paul wrote about 2000 years ago that, to prevent fornication, every man ought to have his own woman/wife, and every woman her own man/husband.  An earlier report claims that Elohim and/or Yahweh commented to Himself that "It is not good for the man to be alone," and gave a general instruction "Increase and multiply and fill the earth."  How do these supposed successors of the Apostles keep missing these points?  The other Christian Churches, and many other religions, know the Natural Law on these matters. COMMENT ENDS.]

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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Family Outraged Over Priest Accepting Large Gift

  [~ 2000s Mutsko -NEW*] - RCC. Will changed, house received, money from 84-y-o woman. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WFTV, www.wftv.com/ news/14451905/ detail.html , ~ November 02, 2007
   ORLANDO (FL) -- Father Frank Mutsko met Dolores Raucina at St. James Cathedral in downtown Orlando when she was 84-years-old.
   "He knew that she was a wealthy widow. And he wanted to get involved with her. Be very friendly," said Raucina's niece, Pat Perfito.
   Perfito, who lives in Orlando, says Mutsko soon figured out how much her deeply religious aunt revered priests. Perfito says after that, her aunt consulted the priest about everything, to the point where the family believes he even turned Dolores Raucina against them.
   "He's a very bad priest," said Perfito. "He is not representing the church as he should and he's definitely not representing Christ as he should."
   After Raucina died earlier this year, the family found dozens of checks that she had written to Mutsko, some of which Mutsko says he used to buy a Lexus and this $200,000 condominium. Raucina had even changed her will, giving her $250,000 home in Wisconsin to the priest.

Church deacon arrested for child molestation

  [1996-2000 Long -NEW*] - Baptist. 2 girls.
   Daily Press, By KATHERINE ROSENBERG, 5:21PM, November 1, 2007
   HESPERIA (CA) – An 88-year-old former deacon at the First Baptist Church was arrested on suspicion of continuously molesting two girls over a four-year period, beginning when they were 7, officials said Thursday.
   Authorities from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said their investigation revealed that Roy Long, 88, of Victorville may have also inappropriately touched other victims between 1996 and 2000, when he was active in the church, said Detective Julie Brumm of the Crimes Against Children Detail.
   “This was reported by the victims and they have been working on this case for the last several months,” said Cindy Beavers, spokeswoman for the department.

Prior accused of misconduct

  [ 1994 - Prior Andert -?NEW*] - RCC. Boy.
   The Record, By John F. O’Sullivan, November 01, 2007
   MINNESOTA -- A Twin Cities-based lawyer is calling for a St. John’s Abbey monk to be removed from an external review board that examines clergy abuse because he says the monk was once involved with sexual misconduct.
   Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul attorney, held a press conference last week, requesting that Fr. Tom Andert be removed from the external review board. Andert was appointed as prior of the Abbey in June. He chose not to comment on this story.
   Anderson brought up the 1994 investigations conducted by the Abbey in the relationship between an underage St. John’s Prep student and Andert, the then-headmaster of the school.
   William Skudlarek, the spokesman for the St. John’s Abbey, responded to the press conference by e-mailing a statement to the CSB/SJU community last week, asserting Andert’s innocence. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 2, 2007 11:33 PM]

Some arrested in Bedford rest-stop sex sting plead guilty

  [2007 Nov. - Mead -NEW*] - RCC. Forcible touching, loitering.
   The Journal News, By MELANIE PLENDA, November 2, 2007
   BEDFORD (NY) -- A few of the 20 men arrested last week during a rest-stop sex sting off Interstate 684 pleaded guilty during arraignment hearings last night in Town Court, while some - including a priest accused of forcible touching - did not show up.
   The Rev. Gary Mead, 44, a Catholic priest from Millwood assigned to St. Gregory Barbarigo parish in Garnerville, did not come to court but was represented by attorney Scot Hersh of Peekskill.
   Mead was formally charged with one violation count of loitering and with forcible touching, a misdemeanor, last night during the arraignment.
   Judge Charles Banks nearly issued a bench warrant for the priest until Hersh pointed out that his client wasn't legally obligated to attend the hearing.

Salesians jury trial "trailing"

  [(Salesian order)] - RCC.
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ November 02, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The November 5 Jury trial in the Salesians cases is now "trailing," as there are no courtrooms available, and according to the clerk in LA Superior Court Dept. 20, it will be about a week before jury selection and the trial can begin.
   City of Angels Blog will keep you posted. The upcoming jury trial is for cases regarding the Salesians reglious order and Fr. Titian Miani, the last and only holdout of orders that would not agree to the LA settlement from July 16th. A second jury trial re Salesians is now on calendar for January 28, 2008.

Feds charge Chicago priest with abuse

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   Chicago Tribune, By Manya Brachear and Jeff Coen | Tribune staff reporters | November 2, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Federal authorities on Friday charged a prominent Jesuit priest and former spiritual director for Mother Teresa with traveling to Switzerland and Austria in December 2000 to engage in sexual conduct with a minor.
   Rev. Donald McGuire was accused of being involved in abuse as he offered Roman Catholic retreats across the nation and around the globe. Federal authorities charged him with conduct involving one victim who was 13 when the abuse began in 1999, and they outlined inappropriate conduct with two other minors in court documents.
   McGuire, who faces up to 15 years in prison, is expected to appear at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse this afternoon.

Prominent Jesuit priest charged with molesting boys

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys.
   Belleville News-Democrat, By MIKE ROBINSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer, ~ November 02, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A prominent Jesuit priest was taken into custody by federal agents Friday on charges that he traveled to Switzerland and Austria seven years ago to have sex with a minor, prosecutors announced.
   The Rev. Donald J. McGuire, 77, has been free on bond while appealing a Wisconsin conviction on charges of molesting two boys in the 1960s.
   McGuire was taken into custody Thursday by Wisconsin authorities who said that he failed to keep his sex offender registry updated. He was turned over to Immigration and Customs agents on the new charge Friday.
   McGuire specialized in organizing religious retreats, including retreats for Mother Teresa's religious communities in India, according to a federal affidavit which accompanied the complaint.

TV report: Florida priest accepted huge cash "gifts" from religious, elderly Racine native Delores Raucina

  [~ 2000s Mutsko*] - ? RCC. Will changed, house received, money from 84-y-o woman. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Journal Times, 3:55 PM CDT, Friday, November 2, 2007
   RACINE (WI) -- According to a TV station report on a relationship between a Florida priest and an elderly Racine native named Delores Raucina, she gave and gave until it was too late. From TMJ4:
   The Catholic Church meant everything to Delores Raucina.
   She was married in the church, attended daily mass, and would have done anything for a priest. They were men she inherently trusted ...
   More: www.todayst mj4.com/news/ local/108973 31.html .

Neighbors nervous about church plans

  - RCC.
   Jamaica Plain Gazette, By JOHN RUCH, November 1, 2007
   FOREST HILLS (MA)–As workers in unmarked vans–presumably from the Boston Catholic archdiocese–began removing religious artworks from the former St. Andrew the Apostle Church in recent weeks, neighbors told the Gazette that they’re growing nervous about the plans of the still-unnamed developers.
   Residents, including local historian Richard Heath and a sculpture instructor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, said the historic church buildings should be preserved and complained about the secrecy of the developer selection.
   Preservation discussion so far has been led by former parishioner Maryetta Dussourd, the mother of victims of child-molesting priest John Geoghan, who served at St. Andrew’s in the 1970s and ’80s. Dussourd is trying to get the complex named an official landmark, and hopes to see some type of memorial to victims of priest sexual abuse established there.

Priest In Prison For molesting Boys Faces New Charges

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   WBBM, ~ November 02, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL), (STNG) -- A Jesuit priest was taken into federal custody Friday on a new charges of sexually molested minor boys, including one who lived with him in Evanston and accompanied him on interstate and international religious retreats.
   The Rev. Donald J. McGuire was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of traveling to Switzerland and Austria in December 2000 to engage in sexual conduct with a minor, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
   The complaint was filed Thursday and unsealed Friday after McGuire was transferred by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from state custody in Wisconsin to federal custody in Chicago, the release said. He is serving a prison sentence in Wisconsin for a 2006 conviction for molesting two teenage boys in the 1960s at Loyola Academy.

PENNSYLVANIA: Standing Committee upholds Presiding Bishop's decision to inhibit bishop

  - Episcopalians. [ 1973 ?+ Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [1973 + Bp Charles Bennison] - US$11.6m. To be suspended. 1973 onwards - Did not report brother. [~2007 Ms Alton] - Allegedly changed Wikipedia entry, so banned by Wikipedia. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Episcopal Life, By Mary Frances Schjonberg, November 02, 2007
   PENNSYLVANIA {Episcopal News Service} -- All 10 members of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania's Standing Committee agreed to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's October 30 inhibition of Pennsylvania Bishop Charles Bennison from all ordained ministry. Bennison has been accused of conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy.
   The unanimous vote came "after a full and frank discussion," according to a November 1 Standing Committee statement.
   "We believe that the allegations in the Presentment against Bishop Bennison are profoundly serious and we respect and rely on the work of the Review Committee of The Episcopal Church to have properly and thoroughly investigated these allegations," the Rev. Glenn M. Matis, president of the Standing Committee, said in the statement. "These allegations were not made by the Standing Committee, but having read the Presentment document carefully and discussed it with Counsel, we felt it incumbent on us to allow the process to go forward as requested by the Presiding Bishop's office."
   The Standing Committee has been at odds with the bishop for more than two years over concerns about how he has managed the diocese's assets. More than once in the past, the Standing Committee has called for his resignation or retirement.

Convicted priest now facing federal charge

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   Walworth County Week, by Mike Heine / The Week, 3:38 p.m., Published Nov. 2, 2007
   WISCONSIN -- The Rev. Donald J. McGuire was charged federally Friday with traveling to another country with a minor for the purpose of committing sex acts, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court-Northern District of Illinois in Chicago.
   The complaint, filed Thursday and unveiled Friday, says McGuire traveled from Chicago to Switzerland and Austria and sexually molested a boy he took with [? him] in December 2000.
   The boy told investigators that McGuire--once the confessor to Mother Teresa and spiritual adviser to her Missionaries of Charity, a holy order of nuns--started molesting him 1999, when he was 13 years old. The repeated abuse ended in 2003 when the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus ordered McGuire to move from the Canisius House, a Jesuit home in Evanston, Ill., to another residence in Chicago.
   The assaults happened mostly in the Chicago area, but also during trips to 11 other states and two other countries, the boy told investigators, according to the complaint.

Church polices self on abuse!

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   The Courier-Journal, by Peter Smith, ~ November 02, 2007
   As far as I know, this has never happened in the Roman Catholic Church, which was besieged in 2002 with revelations that bishops from Boston to Louisville to the Philippines had concealed sexual abusers in the ranks of clergy.
   Nor has it happened to anyone in the upper ranks of other religious denominations that have had notorious cases of sexual abuse.
   But a bishop in the Episcopal Church this week was named in the equivalent of an indictment in church courts. He was accused of covering up the sexual abuse of a teenage girl by his brother, who was then a lay minister and later a priest.
   This is the first case I've ever heard of in which a denomination actually hauled one of its own leaders into its courts for a public disciplining over the abuse of a minor.

Bankruptcy judge rips San Diego diocese

  [Decades - San Diego Diocese] - RCC. US$198m. Legal tactics denounced. 144 victims.
   Catholic World News, Nov. 2, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA), (CWNews.com) - A California judge has dismissed a bankruptcy case of the San Diego diocese-- but only after delivering a stinging rebuke to diocesan officials for "disingenuous" filings in the case.
   The San Diego diocese had filed its case for bankruptcy protection in February, just before trials were scheduled to begin in a series of lawsuits brought by victims of sexual abuse by diocesan clergy. Those lawsuits were resolved in an out-of-court settlement in September, in which the diocese agreed to pay $198 million to a group of 144 abuse victims.
   In light of that settlement, diocesan attorneys asked Judge Louise DeCarl Adler to close the bankruptcy proceedings. While she granted that request, Judge Adler denounced the legal tactics that the diocese had employed. Bankruptcy, she said, "is not supposed to be a vehicle, a method, to hammer down the claims of those abused."

Judge admonishes diocese as she dismisses bankruptcy case

  [Decades - San Diego Diocese] - RCC. US$198m. Legal tactics denounced. 144 victims.
   San Jose Mercury News, The Associated Press, Article Launched 09:56:33 AM PDT, Nov/02/2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) – A federal bankruptcy judge has agreed to dismiss a bankruptcy case filed by the Catholic diocese of San Diego.
   The request was part of a $198 million settlement reached in September between the church and 144 people who say they were sexually abused by priests.
   But at Thursday's hearing, the judge admonished diocese officials for being disingenuous in recent requests to parishioners for cash donations to help pay settlement costs.

Jesuit priest McGuire now faces federal charges

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Chicago Southtown, By Chris Hack, November 2, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A notorious Jesuit priest and convicted sex offender living in Oak Lawn now faces federal charges alleging he molested boys he took with him on religious retreats in Europe.
   The Rev. Donald J. McGuire, who was convicted last year of sexual abuse going back to the 1960s, allegedly continued molesting boys as recently as 2003, according to a federal complaint unsealed Friday.
   McGuire, 77, was ordained in 1961 and has long been affiliated with the Jesuits. Until last year he was also affiliated with a prominent international missionary group and has been described in court papers as a one-time spiritual confidant of Mother Teresa.
   The Jesuits since 1991 have placed restrictions on McGuire's interaction with minors. But according to prosecutors, he traveled alone with teenage boys throughout the 1990s and up to 2003. Several of those boys were molested, according to the complaint, including one McGuire brought with him on a 2000 retreat to Switzerland and Austria.

Greed In The Name Of God

  [~ 2000s Mutsko*] - ? RCC. Will changed, house received, money from 84-y-o woman. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Today's TMJ4, ~ November 02, 2007
   FLORIDA -- The I TEAM has uncovered the sad story of a priest concerned only about himself. He preyed on an elderly Wisconsin woman's fortune and ended up with hundreds of thousands of dollars, a new Lexus and a condo on a golf course.

Goodbye, Bishop Soto, and Good Riddance

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   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano, in Ex Cathedra, Main, 8:44 AM, November 2, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- We've always tried really hard to like Jaime Soto, the auxiliary bishop in the Catholic Diocese of Orange who's leaving this weekend to become coadjutor bishop in the Diocese of Sacramento. He's a virtual Aztlanista on immigration, urges compassion for AIDS victims, and always sports a smile. But our admiration for Soto goes the way of church attendance every time we remember Soto's involvement in the Orange diocese sex-abuse scandal.
   Soto's role, compared to other heavyweights in Orange, seems small. In 1986, he wrote a letter in support of Andrew Christian Anderson, one of only two Orange County Catholic priests ever convicted of sex-abuse crimes. Soto was also the poor sap in charge of trying to fish back Eleuterio Ramos from Tijuana after a Ramos victim filed a lawsuit against the Orange diocese's most notorious pedophile. Of course, there's always the sin of silence, but we'll put that aside for the meanwhile.

Bishops to Receive Preliminary Report on Causes, Context Study on Clerical Sexual Abuse of Minors

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Earthtimes, Oct. 31, 2007
   WASHINGTON (DC) , / PRNewswire-USNewswire / -- Researchers from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Fordham University will present the U.S. bishops with preliminary results of their research on the causes and context of the clergy sexual abuse crisis at the bishops' annual fall meeting in November.
   Initial findings of the 1960-1990 time period have set the incidence of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests within an overall sociological framework of social change.
   Detailed surveys and data collection that currently are ongoing in several locales are expected to explain the patterns of abuse incidents and abuse reports.
   Sites for this data-gathering include seminaries, dioceses and treatment centers. Researchers are giving particular attention to the years from the late 1980s through 2002 -- a period of lower incidence of abuse incidents, increased awareness and increased number of reports.

Minnesota Supreme Court / Ex-priest in sex case wins retrial

  [2002-03 Bussmann*] - RCC. 2 women.
   Pioneer Press, BY EMILY GURNON, Article Last Updated 12:23:06 AM CDT, Nov/02/2007
   MINNESOTA -- A former Hennepin County priest convicted on sex charges will get a new trial because the jury heard too much about religion, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
   John Joseph Bussmann, 53, was a priest at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Rogers and St. Walburga Catholic Church in Hassan Township. He had sexual relationships with two women in his parishes while he was counseling them, a Hennepin County jury found in 2005.
   While he was advising one woman on religious and marital issues, Bussmann had sex with her on about nine occasions from September 2002 to March 2003. He allegedly told her God had put them together.
   In November 2002, Bussmann began having sex with another woman who had come to him for grief counseling after her mother died.

Supreme Court tosses ex-priest sex conviction case

  [2002-03 Bussmann*] - RCC. 2 women.
   Winona Daily News By Chris Hubbuch | November 02, 2007
   MINNESOTA -- The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new trial for a former priest convicted for having sex with women he was counseling.
   It was not immediately clear how the ruling might affect a similar case pending against a Winona pastor, although Winona County Attorney Chuck MacLean said he intends to continue prosecuting the case.
   John Bussmann is serving a nearly six-year sentence at the state prison in Moose Lake. The former Roman Catholic priest was convicted in Hennepin County in 2005 of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for his sexual relationships with two women in his congregation.
   Bussmann, now 53, maintained that the sex was consensual. But he was tried under a law that makes it a crime for clergy to engage in a sexual relationship with a person receiving private religious or spiritual advice.

Priest in custody for violating registry requirement

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WBAY, Associated Press, 9:05 AM ET, November 2, 2007
   ELKHORN, Wis. (AP) - A priest convicted molesting two boys in Wisconsin is back behind bars for failing to comply with the sex offender registry.
   The Reverend Donald McGuire was arrested for failing to return information needed to update his registered status.
   The 77-year-old McGuire was in Walworth County Circuit Court yesterday trying for a new trial on the nearly 40-year-old conviction.
   Judge James Carlson denied every defense motion.

Jesuit priest convicted of abuse is jailed again

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys.
   Chicago Tribune, By Manya A. Brachear | Tribune religion reporter, November 2, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A prominent Jesuit priest and convicted sex offender was back behind bars in Wisconsin Thursday for violating probation a third time since his conviction in February 2006.
   Wisconsin state authorities made the arrest inside a Walworth County courtroom after Judge James Carlson denied a motion to retry Rev. Donald McGuire on charges he molested two Loyola Academy students in the state during the 1960s.
   McGuire, 77, who for decades traveled the world as the spiritual director for Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity, has been living on probation for the last several months in a private residence in Oak Lawn. Despite two probation violations last year, he was allowed to return to Illinois because authorities did not consider him a risk to children.

'Most dangerous priest in America' is arrested

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys.
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY SHAMUS TOOMEY, stoomey@suntimes.com , November 2, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A Jesuit priest convicted last year of molesting two Loyola Academy students in the 1960s was taken into custody at a Wisconsin courthouse Thursday for failing to keep his sex offender registry information current, officials said.
   The Rev. Donald McGuire, 77, had been out on bond and living in Oak Lawn since his conviction in Walworth County, Wis., for molesting the boys during retreats to the Lake Geneva area.
   After a Walworth County hearing Thursday, McGuire was taken into custody on a Wisconsin Department of Corrections probation hold, county Undersheriff Kurt Picknell said.
   McGuire will now sit in the county jail there while state officials investigate why he rebuffed repeated attempts to keep his sex offender registry information current as required, said John Dipko, spokesman for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Former Dover pastor to be defrocked

  [~ 1971+ Mons. Tully] - RCC. US$1m gone. 4 boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Daily Record, BY ABBOTT KOLOFF, Friday, November 2, 2007
   PATERSON (NJ) -- A former Dover pastor accused of molesting at least four boys has agreed to be removed from the priesthood, the Paterson Roman Catholic Diocese announced Thursday.
   Ronald Tully was removed as pastor of Sacred Heart in Dover in 2004 after two victims came forward with allegations they first made in 1979. Two more men have come forward since then to claim Tully molested them when they were children. None of the victims is from Dover, but one has allegedly been abused in the rectory of Sacred Heart parish.
   Paterson Diocese officials have said they paid almost $1 million in legal settlements over the past few years to four alleged Tully victims, the latest coming last month.
   Marianna Thompson, a diocese spokeswoman, told the Daily Record last week the diocese was considering removing Tully from the priesthood in a process known as laicization. The diocese issued a press release Thursday saying that Tully had volunteered to be laicized.
   "Ronald Tully has requested voluntary laicization, a process which returns priests to the lay state," the press release said.

Local prayer group had suspended priest as ‘spiritual director’

  [Szantyr]
   The Catholic Observer (run for RC Diocese of Springfield, Mass., USA), By Father Bill Pomerleau and Terence Hegarty, November 1, 2007
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- A recently confirmed report that a priest long forbidden to function as a cleric had been heavily involved with a local private prayer group shows the difficulties individual Catholics can run into when they support unofficial spiritual groups, say officials in several dioceses.
   And it illustrates the difficulty church authorities have tracking the activities of a small number of priests who continue to defy orders not to exercise their ministry.
   In early September, the Diocese of Springfield was contacted by Vic Valois, a Springfield resident and parishioner of St. Mary Parish in Longmeadow and a former member of the locally-based Seeds of Hope organization. Valois reported that Father John J. Szantyr had been the group’s longstanding spiritual mentor and occasional sacramental celebrant.
   Father Szantyr, 76, is allegedly a repeated sexual offender with victims in more than one diocese.

Una "scomoda" presenza che per scopi personali usa il nome della parrocchia

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, November 2, 2007
   ITALY -- A journalist called e.b. in an outburst shows anger at Rev. Sante Sguotti's behavior for using the church as his personal organization and demanding to know why the curia has shown so much leniency toward the rebel priest. Is it a sign that the curia agrees with his initiatives and organized events?
   If the curia does not agree then Rev. Sante must be impeded in his actions, using all possible means and applying the law if necessary. He can do what he does using only his name and not the parish name.

«Così la sospensione non ha senso»

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, new Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura.
   Il Gazzettino, November 2, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Giovanni Brusegan complained about Rev. Sante Sguotti's daily behavior. "In such terms the suspension a divinis makes no sense. He continues to play, identifying Monterosso with the Chiesa dei Peccatori. It's enough. I won't allow him to use the telephone," Rev. Brusegan said.
   Rev. Sante is accused by the new parish priest in Monterosso of using all the parish facilities to publicize his symposium titled "In the Path Towards Reconciliation" and saying in an official pamphlet that his address is located at the Monterosso parish which makes the parish pass for the official location of his "Chiesa Cattolico dei Peccatori" association. The rebel priest also still refers to himself as a parish priest and uses a green telephone number which is connected to the parish. Rev. Brusegan is now going to cut that telephone line in the next few days because the rebel priest has been using the parish as general quarter for his objective that are contrary to the ones followed by the official church.
   "People are now aware that he is officially out of the church. I ask myself where he is going and what he really wants. Bit by bit, I think he'll realize where he is going," Rev. Brusegan said.
   Meanwhile, title of Rev. Sante's new book has been revealed. "My Love is Not a Sin" is the title of his autobiography that will be soon released. The same title had already been known but the priest-in-love said he changed it. The date for the release is Nov. 13. The book consists of 180 pages at a price of 13 euros. His book describes the initial torment and sentimental story that tied him to a 40-year-old parishioner, mother of a one-year-old child. The book will be presented to media during two events: In Milan on Nov. 22 and in Padua on Nov. 30. For its editorial launch, there will be two television appearances.

Former WA pastor charged with child rape

  [1994-2007 Harper*] - "The Church" and Family Church of God Pentecostal. 7 females. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ November 02, 2007
   PORT ORCHARD, Wash. -- A former Kitsap County pastor accused of sexual abuse by former church members has been charged with eight felony counts of child rape and child molestation.
   In a Kitsap County Superior Court appearance Thursday, Robbin Leeroy Harper, 60, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
   The charges stem from incidents that prosecutors say involved five victims between 1994 and 2006.

Church may soon be reimbursed for residential school payouts

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   Anglican Journal, by Marites N. Sison, Nov 1, 2007
   CANADA -- The Anglican Church of Canada in September submitted a report to the federal government showing how much compensation it has paid out to former students of native boarding schools under an old residential schools settlement agreement.
   A revised Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, which came into effect Sept. 19, reduces the church’s financial commitments by almost 40 per cent. In 2003, the federal government and the Anglican church reached an agreement that committed the church to a cap of $25 million compensation. Under the new agreement, renegotiated in 2006, the church’s maximum contribution would be $15.7 million.
   General Synod, the national office of the Anglican Church of Canada, sent a spreadsheet showing how much it has paid out and for which cases, said Ellie Johnson, director of the national church’s partnerships department, who represented the church in negotiations over the new deal. The government and church are to agree within 60 days how much reimbursement the church is entitled to; the money will then be paid to the church within the next 60 days thereafter, she added.

Episcopal Church Suspends Pa. Bishop

  - Episcopalians. [ 1973 ?+ Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [1973 + Bp Charles Bennison] - US$11.6m. To be suspended. 1973 onwards - Did not report brother. [~2007 Ms Alton] - Allegedly changed Wikipedia entry, so banned by Wikipedia. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Associated Press, ~ November 02, 2007
   PHILADELPHIA (PA), (AP) – The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania has been ordered to cease his duties until a church trial about accusations that he concealed a relative's sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s, a newspaper reported Thursday.
   Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr. on Wednesday that he was to "cease all episcopal, ministerial and canonical acts" as of Saturday night, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The deadline will allow Bennison to lead Saturday's annual diocesan convention.
   The presentment, or church indictment, alleges that Bennison reacted "passively and self-protectively" and "failed to take obvious, essential steps to investigate (the relative's) actions, protect the girl from further abuse, and find out whether other children were in danger."

Judge's tears, rebuke close case

  [Decades - San Diego Diocese] - RCC. US$198m. Legal tactics denounced. Judge sheds tears, scolds RCC diocese. 144 victims.
   Union-Tribune, By Sandi Dolbee and Mark Sauer, November 2, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- The San Diego Catholic diocese's eight-month-old bankruptcy case drew to an emotional close yesterday with the judge shedding tears and scolding the church for being “disingenuous” in reporting its finances to parishioners as part of a campaign to fund a $198 million settlement with victims of sexual abuse.
   Judge Louise DeCarl Adler said she had planned to grant the diocese's request to dismiss the bankruptcy without comment. But then she got a packet in the mail from her former parish asking to help pay the settlement.
   The mailing, which was recently sent to parishioners in the diocese, included a financial breakdown she said was less than candid.
   Adler said there is ample property the church could sell or mortgage to fund the settlement, citing parking lots, houses and other holdings listed in court documents.

Episcopal bishop suspended

  - Episcopalians. [ 1973 ?+ Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [1973 + Bp Charles Bennison] - US$11.6m. To be suspended. 1973 onwards - Did not report brother. [~2007 Ms Alton] - Allegedly changed Wikipedia entry, so banned by Wikipedia.
   Philadelphia Inquirer, By David O'Reilly, ~ November 02, 2007
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- In a surprise move, the Episcopal Church USA has suspended Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr., head of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, on charges that he concealed his brother's sexual abuse of a minor girl more than 30 years ago.
   Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the denomination's leader, informed Bennison on Wednesday that he was formally "inhibited" and was to "cease all episcopal, ministerial and canonical acts" as of 11:59 p.m. tomorrow.
   Schori's deadline for Bennison's departure will allow him to chair the annual diocesan convention, which begins tomorrow morning at the diocesan cathedral in West Philadelphia.

Accused child molester leaving priesthood

  [~ 1971+ Mons. Tully] - RCC. ~ US950,000 compensation. 4 boys.
   NorthJersey.com , By JOHN CHADWICK, Friday, November 2, 2007
   NEW JERSEY -- The former director of a Catholic high school in Passaic may become the second Roman Catholic priest in North Jersey to be forced from the priesthood in connection with the church sexual abuse scandal.
   The Paterson Diocese said Thursday that Monsignor Ronald J. Tully is seeking "voluntary laicization" -- a process that would permanently strip him of his priestly status and render him a layperson. Tully, who ran the now-closed Pope Pius XII Regional High School, was accused of molesting four boys during the period from 1971 to 1984. The allegations surfaced in the past several years after accusers broke decades of silence. The diocese settled the claims out of court for about $950,000.
   A diocesan spokeswoman declined comment Thursday, saying only that Tully has asked the diocese to petition the Vatican for removal from the priesthood. The process can take several months, with church officials in Rome making the final decision. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 2, 2007 8:48 AM]
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Canonica chiusa e parroco sparito

  [2007, July - Rizzioli -NEW*] - RCC. Took off skimpy undies, etc. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, www.gazzettino. it/Visualizza Articolo. php3?Luogo= Padova&Codice= 3563808& Data= 2007-11-3& Pagina=13 ; November 03, 2007
   ITALY -- Is the Rev. Armando Rizzioli, parish priest in the town of Due Carrare in the Padua province, really guilty of obscene acts committed last July in front of a Dutch boy on the beach at Lake Garda? The priest, 71, was lying down and suntanning when he took off the thong he was wearing and touched his intimate parts, according to the allegation. Last Wednesday, the parish priest made a plea bargain with the Verona tribunal prosecutor. The Garda lake is situated near Verona.
   A hot dispute has arisen between Sergio Vason, mayor of Due Carrare, who believes the facts were exaggerated and the priest had been ill five years ago. The priest is old and it is not credible at his age that he has an ebullient sexual drive. On the contrary, former Mayor Egidio Bergamasco believes the priest was guilty and his strange harsh and provocative behavior during Sunday Masses forced him and his family to frequent another parish. He said the priest and other public figures who commit such crimes are a scourge in the community.

‘It terrified me, I knew it was going to happen again.’ Ryan DiMaria, in his own words, about his 1997 case and Michael Harris, “Hollywood priest"

  [~ 1997 Michael Harris -NEW*] - RCC. Boy/s. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ November 03, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- From October 23 post: “At 25 years old, Ryan DiMaria was close to suicide. He went with his family to tell Monsignor Urell that his counseling sessions in high school with Fr. Michael Harris had turned into weekly sexual molestations.”
   Ryan DiMaria's 1997 case in Orange County is still referred to as "the one where the guy got a $5.2 million settlement." A few weeks ago DiMaria told me about the betrayal, the despair, trying to get his church to listen to his family's reports about Fr. Michael A. Harris.
   The summer before his sophomore year in high school DiMaria’s friend killed himself. DiMaria was tormented, fearing his friend's soul was now doomed for eternity, as he'd been taught in the church. (I planned to write his story as a great work of novelization when I realized it was best told in Ryan DiMaria's own words:)
   “My parents had heard all these wonderful things about Father Harris. They thought he might be the guy for me to talk to. He said, your friend is not going to hell.”
   Harris was blue eyed, tanned, with brownish blond hair, “One of the most charismatic individuals I'd ever seen," DiMaria said.
   "Adult women adored him. But girls were never around him, it was always just boys."

We Ought to Agonize About What the Future Holds

  [Decades - Katinas] - Greek Orthodox. US$250,000 requested for seductions. 4 minors.
   Orthodox Reform, Author: Theodore Kalmoukos, Publication: The National Herald, Date Published: Nov/02/2007
   UNITED STATES -- From all indications, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has been treading on a similar path as Roman Catholic Church has been walking on for the last 4-5 years because of its clergy-pedophilia scandals.
   The story published in this week’s edition about Holy Trinity Church in Dallas’ special solicitation of funds to cover an expected $250,000 in legal fees - to defend the parish from a lawsuit brought against the parish due to allegations of sexual misconduct with minors against its former pastor, Nicholas Katinas - should concern everyone in the Archdiocese, especially the laity. After all, it is the laity which is struggling to find the money to support and sustain our parishes.
   All faithful who go to church on Sunday morning are volunteers, including parish council members, but not the clergy, starting from the Archbishop, the Metropolitans and the priests, all of whom are salaried - and some of whom enjoy extremely lofty salaries. How does the Archdiocese justify a base salary of $200,000 for a priest, plus benefits? [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 3, 2007 7:16 PM]

Church In Dallas Asks $250K From Parishioners

  [Decades - Katinas] - Greek Orthodox. US$250,000 requested for seductions. 4 minors.
   Orthodox Reform, Author: Theodore Kalmoukos, Publication: The National Herald, Date Published: Nov/02/2007
   Funds Needed To Finance Defense For The Katinas Lawsuit
   DALLAS (TX) -- Holy Trinity Church in Dallas, Texas is soliciting special contributions from its parishioners, above and beyond their regular annual membership, in order to pay attorneys $250,000 to defend the parish against a lawsuit which has been filed against the parish because its former longtime pastor, Nicholas Katinas, allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with minors.
   Mr. Katinas was accused earlier this year of sexually molesting underage boys while serving as a priest at the Holy Trinity Church. He was finally sent to spiritual court this past summer, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople defrocked him to the rank of the laity this past summer.
   In a letter sent to members of the parish this past October 5, current Parish Priest Rev. Christopher Constantinides and Parish Council President George Michael ask the faithful to contribute $250-1,000 or more. They express concern that, in the event the people who filed the lawsuit win judgment, “the church’s assets (most notably its land and buildings) could be seized to satisfy the judgment.”

2 minors drop case v. priest

  [2006 Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with brassieres at Confession. 5 girls left. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star, ~ November 03, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- TWO of the seven high school students who lodged the sexual harassment, child abuse and acts of lasciviousness complaint against Fr. Benedicto Ejares are no longer pursuing it.
   Only five signed the affidavit of verification that their lawyers, Alvin Butch Cañares and Cebu City Councilor Gerardo Carillo, submitted to the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor last Oct. 31.
   Cañares, in an interview, said the two children’s parents haven’t recovered from the initial dismissal of the charge and believe the motion for reconsideration will simply suffer the same fate.
   But he said the refusal of the two original complainants to sign the affidavit of verification won’t make any difference to the validity of the motion.

Catholic priest faces new sex abuse charges

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Reuters, By Ros Krasny, November 03, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL), (Reuters) - A Roman Catholic priest at the center of a sex abuse and cover-up scandal was taken into federal custody in Chicago on charges of molesting two U.S. boys including one on a trip overseas, authorities said.
   Donald McGuire, who once worked with a group linked to Mother Teresa, traveled to Switzerland and Austria in 2000 to engage in sexual misconduct with a minor who is now 21, according to charges unsealed by the U.S. Attorney's office on Friday.
   The 77-year-old Jesuit priest is being held without bond, labeled a flight risk by prosecutors. If convicted on federal charges, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Should Statutes of Limitations on Sexual Abuse be Extended?

  - General considerations and RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catholic Online, By Beth Griffin, Catholic News Service (www.catholicnews.com), Nov/3/2007
   NEW YORK (CNS) - The church opens itself to charges of hypocrisy when it opposes extending the statute of limitations for bringing clergy sexual abuse claims, according to attorney Charles Molineaux.
   He called it an "inversion of episcopal priorities" that places concern for property and the institutional church ahead of concern for souls.
   Molineaux, an international commercial arbitrator, addressed a panel on the clergy sexual abuse scandal Oct. 27 at the 15th annual meeting of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists at St. John's University School of Law in Queens. Molineaux is a graduate of the law school.
   The Oct. 26-27 meeting drew some 450 registrants and featured more than 70 panels with 200 speakers. Among the speakers were Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver; William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights; Stephen Krason of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, who is the society's president; and Father Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things.

Priest denied bond

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY STEVE WARMBIR, swarmbir@suntimes.com , November 3, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A 77-year-old Jesuit priest, already convicted of molesting two young boys, was held without bond Friday after federal prosecutors alleged he abused two more boys and even charged access to a pornographic Web site to a religious mission credit card.
   The Rev. Donald McGuire, once a spiritual adviser for Mother Teresa and a former teacher at Loyola Academy, is charged with one count of traveling from Chicago to Zurich, Switzerland, and Salzburg, Austria, with a boy he had started sexually abusing when the youngster was 13.
   When another alleged victim balked at looking at and discussing porn with him, McGuire "flew off the handle," according to the criminal complaint.
   "What do you think I am?" McGuire allegedly asked the teenage boy. "Some kind of sick pervert?"

Pastor Hospitalized; Molestation Trial Delayed

  [Decades ago - Gray*] - Baptist. > 20 girls, 1 boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   News4Jax, ~ November 03, 2007
   JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The trial of a longtime pastor of Trinity Baptist Church on charges he molested children decades ago has been postponed because the defendant is in the hospital.
   Robert Gray was slated to stand trial Nov. 12 on three counts of capital sexual battery, but Judge John Merrett visited Gray in the hospital before ruling at a hearing on Friday that the trial would be indefinitely postponed because Gray is incapacitated.

List of Alleged Rape Victims Swells to Ten in South Kitsap Case

  [1995-2007 Harper*] - "The Church" and Family Church of God Pentecostal. 7 females.
   Kitsap Sun, By Josh Farley, Friday, November 2, 2007
   PORT ORCHARD (WA) -- Investigators have received accounts from four more people – three women and one girl – who say a former pastor of The Church in South Colby committed sexual abuse against them while they were minors, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.
   Robbin Leeroy Harper, 60, was charged Thursday by Kitsap County Prosecutors with eight felonies that emerged from accusations of molestation or rape by five women or girls, all members of the South Kitsap church Harper is said to have established.
   New allegations could bring additional charges by prosecutors, Kitsap County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Montgomery said Thursday at Harper's arraignment.

Gray's illness forces trial delay

  [Decades ago - Gray*] - Baptist. > 20 girls, 1 boy.
   The Times-Union, By Jeff Brumley, November 03, 2007
   JACKSONVILLE (FL) -- The child molestation trial of former Trinity Baptist Church pastor Robert Gray has been postponed because he is gravely ill.
   Circuit Judge John Merrett ruled that Gray, 81, is too ill to participate in a trial that was set to begin Nov. 13.
   "I personally observed [Gray] in intensive care," Merrett said in a court hearing Friday. "I find his incapacity is genuine and complete."
   Merrett scheduled a hearing for Dec. 12 to get an update on Gray's condition.
   Gray has been hospitalized since Oct. 20, said his attorney, David Barksdale.

Sheriff's Office: 4 new victims identified in Kitsap County, WA

  [1995-2006 Harper*] - "The Church" and Family Church of God Pentecostal. 7 females.
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ November 03, 2007
   PORT ORCHARD, Wash. -- The Kitsap County sheriff's office reports it has received accounts from four more females who say a former pastor committed sexual abuse against them while they were minors.
   It identifies them as are three women and one girl.
   The sheriff's office says the detectives' latest interviews were with females aged 24, 20, 20 and 16.

US bishops face legal action from Episcopal church

  - Episcopalians. [ 1973 ?+ Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [1973 + Bp Charles Bennison] - US$11.6m. To be suspended. 1973 onwards - Did not report brother. [~ 2007 Bp Duncan] - Proposals to secede from the looser-morals wider Church.
  The Times (England), by Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent of The Times, ~ November 03, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Two senior Anglican bishops are facing legal actions from their own church in the US.
   In Pennsylvania, the liberal diocesan bishop Charles Bennison has been suspended by the Primate, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, while accusations that he concealed a relative’s abuse of a teenage girl are investigated.
   And in Pittsburgh, the conservative diocesan bishop Bob Duncan has been warned that he could face disciplinary procedures under Canon Law over proposals that his diocese seccede from the wider pro-gay Episcopal Church.
   Both actions have stunned Episcopalians, who have been left in no doubt that their leader, a formidable woman who was formerly a marine biologist, is determined to take whatever steps necessary, both to stamp out abuse and also to maintain unity.

SNAP Northern California: The Disgraceful Bennison Brothers

  - Episcopalians. [ 1973 ?+ Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [1973 + Bp Charles Bennison] - US$11.6m. To be suspended. 1973 onwards - Did not report brother. [~2007 Ms Alton] - Allegedly changed Wikipedia entry, so banned by Wikipedia.
   Virtue Online, November 2, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- We are relieved that Episcopal officials are finally taking action. It was over a year ago that we staged protest after protest at St. John's Episcopal Church in Clayton, California to demand the removal of the admitted child sex offender, John Bennison.
   It was truly inconceivable to us how a child rapist could be made the Pastor of a Church, where children are present, with the knowledge of his "big brother", Bishop Charles Bennison, and his other buddy, Bishop Swing.
   The Bennison Brothers boldness, and stubborn refusal to be accountable for the outrageous deviate sexual behavior was one of the worst cases I have seen in Northern California. The molestation of a child is a criminal act, and when a child abuser is covered for by a church official, the crime is increased dramatically. A Bishop who shields predators must be suspended and face consequences.
   Bishop Bennison knew his brother was a child rapist, yet turned his back not only on the victims, but on all children in the church. His deceit and recklessness is not to be taken lightly, and his choice to protect his molester brother, instead of innocent children, who have since come in contact with John Bennison, was not the right choice.

Abuse is problem among SA clergy: Archbishop

  - RCC leader says it's society!!! South Africa flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   IOL, by Kashiefa Ajam, November 03, 2007
   SOUTH AFRICA -- On the eve of the release of former Boys Town student Mario D'Offizi's book, in which he describes how the late Catholic Bishop of Johannesburg, Reginald Orsmond, sexually molested him, the diocese admits that child sex abuse in the church has been a problem for many years.
   And Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, the Archbishop of Durban, says child sex abuse by Catholic clergy is certain to continue to be a problem in both society and the Church.
   "It is clear that to the degree that Christians are not apart from the society in which they live, they will carry over from society some of its dominant features {good and bad}.

Settlement talks continue in clergy sex abuse cases

  [Decades - (Jesuits)] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Alaska flag (USA State); www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Fairbanks News-Miner, By Mary Beth Smetzer msmetzer@newsminer.com , November 3, 2007
   ALASKA -- Settlement talks in the multiple child sexual abuse cases lodged against the Society of Jesus Province continue to be actively pursued.
   “I think we’re close to putting together with our insurers a package that can achieve a settlement,” the Rev. John Whitney, Oregon Province provincial, said Thursday evening. “My sense is we are working toward it. I’m not sure what is going to happen. There are some real differences right now that need to be ironed out.”
   The Jesuits have settled approximately 30 cases out of court.

Jesuits release statement regarding McGuire

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Janesville Gazette, By Mike Heine, 8:17 p.m., November 2, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- The Chicago Province of Jesuits released a statement Friday after learning of the federal charge filed against the Rev. Donald J. McGuire, a renowned priest who was once the confessor to Mother Teresa.
   The statement, attributed to the Rev. Edward Schmidt, says:
   The Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) learned today that Donald J. McGuire has been taken into federal custody pursuant to federal charges alleging that McGuire traveled interstate and in foreign commerce for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act with a minor.
   We have cooperated extensively during the course of this federal investigation by providing records and other information to the United States Attorney’s Office. We have also made Jesuit officials and representatives available to Assistant United States Attorney for the purposes of the investigation. Additionally, with regard to complaints against Donald McGuire, the Chicago Province has been fully and proactively cooperating with law enforcement officials in Wisconsin, Arizona and Cook County, Illinois.
   We appreciate the efforts of the United States Attorney’s Office in aggressively addressing issues relating to sex offenders. We pledge to continue to work proactively and aggressively with law enforcement agencies in all matters relating to this case and in any case of sexual abuse by any member of this Province.

Advocacy groups slam bishop on sex-abuse bill

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Newsday, BY EDEN LAIKIN | eden.laikin@newsday.com , 9:33 PM EDT, November 2, 2007
   LONG ISLAND (NY) -- Members of two local advocacy groups have protested against Bishop William Murphy for using the pulpit to speak out against legislation that would give victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to file lawsuits and seek criminal prosecution.
   Despite the fact the bill has been stalled in the State Legislature for three years, the two groups said that during the annual Red Mass in Suffolk County -- for members of the legal profession last month -- Murphy questioned whether legislation that would extend the criminal and civil statutes of limitation was intended "to profit lawyers more than victims."
   The bill would extend the criminal statute in child sex abuse cases by five years, giving the victim until the age of 28 to report the crime to law enforcement. It would also open a one-year window for past victims to file civil lawsuits.

Bishop Accused Of Child Abuse Suspended

  - Episcopalians. [ 1973 ?+ Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [1973 + Bp Charles Bennison] - US$11.6m. To be suspended. 1973 onwards - Did not report brother. [~2007 Ms Alton] - Allegedly changed Wikipedia entry, so banned by Wikipedia.
   ABC 7, By Dan Noyes, Nov. 2, 2007
   PENNSYLVANIA (KGO) -- An ABC7 I-Team investigation from last year is having a big impact across the country. The bishop of Philadelphia's Episcopal Diocese has been suspended after the I-Team revealed he covered up child sexual abuse committed by his own brother.
   Charles Bennison has been suspended as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Philadelphia for "conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy."
   "I just would hope people would keep the Diocese of Pennsylvania in their prayers. This is a very serious time for us, there's profound sadness that this has happened," says Rev. Glenn Matis, Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.
   Bennison was pastor at St. Mark's in Upland during the 1970s when he hired his brother, John, as a youth counselor. Even though he was married at the time, John Bennison carried out affairs with married women in the church and targeted some of the teens he was supposed to be supervising. "Muriel" was 19 years old at the time.

Prominent Jesuit Is Target of New Federal Charges

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The New York Times, By LAURIE GOODSTEIN and SUSAN SAULNY, November 3, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A prominent Jesuit priest accused of sexually victimizing teenage boys who were his valets as he traveled the world leading Roman Catholic spiritual retreats was taken into federal custody yesterday in Chicago.
   The priest, the Rev. Donald J. McGuire, was charged by the federal authorities with traveling to Switzerland and Austria to engage in sexual conduct with a minor. Father McGuire was convicted last year of sexually abusing two high school students on trips to Wisconsin.
   He was free on parole awaiting an appeal.
   If convicted on the new federal charge, he could face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

'... a lasting keepsake of your time at Grenville'

  [1970s-1997 - Grenville Christian College* (Community of Jesus)] - Anglican. Sexual, physical, psychological, possible lesbian leaders from 1973, public confessions. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
  Globe and Mail, By MICHAEL VALPY, November 3, 2007
   CANADA -- For the memory of abuse that keeps on living: a $150 doll wearing the student uniform of Ontario's Grenville Christian College.
   The now-defunct private school outside Brockville marketed the dolls to its alumni this week as police continued a criminal investigation into allegations of physical and sexual abuse by former staff, and lawyers prepared civil suits against the school's owners and former staff and the Anglican diocese in which Grenville is located.
   A flyer sent out on the school's e-mail service advertised the dolls as "a special offer for our alumni - a way to remember - a lasting keepsake of your time at Grenville." The flyer said Asian dolls could be ordered for foreign students who attended Grenville.

Jesuit priest McGuire faces federal charges

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Daily Southtown, By Chris Hack, November 3, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A notorious globe-hopping priest who's been living in Oak Lawn now faces federal charges alleging he molested boys, including one he took with him to religious retreats in Europe and South America.
   The Rev. Donald J. McGuire, who was convicted last year of sexual abuse going back to the 1960s, allegedly continued molesting boys as recently as 2003, according to a federal complaint unsealed Friday.
   McGuire allegedly fondled boys as young as 9 years old during confession, molested them at retreats around the world, constantly showed them pornography and was a regular customer at a north suburban smut shop well into his 70s.

Priest called serial molester

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys.
   Chicago Tribune, By Manya A. Brachear and Jeff Coen | November 3, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A prominent Jesuit priest who traveled around the globe as a spiritual shepherd brought a teenage boy on at least one of his international trips and molested him repeatedly, federal authorities charged Friday.
   Rev. Donald McGuire faced a judge in Dirksen Federal Courthouse on charges that he traveled to Switzerland and Austria in December 2000 to engage in sexual misconduct with a minor, who is now 21 and a college student.
   But the affidavit against McGuire paints a portrait of a serial molester who targeted acolytes entrusted to his supervision. The accuser identified as Victim A told authorities McGuire sexually abused him from 1999 to 2003 in 12 states and six countries. His mother had sent him to live in Evanston with the priest, who had become a spiritual mentor to their troubled family. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 3, 2007 9:20 AM]
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
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Youth ministry volunteer jailed; faces sex charges

  [~ 1990s-2000s Seymour -NEW*] -Baptist. Minors. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orlando Sentinel, www.orlando sentinel.com/ news/local/ southwest/ orl-cfbriefs 04_107nov04, 0,2204333. story?coll= orl-news- headlines- space ; November 4, 2007
   LAKELAND (FL) -- A volunteer youth minister at the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland is accused of having had sexual contact over five to seven years with youths he met at the church, according to an arrest affidavit.
   He paid money to some, either for the acts or as hush money, authorities said.
   Marshal A. Seymour, 40, of Lakeland, faces charges of unlawful sexual activity, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and three counts of using a child in sexual performance.

Un Perry Mason per i preti pedofili

  - RCC. Paedophilia, help to speculator. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   La Stampa, By FILIPPO DI GIACOMO, ~ November 04, 2007
   VATICAN CITY -- In a new legal offensive by the Vatican, American lawyer Jeffrey Lena will now handle all future cases of clergy sexual misconduct that arise throughout the world. His name is already written on top of the entrance door to his office in the Vatican.
   According to data from the archives regarding 150,000 priests in the United States who served the Catholic Church since 1980, there is a conclusion that only 500 priests were accused of crimes related to pederasty. That is only 0.3 percent of the clergy. Those proven guilty were only 0.2 percent. The data were also found to be correct after it was checked with other archives at other ecclesiastical locations.
   According to those studies, the real problem arises from presence of many ministers with a homosexual bent. The estimated number varies from what Donald Cozzens, rector of a Cleveland seminary, says in his book, "The Changing Face of the Priesthood," which puts the number at between 23 to 80 percent. Another scholar, Leon J. Podles, suggests that the rate is about 20 percent, which is seven or eight time more than the average in the ordinary population. Michael Rose, in his book "Goodbye! Good Men," says there is an active homosexual subculture in the Catholic Church and according to many this subculture is a consequence of the disciplinary and doctrinaire tumults deriving from Vatican II, more acceptance of homosexuality in society at-large. That climate has facilitated many active homosexuals to access the priesthood and often to access important positions in the church.
   Another important issue faced in the La Stampa article is about Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, whose name arose during the scandal involving Antonio Fazio, former president of the Bank of Italy. Fazio had given inside information to a known speculator, Mr. Fiorani, to enable him to buy an important bank in the north of Italy. Investigators recorded telephone calls between Fazio and Fiorano which served as the basis for their arraignment. After Fiorani was freed from jail, he was heard complaining to the cardinal that when he fell into disgrace nobody had ever called his wife to ask about his health. The cardinal answered, "The church is composed of men and men make mistakes." Fiorani answered, "Yes, it's . It's made of men but I'm speaking with you. I'm not speaking with a country parish priest." Fiorani had given monetary help to the church and Fazio was a close friend of the cardinal. It now seems the cardinal is going to lose his job. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 4, 2007 3:14 PM]
   [COMMENT: If homosexuals got ordained, someone must have fooled the Holy Spirit!  Anyway, people who think that the tumult after Vatican II encouraged homosexuals to join the clergy ought to read a more detailed book, covering 1700 to 2000 years.  What sort of males would agree to a neutered existence?
   The banking scandal joins the other famous one, which ended in a Vatican-linked banker being found hanged on Blackfriars Bridge, London. COMMENT ENDS.]

«Don Armando via dalla parrocchia»

  [2007 Rizzioli*] - RCC. Took off skimpy undies, etc. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ November 04, 2007
   "The Rev. Armando expelled from the parish"
   He is now in Padua at one of the clergy's homes. Mass will be celebrated today by Rev. Vittorio.
   Due Carrare
   ITALY -- The Rev. Armando Rizzioli, 71-year-old parish priest at the Santo Stefano church was not present Friday for celebration of Mass that is dedicated each year for the dead. The church is attached to the abbey founded by the Benedittini fathers in the 10th century.
   The community is incredulous and disconcerted because the priest had not warned them of his absence.
   The news about the parish priest is updated until last Thursday, the day after his plea bargain with the Verona judge because of his arraignment in July for performing obscene acts in a public place while on vacation at Lake Garda.
   The witness of the obscene act was a Dutch boy whose family immediately denounced the priest to the carabinieri. The final act took place last Wednesday with his plea bargain.
   The community of Carrara Santo Stefano is irritated and sour. It is difficult for anyone to speak of this "bad story." Sergio Vason, mayor of Due Carrare, said an envoy of Padua Bishop Antonio Mattiazzo met with the parish priest and gave him a message from the bishop. The Rev. Armando seems to have disappeared immediately afterward. The mayor asked Maria, the priest's caretaker, where the priest could be found.
   "The Rev. Armando seems to have accepted the hypothesis [sic] to leave the parish," said the first citizen who is waiting for outcome of the diocesan investigation. He is probably in Padua at one of the diocesan homes for assistance to clergy. He needs to be looked after, morally and psychologically.
   The religious functions of Santo Stefano are suspended for the parish priest was there alone to perform the pastoral functions. The 9 a.m. Mass today will be celebrated by the Rev. Vittorio, parish priest of Carrara San Giorgio. It will be a celebration charged with meanings, starting from defense of the church as an institution and of the person who is not there but perhaps had to be there just to explain.

A good shepherd

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. Boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Savannah Morning News, Sunday, November 4, 2007
   Bishop Boland went to bat for a family alleging abuse by a visiting Jesuit priest.
   SAVANNAH (GA) -- IF THE Catholic Church in this country had more religious leaders like the Most Rev. J. Kevin Boland, then the abuse scandals that have wracked the church in recent years might have been less painful.
   Bishop Boland, who heads the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, was among a number of Catholic clergy and families who wrote to leaders of the Jesuit religious order in Chicago over the past three decades and expressed concerns about a Jesuit priest who conducted religious retreats in Georgia and other areas.
   That priest, the Rev. Donald McGuire, 77, was convicted last year in Wisconsin for molesting two boys during retreats in the late 1960s. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 4, 2007 7:19 AM]

New Documentary - Without A Voice

  - Orthodox Judaism. DOCUMOVIES. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out, ~ November 04, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- It's amazing to watch the changes that have been happening in the orthodox world.
   Back in 1994's the documentary "Unorthodox Conduct" was created. Then there was silence until Israel Moskovits film "Narrow Bridge" was released earlier this year.
   Some time this year or the early part of 2008, the documentary "Without A Voice" created by Moshe Schulman will be released.

Quattro proiettili da cinghiale per don Sante

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, new Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ November 04, 2007
   ITALY -- The showman and former parish priest affirms he received bullets at the rectory. "It's due to the bad climate the bishop is creating around me," he said.
   Four bullets normally used to hunt wild boars were sent by mail to the Rev. Sante Sguotti in a package that contained the written note: "One is for you, one for your woman, one for your son and the other as a reserve in case the first bullet will miss one of you."
   Rev. Sguotti was not present in the rectory last Friday when the mail was delivered. A girl, one of the priest's most faithful followers, got the package and noticed it did not appear normal so she did not open it. She called Rev. Sante on the phone and they decided to call the carabinieri and not to open it. Once opened at the carabinieri's station an Abano with due caution, they found the four bullets and attached note containing a certain number of insults against the priest, his companion and her child (whose paternity is still to be ascertained), accompanied with the precise destination of the bullets.
   The rebel priest is now frightened because only a mentally ill person could have done such a thing. Anything could happen now. He said it was likely to happen after the Padua bishop pointed his finger at him and saying he was "The Prince of Darkness" and was like Satan.
   "Instead of starting a dialogue, Rev. Brusegan and the bishop have started my demonization and indicating the necessity of punishing me," he said. "The outcome was easily foreseeable, affirmed the rebel priest. A madman from Monterosso or from another nearby place has now started menacing him, the woman he loves and the one-year-old child who was perhaps born from their union.

Archdiocese challenges tax bill for vigil church

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Boston Herald, By Laura Crimaldi, Sunday, November 4, 2007
   SCITUATE (MA) -- The Archdiocese of Boston has launched a two-pronged legal attack on Scituate town officials, who are levying tens of thousands in property taxes on buildings belonging to a closed parish that has been in vigil for three years.
   In a complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court, the church claims St. Francis X. Cabrini parish is entitled to a tax exemption because the property is still used for religious worship. The archdiocese has also brought the matter before the state Appellate Tax Board.
   The town began taxing the church and its parish center, rectory, school, hall and parking lot in July 2005, seven months after the 47-year-old parish was suppressed by the archdiocese during a tumultuous reconfiguration process.
   The annual tax bill is about $36,000 to $38,000, said Scituate Assessing Director Stephen Jarzembowski. The church complaint states the taxes have been paid.

Church Volunteer Accused of Abuse Turns Himself In

  [~ 1990s-2000s Seymour*] -Baptist. Minors.
   ABC Action News, www.abcaction news.com/ news/local/ story.aspx? content_ id=6fb725db- 2c50-49e3- 9847-abbaa fd9a02a ; ~ November 04, 2007
   Read Marshal Seymour's Arrest Report (WARNING:Graphic Content (353.1KB))
   LAKELAND (FL) -- A church volunteer who was the target of an investigation into allegations of abuse has turned himself into police.
   40 year old Marshal Seymour surrendered to police late Friday night.
   Seymour was a volunteer with the First Baptist Church in the Mall in Lakeland.
   Police say he met his victims, who were middle or high school aged children, through the church and engaged in illegal sexual acts with them.

Church Youth Minister Allegedly Paid Children For Sex

  [~ 1990s-2000s Seymour*] -Baptist. Minors.
   WESH, ~ November 04, 2007
   LAKELAND, Fla. -- Police said a youth minister was arrested for allegedly having sex with more than one child.
   According to police, Marshal Seymour turned himself in Friday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest, WESH 2 News reported.
   The Lakeland Police Department said the warrant came after an investigation that Seymour committed numerous sexual offenses while he was a volunteer youth minister at the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.

Lakeland church volunteer arrested for sex abuse

  [~ 1990s-2000s Seymour*] -Baptist. Minors.
   Tampa Bay's 10, ~ November 04, 2007
   LAKELAND, Florida - The Lakeland Police Department is currently working an ongoing criminal investigation involving allegations of abuse at The First Baptist Church at the Mall. On Friday, November 2, Marshal Seymour, 40, turned himself into police. FDLE was looking for Seymour in connection with sexual offenses he allegedly committed while a volunteer youth minister.
   Reports of these allegations were brought forth by an alleged victim who is now an adult. Police report they are looking into the abuse of middle school to high school aged students who currently attend The First Baptist Church at the Mall, or who have attended the church in the past.
   "As a church, we are all hurting deeply. We never felt the reality and pain of living in a broken world, as we do right now," says Jay Dennis the pastor at the church.

Youth ministry volunteer jailed; faces sex charges

  [~ 1990s-2000s Seymour*] -Baptist. Minors.
   Orlando Sentinel, November 4, 2007
   LAKELAND (FL) -- A volunteer youth minister at the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland is accused of having had sexual contact over five to seven years with youths he met at the church, according to an arrest affidavit.
   He paid money to some, either for the acts or as hush money, authorities said.
   Marshal A. Seymour, 40, of Lakeland, faces charges of unlawful sexual activity, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and three counts of using a child in sexual performance.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sun November 04, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Port St. Lucie pastor arrested in prostitution sting

  [2007 McCaskill -NEW*] - Nondenominational Church. "Prostitute." United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Palm Beach Post, By PAUL QUINLAN, Monday, November 05, 2007
   PORT ST. LUCIE (FL) – The founder and head pastor of a large nondenominational Christian church in Port St. Lucie was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with an undercover prostitution sting.
   West Palm Beach police say Ronald McCaskill, 54, approached an undercover officer posing as a prostitute along the 6900 block of South Dixie Highway, according to an arrest report.
   He agreed to pay $30 for oral sex and a massage, the report said.
   McCaskill was arrested on a charge of soliciting prostitution and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail. He left jail late Friday night after posting $250 bond, booking records show.

Retired Catholic bishop who served in Collier named in sex abuse suit

  [1994-2005 Bp Tejeda - NEW*] - RCC. Male. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Dominican Republic flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Naples Daily News, By LIAM DILLON, Sunday, November 4, 2007
   FLORIDA -- A retired Catholic bishop who served in Collier County from 2004 until April 2007 is accused in a lawsuit filed in Sarasota Circuit Court of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 42-year-old Cuban man.
   The lawsuit has prompted questions from a local Catholic organization about the Catholic hierarchy’s handling of the retired bishop while he served in Southwest Florida.
   The diocese serving Southwest Florida recently responded to the lawsuit, which was filed in August, by denying the allegations and asking for dismissal of the complaint.
   The suit alleges the Most Rev. Priamo Tejeda, a retired bishop of the Diocese of Baní in the Dominican Republic, began assaulting the man while Tejeda was an active bishop and continued the assaults over an 11-year period, most recently in Broward County in 2005. The suit doesn’t say that any of the alleged assaults took place in Southwest Florida.

Former church organist gets 6 months on child porn charges

  [1970s Mr Stocker*] - RCC. 6mos prison. Minors, and porn. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Chicago Tribune, www.chicago tribune.com/ news/local/ chi-stocker_ nov06,1,2973 386.story ; By Art Barnum | Tribune staff reporter, 6:30 PM CST, November 5, 2007
   DUPAGE COUNTY (IL) -- An organist who worked at nine DuPage County Catholic churches over the last two decades was sentenced Monday to 6 months in DuPage County Jail after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.
   Richard Stocker, 61, of Glendale Heights, also was ordered by Judge George Bakalis to have no contact with anyone under 18 during a 36-month probation and to register as a child sex offender.
   Wheaton police charged Stocker on the porn charges in 2005 after investigating sex abuse charges, authorities said.
   A former St. Francis High School student said that during the 1970s, Stocker sexually abused the sophomore when Stocker was employed in the Wheaton school's theater program. After Stocker's arrest, a former student at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Glendale Heights testified that Stocker had fondled him around 1970. The statute of limitations had expired on the alleged crimes involving those two youths. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 5, 2007 8:27 PM]

Abuse trial begins

  [1999-2005 Liberatore] - RCC. Altar boy.
   The Times-Tribune, Nov/05/2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- A federal trial against the Diocese of Scranton and former priest Albert M. Liberatore Jr., brought by a man claiming sexual abuse by the defrocked cleric, begins today. See Tuesday’s Times-Tribune for coverage. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 5, 2007 7:38 AM]

Chicago Catholic priest facing federal charge alleging sexual abuse of minor boy

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, November 02, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A Catholic priest was taken into federal custody Friday on a new federal charge that he sexually molested minor boys, including one boy who lived with him in Evanston, Ill., between 1999 and 2003, and accompanied him on interstate and international religious retreats. This charge resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
   The Rev. Donald J. McGuire was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of traveling to Switzerland and Austria in December 2000 to engage in sexual conduct with a minor. The complaint was filed yesterday and unsealed today after McGuire was transferred by ICE agents from state custody in Wisconsin to federal custody in Chicago.
   McGuire, 77, of Chicago, was expected to appear Friday before Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The charges were announced by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Elissa A. Brown, special agent-in-charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Chicago.
   According to a detailed complaint affidavit, McGuire was ordained in 1961 and is affiliated with the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Until at least 2006, he was also affiliated with an organization called Mission Fides, which supported and helped organize McGuire's religious retreats in the United States and around the world, including retreats for Mother Teresa's communities in India. Between the mid-1990s and 2003, McGuire's primary residence was at Canisius House, a Jesuit priest community in Evanston.

PENNSYLVANIA: Little mention of bishop's inhibition at diocesan convention

  - Episcopalians. [ 1973 ?+ Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [1973 + Bp Charles Bennison] - US$11.6m. To be suspended. 1973 onwards - Did not report brother. [~2007 Ms Alton] - Allegedly changed Wikipedia entry, so banned by Wikipedia. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Episcopal Life, ~ November 05, 2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- [Episcopal News Service] It was "business as usual" at the convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania on November 3, just hours before the inhibition of its bishop, Charles E. Bennison, took effect.
   In the only direct reference from the podium at Philadelphia Cathedral to Bennison's suspension, diocesan Chancellor William Bullitt told clergy and lay delegates that as of 12:01 a.m. November 4 Bennison was barred from all canonical, episcopal and ministerial functions indefinitely.
   In his brief statement, Bullitt said the diocesan standing committee would become the ecclesiastical authority on November 4 and that it will appoint a bishop to conduct future ordinations, confirmations and parish visitations until the Court for the Trial of a Bishop determines Bennison's fate.

Erickson accused of harassing priest

  - RCC.
   Chippewa Herald, By ELIZABETH HOCHSTEDLER elizabeth.hochstedler@lee.net , Monday, November 5, 2007
  CHIPPEWA FALLS (WI) -- A Chippewa Falls man is facing criminal charges for allegedly harassing a Catholic priest over a two-year period, including recent threats to defame him with false accusations.
   James E. Erickson, 59, 8811 Highway 178, was charged Friday with threatening to injure or accuse another person of a crime, defamation and stalking. Erickson was taken into custody Thursday. A $100 cash bond was set by Judge Roderick Cameron.
   According to the criminal complaint:
   The Rev. Brian J. Jazdzewski, of Notre Dame Catholic church in Chippewa Falls, told officers that he had been receiving threatening letters and voicemails since October 2005 from Erickson.
   The letters and voice messages have become more frequent and more threatening, Jazdzewski reported.
   At first the letters stated that the church was staging a conspiracy against Erickson and his wife.
   Letters received at the end of 2005 said that Erickson had been abused by a priest when Erickson was 10 years old, and he expected $500,000 from the church. Erickson wrote that he expected Jazdzewski to help; and if he didn’t help, Erickson could have him “kicked out of the church.”

Boston archdiocese, local officials in property-tax dispute

  - RCC. Vigil on site, now being taxed.
   Catholic World News, Nov. 5, 2007
   SCITUATE (MA), (CWNews.com) -- The Boston archdiocese is going to court to fight an effort by local officials to impose real-estate taxes on a closed parish church.
   Town officials in Scituate, an affluent suburban community, have levied taxes on the building that once housed St. Francis Cabrini parish. The parish was closed in 2004, as part of an archdiocesan retrenchment program. But a small group of former parishioners has set up a vigil on the site, refusing to vacate the church building and organizing prayer services there.
   Officials in Scituate say that although the archdiocese is not subject to property taxes, the church building is not covered by that exemption because it is not being used for religious purposed. To support that contention, they observe that the archdiocese refused to allow a priest to preside at the former parishioners' prayer sessions.

CORRECTED: U.S. Catholic priest faces new sex abuse charges

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Reuters, By Ros Krasny, 3:28pm EST, Mon Nov 5, 2007
   (Corrects paragraph 14 to show abuse victims, not SNAP, are suing Jesuit order)
   CHICAGO (IL), (Reuters) - A Roman Catholic priest at the center of a sex abuse and cover-up scandal was taken into federal custody in Chicago on charges of molesting two U.S. boys, including one on a trip overseas, authorities said.
   Donald McGuire, who once worked with a group linked to Mother Teresa, traveled to Switzerland and Austria in 2000 to engage in sexual misconduct with a minor who is now 21, according to charges unsealed by the U.S. Attorney's office on Friday.
   The 77-year-old Jesuit priest is being held without bond, labeled a flight risk by prosecutors. If convicted on federal charges, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Pastor: Abuse Scandal a 'Category 5' Storm

  [~ 1990s-2000s Seymour*] -Baptist. Boys.
   The Ledger, By Dana Willhoit, November 05, 2007
   LAKELAND (FL) | Worshippers filled the First Baptist Church at the Mall on Sunday as Pastor Jay Dennis talked to parishioners about weathering the storms in their lives.
   Storms make people aware of their priorities, of what is most important and what is insignificant, he said. They strengthen spiritual "muscle," and without them, we would be spiritually flabby.
   "Storms protect you," Dennis told church members, his words broadcast on huge television screens as he spoke.
   The storm hovering over the Lakeland church - Dennis called it a "Category 5" - is the investigation and arrest of Marshal Seymour on charges of molesting three teenage boys who he met through his volunteer work at the church, one of Polk's biggest with nearly 9,000 members.

Don Sante dice messa davanti a 5 fedelissimi

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, new Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, November 05, 2007
   ITALY -- IN A PRIVATE HOME THE DAY AFTER RECEIVING THE BULLETS Rev. Sante celebrated Mass in front of 5 very close faithful
   The community of Monterosso is still under shock, especially among Rev. Sante Sguotti's followers, because of the package the priest received last Friday containing four bullets meant for him, for his lover and her child plus an additional one to be used in case one of the three bullets missed the target.
   Rev. Sante said the climate created by the bishop and the Rev. Giovanni Brusegan was favorable to encourage mad people to really do what for the time being is only a menace. Rev. Brusegan answered by saying they always tried reconciliation and it is Rev. Sante's unclear response to very precise questions which has impeded any accord.
   Rev. Sante held a kind of counter-Mass, defying his suspension a divinis decreed by the bishop. This could appear to be defiance to the official church, a celebration made by a sect happening at the same moment in which the official ceremony was held in the church by Rev. Brusegan. Five people attended and received Communion.
   The gesture of the rebel priest, according to many, will inevitably bring excommunication to him and to the five people who attended his Mass. In fact, Rev. Brusegan stated: "The church will take action against Rev. Sante and against those persons who have attended this pseudo-ceremony. This gesture makes him as an autonomous actor which makes an autonomous ceremony with no authorization."
   Today, Rev. Sante will start to work as truck driver.

Pastor again hit with sex charges

  [~ 1990s-2000s Seymour*] - Baptist; Assembly of God. 3 boys, 1 boy. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Press-Register, Staff, wire reports, Monday, November 05, 2007
   MOBILE (AL) -- A minister convicted of assaulting a teenager in Mobile is now accused of having sexual contact with several boys he met through a youth ministry in Florida, authorities said.
   Marshal Seymour, 40, was jailed Sunday in Lakeland, Fla., on charges of using a child in sexual performance, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and tampering with evidence.
   Bond was set at $325,000.
   In Mobile, Seymour was arrested July 1, 1999, on charges of second-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse in connection with a 16-year-old boy. At the time he was working as a youth minister at Parkway Assembly of God on Dauphin Island Parkway.

Spiritual Jesuit Priest - a Serial Molester

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   eFluxMedia, by Alexander Toldt, November 4th 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- The devil seems to be just when one expects it less to find him. Recently a prominent Jesuit priest that has been traveling all over the world as a spiritual shepherd has had to face a judge on charges that he has traveled to Switzerland and Austria in December 2000 for engaging in sexual misconduct with a minor, who is 21 years old now. So, it seems that the devil is quite smart after all, that a priest is charged with such charges.
   The Jesuit priest’s name is Donald McGuire and he has recently faced a judge from the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on the already remembered charges. It appears that the boy who is now 21 years old and a college student has been take on at least one of the priest’s international trips, when he has been molested repeatedly.

Help for victims of abuse

  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Philadelphia Inquirer, By David O'Reilly, November 05, 2007
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- After decades of hiding its clergy sex-abuse problems, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia says it is aggressively encouraging abuse survivors to seek its assistance.
   "We've gone from {simply} making a report to asking: 'Who are you? What are your needs? How can we help?' " said Mary Achilles, victims' advocate for the archdiocese.
   The changes, a strictly local effort, are outlined in a new brochure sent to every registered Catholic household in the five counties covered by the archdiocese, she said.
   The three-page foldout, "Enhanced Efforts to Assist Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse," includes a letter from Cardinal Justin Rigali and describes the archdiocese's efforts to reach out to victims and meet their psychological and financial needs.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon November 05, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Ex-Downers Grove deacon pleads guilty to sex abuse

  [~ 2003 Deacon Blattel -NEW*] - Baptist. Mother-in-law (88). United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Naperville Sun, www.suburban chicagonews. com/naperville sun/news/636 432,6_1_NA06_ BLATTEL_S1. article ; By Emily McFarlan, November 6, 2007
   DOWNERS GROVE (IL) -- A former Downers Grove church deacon pleaded guilty last week to sexually abusing his then-88-year-old mother-in-law.
  Howard L. Blattel, 67, pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse Oct. 30 in Gadsden, Ala., where he has lived since 2003.
   Blattel previously lived in Bolingbrook. He served during the late 1990s and earlier this decade as a deacon at Marquette Manor Baptist Church and Academy in Downers Grove.
   "My mother will be 92 in April, and she's just glad it's all over now," said Kenneth Keelin, the victim's son.

Former priest jailed for attack on boy

  [1987 Richard -NEW*] - RCC. 1yr's prison. Boy. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CBC News, Last Updated 4:01 PM | Tuesday, November 6, 2007
  CANADA -- A retired Catholic priest has been sentenced to one year in jail for sexually assaulting a teenaged boy in 1987.
   During sentencing in Sydney, N.S., Tuesday, the judge said Claude Richard abused his position of authority over the boy, who was 14 at the time of the assault. The youth was a member of Richard's Glace Bay church.
   Richard pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual assault in June.
   At a pre-sentence hearing, the victim testified he was assaulted as many as 30 times over a period of less than three months, but Richard said there had been only one assault.

'Sexual abuse is a crime, not an affair'

  - Episcopalians. [ 1973 ?+ Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [1973 + Bp Charles Bennison] - US$11.6m. To be suspended. 1973 onwards - Did not report brother. [~2007 Ms Alton] - Allegedly changed Wikipedia entry, so banned by Wikipedia. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Episcopal Life, By Westley Byrne, November 06, 2007
   PENNSYLVANIA {Episcopal Life} -- As a former resident of Philadelphia, I've followed the happenings of the Diocese of Pennsylvania for a long time. My first reaction to the news about Bishop Charles Bennison (Pennsylvania bishop inhibited from ordained ministry, Oct. 31, 2007) and his brother John was a mixture of anger and sadness.
   As I read further, though, another reaction set in. This second response wasn't so much to the news itself but to the way that news was described.
   Seminarian John Bennison's criminal acts toward a child under his lay pastoral care are variously characterized as initiating a "sexual relationship," having a "relationship," and engaging in "sexual relations." As an ordained Episcopal deacon and then priest, John is said to have continued a "sexual relationship with the 14-year-old."
   Charles, then a priest and John's supervisor during much of this time, knew that "his brother was conducting a sexual affair with an underage member of [his] church's youth group." It's said that Charles even came upon John Bennison and the 14 year-old-girl "while they were engaged in sexual relations."
   Charles is charged with doing nothing, however, "to hasten the end of the affair."
   But this wasn't an "affair." Neither was it a "relationship." What it was was child sexual abuse. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 6, 2007 6:12 PM]

Beaten by a Priest

  [2007 Chaanine*] - RCC. 4-12yrs prison. Fondled, choked, smashed wine bottle over head of "loved" woman.
   Inside Edition, ~ November 06, 2007
   LAS VEGAS (NV) –
Caller: Help me!
911: This is the Fire department. What happened? Did you fall?
Caller: No, I got beaten up.
911: You got beaten up. Okay.
Caller: Horribly my hair has been pulled out of my head.
   It was a horrific 911 call from a distraught woman who had just been brutally attacked by a man she thought she could trust...a Catholic priest.
   Michaelina Bellamy tells INSIDE EDITION, "All I (could) think was God I'm going to die because I was begging him the whole time please, please..." Bellamy, a former Las Vegas show girl and cabaret singer, is speaking out about the vicious beating she suffered at the hand of Father George Chaanine. She says he stalked her, propositioned her and when she rebuffed his advances, he tried to kill her.
   As Michaelina Bellamy thinks back to the attack, she remembers screaming at the top of her lungs, asking anyone for help as her assailant continued to slug her in the face.
   The attack happened at Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church back in January. Bellamy says she was caught completely off guard when she was hit on the back of her head at least three times. When she was finally able to turn and face her attacker she was stunned to discover it was none other than Fr. George Chaanine.

2:23 p.m. Prosecutor dismisses charges against pastor, wife in McDonald County

  [1970s+ Lambert, Mrs Lambert, Mrs Epling; 1976-83 Deacon Tom Epling, Deacon Paul Epling] - Independent Baptist. Girls.
   The Joplin Globe, ~ November 06, 2007
   MISSOURI -- All charges have been dismissed against a pastor and his wife who were accused of molesting and sodomizing children at their church in rural Granby, Mo.
   Raymond Lambert, 52, the pastor of Grand Valley Independent Baptist church, was facing three counts of second-degree statutory sodomy and four counts of second-degree child molestion. His wife, Patty Lambert, 50, was charged with a single count of second-degree child molestation.

Sex abuse charges dropped in case of Missouri commune

  [1970s+ Lambert, Mrs Lambert, Mrs Epling; 1976-83 Deacon Tom Epling, Deacon Paul Epling] - Independent Baptist. Girls.
   International Herald Tribune, The Associated Press, November 6, 2007
   JOPLIN, Missouri: A prosecutors dropped a child sex abuse case against the leader and others in a southwest Missouri church commune accused of abusing girls as far back as the late 1970s.
   Prosecutors dismissed all charges against the Rev. Raymond Lambert; his wife, Patty Lambert; and Laura Epling, Patty Lambert's sister and the wife of a church deacon, on Tuesday, a week before the Lamberts were scheduled to go to trial.
   The case drew national attention in August 2006 when the Lamberts and two relatives were charged with multiple counts for allegedly abusing young girls for many years at their Baptist community on an isolated farm in the Ozark mountains.
   Prosecutor Janice Durbin and attorney Robert Evenson, who represented all three defendants, did not immediately return calls for comment Tuesday. [See report/s of August 2006.]

Charges against former Placentia parish priest dismissed

  [Dohey from March 8, 07] - 2 charges dismissed. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Charter, By LINDA BROWNE, ~ November 06, 2007
   CANADA -- A Roman Catholic priest charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation back in March has had both charges dismissed.
   On March 8, Father Wayne Dohey, who at the time was practicing at Sacred Heart Parish in Placentia, was arrested and charged with the offences which apparently stemmed from an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct with a young person between 1996 and 2000.
   The charges were laid after a woman in her 20s approached church officials in 2001 complaining about the alleged incidents, which she said occurred when she was 14, at which time Dohey was assigned to a Burin Peninsula parish.

'Most Dangerous' Priest Gets Bond

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WBBM, Regine Schlesinger Reporting, ~ November 06, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- (WBBM) - A man accused of being a serial pedophile--called the most dangerous priest in America--was freed on bond today while he awaits trial.
   The latest on the case from WBBM's Regine Schlesinger.
   After hearing two hours of arguments, U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys granted Father Donald McGuire a $50,000 bond provided McGuire remains under home confinement with two lifelong friends of the elderly priest agreeing to serve as third-party guardians to ensure Father McGuire has no contact with children.
   Dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit and moving slowly with the use of a walker, McGuire, 77, appeared Tuesday on the latest charges of sex abuse at the Dirksen Federal Building.

Judge OKs home confinement for accused priest

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys.
   Chicago Tribune, By Jeff Coen | 1:50 PM CST, November 6, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Despite calling the allegations against Donald McGuire "disturbing," the Jesuit priest accused last week of abusing a young boy he traveled overseas with in recent years will be confined to his home pending a federal trial, a judge decided today.
   McGuire was ordered released on $50,000 bail, with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys finding that two third-party custodians can keep tabs on visitors the priest might have at his Oak Lawn apartment. One of the men put in place as a monitor is McGuire's lifelong friend and the owner of the building where he has been staying since June.
   McGuire is expected to be taken back to Wisconsin first because of a detainer that a court there had placed on him, authorities said.

Judge: Child-molesting priest to go out on bond

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - RCC. 2 more boys.
   Chicago Sun-Times, November 6, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A 77-year-old child-molesting priest can be released on bond but must be under house arrest, wear an electronic monitor and be supervised by a friend so he isn't alone with children, a federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday.
   The Rev. Donald McGuire was convicted last year in Wisconsin of molesting two boys and was accused last week of molesting two more.
   But Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys believed the stringent conditions set for McGuire will suffice, despite an argument by a federal prosecutor that he is a danger to the community.

Career newsman abused by priest praised for courage

  - Eulogy for journalist Jim Cummins.
   Courier, By PAT KINNEY, Courier Business Editor, November 06, 2007
   WATERLOO (IA) --- A Waterloo attorney for deceased veteran Iowa-born NBC News correspondent Jim Cummins praised his courage in bringing the first of what became a series of clergy child sex abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque.
   "He was willing to put his name on the line. He felt very strongly about it," Waterloo attorney Tom Staack said of Cummins, who died Oct. 26 of cancer at age 62.
   "We just have a great deal of respect and affection for him, because he was the one who really initiated the first call that really was responsible for this thing starting with respect to the Archdiocese of Dubuque," Staack said.
   Cummins was the first of 20 clients Staack and Swanson represented that were involved in a $5 million 2006 out-of-court settlement of clergy sex abuse suits and claims against the archdiocese. That settlement included several current and former residents of Waterloo and Northeast Iowa.

Group for victims of priests' abuse moves to another Mendham chuch

  - The lights will process from RCC to Lutheran.
   Daily Record, BY ABBOTT KOLOFF, Tuesday, November 6, 2007
   MENDHAM (NJ) -- A support group for victims of abuse by priests says it has a new home after being told earlier this year it no longer would be allowed to meet at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic parish.
   The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, says it will hold monthly meetings at Grace Lutheran Church. The group plans a candlelight march along Main Street tonight at 6 p.m. from St. Joseph's to Grace Lutheran to publicize the move. After the march, it will hold a meeting for abuse victims and their families.
   Pat Serrano, SNAP's New Jersey family outreach director, said Grace Lutheran was one of three local churches that offered a meeting place for her group. She said SNAP waited until now to make a choice because group members held out hope that they would be allowed back to St. Joseph's.

Former church organist gets 6 months on child porn charges

  [1970s Mr Stocker*] - RCC. Minors, and porn.
   Chicago Tribune, By Art Barnum | November 6, 2007
   ILLINOIS -- An organist who worked at nine DuPage County Catholic churches over the last two decades was sentenced Monday to 6months in DuPage County Jail after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.
   Richard Stocker, 61, of Glendale Heights, also was ordered by Judge George Bakalis to have no contact with anyone under 18 during a 36-month probation and to register as a child sex offender.
   Wheaton police charged Stocker on the porn charges in 2005 after investigating sex abuse charges, authorities said.

Pastor Bob Gray Taken off Life Support

  [Decades ago - Gray*] - Baptist. > 20 girls, 1 boy.
   First Coast News, By Jeannie Blaylock, ~ November 06, 2007
   JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Former Trinity Baptist pastor Dr. Bob Gray has been taken off life support.
   Gray had been at Shands Jacksonville since mid-October for an undisclosed medical condition.
   More than twenty women and a man claim Dr. Gray abused them as children.
   Gray's criminal trial had been scheduled to begin later this month, but after his hospitalization the judge delayed the trial pending a status hearing in mid-December.

Don Sante al lavoro come camionista

  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, November 06, 2007
   Yesterday was the first day at the driving wheel
   The Rev. Sante working as a truck driver
   A TV interview during the break for lunch
   ABANO, ITALY: It was the first day of work for the priest in love. In a little more than one month he passed from the altar of the Monterosso church to the seat of a truck.
   The rebel priest yesterday put to use his type "E" driving license and started to earn his bread as a normal lay person. It's sure his role of pseudo-parish priest and "spiritual father" for a very faithful niche of followers has not been abandoned. But yesterday a new life as an employee for a trucking business started for him. There was no way to convince the priest to reveal his employer's name.
   What is known is that the priest will have to travel in the Triveneto to transport construction material. "It's fun to be a truck driver", he said during the lunch break. "That's what I wanted to do and finally I was able to get the job".
   His popularity is rising and during the lunch break , after having parked the truck, he was interviewed by a troupe of the "Verissimo" TV talk show for next Saturday airing. You can bet that during the interview the rebel priest will speak about his soon-to-be-released book "Il mio amore non e' peccato" (My love is not a sin). The book will be in all book shops and perhaps in the streets' newspaper stalls next Monday.
   It's to be noted that besides his accomplishments as a truck driver and TV talk show guest, Rev. Sante performed very well in the charity soccer match at the Mortise stadium. It was limited to five players per team: He played with the priests' team named "Black for choice" against the boxers' team named "Padua ring." The match ended with the priests flattening the boxers 9 to 5.

The Big Question: Who are the Jehovah's Witnesses, and why do they refuse blood transfusions?

  - JWs have 23,720 seducers? Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Independent, By Paul Vallely, Associate editor, Published: November 06, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Why ask now?
   Because Emma Gough, a 22-year-old mother has just died in a Shrewsbury hospital hours after giving birth to twins. She was a Jehovah's Witness (JW) and had refused a blood transfusion. There are 130,000 JWs in the UK, and almost seven million worldwide. Their numbers have almost doubled in 20 years. ...
   What's the situation with child abuse?
   Not good. They take Deuteronomy 19:15 literally, which demands two witnesses to a crime (not easy in cases of abuse). And they cite 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 - "Does anyone of you that has a case against the other dare to go to court before unrighteous men, and not before the holy ones?" - to justify trying to deal with criminals with courts of elders rather than courts of law. A Panorama investigation reported they have an internal list of 23,720 reported abusers which they keep private. Studies in the US suggest they have proportionally four times more sexual assaults on children than the Catholic Church.

Health Remains Issue For Pastor Accused Of Sex Crimes

  [Decades ago - Gray*] - Baptist. > 20 girls, 1 boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   News4Jax, ~ November 06, 2007
   JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The declining health of a former pastor charged with sexually abusing children who attended his church years ago might keep the man from ever standing trial.
   Days after Judge John Merrett said in court that 81-year-old Robert Gray was in very bad health and postponed the former Trinity Baptist Church pastor's criminal trial, the church's congregation was told Gray was taken off life support.
   Gray founded Trinity Baptist Church on Jacksonville's Westside nearly 40 years ago and later founded the church's Christian school. He retired from Trinity in 1992. Prosecutors said the sexual abuse that resulted in the charges occurred in the 1960s and 1970s.

Order Denied for Church Defendant's Wife

  [~ 1990s-2000s Seymour*] - Baptist; Assembly of God. 3 boys, 1 boy.
   The Ledger, By Dana Willhoit, ~ November 06, 2007
   BARTOW (FL) | The wife of Marshal Seymour, the church volunteer charged with molesting several teenage boys he met through the youth ministry at his church, on Monday lost a motion for an injunction to keep him away from her.
   Susan Seymour filed a motion for a temporary injunction on Oct. 31 asking that her husband not be allowed to go within 500 feet of their home on Berkeley Avenue in Lakeland, or the family business, Fire Equipment Service Center.
   In her motion she said "I'm here because I am filing for a divorce and I'm afraid of what he is going to do because he feels like he has lost everything. DCF (Department of Children and Families) is involved and actually told me yesterday I need to file for an injunction. My husband is being investigated for allegations of sexual abuse against minor boys. My husband is very emotional right now. He says things like 'Things will be better off for you and (our son) if I weren't around.' I just don't know what his state of mind is and I fear he will do something to himself, or to our son, maybe take him out of state, I just don't know.
   "I'm mainly trying to protect our son also. With the allegations and his emotional state, I just don't know what will happen. My husband knows the marriage is gone, he is probably going to jail, he most likely will have limitations with visits with his son. ... The detective told me that if my husband came by to see me or our son I would have to call him right away. The detective or DCF does not want any contact by my husband with us. We are mainly trying to protect our son. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 6, 2007 7:52 AM]

Opinion: Seeking justice

  [100yrs RCC] - Amerindian children.
   The Daily Republic, by Tim Giago, November 05, 2007
   SOUTH DAKOTA -- Writing about lawsuits can be like going to the dentist – it can be numbing and very painful. With that I will try to be as brief (no pun intended) as possible.
   Two lawsuits involving the physical, mental and sexual abuse of Indian children while living and studying at Indian mission boarding schools will be heard by the South Dakota Supreme Court to determine if the suits should be dismissed because they have exceeded the statute of limitations.
   Attorney Greg Yates of Rapid City is representing the plaintiffs. Yates also has a law office in California, and he is a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law. He believes that some of the local news coverage has been inadequate and slanted toward the defendants.
   The St. Francis lawsuit (Lloyd One Star and Marian Sorace) was filed in Rapid City and seeks damages against the Catholic Diocese of Rapid City; the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus; and the Denver-based Sisters of St. Francis.
   The St. Paul’s suit (Zephier and Cuny) was filed in Sioux Falls and seeks damages from the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls; Blue Cloud Abbey; Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, based in Pennsylvania; and the Oblate Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament of Marty.

Ex-church organist gets 180 days

  [1970s Mr Stocker*] - RCC. Minors, and porn.
   Daily Herald, By Christy Gutowski | Published 1:25 AM, Nov/6/2007
   JOLIET (IL) -- A former organist for several Joliet Diocese parishes and schools must report to jail later this month to begin a short stint behind bars for having child pornography.
   Richard W. Stocker said he didn't realize the illicit images of children were among the tens of thousands of pornographic materials he stored on his computer since 1997.
   The judge, though, wasn't so easily convinced.
   "If you look at these pictures, it's clear they are not 18 years or older," DuPage Circuit Judge George Bakalis said. "Somewhere, these young children are being put through all kinds of degrading, humiliating and traumatizing sexual experiences that will affect them the rest of their lives because of people like Mr. Stocker who buy into this kind of pornography."

Mother Suing School, Diocese In Connection With Numerous Sexual Assaults Of A 12-year-old Girl

  [2004-05 Star of the Sea School] - RCC. Negligent about girl's absences.
   The Day, By Joe Wojtas , Nov/6/2007
   NEW LONDON (CT) -- A New London mother, whose 12-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted on numerous occasions while skipping class at St. Mary Star of the Sea School, is suing the school and the Diocese of Norwich for never telling her that the girl was absent.
   Also named in the suit is Bishop Michael Cote and Carol Boy of Colchester, the girl's teacher at the school.
   The suit charges that from December 2004 to June 2005, the girl had repeatedly been absent or tardy and that at no time did the school contact the girls' parents to determine the cause of the absences or require her to get a note from her parents to return.
   The suit states that during that time, the girl “came under the influence” of Jose Pagan of New London, who was then 29 years old, and had sexual contact, including intercourse, with him.

Priest-abuse jury selected

  [1999-2005 Liberatore] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Times-Leader, By Terrie Morgan-Besecker, tmorgan@timesleader.com , Law & Order Reporter, ~ November 06, 2007
   SCRANTON (PA) - A federal judge has granted a request to hold a separate trial to determine punitive damages should a former altar boy who was molested by a priest prevail in his claim of negligence against the priest and the Diocese of Scranton.
   The ruling, issued Friday by U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo, was one of several pre-trial matters the judge resolved regarding what evidence will be permitted at the civil trial that pits the now adult victim, identified as John Doe in court documents, against the Rev. Albert Liberatore and the diocese.
   A jury of four men and four women were chosen after day-long questioning Monday. Opening statements are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. today. The trial is expected to last 10 to 14 days.
   Caputo also granted motions that will limit the testimony of experts for the plaintiff and the diocese. But he held off ruling on several other issues, including a dispute over whether Doe can present evidence of alleged past sexual misconduct by Liberatore and whether the diocese can present evidence regarding Doe’s sexual behavior and predisposition.

Federal trial of former priest accused of sexual abuse begins jury selection

  [1999-2005 Liberatore] - RCC. Altar boy.
   The Citizens Voice, BY ERIN L. NISSLEY, Nov/06/2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- Jury selection began Monday in a federal sex abuse civil trial involving a former priest and the Diocese of Scranton, with lawyers questioning more than two dozen potential jurors about their feelings toward Catholicism.
   The victim, identified in court filings as “John Doe,” claims the former priest, Albert M. Liberatore Jr., sexually abused him from 1999 to 2002, beginning when the boy was 14.
   Liberatore, now 42, was pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Duryea when the abuse occurred. He pleaded guilty in 2005 in Luzerne County and New York to sexually abusing the victim and was sentenced to 10 years probation and defrocked.
   The victim filed the federal suit against Liberatore, the diocese, Sacred Heart, retired Bishop James C. Timlin, the Rev. Joseph R. Kopacz, who was the diocesan vicar of priests when the abuse occurred, and Brother Antonio F. Antonucci, an employee at Sacred Heart who may have witnessed interactions between Liberatore and the victim. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 6, 2007 7:34 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue November 06, 2007
• Teacher sought lesbian affair: former student.  [1990s Mrs Crothers -NEW*] - No religion link reported. Woman to girl. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

Teacher sought lesbian affair: former student

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , By CHRISTIANA JONES, p 17, Wednesday, November 7, 2007
  [Picture] Accused teacher: Elizabeth Crothers is charged with 13 counts of sexual penetration and 10 counts of indecent dealing.    Picture: Steve Ferrier  
   A former schoolgirl broke down while giving evidence of the first time she allegedly had sex with a female home economics teacher accused of pursuing a lesbian affair with her while a student at a Perth high school.
   The alleged victim, who was aged 16 at the time, was giving evidence yesterday in the District Court trial of Elizabeth Anne Crothers, 50, who is charged with 13 counts of sexual penetration and 10 counts of indecently dealing with the teenager she taught in the late 1990s.
   The alleged victim told the mainly female jury yesterday she first went to the teacher for help with her self-harming and solvent abuse.
   She said while the teacher's actions started as attempts to comfort her, the actions became more physical and intimate, with the teacher allegedly announcing after several months she had sexual feelings for her.
   During questioning from prosecutor Tony Elliott, the former student admitted she enjoyed some of the "more physical" contact with Ms Crothers and described how the teacher started rubbing her back in longer hugs, touching and kissing her face, and whispering in her ear how "special" she was.
   The court was told Ms Crothers gave the girl a ring with a heart-shaped stone, and wrote her letters.
   The alleged victim claimed the pair shared a "passionate kiss" at Ms Crothers' home, on a bed the teacher shared with her de facto husband. The teacher allegedly said after the incident: "My feelings for you, they are sexual".
   The former student later broke down as she described how the teacher allegedly indecently dealt with her at a bush track at a national park.
   "I pushed her hand away and said, 'No, not yet', and she said, 'No, it will be OK'," the alleged victim told the court, claiming the teacher continued despite an initial request to stop.
   When asked by Mr Elliott whether she had been a willing participant in what she claimed was her "first sexual experience with anyone", the former student replied: "To a degree, yes".
   The alleged victim told the court yesterday her parents disapproved of her contact with Ms Crothers, prompting her to hide notes and letters from the teacher and to use a friend's computer to secretly exchange emails with her.
   She said she eventually told police about the alleged sexual activity with her teacher.
   The trial continues. #
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/submit/subchron6.htm#teacher_sought_lesbian
[Nov 7, 07]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Priest Accused of Stalking Conan O'Brien

  [- 2007 Ajemian -NEW*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Fox News, www.foxnews. com/wires/ 2007Nov07/ 0,4670,Conan OaposBrien Stalking, 00.html , By SAMANTHA GROSS, Associated Press Writer, Wednesday, November 07, 2007
   NEW YORK – A priest has been arrested on charges of stalking late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien by writing him threatening notes on parish letterhead, contacting his parents and showing up at his studio, prosecutors said Wednesday.
   The Rev. David Ajemian, a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston, was arrested last week while trying to enter a taping session of NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" at New York's Rockefeller Plaza, said Barbara Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan prosecutor's office.
   Ajemian referred to himself as "your priest stalker" in one note and complained of not being allowed in to see an earlier taping of the O'Brien show, court papers say.
   "Is this the way you treat your most dangerous fans?" the note said.

Lawsuit Filed Against Priest In Navajo Nation Court

  [1984-85 Cichanowicz -NEW*] - RCC. Boy.
   KOAT, ~ November 7, 2007
   NAVAJO NATION, N.M. -- A lawsuit has been filed in Navajo Nation District Court, reporting sexual abuse at the hands of a former Catholic priest.
   Attorneys and members of a sexual abuse support group filed a civil lawsuit against the Diocese of Gallup, along with a former priest, alleging sexual abuse at the hands of that ex-priest.
   Navajo officials claim it's the first time an abuse lawsuit has been filed in a Native American court.

Defense attorney says accuser in sex assault is ‘saving face’

  [? 1990s-2000s Kim -NEW*] - Presbyterian. Teenage girl.
   Longmont Times-Call, By Pierrette J. Shields, ~ November 7, 2007
   BOULDER (CO) – A defense attorney for a former Longmont church worker accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage charge told jurors Tuesday that the case against Peter Kim was about a church and a devout family’s efforts to save face.
   Attorney Steven Louth said Kim did not have a physical relationship with a teenage girl under his supervision at the Central Presbyterian Church until the girl turned 18, and that the two were an item was common knowledge.
   “Don’t let people manufacture evidence just to save the case,” Louth said to jurors in anticipation of the prosecution’s presentation during the second day of Kim’s trial.

Former priest pleads guilty to abuse

  [1965-74 Unnamed priest -NEW*] - RCC. 3 girls, 2 boys. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   RTE News, 18:13, Wednesday, November 7, 2007
   IRELAND -- A former priest has pleaded guilty at the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee to 53 counts of indecently assaulting three women and two men.
   Some of the offences date back over 40 years and occurred between 1965 and 1974 when the victims were children.
   Judge Carroll Moran made an order preventing publication of the former priest's identity in order to protect the identities of his victims.

Missouri Sex Abuse Charges Dropped

  [1970s+ Lambert, Mrs Lambert, Mrs Epling; 1976-83 Deacon Tom Epling, Deacon Paul Epling] - Independent Baptist. Girls. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   NPR, All Things Considered, by Robert Siegel and Michele Norris, November 7, 2007
   MISSOURI -- State prosecutors in Missouri have dropped child sexual abuse charges against the leaders of a small church, one week before their trial was due to begin. A defense lawyer said the charges were dropped after two of the accusers stopped cooperating with authorities. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 7, 2007 11:50 PM]

Alleged church victims lose quest for damages through RICO suit

  - RCC.
   PennLive, By MARYCLAIRE DALE, The Associated Press, 4:11 p.m. EST, Nov/7/2007
   PHILADELPHIA (PA), (AP) – A federal appeals court has thrown out a civil racketeering lawsuit filed by 14 alleged victims of priest sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
   The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld a lower court ruling that said the plaintiffs did not assert any injuries to their business or property, which the racketeering statute requires.
   Around the country, nearly all attempts to get around legal time limits by accusing church institutions of racketeering have failed.

Ex-priest Janssen held in contempt for hiding funds

  [1950s-60s Janssen] - RCC. 44 complainants including nephew (admitted).
   Quad-City Times, By Ann McGlynn | Wednesday, November 07, 2007
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- The defrocked priest ordered by a jury to pay his nephew $1.9 million for years of sex abuse is in contempt of court for hiding $80,000 in assets, a Scott County judge ruled.
   James Janssen, 4315 W. High St., Davenport, could face a fine of up to $500 or up to six months in county jail if he does not produce the savings bonds within two months, Judge Bobbi Alpers wrote in the case of James Wells versus Janssen.
   “The evidence demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that James Janssen has a history of financial transactions which he has carefully and calculatedly executed in an effort to hide his substantial financial assets from any potential creditor,” Alpers wrote. “Over the years, the conduct of Mr. Janssen has been intentional and deliberate with the motive to amass assets that are beyond the reach of others, including this plaintiff who prevailed in his lawsuit against Mr. Janssen.”

USCCB's top lawyer brings love for religious liberty to new post

  [1950-2007 US RC Church] - RCC. US$3,500,000,000 for sins.
   Catholic News Service, By Nancy Frazier O'Brien, ~ November 07, 2007
   WASHINGTON (DC), (CNS) -- Anthony R. Picarello Jr. is passionate about religious freedom.
   Whether it involves a pastor facing interference from local zoning officials over where he can build a church or a religious organization seeking to preserve its identity by hiring employees of the same faith, the issue of religious liberty has long fascinated the new general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. ...
   "The church nationwide should be concerned" about those efforts, which "are fundamentally unjust and threaten to bankrupt the church," Picarello said.
   In California alone, financial settlements to victims of clergy sex abuse have exceeded $1.8 billion since 2005, after the state lifted for one year the statute of limitations on civil suits for sexual abuse cases against private entities. That figure is more than the $1.7 billion in estimated church costs related to clergy sex abuse between 1950 and the early 2000s.
   Picarello said he is concerned about the possibility that other states could pass "a series of unjust laws that could do very great damage to the church."

Finanziaria, niente fiducia sulla manovra e sull'Ici il governo si salva per un voto

  - RCC mainly, at present. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   La Repubblica, ~ November 07, 2007
   ITALY -- The Italian House of Represenatives has been meeting for ongoing discussion on the 2008 budget law. An amendment was presented by a member of Parliament to eliminate real estate taxation exemptions that favor all ecclesiastical real estate. The majority of members voted down the amendment.

Must Read: The Church Should NOT Oppose Extending Statutes of Limitation

  - RCC man with conscience. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Voice from the Desert, ~ November 07, 2007
   NEW YORK -- The following (long) paper by Charles Molineaux, Esq., was presented at The Society of Catholic Social Scientists, Annual Meeting, Panel 32, St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY, on October 27, 2007.
   Molineaux is an attorney, a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. Born in New York, he was educated in public, Catholic, and Jesuit schools in Massachusetts, New York and Washington, D.C. and currently resides in northern Virginia where he serves as an international commercial arbitrator and sometime free-lance writer.
   His articles and poetry have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Georgetown Academy, The Catholic Lawyer and New Oxford Review.
   He is a member, inter alia, of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and of the Knights of Malta.
   The opinions expressed here are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent those of any organizations of which he is a member.

Burke warns two new St. Stan's board members

  - Justice RCC style.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Tim Townsend, Nov/07/2007
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke has warned two recently elected members of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church board that by joining the church's leadership they could face excommunication.
   Stan Rozanski, 59, of south St. Louis County, and Bernice Krauze, 65, of St. Louis, were elected to the board in August, replacing two board members who retired. The outgoing board members, Edward Florek and Stanley Novak, were part of the original Stanislaus Six – the board members whom Burke declared excommunicated in late 2005 after a prolonged battle over the church's property and assets.
   Soon after they were elected to the board, Rozanski and Krauze received letters from Burke instructing them to resign their positions on the board. On Friday, they received letters telling them that the archbishop had rejected their choice of a lawyer and had assigned them one from within the archdiocese. ...
   When they received their letters from Burke, Krauze and Rozanski called the Rev. Thomas Doyle, a Dominican priest and canon lawyer in Virginia who is handling the appeal of the earlier excommunications to the Vatican.
   But in his most recent letters, Burke rejected the choice of Doyle and instead assigned Msgr. Mark Rivituso, head of the church's state appellate court.

Judge allows bond for accused priest

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuits ejecting him)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY STEVE WARMBIR, November 7, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A 77-year-old child-molesting priest, facing fresh criminal allegations, can be released as he long as he's under house arrest, wears an electronic monitor and is supervised by two friends, so he's not alone with children, a federal magistrate judge decided Tuesday.
   The priest, Donald McGuire, still is in custody for an alleged probation violation on a Wisconsin case in which he was convicted last year of molesting two children. McGuire was expected to be transported back in custody to Wisconsin. He has to deal with that matter first before he's a free man and can return to the apartment in far south suburban Oak Lawn where he's been staying.
   The judge's decision came despite a federal prosecutor's strenuous argument that McGuire poses a danger to children -- and a statement from his own religious order that it's best he be locked up. It also came as his Jesuit order notified him it had dismissed him, pending Vatican approval.

Priest gets bail in abuse charges

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuits ejecting him)] - RCC. 2 more boys.
   Chicago Tribune, By Jeff Coen and Manya A. Brachear | November 7, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A Jesuit priest accused last week of abusing a teenage boy he took on overseas trips can await trial at his Oak Lawn apartment, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, rejecting an argument from prosecutors that Rev. Donald McGuire remains a serious danger to the community who must be jailed.
   Prosecutors told U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys there is no way to ensure McGuire, who was convicted last year of abuse charges in Wisconsin but is out of prison pending an appeal, won't be able to victimize children while he is out on bail. He has been accused of using his position in the community to get access to young people that he victimized over and over again, Assistant U.S. Atty. Julie Ruder argued.
   Ruder said McGuire, once a spiritual adviser to Mother Teresa, was able to commit abuse "while still holding himself out to be a good person, a holy person, as someone who cared for children and as someone who protected children." He repeatedly ignored restrictions placed on him by the Jesuit order, she said.

Convicted priest kicked out of Jesuits

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuits ejecting him)] - RCC. 2 more boys.
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, By JESSE GARZA, jgarza@journalsentinel.com , Posted Nov. 6, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A Chicago priest appealing his conviction for molesting two high school boys in Wisconsin in the 1960s has been dismissed from the Society of Jesus, according to a statement from the religious order released Tuesday.
   Father Donald J. McGuire was handed the dismissal decree Tuesday morning, according to the statement from the Chicago Province of the Jesuit order.
   McGuire, 77, was convicted in Walworth County last year of indecent behavior with two boys on retreats in Wisconsin in the 1960s. He had been free on bond while appealing the conviction but was taken into custody by federal agents Friday on charges that he traveled to Switzerland and Austria seven years ago to have sex with a minor.

Call to defrock pervert priest

  - Anglicans. [1974-76 Sharwood] - Male. [1976-2002 Anglican Church authorities] - Permitted Sharwood to continue, employed at "Churchie" school. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au  Queensland (Australian State) flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au 
   Courier Mail, 02:55pm, November 07, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- A CHILD protection group has called on the Anglican Church to defrock a priest due for release from jail tomorrow after serving time for child sex offences.
   Robert Francis Sharwood, 62, of Brisbane, was jailed for 12 months last November after being found guilty of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in Brisbane more than 30 years ago.
   He is due to be released from a Brisbane jail tomorrow.
   [LOOK BACK: "Church 'covered up' sex assaults", www.the australian. news.com. au/story/ 0,20867,2068 0406-500 6786,00.html , The Australian, by Kevin Meade, for November 01, 2006, noted under Oct 31, 06, ethcont129.htm . ENDS.]

School closes for defrocked priest's funeral

  - RCC school honours dishonour.
   Toledo Blade, By DAVID YONKE, BLADE RELIGION EDITOR, November 07, 2007
   TOLEDO (OH) -- Officials at Christ the King Catholic School announced yesterday that classes were canceled for today because of a defrocked priest's funeral at the West Toledo church.
   The closure sent parents scrambling for day-care arrangements and raised concerns from a victims' advocacy group over whether special treatment was being given to an ex-priest barred from ministry for sexually abusing boys.
   The cancellation announcement came in the form of a note sent home with the 600 students at the parochial school, who range from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.
   The note, signed by Principal Karen Malcolm, said a funeral was being held at the adjacent Christ the King Church today for Neil Lucas, the onetime pastor who died Sunday at age 69 after a lengthy illness, and "due to the large volume of participants, there will be no school."

Vigil stirs sense of loss over victims group

  - RCC "no room for them in the inn".
   Daily Record, BY ABBOTT KOLOFF, Wednesday, November 7, 2007
   MENDHAM (NJ) -- Fifty people participated in two demonstrations outside of St. Joseph's Catholic Church Tuesday night in support of clergy abuse victims who were told earlier this year that the church no longer would host their meetings.
   Two dozen members of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, walked in a candlelight procession from St. Joseph's to their new meeting place a half mile away at Grace Lutheran Church. About two dozen others, parishioners at St. Joseph's, stood outside their church holding candles and a sign:
   "You are in our prayers."
   Paterson Diocese officials have said SNAP was asked to move solely because the church didn't have room for the meetings. SNAP officials have characterized the move as an "eviction." Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 7, 2007 9:43 AM

Abuse story has man in spotlight

 
   Albany Times Union, By MARC PARRY, Wednesday, November 7, 2007
   NEW YORK -- A consulting firm founded by a presidential candidate employs a priest accused of molesting kids.
   One of the priest's alleged victims goes on national television with his story.
   When this scenario unfolded recently, it was a bump on the campaign trail for Rudolph Giuliani.
   For some local residents the surprise was learning who was making the allegations: Albany mortgage broker Richard Tollner.
   Tollner's story, told recently on ABC's "Good Morning America," is an account of decades-old abuse on Long Island similar to others that have dogged the Roman Catholic church.

Chiesa Cattolica dei Peccatori

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, new Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Chiesa Cattolica dei Peccatori, November 7, 2007
   ITALY -- The Catholic Church of the Sinners, founded by the Rev. Sante Sguotti, said the association is forced to postpone the meeting organized for Nov. 16, 17, 18 to Dec. 1. Abano Termi city authorities have withdrawn for unknown reasons the permit to use the Kursal meeting room, where the event was scheduled.
   Text of the now-cancelled permit can be read on the site after clicking on the link.
   The theme of the meeting on Dec. 1 was "Walking Toward Reconciliation" and to full admission to communion in the Catholic church for couples formed after separation from their former partners and remarried divorced couples.

L'Europa indaga sugli sgravi Ici della Chiesa

  - RCC. European Union (EU) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Radicali, de Libero, ~ November 7, 2007
   EUROPE INVESTIGATES REAL ESTATE TAXATION EXEMPTIONS IN FAVOR OF THE CHURCH
   ITALY -- The European Commission has sent a letter to the Italian government asking "within 30 working days" additional explanations about tax exemptions applied to the Catholic Church and to other religious institutions in Italy, starting with the discounts on real estate used for commercial purposes. The news comes from Jonathan Todd, spokesperson for Neelie Kroes, the Commissioner for Competition. He added the European Commission will decide if a procedure of infraction will be started. The letter follows an August request, after an appeal by Maurizio Turco, member of the Italian parliament belonging to the group "Rosa nel Pugno," which is formed by the Italian Radical party and the Democratic Socialist Party (SDI).
   The European Commission needs to know the list of all non-commercial institutions besides those of the church. It is interesting to know information about the exemptions of real estate tax given to the Catholic church and to all other religious institutions recognized by the Italian state approved by the 2006 budget law when Silvio Berlusconi was prime minister.
   If the European Commission finds an infraction of European laws meant to ensure free competition of all businesses in the European Community, it will issue an order to the Italian government to recoup the tax money. In case of non-compliance, there will be an appeal to the European Court of Justice. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 7, 2007 9:07 AM]

Views mixed on Bush pick for envoy to Vatican

  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Boston Globe, By Peter Schworm / November 7, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- Mary Ann Glendon, a prominent legal scholar and a papal adviser poised to become the next US ambassador to the Vatican, is known for staunchly defending Catholic doctrine while striking a conciliatory tone with opponents, colleagues said yesterday.
   Supporters said Glendon would bring a measured sensibility to a politically sensitive position, but opponents criticized her as a social conservative in lockstep with the Vatican's opposition to contraception and gay marriage. In recent years, Glendon has been a leading legal specialist on same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and was tapped this summer to lead an advisory group on judicial matters for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. ...
   During the clergy sexual abuse scandal, Glendon criticized news organizations for exaggerating the extent of the abuse and singling out Catholic priests.
   [COMMENT: Yes, her articles verged on dishonest.  And she still has not apologised for saying, as so many others do, that society, or the news media, or the "sexual revolution", or ANYTHING other than bad Church theories and practices are responsible for clergy causing "these little ones" to stumble. ENDS.]

Man who admitted to fondling children released for treatment

  [Lavertu] - Baptist.
   The Reporter-Herald, By Pamela Dickman, ~ November 7, 2007
   FORT COLLINS (CO) – Paul John Lavertu walked free from the Larimer County Detention Center on Tuesday after serving 35 days for fondling children at church functions.
   Judge Dave Williams sentenced the 23-year-old Windsor man, whose family and attorney said has the mind of a child, to the time he had already served and to 15 years of probation with intensive supervision and sex offender treatment.
   He was sentenced Tuesday in 8th Judicial District Court.
   Lavertu lives in Windsor with his parents but attended Gateway Baptist Church in Loveland.

Mother: Minister got off lightly

  [~ 1990s-2000s Seymour*] - Baptist; Assembly of God. 3 boys, 1 boy.
   Press-Register, Posted by SUSAN DAKER, 6:46 AM, November 07, 2007
   MOBILE (AL) -- News that a former Mobile minister was charged late last week with molesting boys in Florida has opened old wounds for the mother of a boy he allegedly abused here.
   Theresa Harrison of Mobile said that too little was done to prosecute or punish Marshal Seymour.
   In 1998, her 15-year-old son told her husband that Seymour had molested him. Her son had met Seymour, a youth minister, at Parkway Assembly of God church on Dauphin Island Parkway.
   "We were devastated," she said.
   But the local judicial system treated her family "like trailer trash," she said. "They thought we were stupid, dumb, trailer project trash."

More charges dropped in church sex-abuse case

  [1970s+ Lambert, Mrs Lambert, Mrs Epling; 1976-83 Deacon Tom Epling, Deacon Paul Epling] - Independent Baptist. Girls.
   The Joplin Globe, By Derek Spellman, dspellman@joplinglobe.com , ~ November 7, 2007
   MISSOURI -- Sexual-abuse charges against several members of a fringe church in McDonald County were dropped Tuesday.
   Three counts of second-degree statutory sodomy and four counts of second-degree child molestation against Raymond Lambert, 52, the pastor of Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church, were dropped, according to the McDonald County circuit clerk’s office. A charge of second-degree child molestation was dismissed against Lambert’s wife, Patricia Lambert, 50, along with a charge of second-degree statutory sodomy against Laura Epling, Lambert’s sister-in-law.
   Robert Evenson, defense attorney for the Lamberts and Epling, said the charges were dropped because the two women who accused his clients of abusing them had stopped cooperating with prosecutors.
   “They wouldn’t show up for the depositions,” Evenson said Tuesday night in a phone interview from his home.

Sex abuse charges against church commune leader are dropped

  [1970s+ Lambert, Mrs Lambert, Mrs Epling; 1976-83 Deacon Tom Epling, Deacon Paul Epling] - Independent Baptist. Girls.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Nov/07/2007
   JOPLIN, MISSOURI – In a sudden turn a week before trial, prosecutors dropped a headline-grabbing child sex abuse case against the leader of a southwestern Missouri church commune, his wife and his sister-in-law.
   Prosecutors dismissed all charges against the Rev. Raymond Lambert; his wife, Patty Lambert; and his sister-in-law Laura Epling, the wife of a church deacon, on Tuesday, a week before the Lamberts were scheduled to go to trial. All three had pleaded not guilty.
   Defense attorney Robert Evenson said charges were dropped because two women his clients were accused of abusing as girls had stopped cooperating with prosecutors. Prosecutor Janice Durbin did not return calls for comment.

Accusations follow minister across 3 states

  [~ 1990s-2000s Seymour*] - Baptist; Assembly of God. 3 boys, 1 boy.
   Press-Register, By SUSAN DAKER, Wednesday, November 07, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Allegations of improper behavior involving children have followed a youth minister from Biloxi to Mobile to Florida, where he now faces multiple counts of sexual abuse of teenagers, court records show.
   Marshal Seymour, 40, was arrested last week in Lakeland, Fla., and remains jailed on charges of using a child in sexual performance, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and tampering with evidence.
   Lakeland police said Seymour volunteered at First Baptist Church at the Mall there, meeting boys to whom he offered money or gifts for sex acts. He also offered one boy money to remain silent, police said. He was being held Wednesday at Polk County Jail in lieu of $325,000 bail, according to the jail log.

3rd Circuit Rejects RICO Claim Against Archdiocese

  - RCC.
   Law.com , by Shannon P. Duffy, The Legal Intelligencer, November 7, 2007
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- Fourteen alleged victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have lost their bid to revive a civil anti-racketeering suit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for its alleged cover-up of the scandal.
   In its 14-page opinion in Magnum v. Archdiocese of Philadelphia, a unanimous three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's dismissal of the suit on the grounds that the plaintiffs cannot show they suffered a RICO-style injury that was caused by the cover-up.
   The ruling affirms a November 2006 decision by U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis who found that the RICO claims suffered from numerous fatal flaws.

$1B suit launched against Grenville College

  [1970s-1997 - Grenville Christian College* (Community of Jesus), Revs. Haig, Farnsworth] - Anglican. Sexual, physical, psychological, possible lesbian leaders from 1973, public confessions. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Ottawa Citizen, by William Lin, Published Tuesday, November 06, 2007
   CANADA -- A $1-billion class-action lawsuit has been launched against Grenville Christian College in connection with allegations of decades of abuse at the school.
   Also named as defendants are the Anglican Church of Canada, two priests - the Rev. Alastair Haig and the Rev. Charles Farnsworth - and a Massachusetts-based religious group called the Community of Jesus.
   The alleged events of physical and verbal abuse and sexual harassment occurred at the Brockville-area college, the lawsuit said.

College being sued for $1 billion Class-action suit claims form

  [1970s-1997 - Grenville Christian College* (Community of Jesus)] - Anglican. Sexual, physical, psychological, possible lesbian leaders from 1973, public confessions.
   Brockville Recorder and Times, By KIM LUNMAN , ~ November 7, 2007
   CANADA -- Former Grenville Christian College students have filed a class-action lawsuit seeking $1 billion in damages to compensate claims they were "physically, emotionally and psychologically abused and harassed sexually" over nearly four decades at the now-closed private school east of Brockville.
   The statement of claim filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Milton, Ont., on Oct. 17 names two of the school's former headmasters, Rev. Alastair Haig and Rev. Charles Farnsworth, as defendants along with the Anglican Church, Grenville Christian College, Berean Fellowship International of Canada, and a Massachusetts group known as the Community of Jesus.
   The court document alleges students were beaten with wooden paddles and subjected to "light sessions" in which they were told they were sinners. It also accuses former staff of questioning female students about their virginity and denouncing them as "whores."

Abbott Klassen responds to review board criticism

  [Andert] - RCC.
   St. Cloud Times, By David Unze, dunze@stcloudtimes.com , November 07, 2007
   COLLEGEVILLE (MN) -- A St. John's Abbey priest whose role on a review board brought criticism last month hasn't served on the board since early 2007, according to a letter issued this week by the leader of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville.
   Abbot John Klassen, in a letter to the Times, wrote that the Rev. Tom Andert was affiliated with the abbey's External Review Board for four months at the end of 2006 and the start of 2007 but no longer is a member of that board.
   Klassen said he sent out incorrect and outdated information earlier this year regarding the makeup of the review board.

Concerns about ex-priest’s behavior at Sacred Heart stressed

  [1999-2002 Liberatore] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Times-Leader, By Terrie Morgan-Besecker, tmorgan@timesleader.com , Law & Order Reporter, November 7, 2007
   SCRANTON (PA) - Her husband gravely ill, the mother of a 14-year-old boy befriended by the Rev. Albert Liberatore once told a friend that she hoped the priest would adopt the child should her husband die.
   The mother believed Liberatore was “a gift from God” sent to help her and the child through the emotionally devastating time, Patricia Minora, the woman’s friend, testified Tuesday.
   But Minora, an employee at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, where Liberatore was pastor, said she was uneasy about the expensive gifts and attention Liberatore lavished on the youth. She warned a high-ranking official with the Diocese of Scranton that she suspected something wasn’t right with the relationship.
   Hers was the first of several “red flags” that were waved before diocesan officials that went unheeded, allowing Liberatore to sexually abuse the boy from 1999 to 2002, said Daniel Brier, an attorney representing the victim.

Rectory employees testify Duryea priest’s relationship with teen boy was ‘not right’

  [1999-2002 Liberatore] - RCC. Altar boy.
   The Citizens Voice, BY ERIN L. NISSLEY, Nov/07/2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- Ann Marie Zongilla, the housekeeper at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church’s rectory in Duryea, walked up to the attic one day in 2001 and discovered something she found shocking.
   Albert M. Liberatore Jr., then-pastor at Sacred Heart, was “rolling around on the floor” with a teenage boy who had been spending a lot of time at the rectory, she said.
   At one point, she added, the teen was hitting the priest’s buttocks with a plastic sword.
   The incident served to strengthen her opinion there was something “not right” about the priest’s relationship with the teen, an opinion that was shared by other employees at the rectory. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 7, 2007 8:18 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed November 07, 2007
• Teacher 'secretly met student for sex'.  [1990s Mrs Crothers*] - No religion link reported. Woman to girl. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

Teacher ‘secretly met student for sex’

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , By CHRISTIANA JONES, p 18, Thursday, November 8, 2007
   A female home economics teacher aged in her 40s secretly met a teenage student at night, engaged her in lesbian sex, offered her raspberry-flavoured alcohol and continued the relationship with the girl despite the school's attempts to limit their contact, a Perth court has been told.
   The alleged victim, who was 16 at the time, made the claims during the District Court trial of Elizabeth Anne Crothers, 50, who is charged with 13 counts of sexual penetration and 10 counts of indecently dealing with the girl, who she taught in the late 1990s. The court was told this week that the teacher's actions started out as attempts to comfort the teen but became more intimate.
   Yesterday the alleged victim said she had been "embarrassed" and "ashamed" when one of her friends saw her and Crothers leave the same toilet cubicle after engaging in sex acts at a Cottesloe beach change room.
   She gave evidence of how she lied to her parents about their contact and detailed two secret meetings, one of which allegedly had the teacher tapping on the girl's bedroom window in the early hours of the morning.
   The court was told the teacher dressed in black and "commando crawled" part of the way to the girl's window so she would not be detected.
   Another meeting saw the teenager creep out at night to meet Ms Crothers at her car, where the teacher gave her a raspberry-flavoured vodka drink to "loosen things up" before they engaged in sex acts.
   The court was also told by the alleged victim that Ms Crothers had ignored "guidelines" that the school administration had created to curb contact between the pair. They were put in place when the school became aware of an "issue" between them.
   The former student recalled a time when they met in the school toilet block, with them "pashing" for up to five minutes. The trial continues. #
  [Picture] Accused: Elizabeth Crothers.  
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/submit/subchron6.htm#teacher_secretly_met
[Nov 8, 07]

• ‘Our children deserve better’; Family friend and priest says the State Government must do more to protect the young against paedophiles.  - No religion link reported. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 
Family friend and priest says the State Government must do more to protect the young against paedophiles

‘Our children deserve better’

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au/ default.aspx? MenuID=77& ContentID= 46173 , By CHRISTIANA JONES and SEAN COWAN, 6:30 WST, November 8, 2007
   PERTH, W. Australia – The parents of murdered schoolgirl Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu have demanded the State Government pass laws to protect children against sexual predators, fearing their daughter’s killer could one day be released from prison.
  [Picture in newspaper] Heartfelt plea: Father Bryan Rosling says the State Government needs to do more to protect children.    Picture: Lee Griffith  
   And their family priest and spokesman, Father Bryan Rosling, insisted that Attorney-General Jim McGinty abandon his “social reforms” and instead use his time to protect children against paedophiles.
   Mr McGinty had scheduled a press conference outside the Supreme Court yesterday but cancelled it after Father Rosling’s comments.
   Sofia’s parents, Gabriel and Josephine, chose not to attend yesterday’s sentencing of Dante Wyndham Arthurs.
  [Picture on website] Dante Wyndham Arthurs.     Picture: The West Australian  
   Instead, Father Rosling spoke on their behalf, telling reporters the family wanted to “avoid the pain caused by the lack of effective justice in respect of her killer’s previous offence and the legal quibbles in the aftermath of Sofia’s murder”.
   Father Rosling said that while Sofia’s parents were relieved the case was over and the result was “as good as they could have hoped”, their biggest fear was the prospect of the sexual predator one day being back on WA’s streets.
   “Their greatest fear is in 13 years time he will be eligible for parole,” Father Rosling said.
   “Arthurs is proven to be a serial sexual predator.
   “This man has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he cannot live in civilised society again. He has forfeited his right to live among us.
   “Our children are the most vulnerable and precious commodities we possess. They deserve better than this.”
   Reading from a statement written by Sofia’s parents, Father Rosling said the family felt the tragedy had made a difference to the police interview process and would, hopefully, help redefine the offence of murder.
   But they demanded the State Government do more to protect children from other predators who were not behind bars, saying they were betrayed by how little had been done since their daughter’s death.
   “We are distressed to think that over the past 17 months, since Sofia’s murder, nothing has changed to protect our children.
   “We feel betrayed and let down by those who have the power to legislate and enforce measures that should create a safe environment for all children.”
   Father Rosling challenged Mr McGinty to establish a public paedophile register.
   “I ask the Attorney-General to clear his desk of his social reforms and get down to the reality of protecting the most vulnerable members of society, our children,” he said.
   “Mr McGinty has the power to do these things.” #
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm#our_children_deserve
   [COMMENT: Well, thanks Reverend Sir. 
   1. Why do several bishops of your Church, the RCC, in the USA, oppose mandatory reporting of child seducers?  And why didn't your Church report the seducers in Western Australia, such as the ones at Bindoon, and around the State generally?
   2. Mr McGinty does NOT have the power to change the slipshod ways built up in W.A. and other Australian States, and in many other countries.  He can only recommend reforms to Parliament.  Will you, Sir, be recommending to your Church that all past, present, and future child seducers be reported by your Church members and leaders to the police? COMMENT ENDS.] [Nov 8, 07]

• Sofia's "evil" killer jailed for life.  - No religion link reported.

Sofia’s “evil” killer jailed for life

   CathNews (from the RCC Church Resources, Australia), www.cathnews. com:80/news/ 711/44.php , Nov 8, 2007
   A life sentence has been handed down to the killer of 8-year-old Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu who was found strangled and sexually abused in a Perth shopping centre public toilet.
  [Picture] Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu.   
   Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 23, must serve at least 13 years before being considered for parole, but it is unlikely he will ever be released, AAP reported.
   Outside the court, Fr Bryan Rosling read a statement from Sofia's parents Gabriel and Josephine.
   "We cannot bring Sofia back but we believe it is possible to save other Sofias in the future," they said.
   "Why wait for another child to be the victim of a homicidal paedophile before making available a public register for sex offenders?"
   Arthurs pleaded guilty in the WA Supreme Court to dragging little Sofia into a disabled toilet cubicle on June 26, 2006 where he strangled, stripped and digitally penetrated her before propping her naked body against the cubicle wall and fleeing.
   Justice John McKechnie told a trembling Arthurs yesterday there were some crimes "so evil" they shocked the public conscience and the crime against Sofia was one of them.
   He also sentenced Arthurs to two years, to be served concurrently, for depriving Sofia of her liberty.
   "I find you have a dangerous sexual motivation towards young girls that manifests itself in violent situations with young girls," Justice McKechnie said.
   Mr Richardson told the court Arthurs had no clear recollection of what happened in the toilet where he killed Sofia.
   Arthurs told his lawyer and medical experts he recalled seeing his hands around a throat and panicked when he noticed she had stopped breathing.
   SOURCE: Sofia's killer jailed for life over toilet murder (News.com 08/11/07)
   LINKS:(not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources) Mater Christi school, Yangebup
Sofia Memorial Website
   ARCHIVE
Sofia's ashes to be buried in school chapel (4/6/07)
Sofia trial video in doubt (18/5/07)
Sofia's parents thank God for sharing "angel" (4/7/06)
Sofia's family ask for prayers (28/6/06)
  HAVE YOUR SAY   Click here   
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm#sofias_evil_killer
   [COMMENT: "Life" imprisonment in Western Australia means he will be eligible for parole in a few short years, 13 years probably, dur to years of "social engineering" by politicians and others.  The accused had been a suspect in a previous child rape, but the police somehow did not subject his clothes to blood tests!  That victim's clothes were tested, but not his!
   Evidently it is more than the London police (who shot a Brazilian hurrying into a tube train) who ought to dismiss a few leaders, and the guilty ones who follow them.  Or is it the politicians, who have failed to provide enough funds to fully staff every police station in the State of Western Australia?
   The shortage is so severe that the Aboriginal child and liquor abuse scandal hardly ever ends in a prosecution, except for some where a death occurs.  But when the federal authorities intervened in the Northern Territory, the WA police and authorities seemed to wake up, gathered evidence, and started prosecutions. ENDS.] [Nov 8, 07]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Church catechism teacher jailed

  [~1990s Mr Allen -NEW*] - RCC. 3 children. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   LA Daily News, www.daily news.com/ news/ci_ 7399482 , By Alex Dobuzinskis, Article Last Updated 11:17:57 PM PST, Nov/07/2007
   GLENDALE (CA) - A 53-year-old man who taught catechism classes at two churches has been arrested and charged with molesting three children more than a decade ago, police said Wednesday.
   Donald Allen of Glendale taught at Glendale Holy Family Catholic Church and St. Dominic's Church in Eagle Rock until his arrest, said Officer John Balian, a spokesman for the Glendale Police Department.
   So far, there has been no indication that Allen molested any of the children he met at church or through his volunteer work there, Balian said.
   The three victims Allen is suspected of molesting are now all adults, Balian said. When Allen knew them, the victims were between the ages of 5 and 12, the officer said.

Monk jailed for abusing schoolboys

  [1971-79 Manahan -NEW* (Benedictine Buckfast Abbey, Devon)] - RCC. 8 charges. Boys. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Metro, Thursday, November 8, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- An 80-year-old monk was jailed for 15 months today for sexually abusing boys at a Roman Catholic prep school more than 30 years ago.
   William Manahan, an ordained priest known as Daddy Prior, pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court to eight charges of sexually assaulting pupils.
   [LOOK BACK: Also see ~ August 31, 2007 for Rev Couch "Father Benedict" 10-yr sentence. ENDS.]

Lawsuit Claims Priest Sexually Abused Navajo Boy

  [1984-85 Cichanowicz*] - RCC. Amerindian boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   KTAR, Associated Press, 9:14pm, November 7th, 2007
   NAVAJO NATION (NM) / ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A Navajo man who claims a Catholic priest gave him alcohol and sexually abused him as a teenager in the mid-1980s is suing the priest and the Diocese of Gallup.
   The civil lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Navajo Nation District Court in Shiprock, names the Rev. Charles "Chuck" Cichanowicz and the diocese in northwestern New Mexico as defendants.
   The plaintiff, who is not named in the lawsuit, claims he was sexually abused on two separate occasions in 1984 and 1985 by Cichanowicz, who was then a priest at Christ the King parish in Shiprock.
   The lawsuit contends that the diocese failed to supervise Cichanowicz and did not implement reasonable safeguards to avoid acts of unlawful sexual conduct. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 8, 2007 8:14 AM]

Priest accused of stalking talk show host O'Brien remembered as kind and caring

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality.
   International Herald Tribune, The Associated Press, Published: November 8, 2007
   BOSTON (MA): The priest accused of stalking late night talk show host Conan O'Brien was kind and caring, nothing like the obsessed man who allegedly told O'Brien he was "tracking him through space and time," his seminary mentor said Thursday.
   The Rev. John Mark Hannon said he believes the Rev. David Ajemian can still be a good priest if he receives proper psychiatric help.
   "He was a good seminarian. He was kind and generous and affable and concerned how people were," said Hannon, who mentored O'Brien before he graduated from St. John's Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2001
   "He's very likable," Hannon added, "it's just he's stupid, apparently." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 8, 2007 7:04 PM]

Father Crazazy to Conan -- I'm Your Most Dangerous Fan!

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality.
   TMZ, Filed under: Celebrity Justice, Wacky and Weird; Posted by TMZ Staff 1:23PM, Nov 8th 2007
   NEW YORK -- The creepy Catholic priest accused of harassing Conan O'Brien called himself "a stalker of a very different order" -- and judging from the seriously sinister evidence, that's the God's honest truth!
   TMZ has obtained the disturbing series of letters cited in Father David Ajemian's arrest record, in which the collared priest says he's been "tracking" Conan even from when they were in college at Harvard.
   And it gets crazier!
   Calling himself "Padre," and writing on his church's letterhead, Ajemian hinted in letters from earlier this year that he might shoot Conan at his Manhattan high-rise and kidnap him like Robert DeNiro's character does to Jerry Lewis in "The King of Comedy." What's more, he demands "a public confession" or else "a spot on [Conan's] couch." Christ!

Update: Conan O'Brien's Priest Stalker Hated John McEnroe, Loved Message Boards

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality.
   Bostonist, November 08, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The story about a Boston priest getting arrested for stalking Conan O'Brien keeps getting weirder, if that's possible. Reverend David Ajemian, 46, who attended Milton and Harvard and who was a local priest, was nabbed trying to get into an O'Brien taping.
   The Smoking Gun has documents that show Ajemian may be even stranger than previously thought. Letters indicate that Ajemian was mad at John McEnroe as well, and he claimed that McEnroe assaulted them when they were in junior high.
   Ajemian posted "hundreds of messages" as "Padre 009" on television boards, 582 on NBC's Conan message board alone. The search results are here. One note from him is truly freaky: "I'm a LIAR OK??? Imagine that-- a priest who LIES AND LIES AND LIES. Doesn't that thrill all of you, really and strengthen your grip on sanity?? It should....?" When did he have time to be a priest?

Liberatore suit settled

  [1999-2002 Liberatore] - RCC. US$3m gone. Altar boy.
   The Times-Tribune, By ERIN NISSLEY / Nov/08/2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- The Diocese of Scranton will pay $3 million to a man who brought a federal civil suit claiming he was sexually abused by a priest as a teen and that the Catholic Church did nothing about it.
   The man, identified as "John Doe" in court filings, claims former priest Albert M. Liberatore Jr. sexually abused him from 1999 to 2002, beginning when the plaintiff was 14.
   Mr. Liberatore, now 42, was pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Duryea when the abuse occurred. He pleaded guilty in 2005 in Luzerne County and New York to sexually abusing the victim and was sentenced to 10 years' probation and defrocked.

Stalking Conan: A Boston Daily Psychological Evaluation*

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality.
   Boston Daily, November 08, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- We’ve been trying to wrap our minds around the news that a Stoneham priest was arrested for stalking talk-show host Conan O’Brien all morning, but we don’t feel like we’re any closer to understanding what went through Rev. David Ajemian’s mind.
   In the constellation of Hollywood’s beautiful stars, why would anyone choose the awkward Brookline native to harass? In an effort to understand, we did a Google search and came up with a list of medically dubious sources to get some insight into the mind of a stalker.

Catholic Church Volunteer Accused of Molesting 3 Children

  [~1990s Mr Allen*] - RCC. 3 children.
   My Fox Los Angeles, 6:24 AM PST, Thursday, 08 Nov 2007
   GLENDALE (CA) -- A Catholic church volunteer is accused of sexually molesting three children over the last 10 years.
   Donald Allen, 53, was taken into custody last month after an anonymous tip led police to him.
   Allen taught at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale and St. Dominic’s Church in Eagle Rock.

Glendale Church Volunteer Arrested for Child Molestation

  [~1990s Mr Allen*] - RCC. 3 children.
   KABC, By Micah Ohlman, Nov. 7, 2007
   GLENDALE (CA), (KABC-TV) - A 53-year-old man is in the custody of Glendale police on charges he molested three children more than a decade ago. The suspect has spent time volunteering at local churches.
   The man taught catechism classes at these local churches. He's now facing 15 felony counts of sexual assault on a minor.
   Fifty-three-year-old Donald Allen, church volunteer and, says the District Attorney's office, a child molester.
   Police say Allen sexually assaulted three children, ages 5 to 12, crimes investigators say happened 10 to 15 years ago.

Conan’s alleged ’priest stalker’ held without bail

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality.
   Boston Herald, By Jessica Fargen, Thursday, November 8, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The former Stoneham priest who calls himself talk-show host Conan O’Brien’s “priest stalker” is being held without bail for sending the Brookline native a series of ranting and threatening notes and then trying to get into a taping of O’Brien’s show.
   “This is your priest stalker again, the one who has been tracking you through space and time,” Rev. David Ajemian allegedly wrote to O’Brien in Febraury, signing the missive “Padre 009,” according to court documents. “I paid $250 to fly down to NYC yesterday just to have a spot in the audience, in the dimming hope that you might finally acknowledge me.”
   Ajemian, who was previously warned to stop bothering O’Brien, is due back in court tomorrow, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. The priest is charged with stalking in the fourth degree and two counts of aggravated harassment in the second degree. He was arrested on Friday trying to get into a taping of NBC’s “Late Show with Conan O’Brien.”

Child-molesting priest released from jail

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuits ejecting him)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Chicago Sun-Times, November 8, 2007
   WISCONSIN -- A child-molesting priest, facing new charges, was released from a Wisconsin jail Wednesday after he cleared up a probation violation and was sent back to Illinois where he is free on bond.
   Father Donald McGuire, 77, who is facing dismissal from the Jesuits in Chicago, will be under house arrest in an Oak Lawn apartment -- where he has to wear an electronic monitor and not have any contact with children under 18.

Settlement reached in Liberatore case

  [1999-2002 Liberatore] - RCC. US$3m gone. Altar boy.
   Times-Leader, Nov/08/2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- The Diocese of Scranton has reached a $3 million settlement with a man who was abused by Rev. Albert Liberatore, ending a two-day trial that had revealed damaging information regarding the church’s handling of this and other abuse cases.
   The settlement was reached Tuesday night after the close of testimony in the trial.
   Daniel Brier, attorney for the victim, had presented several witnesses who detailed deep concerns they had relayed to church officials regarding Liberatore’s behavior with the teenage boy - warnings that went unheeded, allowing Liberatore to abuse him from 1999 to 2002.

Priest Arrested For Stalking Conan O'Brien

 
   The Smoking Gun, NOVEMBER 8, 2007
   NEW YORK -- A Boston Catholic priest was arrested last week for stalking Conan O'Brien over a 14-month-period. According to New York police, Rev. David Ajemian, 46, was nabbed November 2 outside the NBC studios in Rockefeller Center as he tried to enter the building for a taping of O'Brien's late-night talk show.

Breaking News: Liberatore suit settled for $3 million

  [1999-2002 Liberatore] - RCC. US$3m gone. Altar boy.
   The Citizens Voice, BY ERIN NISSLEY, Nov/08/2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- A federal sex abuse civil suit involving a former priest and the Diocese of Scranton has been settled for $3 million.
   Reached late Wednesday, the settlement was approved this morning. Details were unavailable as of 10 a.m.
   The suit was brought by a young man identified in court filings as "John Doe," who claimed the former priest, Albert M. Liberatore Jr., sexually abused him from 1999 to 2002, beginning when the boy was 14.
   Liberatore, now 42, was pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Duryea when the abuse occurred. He pleaded guilty in 2005 in Luzerne County and New York to sexually abusing the victim and was sentenced to 10 years probation and defrocked.

Case of Cantor Michael Segelstein

  [Segelstein] - Judaist.
   The Awareness Center, ~ November 08, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- CALL TO ACTION: Should a convicted sex offender who's on the national sex offender registry be allowed on Purim to be drunk and performing in front of children? I guess the Chabad of Southern Nevada thinks it's ok.
   Cantor Michael Segelstein is the one on the right wearing a black suit.
   Michael Alan Segelstein is currently on both the Florida and National Sex Offender registries.
   Segelstein was originally arraigned on one count each of attempted sexual assault, battery with intent to commit sexual assault and open and gross lewdness. He pled guilty as part of a plea agreement to open or gross lewdness, received one year suspended sentence with conditions and court ordered into counseling and was discharged from probation on December 2, 2005.

Abuse mediation case advances

  - RC clergyman Jaufmann says he was abused as a boy.
   Albany Times Union, By MARC PARRY, Thursday, November 8, 2007
   ALBANY (NY) -- A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit targeting the Albany diocese's sex-abuse mediation panel can move forward.
   The suit was brought chiefly by a California clergyman, the Rev. Mark Jaufmann, who has alleged that a Hudson parish priest abused him as a boy. It charged that the agency set up to help sex-abuse victims is an agent for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany even though it claims to be independent.
   Chief U.S. District Judge Norman A. Mordue threw out parts of the lawsuit -- including a claim of fraud -- but rejected the defendants' move to have it dismissed.

Conan O’Brien’s ‘Priest Stalker’ Arrested

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality.
   eFluxMedia, by Chris Georg, 10:47, November 8th 2007
   NEW YORK -- A Boston catholic priest has been arrested last week in New York and charged with stalking the "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" host.
   The alleged stalker, Rev. David Ajemian, 46, was arrested on Friday at the Rockefeller Plaza when he tried to enter a filming session of NBC’s "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," reported. ... [? incomplete phrase]
   In one note to O’Brien, in which he refers to himself as "your priest stalker," Ajemian complained of being forbid [? forbidden] to attend an earlier taping of O’Brien’s show.
   "I’m told by some of those officious little usher people that you’re overbooked. Is this the way you treat your most dangerous fans? You owe me big-time pal. I want a public confession before I ever consider giving you absolution - or [I want] a spot on your couch," Ajemian apparently wrote. The note, dated Feb. 20, is now in the hands of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, who also accused him of attempting to contact O’Brien’s parents.

Family: Priest took advantage of elderly woman

  [~ 2000s Mutsko*] - RCC. Will changed, house received, money from 84-y-o woman.
   Star-Banner, BY JOE VANHOOSE, November 08, 2007
   THE VILLAGES (FL) - A Roman Catholic priest retired from St. Timothy's Catholic Community in The Villages in October because of health problems. But that may not be the whole story.
   The Rev. Frank Mutsko received cash, a car and two homes from an elderly woman who attended the Orlando church where Mutsko was based before coming to St. Timothy's. The combined value of the gifts exceeded $500,000.
   Delores Raucina's family said she was often disoriented and confused. They say the priest took advantage of her.
   "He took a lot of her money, he took everything. It's an absolutely horrible thing," said Raucina's sister, Polly Sacco, during an interview Wednesday with the Star-Banner. She and her husband, Peter, live in Orlando.

Monk jailed for schoolboys abuse

  [1971-79 Manahan*] - RCC. 8 charges. Boys. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   BBC News,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- An 80-year-old monk has been sent to prison for 15 months for sexually abusing boys at a Roman Catholic school more than 30 years ago.
   Ordained priest William Manahan pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court to eight charges of sexually assaulting pupils.
   The offences happened at Buckfast Abbey Preparatory School in Devon between 1971 and 1978. The school later closed.

Priest Arrested For Stalking Conan O'Brien

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality.
   CBS, November 08, 2007
   NEW YORK (CBS) A Boston priest was arrested in New York City last week and has been charged with stalking late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien, New York City police said.
   Rev. David Ajemian has been placed on leave after he was arrested last Friday, the Archdiocese of Boston announced Wednesday. ...
   WBZ correspondent Beth Germano said that parishioners at St. Patrick's in Stoneham are "stunned," and that they described the priest as "a spiritual man."

Boston Priest Charged With Stalking Conan O'Brien

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality.
   WBZ, ~ November 08, 2007
   BOSTON (MA), (WBZ) -- A Boston priest has been placed on leave after his arrest for allegedly stalking late night talk show host Conan O'Brien.
   Rev. David Ajemian was arrested in New York City last week. According to the Archdiocese of Boston, Ajemian was then relieved of his right to administer public ministry.
   Ajemian, 46, remains in the custody of New York City police after he repeatedly tried to contact Conan O'Brien over a 14 month period, New York City police said. Ajemian was told to stop the communications but did not, according to police, and a warrant for his arrest was issued by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

New Information on Church Abuse Allegations

  [Unnamed priest (Dominican)] - RCC.
   WPRI, ~ November 08, 2007
   PROVIDENCE, RI - (WPRI) -- New information on a priest who formerly served in a Providence church.
   Members of the "Survivors network of those abuse by priests" or SNAP, now says the priest who is a member of the Dominican order has offended again, this time in western Massachusetts.
   In a letter they are urging Bishop Tobin to let victims buy an ad in the diocesan newspaper warning the public about the priest. To this date, no criminal charges are filed in this most recent case. The initial charges in D-C were settled out of court.

Abuse victims get new home

  - Lutherans to the rescue of local SNAP.
   Observer-Tribune, By PHIL GARBER, Managing Editor, 3:40 PM EST, Wednesday, November 7, 2007
   MENDHAM (NJ) -- A Lutheran church has stepped in to fill the void created this summer when a local Catholic church evicted members of a support group for people who have been sexually abused by priests.
   Members of the support group and others walked in a candlelight march on Tuesday night from St. Joseph’s Church to their new meeting place at Grace Lutheran Church on Main Street.
   The group is a local chapter of Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP). The organization was formed in 2002 after revelations surfaced about James T. Hanley, a former St. Joseph’s pastor who was later forced out of the church after more than 25 former parishioners said they were sexually molested by Hanley.
   SNAP members had been meeting monthly at St. Joseph’s Church until they were evicted in late June. The church pastor, the Rev. Joseph T. Anginoli, told SNAP members that the church space was needed for other uses, including youth meetings.

«Facciamo l'amore?» «Accarezzami il seno» Così comincia il libro di don Sante

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, new Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ November 08, 2007
   ABANO, ITALY: A Pre-release in Rev. Sante's web site
   "Are we going to make love?" "Caress my breasts". That's how Rev. Sante's book begins.
   "Are we going to make love? "I'm not ready yet." "If you want you can caress my breasts". "We had passed the limit. We had to stop and go back". These sentences are reported in Rev. Sante Sguotti's autobiographical book titled "Il mio amore non e' peccato", (My love is not a sin) which will be in the book shops shelves on Monday. The book is published by Rizzoli. The above lines contained in the book appeared yesterday in his Web site www.chiesa cattolicadei peccatori. it/home- page.asp
   Those sentences, as always happens for this kind of books, are a hook to catch the attention of the buyers.
   The rebel and former parish priest of Monterosso by next Monday must deliver to Bishop Antonio Mattiazzo all documents related to his finances to verify his right to receive a monthly check the curia generally accords to clergy in these situations.
   "I am indebted until 2030 as will be shown in my written report," Rev. Sante explained. The rebel priest is also busy organizing a party to say adieu to Catholicism for his decree of excommunication seems to be imminent.
   He is adamant in his refusal to become a member of another church. "What I'll do when I receive the excommunication will be to organize a party but it's sure I won't go to another church," he said. "I and all my followers will be at the door, going on to ring the bell until someone will listen to us," he said.
   In his bad or good fortune, Rev. Sante is having success. He went to Milan yesterday morning where he recorded a conversation with television anchorman Lamberto Sposini for the "Iride"show. Rev. Sante's Web site for the Catholic Church of the Sinners has reached 17,000 visitors.

Christian musician urges woman to testify

  [? 1990s-2000s Kim*] - Presbyterian. Teenage girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Longmont Times-Call, By Pierrette J. Shields, ~ November 08, 2007
   BOULDER (CO) -- A Christian music star and his family urged a Longmont woman to report a sexual relationship she had with a church leader while in high school, according to court testimony Wednesday.
   The woman, 21, testified in Boulder District Court about an increasingly physical relationship she said she had while a teenager with former Central Presbyterian Church youth-ministries director Peter Kim, 40.
   “I felt like I was in a relationship with him,” she said of Kim, who was married at the time.

Phenix City Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse Appears in Court

 
   WTVM, ~ November 08, 2007
   PHENIX CITY (GA) -- A former Russell County minister accused of second degree sodomy was in an area courtroom Wednesday.
   Chris Bennett plead not guilty. He was arrested in June.
   Authorities say he had sex with a teenager three years ago, when he was on staff at the "Higher Power Outreach Church" in Phenix City.

Charges Dropped In Church Sex Case

  [1970s+ Lambert, Mrs Lambert, Mrs Epling; 1976-83 Deacon Tom Epling, Deacon Paul Epling] - Independent Baptist. Girls.
   The Morning News, By Rick Peck, McDonald County Press, November 07, 2007
   ANDERSON, Mo.-- Two women who accused the leaders of a McDonald County, Mo., church of sexual abuse have apparently refused to cooperate with authorities, leading to charges being dropped against church leaders.
   The child molestation and statutory rape charges were originally filed in August 2006 by then-McDonald County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Geeding.
   Those charged were Raymond Lambert, Patty Lambert, Tom Epling and Paul Epling.
   Lambert was pastor of the Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church. Patty Lambert is his wife. The Epling brothers are deacons in the church.

Survey: Many Churches Neglect Screening Youth Workers

 
   Christian Post, By Audrey Barrick, 06:22 PM ET, Wed, Nov. 07, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Slightly more than half of all pastors said their churches run "thorough" background or reference checks on the people working with children and youth, a new study showed. The rest weren't as confident in their background checks.
   With increasing national attention on sexual predators and child abuse by persons in church staff positions, the Barna Group released a study on Monday revealing that 23 percent of pastors admitted their congregation has little or no protective screening processes for the people working with young people. According to the Barna Group, that equates to more than 70,000 Protestant congregations that do no give sufficient attention to protecting youth.
   Overall, 57 percent of pastors gave their church high marks for doing "thorough" background checks of people working with children while 20 percent described their efforts as "somewhat" thorough.
   Only 38 percent of all churches gave their organization high marks on formal risk management process. One third of pastors said they have none in place.

Catholic Diocese announces layoffs

  - RCC sex abuse and Papal youth day partial causes. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Windsor Star, Trevor Wilhelm, Wednesday, November 07, 2007
   CANADA -- Sex abuse claims, outstanding debt from World Youth Day and restoration of a London cathedral have forced the Roman Catholic London Diocese to cut jobs and streamline operations to save $400,000 a year.
   "We cannot deny that there have been significant pressures on our finances in recent years," Bishop Ronald Fabbro wrote in a recent letter to the diocese. "These pressures have resulted from a significant contribution to support World Youth Day locally and nationally, from a substantial financial commitment to the restoration of our cathedral, and from lawsuits for sexual abuse and efforts to provide support and counselling for the victims. These expenses are nevertheless rooted in the demands of justice and compassion, and in our desire to share with others the riches we have received."

Priest faces charges of stalking TV late-night host O'Brien

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Boston Globe, By John C. Drake / November 8, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has placed a Stoneham priest on leave after the 46-year-old was arrested in New York City last week on charges of stalking talk-show host Conan O'Brien.
   The Rev. David Ajemian is accused of sending threatening mail to the host's home and office, contacting his parents, and showing up at studios in Manhattan where O'Brien's show is shot, Barbara Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney's office, told the Associated Press.
   Thompson did not return a call from the Globe last night.
   Ajemian was arrested last week while trying to enter a taping session of NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," she told the wire service.

Priest freed from jail awaits church decision

  [1970s Sharwood*] - Anglican. Boy. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au  Queensland (Australian State) flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au 
   ABC, November 08, 2007
   BRISBANE (Qld), Australia -- The Anglican church in Brisbane will soon decide on the future of a priest convicted of child sexual abuse.
   Sixty-three-year-old Robert Sharwood, who remains an ordained minister, was released from prison today after serving 12 months in jail for sexually assaulting a teenage boy while at St Matthew's Anglican Church in the suburb of Sherwood.
   The church's Professional Standards Board is expected to meet before Christmas to determine if Reverend Sharwood is a fit and proper person to hold holy orders. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 8, 2007 8:20 AM]

Monsignor: Church let abuse go on

  - RCC. [Decades - Scranton Diocese] - Permitting seducers back into Church communities. [1999-2002 Liberatore] - Altar boy.
   Times-Leader, By Terrie Morgan-Besecker, tmorgan@timesleader.com , Law & Order Reporter, November 08, 2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- Several years before the Rev. Albert Liberatore was charged with molesting an altar boy, another priest within the Diocese of Scranton admitted to sexually assaulting two different boys, a church official testified Wednesday.
   That priest was sent for counseling and cleared to return to another parish, only to abuse a third child, Monsignor Joseph Bambera said.
   The admission, elicited by an attorney representing Liberatore’s victim in a civil suit against the diocese, is expected to be a key issue in determining whether the church is held financially responsible for Liberatore’s actions.
   Attorney Daniel Brier has said he intends to prove former Bishop James Timlin made a practice of transferring priests accused of sexual misconduct, rather than remove them from duty.

Official: Priest was removed over theft

  [Decades - Scranton Diocese] - RCC. Theft merited quicker action than seduction.
   Times-Leader, By Terrie Morgan-Besecker, tmorgan@timesleader.com , Law & Order Reporter, November 08, 2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- A church official testifying at the civil trial of the Rev. Albert Liberatore revealed another priest had been removed from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Duryea for stealing $32,000 from the parish.
   Daniel Brier, attorney for the man suing Liberatore and the Diocese of Scranton for sexual abuse, elicited the testimony as part of his efforts to show the diocese acted more quickly to remove priests accused of financial misdeeds than it did to remove those suspected of sexually abusing minors.
   James Quinn, secretary of financial services for the diocese, testified suspicions about the Rev. Richard Kvedrovicz arose in 1997 after Liberatore, who had just replaced Kvedrovicz as pastor at Sacred Heart, noticed financial irregularities in the church’s books.

Third Circuit throws out church sex-abuse suit

  - RICO bid outside the rules.
   Philadelphia Inquirer, ~ November 08, 2007
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- A civil racketeering lawsuit filed by 14 alleged victims of priest sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been thrown out by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
   The court on Tuesday upheld U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis' 2006 ruling that said the plaintiffs had not asserted any injuries to their business or property, as the racketeering statute requires.
   The alleged victims argue that the archdiocese routinely concealed child abuse in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Around the country, nearly all attempts to get around legal time limits by accusing church institutions of racketeering have failed.

Diocese knew of Liberatore woes

  [1999-2002 Liberatore] - RCC. US$3m gone. Altar boy.
   The Citizens Voice, BY ERIN L. NISSLEY, Nov/08/2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- A Scranton Diocese staffer responsible for supervising priests said Wednesday he and other church officials knew about a former priest’s questionable relationship with a young man in the late 1990s but did not remove him, though he said decisions of that nature were solely the bishop’s.
   The third day of a federal civil trial against the Diocese of Scranton and former priest Albert M. Liberatore Jr. featured testimony from Monsignor Joseph Bambera, the former vicar of clergy for the Diocese of Scranton. Also taking the stand Wednesday was a 33-year-old man whose relationship with Liberatore led to a decision by church officials to move him to another post.
   The suit, brought by a man referred to as “John Doe” in court filings, claims Liberatore sexually abused him from 1999 to 2002, beginning when he was 14. At the time, Liberatore was the pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Duryea.
   Liberatore, now 42, pleaded guilty in 2005 to sexually abusing the boy in Luzerne County and New York.

Watchdog group highlights accused priest's movements

  [Cote] - RCC.
   The Republican, By PATRICK JOHNSON and GEORGE GRAHAM, Thursday, November 08, 2007
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) - Members of a group that calls attention to clergy abuse held a press conference yesterday and said that a priest with ties to Western Massachusetts was a defendant in a Maryland sexual abuse lawsuit that was recently settled for $1.2 million.
   Outside the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield chancery on Elliot Street, members of the group, Survival Network of those Abused by Priests, said that the Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, a native of Holyoke, frequently visits this area.
   Barbara A. Blaine, president of the Chicago-based group, said, "Our concern is that (Cote) comes to this community and is walking the street, and nobody is monitoring him."

Convicted Brisbane priest urged to stand down

  [1970s Sharwood*] - Anglican. Boy. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au  Queensland (Australian State) flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au 
   ABC, November 08, 2007
   BRISBANE (Qld) Australia -- Child protection advocates are urging the Anglican Church to defrock a priest convicted of child sexual abuse.
   Robert Sharwood, 63, who remains an ordained minister, was released from prison today after serving 12 months in jail for sexually assaulting a teenage boy while at Saint Matthew's Anglican Church in the Brisbane suburb of Sherwood.
   The church's Professional Standards Board is expected to meet before Christmas to determine if he is a fit and proper person to hold holy orders.
   But Bravehearts spokeswoman Hetty Johnston says the time for inquiries and tribunals has ended. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 8, 2007 8:02 AM]

So, This Priest Walks Into a Bar and Starts Stalking Conan O'Brien

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Bostonist, November 07, 2007
   NEW YORK -- Some stories just sound like terrible jokes. But this one is all too real. WBZ reports that a priest from Boston got arrested last Friday for stalking Conan O'Brien.
   Pardon us for using the words "priest" and "hell" in the same post, but, seriously, what the hell? You couldn't make that up. And the Archdiocese of Boston took its own sweet time to release the news. They waited until today to announce that Reverend David Ajemian, 46, has been placed on leave.
   According to police, Ajemian allegedly sent "multiple communications to Conan O'Brien over 14 months." He tried to get into a taping of "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." Perhaps he thought he could cheer O'Brien up since the writers were going on strike. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 8, 2007 12:15 AM]

Scranton diocese settles sex abuse case suit for $3 million

  [1999-2002 Liberatore] - RCC. US$3m gone. Altar boy.
   The Sentinel, November 8, 2007
   SCRANTON, Pa. - The Diocese of Scranton has agreed to pay $3 million to settle claims brought by a former altar boy who said he was sexually abused by a priest.
   The man said former Roman Catholic priest Albert M. Liberatore Jr. sexually abused him from 1999 to 2002, when he was a teenage altar boy at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Duryea.
   Liberatore, now 42, pleaded guilty in 2005 in Luzerne County and New York to sexually abusing the victim. He was given 10 years probation and defrocked. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 8, 2007 7:18 PM]

Suspended Priest Accused of Abuse

  [Cote, check to 2005]
   CBS 3 By Matthew Campbell, ~ November 8, 2007
   AGAWAM (MA) -- An accused predator priest could still be roaming around Western Mass.
   Agawam Police are investigating Father Aaron Cote. He was ordained back in 1986. The priest from Holyoke has worked at St. Theresa Parish in South Hadley and St. Mary's in Westfield in the early 1990s. We know that, after a national support group paid a visit to the Pioneer Valley.
   "Allegations and lawsuits and suspension and settlement involving Father Aaron Cote have been public knowledge now for at least two years," says David Clohessy, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
   In 2005, Cote was accused of abusing a 14 year old boy in Washington D.C. three years earlier. It made national headlines. The case was settled in August and a group of Catholic Friars agreed to a $1.2 million settlement. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 8, 2007 7:15 PM]
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Former Prison Priest Charged With Sexual Assault

  [2000s Inametti -NEW*] - RCC. 2 women prisoners. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Nigeria flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   CBS 11, http://cbs11tv. com/topstories/ local_story_ 312193444. html , ~ November 9, 2007
   FORT WORTH (TX), (CBS 11 News) -- There are allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse at a local prison and authorities say the accused is a priest.
   Father Vincent Inametti is supposed to be a "man of the cloth," but Thursday federal marshals confiscated his passport.
   For years Father Inametti was a confidant, for the confined but now, the prison priest could end up behind bars.
   U.S. Attorney John Bradford told CBS 11 News that Inametti faces, "Two felony counts of sexual abuse of a ward, which is a federal violation."

Buckfast abbot, 80, jailed for abusing boys

  [1971-78 Abt Manahan* (Benedictine)] - RCC. 8 boys. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Scotsman, By RUSSELL JACKSON, ~ November 9, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- THE 80-year-old abbot at the home of Buckfast Tonic Wine was jailed yesterday for 15 months for sexually abusing boys at a Catholic prep school.
   It is thought William Manahan is the most senior Roman Catholic to be convicted of sexual offences against children in Britain.
   The ordained priest, known to pupils as Daddy Prior, pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court to eight charges of sexually assaulting pupils.
   The victims, all aged between eight and 13 at the time, were abused at Buckfast Abbey Preparatory School in Devon between 1971 and 1978. The school closed in 1994.

Conan Priest Hood

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   New York Post, By MURRAY WEISS and JENNIFER FERMINO, November 8, 2007
   NEW YORK -- The Boston priest who was busted for stalking Conan O'Brien followed the "Late Night" star all over the country - and even popped up in Italy in search of his obsession, police sources said.
   The Rev. David Ajemian, 46 - who claims to have once lived in the same Upper West Side building as the star - turned up in Italy while O'Brien was on a trip there.
   He then sent a postcard from Italy to the Massachusetts-born comedian - bearing a postmark from the same town O'Brien had just visited, law-enforcement sources said.
   That ominous incident - as well as another when the priest showed up in California - sent the investigation into overdrive.

Church rocked by sex scandal to close

  [Wood, Fletcher, Fast] - Baptist. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   London Free Press By PATRICK MALONEY, SUN MEDIA Fri, November 9, 2007
   CANADA -- A London church, rocked two years ago by charges of sex abuse, is closing.
   Members of Ambassador Baptist Church gathered Sunday morning, their expected service cancelled, and were told the congregation was being disbanded, 25 years after it began.
   "It was like a funeral, people crying and upset," said Mildred Arrand, a six-year member of the church who attended the meeting.
   The announcement, which Arrand said "blindsided" her, came just two days after head pastor Roy Wood resigned from the church. Brian Fast, another pastor, declined comment on Wood's move.
   It's been two years since accusations of sex assault and abuse hammered the church in the fall of 2005, landing four of its leaders in hot water and facing a raft of charges.
   Two of the men were ultimately cleared -- William Fletcher, a deacon, was acquitted and the charge against Fast was withdrawn.

Conan: Cocktails with Father Crazazy

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   TMZ, Filed under: Celebrity Justice, Wacky and Weird; Posted by TMZ Staff, 12:27PM, Nov 9th 2007
   NEW YORK -- Talk show host Conan O'Brien had a brush with cuckoo last year when he sipped drinks with the man who claims to be "a stalker of a very different order." The horror!
   It happened at the September 2006 opening of the Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence, Mass., according to celebslam.com. The two can be seen chatting in the background, with loco Rev. David Ajemian holding a martini. Two olives and hold the Lithium!
   Ajemian was arraigned last week on charges including stalking and aggravated harassment, and was ordered held for psychiatric evaluation. Say a Hail Mary! Rev.'s due back in court today. Amen. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 9, 2007 9:06 PM]

'Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church'

  - RCC. Book extract. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Renew America, www.renew america.us/ columns/ abbott/ 071109 , by Matt C. Abbott, November 9, 2007
   Leon J. Podles, Ph.D., author and a senior editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, has granted me permission to print a significant portion of the Introduction of his new book Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church.
   INTRODUCTION
   Under the pontificate of John Paul II, the almost one billion members of the Roman Catholic Church faced challenges from the outside: the materialism and secularism of the West eroded faith and practice and led to a decline in the numbers of priests and even in the numbers of laity in most developed countries; extreme poverty afflicted many Catholics in South America and Africa; harassment, persecution, and even martyrdom were inflicted on Christians who lived on the bloody fringes of militant Islam. These external troubles are painful, but were hardly unexpected. The Founder had warned that the faith of some would be choked by the cares and pleasures of life, that the poor would be always present, and that his followers could expect persecution, as He himself was persecuted to death on a cross.
   But the Founder's warnings about wolves coming into the sheepfold went largely unheeded. It was a warning that leaders of the Church did not want to call attention to, because it might apply to them. The Church in 2002 had a harsh light cast upon its internal operations, as revelation after revelation about the sexual abuse of minors by priests and about the failure of bishops to protect children shook the church, culminating (so far) in the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, in the bankruptcy of several America dioceses, and in the payment of hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to victims. Wolves in the guise of shepherds had been loose in the sheepfold, rending and tearing and destroying the souls of young Catholics. The shepherds had failed to protect the sheep. The Church, as the heavenly Bride of Christ, may be without spot or wrinkle, but the earthly institution of the clergy was deformed by its failure to remove clerical molesters from its ranks. Even anti-clericalists were disappointed in the Church; even they expected its faults to be less sordid.

Mater Dei Beats Servite Yet Again

  [Years - Orange Diocese] - RCC. 11 Mater Dei cases settled.
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, 12:15 PM, November 9, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Tonight, Servite Catholic High School hopes to end 20 years of football futility and beat the Mater Dei Monarchs. But there's one category in which Servite doesn't mind losing to their hated rivals: the molestation sweepstakes! The Catholic diocese of Orange has settled 11 sex-abuse cases involving former Mater Dei teachers, counselors, principals, even coaches and choir directors.

Archdiocese complies with safe child program

  - RCC.
   St. Louis Review, by Barbara Watkins, ~ November 9, 2007
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- The Archdiocese of St. Louis has once again been found to fully comply with the U.S. bishops’ national policy to protect children.
   In 2002 the bishops, following revelations of child sex abuse in the Church, implemented a national Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Since then all U.S. dioceses have been audited four times for compliance with the charter. Each time the Archdiocese of St. Louis has completed the audit process successfully.
   "This is like an accreditation process for the archdiocese for what we are doing in providing a safe environment for children," said Bernard Huger, archdiocesan attorney.

Man facing charges of sexual abuse

  [~1990s Mr Allen*] - RCC. 3 children.
   Glendale News Press, By Chris Wiebe, November 9, 2007
   GLENDALE (CA) – A Glendale man is being arraigned today in Burbank Superior Court on allegations that he sexually molested three local children over a 16-year period.
   The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has filed 15 felony counts of sexual assault on a minor against 53-year-old Donald Allen, Glendale Police Officer John Balian said.
   Police arrested Allen on Oct. 23 after an anonymous tip led officers to three victims whom Allen allegedly abused more than 10 years ago, he said.
   At the time, the children were 6 to 13 years old, Glendale Police Det. Andy Pierovich said.

Wineke: Abuse cover-up is disturbing

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuits ejecting him)] - RCC. 2 more boys. [Decades to 2000s Jesuit leaders] - RCC. Covered up, permitted, denied knowing.
   Wisconsin State Journal, bwineke@madison.com , ~ November 9, 2007
   WISCONSIN -- The latest priest to be caught up in the ongoing child abuse scandal is ... Mother Teresa's spiritual director.
   Honest to God! The mind boggles!
   The Rev. Donald McGuire, 77, a Chicago Jesuit who traveled the world giving spiritual retreats – often accompanied by one teenage boy or another – was charged last week with abusing one of those boys on trips to Switzerland and Austria. In fact, the boy said he was sexually molested by the famed priest in 12 states and six countries.
   This is the same McGuire who was convicted a year ago in Walworth County on charges stemming from the 1960s of abusing teenage boys from Loyola Academy in Wilmette during trips to the Lake Geneva area. This week, a federal judge ruled he could remain out of jail and under house arrest in Oak Lawn, Ill.
   Mother Teresa's confessor? A pervert?
   It certainly seems that way.
   As usual, however, the misdeeds of an errant individual aren't the real scandal of this story. I have yet to be convinced that Roman Catholic priests are any more likely to abuse kids than are school teachers, Boy Scout leaders or Protestant preachers. There are a lot of priests around the world and not many of them have been accused of being anything other than holy men of God.
   No, the real scandal isn't McGuire. The real scandal was also revealed this week. McGuire's superiors in the Jesuit order had been informed of his misdeeds over and over and over again. Not only did they not stop him, but, when asked by prosecutors during their investigation of his activities, those superiors denied knowing anything about his proclivities.

Priest found fit to stand trial on charges of stalking Conan O'Brien

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   New York Daily News, BY JOSE MARTINEZ, 2:15 PM, Friday, November 9th 2007,
   NEW YORK -- The Catholic priest accused of stalking "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien could be sprung from jail shortly, after a Manhattan judge Friday set a $2,500 cash bail for him.
   The Rev. David Ajemian was found fit to stand trial during a bail hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court, in which his defense lawyer said the Boston priest has long battled psychiatric problems.
   "The struggles my client has had with his medication has gone on for many, many years," said attorney Eric Seiff, adding that the priest had clearly stopped taking his medicine.
   Ajemian, 46, was arrested last week while trying to get into a taping of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." He is accused of stalking the comedian - acting out an obsession he's harbored for years.

Priest accused of stalking Conan O'Brien fit for trial

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California.
   KGAN, 14:20 EST, November 09, 2007
   NEW YORK (AP) -- A priest accused of stalking Conan O'Brien has been found fit to stand trial, although his lawyer acknowledged he has been treated for psychological problems.
   A judge issued the ruling after a court-appointed pscyhologist examined him. The priest was ordered to be held on $2,500 cash bail.
   A lawyer for the priest says his client had been taking medication and has been treated for a year for psychological problems.
   The priest was arrested last week while trying to enter a taping of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in New York City despite being warned to stay away by NBC security personnel.

"Niente Ici per la Chiesa" Polemica nell'Unione

  - Senate discussed taxing RCC, while 700 mosques being planned. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  European Union (EU) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Radicali, La Stampa, By Alessandro Barbera, ~ November 9, 2007
   "No ICI for the Church" polemics in the Unione's government coalition
   ITALY -- In the Senate, in which the two opposing coalitions are exactly split in two as an apple, rare is the amendment voted as follows: 12 in favor, 48 abstained, 240 contrary. The subject was the repealing of the norm which exempts the Catholic Church from real estate tax for property on which premises commerce takes place. The amendment had been presented by three dissident senators who previously belonged to the Unione's coalition and had profited from the momentum gained by that issue after the European Commission sent a letter to the Italian government asking the prime minister to send explanations within 30 days about which buildings owned by the church were getting the exemption status.
   The senator who had been charged by the Unione's coalition to present all the official articles in the 2008 budget law requested that the three senators withdraw their amendment so that other senator members of the coalition could not retaliate by voting "no" together with the senators of the opposition coalition and start a new government crisis. The three dissident senators tried to insist by saying they would withdraw the part of their amendment which obligated the church to pay real estate taxes also for no-profit business activities while maintaining the part related to the "for profit" businesses. To no avail. Their amendment did not pass. Almost all the senators of the two coalitions voted against it.
   "This amendment is shameful," thundered Francesco Storace, leader of the dissident group from the Alleanza Nazionale, the former-neo fascist party. "You want to cancel any trace of the church's social activities while you are not concerned with the 700 mosques which are going to be built in Italy," he said. Roberto Castelli, former justice minister of the Northern League, launched himself in a moving recollection of his soccer team matches at his parish when he was a boy: "This norm has been introduced by the former government and I'm very proud of it. Taxation of the church's activities for ideological reasons is just out of place," he added.
   The government coalition, the Unione, was disconcerted. To avoid a new government crisis they had to follow realpolitik. The problem was that those senate members of their coalition who are much attached to the Vatican would have voted against the amendment. But nine of those senators could not refrain from adding their vote in favor of the amendment, while many of the remaining ones had to take the decision to vote against, with "sufferance" as they stated afterward.
   It is a fact that to vote in favor of the amendment would have eliminated one of the big problems the government will face in the near future which is the likelihood of being ordered by the European Commission to stop discriminating between those commercial businesses run by the church and the other businesses run by private entrepreneurs.
   Gavino Angius, one the dissident senators, spread more salt on the wound: "The Partito Democratico (which is the new party formed by most of the former Communist Party and by most of the Christian Democratic Party) has once again shown its unsolved contradictions and has also shown the dominant role of its "Teodem" component. (Teodem is a neologism invented to describe those democrats who are strictly connected to the church.) The answer to Gavino Angius was given by Russo Spena, leader of the PRC (The Communism Refoundation Party): "Doesn't Gavino Angius know that the Democratic party is split in two for issues related to the church? If that is his reason then he could have also presented another amendment to cease the capitalist system from Jan. 1, 2008. "I would have voted for that!"

Ex-Peabody priest charged in stalking late-night TV host

  [2006-07 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Salem News, From staff and wire reports, ~ November 9, 2007
   PEABODY (MA) -- A former associate pastor at St. John the Baptist Church in Peabody has been arrested on charges of stalking late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien by writing him threatening notes, contacting his parents and showing up at his studio, prosecutors said Wednesday.
   The Rev. David Ajemian was arrested last week while trying to enter a taping session of NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" at New York's Rockefeller Plaza, said Barbara Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan prosecutor's office.
   Ajemian's troubles, according to court papers, stem partly from a note to O'Brien where he referred to himself as "your priest stalker" and complained of not being allowed in to see an earlier taping of the show.

Conan Priest's Stalky Online Homily

  [2006-07 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California.
   Radar, ~ November 9, 2007
   NEW YORK -- Conan O'Brien's alleged "priest stalker," 46-year-old Father David Ajemian, was cuckoo for Conan more than a year before his arrest at 30 Rock on November 2. He didn't just stick with disturbing letters and e-mails to his targets, either.
   Using the nickname Padre009, Ajemian posted on the NBC message boards discussing Late Night With Conan O'Brien, signing off with a French phrase that means, "shame on him who thinks evil of it."
   Ajemian called the host "Corncob O'Brien" and reacted cantankerously to another poster's crack about "complete lunatics" on the board: "I'm just a two-bit HACK and I don't even know it!!! My stories and nuttiness are PATHETIC--- why?? Well of course because they DON'T MEAN ANYTHING!!! Compared to THE WRITERS who are---- GOLDEN---- AND---- BEAUTIFUL---- AND---- BELOVED ... Yes the WRITERS---THE WRITERS--- UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING!!!! Everything that you witty and crazy and sweet young things could EVER want to know about the world."

Associates' Troubles Raise Questions About Giuliani's Judgment

 
   Wall Street Journal By MARY JACOBY Page A10 November 9, 2007
   NEW YORK -- The expected federal indictment of Rudy Giuliani's close friend and ex-business partner Bernard Kerik highlights a potential weak spot for the Republican presidential front-runner: his judgment in picking associates.
   Federal prosecutors will hold a news conference today to announce the charges, the Associated Press reported. A federal grand jury had been weighing evidence of tax evasion, corruption and conspiracy concerning allegations that Mr. Kerik, a former New York police commissioner, may have received favors from a contractor who prosecutors believe may have had ties to organized crime. ...
   Msgr. Alan Placa, a childhood friend of Mr. Giuliani who is now a consultant to Giuliani Partners LLC, the candidate's consulting firm, went on administrative leave from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., in 2003 after allegations surfaced that he had conspired to protect priests accused of improper sexual contact with boys.
   Msgr. Placa has acknowledged he is the person described as "Priest F" in a 2003 Suffolk Country, N.Y., grand jury report. The grand jury alleged that "Priest F" tried to grope teenage boys three decades ago and, in the 1990s, used hardball legal tactics to keep allegations of sexual misconduct against other priests out of public view.
   No charges have been filed against Msgr. Placa, and Mr. Giuliani has said he stands by his friend. "I know him really well, and I have confidence in him. And the fact is, he hasn't even been formally accused of anything," Mr. Giuliani said in an interview with a Massachusetts television station last month.

Priest charged in rest stop sex sting pleads not guilty

  [2007 Nov. - Mead*] - RCC. Forcible touching, loitering.
   The Journal News, By BRIAN HOWARD, November 9, 2007
   BEDFORD (NY) -- The Catholic priest charged along with 20 other men in a rest-stop sex sting off Interstate 684 pleaded not guilty yesterday and is due back in Bedford Town Court next month.
   The Rev. Gary Meade, wearing a gray suit and accompanied by his attorney, kept his head down and made no comment during the brief court appearance.
   Judge Charles Banks had threatened to issue a bench warrant after Mead failed to appear last week. Others charged in the sting entered guilty pleas at that time.

Diocese to pay $3M

  [1999-2002 Liberatore] - RCC. US$3m gone. Altar boy.
   The Times-Tribune, BY ERIN L. NISSLEY, Nov/09/2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- The Diocese of Scranton will pay $3 million to a man who brought a federal civil suit claiming he was sexually abused by a priest as a teen and that the Catholic Church did nothing about it.
   The man, identified as “John Doe” in court filings, claims former priest Albert M. Liberatore Jr. sexually abused him from 1999 to 2002, beginning when the plaintiff was 14.
   Mr. Liberatore, now 42, was pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Duryea when the abuse occurred. He pleaded guilty in 2005 in Luzerne County and New York to sexually abusing the victim and was sentenced to 10 years probation and defrocked.
   The suit also named the diocese, Sacred Heart, retired Bishop James C. Timlin and the Rev. Joseph R. Kopacz, the diocesan vicar of priests when the abuse occurred, for allegedly failing to heed warnings about the abuse and not removing Mr. Liberatore.

Priest arrested for stalking Conan O'Brien back in court

  [2006-07 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   New York Daily News, 4:00 AM, Friday, November 9th 2007,
   NEW YORK -- An addled priest - busted for stalking TV funnyman Conan O'Brien - resented the fame of former classmates and his journalist father, friends said.
   "I once went after my childhood nemesis, John McEnroe, too, and am still waiting for his confession," Boston Rev. David Ajemian, 46, rambled in a series of letters he allegedly sent O'Brien.
   A former telemarketer who came late to the priesthood, Ajemian was arrested Friday outside O'Brien's studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Son of Time magazine journalist Robert Ajemian, the troubled priest sent messages to O'Brien over 14 months, some on church stationery.

Priest Due in Court in O'Brien Case

  [2006-07 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California.
   The Associated Press, By JAY LINDSAY, ~ November 9, 2007
   BOSTON (MA), (AP) – The priest accused of stalking Conan O'Brien was kind and caring, nothing like the obsessed man who allegedly told the late-night talk show host he was "tracking him through space and time," his seminary mentor said.
   The Rev. David Ajemian, a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston, was arrested last week while trying to enter a taping of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in New York City despite being warned to stay away by NBC security personnel. He was arraigned on charges including stalking and aggravated harassment and ordered held for psychiatric evaluation.
   Ajemian, 46, was scheduled to appear in court Friday for an update on the case, said Jennifer Kushner, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan prosecutor's office.

Don Sante tra i presbiteri per ascoltare il suo vescovo

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, new Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ November 9, 2007
   At the Asiago meeting Rev. Sante among the clergy to listen to his bishop
   ITALY --"The priests in a changing world." That's the name given to the meeting organized by the Padua diocese in Asiago. Could Rev. Sante Sguotti be absent in a place where all priests there would speak about their role in the world, a rebel priest who has a project to change the priesthood and the church and who has been gaining the attention of all media all over the world?
   The answer couldn't but be negative and notwithstanding his being suspended a divinis (which means a de facto expulsion from the church), the former parish priest of Monterosso left for Asiago and in the same afternoon after having listened to the preliminary speeches at the meeting, he participated to one of the priests' 50 working groups formed afterward.
   To sum it up, he wasn't at all resigned to the idea to be now at the margin of the Catholic church. Bishop Mattiazzo will be present today to listen to the reports of the priests.
   But what was Rev. Sante's approach to the meeting in Asiago?
   "I would like to speak, but it's not possible. I'll be here to listen as all the participants. After all this is my church and I said in the past I don't want to leave it," he answered on the telephone.
   But the priest seems to feel, as he explained, nearer to the decree of excommunication by Bishop Mattiazzo. "I hope I will notified as soon as possible for the time being I'm neither fish nor meat, but after the excommunication I can have a better idea of what to do," he said.
   He will be present at "Inchiostro -- the books fair" that will be held tomorrow and Sunday at the Gran Guardia palace in Verona. The priest in love will arrive there tomorrow accompanied by his "Vip agent," bringing copies of his soon-to-be-released book title "My Love is Not a Sin," which will be shown in preview three days before it will appear in book shops all over Italy.

Christian music star’s daughter testifies

  [? 1990s-2000s Kim*] - Presbyterian. Teenage girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Longmont Times-Call, By Pierrette J. Shields, ~ November 9, 2007
   BOULDER (CO) – A Christian music star’s daughter testified Thursday in Boulder District Court about how her family persuaded a Longmont woman to report a sexual relationship with a church leader she had as a teenager.
   Emily Chapman, daughter of Grammy Award-winning singer Steven Curtis Chapman, told jurors about her college roommate’s 2005 confession to her about a sexual relationship with Central Presbyterian Church’s youth director.
   Peter Kim, 40, of Longmont was arrested in October 2006 and is on trial this week on charges of sexual abuse of a child by one in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, both felonies. Police and prosecutors believe Kim had a sexual relationship with a Longmont girl in his youth group at the church. The accuser testified earlier this week.

Sources: Priest stalked comedian in Italy

  [2006-07 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Boston Herald, ~ November 9, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- A Bay State priest accused of stalking late-night talk-show host Conan O’Brien traveled to Italy and California in an obsessive mission to confront the comic at every turn, police sources say.
   The Rev. David Ajemian, 46, turned up in Italy while O’Brien was on a trip there. He then sent the Brookline-born comedian an Italian postcard, bearing a postmark from the same Italian town where O’Brien had just been, law-enforcement sources told the New York Post.
   Ajemian, who according to court documents has in the past also lashed out at tennis great John McEnroe in threatening letters, now faces charges of harassing and stalking O’Brien -referring to himself as the Brookline native comic’s “most dangerous fan” in bizarre, rambling letters obtained by the Herald.

You’ve got mail

  [2006-07 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California.
   Boston Herald, By Herald staff Friday, November 9, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Rev. David Ajemian, 46, a Massachusetts Catholic priest, is charged with harassing and stalking late-night comic Conan O’Brien starting in September 2006.Yesterday, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office released documents detailing Ajemian’s alleged harassing missives to O’Brien.
   In a letter dated “2/20 MardiGras” and signed “Padre 009,” the writer complains about not being able to get into O’Brien’s show, writing: “I’m told by some of those officious little usher people that you’re overbooked and to get the***off the premises!!! Is this the way you treat your most dangerous fans??? You owe me bigtime pal. I want a public confession before I even consider giving you absolution or else a spot on your couch. I’m through with waiting in bogus lines on the mezzanine. I sure hope this complaint gets through the next line of flunkies --- to you sir.”
   In a July 2 letter signed Dave Ajemian, the writer compares himself to Robert DeNiro’s character in the 1983 movie “The King of Comedy.” DeNiro’s character, aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin, stalks his idol, a late-night talk-, show host and kidnapshim. “To call myself a sort of Rupert Pupkin (Remember DeNiro here) is perhaps not far off the mark. But I assure you a stalker of a very different order than the kind you are used to dealing with,” the letter reads.

Anglican church to get residential school refund

  [100yrs] - Anglican. Indigenous children. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CBC News, November 8, 2007
   CANADA -- The Anglican Church of Canada, one of the churches that paid into a residential school compensation fund, will be getting about $10 million back from Ottawa, CBC News has learned.
   Thousands of aboriginal people who were forced to attend the schools said they were victims of physical and sexual abuse. They sued the federal government and the church, which ran the schools on behalf of the government.
   Several years ago, the Anglicans agreed to pay a percentage of damages related to their schools, to a maximum of $25 million.

South Kitsap County pastor charged with multiple counts of child rape

  [1994-2007 Harper*] - "The Church" and Family Church of God Pentecostal. 7 females. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer, By CLAUDIA ROWE, November 9, 2007
   PORT ORCHARD (WA) -- Church leaders in South Kitsap County are a genial group. Despite theological differences, they meet monthly for lunch, hobnobbing about charity events or ways to improve their ministry. Over the years, they occasionally extended invitations to Pastor Robbin Leeroy Harper, asking him to join their circle. But the mild-looking church leader rebuffed every overture.
   Pastor Robb, as he is known to adherents, led a congregation of 60, who met several times a week on the quiet, rural road where Harper had founded The Church. There, in a gated compound, he preached a non-denominational -- though strict -- interpretation of the Bible and kept largely to himself.
   Many in South Kitsap believe they now know why.
   Eight days ago, Harper was charged with multiple counts of child rape stretching back at least to 1994, after five young women -- all of them one-time members of the congregation -- accused the married father of four of years of sexual abuse within the church compound.

Judging the Catholic Church

  [Decades - San Diego Diocese] - RCC. US$198m. Legal tactics denounced. 144 victims.
   California Republic, by J. F. Kelly, Jr., Nov/9/07
   CALIFORNIA -- By way of disclaimer, let me say up front that I am a practicing Catholic (as opposed, say, to the cafeteria types who selectively practice aspects of their faith or the twice-a-year Catholics who attend mass on Christmas and Easter). I admit, therefore, to a tendency to react somewhat defensively when I hear critics of the Church, including some part-time or estranged Catholics, taking advantage of the notoriety over the sex abuse scandals to unfairly malign the entire Church and its clergy in general and the Diocese of San Diego in particular.
   The Diocese of San Diego filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early this year after concluding that the demands by 150 or so alleged victims of sexual abuse would exceed its insurance coverage and the available financial resources controlled by the diocese. Otherwise, some claims would have been settled but others denied before available funds ran out, so not only was the decision to file reasonable from a business and legal point of view, it seemed the fairest thing for all the victims under the circumstances.
   The decision provoked a furious reaction from some of the plaintiff lawyers and their clients who hoped for deeper pockets to tap and who described the decision as, inter alia, a cop-out, an outrage, a cowardly act and “a cynical attempt to keep the truth from coming out”. They alleged that the diocese had sufficient assets at its disposal to pay, presumably, whatever a trial jury decided was fair compensation for the victims. As everyone knows, juries tend to be magnanimous in this regard.

Bennison ‘was silent’ after child abuse

  - Episcopalians. [ 1973 ?+ Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [1973 + Bp Charles Bennison] - US$11.6m. To be suspended. 1973 onwards - Did not report brother, twice saw activity. [~2007 Ms Alton] - Allegedly changed Wikipedia entry, so banned by Wikipedia.
   Church Times, by Pat Ashworth, ~ November 9, 2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- THE BISHOP of Pennsylvania, the Rt Revd Charles Bennison, has been inhibited from all ordained ministry and faces trial for conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy. The charges relate to his alleged mishandling of his brother's sexual abuse of a minor while he was in the Bishop's employ, and for shielding him for years afterwards.
   The offences began in 1973, when Bishop Bennison, then Rector of St Mark's, Upland, California, learned that his brother, John, a married lay minister at the church, was having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old member of the youth group. The girl has testified that Bishop Bennison twice witnessed them in sexual activity.
   The presentment against Bishop Bennison says that, knowing of this relationship, he allowed his brother to remain in the church's employ and to work unsupervised with youth groups while he graduated, was ordained in 1975, and went as a curate to Santa Barbara, where he continued to have a relationship with the girl. Bishop Bennison "did nothing to hasten the end of the affair", the presentment says.

Scranton Diocese to Pay $3 Million in Sex Abuse Case

  [1999-2002 Liberatore] - RCC. US$3m gone. Altar boy.
   The New York Times, By SEAN D. HAMILL, Published: November 9, 2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton, Pa., has agreed to pay $3 million to a man who said that as a teenager he was sexually abused by one of its priests, it was announced yesterday.
   The settlement is one of the largest individual awards made by a Catholic diocese to a victim of sexual abuse by clergy members, said lawyers familiar with such suits and the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, a victims’ rights group.
   The settlement was reached Wednesday, after two days of testimony at a federal civil trial by priests and lay people revealed that the diocese had been warned about the conduct of the priest, Albert M. Liberatore Jr., “but the diocese did nothing about it,” said the victim’s lawyer, Daniel T. Brier.

Conference puts spotlight on sex abuse accountability

  - RCC. Fr Tom Doyle and Mr Jason Berry to speak.
   Palm Beach Post, By LONA O'CONNOR, Palm Beach Post Religion Writer, Friday, November 09, 2007
   WEST PALM BEACH (FL) -- Though he once walked the halls of the Vatican Embassy in Washington, Thomas Doyle would now probably not feel all that comfortable at a gathering of Catholic Church officials.
   The same goes for Jason Berry.
   Doyle, a Dominican priest, and Berry, a journalist, are the featured speakers at a conference of reform-minded Catholic laymen Saturday.
   The two authors of books on priest sex abuse are scheduled to speak on "The Real Costs of the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church," a conference sponsored by Voice of the Faithful of Palm Beach County. More than 100 people are expected to attend.
   Begun in Boston, Voice of the Faithful seeks greater accountability for sexual and financial wrongdoing by Catholic clergy. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 9, 2007 1:19 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri November 09, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Jehovah's Witness elder gets three years for sexual exploitation

  [1996- ~ 99 Willick -NEW*] - Jehovah's Witness. Girl (14-18). Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Canada.com , www.canada. com/topics/ news/national/ story.html? id=9ab94717- 9097-4894- a6bd-bf6e88 d81203&k= 74159 ; by Betty Ann Adam , CanWest News Service, Published: Friday, November 09, 2007
   SASKATOON, Canada -- A former Jehovah's Witness church elder has been sentenced to three years in prison for the sexual exploitation of a troubled teenage girl with whom he carried on a four-year relationship.
   "Our courts must send a clear message to every person in authority over a child that sexual contact with them will not be tolerated and will result in lengthy periods of imprisonment," Justice Marty Popescul said Friday at the Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench.
   Wendell Willick, 47, was counselling the girl at the behest of her parents - who were friends of Willick through their church - during the period of the abuse, which began in 1996, when the girl was 14.

Molestation to lead to jail for local man

  [~ 2000s Mr Jacquez Alvarez -NEW*] - Christian. Girl. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   San Luis Obispo Tribune, By Leslie Parrilla, ~ November 10, 2007
   LOS OSOS -- A former Los Osos church youth group volunteer is expected to serve jail time – but not have to register as a sex offender – after he changed his plea this week to charges of molesting a girl, then 15, during an amusement park trip.
   Ysidro “Sid” Arthur Jacquez, 36, who also uses the last name Alvarez, pleaded no contest Thursday–which results in a conviction without admitting guilt–to felony commission of an act of sexual penetration with a person under age 16 while being over age 21, according to court documents.
   A second felony charge of committing a lewd act on a child was dropped as part of a plea deal with prosecutors, according to court documents.

Pastor faces more charges in relationship with teen

  [~ 2000s Tovar -NEW*] - RCC. Teenager (16).
   The Orange County Register, By KIMBERLY EDDS, ~ November 10, 2007
   FULLERTON (CA) -- A married pastor accused of having sex in his church office with a 16-year-old parishioner is facing more charges of repeatedly meeting with his young accuser - a violation of a court order. A judge also sharply increased the pastor's bail, raising it from $150,000 to $750,000.
   Ronald Hernandez Tovar, 57, of Placentia has been charged with two counts of disobeying a court order. Tovar was originally charged with three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, oral copulation of a minor and sexual penetration by foreign object of a minor.
   Tovar is scheduled to go to trial on the charges Christmas Eve. If convicted, he faces up to five years and eight months in prison.

Bishop to apologise for vicar's sex abuse

  [ 1988 Trevor Ward] - ? Church of England. 9 charges. Altar boys and choir boys. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Northern Echo, ~ November 10, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A BISHOP is to issue a public apology over the actions of a paedophile vicar.
   The Bishop of Whitby, the Right Reverend Robert Ladds, will also invite the child abuse victims of former Middlesbrough clergyman Trevor Ward to pray for a return of trust to the parish.
   Ward, the vicar of the Church of St Agnes, Easterside, Middlesbrough, was jailed for seven years and stripped of his priestly orders after being convicted of nine counts of sex abuse in March 1988. He died last December.
   The youngsters involved were both altar boys and choirboys and some of the offences took place in the church.

Boston Police looking for priest, man fitting his description came to 7News studio

  [2006-07 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California. [2007 Unidentified man] - Accompanied alleged stalker. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   WHDH, ~ November 10, 2007
   BOSTON, Mass. -- Boston Police are looking for the priest who is accused of stalking Conan O'Brien. Their search brought them to the studio of 7News Saturday afternoon.
   Reverend David Ajemian was reported missing around 3:30pm Saturday. His family told police that Ajemian left their home in Back Bay around 12:30pm to go for a walk. Ajemian never returned.
   In a strange twist, a man fitting Ajemian's description came to 7News station, around 4pm, demanding to speak to an employee he had been sending e-mails to.
   That man was very aggressive and had to be physically removed from the lobby of the building, by another man who accompanied him. Both men left the scene on foot.

Priest Accused Of Stalking Conan O'Brien Found After Being Reported Missing

  [2006-07 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California.
   TheBostonChannel.com , ~ November 10, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Massachusetts priest charged with stalking late night talk show host Conan O'Brien was taken into custody Saturday night after being reported missing earlier in the day.
   The Rev. David Ajemian was reunited with his family around 7 p.m. and is going to be hospitalized, Boston police said. No arrest was made and no charges filed.
   Ajemian's father, Robert, reported him missing around 3 p.m. Boston police said he was last seen around 12:30 p.m. on Marlborough Street. They considered him homicidal and suicidal, and issued a radio broadcast urging anyone who comes into contact with him to use caution.

Priest who called himself Conan O'Brien's 'most dangerous fan' has eye for other celebs, too

  [2006-07 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California.
   New York Daily News, BY KERRY BURKE in Boston and KATHLEEN LUCADAMO, 5:03 PM, Saturday, November 10th 2007,
   BOSTON (MA) -- Faye Dunaway and Paul Simon may want to watch their backs.
   The Boston priest charged with stalking funnyman Conan O'Brien says he wants to meet the two stars.
   "I'd like to meet Paul Simon. I really love his music," the Rev. David Ajemian said Saturday outside his parents' home in Boston, less than a day after he was released on bail for allegedly stalking O'Brien in Manhattan.
   Ajemian said he'd also like to spend time with Dunaway, whom he claims attended Catholicism classes with him in Cambridge.

Former Lafayette priest accused of molestation continues counseling

  [1984-85 Cichanowicz*] - RCC. Navajo teenage boy.
   Journal and Courier, By BOB SCOTT, bscott@journalandcourier.com , November 10, 2007
   LAFAYETTE (IN) -- Therapist Charles Cichanowicz of West Lafayette will keep his job at the Alpine Counseling Center in Lafayette although he is being sued in a civil court for alleged child molestation.
   A lawsuit filed in New Mexico accuses him of sexually abusing a teenage Navajo boy in the mid-1980s while a Roman Catholic priest with a New Mexico parish.
   Dr. Nizar El-Khalili, the medical director at Alpine Clinic, supports Cichanowicz, who he said has worked there five years. The Alpine Counseling Center is part of Alpine Clinic.
   "We will stand by him. Everybody is innocent until proven guilty," El-Khalili said Friday.

Retired priest's conduct remains under scrutiny

  - RCC. > US$500,000. Retired!
   Star-Banner BY JOE VANHOOSE ~ November 10, 2007
   OCALA (FL) -- The Rev. Frank Mutsko didn't give much warning when he retired from the priesthood last month. Parishoners at St. Timothy Catholic Community in The Villages, where he was based, were caught by surprise.
   "I want to thank all of you who have been so kind, courteous and generous with me over the last three years," Mutsko wrote in the Oct. 28 church bulletin. "It is with sadness in my heart to say 'goodbye' to all of you."
   Mutsko said heart problems forced him to retire. But an Orlando family still maintains that he is running from the pulpit.
   Mutsko received cash, a car and two homes from Delores Raucina, an elderly woman who attended the Orlando church where Mutsko was based before coming to St. Timothy's. The combined value of the gifts exceeded $500,000.

Conan Nut Hadn't A Prayer

  [2006-07 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   New York Post, By LAURA ITALIANO, KAILI McDONNOUGH and JENNIFER FERMINO, November 10, 2007
   NEW YORK -- The Boston priest busted for stalking Conan O'Brien said yesterday that he hoped that by cozying up to the comic, he'd impress Archdiocese higher-ups and advance his career in the Church.
   "I guess I felt I was getting an inspiration to get him to acknowledge me in a way that would promote me as a priest," the Rev. David Ajemian told The Post after he was released on bail.
   "Also, I think he's a wonderful comedian, and I'm a bit of a comedian myself, so there's an element of fun in it for me as well."

Accused stalker priest cleared to stand trial

  [2006-07 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California.
   Boston Herald, By Jessica Fargen, ~ November 10, 2007
   NEW YORK -- The Bay State Catholic priest accused of stalking and harrassing talk show host Conan O’Brien was found mentally fit to stand trial yesterday, but his attorney and parents say the 46-year-old has a history of mental problems.
   Former Stoneham priest Rev. David Ajemian posted $2,500 cash bail for charges he sent O’Brien a series of bizarre and ranting notes and postcards this year, referring to himself as O’Brien’s “priest stalker,” and demanding a “public confession.”
   During a hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court yesterday, Ajemian was found fit to stand trial following a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation. His parents were on hand to free him and bring him back home to Massachusetts, they told the press throng outside court.
   A Newton priest representing the Archdiocese of Boston was also in court, saying he was asked to attend by Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley. “The cardinal’s concern is for everyone, including the O’Briens,” said Msgr. Dennis Sheehan.

Conan O'Brien-crazed priest off his meds, lawyer says

  [2006-07 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California.
   New York Daily News, BY KERRY BURKE in Stoneham, Mass.and JOSE MARTINEZ in New York, Saturday, November 10th 2007
   NEW YORK -- The Catholic priest collared on charges of stalking talk show host Conan O'Brien emerged from behind bars yesterday with a huge grin and a cryptic comment.
   "The story's going to unfold," the Rev. David Ajemian said.
   He smiled for the cameras as he walked out of Manhattan Criminal Court and into his parents' cab after being jailed last week on charges of dogging O'Brien with a series of bizarre letters and Internet postings.
   "This is a mental problem, not a prison problem," Ajemian's father, Richard, told reporters outside the courthouse. "We didn't see this coming. It came out of nowhere."

Turisti nel nome di Dio un affare da 5 miliardi

  - RCC tourism tied to tax-exempt Vatican, turnover €5000m. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  European Union (EU) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   La Repubblica, Tourists in the name of God, by Curzio Maltese, ~ November 10, 2007
   ITALY -- La Repubblica has a long article today explaining in detail how the Vatican controls tourism in Italy, a business that rates third in the world for profits after oil and weapons trafficking.
   The Catholic church controls each year traffic of 40 million tourists, who for a total of 19 million nights sleep in 250,000 beds provided by 4,000 religious structures. The total yearly value of this activity is 5 billion euros. Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, president by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar of Rome, is at the top of the organization. The organization and all its branches are registered and run by the Vatican. From this derives the advantages of having no checks over their budgets, hygiene, safety prevention and all Italian laws.
   If controversies of penal or civil nature arise, the final judge is the Pope, according to their statute. For these commercial activities they not only do not pay real estate taxes but they also do not pay income taxes and other innumerable taxes that must be paid in Italy by all other similar businesses. Those who work in those businesses are generally nuns and priests who work with no limits set by the laws and for which no minimum wage is allowed and for which no money is paid to the Italian state for their pensions.
   Vatican City has made a deal with a low-cost air company, Mistral, to carry its "pilgrims" all over the world. The slogan at the time the accord was made was: "For a search of God at low cost." Plans are for expansion of flights to South America, East Asia, China and the Philippines.
   The European Community in 30 days will have its say in these matters. Whether it is legal or not according to European laws to give financial advantages to the Vatican and are other private businesses allowed to compete with the Vatican for business.

Pastor charged with molesting girls

  [1994-2007 Harper*] - "The Church" and Family Church of God Pentecostal. 12 females. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   United Press International, Nov. 9, 2007
   PORT ORCHARD, Wash., (UPI) -- The pastor of a small Protestant church in Washington state has been accused of molesting young girls in his flock.
   When Robbin Leroy Harper was arrested last week, five women had come forward, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported. Now, the number of accusers has grown to a dozen.

Erie bishop up for Conference head

  - RCC.
  Erie Times-News BY DANA MASSING dana.massing@timesnews.com 6:00AM November 10, 2007
   ERIE (PA) -- Erie Catholic Bishop Donald W. Trautman is one of 10 candidates for president of the nation's Roman Catholic hierarchy.
   The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will hold elections during its annual fall meeting, which takes place Monday through Thursday in Baltimore.
   Trautman's name appears on the slate of candidates for president and vice president. ...
   The bishops also are expected to hear from researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Fordham University. They will present preliminary results of their research on the causes and context of the clergy sex abuse crisis.
   The study is expected to conclude in 2009.
   "The research results will be significant not just for the church but for all of society because understanding child sexual abuse precedes its detection and prevention," said Bishop Gregory Aymond, chairman of the bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, in a news release.

Iowa - Defrocked priest in contempt of court

  [1950s-60s Janssen] - RCC. 44 complainants including nephew (admitted).
   Telegraph Herald, The Associated Press, ~ November 10, 2007
   DAVENPORT (IA), (AP) -- A defrocked Davenport priest who was ordered to pay his nephew $1.9 million for years of sexual abuse is in contempt of court for hiding $80,000 in assets, a judge has ruled.
   James Janssen, 85, faces up to six months in prison if he does not produce the savings bonds within two months, said Scott County Judge Bobbi Alpers.
   "James Janssen has a history of financial transactions, which he has carefully and calculatedly executed in an effort to hide his substantial financial assets from any potential creditor," Alpers wrote in the ruling filed this week.

Bishop seeks limits for sex abuse payments

  - RCC.
   Chicago Tribune, By Manya A. Brachear | Tribune religion reporter, 9:27 PM CST, November 9, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A prominent Chicago bishop is suggesting legal changes that would shield Roman Catholic institutions from paying excessive damages in sex abuse lawsuits, which he says jeopardize the mission of the church.
   Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki, a civil and canon lawyer and one of Cardinal Francis George's six active deputies, recently suggested in a homily to Catholic lawyers and judges that decisions to award large sums to victims of clergy abuse place an excessive burden on the free exercise of religion for American Catholics.
   "This burden needs to be lifted," Paprocki said during a special mass for judges and attorneys in Grand Rapids, Mich., last month. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 10, 2007 8:09 AM]
   [COMMENT: But, this seeking of a niggardly payment of compensation is not in line with the Jesus teaching as below. ENDS.]
   [CHRISTIAN GREEK SCRIPTURES: Matthew 5:40-41: [Jesus said:] And, if a man will contend with thee in judgment and take away they coat, let go thy cloak also unto him.  And, whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him other two.
   Luke 6:38: [Jesus said:] Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure and pressed down and shaken together and running over shall they give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you shall mete withal it shall be measured to you again. ENDS.]
   [FOLLOW-UP COMMENT: If anyone wonders why the Church apologists such as that bishop don't seem to know those scriptures, try reading at least the next verse in Luke -- "Can the blind lead the blind?"  Then read the rest of chapter 6, and look back at verse 30.
   The US lawcourt compensation burden does NOT need to be lifted, because the Jesus teaching was that if people came to him, even if heavily burdened, he would refresh them (Matthew 11:28).  It is high time that the wolves in sheep's clothing came to the Founder. 
   Jesus had 72 active deputies, but none is recorded as having sexually abused children, and His saying about the millstone and drowning (Mark 9:42) ought to cause various cardinals, bishops, and other seduction "enablers" to tremble -- if they believe their own preaching.  "By their fruits you shall know them."  And ponder over Matthew 24:28. ENDS.]

Accused Stalker Of Conan O'Brien In Hospital

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   KDKA, ~ November 10, 2007
   BOSTON (MA), (CBS) ? After being reported missing earlier in the day, the Boston priest accused of stalking late-night talk-shot host Conan O'Brien returned to his parents' home Saturday and was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.
   The Rev. David Ajemian was reported missing by his father at 12:30 p.m. He returned to his parents home in Boston late in the afternoon, police said.
   The hospital where Ajemian was being treated was not disclosed. Police said he went voluntarily. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 10, 2007 11:48 PM]
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• Church pays $3mil; Priest abused boy.  [1999-2005 Liberatore] - RCC. Altar boy. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 

Church pays $3mil


Priest abused boy
   The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), http://perthnow.com.au , p 40, Sunday, November 11, 2007
   WASHINGTON: A man who was abused as a boy by a Catholic priest has won a record $A3.24 million in compensation from a diocese.
   "The settlement represents the diocese's efforts to assist the victim to heal and to move on to achieve a productive and fulfilling life," the diocese of Scranton, northeastern Pennsylvania, said in a statement.
   The deal is the highest single amount paid to a victim of a pedophile priest in the US.
   "The diocese accepts its responsibility to this victim and our hope is that true healing can commence now that a settlement has been reached," the statement said.
   The deal ends all the lawsuits against the diocese, which covers 200 parishes.
   The Catholic Church has 69 million followers in the US, but has been rocked by the pedophile scandal that surfaced in 2002 and badly hit its reputation and finances.
   The Scranton victim, who is now 22, has not been identified. But his abuser, former priest Albert Liberatore, was defrocked in 2006 after pleading guilty and being sentenced to 10 years' jail.
   "The diocese wishes to express its deep regret and its sincerest apology to the victim and his family members who were so grievously harmed by the former priest Albert Liberatore," the statement said.
   The abuse against the victim began a decade ago when he was 12 and continued until 2002. He broke his silence in 2004 and the priest was suspended.
   The Vatican was asked to begin procedures to remove the priest from his ecclesiastical duties.
   The scandal broke when the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law, confessed in early 2002 that he had protected a priest whom he knew had sexually abused young members of his church. #
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[Nov 11, 07]

• Kids get voice at the top.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

Kids get voice at the top

   The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), http://perthnow.com.au , By ANDREA MAYES, p 46, Sunday, November 11, 2007
  [Picture] CHILDREN'S CHAMPION: Michelle Scott has been appointed WA's first Children's Commissioner.    Picture: JODY D'ARCY  
FIVE years after it was first talked about, WA will finally get its first Children's Commissioner when Michelle Scott takes on the role next month. Appointing a commissioner was a key recommendation of the 2002 Gordon inquiry into child abuse in Aboriginal communities, yet it was initially rejected by the Government as unnecessary duplication.
   In 2004, the Government did a backflip and announced it would fund the position, and with the abuse of Aboriginal children again in the spotlight, it has finally kept its word.
   Ms Scott will begin her new duties on December 10 and has vowed to make the interests of indigenous children a high priority. However, she has yet to decide whether to appoint a deputy commissioner with responsibility for indigenous issues, which was another Gordon inquiry recommendation.
   "I haven't made a decision about that to date, but I have already started talking to key Aboriginal people about it," Ms Scott said.
   "My goal is ensuring the voices of Aboriginal children and young people are heard.
   "I want to ensure that whatever I put in place makes that happen, so I don't feel wedded to a particular structure at this stage."
   The Perth Aboriginal Women's Network, a group of professional indigenous women, have long championed the role of the deputy commissioner and still believe it is essential.
   "It is a statutory requirement (of the Children's Commissioner) that Aboriginal children are a priority, but we are concerned that she won't be able to achieve it without that deputy position," Network spokeswoman Hannah McGlade said.
   Originally a social worker, Ms Scott has dealt with Aboriginal families for most of her career and also has extensive experience of dealing with other disadvantaged people.
   She has been on both the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Immigration Review Tribunal, was the principal policy officer at the Disability Services Commission and has spent the past five years as the Public Advocate, who protects the rights of disabled people.
   She is also a mother. Her daughter is studying law at university.
   "I'm hoping that (career) experience will provide a solid foundation for taking-up the Children's Commissioner position," Ms Scott said.
   By law, the Children's Commissioner is an independent advocate for the wellbeing of children and young people, and can comment publicly on any matter she deems appropriate.
   She has the power to initiate and conduct inquiries, but cannot examine individual cases.
   However, Ms Scott does not believe this will limit her effectiveness.
   "If we can achieve systemic change, that will change the system that led to those individual complaints in the first place," she said.
   Systemic change is certainly on the commissioner's agenda.
   As well as looking at the effectiveness of government interventions in Aboriginal communities, Ms Scott is keen to look at recent changes to the protection of children in care.
   "I expect the Children's Commissioner (will be) reviewing how effective some of the new strategies have been in ensuring our young people and children are protected," she said.
   She is especially keen to give a voice to children and young people and wants to explore the best ways of engaging with them.
   This could include developing a child-friendly website, through text messaging and holding face-to-face meetings.
   "I want to get out there as much as possible and talk to people personally as much as possible," Ms Scott said.
   "My experience in this position is that even with people who are marginalised and vulnerable, you can find ways of reaching out and ways to hear what they have to say."
   The Perth Aboriginal Women's Network is concerned the commissioner has not been adequately resourced.
   It has an initial annual budget of $1.5 million.
   "It's not the sort of money you'd expect for such an important issue," Ms McGlade said. "When you think of the wealth that's being created in WA at the moment, I can't understand why our children are not worth more than a shoestring budget," she said.
   Ms Scott said she hoped the funding might be increased over time. "I think the resources that are available are sufficient, but over time I'll need to consider that," she said.
   This could include seeking funding from universities and other interested bodies.
   Ms Scott is keen to ensure children have an effective voice when it comes to complaints.
   "I certainly will be looking at the mechanisms that government agencies have in place for dealing with individual complaints," she said. #
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm#kids_get_voice
   [RECAPITULATION: She has the power to initiate and conduct inquiries, but cannot examine individual cases.  However, Ms Scott does not believe this will limit her effectiveness. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Well, she's wrong! COMMENT ENDS.] [Nov 11, 07]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


When and what did archdiocese know?

  - RCC. [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - 2 more boys. [2002+ Archdiocese of Chicago -NEW*] - Was told, did nothing. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Chicago Sun-Times, www.suntimes. com/lifestyles/ religion/ 644505,CST- NWS-Card11. article , BY SUSAN HOGAN/ALBACH, Religion Reporter / shogan@suntimes.com , November 11, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A concerned dad notified the Archdiocese of Chicago in December 2002 that the Rev. Donald McGuire was sharing a bed with his son and "overwhelming" another teen with porn and sex talk.
   But the archdiocese appears to have done only a minimal inquiry, didn't tell civil authorities or immediately strip McGuire of his ability to perform priestly duties in the region, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
   Rather, the matter was referred back to the priest's religious order -- the Chicago Province of Jesuits -- even though the dad wrote that the order hadn't been responsive to his concerns.
   Had the archdiocese been more proactive, it may have prevented the third teen, a minor, from being abused well into 2003, abuse prevention advocates say.

Rev. Michael Pappas To Be Defrocked

  [~ 1992-2007 Pappas*] - Greek Orthodox. On misconduct board. ? female. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orthodox Reform, Author: Theodore Kalmoukos, Publication: The National Herald, Published Nov/09/2007
   SAN FRANCISCO (CA) - Rev. Michael Pappas, former parish priest of Holy Trinity Church in San Francisco, is going to be defrocked and returned to the ranks of the laity, according to Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco.
   In an interview, Metropolitan Gerasimos told the National Herald, “As I had said during our last interview that, upon my return from the Synaxis of the hierarchy at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, I was planning to sent Father Pappas to Spiritual Court, and I did so. The Court has decided to recommend his defrocking. The issue was discussed at the recent meeting of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Church in America, and it was decided that his name be sent to the Patriarchate to be defrocked.”
   The Herald has also learned that Father Pappas has obtained a new position as the executive director of the San Francisco Interfaith Council, of which he was a member of the board as ecumenical officer for the Metropolis of San Francisco. He has also been appointed to the Mayor’s Sister Committee with Assisi, Italy. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 11, 2007 3:35 PM]

Repubblica insiste tra bufale e svarioni

  - RC response the charges of tax evasion. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   L'Avvenire (R.C. newspaper), By Umberto Folena, ~ November 11, 2007
   ITALY -- L'Avvenire posted an article today responding to accusations made against the Catholic church in Italy for alleged unlawful tax privileges granted by the Italian state.
   The writer described the case of the Abbey of Chiaravalle, which was cited as an example of a luxurious hotel run by the monks and where undue tax evasion took place. According to L'Avvenire, it is only a place where pilgrims can be guests in seven small rooms, where there is only a sink and a closet, paying only 30 euros a day, food included. In case they do not have all the money, the amount charged can be even less.
   There are other examples of what the newspaper said is distorted information such as the one regarding the convent of the Orsoline [? Ursuline] nuns in Cortina or the monastery of Camaldoli near Arezzo, which according to the writer are all spartan lodges, where students pay only 80 euros a day for full room and board, with a 50 percent discount for families.
   As for Mistral, the low-cost air company, its flights are only operated by a 737-300 and not a 707-200 and the main partner of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, Cardinal Ruini's tourist organization, is Alitalia, the Italian airline, which cannot provide all necessary flights and has forced the ORP to ask for help from other foreign airlines, including El Al, Syrian Airline, Air Jordan, Aeroflot, etc. It is true that ORP belongs to the Holy See, but it is not that it does not pay taxes for it relies for its travel on normal hotels where taxes are paid. The story follows a long list of imprecisions about the property of some hotels, some of them situated in former monasteries which previously were sold to private businesses. Besides the money that was given to the Catholic church by the Italian state for the 2000 Jubilee (35,000 billion lires) was used mainly to restore convents, abbeys and other places of cult and not to organize the tourism activity.
   In addition to this priests and nuns whose work is accounted as free cost to their congregations, is more than they would have cost according to the unions' contracts. It's not, Avvenire says, that the children's hospital in Rome, Il Bambino Gesu', has been granted special advantages, with a status which can be changed only with a special accord with the Italian Foreign Ministry. That hospital, envied all over the world for its efficiency and for the high quality of services, where all Italian children and from all over Europe can be admitted, has a convention with the Lazio region and rules on its functioning are dealt with its President.
   La Repubblica pretends not to know all the economic advantages which the religious tourism is providing to the Italian regions, provinces and cities because 60 percent has cultural and religious motivation. The tourism does not exploit Italy but enriches it. Social tourism allows travel to people who cannot afford five-star hotels and some of those exemptions given by the state are just benefiting those kind of people. It's the people's tourism for its advantages go to the poor people too. This kind of tourism is not competing with tourism for the rich.
   The article ends by saying that contrary to what Le Repubblica affirms there have always been precise answers and clarifications to the accusations made against the church. If, however, Le Repubblica want a formal letter with a return receipt requested than that can also be provided.

Pastor reportedly admitted abuse

  [~ 1982 Bryce] - RCC. Supervising paedophile. Boy.
   Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, By BILL DWYER, ~ November 11, 2007
   RIVER FOREST (IL) -- Officials of the Dominican order received word in the spring of 2002 that a priest who served as pastor of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in River Forest and who supervised accused pedophile Brother Gilbert Hensley, was himself forced to resign his pastoral position at a Michigan parish after reportedly admitting to sexual abuse of a boy.
   Rev. Vincent W. Bryce, who was St. Vincent's pastor from 1970 to 1979, resigned as pastor of churches in Edmore and Stanton, Mich. in April, 2002 after being accused of sexually abusing a boy in a diocese "in the Midwest 25 years ago," according to the Grand Rapids Press.
   An attorney for Bryce's accuser contacted the Chicago headquarters of the Dominican order in March, 2002 with his client's accusations. According to the Press article, the order's vicar provincial at the time, Rev. David Wright, said Bryce admitted his guilt and was ordered to return to Chicago.
   In the wake of Bryce's admission, the Grand Rapids Diocese opened its files on priests found to have committed sexual abuse, dating back to the 1950s, to the Kent County, Mich. prosecutor's office.

Conan stalker back in Hub

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio comic to Italy and California. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Boston Herald, By Laura Crimaldi, Sunday, November 11, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- A strange twist in the saga of the alleged “priest stalker” ended quietly last night as Boston police called off a two-hour manhunt for the Rev. David Ajemian, the Stoneham clergyman accused of stalking late-night comic Conan O’Brien.
   A few hours later, Ajemian volunteered to be admitted to a psychiatric ward, Boston police said.
   Ajemian had returned to the Bay State from New York late Friday after being released on bail into the custody of Boston relatives.
   He was staying with family in the Back Bay when he abruptly took off about midday. His sudden disappearance prompted his father to call police at 3:35 p.m. and report the 46-year-old as missing, said police officer Ed Crispin.

Il celibato dei preti? Per controllarli

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, new Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Pro-marriage campaigner. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, November 11, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Sante Sguotti presented his book "Il mio amore non e' peccato" (My love is not a sin) yesterday in Verona. It will be released on Monday.
   "If Jesus had been married and bad been the father of a son, would his message have been less valuable?" That the question Rev. Sante asked when he presented his book at the Gran Guardia titled "Il mio amore non e' peccato" during a meeting promoted by L'Inchiostro, the literary magazine. The book, published by Mondatori, will be sold in book shops starting tomorrow.
   Not many people there were listening to the former parish priest of Monterosso, who has been suspended a divinis. "The bishop suspended me because someone reported I had a woman who was pregnant with my child. But I'm still waiting to know from the bishop the woman's name, not to speak about the child," he said in a subdued and firm voice as he answered questions from newsmen and about 40 people who were present. "I am not that kind of person who suddenly begins to speak about an issue he never mentioned before. Since I was attending the seminary I have been fighting to change what I don't think is right in the church. For the last 10 years I have been trying to open a discussion in my parish and with the bishop about the issue of priests' celibacy, but to no avail. I'm profiting now from the clamor deriving from this story of my being in love and of having a child. What else could I have done? Be silent? Give up and abandon the church according to the wishes of the Vatican and the ecclesiastical authorities? No and thanks also to my parishioners who showed to trust me. I'm performing my duty, fighting to change a situation which I deem to be absurd. In the Bible marriage is considered one of the most meritorious things. In the first centuries, the church chose its bishops only among married people because they had shown to be able to be part of a family. Today, instead, nobody can even think of speaking about this problem. In Italy there is no liberty. In the church there is no democracy."
   Responding to criticism of those who made him notice how he was in the company of a TV agent, had a Web site and behaved like a star, Rev. Sante said, "If you are sick you go to the doctor? Don't you? A friend of mine, who knows how to make a Web site, told me: 'Rev. Sante, if you want, we can lead our battle in the internet too,' and I answered for him to do it," he said. "I'm a priest who lives in today's world, the world of communication, and I need to say what I think. The book I'm presenting is meant to do that. The same happened when I received the help of a lawyer credited at the Sacra Rota tribunal who called me on the phone and said, 'I share your views. If you want I can support your ideas and your battle at the legal level. The same applies to the TV agent," he said.
   To those who asked why then priests' celibacy has been adopted by the church, Rev. Sante answered: "It's simple. It's meant to control them. If you deprive a person of his sexuality, his affections, what does it remain to him? His work, his career, obedience to the rules. Besides not to be involved in a family makes you more available, and above all you cost less. Those reasons do not take into account, however, if you are able or not to transmit the Christian values in every day life. I believe a married priest would better understand his parishioners and live among them," he said.

The Impression Pedophilia is a Catholic Sin

  - RCC defence of the unspeakable. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Opinion Editorials, by Kevin Roeten, November 11, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Shockingly, AP breaks out of their typical liberal mold and reports(10/20/07) that sexual abuse of minors has been rampant. But in their statement, they indirectly say members of the Catholic Church are not the majority abusers.
   AP discusses the raw numbers from three companies that insure the majority of Protestant churches in America (Church Mutual, GuideOne, and Brotherhood Mutual), and say they typically receive 260 reports/year of young people under 18 being sexually abused. Compare that with ~228 credible accusations/year against Catholic clerics since 1950 (abuse records).
   Together with that information, it is known that the Catholic Church greatly outnumbers any Protestant churches, and that the data for Protestant churches is available only for the last five years.
   Without a doubt, sexual abuse of a minor is one of the most despicable crimes and sins that man can perpetrate. There aren’t too many sins one can commit that can compare their sexual abuse. But predators seem to thrive in an atmosphere where the base congregation is one of the most trusted organizations that exist.

Former Pastor Accused Of Sex Abuse Dies

  [Decades ago - Gray*] - Baptist. > 20 girls, 1 boy.
   News4Jax, ~ November 11, 2007
   JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Family members of a former pastor, accused of sex crimes, said he has died.
   Dr. Robert Gray founded Trinity Baptist Church on the Westside and was its pastor for decades. Family members told Channel 4 that he died at about noon Saturday at the age of 81.
   Gray was slated to stand trial Nov. 12 on three counts of capital sexual battery, but after Judge John Merrett visited Gray in the hospital, the judge ruled the trial would be indefinitely postponed because Gray was incapacitated. Gray was hospitalized earlier this month.
   [COMMENTS: Quite rightly, this news medium reported that family members "said he had died" -- note the word "said".  In the recent past it has been known for a Church or others to announce that a sex-abuser had died, but he turns up very much alive somewhere else! ENDS.]

Pastor won't face his accusers

  [Decades ago - Gray*] - Baptist. > 20 girls, 1 boy.
   The Times-Union, By MATT GALNOR, November 11, 2007
   JACKSONVILLE (FL) -- The Rev. Robert Gray, the former Trinity Baptist Church pastor awaiting trial on child molestation charges, died Saturday, according to his attorney. He was 81.
   Gray had been hospitalized since mid-October and suffered from a variety of health problems. An exact cause of death was not available Saturday.
   Attorney David Barksdale, who represented Gray, released a statement saying Gray's family prays that everyone involved in the court cases can find peace and that the family would not comment further on Gray's passing.
   This month, a judge ruled Gray was too ill to stand trial Tuesday on six counts of capital sexual battery. The charges involved four women who say Gray sexually abused them when they were children in the 1970s. At the time, Gray led the Westside church and its school, Trinity Christian Academy.

George may lead bishops

  - RCC.
   Chicago Tribune, By Margaret Ramirez and Manya A. Brachear | Tribune religion reporters, November 11, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- When the nation's Roman Catholic bishops gather this week in Baltimore, they will likely elect Chicago's archbishop, Cardinal Francis George, to provide the voice for the church in America. ...
   Some church reform groups and advocates of sexual abuse victims have urged bishops not to elect George. They say his failure to immediately remove Rev. Daniel McCormack from his West Side Chicago parish in 2005, when credible accusations were made, is unacceptable. McCormack pleaded guilty to molesting five boys in July and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
   "Cardinal George has exhibited a fundamental lack of understanding of the impact clergy sex abuse has on children, the seriousness of each accusation, and the need for swift action," said Mary Pat Fox, president of Voice of the Faithful, a lay group formed in response to the sexual abuse scandal.

Is the Church really this blind?

  - RCC.
   Los Angeles Times, By Jason Berry, November 11, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- In 2004, Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, proclaimed that after two years of relentless investigations into priests who sexually abused children and the bishops who protected them, "the scandal is history."
   For reporters weary of the scandal's emotionally draining subject matter, Gregory's sound bite invited a retreat. The bishops pointed to the "youth protection charter" they had developed, laying out guidelines for removing predator priests and for treating victims responsibly. They released data showing that they had identified about 4,400 abusive U.S. priests. They had a reform agenda, it seemed, and promised new vigilance in protecting children rather than clerics. In the months that followed, the sexual abuse crisis receded as national news, though civil litigation and criminal prosecutions continued to make occasional headlines.
   But did the church really learn its lesson? Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago, is currently preparing to assume the presidency of the Conference of Catholic Bishops, whose annual meeting begins Monday in Baltimore. His new position would make George highly visible when Pope Benedict XVI arrives on his first trip to the U.S. next spring, which is fitting because George was a valuable ally of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger when the cardinals' conclave chose him to be pope in 2005.
   The problem is that George shows little indication of having internalized the lessons of the scandal. He displays a stunning insensitivity to the church's failures. And twice since the 2002 conference in Dallas that adopted the youth protection charter, George has flouted the church's supposed zero-tolerance attitude in his handling of abusive priests.

Conan O'Brien's Stalker Goes on Boston Misadventure

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio comic to Italy and California. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Bostonist, November 11, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- Father David Ajemian, who was arrested in New York City last week for stalking Conan O'Brien, is back in town after making bail. Once home, he promptly went missing, only to be found a few hours later. So if you thought you saw Conan O'Brien's priest-stalker around the South End, you probably did.
   The BPD issued a report telling people to be on the lookout (BOLO in BPD parlance) for Father Ajemian. The report notes that he was last seen at 12:30 in the South End, he was reported missing at 3:15 pm, he was found at 7:00 pm, and he was self-admitted to a hospital for observation. The BPD wrote, "It was further reported to officers that Mr. Ajemian's mental state may be of concern."
   WCVB added that the BPD was taking it seriously and "considered him homicidal and suicidal." Whatever he was, he was definitely busy. He told reporters that he fancied Paul Simon and Faye Dunaway. WHDH report that Ajemian may have tried to get into the WHDH building. The WHDH reporter said he had to be "yanked from the foyer" by someone who was with him. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 11, 2007 1:08 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sun November 11, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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!!!: Group protests Pleasanton church bringing in priest with prior arrest

  [1999 Greene -NEW*] - RCC. Lewd at a public lavatory. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   San Jose Mercury News, www.mercury news.com/ breaking news/ci_ 7437558? nclick_ check=1 , By Scott Marshall, ~ November 12, 2007
   PLEASANTON (CA) -- A group distributed fliers Sunday morning at a Pleasanton Catholic Church because the priest selected to lead the parish was arrested several years ago in a case involving a lewdness allegation.
   Church leaders defended him.
   "He wouldn't be here if I weren't satisfied and the bishop," said the Rev. Dan Danielson, who is stepping down.
   The Rev. Padraig Greene takes over Jan. 1 at the Catholic Communities of Pleasanton, which includes St. Augustine Catholic Church and St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 12, 2007 7:43 AM]

Israel OKs extradition of Brooklyn pedophile suspect

  [Colmer -NEW* Mondrowitz-NEW*] - Judaism. Boys. Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Palestine Authority flag; Palestine Authority website  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   New York Daily News, BY MATTHEW KALMAN, 4:00 AM, Monday, November 12th 2007,
   JERUSALEM, Israel / Palestine - A suspected Brooklyn pedophile hiding from sex abuse charges in Israel will become the first American extradited to the U.S. under a revamped treaty, a Jerusalem court ruled Sunday.
   Stefan Colmer, 30, was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on charges he sexually abused two 13-year-old boys from the ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn where he lived. ...
   The Justice Department also has requested the extradition of another alleged Brooklyn child molester, Rabbi Avrohom Mondrowitz, who fled to Jerusalem 23 years ago amid allegations the former counselor and principal molested four boys.
   Mondrowitz was arrested last month by Israeli police but was released. The Israeli Justice Ministry has refused to comment on the case. Attorney Michael Lesher, who represents six men who have accused Mondrowitz of molesting them as children, said Mondrowitz must be returned to face charges.

Two reasons why church settlement isn't fair

  [1970s Valverde -NEW*] - RCC. 2 boys. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Union-Tribune, by Logan Jenkins, November 12, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Two months ago, 144 sexual-abuse victims celebrated V-RC Day.
   Victory over the Roman Catholic Church.
   The San Diego diocese, after playing hard-nosed defense in bankruptcy court, agreed to a $198 million payout. The war was over.
   Saints of the settlement be praised!
   OK, you know all that. What you probably don't know is that two victims who legally, ethically and logically belonged in the so-called “global” settlement were left out.
   Let's go back in time.
   On Dec. 30, 2003, Brian Campbell, a Needles attorney, filed a lawsuit on behalf of two men who alleged that in the mid-1970s William Valverde, the pastor at St. Ann's Church, repeatedly exposed them and other Catholic adolescents in Needles to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and deviant sex. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM]

Sect member charged with child sex offences

  [Unnamed man -NEW*] - Exclusive Brethren. Child. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au  Queensland (Australian State) flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au 
   Sydney Morning Herald, by Michael Bachelard, November 12, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- AN ELDERLY Exclusive Brethren man who is a former church leader and trustee of a Queensland Brethren private school, has been charged with sexual offences against a child.
   It is the third case of alleged sexual abuse of children to emerge from the secretive sect in the past 12 months, but church elders deny any pattern of behaviour. And the hierarchy of the church has denied any prior knowledge of the alleged abuse by the Queensland man.
   "[World leader] Bruce Hales has never been aware of this until The Age wrote to me," a spokesman, Tony McCorkell, said. "I can clearly say to you that Mr Hales did not know about this, and has not sought to cover it up."

Bishop apologies to Teesside paedophile priest victims

  [ 1988 Trevor Ward] - ? Church of England. 9 charges. Altar boys and choir boys. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Evening Gazette, by Andy Passant, Nov 12 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A PUBLIC apology will be issued by a bishop 20 years after a Teesside vicar was exposed as a paedophile.
   Former Middlesbrough vicar Trevor Ward was jailed for seven years in 1988 after being convicted of abusing young boys.
   Ward was the vicar of St Agnes’ Church in Easterside until his sordid secret came to light.

'STALKER' PRIEST IS PRAISED

  [- 2007 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio comic to Italy and California. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   New York Post, By MATTHEW NESTEL in Stoneham, Mass., and DAN MANGAN in N.Y.; November 12, 2007
   STONEHAM (MA) -- Parishioners at a Boston-area Catholic church last night lauded their former priest, who has been busted for stalking TV host Conan O'Brien.
   The Rev. David Ajemian "was the greatest," said Jack Garvey, 72, before Mass at St. Patrick's Church in Stoneham, Mass. "The guy was unbelievable. If they showed me a roster of all the priests, he would be at the top. That's how good he was."
   Garvey said Ajemian - who abruptly left St. Patrick's in June after a short stint - had a talent for preaching. "It came from the heart."
   Patty Bourell, 59, said Ajemian was also pretty entertaining.

North County students to pay for sex-abuse scandal

  [Decades - San Diego Diocese] - RCC. US$198m. 144 victims. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   North County Times, By CHARLES S. SMITH - Commentary, ~ November 12, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Bishop Robert H. Brom of San Diego has launched a campaign using letters and personal meetings in the parishes to explain to the laity how the Diocese of San Diego will pay off the sexual abuse settlement. The total liability of $183 million will be settled as follows: insurance ($76 million), religious orders ($17 million), unrestricted diocesan assets and properties ($25 million), high school properties ($40 million) and fundraising ($25 million).
   The Secondary School Initiative, a corporation sole, was established in 2003 to help build three diocesan high schools: Mater Dei (south), Cathedral (central) and Pax Christi (north). It was anticipated that the proceeds of approximately $75 million realized by selling the former sites of USD and Marian high schools would assist in the building of these three new high schools. The North County site was 38 acres owned by the diocese and located adjacent to the San Luis Rey Elementary School in Oceanside.
   It was anticipated the diocese would donate the 38 acres and the Secondary School Initiative would contribute $25 million to begin construction of Pax Christi. Twenty-five million dollars has already been committed to Cathedral and $25 million to Mater Dei. The only change in this understanding was that if North County Catholics wished that Pax Christi be located further inland, then the 38-acre Oceanside property would be traded for a more geographically convenient site.

Chicago archbishop poised to lead U.S. bishops

 
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ November 12, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- The nation's Roman Catholic bishops are expected to elect Chicago's archbishop to lead the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the once powerful body that's bidding to restore the church's credibility after years of sexual abuse scandals. ...
   Mary Pat Fox, president of Voice of the Faithful, a group formed in response to the sexual abuse scandal, said George has never fully appreciated the gravity of clergy sex abuse.
   "The U.S. bishops cannot elect a known enabler of clergy sex abuse as president of the (conference) if they are ever to regain the trust of American Catholics," Fox said.
   A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Chicago declined to comment.

The $3 million question: Who really pays? MARK GUYDISH OPINION

  [Liberatore] - RCC. Parishioners will pay US$3m.
   Times-Leader, November 12, 2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- So, $3 million.
   The Diocese of Scranton settles the lawsuit regarding sexual abuse by Father Albert Liberatore for that whopping sum and issues the statement: “It is certain that absolutely no parish funds of any kind will be used to satisfy the settlement.”
   Sounds like a tired semantic trick, and the faithful deserve a more honest accounting. I’m sure that, technically, the claim is, but let’s toss a few numbers around. The diocese, after all, is funded through parish income.
   According to diocese financial documents, churchgoers forked over $3.5 million in “parish assessments” to the diocese in the fiscal year that ran June 2005 to June 2006. Imagine how much healthier local parishes could be if, for just one year, that assessment was cut by $3 million. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 12, 2007 7:11 AM]

Cardinal: Abuse suits about money

  - RCC.
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY SUSAN HOGAN/ALBACH / shogan@suntimes.com / Religion Reporter / November 12, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Cardinal Francis George and one of his top bishops are stirring up controversy because of statements they recently made criticizing lawsuits from victims of priest sexual abuse.
   In a letter obtained by the Sun-Times, the cardinal earlier this year wrote to the parents of a victim and apologized “for the terrible abuse suffered by your son at the hands of Ken Ruge and Robert Becker,” two Chicago area priests who are now dead.
   The cardinal also wrote that money was the motivation for proposed state legislation that would allow adults who were abused by priests as children to sue their perpetrators in cases where statutes of limitation have expired.
   “This is irresponsible, is not about the safety of children as the sponsor claims, and is clearly, to me at least, about money,” he wrote. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 PM]

Pope Benedict XVI to visit Yonkers

  - RCC.
   The Journal News, By GARY STERN, November 12, 2007
   NEW YORK -- Pope Benedict XVI will visit St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers on the afternoon of April 19 as part of six-day trip to Washington and New York that will also take him to Ground Zero.
   He will meet with youth and seminarians at St. Joseph's. Pope John Paul II visited the seminary, known in the Catholic world as Dunwoodie, in 1995.

Papal Trip to U.S. Confirmed for April '08

  - RCC.
   Zenit, NOV. 12, 2007
   BALTIMORE, Maryland, (Zenit.org) -- The dates for Benedict XVI's upcoming trip to the United States were confirmed today; the Pope's visit is scheduled for April 15-20.
   Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, confirmed the dates for the six-day trip when he participated in the opening of the U.S. episcopal conference's fall meeting under way in Baltimore.
   Ban Ki-moon, U.N. secretary-general, last April officially asked the Pope to visit the United Nations.

Group critical of Lincoln Diocese turned away at bishops' meeting

  - RCC. CTA.
   Beatrice Daily Sun By NATE JENKINS, Monday, November 12, 2007
   LINCOLN, Neb. - A group critical of the Lincoln Diocese for being the only one in the nation not to participate in a sex abuse survey said it was turned away Monday when it tried to hand-deliver petitions to bishops from across the country.
   The Catholic reformist group Call to Action instead planned to use a person not known as a member of the group to sneak roughly 1,000 petitions into the hotel where the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was meeting in Baltimore, said a member of the group.
   "It's been very discouraging to us that our own bishops won't meet with us," said Call to Action national organizer Nicole Sotelo, who was in Baltimore.
   A spokesman for the Lincoln Diocese called the attempt in Baltimore a publicity stunt, saying that the group's motivation is not protecting children, but attacking Lincoln Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz. Members of Call To Action, who have long been critical of how the Catholic church handled allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests, were excommunicated by Bruskewitz in 1996.

U.S. Bishops' Fall Assembly Starts With Call to Leadership

  - RCC.
   Zenit, NOV. 12, 2007
   BALTIMORE, Maryland, (Zenit.org).-- As the president of the U.S. bishops' conference ends his term, he is calling for his brother bishops to imitate the leadership of Jesus.
   Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane made this appeal today at the opening of the annual Fall General Assembly of the U.S. bishops' conference, under way through Thursday in Baltimore. The meeting began with a confirmation of the dates for Benedict XVI's upcoming visit to the United States, April 15-20. ...
   The bishops also heard today an update on research for the Causes and Context Study of the clergy sexual abuse of minors by John Jay School of Criminal Justice.

Pope accused of ignoring abuse victims

  - RCC. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   News.com.au, From correspondents in Washington, 08:53am, November 13, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- POPE Benedict XVI was accused today of ignoring the US victims of decades of sexual abuse by Catholic priests as his first trip to the United States was announced.
   Groups representing abuse victims noted that Benedict's April 15-20 schedule would take him to Washington and New York but not Boston, the epicentre of the pedophilia scandal.
   "Boston still has a lot of people who are justifiably outraged so I'm guessing that he is afraid of protests," said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of the website Bishop Accountability.org .
   She said that Cardinal Edward Egan of the New York archdiocese had refused to release documents on accused priests, unlike Boston, which revealed in 2002 that it had hushed up its knowledge of pedophile priests for decades.
   "So the pope is sending the signal that he is honouring the cardinal who may be his most successful keeper of secrets, who has suppressed the crisis and silenced the victims most successfully," Ms Doyle said.

Nun who taught in Chicago pleads no contest to abuse

  [1960s Sr Norma Giannani / Giannini* (Mercy order)] - RCC. Nun to 2 boys.
   Chicago Tribune, Tribune staff report, 1:24 PM CST, November 12, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A Sister of Mercy nun who taught in Chicago-area Catholic schools for more than three decades has pleaded no contest to two counts of indecent behavior with a child.
   The incidents involved male students at a Milwaukee elementary school where she was principal in the 1960s.
   A complaint filed against 79-year-old Norma Giannani says many of the incidents took place at a church convent and the St. Patrick's School office while the boys were middle school age. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM]

Bishops turn away group critical of Lincoln Diocese

  - RCC. CTA.
   KPTM, Associated Press, 3:35 PM ET, November 12, 2007
   LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A group critical of the Lincoln Catholic diocese for not participating in a sex abuse survey says it was turned away when it tried to hand-deliver petitions to bishops meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
   The group Call to Action instead planned to sneak the petitions into the hotel where the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is gathered.
   The Lincoln diocese was the only one in the country last year not to participate in the audit in which bishops were asked to report new cases of reported sexual abuse. The petitions called on the diocese to start doing so. The group wants the bishops to pressure the diocese.

Bishop Skylstad's Address to U.S. Bishops' Fall Meeting

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Zenit, NOV. 12, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) from VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org).- Here is the address delivered today by Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane, president of the U.S. episcopal conference, to the opening session of the fall meeting of the U.S. bishops, being held in Baltimore, Maryland, through Thursday. ...
   In a particular way, during the term of my predecessor, Archbishop Wilton Gregory, as well as during my own tenure, the sexual abuse crisis in our Church has given us a tremendous opportunity for a lesson in humility as well as in needed leadership action. We were humbled by the tears of those who had been hurt so profoundly by a small number from among our clergy. We are continually challenged to bring about reconciliation and healing, and to encourage and defend the thousands of exemplary priests and deacons who are faithful to their vows.
   While much remains to be done, and we can never forget what has happened in the past, I am most sincerely grateful for all that has been accomplished in the past five years. The steps that the Church has taken have been remarkable. The light that we are shedding on this dark corner of humanity is making a difference. Things will never be the same for the next generation of children. They will be better; and for that, we as a Church can be very proud.

Pope to visit US amid anger over pedophile priests

 
   Citizen, ~ November 12, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Pope Benedict XVI will stage his first visit to the United States next April, officials said Monday, as the US Catholic Church struggles to overcome a damaging pedophile scandal.
   The German-born pontiff will visit Washington and New York April 15-20 to celebrate Masses with the US faithful and to address the United Nations, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said that Benedict would miss a "golden opportunity" by failing to visit Boston, the epicenter of the scandal involving decades of sexual abuse of children by Catholic clerics.
   However, Church elders said the first papal visit to the United States since 1999 was an occasion to rejoice.

Pope will pass on Boston, visit New York and D.C. instead

 
   The Boston Globe, By Michael Paulson, 11:10 AM, November 12, 2007
   BALTIMORE, UNITED STATES -- Pope Benedict XVI will visit New York and Washington, D.C., in the spring, but will not come to Boston, the Vatican's top diplomat in the United States announced this morning.
   In his first visit to the United States as pope, Benedict will speak at the United Nations, visit the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Manhattan, and meet at the White House with President Bush. He will also celebrate Mass at Yankee Stadium in New York and at the new Nationals baseball stadium, which is now under construction in Washington.
   The decision is a blow to Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, who had pushed hard for Benedict to visit Boston, which will be celebrating its bicentennial as a Catholic diocese next year. But Boston was a controversial option because of its prominence as the city in which the clergy sexual abuse crisis erupted.

Pope to visit Washington and New York in April

 
   AFP, ~ November 12, 2007
   WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI will stage his first visit to the United States next April, officials said Monday, as the US Catholic Church vies to overcome a damaging pedophile scandal.
   The German-born pontiff will visit Washington and New York April 15-20 to celebrate Masses with the US faithful and to address the United Nations, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said. ...
   The Catholic Church counts some 69 million followers across the United States, but has been rocked by the revelations of decades of abuse by priests in many areas of the country.
   The scandal finally broke when the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law, confessed in early 2002 that he had protected a priest whom he knew had sexually abused young members of his church.
   According to the group "Bishop Accountability" some 3,000 priests out of the 42,000 across the country have since been denounced. Some were legally investigated and sentenced, but no action was taken in other cases which dated back to the 1940s.

Nun Accused Of Sexual Abuse Pleads No Contest

  [1960s Sr Norma Giannani / Giannini* (Mercy order)] - RCC. Nun to 2 boys.
   WISN, ~ November 12, 2007
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- A 79-year-old nun has pleaded no contest to two counts of indecent behavior with a child for incidents involving male students at a Milwaukee elementary school where she was principal in the 1960s.
   A complaint filed against Norma Giannini said many of the incidents took place at a church convent and the St. Patrick's School office while the boys were middle-school aged.
   The two boys, who are now adults, say Giannini had sexual contact with them dozens of times. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon November 12, 2007
• Woman denies cash behind lesbian case.  [1990s Mrs Crothers*] - No religion link reported. Woman teacher to girl. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

Woman denies cash behind lesbian case

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , By CHRISTIANA JONES, p 15, Tuesday, November 13, 2007
   PERTH -- A former Perth schoolgirl who claims she had a lesbian affair with her home economics teacher as a teenager has admitted talking about possible compensation but denied the potential funds sparked her allegations.
   Elizabeth Anne Crothers, 50, is on trial in Perth District Court, fighting 13 counts of sexual penetration and 10 counts of indecently dealing with the then-16-year-old whom she taught in the late 1990s.
   During cross-examination by defence counsel Mark Trowell yesterday, the alleged victim admitted she had discussed the possibility of a criminal compensation claim arising from the allegations and that police had given her an estimate of $70,000.
   The former schoolgirl agreed to Mr Trowell's claim that she thought she was entitled to a share of proceeds Ms Crothers received when she sold her house, telling the court she handed over her weekly pay to the accused later on in their relationship, and that some of this had gone to repaying a loan on the home.
  [Picture] Accused: Elizabeth Crothers.  
   "My money was her money," the former student said. "She'd put it in her purse and if there were any bills to be paid, she'd use that."
   Ms Crothers broke down as the alleged victim denied Mr Trowell's suggestions that she had "demanded" money from the former teacher and "threatened to expose her".
   The former schoolgirl said she reported the affair to police to gain "closure" and prevent the accused from repeating her alleged crimes.
   When Mr Trowell questioned the alleged victim on what she thought was "wrong" with the relationship, given she became Ms Crothers' de facto and lived with her for two years, the former student said the accused woman's authority at the beginning of the affair led her to "take her (Ms Crothers') word for everything" and left her feeling inferior and exploited as a result of the control her former teacher had over her.
   "I feel used. I feel dirty. I feel like an idiot for falling for it and being so naive," the alleged victim said.
   During cross-examination, the former student was also questioned about alleged inconsistencies between her testimony given in court and a police statement, prompting her to admit in one instance she had been confused and made a mistake in her statement.
   The trial continues. #
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
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Oakville priest charged in 1966 rape of parishioner

  [1966 Unnamed priest -NEW*] - RCC. Female. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Globe and Mail, www.theglobe andmail.com/ servlet/story/ LAC.20071113. TORBRIEFS13- 2/TPStory/ TPNational/ Ontario ; The Canadian Press, November 13, 2007
   CANADA -- A Catholic priest from Oakville has been charged with raping a member of his parish in 1966.
   The sexual assault allegedly happened when the man was a priest at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Toronto. Since it allegedly occurred in 1966, the charges are historical - including rape, indecent assault on a female and b*ggery.

Miami priest tries to clear his name in abuse cases

  [Decades ago - Guichard -NEW*] - RCC. 5 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Miami Herald, DAVID SANTIAGO/EL NUEVO HERALD, BY JAY WEAVER, jweaver@MiamiHerald.com , Posted on Tue, Nov. 13, 2007
   MIAMI (FL) -- A tribune last week heard from the Rev. Alvaro Guichard, his accusers and other witnesses on decades-old sexual abuse allegation.
   The Rev. Alvaro Guichard has been trying to clear his name for years, ever since five men accused the Catholic priest of sexually abusing them as boys decades ago.
   Last week, before a first-ever canon tribunal in the Archdiocese of Miami, Guichard finally got the chance to defend himself against the allegations.
   The closed-door tribunal, conducted at the archdiocese's headquarters in Miami Shores, heard testimony from Guichard, his accusers and other witnesses. The Catholic tribunal is a panel of three canonical judges who are priests. They will soon decide Guichard's fate. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM]

Woe to Him by Whom Scandal Comes

  - RCC. [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - 2 more boys. [2002+ Archdiocese of Chicago -NEW*] - Were told, did nothing. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Chicago Daily Observer, By Jim Bowman, ~ November 13, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- There is no joy in Jesuitville today, or less of it than a week ago when another Rev. Donald McGuire sexual-abuse victim filed suit. This one is not proven as victim, like those who testified in McGuire’s conviction last year in Wisconsin, but far more recently abused - 1999 to 2003 - per the complaint, and in Cook County, coming well under the statutory limitation, which heretofore has ruled prosecution out here.
   The Jesuits heard the accusation, by a 21-year-old college student, in January and informed the office of Loyola Academy alumnus and state’s attorney Dick Devine soon afterward, they say. This was news to the state’s attorney’s people, who say they learned from complainants’ lawyers only this week.
   It was also news to the Wisconsin court where McGuire was sentenced to seven years in prison and 20 years probation. If Wisconsin had known about the accusation, a prosecutor said, McGuire would have had to escape to Wisconsin from Oak Lawn, where he’s been staying in a private home.
   McGuire’s freedom during his appeal, handled by a new lawyer after he fired famed Milwaukee criminal lawyer Gerry Boyle, has been impossible to discover in Internet-available news accounts. But now it’s being reported, along with the accusation by a 21-year-old student of what he says he experienced at McGuire’s hands and where - in 13 states, including Wisconsin, and six countries.

Seattle archbishop to make recommendation to Vatican on Mercer Island priest's case

  [Kemp -NEW*] - RCC. Minor.
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer, By JOHN IWASAKI, P-I REPORTER, ~ November 13, 2007
   SEATTLE (WA) -- Seattle Catholic Archbishop Alex Brunett will make a recommendation to the Vatican regarding the case of a Mercer Island priest accused of improper conduct with a minor.
   A review board of the Archdiocese of Seattle, which includes clergy and several experts on sexual abuse, has finished deliberating the case following an investigation of the Rev. Dennis Kemp, Brunett told parishioners at weekend Masses at St. Monica Catholic Church.
   Brunet did not disclose his recommendations. Archdiocesan spokesman Greg Magnoni said the case is confidential at this point. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM]

NBC News anchor schmoozes Giuliani, badgers Democrats

  [Mons. Placa] - RCC.
   Media Matters, by Eric Boehlert, ~ November 13, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Searching for more proof that celebrity Beltway journalists enjoy warm, friendly relations with Republican presidential hopefuls? Look no further than last week's cozy sit-down between NBC News anchor Brian Williams and GOP front-runner Rudy Giuliani.
   According to the running tally posted at MSNBC.com, where video of the full 34-minute interview is hosted, the Q&A has been viewed less than 6,000 times. But it deserves far more attention since it conveniently captures how the media landscape is unfolding for the 2008 campaign, where prominent Democrats are bedeviled by all sorts of probing press inquires while their Republican counterparts skate through the primary season without a media care in the world.
   And that's thanks to people like Brian Williams. ...
   Williams did not ask Giuliani why his private consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, continues to employ his childhood friend Alan Placa even after a Long Island grand jury report in 2003 accused Placa, a Catholic priest, of sexually abusing children, as well as helping cover up the sexual abuse of children by other priests. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 PM]

Abuse study expected to reveal insights about societal effects

  - RCC. It's society! (though it WAS the news media!)
   Catholic News Service, By Patricia Zapor, ~ November 13, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD), (CNS) -- An ongoing study of the "causes and contexts" of the sexual abuse crisis in the church will touch on societal influences, the role of various aspects of seminary life and how church leaders' response was a factor, according to the staff of the New York-based John Jay College of Criminal Justice in a report to the U.S. bishops Nov. 12.
   In a briefing during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall general meeting in Baltimore, researchers Karen Terry and Margaret Smith outlined the types of information being gathered since the bishops agreed at the same meeting a year ago to spend $335,000 to cover the first phases of the detailed study.
   Research falls into six categories, Terry explained: a historical overview of social and political events since 1950; recruitment and seminary training; leadership; victimization; a clinical analysis using data from three treatment centers; and a discussion of prevention and education tactics.
   Terry said early research seems to indicate that the patterns of sexual abuse within the church are consistent with the experience of society as a whole.

Chicago cardinal elected head of US bishops' conference

  [Claim - ignored sex abuse cases] - RCC.
   AFP, ~ November 13, 2007
   WASHINGTON (AFP) - Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago, was Tuesday elected head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, drawing anger from critics who say he ignored cases of sexual abuse of children by priests.
   George, who had served as vice-president of the bishops' council -- seen as an automatic ticket to the presidency -- won 85 percent of votes cast by his fellow bishops at their annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, the USCCB said.
   George served in Rome between 1974 and 1986 after being elected Vicar General of the Oblates. In 1990 he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Bishop of Yakima, Washington. In 1995 he was named archbishop of Chicago, and was also elevated by John Paul to the College of Cardinals in 1998.
   But the election of the 70-year-old Chicago native, who is seen as a Vatican loyalist, came as a blow to the Voice of the Faithful group, which was set up to help victims of sex abuse scandals which rocked the US Catholic church in 2002.
   "We are naturally disappointed that Cardinal George was elected. We would have hoped they would have elected someone with a better record on child protection," Voice of the Faithful president Mary Pat Fox told AFP.
   "We sent a letter to all the bishops in August, requesting that they think about this, talk amongst themselves and hopefully come to the same decision as we have -- that Cardinal George was not the right choice to head the USCCB," she said.

Report: Pope Snubbing Boston Over Abuse Scandal

  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   TheBostonChannel.com , ~ November 13, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- Priest abuse survivor groups are criticizing the Roman Catholic Church's decision to have Pope Benedict XVI skip a visit to Boston next year, saying the pontiff is snubbing the city because of its history as a center of priest sex abuse scandals, according to a Time.com report.
   Benedict is planning to visit New York and Washington next April 15-20 during his first United States trip. The trip will include stops at the White House, the United Nations and the site of the World Trade Center tragedy. It will include two stadium open-air Masses.
   But the 80-year-old church leader announced he will not be stopping in Boston, where details of the priest sex abuse scandal first emerged in 2001. The head of the Boston archdiocese, Cardinal Bernard Law, eventually resigned after admitting he had protected a priest whom he knew had sexually abused children.

Cardinal George elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

  - RCC. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY SUSAN HOGAN/ALBACH, Religion Reporter, November 13, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Cardinal Francis George, a staunch Vatican loyalist, was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today.
   This elevates George’s profile in the American church. But the position is more symbolic than powerful since the Vatican approves all major decisions.
   The conference is the organization by which U.S. bishops conduct business, such as implementing Vatican guidelines for liturgy or developing sexual abuse policies.
   Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, left, president-elect of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, signals thumbs up after the conference's election Tuesday morning in Baltimore.
   George, 70, was elected to a three-year term by bishops meeting in Baltimore for their fall assembly. He received 85 percent of the vote over nine other candidates.

Jesuit faces federal sex abuse charges

  - RCC. [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuit)] - 2 more boys. [2002+ Archdiocese of Chicago*] - Were told, did nothing. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   National Catholic Reporter, ~ November 13, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Jesuit Fr. Donald J. McGuire is facing federal charges of traveling to another country with a minor for the purpose of committing sex acts, according to court documents filed in Chicago Nov. 1.
   Documents filed with the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois say McGuire traveled from Chicago to Switzerland and Austria in December 2000 and sexually molested a boy he took with him.
   The complaint by an accuser identified as Victim A says that McGuire sexually abused him from 1999 to 2003 in 12 states and six countries.

Bishops elect Cardinal George as new president

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catholic News Service, ~ November 13, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD), (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops Nov. 13 elected Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago as their president and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., as their vice president.
   Using an electronic voting system, the bishops voted on the second day of their Nov. 12-15 fall general meeting in Baltimore.
   Cardinal George won on the first ballot with 188 votes, or 85 percent. He is completing his three-year term as vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is the first cardinal to be elected president or vice president of the conference since 1971.

Kicanas elected bishops' VP, draws fire from critic

  - RCC.
   KVOA, Associated Press, 12:54 PM ET, November 13, 2007
   TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Bishop Gerald Kicanas has been elected vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, normally the post leading to subsequent election as president.
   Kicanas follows Chicago Cardinal Francis George, who on Tuesday was elected president of the conference.
   Kicanas led the Tucson diocese through Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization proceedings during 2004 and 2005 in response to a priest sex abuse scandal that resulted in a wave of lawsuits.

LAT Spreads Church Abuse Falsehoods But Ignores Teacher Abuse Study

 
   NewsBusters, By Dave Pierre | 14:25 ET, November 13, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- An opinion article by author Jason Berry in Sunday's Los Angeles Times (11/11/07) claims that United States Catholic bishops "released data [in 2004] showing that they had identified about 4,400 abusive U.S. priests." The truth? That number refers to the number of priests who had allegations of abuse.
   This discrepancy is significant for a number of reasons:
   A priest "with an allegation" does not necessarily represent "an abusive priest." An allegation is not a presumption of guilt. The 2004 John Jay study, to which Berry alludes, defined an allegation as "any accusation that is not implausible"
   As we reported in this post over the summer, a number of priests have vehemently denied the allegations against them. (In the post I identified one Los Angeles-area priest whose accuser received a settlement despite the priest's vociferous denial.)

New Leader of U.S. Bishops Faulted in Abuse Case

  - RCC.
   NPR, by Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Morning Edition, November 13, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday. George has been an outspoken advocate for cleaning up the sex-abuse crisis in the church. But critics say he ignored complaints that a priest in his own archdiocese was actively abusing boys in a case as recent as last year.
   After the church sex-abuse scandal broke five years ago, Cardinal George led the push for a zero-tolerance policy against abusive priests. His policies for Chicago became the model for reform nationwide. George himself traveled to Rome to persuade the Vatican to accept them.
   Jimmy Lago, the chancellor of the archdiocese, says those policies are simple: When a minor reports abuse, the church immediately tells the police and yanks the priest from his job.

The Pope's US Trip: Avoiding Boston?

  - RCC. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Time, ~ November 13, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Critics are saying one important city is missing on Pope Benedict XVI's coming visit to the United States. In April, he will fly to Washington and New York, in his first U.S. visit as pope, and the first papal trip to the U.S. since Sept. 11. Stops at the White House, the United Nations and the site where the World Trade Center once stood were confirmed this week by the U.S. Bishops conference. Each of those appearances offers an opportunity for the 80-year-old Pope to address international affairs, and the unique role of the American superpower, while two open-air masses at baseball stadiums will allow the Catholic flock in the U.S. to pray with their visiting pastor-in-chief.
   Still, the announcement Monday of Benedict's five-day American itinerary is a reminder that 2001 was also the year of a different kind of "9/11 moment" for the U.S. Catholic Church. That year saw the first revelations of what would become a devastating priest sex abuse crisis. But the Ground Zero for that tragedy - Boston, the stronghold of American Catholicism - is one city the Pope will not be visiting.
   Boston was where the first spiral of revelations from victims of abusive clerics began to emerge, and where the head of the Archdiocese, Cardinal Bernard Law, was eventually forced to resign after admitting that he'd protected a priest whom he knew had sexually abused young members of his church.

Cardinal George to lead U.S. bishops

  - RCC.
   Chicago Tribune By Manya Brachear | Tribune religion reporter, 9:15 AM CST, November 13, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- For 10 years, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops have looked to the archbishop of Chicago for his leadership and a link to Rome.
   Today, they elected Cardinal Francis George to serve as their next president.
   With 85 percent of the vote, George moved from his post as vice president to serve as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the next three years. Tucson, Ariz., Bishop Gerald Kicanas, formerly from Chicago, was elected vice president. Both will take office on Thursday.

Angry Letter Overshadows Cardinal's Election

  - RCC.
   CBS 2, ~ November 13, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD), (CBS) -- Francis Cardinal George has just been elected president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops, winning about 85 percent of his colleagues' votes.
   But his election was overshadowed by a letter from earlier this year in which a published report said George said state legislation regarding sexual abuse was "about money."
   George received 188 of 222 votes for the presidency at the bishops' conference in Baltimore.
   George succeeds Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane, Washington, who is ending his term. Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., a former auxiliary bishop in the Chicago Archdiocese, was elected as the new vice president.

Cardinal Is Catholic Bishops' President

  - RCC.
   The Associated Press, By RACHEL ZOLL, ~ November 13, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD), (AP) - Chicago Cardinal Francis George, a defender of Catholic orthodoxy with extensive experience in Rome, was elected Tuesday as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
   George won overwhelmingly in a vote at the fall meeting of the nation's bishops.
   He had served the last three years as the conference vice president. The prelate holding that job customarily is elected to the top post.

Cardinal: Sex-abuse bill 'about money'

  - RCC. It's the money! (Not the breaking of Natural Law) United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY SUSAN HOGAN / ALBACH, shogan@suntimes.com , Religion Reporter, November 13, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Cardinal Francis George and one of his top bishops are stirring up controversy because of statements they recently made criticizing lawsuits from victims of priest sexual abuse.
   In a letter obtained by the Sun-Times, the cardinal earlier this year wrote to the parents of a victim and apologized "for the terrible abuse suffered by your son at the hands of Ken Ruge and Robert Becker," two Chicago area priests who are now dead.
   The cardinal also wrote that money was the motivation for proposed state legislation that would allow adults who were abused by priests as children to sue their perpetrators in cases where statutes of limitation have expired.
   "This is irresponsible, is not about the safety of children as the sponsor claims, and is clearly, to me at least, about money," he wrote.

Ex-wife of slain man says he molested daughter

  - Judaists.
   amNew York BY MARIA ALVAREZ | Special to Newsday, November 9, 2007
   NEW YORK -- The mother of a 4-year-old who witnessed the slaying of her father in a Queens playground last month testified Thursday that she had stayed married to the the father, despite allegedly seeing him molest the girl, because her rabbi counseled the couple to stay together.
   "We went to the rabbi and discussed this," said Dr. Mazoltuv Borukhova, 33, who is fighting for full custody of her daughter. Her ex-husband, Daniel Malakov, 34, an orthodontist, was gunned down last month.
   "He said this was his way of showing his love and affection," Borukhova testified. "I asked him please find other different ways to show your affection."

Don Sante fa causa alla Curia

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, new Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Pro-marriage campaigner. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ November 13, 2007
   ITALY -- The rebel priest about to be excommunicated is more decided than ever to create difficulties for Bishop Mattiazzo.
   Rev. Sante sues the Curia.
   "I've been fired 'senza giustificazione' (meaning without reason)," he said. "I also want the TFR (a yearly fund any employer must put aside on behalf of each of his employees and restituted back to them when for any reason they quit their job).
   Lawyers are continuing to work for Rev. Sante Sguotti. In addition to their request to have the priest's suspension a divinis decree withdrawn, they are now working on a labor dispute. In the secular world, it is called "licenziamento ingiustificato." The rebel priest does not give up and is continuing his attack pending excommunication. He has given a mandate to his lawyers to start a labor civil suit on the ground he was fired from the parish "without any justification."
   Meanwhile, the former parish priest delivered to the curia a dossier about his economic status. This is meant to back his right to get a monthly check which the curia pays in some cases and a kind of unemployment compensation.
   "I decided I don't want anything from the bishop. What is due me must be given me according to Italian laws. I have a college degree which is not needed in the labor market and having lost my stipend and my home, I am now full of pain for being forced to sleep in the cascina at Lovertino. (A cascina is a barn-like structure where in the past peasants lived with their animals.) In addition, he also wants the money which according to the labor laws is granted to any worker when he is terminated or resigns. The law says that a certain percentage of what is earned each year must be put aside by the employer and given to his employee when he stops working for any reason," the priest said.
   His book will be released this morning. It tells about all the phases of his love story, of the temptations of the flesh he had to bear (if it's what he says he never had any sexual intercourse with his lover) and his existential crisis which brought him to his rethinking of the idea about priestly celibacy.

E. Bay Priest Under Fire For Lewdness Allegations

  [1999 Greene*] - RCC. Rude at a public lavatory.
   CBS 5, ~ November 13, 2007
   PLEASANTON (CA), (CBS 5 / KCBS / BCN) -- A clergy-abuse advocacy group claims the priest poised to take the lead of Pleasanton’s two Catholic churches has a criminal past. They also accuse the Oakland Bishop of not doing enough to inform the public.
   The Rev. Padraig Greene has been appointed the church's incoming pastor and is set to take lead Jan. 1, said current Pastor Daniel Danielson.
   The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, says Greene was arrested in 1999 for lewd behavior in public.
   Greene was arrested during a sting operation in a restroom at the North Oakland Sports Center, according to SNAP.

Catholic Bishops Choose New Leader

  - RCC.
   The Associated Press, By RACHEL ZOLL, ~ November 13, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD), (AP) - The nation's Roman Catholic bishops, gathered for their fall meeting, are urging U.S. lawmakers to end partisan bickering and stop the violence tearing at Iraq.
   Bishop William Skylstad, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will release a statement Tuesday calling on Democrats and Republicans to fulfill a moral oligation to end the chaos that followed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
   Skylstad, of Spokane, Wash., is ending his three-year term as conference president.
   Chicago Cardinal Francis George is expected to succeed him in voting Tuesday. George is now vice president, and the prelate holding that job customarily is elected to the top post. ...
   However, the lay reform group Voice of the Faithful [VOTF] and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [SNAP] have criticized his record on the molestation crisis.
   The archdiocese waited months to remove an accused parish priest in Chicago, the Rev. Daniel McCormack, who was criminally charged last year and pleaded guilty to sexually abusing five boys ages 8 to 12. George has acknowledged that he failed to act soon enough in McCormack's case.
   The conference has commissioned a new study from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on the individual and sociological factors underlying the clergy abuse crisis.
   Researchers told the bishops Monday that preliminary findings indicate that the pattern of abuse in the church was consistent with trends in broader society, challenging the "popular notion that there was something distinctive about the Catholic Church that led to the abuse of minors." The study will be completed in two years.

“We are all dealing with dysfunctional secrets”

  [1999 Greene*] - RCC. Rude at a public lavatory.
   California Catholic Daily, ~ November 13, 2007
   PLEASANTON (CA) -- Members of the Northern California Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) distributed flyers at a Catholic parish in Pleasanton on Sunday, Nov. 11, to protest the appointment as pastor of a priest who was arrested in 1999 for lewd behavior.
   On Jan. 1, 2008, the Rev. Padraig Greene will take over the leadership of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, a parish cluster including St. Augustine’s and St. Elizabeth Seton’s Catholic churches. On Sunday, Northern California SNAP director Joey Piscitelli and others were at St. Augustine’s to alert parishioners of Fr. Padraig’s past.
   Piscitelli told the Nov. 12 San Jose Mercury News that Greene’s appointment is “a red flag for us as a survival group. We're also worried the bishop of Oakland would make him the top man in Pleasanton.”

Nun Pleads No Contest in Sex Abuse

  [1960s Sr Norma Giannani / Giannini* (Mercy order)] - RCC. Nun to 2 boys.
   The New York Times, By CATRIN EINHORN, November 13, 2007
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- A Roman Catholic nun pleaded no contest yesterday to two counts of indecent behavior with a child in connection with accusations from the 1960s when she was a principal and teacher at a Catholic school in Milwaukee.
   The nun, Norma Giannini, 79, faces up to 20 years in prison for what prosecutors say was sexual abuse of two male students.
   Although dozens of nuns have been accused of sexual abuse, often in civil lawsuits, Sister Giannini is one of the first to face criminal charges, said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, a group that compiles reports about abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.
   [COMMENT: NOT just the Roman Catholic Church -- the group mainly through old campaigner Kathy Shaw covers other kinds of religions (from Judaism, Islam right through to jungle shrines) where some leaders sexually abuse children, and some adults too. COMMENT ENDS.]

Conference addresses sex abuse of children within the church

  - RCC.
   The Examiner, by Laura Duffy, ~ November 13, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Five years ago, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops responded to the riveting news of child abuse.
   Leaders produced the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, specifically designed to quench abuse within the Catholic Church.
   Yesterday the USCCB continued their general meeting to address issues such as the sexual abuse of children within the church.

Abuse Claims Don't End With Pastor's Death

  [Decades ago - Gray*] - Baptist. > 20 girls, 1 boy.
   News4Jax, ~ November 13, 2007
   JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Despite his death, accusations that the Rev. Robert Gray molested children decades ago while he was pastor at Trinity Baptist Church will not go away.
   Gray was taken off life support equipment last week and died Saturday. He was 81.
   Gray's trial on four counts of sexual battery was scheduled to begin this week were postponed after he went into the hospital. While those criminal charges will not go forward, six civil cases filed against the church he led for nearly 40 years will continue.

Pope to visit US amid anger over pedophile priests

  - RCC. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Brisbane Times (Australia), November 12, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Pope Benedict XVI will stage his first visit to the United States next April, officials said Monday, as the US Catholic Church struggles to overcome a damaging pedophile scandal.
   The German-born pontiff will visit Washington and New York April 15-20 to celebrate Masses with the US faithful and to address the United Nations, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said that Benedict would miss a "golden opportunity" by failing to visit Boston, the epicenter of the scandal involving decades of sexual abuse of children by Catholic clerics.

Nun Pleads No Contest In Sex Abuse Case

  [1960s Sr Norma Giannani / Giannini* (Mercy order)] - RCC. Nun to 2 boys.
   CBS News, AP, ~ November 13, 2007
   MILWAUKEE (WI), (AP) -- A 79-year-old Roman Catholic nun pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of indecent behavior with a child for alleged sexual encounters with two male students at a church convent and school where she was principal during the 1960s.
   The nun, Norma Giannini, and her attorney left the courthouse without comment after entering the pleas in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
   Giannini faces a maximum 10 years on each count when sentenced Feb. 1.
   According to the criminal complaint, the two men told authorities they had dozens of sexual encounters with Giannini, including intercourse, while attending St. Patrick's School.

Nun, 79, declines to fight sex case

  [1960s Sr Norma Giannani / Giannini* (Mercy order)] - RCC. Nun to 2 boys.
   Chicago Tribune, By Margaret Ramirez | Tribune religion reporter, 9:13 PM CST, November 12, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A nun who taught in Chicago-area Roman Catholic schools for more than three decades pleaded no contest Monday to molesting two teenage boys at a Milwaukee elementary school in the 1960s.
   Sister Norma Giannini, 79, was scheduled to go on trial Monday at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. But instead she entered the no-contest plea and now stands convicted of two felony counts of indecent behavior with the underage victims.
   Victims' advocates said they believe that if she had gone to trial, Giannini would have been the first nun in the country to face a jury for sexually abusing children. She faces up to 20 years in prison when she is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 1 by Circuit Judge M. Joseph Donald in Milwaukee.

Pope to visit U.S. for first time

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, By Ann Rodgers, Tuesday, November 13, 2007
   WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate his 81st birthday and the third anniversary of his election on an April 15-20 visit to New York City and Washington, D.C. It will be his first to the United States. ...
   Archbishop Sambi spoke of the visit as an invitation to fallen-away Catholics to return to the church -- "a new Pentecost, a new spring" that would show the "youthfulness" of the church.
   He called on Catholics "to think less of the suffering of the past and more to the program of the future. According to my information, the Holy Spirit is ready. The answer depends on us," he said.
   The reference to "the suffering of the past" likely was the sexual abuse crisis of recent years, which had its epicenter in the Archdiocese of Boston. Earlier speculation about the pope's visit had suggested that he might go to Boston to promote healing, but it was not on his schedule. Bishop William Skylstad, president of the bishops' conference, said only that many archdioceses had vied for the pope to visit, but at 81 years of age he needed to limit his travel to two cities.

Pope passes on Hub visit

  - RCC.
   Boston Herald, By Jessica Van Sack, Tuesday, November 13, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- Pope Benedict XVI is skipping Boston on his first trip to America as pontiff, bypassing the Red Sox [team stats] faithful for an appearance at Yankee Stadium instead.
   But experts say Bostonians - even those who think Red Sox Nation is the closest thing to heaven on Earth - shouldn’t take it personally as the pope plans trips to New York and Washington, D.C. ...
   Echoing a strong pitch by Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, former Vatican Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn visited the Vatican last month and lobbied for a papal appearance, partly to celebrate the Archdiocese of Boston’s bicentennial.
   Flynn pitched a Boston visit as a chance for the pope to help the archdiocese heal wounds left by the sexual abuse crisis.
   “It certainly would have been an opportunity to reach out to victims and their families and address that issue,” Flynn said.

Nun pleads no contest to child sex abuse

  [1960s Sr Norma Giannani / Giannini* (Mercy order)] - RCC. Nun to 2 boys.
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, By DERRICK NUNNALLY, dnunnally@journalsentinel.com , Posted Nov. 12, 2007
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- On the morning she was to go to trial on charges that she molested two teenage boys 40 years ago, Sister Norma Giannini pleaded no contest Monday to two felony counts of indecent behavior with a child.
   The former principal of the St. Patrick's Congregation grade school, 79, spoke with a firm voice that faltered nearly to a whisper as she answered Milwaukee County Circuit Judge M. Joseph Donald's questions about her change of plea, which puts her at risk of up to 20 years in prison.
   The charges she was convicted of say Giannini initiated sexual contact with both of the boys in the 1960s and had repeated sexual encounters with them, sometimes at her house.
   In 1996, when the Milwaukee Archdiocese Response to Sexual Abuse panel questioned her, she said, "I thought I was in love with both of them," according to court records.

Pope will bypass Boston in US visit

  - RCC.
   The Boston Globe, By Michael Paulson, November 13, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Pope Benedict XVI will visit New York and Washington next spring, but will not come to Boston, the Vatican's top diplomat in the United States announced yesterday.
   In his first US visit as pope, from April 15 through 20, Benedict will speak at the United Nations, visit ground zero, and meet at the White House with President Bush. He will also celebrate Mass at Yankee Stadium in New York and at the new ballpark under construction in Washington for the Washington Nationals baseball team.
   The decision is a disappointment for Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, who had pushed hard for Benedict to visit Boston, which will be celebrating its bicentennial as a Catholic diocese next year. O'Malley had spoken with the pope several times to press the invitation and had spoken with Vatican officials in Rome and Washington. He said that he believed Boston was seriously considered, but that Vatican officials were concerned about overtaxing the pontiff, who is 80.

Date set for clergy abuse suit

  - RCC Springfield Diocese wants insurers to pay for priests' crimes. US$7.7m so far.
   The Republican, By BUFFY SPENCER, bspencer@repub.com , Tuesday, November 13, 2007
   SPRINGFIELD - It will be another year before any trial in a 2-year-old civil case in which more than 40 people say they were abused by Catholic clergy.
   Unless mediation succeeds between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, insurers of the diocese and the claimants, the trial will go forward on Nov. 3, 2008.
   After a trial the court would determine how much of the $7.7 million in previous claims settled by the diocese in 2004 must be reimbursed to it by insurers and what insurers must pay toward the new claims.

Former priest faces sexual abuse civil suit

  [1984-85 Cichanowicz*] - RCC. Navajo teenage boy.
   WTHR, Updated 05:33 AM EST, Nov 13, 2007
   LAFAYETTE (IN) -- A former Lafayette Catholic priest is the target of a sexual abuse civil suit. Though he no longer wears the Roman collar, he still works with youth and adults in Indiana.
   Father Charles Cichanowicz was stationed at two churches in the Lafayette Catholic Diocese, St. Boniface and late St. Lawrence, between 1987 and 1991. The Franciscan priest left his religious order, but stayed in Lafayette and is a counselor at Alpine Clinics.
   He is now a focus of a civil lawsuit alleging he sexually molested a young man. The suit says it happened on the Navajo reservation in the town of Ship Rock, in northern Arizona. Cichanowicz was working at Christ the King Church in Ship Rock in 1984 when he allegedly molested the boy twice.

Chicago's Cardinal George A Shoe-In For Top Spot

  [McCormack] - RCC. Child/ren.
   CBS 2, ~ November 13, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD), (CBS) -- Chicago's Francis Cardinal George is in Baltimore Monday night on the eve of what many believe will be his election to president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on what the election will mean for the pope's upcoming visit to America next year. ...
   Cardinal George seems to be a shoe-in, despite the protest Monday by groups unhappy with his handling of the case of Daniel McCormack, the Chicago priest allowed to remain in contact with children despite charges of sexual abuse.
   "He's certainly been articulate on the subject of sexual abuse here and also in the Vatican trying to help the Vatican officials understand what this has meant to the church," said Father Gerald Kicanas of Tuscon, Ariz., a former Chicagoan.

Catholic bishops issue call for Iraq 'transition'

  - RCC not unique.
   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, By Ann Rodgers, Tuesday, November 13, 2007
   WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Decrying "political stalemate" in Baghdad and Washington, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will reiterate its call for a "responsible transition" that gets U.S. troops home without a sudden, precipitous withdrawal from Iraq. ...
   Still, the issue of sexual abuse clouded the bishops' agenda. Outside their hotel, abuse survivors protested the expected ascension of Cardinal Francis George of Chicago to their presidency, because they believe he has mishandled cases in Chicago.
   In their meeting, the bishops received a report from researchers at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, who they commissioned to do a study on what led some priests to abuse minors and why more bishops didn't intervene sooner.
   Although the researchers cautioned that they have just begun their three-year study, they said early findings contradict some common assumptions. While many people believe there is something unique about the pattern of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, their preliminary studies indicate that the pattern of abuse -- which peaked in the 1970s -- parallels trends in the wider society.

Child abuse in church found to mirror society

  - RCC mirrors society.
   Baltimore Sun, By Lynn Anderson | November 13, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- An increase in reported incidents of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in recent decades mirrors a jump in such incidents in society as a whole, according to preliminary findings by researchers hired by the Catholic Church to find answers to the abuse crisis.
   The findings, released yesterday at the Fall Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, worried advocates for abuse victims, who said they hoped that sexual abuse by priests would not be played down just because other members of society did the same.
   "We believe that bishops and priests should be above reproach," said Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, a Chicago-based organization that is in Baltimore for the assembly.
   Blaine said her group opposes the expected election today of Chicago Cardinal Francis George as president of the assembly. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday that George knew that a priest he oversaw was abusing at least one youth and actively pursuing a second but that he ordered only a minimal inquiry and did not tell civil authorities or immediately strip the man of his ability to perform priestly duties.

New pastor causes rift in parish

  [1999 Greene*] - RCC. Rude at a public lavatory.
   Inside Bay Area, By Meera Pal, Article Last Updated 02:36:58 AM PST, Nov/13/2007
   PLEASANTON (CA) -- After a lifetime as a devout Catholic, Theresa Aimar is renouncing the church.
   Aimar and her husband made the difficult decision to leave their faith after learning the Rev. Padraig Greene, the pastor-in-waiting at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, was arrested several years ago on lewdness allegations.
   Greene, who will be named parish priest for the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, still has the support of the Rev. Dan Danielson and Bishop Allen Vigneron of the Diocese of Oakland.
   Shocked, angry and feeling betrayed, Aimar said she felt sick to her stomach upon hearing of the 1999 incident in which Greene was arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd act in a public restroom at an Oakland hills park.
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• Girl 'kissed and flirted' with female teacher, old school friends tell court.  [1990s Mrs Crothers*] - No religion link reported. Woman to girl. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

Girl ‘kissed and flirted’ with female teacher, old school friends tell court

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , By CHRISTIANA JONES, p 15, Wednesday, November 14, 2007
   PERTH -- Former school friends of a woman who claims she had a lesbian affair with her home economics teacher have told a court the pair held hands, kissed passionately and used the term "girlfriend" in front of them.
   The former friends gave evidence yesterday in the District Court trial of Elizabeth Anne Crothers, 50, who is defending 13 charges of sexual penetration and 10 counts of indecently dealing with the 16-year-old girl she taught in the late 1990s.
   One former friend told the court she remembered the alleged victim "was always trying to get attention or saying she had problems".
   She also recalled that Ms Crothers and the alleged victim sometimes spent time in a photocopying room with the door closed and that once she had been in the room with the pair and saw the student "snuggling" her face between the teacher's breasts.
  [Picture] Sex accused: Elizabeth Crothers.  
   Another former friend told the court she saw the student and teacher holding hands and tickling and touching each other when she joined them on a beach visit, and "sort of flirting" one day at Ms Crothers' house.
   A male childhood friend who had dated the alleged victim "off and on" before the alleged affair, told the court the girl had introduced the teacher to him with the words, This is my girlfriend", and that Ms Crothers and the girl had told him "the importance of not telling anyone".
   He also claimed to have seen the pair kissing "very passionately" when they visited a local creek and that after taking a walk he returned to find them straightening their tops and with their jeans unbuttoned.
   The alleged victim's parents also gave evidence yesterday, with the mother admitting she felt her authority was being tested by the relationship between Ms Crothers, who was aged in her 40s, and her daughter at the time of the alleged offences.
   She also admitted she did not approve of the romantic involvement between Ms Crothers and her daughter once the girl left school, but denied defence counsel Mark Trowell's suggestion that she was more concerned about the alleged affair than the well-being of her daughter, who she agreed was "psychologically confused" at the time. #
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• Nun faces jail over child sex.  [1960s Sr Norma Giannini* (Mercy order)] - RCC. Nun to 2 boys. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 

Nun faces jail over child sex

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , p 50, Wednesday, November 14, 2007
   NEW YORK -- A 79-year-old Catholic nun has pleaded no contest in the US to two counts of indecent behaviour with a child for alleged sexual encounters with two male students at a convent and school where she was principal during the 1960s.
   A no contest plea is a plea-bargain deal in which the defendant does not admit guilt but agrees to pay the penalty for a crime.
   Sister Norma Giannini faces a maximum 10 years on each count when sentenced on February 1.
   The two men told authorities in Milwaukee they had dozens of sexual encounters with her, including intercourse.
   One man said the nun told him in 1965, when he was 13, to open the buttons of her habit, but he was shaking so badly he could not do so.
   He said she then unbuttoned her clothing and had him touch her breasts, the complaint said.
   The first incident was followed by 60 to 80 others, including two involving sexual intercourse.
   The other man said he had sexual contact with the nun more than 100 times. #
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• Pope ignoring priest abuse: victim groups.  [50yrs - > 5000 U.S. priests] - RCC. $US2,800,000,000 so far. Young people. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

Pope ignoring priest abuse: victim groups

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , p 50, Wednesday, November 14, 2007
   WASHINGTON -- Pope Benedict XVI was ignoring the US victims of decades of sexual abuse by Catholic priests on his first trip to America, abuse victims groups say.
   Pope Benedict's visit on April 15-20 would take him to Washington and New York but not to Boston, the epicentre of the paedophilia scandal.
   "Boston still has a lot of people who are justifiably outraged so I'm guessing that he is afraid of protests," Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of the website Bishop Accountability.org , said.
   She said that Cardinal Edward Egan, of the New York archdiocese, had refused to release documents on accused priests, unlike Boston which admitted in 2002 that it had hushed up its knowledge of paedophile priests for decades.
   "So the Pope is sending the signal that he is honouring the cardinal who may be his most successful keeper of secrets, who has suppressed the crisis and silenced the victims most successfully," Ms Doyle said.
   Bishop Accountability.org documents priests accused of abuse and carries accounts by their victims. From 1950 to now, more than 5000 priests had been exposed by their archdioceses as paedophiles, it said.
   "We believe that double or triple that figure actually have abused kids," Ms Doyle said, citing court documents and press reports. The Pope's trip was announced on Monday by US bishops.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said the Vatican had "played a fairly abysmal role" in the scandal that rocked the US Church by not punishing implicated individuals and even promoting some of them. But the Pope was not going to Boston.
   "Benedict has been at the upper echelons of the Church for decades," national director David Clohessy said. "So it's hard to imagine that he's not had direct dealings with these cases.
   "He is passing up a golden opportunity because, while the wounds are still deep and fresh throughout the American Church, Boston is perhaps the best place for him to begin addressing those wounds."
   Catholic authorities in the US have paid out almost $US2.8 billion ($3.14 billion) in damages to hundreds of victims, many of whom accused the Church of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse.
   An unidentified young man abused as a boy by a Catholic priest had been awarded a record $US3 million dollars in compensation from a diocese in Pennsylvania, Church officials said on Friday. #
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Parents of sex abuse victim sue Concord man guilty of 4 assault counts

  [~ 2006-07 Peter Barton -NEW*] - Christian. 15-20yrs prison. Girl (8) United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Concord Monitor, www.concord monitor.com/ apps/pbcs. dll/article? AID=/20071114/ NEWS01/71114 0419/1043/ NEWS01 ; By ANNMARIE TIMMINS, 12:45AM, November 14. 2007
   CONCORD (NH) -- A former church leader charged in January with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl at his home has pleaded guilty to some of the charges. The girl's parents, meanwhile, are suing the man for abusing their daughter.
   Peter Barton, 51, of Concord, pleaded guilty Nov. 5 to four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault for assaulting the girl over a six-month period. As part of the plea agreement, the Merrimack County Attorney's Office dropped four other sexual assault charges involving the same girl.
   Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Philip Mangones sentenced Barton to a total of 15 to 40 years in the state prison. If he hadn't pleaded guilty, Barton would have gone to trial yesterday.
   When he was arrested in January, Barton was a leader with the New Life Fellowship Church in Concord, but the abuse did not happen at the church or relate to his role as a church leader. Barton resigned his role immediately after his arrest. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM]

Ex-church elder pleads in molestation

  [~ 2006-07 Elder Van Gorp -NEW*] - Christian. 10yrs prison. Girl (3).
   Indianapolis Star, By Robert Annis, robert.annis@indystar.com , November 13, 2007
   INDIANA -- A former elder at College Park Church in Carmel faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty today to molesting a 3-year-old girl he had been baby-sitting.
   Under terms of a plea agreement, Terry Van Gorp, 57, Carmel, will be sentenced to 15 years, 10 to be served in prison and five years of probation. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 6.
   Terry Van Gorp, 57, pleaded guilty to a Class A felony charge of child molesting in Hamilton Superior Court. Prosecutors dropped two other felony charges of child molestation.
   The original charges carried a penalty of 42 to 108 years in prison, but under terms of a plea agreement, Van Gorp will be sentenced to 15 years, 10 to be served in prison and five years of probation. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 6.
   Van Gorp was ordered to report to the Hamilton County jail at 6 a.m. Friday, when his bond will be revoked. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM]

Former Queens Pastor on Leave from Ministry

  [~ 1980s Abrams -NEW*] - RCC. Minors.
   Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, ~ November 14, 2007
   BROOKLYN (NY) -- Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn has announced that an investigation by the Diocesan Review Board has found sufficient evidence of sexual abuse of minors by a former Queens pastor.
   In a letter to parishioners of Sacred Heart parish in Bayside, the Bishop stated that John Abrams, now retired, is “on leave from the public exercise of sacred ministry.”
   According to the report of the Diocesan Review Board, the sexual abuse took place more than 25 years ago when he was the pastor there.
   Bishop DiMarzio said he is not permitted to present himself as a priest, wear clerical attire, celebrate Mass or administer the sacraments. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 PM]

Church to hold service for abuse victims

  [ Mons. Schroeder -NEW*] - RCC. 10 victims.
   Courier Press, November 14, 2007
   JASPER (IN) -- The St. Joseph Church in Jasper will hold a service of healing for abuse victims Sunday afternoon.
   The service is in response to the Catholic Diocese of Evansville's revelations in August that more than 10 victims have come forward alleging abuse at the hands of a deceased Dubois County priest.
   The allegations concern Monsignor Othmar Schroeder, who founded Holy Family Church in Jasper in 1947. In 1975, Schroeder moved to Sacred Heart Church in Schnellville, Ind. He died in 1988. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM]

Catholic priest charged with raping woman

  [1966 O’Neill -NEW*] - RCC. Woman Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   National Post, ~ November 14, 2007
   CANADA -- A retired Roman Catholic priest is accused of raping a woman who belonged to his downtown parish forty one years ago.
   Francais John O’Neill, now 78 years old and living in Oakville, turned himself in to 51 division on Friday at the request of police. He has been charged with assault, b*ggery and rape. The latter two are criminal code offences that existed at the time of the alleged incident, but that would now amount to a charge of sexual assault.
   Police would not divulge more information about the circumstances of the assault, which is alleged to have happened in 1966 to a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, located on Sherbourne Street and one of the oldest parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto.
   “That would identify who she is and what exactly it was about and she doesn’t want to do that,” said Detective Sergeant Neil Corrigan, with 51 Division’s Criminal Investigation Bureau. The victim was in her twenties at the time, he said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 AM]

Former Quincy priest named in sexual abuse complaint

  [1968-70 Weerts -NEW*] - RCC. Male. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Madison County Record, By Steve Gonzalez - Edwardsville Bureau, 1:26 PM, Nov/14/2007
   ILLINOIS -- A man currently serving time for a sexual abuse conviction claims he was abused by a Catholic priest, according to a civil rights suit filed in Madison County on Nov. 8.
   Gary Lange lodged his handwritten complaint against former priest Walter Weerts, the Catholic Archdiocese of Springfield, Jane Doe and John Doe, alleging he was sexually abused by Weerts from 1968 through 1970.
   Lange claims that due to the alleged sexual abuse, he suffers from guilt, anger, frustration, sexual identity issues and chemical imbalances which led to him being sentenced to federal prison.
   According to federal court documents, Lange was convicted of sexual abuse and was sentenced to serve at least 15 years in prison. At the time he filed his Madison County suit, he was incarcerated in Pekin. However, he is now located in Oklahoma City. He is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2008. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:49 PM]

Tape Recording Called "Smoking Gun" in Alleged Trinity Cover-up

  - Baptist. [Decades ago - Gray*] - > 20 girls, 1 boy. [Years - Trinity parish] - Covered it up.
   First Coast News, By Jeannie Blaylock, ~ November 14, 2007
   JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Did Trinity leaders know about allegations that former pastor Bob Gray was an alleged pedophile and covered it up for years?
   A First Coast News investigation has uncovered an audio tape recording of a meeting at Trinity about a few weeks before Gray's arrest in 2006.
   The husband of an alleged victim of Gray says he's the one who recorded the meeting.
   We're calling the man "John" because he wants to remain anonymous.
   "John" says an important point about him is that he and his wife are not part of civil litigation against Trinity. They aren't suing for money. In fact, "John" says, "I want people to understand we're not out to take a ministry down." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM]

Jesuit Priest Is Back In Oak Lawn Awaiting Trial

  - RCC. [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuits expelling)] - 2 more boys. [2002+ Archdiocese of Chicago*] - Were told, did nothing. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Southwest News-Herald, By CHUCK SALVATORE, November 14, 2007
   OAK LAWN (IL) -- The Oak Lawn Jesuit priest who was convicted for molesting two young boys is back in Oak Lawn awaiting trial.
   The Rev. Donald McGuire, 77, is back at his home on the 9500 block of South New England Avenue. McGuire was given bail Nov. 6 in a Wisconsin court and allowed to return to his home.
   A federal judge ordered two of McGuire’s friends to monitor him to make sure he does not have any contact with children under the age of 18. The judge also ordered McGuire to wear an electronic ankle bracelet.
   The Jesuit order sent McGuire a notice last week informing him of his termination, which still needs Vatican approval.

Baptists urge abuse awareness

  - Baptists.
   The Courier-Journal, ~ November 14, 2007
   KENTUCKY -- The state's largest religious body is urging its churches to take sweeping steps to prevent sexual abuse in its congregations -- an action that an advocate for victims calls a good first step but fails to enact other needed policies.
   The Kentucky Baptist Convention approved a resolution yesterday that urges churches to increase their awareness of the issue and to obtain professional background checks on all staff members and volunteers who work with minors. The resolution (seen on page 4 of this link) came a day after the convention's executive Mission Board adopted a more detailed report calling for such policies.
   The convention also says it will use ads, news stories, direct mail and training sessions to educate churches about the threat of sexual abuse and how to detect it.
   And it has brokered a deal with Protect My Ministry, a company that does background screening, to give Kentucky Baptist churches reduced rates for checks of potential workers.

Brothers sue over alleged molestation by priest

  [1977-78 Ivan Ferguson*] - RCC. 3 boys.
   Waterbury Republican-American, ~ November 14, 2007
   HARTFORD, Conn. - Three brothers have sued the Hartford Archdiocese, alleging that they were molested by a priest 30 years ago.
   Richard, Paul and Niles Mallory say in separate lawsuits filed in New Haven Superior Court that Ivan Ferguson knew them when they accompanied their mother to St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church in Simsbury in 1977 and 1978.
   The men accuse Ferguson of threatening to fire their mother, who worked for the church, if they reported the abuse.
   Ferguson died in 2002 at age 68.
   Thomas McNamara, the lawyer for the Mallory brothers, said the abuse ranged from improper touching to sodomy. He said the priest took advantage of the Mallorys' reliance on their mother's job. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM]

An update we missed: Diocese of Tucson responds to criticism

  - RCC.
   Arizona Daily Star, Published: Nov.14.2007
   TUCSON (AZ) -- In a story yesterday about Bishop Gerald Kicanas' being chosen as vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests criticized the choice. A later version of that story, which was not posted on StarNet, included a response from the Diocese of Tucson, which is printed here.
   "I challenge (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests national director, David) Clohessy to be specific about anything in Bishop Kicanas' record that is terrible," said diocesan spokesman Fred Allison.
   "This is a broadside statement that has no basis in fact. We at the diocese could not be more proud and pleased that Bishop Kicanas has been elected as vice president."
   In Baltimore, where the conference met, Kicanas expressed gratitude at his peers' decision. If tradition holds, Kicanas would be chosen three years from now to step up to the presidency, but he said, "that's not an automatic."

Funeral Services Set for Pastor Bob Gray

  [Decades ago - Gray*] - Baptist. > 20 girls, 1 boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   First Coast News, ~ November 14, 2007
   JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Funeral services have been set for Dr. Bob Gray, the former pastor of Trinity Baptist Church.
   Gray died last weekend. The cause of death has not been released. He was 81.
   Gray's funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church on Hammond Boulevard.
   Reverend Tom Messer will preside over the services. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 PM]

Priest pleads guilty to having sex with two inmates

  [2000s Inametti*] - RCC. 2 women prisoners. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Nigeria flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Houston Chronicle, The Associated Press, ~ November 14, 2007
   FORT WORTH, Texas - A Roman Catholic priest who worked as a chaplain at a women's federal prison pleaded guilty Wednesday to having sex with two inmates.
   Vincent Inametti, 48, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty in federal court to two counts of sexual abuse of a ward, U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper said.
   Inametti, who remains free on bond, is to be sentenced in March.
   Authorities received a complaint earlier this year that Inametti was having sex with one inmate at Federal Medical Center Carswell, and further investigation revealed that he was involved with two women. Both were serving federal sentences for drug distribution conspiracy convictions.
   One inmate met Inametti in 2004 after attending church services and becoming involved in the choir and Bible study classes, authorities said. The other met the priest a few months later after being assigned as a clerk for the prison's religious services department.

Ex-chaplain pleads guilty to sex abuse of female inmates at Fort Worth prison

  [2000s Inametti*] - RCC. 2 women prisoners.
   The Dallas Morning News, By WENDY HUNDLEY / for November 15, 2007
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- A former prison chaplain pleaded guilty Wednesday of sexually abusing two female inmates at a federal women’s prison in Fort Worth.
   Vincent Inametti, a Catholic priest, pleaded guilty to two counts of sex abuse of an adult ward in custody while working at the Carswell Federal Medical Center, which provides health services to female offenders.

George Is New Face Of Catholic Church In America

  - RCC runs parallel with society.
   WBBM, Bernie Tafoya Reporting, ~ November 14, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL), (WBBM) - Cardinal Francis George says his job as the newly-elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is largely a symbolic one but it will make him the point man, the spokesman for the Catholic Church in the United States for the next three years.
   George spoke with WBBM's Bernie Tafoya.
   As he has here in Chicago, Cardinal George, and the bishops’ group, will continue to deal with the priest sex abuse crisis. A report is due in 2009 on what caused priests to molest children.
   Preliminary results of that study were given to bishops this week during their meeting in Baltimore. Cardinal George says the preliminary results seem to indicate the majority of sex abuse incidents involving children were happening at a time when there was an increase in child sex abuse in society in general.

Critics note papal visit excludes Boston

  - RCC. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   United Press International, Nov. 14, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) and NEW YORK (NY), (UPI) -- Some Roman Catholics questioned why Pope Benedict XVI's U.S. itinerary next April excludes Boston, a hotbed of sexual abuse allegations against priests.
   The papal visit was announced this week and includes visits over five days to Washington and New York to address the United Nations and to visit the site where terrorists brought down the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001.
   But sexual abuse victims advocates, including the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, claim the 80-year-old pontiff is missing a "golden opportunity" to confront the crisis head-on, Time magazine reported.
   The same year as the terror attacks, Boston Archdiocese Cardinal Bernard Law was forced to resign after admitting he'd defended a priest who he knew had sexually abused young members of his church.

[Hebrew letters presumably in original headline]

  [~ 1970s Mondrorwitz] - Judaism. Dozens of boys. Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Palestine Authority flag; Palestine Authority website  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Haaretz, www.haaretz. co.il/ hasite/ spages/924 046.html , ~ November 14, 2007
   ISRAEL -- This links to the Hebrew version of the story on efforts of the U.S. Justice Departments to extradite Avrohom Mondrorwitz, who was indicted for sex crimes against boys in Brooklyn but fled to Israel.

U.S. asks Israel to extradite ultra-Orthodox Jew accused of child abuse

  [~ 1970s "Rabbi" Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Porn movies also. Dozens of boys.
   Haaretz, By Aviva Lori, Haaretz Correspondent, ~ November 14, 2007
   ISRAEL -- The U.S. Justice Department has asked Israel to facilitate the extradition of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man suspected of raping and sexually abusing dozens of boys.
   Avrohom Mondrowitz was investigated by the New York Police Department in the 1980s and was indicted for sex crimes against four boys in Brooklyn, N.Y., but fled to Israel before he could be arrested.
   According to witness reports, 60-year-old Mondrowitz, a married father of seven, would pose as a psychologist specializing in the treatment of children that suffered sexual abuse.
   One of Mondrowitz's victims, 40-year-old Chicago resident Mark Weiss, who, as a child, was sent by his parents to New York for therapy with Mondrowitz after he had dropped out of several educational frameworks, recounted his ordeal. "[Mondrowitz's] family was at a cottage in the Catskills and I was sleeping at his house. At night he suddenly touched me. I was naive. I thought he was being nice, that he was trying to make me feel better," said Weiss. "It was all a big fraud," he concluded.
   Regarding the way the affair was handled by rabbis within the community, Weiss said: "[The rabbis] paralyzed an entire generation. When one of them destroys another person, they do nothing."

Chicago cardinal to lead U.S. bishops

  - RCC. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By DANIEL BURKE, Religion News Service, ~ November 14, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Cardinal Francis George of Chicago as its next president Tuesday, choosing a Vatican veteran to lead it through deep cuts in staff and mission.
   George, elected by 85 percent of the bishops meeting in Baltimore this week, is known for his incisive mind and occasionally sharp tongue. ...
   Two Catholic lay groups, however, pressed the bishops not to elect George, saying he had mishandled sexual abuse claims against Chicago clergy.
   Ahead of the Baltimore meeting, the lay group Voice of the Faithful sent letters to nearly 300 U.S. bishops, including George, urging them to reject the cardinal's candidacy.
   Protesting outside the meeting, representatives from Voice of the Faithful and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said the cardinal's moral leadership is in doubt.
   "George is the last person the bishops should be electing as their president," said Mary Pat Fox, president of Voice of the Faithful.

ABANO

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, new Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Pro-marriage campaigner. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ November 14, 2007
   ITALY -- If the Rev. Sante Sguotti, the rebel priest, thought he could end his religious career and start to be a writer now has reasons to change his mind. It is his first career is almost ended, but it is almost sure his debut as a writer was disappointing. Traveling around Padua and its province, where the main book shops are located, it is easy to notice there were not many buying of his book. At 9 a.m., there were piled stacks of "Il mio amore non e' peccato" (My love is not a sin). .
   But after the normal eight-hour business day many of those stacks were not touched by readers. Most visitors stopped in front of the books, perusing them in a bored way and then going on. Many of them wanted to know in recent days the day of its release but the curiosity they had shown seemed to have disappeared. At the Moderna book shop in Abano only five books were sold yesterday. Less lucky was the newspaper stall at Monterosso where no copies were sold. The Mondadori book shop in piazza Insurrezione (where they sell books of Rev. Sante's publisher) was a little better. "There is much curiosity," the Padua book shop employees explained. "Many people had come here to be informed about the book but the sales today weren't so many as expected," the employee said.
   To sum it up, it is likely Rev. Sante will have to continue his career as a truck driver, waiting for a possible income deriving from his book: only two/three euros for each copy.

Fr. Francis Mary Stone; EWTN Priest Steps Down

  [2000s Fr Francis Mary] - RCC. Close to a widow. (To RC hierarchy, that is a fault!) United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Steve Ray's Blog, Update Nov 8, 2007
   UNITED STATES: I kind of thought there would be an update on today's Life on the Rock but nothing yet. Only a request at the opening of the show for continued and needed prayers for the Franciscan brothers for undefined reasons.
   We have seen Fr. Francis Mary as host of EWTN's popular weekly show Life on the Rock. We were also poised to invite him as Spiritual Director for a large Holy Land pilgrimage. Today I received an e-mail with a copy of a letter from Fr. Francis Mary which was read on EWTN announcing he was stepping down from his involvement at EWTN.
   I have had other independent confirmation of the validity of the e-mail. It is sad to hear this kind of news, but I pray he will be treated with mercy and God's will will be done in his life. Here it is the letter read on EWTN:
   Dear Family: Regretfully, I have a message that does not come without significant pain to both you and me. I have to tell you in all honesty and truth, that I have been personally involved with helping a widow and her struggling family. Over the course of time, the mother and I have grown very close. As a result, I am compelled to take some time off to prayerfully and honestly discern my future.

Fr. Benedict Groeschel admonishes Catholic bloggers on discussing Fr. Francis Mary's leave: Don't engage in detraction

  [2000s Fr Francis Mary] - RCC. Close to a widow.
   Te Deum laudamus! ~ November 14, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The humble priest, at the end of yesterday's Sunday Night Live, made an appeal to Catholic bloggers: Don't engage in detraction, and if you have, know that it is a mortal sin. As Father pointed out, even if something is true, it can be a mortal sin to pass it along. I must say that Father appeared disappointed, and was firm in his catechesis on detraction which is not well understood these days.

Bishop: I was more worried about priest's drinking

  [Bp Kicanas] - RCC. Permitted ordination of drinker, sexual deviate.
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY SUSAN HOGAN/ALBACH, Religion Reporter, shogan@suntimes.com , November 14, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- While rector of Mundelein Seminary in the 1990s, Bishop Gerald Kicanas says he knew about three reports of "sexual improprieties" against then-seminarian Daniel McCormack.
   Still, Kicanas supported McCormack's ordination, he told the Sun-Times.
   "It would have been grossly unfair not to have ordained him," said Kicanas, now bishop of Tucson, Ariz., who was interviewed Tuesday after his election to vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
   McCormack went to prison in July for molesting five boys while assigned to a West Side parish.

George elected to lead bishops

  - RCC.
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY SUSAN HOGAN/ALBACH, Religion Reporter, shogan@suntimes.com , November 14, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Hoping the clergy-child molestation scandals were behind them, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Cardinal Francis George as their new president on Tuesday.
   But ongoing scandals in the Archdiocese of Chicago dampened the moment for George, who was grilled by reporters for his handling of recent cases and statements criticizing victims' lawsuits.
   "Protections are in place that are extraordinary," the cardinal shot back in an effort to show the bishops as proactive on the issue.
   During this week's fall assembly in Baltimore, the bishops said a preliminary study they commissioned indicates the molestation crisis in the church mirrored society.

Three Brothers Claim Priest Abused Them

  [1977-78 Ivan Ferguson*] - RCC. 3 boys.
   Hartford Courant, By ELIZABETH HAMILTON | Courant Staff Writer, November 14, 2007
   CONNECTICUT -- Three brothers whose mother worked for a Catholic church in the late 1970s were all molested by a priest who threatened her job if they reported the abuse, a series of lawsuits against the Hartford Archdiocese contends.
   Richard, Paul and Niles Mallory allege in separate lawsuits that Ivan Ferguson, who died in 2002 at age 68, got to know them individually when they accompanied their mother to St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church in the Tariffville section of Simsbury in 1977 and 1978.
   Ferguson, the priest in charge of youth activities and altar boys at St. Bernard's, expressed an interest in their hobbies, then took the boys up to his second-floor bedroom in the rectory at different times and molested them, the lawsuits say. In order to keep the abuse a secret, the lawsuits allege, Ferguson told each of the brothers he would have their mother fired from her job as director of religious education if they told anyone.

Judge denies sentencing delay for former Darien priest

  [1999-2006 Fr Fay*] - RCC. Male "partner". Admits. US$1.4m missing.
   The Advocate, By Donna Porstner, November 14 2007
   DARIEN (CT) -- The Darien priest who admitted to stealing from his wealthy parish will be sentenced next month despite his efforts to delay the hearing because of his failing health.
   The Rev. Michael Jude Fay pleaded guilty in federal court Sept. 15 to siphoning hundreds of thousands of dollars from St. John Roman Catholic Church. According to prosecutors, Fay deposited more than $980,000 from church funds into two secret bank accounts he used mostly for personal expenses.
   A glimpse of Fay's credit card records obtained by The Advocate shows the priest had a taste for designer clothing, expensive jewelry and the finest restaurants.
   Fay faces up to 10 years in prison and as much as $250,000 in fines when sentenced Dec. 4.
   Last month, Fay asked to delay his sentencing until April so he could complete chemotherapy treatments for prostate cancer. He said the cancer had spread to his bones and lymph nodes and that he is dying.

Bishop explains apology over abuse vicar

  [ 1988 Trevor Ward] - ? Church of England. 9 charges. Altar boys and choir boys. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Evening Gazette, by Simon Haworth, Nov 14 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A BISHOP today shed further light on why the church is apologising for the actions of a disgraced vicar 20 years after he was arrested for child abuse.
   The Rev Trevor Ward was removed from his post and jailed for seven years after being convicted of abusing young boys.
   On Saturday, the Bishop of Whitby, the Right Rev Robert Ladds, will make a public apology for the child sex abuse committed by Ward while he was a vicar in Middlesbrough.
   The service will be held at 2pm at St Agnes’ Church in Easterside, and will include prayers for the cleansing of the church and reconciliation with the community.

Criminal Charges Against Pastor Bob Gray Dismissed

  [Decades ago - Gray*] - Baptist. > 20 girls, 1 boy.
   First Coast News, ~ November 14, 2007
   JACKSONVILLE, FL -- All criminal charges against former Trinity Baptist Church pastor Dr. Bob Gray have been dismissed. Gray died Saturday.
   The State Attorney's office said "all cases died with the defendant."
   Jury selection in the criminal trial was supposed to begin today.
   Gray was charged with sexually molesting children years ago. More than twenty women and one man came forward in the case.

Polygamist Leader Wants Verdict Tossed

  - Fundamentalist LDS.
   The Associated Press, By JENNIFER DOBNER, ~ November 14, 2007
   SALT LAKE CITY (UT), (AP) - Attorneys for a polygamous sect leader convicted of rape by accomplice are asking a judge to set aside the jury's verdict, saying the evidence was insufficient and circumstantial at best.
   "We think it's the wrong result," Wally Bugden told The Associated Press.
   "Performing a marriage ceremony, urging people to stay in the marriage relationship, should not constitute the crime of rape," he said Tuesday.

Nun Pleads No Contest to Allegations of Sex Abuse

  [1960s Sr Norma Giannani / Giannini* (Mercy order)] - RCC. Nun to 2 boys.
   eFluxMedia, by Charlie Brett, 12:17, November 14th 2007
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- A septuagenarian Roman Catholic nun pleaded no contest Monday to indecent behavior with a child for alleged sexual abuse of two boys while she was principal and teacher at a Catholic school in Milwaukee in the 1960s.
   Norma Giannini, 79, is accused of having repeatedly assaulted two male students at St. Patrick School in the 1960s, while she was principal and teacher there. A criminal complaint filed by the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office asserts that the abuse included numerous sexual encounters with Giannini, including intercourse, and occurred in several locations, including a convent and a classroom, reports The New York Times.

Abuse victim speaks out

  [1967 Calvert Hall College] - RCC. Victim drove 14hrs.
   The Examiner, by Jessica Novak, Nov 14, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- When Kurt Gladsky, Baltimore native and sexual abuse victim, heard about the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore and the impending presidential election of Cardinal Francis George, he jumped in his car and drove 14 hours to the conference from his Florida home.
   Standing outside the hotel where more than 250 bishops converged, Gladsky said he was sexually abused by a brother at Calvert Hall College High School in 1967 and has been offered money through an arbitrator for Calvert Hall.
   “Only the most vocal people were offered money, but it’s not about money for me,” he said “It’s about justice, protecting Maryland’s children and extending the statute of limitations [on pedophilia.]”

Bishop Kicanas and his old boss make national news

  - RCC.
   Arizona Daily Star Stephanie Innes Nov-13-2007
   UNITED STATES -- Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas and Archdiocese of Chicago Cardinal Francis George are taking some heat for their new leadership posts with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
   George will be the new president and Kicanas, a Chicago native, will be vice president.
   Both have been criticized by the national Survivors Network of Those Abused by priests for not being accountable enough to victims of clergy sexual abuse.
   I’m in Chicago this week and the issue here is particularly heated, as George has been critical of a proposed bill in the Illinois state legislature that would allow victims of clergy abuse to file civil suits even after the criminal statute has tolled.

Some angry over election of cardinal

 
   CONNECTICUT -- New Haven Register by Ed Stannard, Register Metro Editor Nov/14/2007
   Roman Catholics in Connecticut who are survivors of clergy sexual abuse were dismayed Tuesday by the election of Cardinal Francis George of Chicago to lead the nation’s bishops.
   George, 70, was elected with 85 percent of the vote to serve as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the next three years. "I’m not really surprised that he was elected - he was the next in line - but (I’m) very disappointed," said Kathy Rector of Southington, co-leader of the Connecticut chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
   "He’s got a history of essentially not dealing with priests who have abused kids," Rector said.

Kicanas elected VP of bishops conference

 
   TUCSON (AZ) -- Arizona Daily Star Staff and wire reports | Published: Nov.14.2007
   Tucson Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas was elected vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Tuesday in Baltimore, putting him in position to become president of the group.
   The vice presidency is a three-year term and typically leads to the presidency. The conference president does not set policy but acts as a national spokesman for the bishops and represents the U.S. church in meetings at the Vatican. ...
   In 2004, in his current post as leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, Kicanas became the second bishop in the country to have his diocese file for bankruptcy because of lawsuits concerning sexual abuse of children by priests. Archbishop John G. Vlazny of Portland, Ore., was the first.
   The survivors group and other critics say the bankruptcy process is a way to blame victims for financial problems and to avoid embarrassing trials.
   However, Kicanas said Tuesday that the Tucson diocese has come a long way since the scandal became public.

Controversy surrounds U.S. Bishops Conference

 
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- The Examiner by Jessica Novak, Nov 14, 2007
   Despite protests from sexual abuse victims, Chicago Cardinal Francis George was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during the group’s annual fall meeting in Baltimore.
   He comes to the office after serving as conference vice president for three years. As president, George will serve as the spokesman for the bishops and represent the U.S. church in Vatican meetings.
   But according to Barbara Blaine, president of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, who was sexually abused at age 13, Cardinal George allowed the Rev. Daniel McCormack, a Chicago pastor, to serve in a ministry position, despite the fact he knew McCormack had molested children.

Late priest named in abuse lawsuit

 
   SEATTLE (WA) -- The Daily News By Leslie Slape, November 14, 2007
   A former priest at St. Rose Catholic Church in the 1950s, now deceased, has been named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Archdiocese of Seattle based on childhood sexual abuse.
   The plaintiff, a Port Orchard man, alleges the Rev. Edward Boyle began sexually molesting him in the early 1970s when Boyle was working for the Archdiocese at Holy Trinity Church in Bremerton. The man said the abuse began at about age 13 when he was an altar boy.
   Last month the Archdiocese settled out of court another lawsuit that named Boyle. The victim in that case said Boyle molested him for 11 years, beginning in 1956, at Immaculate Conception Church in Everett. The victim received a $270,000 settlement.
   In the early 1950s, Boyle had been assigned to St. Rose Parish in Longview, according to the Fleck Law Firm in Seattle. He died in 1987.

“A critical witness”

 
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- California Catholic Daily ~ November 14, 2007
   Bishop Tod Brown is “very respectful of the law, but he follows his own conscience... and he’s going to do what he believes is right and not what is popular or which may get him off a hot spot,” explained Diocese of Orange litigation counsel Peter M. Callahan in the November Orange County Catholic, the diocesan newspaper.
   Callahan was referring to Brown’s decision to send former diocesan chancellor Msgr. John Urell for treatment in Canada at a time when, according to plaintiffs’ lawyers, Urell could have given important testimony in a sexual abuse case against the diocese.
   Last July, Urell was deposed in a civil case involving allegations of sexual abuse by a former Mater Dei High School assistant coach. Disturbed by questions about his handling of sex-abuse complaints as chancellor, Urell walked out of his unfinished deposition, crying. Urell then checked into the Southdown Institute near Toronto, Canada.
   As chancellor, Urell took part in processing sexual abuse claims against clergy -- a task to which he responded “with compassion, sensitivity, and appropriate action,” said Callahan. Urell, however, “had no legitimate involvement” in the Mater Dei case at all. In fact, said Callahan, as chancellor, Urell “had very little involvement in claims of wrongdoing involving lay personnel.”

Key bishop voices alarm over Iraq

 
   The Boston Globe, By Michael Paulson / November 14, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Increasingly frustrated by the war in Iraq and worried about bellicose talk toward Iran, the outgoing president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops described the situation in Iraq yesterday as "unacceptable and unsustainable" and called for the Bush administration to work with Iran and Syria to stabilize the region.
   Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, in one of his last acts as president of the bishops conference, issued a public letter saying the bishops are "alarmed by the political and partisan stalemate in Washington" and declaring "our country needs a new direction." ...
   Skylstad's three-year tenure at the helm of the bishops' conference ends tomorrow; the bishops yesterday overwhelmingly elected Cardinal Francis E. George, the archbishop of Chicago and an ally of Pope Benedict XVI, as the next conference president. His first task will be to help the Catholic Church of the United States prepare for Benedict's first papal visit, which is scheduled for April in Washington, D.C., and New York.
   George is highly regarded as an intellectual and a doctrinal conservative. But victim advocacy groups have criticized his handling of several allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Chicago.
   "As archbishop of Chicago, Francis George's recent record on the crisis has been characterized by an inexplicably high tolerance for priests credibly accused of sexually assaulting children," said Anne Barrett Doyle, codirector of BishopAccountability.org, an Internet archive of abuse related documents.

'PERV' CLERIC, 83, LOSES PRIESTLY POWERS

 
   New York Post By DAN MANGAN November 14, 2007
   NEW YORK -- An elderly Queens priest has been stripped of his powers as a cleric after Catholic officials found there was "sufficient evidence" that he sexually abused several boys 25 years ago.
   The alleged assaults by the Rev. John Abrams occurred when he was pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Bayside, according to the Brooklyn Diocese, which oversees the parish.
   Abrams, who turns 83 next month, served at Sacred Heart from 1979 until 1982, said diocese rep Frank DeRosa. After Abrams' stint at Sacred Heart, he served seven or eight years at St. Patrick's Church in Bayside.

Stockton bishop loses vote for post

 
   Stockton Record By Rick Brewer November 14, 2007
   STOCKTON (CA) -- According to a Chicago-based advocacy organization for people sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests, the Rev. Stephen Blaire, bishop of the Stockton Diocese, was defeated in an election for chairmanship of the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People on Tuesday during the semiannual U.S. Conference of Bishops meetings in Baltimore.
   The Rev. Blaise J. Cupich of Rapid City, S.D., was elected to the post by the nationwide body of Catholic bishops.
   The Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, declared its opposition to Blaire's candidacy to head the committee charged with developing policies and procedures that respond to allegations of clerical sexual abuse of minors.
   Blaire, a former chairman of the conference's ecumenical and interfaith dialogue committee, has served on the protection of children and youth committee for several years.

2 more lawsuits claim sexual abuse by now-dead priest

  [1977-78 Ferguson*] - RCC. 3 boys.
   New Haven Register, by Abbe Smith, Nov/14/2007
   NEW HAVEN (CT) -- Two brothers have filed lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford alleging sex abuse by longtime priest the Rev. Ivan Ferguson.
   The new lawsuits come months after a third brother filed a lawsuit against the diocese in August.
   All three lawsuits, filed in Superior Court in New Haven, claim Ferguson, now deceased, sexually abused the teenage brothers from New Milford for a period in the late 1970s. According to court documents, the boys’ mother worked at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in the Tariffville section of Simsbury in 1977 and 1978, when the abuse was supposed to have taken place.

Church wants to write own script

 
   Chicago Sun-Times BY CAROL MARIN, Sun-Times Columnist, November 14, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Jim Cummins died 18 days before this week's meeting of the U.S. Conference of Bishops. But if it's possible to rage in heaven, then surely Jim is raging now at Chicago's Cardinal Francis George.
   Cardinal George, just elected president of the bishops' conference, is a brilliant man who can be warm, thoughtful and funny. But he can also be dismissive, distant and icy, particularly when it comes to questions of the church's accountability and transparency on the issue of sex abuse by clergy.
   As the bishops met in Baltimore on Tuesday, Sun-Times religion reporter Susan Hogan/Albach broke the story of a letter the cardinal sent earlier this year to parents of a victim. While apologizing for "the terrible abuse" suffered by their now-adult son by two Chicago priests when he was a child, the cardinal combined his heartfelt apology with an equally heartfelt denunciation.
   Money, the cardinal wrote, was behind proposed Illinois legislation that would waive the statute of limitations, allowing adults to come forward years after abuse occurred and sue their abusers. "This is irresponsible, is not about the safety of children as the sponsor claims and is clearly, to me at least, about money," George wrote. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed November 14, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Archbishop accused of bullying fails to avoid being tried in secular court

  [~ 2007 Abp Martinez -NEW*] - RCC. Bullying etc against priest. Spain flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Independent (Britain), http://news. independent. co.uk/europe/ article3166 406.ece (Britain) , By Elizabeth Nash in Madrid, for November 16, 2007
   SPAIN -- The Archbishop of Granada has caused a stir in the Catholic hierarchy by becoming the first Spanish cleric of his rank to stand trial in a secular, rather than religious, court.
   Archbishop Francisco Martinez made his historic appearance at Granada's criminal court, accused of bullying, moral assault, insults and slander against a fellow priest.
   The case, which finally reached court this week after months of obstructions by religious authorities, was brought by the former archivist and canon of Granada cathedral, Javier Medina, whom the archbishop had stripped of all religious duties.
   The ousted priest told the court on Tuesday that the archbishop had said: "You are not boss here. You are a bad, disobedient priest and I'm going to teach you obedience with the whip." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 15, 2007 9:09 PM]

McGuire: Jesuits 'can't abandon me.'

  - RCC. [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuits expelling)] - 2 more boys. [2002+ Archdiocese of Chicago*] - Was told, did nothing. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   dotCommonweal, Posted by Grant Gallicho, 12:33 pm, November 15, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- The convicted sexual abuser Rev. Donald McGuire plans to fight the Jesuits' decision to dismiss him from the order. No surprise there. "They can't abandon me," he told the Chicago Sun-Times. Sure they can. The conviction isn't going to help his cause when the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reviews his case. Note McGuire's narcissism. "I'm losing friends because people don't know my side of the story." Well, no. He had his day in court. He lost.
   There is of course a legitimate question about how the church ought to handle convicted or admitted abuser-priests. If the perp is a seriel abuser, laicizing him and cutting him loose could put the public at risk. But what is the church to do with a man like McGuire who has been convicted in Wisconsin of molesting two boys, who has been accused of abuse for years, who is now up on federal charges for allegedly traveling internationally to have sex with a minor, who has defied the orders of his Jesuit superiors regarding his contact with minors, and who refuses to admit the abuse of which he has been convicted?

Il convegno di don Sante si farà allo Sheraton ma durerà solo un giorno

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, new Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Pro-marriage campaigner. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino November 15, 2007
   ITALY -- Rev. Sante Sguotti's meeting will take place at the Sheraton hotel but it will be only a one-day event.
   One week ago and without any stated reasons, the rebel priest was denied a permit previously given to hold a conference on the premises of the renowned spa "Abano Terme." The planned three-day event was "In cammino verso la riconciliazone" (In the path towards reconciliation). The priest-in-love was forced to ask for "asylum" at the Sheraton in Padua. The meeting is for Catholic people who are separated from their married partners and are now living with another person and to those Catholics who divorced and are now remarried.
   The conference will now take place Dec. 1. It has been transformed out to necessity to a one-day event. The program is published in his web site http://www.chiesacattolicadeipeccatori.it/home-page.asp. It's rich in participation and witnessing but even now, at a distance of a little more than two weeks, it seems to be a little vague.
   On the Web site you can read "round table where various theologians will express their position on the sacrament of matrimony" or "round table with a theologian, a liturgist, a psychologist, a jurist and other experts" and so on. The names of the main speakers are not mentioned. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM]

Catholic bishops say voters' souls at stake

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   Chicago Tribune, By Manya A. Brachear | Tribune religion reporter, November 15, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Proclaiming a sense of new energy and empowerment, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops on Wednesday issued instructions to Catholic voters that their eternal salvation could be at stake when they cast ballots. ...
   Russell Shaw, information director for the bishops' conference from 1969 to 1987, said it's too soon to tell whether the bishops have emerged from the sexual abuse crisis and entered a new era of influence. But the bishops' optimism is clear.
   "They are looking for hopeful signs that they have turned the corner," said Shaw, who observed the meeting this week.
   Fighting back from financial woes caused by the abuse crisis, the conference reorganized last year, resulting in a more collaborative process to develop such statements. They debated the statement publicly for the first time.

Priest Pleads Guilty To Prison Sex Abuse

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   CBS News, Nov. 15, 2007
   FORT WORTH, Texas (CBS/AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest who worked as a chaplain at a women's federal prison pleaded guilty Wednesday to having sex with two inmates.
   Vincent Inametti, 48, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty in federal court to two counts of sexual abuse of a ward, U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper said.
   Inametti, who remains free on bond, is to be sentenced in March.
   Authorities received a complaint earlier this year that Inametti was having sex with one inmate at Federal Medical Center Carswell, and further investigation revealed that he was involved with two women. Both were serving federal sentences for drug distribution conspiracy convictions.

Settlement of $1.1 million in Catholic school sexual-abuse case

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   SEATTLE (WA) -- Seattle Times By Janet I. Tu Seattle Times religion reporter ~ November 15, 2007
   A Skagit County man who was sexually abused years ago by a former Seattle Roman Catholic school principal is receiving one of the largest single-plaintiff settlements - $1.1 million - in this state in the Catholic Church sex-abuse cases.
   The former St. Alphonsus School student says he was abused in 1980 when he was 13 by Brother Edward Courtney, who belonged to the Congregation of Christian Brothers religious order.
   Court documents show some church leaders knew for years that Courtney sexually abused students, yet allowed him to continue teaching at school after school, including at O'Dea High School and at St. Alphonsus School, both in Seattle.

O'Brien urges priest back to fold

 
   Baltimore Sun By Liz F. Kay | November 15, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- The pastor of three Catholic parishes in South Baltimore is welcome to return to active ministry after undergoing counseling, said Archbishop Edwin O'Brien.
   "I made it clear I want him back in active ministry," the archbishop said during an interview at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting at the Inner Harbor.
   O'Brien made the Rev. Ray Martin resign last week after reports of liturgical and administrative offenses committed over more than a year. Since 2002, Martin had served as pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Holy Cross and St. Mary, Star of the Sea parishes, each of which has about 250 members.
   Martin's reported offenses included hiring a maintenance man with a criminal record and allowing an Episcopal priest to read the Gospel and receive communion at a funeral Mass last month for Locust Point community activist Shirley Doda.

Ex-chaplain pleads guilty to sex with inmates

  [2006 Inametti*] - RCC. 2 women prisoners. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Nigeria flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By Bryon Okada and Sarah Bahari, ~ November 15, 2007
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- A former chaplain pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to two counts of sexual abuse of an adult ward in custody at Federal Medical Center Carswell.
   Vincent Inametti, a Catholic missionary from Nigeria who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, was the chaplain at FMC Carswell from Aug. 13, 2000, to Sept. 26, 2007. Carswell is the Bureau of Prisons' main medical and mental health facility for female offenders.
   Court documents indicate that while at Carswell, Inametti twice did "engage and attempt to engage in a sexual act with another person." The two victims were female inmates. One incident happened in February 2006. The other was in June or July 2006.
   Tahira Merritt, an attorney for one of the women, said her client is pleased with the guilty plea but is worried that Inametti will be given probation instead of prison time. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM]

New Lawsuit Filed Against Diocese

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   WMTW, ~ November 15, 2007
   PORTLAND, Maine -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland is facing another lawsuit, but this one involves a familiar plaintiff.
   William Picher, 33, of Augusta, already has filed suit against the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese and the Rev. Raymond Melville. On Wednesday, Picher's lawyers filed a new lawsuit naming four priests and a nun. Named in the suit areMonsignor Joseph Ford, of Falmouth, the Rev. James Morrison, of Norway, Monsignor Rene Mathieu, of Saco, and Sister Rita-Mae Bissonette, of Portland.

Petey Callahan At it Again

 
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Orange County Weekly Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main November 15, 2007
   On the eve of a December 3 contempt-of-court hearing against Catholic Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown, longtime diocesan lawyer (and Orange County's 14th Scariest Person for 2007) Peter Callahan remains brazenly arrogant in discussing his client's terrible role in protecting pedophiles and statutory rapists. This time around, Callahan granted an "interview" to the Orange diocese's website (if by "interview," you can accept it as "shameless attempt at spin paid for by the faithful's donations"). Let's eviscerate Petey's claims, shall we?
   Callahan starts by describing the molestation of Christina Ruiz by former Mater Dei boys' basketball assistant coach (and admitted statutory rapist) Jeff Andrade as a "sexual relationship." We'll leave it to the Orange County Register's Steve Greenhut to express the disgust we feel at Petey's wink-wink attitude toward sexual abusers. Callahan claims that Mater Dei officials reported Andrade to Child Protective Services as required by law in 1995 when the molestation allegations first arose, but a spokesperson with the agency told us in 2004 no such records existed in their files.

Retired priest jailed for 'appalling' abuse

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   UNITED KINGDOM -- Crawley Observer, ~ November 15, 2007
   A retired Catholic parish priest from Surrey has been jailed for 16 years for a series of sex attacks on two young brothers stretching back more than 30 years.
   Father Dermot Keaveney, 72, was convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault and other sexual offences between 1975 and 1982 following a two-week trial last month.
   Sentencing him at Brighton Crown Court, Judge Paul Tain said Keaveney's "quite appalling breach of trust" had profound lifelong effects on his victims.
   One of them has not married nor had children and has been to prison as he struggles psychologically to cope with being abused as a child, the judge said.

Ex-Sacred Heart pastor barred from ministry

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   Times Ledger, BY M. JUNAID ALAM, Nov/15/2007
   BROOKLYN (NY) -- A former pastor at Bayside's Sacred Heart parish has been barred from presenting himself as a priest or administering sacraments after an investigation by the Diocese Review Board found "sufficient evidence of sexual abuse of minors," the Diocese of Brooklyn has announced.
   John Abrams, who presided over the 215-35 38th Ave. church from 1979 to 1982, was accused of sexually abusing minors during his tenure, but the allegations were not brought forward until the U.S. Bishops "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" was implemented, the diocese said. That measure was approved in June 2005.
   Bayside parishioners were informed of the diocese's findings during Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 masses by Msgr. Sean Ogle, the Episcopal vicar for the Queens North Vicariate.

Church leaders support 'redeemed' priest; others want him out

 
   PLEASANTON (CA) -- Pleasanton Weekly by Jeb Bing Pleasanton Weekly Staff, ~ November 15, 2007
   Church leaders are speaking out in support of a newly-designated parish leader for the Catholic Community of Pleasanton after members of a nationally-affiliated group protested his appointment because of an arrest for indecent exposure eight years ago.
   Joey Piscitelli, Northern California Director for an organization called the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said the Rev. Padraig Greene was arrested in Oakland March 2, 1999 for lewd sexual conduct at a sports facility frequented by children. Piscitelli said Greene admitted to the conduct and spent six months in a rehabilitation center in St. Louis.
   Greene was recently named by Bishop Allen Vigneron of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland to succeed the Rev. Dan Danielson, longtime parish leader of the Catholic Community, which includes St. Augustine and St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic churches in Pleasanton. Danielson is scheduled to continue celebrating Mass for parishioners through the Christmas holidays, and to officially turn his duties as Parochial Administrator over to Greene on Jan. 1.

Victims of a dead priest prepare to heal

 
   JASPER (IN) -- WFIE Reporter: Shannon Samson New Media Producer: Rachel Beavin, ~ November 15, 2007
   The deeds of a long dead priest haunt a Tri-State community.
   The healing process is going public in Jasper, Indiana as the Catholic Diocese comforts the victims of Monsignor Othmar Schroeder.
   The church is holding a special service Sunday at St. Joseph Catholic Church to deal with the growing number of sexual abuse allegations against Schroeder who died in 1988.

Editorial: What about real help for abuse victims?

 
   The Examiner ~ November 15, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- It is simple justice: Extend the statute of limitations for abused children. Maryland’s General Assembly repeatedly refuses to do so under pressure from the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
   The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in the final day of its fall meeting here today can serve God and justice by issuing a statement renouncing interference in affairs of state to cover up criminal conduct.
   Give some solace and hope to the suffering victims past, present and future. Reassure millions of the faithful. Help all institutions more effectively deal with a scourge that too often is covered up until the law allows criminals to evade justice.

In the basement, behind a closed door

  [~ 1970s "Rabbi" Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Porn movies also. Hundreds of boys.
   Haaretz, By Aviva Lori, ~ November 15, 2007
   ISRAEL -- A few years ago, A. came to Israel with one mission: "To find him and kill him." He didn't think twice, he says; he really intended to do it. "My wife understood. She knew what I felt and she called friends in Israel, who never left me alone for a minute. They saved me from myself. If not for them, it would have ended in murder for sure."
   A. is not the only one to have harbored thoughts of cold-blooded murder for more than 20 years. There are several hundred others, he says: men now in their thirties and forties who two or three decades earlier were students at yeshivas in Brooklyn. They say they were victims of Avrohom Mondrowitz, who lives in Jerusalem's colorful Nahlaot neighborhood.
   Mondrowitz, a member of the Gur Hasidic sect who styles himself a rabbi and a psychologist, was a highly influential figure in the Gur community of Brooklyn in the early 1980s. He had a yeshiva and a private clinic in which he treated mostly children in distress. But the Brooklyn police suspect that instead of educating and helping, he sexually abused his pupils, his patients, children in the neighborhood and friends of his own children. The venues were varied: his office, his home, the yeshiva, his car, the family's summer cottage in the Catskills, amusement parks and public parks. In short, everywhere. Day and night. The respected rabbis of the community modestly averted their gaze. They knew, they saw, they were silent.

SNAP members hold conference in front of pastoral offices; seek publicity about Dominican priest who served in diocese

  [~ 1990s Cote (Dominican)] - RCC. Boys.
   The Catholic Observer (run for RC Diocese of Springfield, Mass., USA), By Rebecca Drake, ~ November 15, 2007
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) organized a late morning press conference Nov. 7 in front of the pastoral offices of the Springfield Diocese on Elliot Street, here.
   The group sought to bring attention to Dominican Father Aaron Joseph Cote, a native of the Springfield Diocese, who ministered as a parochial vicar in the Springfield Diocese, from 1991-1995. Although not currently allowed to present himself as a priest, Father Cote had a history of reported inappropriate behavior with young boys both before and after his time in the local diocese.
   Speaking to reporters from local newspapers, television and radio stations, SNAP President Barbara Blaine began by identifying herself as a clergy sex abuse victim, having been abused by a priest in Toledo, Ohio, when she was a youngster. Holding a photo of herself as a child, she noted that she started SNAP in 1988 as a self-help group for clergy abuse victims.

Fecteau tapped for state bench

 
   Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA), By Gary V. Murray, gmurray@telegram.com , ~ November 15, 2007
   WORCESTER (MA) – The Superior Court’s loss would be the Appeals Court’s gain.
   That was the reaction yesterday from members of the local bar to news that Judge Francis R. Fecteau, a Superior Court judge from Worcester, had been nominated by Gov. Deval L. Patrick as an associate justice of the state Appeals Court. ...
   Criminal defense lawyer John H. LaChance of Framingham, a self-styled “adopted son of Worcester,” said he has tried many cases before Judge Fecteau. One of the more notable was the 2006 trial of Joseph L. Druce, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2003 prison slaying of priest John J. Geoghan.
   “I’ve found him to be extremely bright and knowledgeable on the law,” Mr. LaChance said of Judge Fecteau. “He’ll make a wonderful Appeals Court judge. The only thing is, he’s a terrific trial judge and we are going to miss him on the Superior Court,” he said.

Defiant molester: 'I will always be a priest'

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   Chicago Sun-Times, BY SUSAN HOGAN/ALBACH, Religion Reporter, shogan@suntimes.com , November 15, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- The Rev. Donald J. McGuire, convicted of molesting two boys, said Wednesday that he's fighting an effort by Chicago's Jesuits to expel him from their religious order.
   "They can't abandon me," a defiant McGuire told the Chicago Sun-Times in a rare interview.
   Last year, a Wisconsin jury convicted McGuire of molesting two boys from Loyola Academy in Wilmette in the 1960s.
   He now faces lawsuits on a string of new child molestation accusations as well as a federal indictment that alleges he traveled overseas with a minor with an intent of having sex with him.
   McGuire wouldn't discuss the allegations.

He'll Also Always Be a Child Molester

  - RCC. [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuits expelling)] - 2 more boys. [2002+ Archdiocese of Chicago*] - Was told, did nothing.
   Chicagoist, November 15, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- In an interview in today's Sun-Times the Reverend Donald McGuire, who was convicted of molesting two boys at Loyola Academy in the 1960s and now faces federal charges of traveling overseas with a minor to engage in sexual conduct, said that he's appealing an expulsion decree levied by Chicago Jesuits to the Vatican and that, regardless of Rome's final say, he will "always be a priest." This despite criticism from numerous people, including a nephew representing McGuire's accusers.
   McGuire was suspended from publicly performing as a priest by the Chicago Jesuits four years ago. Citing confidentiality, sources could not confirm whether the Jesuits are seeking to expel McGuire from the priesthood. Defiant (some might say "oblivious") to his current situation, McGuire said that he hasn't been able to tell his side of the story on advice of legal counsel. When asked point blank if he ever molested children, McGuire declined comment.

Archbishop in court on assault charges

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   IOL, 03:14PM, November 15, 2007
   GRANADA, Spain -- The archbishop of the Spanish city of Granada, Francisco Javier Martinez, has become the first high-ranking churchman to appear before a court in Spain, press reports said on Thursday.
   Martinez, whose trial started on Thursday in the southern Spanish city, is believed to have harassed a priest and stands accused of insult, assault and injury.
   The alleged victim is a priest whom the archbishop removed from his position and fired.
   The priest said at the opening of the trial that Martinez systematically humiliated him and falsely accused him of misappropriating church property.

Priest jailed over boy sex abuse

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   BBC News, ~ November 15, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A former Catholic parish priest has been jailed for 16 years for a string of sex attacks on two young brothers.
   Retired Father Dermot Keaveney, from Hindhead, Surrey, who was convicted of 15 offences against the boys in a trial last month at Lewes Crown Court.
   Keaveney, 72, was serving at churches in Brighton and Hove when the offences happened between 1975 and 1982.
   Judge Paul Tain said the "quite appalling breach of trust" had profound lifelong effects on his victims.

Pedophile 'should be in court'

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   The Advertiser (Adelaide), By COLIN JAMES, LEGAL AFFAIRS EDITOR, 01:15am, November 16, 2007
   ADELAIDE (SA), Australia -- ANGLICAN priest John Mountford was a pedophile with a history of sexually abusing young boys, State Parliament has heard.
   Premier Mike Rann yesterday criticised the former St Peter's College chaplain for verbally attacking one of his alleged victims before he left Australia last month after child sex charges against him were dropped.
   "He is meant to be a man of prayer but instead he preys on young people," Mr Rann told the House of Assembly.
   "I would like to see this man cross-examined in a court of law."

Notes on a Scandal

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   Boston Daily, November 15, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- These are not good times for the Catholic Church, especially in Boston. Just yesterday, Cardinal Sean O’Malley suggested that Dorchester’s Caritas Carney Hospital may be in trouble, and, of course, Pope Benedict XVI will not be coming to Boston.
   Regardless of how you feel about the pope’s snub, the logical conclusion one can draw is that Benedict wanted no part of dealing with the priest sex scandal. Which brings us to the word, “scandal,” and to Cardinal O’Malley’s unfortunate choice of words.
   In a front-page, above the fold story in today’s Globe, O’Malley takes Democrats to task for their stance on abortion and suggests that Catholics supporting Democratic candidates “borders on a scandal.”

Patterns of Perversion

  [1960s Sr Norma Giannani / Giannini* (Mercy order)] - RCC. Nun to 2 boys.
   The Huffington Post, ~ November 15, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- When sixth grade teacher Kelsey Peterson fled to Mexico with her 13 year old "lover" late last month, my heart told me it was time to speak out. But fear told me not to; in today's PC world, there's no sin so great as speaking the truth. Then, last night, I opened the paper to find that Norma Giannini, a 79 year old Roman Catholic nun had pleaded no contest to repeatedly sexually abusing two middle school boys.
   But it's time that somebody spoke up for our children, and pulled them out of the clutches of these sick, perverted heterosexual women. Let the "straight" apologists say what they will, but the simple truth of the matter is that most child molesters are heterosexual. The only unusual aspect of these cases is that the perpetrators were female, while the vast majority of child sexual abusers are heterosexual males. And yet we still are asked to put our children in the hands of these heterosexual deviants each day we send them to school. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 15, 2007 10:09 AM]
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Zambia: Pastor Has Case to Answer for Sexual Abuse

  [~ 2000s Gondwe -NEW*] - Christian. 5 orphanage girls. Zambia flag 1964 onwards (formerly Northern Rhodesia); www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ 
   AllAfrica, The Times of Zambia (Ndola), November 16, 2007
   ZAMBIA -- A LUSAKA magistrates court yesterday found a 64-year-old pastor with a case to answer on five counts of sexually abusing five girls at Bethel Orphanage in Kafue.
   Magistrate Aridah Chulu found Pastor James Gondwe with a case to answer on all the five counts and put him on his defence.
   Mrs Chulu said the prosecution team had adduced sufficient evidence against Gondwe to warrant him to be put on his defence.

Bond Set At $400K For Pastor Accused Of Abuse

  [1996+ Morales -NEW*] - Christian Ministries. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CBS 2, http://cbs2 chicago.com/ local/pastor. sexual.abuse. 2.569788.html , ~ November 16, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL), (CBS) – Bond was set at $400,000 Friday for a church pastor accused of sexually assaulting a young boy over a period of several years.
   Jose Rolando Morales, 49, of Mt. Prospect, was charged Thursday with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and criminal sexual assault. Morales is the founding pastor of Ashland Christian Ministries, a non-denominational church located at 3637 W. Montrose Ave. in the Albany Park neighborhood, according to the Cook County sheriff's office.
   Police said the victim was a member of the church and belonged to its youth group. He was 11 when the abuse started and is now 22, the sheriff's office said.

Woman Files Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against SK Pastor, Church

  [1994-2006 Harper*, Mrs Harper -NEW*] - "The Church" and Family Church of God Pentecostal. 10 females.
   Kitsap Sun, By Josh Farley, November 15, 2007
   PORT ORCHARD (WA) -- A sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed against a now-jailed former pastor and the South Colby church he once led, according to documents filed Wednesday in Kitsap County Superior Court.
   The lawsuit names Robbin L. Harper, 60, his wife, Christine Harper, and The Church in South Colby as the defendants, and it accuses the church of taking "no steps to protect its female members from the abuse" alleged to have been committed by Harper.
   Harper has already been charged by Kitsap County prosecutors with eight felonies stemming from the rape and molestation allegations 10 women and girls who once attended the church. He's being held on $500,000 bail and his next appearance in the criminal case will be Nov. 29.

Diocese, Plaintiffs, Settle Lawsuit In Employment

  [Wilmington Diocese -NEW*] - RCC employee sacked after she followed RCC's moral code in hiring.
   WJZ, ~ November 16, 2007
   RIDGELY, Md. (AP) – The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has reached an out-of-court settlement with a former parish official in Caroline County and her husband, a church deacon.
   Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. The (Easton) Star Democrat reports attorneys declined comment.
   Plaintiffs Jaynie and Bradley Taylor filed the suit seeking $12 million in January against the Saint Benedict's Church of Ridgely; its pastor, the Reverend Norman Carroll, the bishop and the diocese. Jaynie Taylor claimed she lost her job as parish director of religious education after she refused to ignore hiring policies for a convicted sex offender and after Carroll allegedly made her take responsibility for an adult youth minister believed to be in a relationship with an underage girl.

Israeli police detain self-styled rabbi charged with sexual abuse

  [~ 1970s Mondrowitz*] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Hundreds of boys. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Pravda (Russia), Source: AP ©, 15:55, Nov/16/2007
   NEW YORK -- New York police charged a self-styled rabbi with sexually abusing children, but only Israeli police arrested him on Friday.
   It was not immediately clear if the ultra-Orthodox Israeli-born Abraham Mondrowitz would be extradited to the United States. The spokesman for the Justice Ministry, Moshe Cohen, said the suspect would be remanded on Sunday.
   Mondrowitz, 60, is wanted in New York for molesting hundreds of children under the guise of a rabbi and psychologist who became highly revered among the Gur Hasidic sect in Brooklyn for his expertise with minors, the Haaretz newspaper reported Friday.
   The U.S. Justice Department had two months ago resubmitted a 22-year-old request to Israel to extradite the suspect, Haaretz said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 16, 2007 10:59 PM]

Prosecutors seek extradition of 'rabbi' in 1984 sex abuse case

  [~ 1970s "Rabbi" Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Orthodox). Dozens of boys.
   Newsday, November 16, 2007
   NEW YORK (NY), (AP) -- A man accused of sexually abusing children in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn more than two decades ago has been taken into custody in Israel, authorities said Friday.
   U.S. officials said Abraham Mondrowitz, 60, described as a self-styled rabbi, was arrested under provisions in a new extradition treaty with Israel.
   "Immediately after a new treaty went into effect in January, we made an application for extradition and we are currently awaiting the outcome of that process," the Brooklyn District Attorney's office said in statement. "We are prepared to prosecute Mondrowitz, if and when he is brought back to this country."

Mondrowitz arrested in Israel

  [~ 1970s "Rabbi" Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Hundreds of boys.
   JTA, Published: Nov/16/2007
   NEW YORK -- Accused pedophile Avraham Mondrowitz was arrested in Israel.
   Mondrowitz, a fervently Orthodox hasid who fled to Israel to escape arrest on charges that he molested underage boys, was apprehended Friday by Israeli authorities. Mondrowitz's extradition had been requested earlier this year by the Brooklyn district attorney, Charles Hynes, according to a spokesperson.
   The arrest came just hours before a scheduled press conference in New York meant to intensify public pressure for action on the case. Michael Lesher, an attorney who represents six of Mondrowitz's alleged victims, told reporters he was grateful for the arrest, but that celebrations were premature.
   "There is too much left to do," Lesher said.

Breaking: Activists Cheer Arrest of Monrowitz in Israel

  [~ 1970s Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Hundreds of boys.
   The Jewish Week, by Adam Dickter, Assistant Managing Editor, ~ November 16, 2007
   NEW YORK -- The fugitive chasidic man accused of abusing four boys whose parents brought them to him for psychotherapy was arrested in Israel today and now awaits extradition to the U.S., a step his accusers have been seeking for more than 20 years, Haaretz reported.
   Rabbi Avrohom Mondrowitz, who worked in Borough Park, is a member of the Gur sect who fled to Israel in 1985 after being indicted on eight counts of child abuse and four counts of sodomy. The alleged victims ranged in age from 9 to 15.
   One of the accusers claims he came to Mondrowitz to be treated after being abused by a teacher, only to then be abused again by Mondrowitz, whose credentials as both a rabbi and psychologist have been disputed by critics who have delved into his background.
   The case has been a political thorn in the side of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes for years as sex-abuse watchdogs accused him of reluctance to apprehend and prosecute Mondrowitz for fear of offending Orthodox voters. The case has also been notorious because of allegations that teachers and rabbis in Mondrowitz’s community looked the other way when confronted with accusations against him.

LA judge dismisses second suit against Mexican cardinal

  [Card. Rivera] - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Press-Enterprise, The Associated Press, ~ November 16, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- A judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday that accused Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera of conspiring with Roman Catholic officials in the United States to shelter an a suspected pedophile priest.
   Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ralph Dau issued his ruling at a brief hearing, said Steve Selsberg, a U.S.-based attorney for Rivera.
   It marked the second time a Los Angeles judge has dismissed a civil suit filed against the Mexican cardinal by a Mexican citizen.
   "We think justice was served," said Selsberg. "The case had no business being filed in state court in Los Angeles."

No delay for Fay

  [1999 + Fay] - RCC. (Cancer sufferer). < US $1m. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Darien Times, By Susan Shultz, ~ November 16, 2007
   DARIEN (CT) -- A federal judge denied a request by the Rev. Michael Jude Fay, who pleaded guilty to stealing up to $1 million from St. John Roman Catholic Parish, to delay his sentencing due to his cancer.
   The denial was filed on Oct. 25.
   Federal prosecutors opposed the request, saying the former pastor of Darien’s oldest Catholic church began his criminal activity in 1999 and his victims should not have to wait longer for justice.
   In September, Fay pleaded guilty in New Haven federal court to interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud. He resigned last year as pastor of St. John Parish.
   Fay, who faces up to 10 years in prison, is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Dec. 4. He asked that his sentencing be delayed until April, saying his prostate cancer has spread to his bones and lymph nodes and has become resistant to chemotherapy.

For 2 students, level of trauma comparable to that suffered by poisoning victim

  [2006 Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with brassieres at Confession. 5 girls left. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star, By Karlon N. Rama, for November 17, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- HE MAY, in the words of government prosecutors, have been the “alter ego of Jesus Christ.” But to five teenage girls he allegedly “touched,” confession with Fr. Benedicto Ejares was anything but a divine encounter.
   In a report signed by Dr. Frederick Boholst and submitted to the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor yesterday, all five of the teenagers were found to have suffered from “considerable psychological distress.”
   For two of the girls, the psychologist’s report revealed, the effect was similar to that suffered by victims of poisoning or those who have witnessed classmates die.

Police arrest purported rabbi charged with sexual abuse

  [~ 1970s "Rabbi" Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Hundreds of boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Jerusalem Post, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ November 16, 2007
   ISRAEL -- Police arrested on Friday a self-styled rabbi, a spokesman said, twenty-three years after New York police charged him with sexual abuse.
   Abraham Mondrowitz will be remanded on Sunday, said the Justice Ministry spokesman, Moshe Cohen. He could not give further details.

Israel Police arrest alleged child molester wanted in the U.S.

  [~ 1970s Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Hundreds of boys.
   Haaretz, By Aviva Lori, Haaretz Correspondent and Haaretz Service, ~ November 16, 2007
   ISRAEL -- Avrohom Mondrowitz, a Gur Hasid suspected of sexually abusing Haredi children in the United States, was arrested Friday morning pending extradition orders to the U.S.
   Mondrowitz fled the U.S. over 20 years and has been hiding in Israel ever since. The U.S. Justice Department two months ago submitted a request to Israel to extradite the suspect.
   The spokesman of the Justice Ministry confirmed the arrest.
   Mondrowitz, a member of the Gur Hasidic sect who styles himself a rabbi and a psychologist, was a highly influential figure in the Gur community of Brooklyn in the early 1980s.

Nuns facing eviction get help

  - Episcopalians rescue aged victims of RCC policy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Los Angeles Times, By Rebecca Trounson, November 15, 2007
   SANTA BARBARA (CA) -- Three Roman Catholic nuns who learned last summer that their Santa Barbara convent would be sold to help cover the costs of Los Angeles' multimillion-dollar abuse payout have been offered a temporary home by an order of Episcopal nuns in the same city.
   The three Sisters of Bethany will move around Thanksgiving to St. Mary's Retreat House, an Episcopal center near the Santa Barbara Mission, according to the nuns' spokesman and to a relative of one of the nuns. The center is a ministry of the Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity, an order based in Wisconsin.
   The offer is temporary, but open-ended.
   "They've been told they are welcome to stay as long as need be," said Rosemary Escalera Gutierrez of Hacienda Heights whose sister is the Catholic nuns' local superior, Sister Angela Escalera. Gutierrez said her sister and the others were grateful for the offer and relieved to find a place to live, even on an interim basis.

The Parish Reconfiguration Fund Oversight -- Committee’s Final Report

  - RCC compensation leads to breakup of RC communities.
   The Pilot (RC periodical), ~ November 16, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Parish Reconfiguration Fund Oversight Committee (PRFOC), under a three-year charter negotiated by PRFOC Chair David Castaldi and the former Vicar General, Bishop Richard G. Lennon, D.D., began work in September 2004 to conduct an independent review of the financial aspects of parish reconfiguration. Each of the five geographic regions encompassing the Boston Archdiocese as well as the Archdiocesan Finance Council was represented. PRFOC members were drawn from both open and closed parishes.
   The PRFOC’s mission was advisory in nature and included assessing and making recommendations regarding the integrity of the process used to handle and dispose reconfiguration assets and liabilities, the financial reporting of this information to Catholics in the Archdiocese, and operational improvements. This report concludes the PRFOC’s mission. The PRFOC’s complete charter can be found on the web at http://www.rcab.org/Pilot/2004/ps041203/charterofreconfiguration.html.

Chancellor comments on reconfiguration report

 
   The Pilot (diocesan newspaper) By Antonio M. Enrique, Posted: Nov/16/2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Pilot spoke with James McDonough, chancellor of the archdiocese, Nov. 11 on the conclusions of the final report of the archdiocese’s Parish Reconfiguration Oversight Committee. The committee, which released its report this week, was formed in 2004 to independently verify the financial aspects of the parish reconfiguration process.
   Q.-With this report, the Parish Reconfiguration Oversight Committee concludes its task to oversee the integrity of the financial aspects of the reconfiguration process. Can you evaluate the work of the committee?
   Chancellor - Even before evaluating their work I would like to say how appreciative we are of the committee, which has invested so much time and expertise overseeing these matters that were very difficult and complex.
   In terms of the quality of their work, I was very impressed. I think the committee in its findings stated that the archdiocese handled the sales of those properties in an adequate fashion, and we certainly agree with that. The committee found no evidence of misappropriation of funds, and we agree also with that. The committee states that no reconfiguration funds were used to cover clergy abuse settlements and also commended Cardinal Seán’s financial disclosure initiatives and his policy of openness. We appreciate the great work and the support for the practices that we’ve used as the result of reconfiguration.

22 Years Later, a Child Abuse Suspect’s Extradition Is Sought

  [~ 1970s "Rabbi" Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Hundreds of boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The New York Times, By TINA KELLEY, Published: November 16, 2007
   NEW YORK -- Prosecutors in Brooklyn said yesterday they were pursuing the extradition of a man who fled to Israel more than 20 years ago after being accused of molesting young boys.
   The man, Avrohom Mondrowitz, 59, was indicted in 1985 on eight counts of child abuse and five counts of sodomy involving four boys ages 9 to 15. He left for Israel before he could be arrested.
   Michael Lesher, a lawyer for six other men who said they had been molested by Mr. Mondrowitz, said that Mr. Mondrowitz was believed to have sexually assaulted boys while posing as an educator or psychological counselor in Borough Park, Brooklyn. ...
   Amy Neustein, an author who is editing a book on rabbis and pedophilia, who has researched Mr. Mondrowitz’s case, said that Mr. Mondrowitz claimed to have a degree in psychology from a New York university but that the university stated in writing that he had never been a student there. She said that he also posed as a rabbi, but that his credentials were from a nonexistent rabbinical school.

(Ri.Ba.)«Non si placheranno ...

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, new Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Pro-marriage campaigner. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ November 16, 2007
   ITALY -- "They will never stop harassing and intimidating me until someone will take the initiative to make weak-minded people, so much stirred by this charged atmosphere, to give up their willingness to mail me gun bullets or sealing the entrance to the rectory," said the Rev. Sante Sguotti.
   The rebel priest from Monterosso said someone on Tuesday glued the rectory door, an eloquent way to make him understand he must stop using the parish facilities. Rev. Sguotti, notwithstanding his suspension "a divinis," had in fact continued to use the rectory for his activities and someone decided to put an end to it.
   The curia, profiting from that vandalism, changed the lock (obviously they did not give a copy of the new keys to the rebel priest). To sum it up, some weeks after the bishop decided he had to leave the parish, he has now been forced out of it completely. "I have decided to sue the curia for the damage I received, for my computer cannot be used anymore by the girl who helps me organize the coming event on Dec. 1," he said. Forty people have until now asked to participate in the one-day event, which is advertised on his Web Site, though the names of the experts who will introduce various aspects of the debate are not yet known.
   Meanwhile, Rev. Sante on Sunday will officiate at another "counter-Mass." As was decided, the event will take place every other week in the form of a private ceremony to be held in the home of a Monterosso parishioner and in presence of a limited number of faithful. "Very limited" is the best way to describe it for only three persons have decided until now to participate.

Priest pleads guilty to child porn charge

  [~ 2007 Ethier*] - RCC. Child porn. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Albany Times Union, Friday, November 16, 2007
   ALBANY (NY) -- A 50-year-old Roman Catholic priest from Columbia County pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to downloading child pornography, authorities said Thursday.
   The Rev. Raymond Ethier, who had been serving as pastor of St. John Vianney in Philmont, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography before Judge Thomas J. McAvoy. He faces up to 10 years in prison. He remains free pending sentencing on Dec. 10.
   Ethier was arrested in late May by agents from the Department of Homeland Security, State Police and Hudson police. According to court papers, he admitted to downloading pornographic images depicting young children.
   [LOOK BACK: See ethcont137.htm, "Ex-Oneonta priest charged with child porn," The Daily Star, June 04, 2007. ENDS.]

Diocese plans service for abuse victims

  - RCC "healing" service.
   Indianapolis Star, November 16, 2007
   JASPER, Ind. -- The Diocese of Evansville will hold a prayer service this weekend for victims of abuse, months after disclosing allegations that a revered, longtime Catholic pastor had molested more than 10 people, but a victims group demanded that its bishop do more.
   The allegations against Monsignor Othmar Schroeder, who died in 1988, are the most against one priest in the diocese's 64-year history. Schroeder founded Holy Family Church in Jasper in 1947 and served there 28 years before being reassigned to Sacred Heart Church in nearby Schnellville.
   The diocese will make counselors available after what it calls the "prayer service of healing," which will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Priest pleads guilty to downloading child porn

  [~ 2007 Ethier*] - RCC. Child porn.
   Daily Freeman, ~ November 16, 2007
   HUDSON (NY) -- A 50-year-old priest pleaded guilty to charges he possessed child pornography that he downloaded on his computer.
   Raymond Ethier, of Hudson, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Albany to a one count charging him with the possession of child pornography. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Ethier was living in Hudson when his computer was recovered from his residence and forensically examined. During the investigation, 21 computer videos and a number of still images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct were recovered, the release said. The release said that while there were 21 videos, there were only seven separate and distinct ones because some had been downloaded multiple times.
   Ethier downloaded the videos and images from a file sharing program and some came from individuals outside the state, the release said. The release also said the videos and still images and the computer used to obtain them were transported in interstate and foreign commerce and were produced using materials that had been mailed or shipped or transported in interstate and foreign commerce.

Priest pleads guilty in child-porn case

  [~ 2007 Ethier*] - RCC. Child porn.
   The Daily Star, Staff Report, ~ November 16, 2007
   NEW YORK -- A former associate pastor at St. Mary's Church in Oneonta pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Albany to one count of possession of child pornography.
   The Roman Catholic priest, Raymond Ethier, 50, of Hudson, was arrested in May. At the time of his arrest, he was pastor at St. John Vianney in Philmont.
   He was at St. Mary's from 1990 to 1995.
   In May, Ethier admitted to investigators that he engaged in sexually explicit conversations online that sometimes featured children, but said the conversations were "merely fantasy" and never involved actual children, according to the felony complaint.

Many back contested priest appointment

  [~ 1990s Greene] - RCC. Lewd allegation.
   Inside Bay Area, By Meera Pal, 02:34:34 AM PST, Nov /16/2007
   PLEASANTON (CA) -- Parishioners at St. Augustine Catholic Church are praying, now more than ever, that their faith will guide them through a time of turmoil.
   News continues to spread through the close-knit congregation that the pastor chosen to lead the parish was arrested several years ago in a case involving a lewdness allegation.
   While some families feel they have lost all faith in the Roman Catholic Church and renounced their association with a religion that has guided them for decades, many others have vowed to stand behind the Rev. Padraig Greene, calling him a kind and generous man.
   Greene, who will become parish priest Jan. 1 for the Catholic Communities of Pleasanton, was arrested in 1999 on suspicion of committing a lewd act in a public restroom in an Oakland hills park.

Confront sexual abuse, don't manage it

  - RCC leader blamed 1. News media, 2. Lawyers, and then defended RCC's dignity. Australia flag; Aust. Natl Flag Assn  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Eureka Street, By Geoffrey Robinson, Nov-15-2007
   AUSTRALIA and U.S.A. -- The Cardinal Secretary of State at the Vatican is usually thought to hold the second highest office in the Catholic Church. The present Secretary, Cardinal Bertone, was a personal appointment by the pope. So it was disheartening when, on a recent visit to the United States, he was asked about sexual abuse and first blamed the media, then greedy lawyers, then said that the Church had “faced this trial with great dignity and courage” and hoped that “other institutions and social agencies will face the same problem with their members with an equal degree of courage and realism as the Catholic Church has done.” I believe that most of the Australian bishops had moved beyond this point more than a decade ago, so it is discouraging to hear that it still prevails at the highest levels. It is a typical example of seeking to manage rather than confront a problem.
   As long as the Church seeks to manage rather than confront, the devastating effect the scandal has had on the Church will continue and will cripple other activities. Of what use is it to proclaim a “new evangelization” to others if we are not seen to have confronted the suppurating ulcer on our body? In all our preaching to others, we would lack credibility. Cardinal Bertone does not seem to realize just how much credibility the Church has lost over the last twenty years and how seriously we must act in order to regain it.
   Over that time most of the blame has been poured onto the bishops. I am not simply seeking to divert this blame, far less to defend every action of every bishop, if I say that it is important to understand that, within the present structures of the Church, the pope alone has the power to confront this problem in its deepest sources. [...]
   This Geoffrey Robinson is a retired auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney. He is author of the recently-published "Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus". Details at the website of John Garrett Publishing. The above is the text of the address he delivered at the book's launch.

Personal Aside: The Lavender Priesthood.

  - RCC leader permitted ordination of self-confessed McCormack. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   TomRoeser.com , by Tom Roeser, ~ November 16, 2007.
   UNITED STATES -- Any doubt that the Catholic bishops really don’t get it...and are as a group almost to a man (with notable exceptions) wanton in their disregard for abused children while at the same time protecting their predatory clerical fellows...vanished yesterday when Bishop Gerald Kicanas spoke to the “Sun-Times’” religion writer, Susan Hogan-Albach.
   And it proves also that while the “Sun-Times” is reeling from earlier mismanagement, it can still turn out excellent work. Susan Hogan-Albach is a prime example.
   The next bishop in line, elected vice president of the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) is Gerald Kicanas, bishop of Tucson, Arizona. Kicanas was an auxiliary bishop in Chicago and before that was rector of Mundelein seminary. Another prelate-product of our environment so to speak.
   As rector he was a key part of the most egregious example of the Chicago archdiocese’s abject negligence and willful dereliction of duty. He headed the seminary passed up a number of chances to prevent the ordination of the self-confessed child predator Fr. Daniel McCormack. It stunned Catholics in 2006 because it showed that with all the pro-and-con sophist parsing, (having been told too often they’re the smartest one in the room) the same-old, same-old goes on.

College trustees urged to fire teacher

  [1998 Mr Stukenholtz*] - RCC. Girl.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Tim O'Neil and Terry Hillig, Nov/16/2007
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- A woman told St. Louis Community College trustees Thursday that they should fire the music director at the college's Meramec campus, a man she says sexually abused her nine years ago when she was a high school student in California and he was one of her teachers.
   Sarah Gray, now 27, called the teacher, Larry Stukenholtz, "a sexual predator and a danger to your community."
   Gray attended a board of trustees meeting with David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP. Clohessy urged the board to fire Stukenholtz or suspend him immediately.
   Earlier Thursday, SNAP delivered to Community College headquarters a copy of a sworn statement in which Stukenholtz's former boss in California confirmed his resignation in 1999 over allegations of sex with a former student. The institution said it would investigate.

Hub diocese releases reports criticizing its parish closings

  - RCC sells for 1/3 of value. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Boston Globe, By Michael Paulson / November 16, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Archdiocese of Boston, in an unusual act of public self-scrutiny, is releasing two reports highly critical of how the church handled several aspects of the parish closings process over the last several years.
   The archdiocese is publishing in its weekly newspaper, the Pilot, a report by a lay panel, the Parish Reconfiguration Fund Oversight Committee, which was handpicked by Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley to review the use of funds generated through the closing of parishes. Even though O'Malley chose to establish the committee, its members said that O'Malley's former aides were not forthcoming with financial information and not responsive to advice from the panel.
   The second report, by a retired judge picked by the lay committee to review the sale of one closed church in East Boston, sharply criticizes the archdiocese for its handling of that transaction. That report, being posted on the Pilot's website, describes how the photographer who purchased St. Mary Star of the Sea Church bought the building last November for $850,000 and then sold it three weeks later to an evangelical congregation for $2.65 million.

Impact of bishop's suspension

  - Episcopalians. [ 1973 ?+ Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [1973 + Bp Charles Bennison] - US$11.6m. To be suspended. 1973 onwards - Did not report brother. [~2007 Ms Alton] - Allegedly changed Wikipedia entry, so banned by Wikipedia.
   Philadelphia Inquirer, By Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans, ~ November 16, 2007
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- Episcopalians in the Diocese of Pennsylvania and elsewhere have spent the past couple of years engaged in overt and behind-the-scenes conflict focused on the contentious figure of our diocesan bishop, Charles E. Bennison Jr.
   But for any healing to happen in this divided and disenchanted judicatory, we are going to have to turn the analytical lens on ourselves.
   Bennison currently is under ecclesiastical inhibition, or suspension. In articles, he has been dubbed as "disconnected," a "weak Christian," and a man "void of substance" - and that's just a sample from a flood of condemnatory adjectives.
   Why is Bennison forbidden from exercising the office to which he was duly elected by clergy and lay delegates at a special convention back in 1997?
   The bishop was investigated by church authorities at the highest levels of the United States Episcopal hierarchy for allegedly covering up his brother's sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl in the early 1970s. Apparently, there is plenty of evidence to initiate an ecclesiastical trial.

Suit tries new tactic on clergy sex abuse

  [1980s] - RCC. Supervisors called to account.
   Portland Press Herald, By TREVOR MAXWELL, November 16, 2007
   MAINE -- An Augusta man is suing four leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Maine who he says should have protected him from sexual abuse by a priest in the 1980s.
   William Picher's claim is the first in Maine in which supervisors of an accused priest have been sued individually. It could clear the way for others who seek to hold church officials accountable.
   Picher has a separate lawsuit pending against the Rev. Raymond Melville and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
   In court papers filed Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court, Picher names the Rev. Joseph Ford of Falmouth, the Rev. James Morrison of Norway, the Rev. Rene Mathieu of Saco and Sister Rita-Mae Bissonette of Portland. Ford was chancellor of the diocese and the others were co-chancellors at the time of the alleged abuse.

Diocese rues benefit for charged photog

  - Anglicans. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CNews, By JONATHAN JENKINS, SUN MEDIA The Toronto Sun, November 16, 2007
   CANADA -- A benefit for accused child molester Pedro Briceno -- held at St. Paul's Anglican Church and attended by the parish priest -- was regretable, the Anglican diocese of Toronto said in a statement yesterday.
   "As with most fundraisers that are held in individual parishes, the Anglican diocese of Toronto was not informed of the Nov. 10 event," the statement said.
   "The diocese has a strictly enforced, zero tolerance policy in regard to improper sexual conduct. This policy is available on our website at toronto. anglican.ca .

Burnout on the God beat - second top religion writer calls it quits

  [Writing about faithless clergy saps a second writer's faith.] - Nearly every Eskimo boy was seduced.
   Reuters, http://blogs. reuters.com/ faithworld/ 2007/11/15/ burnout-on- the-god-beat- second-top- religion- writer-calls- it-quits ; filed by Tom Heneghan, November 15th, 2007,
   Covering religion may be harmful to your faith. Two leading religion journalists – one in Britain, one in the United States – have quit the beat in recent months, saying they had acquired such a close look at such scandalous behaviour by Christians that they lost their faith and had to leave.
   Stephen Bates, who recently stepped down as religious affairs writer for the London Guardian, has just published an account of his seven years on the beat in an article entitled “Demob Happy” for the New Humanist magazine. Bates followed the crisis in the Anglican Communion for several years and even wrote a book on it, A Church At War: Anglicans and Homosexuality.
   “Now I am moving on,” his article concludes. “It was time to go. What faith I had, I’ve lost, I am afraid - I’ve seen too much, too close. A young Methodist press officer once asked me earnestly whether I saw it as my job to spread the Good News of Jesus. No, I said, that’s the last thing I am here to do.”
   Bates announced his move back in September in another interesting article, this time for the website Religious Intelligence.  Writing from New Orleans, where he was covering the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops meeting with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, [...]
   Shortly before Bates called it quits, William Lobdell, who gave the Los Angeles Times first-class coverage of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal in California, threw in the towel with a wrenching story of his own struggle with organised religion.
   His farewell story in July, “Religion beat became a test of faith” was a moving testimony of a journalist who started off as a Presbyterian, was active with evangelicals and seriously considered becoming a Catholic.
   But, during his eight years on the beat, the Catholic clerical sex abuse scandal put him off religion so badly that he lost his faith altogether. For an example of what he came across, take a look at Missionary’s Dark Legacy, a powerful story from 2005 about the trail of sexual abuse a Catholic missionary left behind after seven years among the Eskimos. Nearly every boy in the settlement was abused. [...]
   [RECAPITULATION: Nearly every boy in the settlement was abused. ENDS.]

Collateral Damage

  - RCC.
   The Atlantic, by Ross Douthat, ~ November 16, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- My mother (yes, even I have a mother) has a web essay over at First Things on the impact of the Catholic sex abuse scandal on the laity, and the creeping tyranny of the insurance industry over the life of the Church.
   [COMMENT: Insurance companies ought to have a clear clause in their contracts that they do not insure Church leaders against condoning crime, transferring criminal clergy to other places, or employing them from elsewhere. ENDS.]

Protecting Children and Imagining the Worst

  - RCC. Advice to run away from child in tears.
   First Things, By Patricia Snow, 7:58 AM, Thursday, November 15, 2007,
   UNITED STATES -- Eight years ago in our urban Catholic parish in Connecticut, a teenager I’ll call Elizabeth started a club for girls. Small but fortunate in its members, the club survived Elizabeth’s departure for the Naval Academy. Another well-formed, homeschooled teenager took her place, and when she in turn left for Franciscan University in Steubenville, my daughter, who will be entering college in the fall, became president.
   In the beginning, the club met in the Parish Hall. Anywhere from six to twelve girls, aged ten to eighteen, would sit around a small table, reading the Bible together or making cards for the residents of a nursing home they visited monthly. They would share snacks and devise skits, pray the rosary, and celebrate one another’s birthdays. The older girls mentored the younger girls, modeling for them the endangered truth that a girl can be both sophisticated and innocent, devout and fun. On Holy Days, they attended Mass together. They studied the saints, went on field trips, dedicated themselves to Mary. [***]
   When a woman raised her hand and asked what she should do if she was alone in a room and a child came to her in tears-“Should I run out of the room?”-the answer was yes. She should leave the room and look for another adult. We have to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, the facilitator said, because “the Church has to protect itself.”
   The Virtus literature tells us that the National Catholic Risk Retention Group invited “prominent national experts” to Washington to discuss the problem of child sex abuse. A committee was created to oversee the development of programs, which committee, again, was assisted by a “steering committee of nationally known experts and program and service advisors.” Am I wrong to infer that some of these advising individuals were not Catholic, or at least that their Catholicism was not what especially recommended them? [***] @@@@@

Prosecutor says church sex-abuse case remains under review

  [Lamberts, Eplings] - Independent Baptist.
   The Joplin Globe, By Jeff Lehr, jlehr@joplinglobe.com , ~ November 16, 2007
   PINEVILLE, Mo. – The McDonald County prosecutor said Thursday that it was a technical issue that forced her to drop sexual-abuse charges against a minister and members of a fringe church near Powell, and not a lack of cooperation on the part of the alleged victims.
   Prosecutor Janice Durbin was responding to criticisms leveled by an attorney representing one of two alleged victims in the case that was dismissed Nov. 6.
   “It was a technical issue and not a personal one with the victims,” Durbin said.
   She also said the charges may yet be refiled against Raymond Lambert, pastor of Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church; his wife, Patricia Lambert; and his sister-in-law, Laura Epling.

Diocese Issues Statement In Sexual Abuse Case

  - RCC.
   WCPO Contributor: Tasha Thomas Email: tthomas@wcpo.com , ~ November 16, 2007
   COVINGTON (KY) -- The Catholic Diocese of Covington is responding to a lawsuit filed by the family of a sexual abuse victim.
   Jeni Dinkel is serving a 60 day sentence for her sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy.
   The lawsuit names her, her husband, the principal of Covington Catholic High School, the Park Hills Police Chief and the Diocese itself as defendants.

$1.1 million settlement in sexual abuse case

  - RCC.
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer P-I STAFF, ~ November 16, 2007
   WASHINGTON -- A Skagit County man who said he was sexually abused 27 years ago by a former principal has reached a $1.1 million settlement with the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese and the Christian Brothers, a worldwide order of the Roman Catholic Church.
   In the summer of 1980, the man was a prospective student at St. Alphonsus Parish School in Ballard and Brother Edward Courtney was on his way out as principal following multiple allegations of abusing other students there, said Mike Pfau, the victim's attorney.
   Pfau said students also had accused Courtney of abuse at O'Dea High School, which is owned by the archdiocese but operated by the Christian Brothers.

Book review: The Rite of Sodomy

  - Exposing RCC bad for health.
   Spero News, By George Kocan, ~ November 16, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- TV cameras recently caught the Archbishop of San Francisco giving Holy Communion to men dressed up like what can best be described as blasphemous clowns. They wore heavy make-up to hide their sex and costumes to make them look like nuns. No one could miss the fact that homosexuals staged this hateful stunt to mock the Catholic Church.
   Yet, Archbishop George Niederauer dutifully presented the sacred hosts as if nothing was wrong. Later on, he apologized, pleading ignorance. We are to believe that after living for two years in San Francisco, Niederauer does not know who or what the self-styled “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” are. Naturally, intelligent Catholics and other observers of the culture wars are mystified. They just do not understand. . .
   However, Catholics do exist who understand and would be more than willing to clarify the issue. Steven Brady understands. An owner of a pizza delivery service, Brady devoted nearly all of his spare time to exposing the predatory homosexuality of his prelate, the Bishop of Springfield, Il, Dan Ryan.  Ryan became notorious for cruising for teenaged boys and even trying to force himself on his priests. As of this writing, Brady is recovering from severe injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident.
   Fr. Alfred Kunz understood. He helped blow the whistle on Ryan by collecting Brady’s information and contacting the right people in the Vatican to take action. Police found his body in his rectory in a Wisconsin parish, dead of multiple stab wounds. Fr. John Hardon, one of the top Jesuit theologians in the country, understood. Also having good contacts, he and Fr. Kunz planned on going to Rome together to persuade the Vatican to do something. Presumably, Fr. Hardon died of natural causes. He was in his 80’s. The Vatican eventually removed Ryan from his position. Yet, he still enjoys all the perks of a priest and bishop in good standing with the Church.

Church sex suit widens

 
   Kennebec Journal By TREVOR MAXWELL Blethen Maine Newspapers, ~ November 16, 2007
   MAINE -- An Augusta man is expanding his legal battle against the Catholic Church, suing four church leaders who he says should have protected him from the alleged sexual abuse of a priest in the 1980s.
   William Picher's claim is the first in Maine in which supervisors of an accused priest have been sued individually. It could clear the way for others who seek to hold church officials accountable.
   Picher has a separate lawsuit pending against the Rev. Raymond Melville and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
   In court papers filed Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court, Picher names the Rev. Joseph Ford of Falmouth, the Rev. James Morrison of Norway, the Rev. Rene Mathieu of Saco and Sister Rita-Mae Bissonette of Portland. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 16, 2007 6:54 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri November 16, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Belmont County Priest Removed After Allegation Of Sexual Abuse

  [1991 Zalenski -NEW*] - RCC. Girl. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WTOV, www.wtov9. com/news/1462 7333/detail. html , ~ November 17, 2007
   OHIO -- A Belmont County priest was removed from active ministry on Saturday after an allegation of sexual abuse.
   According to Bishop Daniel Conlon, Father Gary Zalenski, the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Neffs, was withdrawn from active ministry as a result of a credible allegation of having sexually assaulted a minor in 1991 when he was a pastor in Lore City, Ohio.
   NEWS9 is told that Zalenski, 56, will remain a priest in the diocese and that the case has been handed over to the Guernsey County prosecutor.

Former priest pleads guilty to sex assaults

  [1965-73 Unnamed priest -NEW* ?] - RCC. 3 girls, 2 boys. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   One in Four, The Irish Times, ~ November 17, 2007
   IRELAND -- A former priest yesterday pleaded guilty at the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee, Co Kerry, to 53 counts of indecent assault against three females and two males.
   The offences occurred in Co Kerry between 1965 and 1973 and there were 32 counts of indecent assault on one of the boys and 16 on one of the girls.
   The court was told the victims were all from one family. They did not wish to be identified and naming the accused would identify them, prosecuting counsel Tom Rice said.

Pope removes Illinois monsignor from priesthood

  [2004 Mons. Costa] - RCC. People knew but supported him. Males. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   ABC 7, November 17, 2007
   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Pope Benedict XVI has removed an Illinois monsignor from the priesthood following allegations of sexual misconduct, church officials said.
   Monsignor Eugene Costa, 57, of Springfield, is the former pastor of St. John Vianney Church in Sherman and Holy Family Church in Athens, and has been on leave since January 2005.
   Because the pope removed him, the action can't be appealed, said Kathie Sass, a spokeswoman the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said on Friday.
   Costa, once chancellor of the Springfield diocese, is also no longer permitted to perform priestly ministries or call himself "father," she said.
   "Catholics believe the holy order leaves a permanent mark on the soul," she told the (Springfield) State Journal-Register. "In one sense, he will always be a priest. But this has removed him from the clerical state permanently." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 17, 2007 8:51 PM]
   [LOOK BACK: See "Teen to be tried as adult in Costa case," (charged with beating Monsignor Costa unconscious in a homosexual pickup area), ~ Jan 14, 2005, on ethcont108.htm .]

Bishop says sorry for sex abuse priest

  [Ward] - ? Church of England. 9 charges. Child/ren. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Sunday Herald, By James Hamilton, ~ November 17, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A BISHOP made a public apology yesterday for the child sex abuse committed by a former vicar in his diocese 20 years ago.
   The Bishop of Whitby, the Right Reverend Robert Ladds, said he was sorry to the individuals affected by the actions of former Middlesbrough clergyman Trevor Ward.
   Ward's victims were invited to the special service to pray for a return of trust to the parish of the Church of St Agnes in Easterside.
   Ward was jailed for seven years and stripped of his priestly orders after being convicted of nine counts of sexual abuse in March 1988. He died last December.

Pope Removes Priest

  [2004 Mons. Costa] - RCC. Solicited for sex in public place. Males.
   WEEK, By News 25 Staff, ~ November 17, 2007
   SPRINGFIELD (IL) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield says Pope Benedict The Sixteenth has removed Monsignor Eugene Costa from the priesthood. The 57-year-old Costa is the former pastor of St. John Vianney Church in Sherman and Holy Family Church in Athens.
   Costa was beaten by two men in a park in December of 2004. He was later accused of soliciting the two men for sex.

Priest says clerical sex abuse issue not over

  - RCC. Tom Doyle gives warning, again. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   One in Four, The Irish Times, ~ November 17, 2007
   IRELAND -- A Catholic priest, who for over 20 years has been a leading advocate of the rights of people sexually abused by clergy, has warned the worst is not over where the issue is concerned.
   "Nothing could be further from the truth," US Dominican priest Fr Tom Doyle has said. A canon lawyer and former US air force chaplain, in 1985 he helped draft a report on clerical child sex abuse for America's Catholic bishops. He is a regular visitor to Ireland.
   "It [clerical child sex abuse] may not be front-page news, but the nightmare is still going on. We are only starting to see the extent of clergy abuse in non-English speaking countries.
   "We'll continue to see victims come forward because the sickness is far deeper and wider than anyone can imagine."

Archdiocese to Settle Misconduct Cases

  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Orthodox Reform Author: Theodore Kalmoukos Publication: The National Herald Date Published: Nov/16/2007
   BOSTON (MA), U.S.A. -- The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is about to agree to an out-of-court settlement concerning two old cases of sexual misconduct involving former priests - archimandrites from California - according to information obtained by the National Herald. The cost for the settlement is expected to exceed the sum of $2 million, plus legal fees of $300 thousand.
   One case concerns the late Stanley Adamakis, who was murdered in 2003 by a person with whom he had a special relationship. Mr. Adamakis had pled guilty to charges in 1990 that he had sexually molested two teenagers.

It’s Always the Cover-up That Gets Them

 
   Orthodox Reform, ~ November 17, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The Orthodox of America are asking themselves many questions regarding the scandals of our day. What did the Orthodox Hierarchs know about the unethical practices of our clergy, and when did they know it? The National Herald today asked:
   Did members of our Church’s ecclesiastical framework, at various levels of the Church’s administrative strata, have prior knowledge of priests with certain proclivities and records of abusing minors? After all, this is what the lawsuits are alleging to justify pursuing reparation from other than those who are allegedly directly responsible.
   We hope the Church is simply acting in its own defense, but circumstances being what they are, and the spirit of the times being what it is (e.g., the Roman Catholic Church’s sex scandals), we are raising these questions in the hope of helping our community search for answers to effectively confront this grave challenge.

Give church a chance to help you, Dakay tells priest’s complainants

  [2006 Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with brassieres at Confession. 5 girls left. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , for November 18, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- “COME and see us,” Msgr. Achilles Dakay, media liaison officer of the Cebu Archdiocese, advised the teenage girls who complained they were harassed by a priest last year.
   Dakay said they want to talk to all the girls who accused Fr. Benedicto Ejares of acts of lasciviousness, child abuse and sexual harassment so the archdiocese can help them.
   Originally, seven high school students of the Abellana National School complained that Ejares touched them inappropriately when he heard their confessions during a Life in the Spirit seminar in school last Nov. 14.
   Dakay refused to comment further on the recent report Dr. Frederick Boholst submitted to the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor, in which he said that five of the high school students suffered from “considerable psychological distress.”

Ruling on Child Sex Abuse Revives Stalled Cases

  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   NPR All Things Considered, by Frank Morris November 16, 2007
   UNITED STATES November 16, 2007 -- Last year, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse cases should start ticking when the victim realizes he or she was hurt, rather than a set time after the incident. As a result, dozens of long-stalled priest sexual abuse cases are moving ahead in the state.

Posters to fight abuse; available around diocese

  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Chatham Daily News, ~ November 17, 2007
   CANADA -- Three new posters aimed at eliminating sexual abuse will soon be made available throughout the Diocese of London.
   The posters are part of a new sexual abuse policy being developed by a From Isolation to Action (FITA) committee established in the diocese.
   Chatham-Kent Crown Attorney Paul Bailey and other committee members unveiled the posters Friday in Chatham.
   The colourful stained glass background for one of the posters is a window at St. Ursula's Church in Chatham. The message is: "Our first duty is to protect the children."

Springfield's Monsignor Kicked Out Of Priesthood

  [2004 Mons. Costa] - RCC. People knew but supported him. Males. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   CBS 2, ~ November 17, 2007
   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield says Monsignor Eugene Costa has been removed from the priesthood by Pope Benedict XVI.
   The 57-year-old Costa is the former pastor of St. John Vianney Church in downstate Sherman and Holy Family Church in downstate Athens, and has been on leave since January 2005. Because his removal was made directly by Pope Benedict, it cannot be appealed.
   Costa was once chancellor of the Springfield diocese. His problems began when he was beaten by two young men in a park in December of 2004. It was later alleged that he had solicited the two for sex.

Group takes priest case to Oakland

 
   Inside Bay Area, By Meera Pal, Article Last Updated 02:36:35 AM PST, Nov/17/2007
   OAKLAND (CA) -- A small but emotional group gathered outside the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland headquarters Friday to question why a priest with a public lewdness arrest was chosen to oversee the Pleasanton parish.
   Instead of Bishop Allen Vigneron, who is in Washington, D.C., the group faced the Rev. Mark Wiesner, a spokesman for the diocese, who reiterated the bishop's support for the Rev. Padraig Greene.
   Greene, who on Jan. 1 will become pastor of St. Augustine and St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic churches in Pleasanton, was arrested in 1999 for performing a sex act on himself in a public restroom at an Oakland hills sports center.

Ex-Brooklyn rabbi likely to be dragged back to Brooklyn to face kid-sex charges

  - Judaist. Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Palestine Authority flag; Palestine Authority website  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   New York Daily News, BY MATTHEW KALMAN in Jerusalem, JOE GOULD and DAVE GOLDINER in New York Saturday, November 17th 2007
   JERUSALEM and BROOKLYN (NY) -- An Ex-Brooklyn rabbi accused of raping several boys more than 20 years ago has been arrested in Israel and could finally face justice.
   Avrohom Mondrowitz, 60, a married father of seven, could be headed back to Brooklyn because a new agreement with the U.S. allows extradition for the sodomy and sex abuse counts he faces from a 1985 indictment.
   "I don't see it as a moment for celebration," said Michael Lesher, who represents six adult men who claim to have been abused by Mondrowitz.
   "This is a moment of gratitude to victims who came forward, who were willing to expose their pain."

FUGITIVE 'PERVERT' RABBI HELD

 
   New York Post By PHILIP MESSING November 17, 2007
   BROOKLYN (NY) -- A disgraced self-proclaimed rabbi who police suspect molested hundreds of children in Brooklyn is finally behind bars after evading justice for more than 20 years, authorities said.
   Avrohom Mondrowitz, 60, fled the United States for Israel in 1985 after he was indicted for sexually abusing four children in his Borough Park community, where he reportedly worked as a counselor with bogus credentials.
   "My reaction was, 'Finally!' " said one of Mondrowitz's alleged victims, Mark Weiss, 40. "We have a monster that has been taken off the streets."
   Mondrowitz, who once hosted a radio show in the city, was arrested in Jerusalem yesterday.

Case continues for ex-priest

 
   Whittier Daily News By Ruby Gonzales, ~ November 17, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- A former priest accused of molesting two boys he met while serving at churches in Pico Rivera and Los Angeles will return to court Nov. 30.
   Clad in an orange Los Angeles County Jail jumpsuit, Michael Stephen Baker, 59, appeared Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court for a hearing. However, the matter was continued and Baker's case transferred to another courtroom.
   He allegedly molested the two boys from Jan. 1, 1994, to Sept. 3, 1998, according to the criminal complaint. Prosecutors have charged him with nine counts of oral copulation of a person under 18, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object and three counts of sodomy of a person under 18.

Sex allegation leads to suspension

  [1998 Mr Stukenholtz*] - RCC. Girl.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch By Tim O'Neil Nov/17/2007
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- Larry Stukenholtz, choral director at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, was suspended with pay Friday while administrators review the accusation that he had sex with one of his high school students in California nine years ago.
   "The college will make a decision about Stukenholtz's employment status upon the conclusion of the review of the relevant information," said Pat Crowe, spokeswoman for the Community College system.
   Crowe said the administration informed Stukenholtz of the suspension Friday afternoon and that he soon departed the campus where he has worked since 2001. He could not be reached for comment.

Bond set at $400,000 for pastor accused of sexual assault

  [1996 + Morales] - Christian. Male.
   WAND Associated Press 7:24 PM ET November 16, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL), (AP) - A 49-year-old Chicago pastor is free on bond after being charged with sexually assaulting a young male church member over several years.
   Jose Rolando Morales of Mount Prospect has posted ten percent of his $400,000 bond and has been released. He's charged with one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of criminal sexual assault.
   He is accused of abusing the church member starting in 1996 when the young man was eleven years old. The alleged victim is now 22.

Girl accuses pastor of rape

  [2007 Jerome] - Christian. Girl (14). United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Haiti flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Advocate, By Zach Lowe, November 17 2007
   STAMFORD (CT) -- A pastor in Bridgeport faces sexual assault charges after a 14-year-old member of his congregation accused him of raping her twice this year, court records show.
   Yves Jerome, 49, of 66 W. North St., Stamford, is accused of raping the girl while he was baby-sitting her in February. He allegedly climbed into bed with the girl and fondled her before forcing her to have sex with him two nights in a row, according to a recently unsealed arrest warrant.
   Jerome is a pastor at Igles de Jes de Besta Haitian Church in Bridgeport, according to court records. The church does not have a listed address or phone number and is not a member of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport Inc., according to the council's Web site.

Church leader accused of sexual abuse

  [~ 1997 + Morales] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   ABC 7 By John Garcia November 16, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- The minister of a storefront church on Chicago's Northwest Side is charged with sexually abusing a young boy. Jose Morales is the pastor. Authorities say the abuse went on for years
   Jose Morales is 49 years old. He founded this nondenominational church about a decade ago and authorities say that's also about the time he started abusing the young boy, whose family had just moved here from Venezuela.
   No one was at the church Friday night on Montrose, but authorities say it's a closely knit congregation and their pastor is a spiritual leader they look to for guidance.
   Authorities say that made it all the more difficult for the young boy to come forward.

Mt. Prospect man accused of sexual abuse

 
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Daily Herald By Rob Olmstead | Nov/17/2007
   A Mount Prospect man was accused of sexually abusing a boy from his Chicago church repeatedly over the past 11 years, Cook County sheriff's police said Friday.
   Jose Rolando Morales, 49, of 2257 S. Lexington Court, was arrested Wednesday at his home after a couple in the church noticed "an unusual closeness" between Morales, the founder of the nondenominational church, and a young church member, Sheriff Tom Dart said.
   The couple reported it to the sheriff's office, which interviewed the victim, Dart said.
   Although the victim is now 22 and a consenting adult, the abuse started when he was 11, Dart said.

Diocese doesn't file bankruptcy plan

  - RCC.
   The Gazette By Gregg Hennigan gregg.hennigan@gazettecommunications.com November 16, 2007
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport did not file its bankruptcy reorganization plan Friday despite a deadline and indications from a diocese official earlier in the day that it would do so.
   The diocese issued a news release Friday afternoon saying it had agreed with the case's creditors committee to delay filing the plan, which was due Friday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
   The plan will detail how the diocese expects to emerge from bankruptcy and how much it will pay its creditors, most of them being people who have accused diocese priests of sex abuse.

Costa removed from priesthood

  [2004 Costa] - RCC. People knew but supported him. Males.
   State-Journal Register By CHRIS WETTERICH Saturday, November 17, 2007
   SPRINGFIELD (IL) -- Monsignor Eugene Costa has been removed from the priesthood by Pope Benedict XVI, Kathie Sass, a spokeswoman for the Springfield Catholic Diocese, confirmed Friday.
   Costa, 57, the former pastor of St. John Vianney Church in Sherman and Holy Family Church in Athens, has been on leave since January 2005. His laicization came at the request of Springfield Bishop George Lucas, Sass said. Because the action came directly from Pope Benedict, it cannot be appealed.
   Costa is not permitted to perform priestly ministries or call himself "father." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 17, 2007 8:06 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sat November 17, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Pastor Removed After Sexual Assault Allegation

  [1991 Zalenski*] - RCC. Female. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The State Journal, www.state journal.com/ story.cfm? func=view story&story id=31633 , STATEMENT OF BISHOP R. DANIEL CONLON, DIOCESE OF STEUBENVILLE, REGARDING REV. GARY A. ZALENSKI, NOVEMBER 17, 2007
   STEUBENVILLE (OH) -- Effective today, I have withdrawn Father Gary A. Zalenski, who is currently serving as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Neffs, Ohio, from active ministry, as the result of a credible allegation of his having sexually assaulted a minor in 1991. He may not present himself as a priest or carry out any public function as a priest. Within a few days he will move from the rectory at Sacred Heart to a private residence of his own choosing.
   The allegation was brought to the Diocese of Steubenville by a woman who was a young parishioner at Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Lore City, Ohio, where Father Zalenski was pastor at the time. All information about the matter obtained by the diocese has been communicated to the Guernsey County Prosecutor.
   The matter will be referred to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, an office of the Holy See in Rome, for further action. This could take some time. In the meantime, Gary Zalenski will remain a priest of the Diocese of Steubenville, and the diocese will provide material assistance to him as needed.
   This matter is being handled in full accord with the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People”, which was adopted by the Catholic bishops of the United States in 2002, the “Essential Norms”, which are special laws approved by the Pope for the United States to deal with child abuse, and the Diocese of Steubenville’s “Decree on Child Protection”.

Fallen Priest to Face Charges of Molestation

  [1990s Baker] - RCC. Boy.
   ABC 7, Nov. 18, 2007
   LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, (CNS) -- A defrocked Roman Catholic priest will be in court Nov. 30 to answer charges he molested two boys a decade ago, some 8 years after he admitted to then-Bishop Roger Mahony that he had molested children.
   Michael Stephen Baker is charged with molesting boys at St. Hillary Church in Pico Rivera during the 1990s, and remains jailed with an $800,000 bail.
   One of the priest's victims, now a La Mirada resident, revealed the sexual abuse to his parents after he bumped into his former sexual tormenter in a county jail. His parents told the San Gabriel Valley News that their son started drinking and committing crimes as a result of mental anguish caused by being abused by his priest. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 18, 2007 5:58 PM]

Healing asked for abuse victims

  [Mons. Schroeder] - RCC.
   Courier & Press, Originally published 04:15 p.m., November 18, 2007
   JASPER,Ind. -- What the Catholic Church called a "prayer service of healing" for abuse victims drew more than 100 people to St. Joseph Church here this afternoon.
   The Diocese of Evansville held the 2 p.m. prayer service months after disclosing allegations a Catholic pastor had molested more than 10 people.
   The allegations against Monsignor Othmar Schroeder, who died in 1988, are the most against a priest in the diocese's 64-year history.

Large settlement reached in priest abuse cases

  [Jesuit order] - RCC. US$50m so far. 110 indigenous altar servers. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Alaska flag (USA State); www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   KTUU, Associated Press, 5:24 PM ET, November 18, 2007
   ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A large settlement has been reached in the cases for 110 Alaska Natives who were victims of sexual abuse -- most of them victimized by Jesuit priests.
   The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus has agreed to pay the victims $50 million.
   Attorney Ken Roosa who represented the victims says the settlement is the largest one reached against a Catholic religious order.
   Even so, Roosa says the settlement does not include the Diocese of Fairbanks. Those cases are still in litigation. The diocese owned and managed the churches in the villages where the Jesuit priests and volunteers were assigned.

Ted Olson makes a funny

  [New York City] - Appointments either were offenders, or were to be charged. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Carpetbagger Report, ~ November 18, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Of all the ways to introduce Rudy Giuliani, this has to be the least sensible. From the Federalist Society’s 25th anniversary conference:
   Just a week after the indictment of former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, [former Solicitor General Ted Olson] said Giuliani had shown “the wisdom and humility to surround himself with talented, dedicated and energetic people” as mayor.
   Seriously? Giuliani’s strength is his choice in associates? Let’s put that to the test:
   * Giuliani inexplicably backed Bernie Kerik, and made him the city’s police commissioner, after he’d been briefed on Kerik’s organized crime connections.
   * 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.”)

The John Jay study of clergy sex abuse challenges evangelical Catholics

  - RCC.
   National Catholic Reporter Vol. 7, No. 11 All Things Catholic by John L. Allen, Jr. Friday, November 16, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Perhaps it's a measure of how badly the image of American Catholicism has been tarnished as a result of the sexual abuse crisis that so many bishops, meeting in Baltimore Nov. 12-15, could seem relieved at the news that the church's record on the abuse of minors is actually no better, but also no worse, than anybody else's.
   That seemed the bottom line from preliminary results of a study presented to the bishops on Monday by Karen Terry and Margaret Smith of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on the "causes and context" of the crisis. Terry said their research suggests that the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, which peaked numerically in the mid-1970s, for the most part reflected "overall changes in behavior, attitudes, and media representations in American society during this time period."
   "This is in conflict with the idea that there is something distinctive about the Catholic church that led to the sexual abuse of minors," Terry said.
   [COMMENT: Happy the RCC is no worse than other Churches!!  Just followed society!!  But, in RC schools we were taught that Holiness was one of the four marks of the One True Church, and everywhere the Church's holy priests, brothers, and nuns were setting the world wonderful examples of holiness!  And the New Testament says that followers of Jesus were dead to sin, were NOT to follow the World, but to act as a leaven (or yeast) to help the World improve in its morals. COMMENT ENDS.]

Ex-parishioners in Junction seek injunction

 
   Toledo Blade, By DAVID YONKE BLADE RELIGION EDITOR ~ November 18, 2007
   JUNCTION, Ohio - Members of a closed Catholic parish, who twice chased away workers hired to remove the church’s historic stained-glass windows, have gone to court to bar the Toledo diocese from removing items from the church.
   A motion for an injunction and a temporary restraining order was filed Friday afternoon by Janet Sholl, a former parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, against the Toledo diocese and Bishop Leonard Blair.
   The documents ask Paulding County Common Pleas Court to bar the Toledo diocese and Bishop Blair “from removing any fixtures, windows, or building components” from the church property.
   “It’s more or less a question of who owns the church - is it the diocese or is it the parishioners?” said Ms. Sholl, a member of St. Mary’s since 1962.

US haredi Jew charged with sexually abusing dozens appears in J'lem court

  [~ 1970s Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Hundreds of boys. Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Palestine Authority flag; Palestine Authority website  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   YNet, Associated Press, Israel Jewish Scene, Published 19:11, Nov.18.07
   JERUSALEM -- An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who fled the United States for Israel two decades ago to avoid sexual abuse charges was brought to court in Jerusalem on Sunday, a step toward his possible extradition.
   Abraham Mondrowitz, 60, a member of the Gur Hasidic Jewish sect, was arrested in Jerusalem on Friday for allegedly abusing dozens of children at his unlicensed private clinic at his Brooklyn, New York home during the 1980s. He fled to Israel in 1985 as police were investigating charges against him.
   At the downtown Jerusalem court building, Mondrowitz - small, slightly stooped and dressed in a black suit - was led into the hearing room with hands and ankles shackled, while four burly guards in khaki uniforms stood watched at the door.
   The judge extended Mondrowitz's detention until November 27, at which point he will decide whether Mondrowitz will remain in jail or be placed under house arrest. Mondrowitz's attorney, David Ofek, said he plans to appeal the decision to keep Mondrowitz in custody.

Use of funds irks former parishioners

  - RC parishioners claim THEY own their church. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Toledo Blade, By DAVID YONKE, BLADE RELIGION EDITOR, ~ November 18, 2007
   KANSAS, Ohio - Members and supporters of the former St. James Parish, a rural church closed by Toledo Bishop Leonard Blair in July, 2005, have pitched in more than $60,000 to sue the Toledo Catholic Diocese, claiming their old church and property belong to the ex-members and not the bishop.
   But the former parishioners were outraged to discover recently that money they donated to their parish while it was open is now being used by the diocese to pay attorneys who are fighting them in court.
   Documents obtained by the plaintiffs and The Blade show that the Diocese of Toledo has transferred at least $44,990 from St. James' account to the Toledo law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick to pay legal fees involving St. James' lawsuit in Seneca County Common Pleas Court.
   "It doesn't seem right," said Ginny Hull, a plaintiff along with her husband, James. "The diocese never put a cent in. The people bought the property. They bought the property before the Toledo diocese was even formed."

Bishop's abuse remarks rile some

  [Bp Paprocki] - RCC. Remarks opposed by some.
   The Grand Rapids Press By Charles Honey Saturday, November 17, 2007
   MICHIGAN -- Remarks by a Chicago bishop to West Michigan Catholic lawyers and judges have stirred a national discussion about the church's legal liability for sexual abuse and other lawsuits, and whether that liability jeopardizes its good works.
   Some see in Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki's October 15 homily at St. Andrew's Cathedral a blaming of abuse survivors for the heavy financial hits dioceses have taken. Others say he raises points that ought to be considered in weighing plaintiffs' rights to compensation against the church's ability to feed the hungry, protect children and other charitable work.
   Based on the intensity of the chatter, one thing is clear: Five years after the abuse scandal broke, many Catholics still don't trust the bishops' methods and motives in responding to this tragedy.

La situazione è grave ma non è ...

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, new Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Pro-marriage campaigner. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, November 18, 2007
   ITALY -- "The situation is grave but it's not serious," said the Rev. Sante Sguotti. (This phrase is used when one wants to make fun of a certain situation).
   One would think the story of the rebel priest would end and that he would withdraw and reflect in silence. On the contrary, here is Rev. Sante, former parish priest of Monterosso, continuously under the limelight, a guest on national and local TV, in the daily newspapers and in the tabloids, releasing interviews (perhaps well-paid) and now with a book where his intimacy is described with no decency. It's very sad.
   There is no real teaching on the part of the priest who founded the Chiesa Cattolica dei Peccatori Association (Catholic Church of the Sinners.) We are all sinners and we are already part of this Catholic and Apostolic Church, being aware that humility, charity and obedience are still virtues.
   The priest tries to be visible like commercials. He seems to be possessed by an unlimited ego, by the wish to appear on the stage continuously, and at any cost, and he speaks, speaks, speaks.
   He is far from the humility showned by Rev. Oreste Benzi, who recently passed away. He dressed in worn-out clothes, with the rosary in his hand, and with a sincere and open smile, living his priesthood in full faith and a total love for God that was shown in his prayers and his dedication to the hapless creatures he found in the streets and to whom he gave help and the hope deriving from his faith. There is no space for shows, disobedience to his bishop and satanic pride. But the Rev. Benzi was a real man of God. He was a saint. This other priest is only...Sante.

Priest saddened by EWTN priest's departure

  [2000s Stone] - RCC. Woman. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Renew America, by Matt C. Abbott, November 18, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Recent news that Father Francis Mary Stone has stepped down as host of EWTN's Life on the Rock youth program - after admitting to an inappropriate relationship with a woman - has surprised and saddened many Catholics.
   I asked Father J. Patrick Serna, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Banquete, Texas, if he had a comment on the matter.
   Father Serna's statement (via e-mail) is as follows:
   "It is always sad to see someone walk away from promises, especially solemn ones, which were made if front of the Altar of God, with Jesus in the Tabernacle as witness. This holds for Father Francis Mary Stone, for others who have gone down that road, and it also holds for those who have decided to choose divorce. I am reminded of Genesis 25:29-34, when Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for some bread and lentil soup.

Choral director suspended during sex investigation

  [1998 Mr Stukenholtz*] - RCC. Girl.
   Springfield News-Leader The Associated Press November 18, 2007
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- The choral director at St. Louis Community College at Meramec has been suspended with pay as administrators look into claims he had sex with one of his high school students nine years ago.
   Larry Stukenholtz was told of the decision Friday afternoon following a meeting of the college's board of trustees, said community college system spokesman Pat Crowe.
   "The college will make a decision about Stukenholtz's employment status upon the conclusion of the review of relevant information," Crowe told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Catholic bishops vs. grown-ups

  - RCC.
   Chicago Tribune By Eugene Cullen Kennedy November 18, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The nation's Catholic bishops warned their people last week that the choices they make in the voting booth are something like the sins they admit in the confessional. In an approach that even friendly commentators would hardly describe as subtle, the bishops warned that how a Catholic votes will have "an impact ... on the individual's salvation."
   The bishops feel pretty good about themselves regarding this action, according to reports.
   Russell Shaw, their former information director, says they are "looking for hopeful signs that they have turned the corner" from the sex-abuse crisis and regained the moral influence they had a generation ago when they issued thoughtful pastoral letters on nuclear war and the economy.
   The bishops have turned a corner all right, but it is into the same blind alley in which they have been milling about, unsure of what to do, since the still-unresolved sex-abuse crisis exploded almost six years ago.
   The reason they feel good is not because they seek to be visionary leaders but because they think they have reasserted control over their people. Their idea of what has been wrong with the church is what other authorities, including church teaching, declare to be right: that mature faith is integrated as a master motive into the lives of believers so that, on their own, they consult theological principles and follow their consciences in making moral choices that include how they vote on Election Day.

Church lawyers challenge constitutionality of new Delaware law

  - RCC.
   CBS 3, ~ November 18, 2007
   DOVER, DELAWARE, (AP) A new Delaware law that allows victims of child sexual abuse to seek damages for abuse that occurred years ago is facing constitutional challenges from attorneys representing Catholic church officials.
   The legal fight centers on a provision in the law that allows a two-year "lookback" period during which lawsuits previously barred by the statute of limitations can be brought again.
   Attorneys for the church officials believe the provision violates the defendants' constitutional rights to due process.
   Attorney William Kelleher says it could set a precedent for reviving other lapsed actions. And he says similar laws in other states have been found to violate due process rights.

Kicanas: Bishops' guide about values for voters

  - RCC.
   Arizona Daily Star By Stephanie Innes Published: Nov.18.2007
   TUCSON, Arizona -- A voting guide for Catholics approved last week by U.S. bishops is not meant to tell people how to vote, says Tucson Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas.
   Rather, it is meant to give Catholics "guiding values" on such issues as abortion as they decide for themselves how to vote, he said in an interview after returning from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' meeting in Baltimore. ...
   Kicanas sat down Friday with the Star to answer questions about his new role, the bishops' goals, and ongoing criticisms of the Church's handling of sexual abuse by priests - which victims voiced again after the bishops elected their officers last week.
   Here are excerpts from the interview: ...
   The Chicago Sun Times ran a story this week about the Rev. Daniel McCormack, who is now in prison for molesting five boys. The vicar general of the Archdiocese of Chicago was quoted as saying McCormack should never have been ordained. You were the rector of Mundelein Seminary when McCormack studied and was ordained. There were accusations of sexual improprieties against him while he was a seminarian. Do you regret ordaining him?
   "What the vicar general said, looking back, I totally agree with. The McCormack situation is a tragedy for the children who were harmed, for this person. One has to say with great regrets that he was ordained. His life has become tragic. I don't know the history of it, I don't know the circumstances of what actually took place, but clearly it was a tragic situation and looking back, clearly he should not have been ordained. ...
   "It's a terribly difficult decision to make, if in the context of the whole individual, the whole person, he is able to be ordained. I compare it maybe a little bit to Peter and Judas. They both had difficulties. Peter ended up being the rock of the church and Judas became the betrayer. How do you know clearly, as you are looking forward, whether some things that have taken place should prevent a person from being ordained or not?"

Popular ex-priest hid dark side

 
   San Gabriel Valley Tribune, By Ruby Gonzales, ~ November 18, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- He was known as Father Mike, a popular priest at St. Hilary in Pico Rivera and at St. Paul of the Cross in La Mirada.
   But Michael Stephen Baker hid a dark side.
   The ex-priest once admitted to having relationships with boys. Children in parishes he served accused him of molesting them as far back as 1974.
   Since last year, the defrocked clergyman has been in a Los Angeles County jail as a second molestation case against him winds its way through the courts.
   Prosecutors allege that the 59-year-old Long Beach man molested two boys from 1994 to 1998 while assigned to churches in Pico Rivera and Los Angeles. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and will return to Los Angeles Superior Court on Nov. 30 for a hearing.

Church founder charged with sex abuse

 
   Chicago Sun-Times BY STEVE PATTERSON spatterson@suntimes.com November 18, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- For half of his life, a young Chicago man feared that if he told his secret, he'd be humiliated in front of his family.
   Maybe even deported.
   That, he says, was what his church pastor told him.
   And that's what he says drove the 22-year-old to tell no one that the Rev. Jose Rolando Morales had regularly molested him for 11 years.

Liberatore trod a well-traveled path to abuse

  - RCC.
   Times-Leader By Terrie Morgan-Besecker tmorgan@timesleader.com Law & Order Reporter November 18, 2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- For more than a decade, the Rev. Albert Liberatore was viewed as a rising star within the Diocese of Scranton.
   From the day in 1989 when he was ordained by then Bishop James Timlin, Liberatore was known as a charismatic, compassionate priest who had a gift for motivating people - talents that earned him several prestigious appointments within the diocese.
   But there was a dark side to Liberatore as well - one that he revealed to three impressionable young men he mentored in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
   Those men would learn that the respected clergyman - who on Sundays preached chastity and abstinence from alcohol - was himself an excessive drinker who engaged in sexual activity with other men, according to their sworn testimony in court records. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 18, 2007 7:45 AM]
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• Second body in sandpit.  - (Suspect Peter Tobin) - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Angelika Kluk dead under RC church. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. [1993 onwards Glasgow Archdiocese] - Report received, enabled Fr Nugent. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  

Second body in sandpit

   The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), By CHARLES MIRANDA in London, p 37 and pp 50-51, November 18, 2007
   LONDON, England -- POLICE in southeast England have begun tearing apart a house after finding a second body In what is becoming a new "house of horrors".
   The remains of a young woman, which a post mortem examination is expected to confirm is Dinah McNicol, 18, were found buried at 50 Irvine Drive, Margate, in Kent.
   Ms McNicol vanished in 1991 after hitchhiking home from a music festival.
   Her father, Ian, was with police when the remains were found. "I will be absolutely elated if they have found her," he said. "It will mean we will be able to grieve as a family. I always said I wanted to know what happened to my daughter before I died and, hopefully, I will now."
   This week, police found the body of Vicky Hamilton, 15, who disappeared 16 years ago. Tobin was charged with Vicky's murder.
   Police began searching the house after arresting handyman Tobin. They found a knife hidden in the roof of Tobin's former home in Bathgate, near Edinburgh.
   The knife had Ms Hamilton's DNA on it.
   Police were expecting to find Ms McNicol's body, but instead found Ms Hamilton's.
   Now police suspect Tobin, who is serving life for raping and killng Angelika Kluk, 23, last year and burying her body in a Glasgow church, could have murdered at least 10 other young women.
   Tobin lived at Irvine Drive for several years and had built a sandpit for his children.
   Police found the two bodies in the sandpit.
   During a fingertip search of the sand pit, police also found personal items belonging to the two women.
   Yesterday the patio of the three-bedroom house was being taken apart, the walls torn down and floor lifted.
   Police have vowed to search the many houses the 61-year-old Scotsman has lived in.
   Before murdering Miss Kluk, Tobin had served seven years for sexually assaulting two 14-year-old schoolgirls.
   News Review: Pages 50-51
   [P. 50] Outrage at sex report [***] Margaret Mackintosh, one of Tobin's former wives ... said "... There were times when he ... left me locked up ... he would rape me just for the hell of it. [...]
   His third wife, Cathy Wilson, 37, ... [P. 51] he was violent to her on almost a violent basis. [***]
   He was 21 when he cut off the head of his teenage girlfriend's labrador.  The animal was found by children playing in a street near his flat.
   No one knew that churchgoing Tobin, fond of quoting the scriptures, was capable of such cruelty.
   "He was always saying 'Jeremiah said this, and Jacob said that'," someone who knew him from his Glasgow days said. [...]
   His second wife, Sylvia Jefferies also lived in constant fear.
   Tobin married his third wife, Cathy Wilson in 1989.  At 16, she was more than 20 years his junior.  She, too, became a prisoner in her home and suffered abuse. [...]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm#second_body_in
   [RECAPITULATION: No one knew that churchgoing Tobin, fond of quoting the scriptures, was capable of such cruelty. ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: Matthew 7:21, Luke 6:46. ENDS.]
   [LOOK BACK: Tobin's sentence for bludgeoning and stabbing Polish student Angelika Kluk, 23, to death, and hiding her body under the floor of a church, was reported on May 5, 2007 (see ethcont136.htm) . ENDS.] [Nov 18, 07]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Haunted by past

  [1986 Bro. Walderman -NEW*] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   New York Post, www.nypost. com/seven/ 11192007/ news/regional news/haunted_ by_past_ 462217.htm , By DAN MANGAN, November 19, 2007
   NEW YORK -- A Roman Catholic brother credited with turning around an all-boys Harlem high school was removed as principal after someone complained that he had been arrested two decades ago for allegedly soliciting a boy for sex, The Post has learned.
   A gadfly priest charges that Christian Brother John Walderman - who spent 12 years at Rice HS before his abrupt removal last spring - should never have been permitted to work there because his superiors knew of the arrest when it occurred.
   "This is another case of the Christian Brothers coddling a sex abuser," said the Rev. Bob Hoatson, a former Christian Brother and an advocate for clerical sexual-abuse victims.
   The 1986 solicitation case against Walderman was dismissed a year later, court records show. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 19, 2007 7:13 AM]

St. Leo priest faces abuse allegation

  [1970s Salerno (Pallotine) -NEW*] - RCC. Boy.
   Baltimore Sun By Liz F. Kay | November 19, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- A popular priest has been removed as pastor of St. Leo Roman Catholic Church, the cornerstone of Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood, because of an allegation that he sexually abused a teenage boy at a parish in Brooklyn, N.Y., more than 30 years ago.
   The Rev. Michael Salerno, who parishioners said has revived St. Leo's during his 10 years as pastor, neither admitted nor denied that the abuse had taken place, according to a statement read by the Rev. Peter Sticco at a parish meeting yesterday.
   Some in the crowd gasped as they heard Salerno's name. Some began to cry, and a few walked out after listening to Sticco.

Stop the murder of young souls

  [Mons. Tully -NEW*] - RCC. Minor/s.
   Daily Record BY THE REV. ROBERT HOATSON Sunday, November 11, 2007
   NEW JERSEY -- When the rumors about the sexual abuse of minors by Monsignor Ronald Tully became rampant almost five years ago, I decided to bring those rumors to him, face-to-face, in the rectory of Sacred Heart Parish in Dover. It was a brisk, sunny winter's day. I rang the bell to the parish office. A worker answered the door and immediately escorted me into the office of Monsignor Tully, a dank, dirty, smoke-filled room that was also, strangely, the office of the parish's music director.
   Tully thought I was asking to see him so he could hear my confession. It is not uncommon for priests to seek out unfamiliar priests for confession, especially if they have something serious to confess. I proceeded to get right to the point. I asked Tully if the strong rumors I had heard that he was a sexual abuser of minors were . He answered, "I would never do anything like that, and have you contacted the bishop?" I told him I couldn't contact the bishop since I had no definitive proof that he was a molester, but he asked me more than three times to speak to the bishop.
   His demeanor told me he was guilty, but he would never admit it. He chain-smoked, fidgeted and requested of the music director that she confirm that he was not a pedophile.

Sex Abuse Settlement In NKy

 
   WCPO Contributor: Kevin Delaney Email: kdelaney@wcpo.com Contributor: Ian Preuth Last Update: 4:19 pm, ~ November 19, 2007
   KENTUCKY -- Victims of sexual abuse in Northern Kentucky will receive settlement checks by the end of the month.
   Last year, the Diocese of Covington reached an $85 million settlement with nearly 400 people who claimed they were abused by priests in the last 50 years.
   Despite the action, the survivors network of those abused by priests says the Bishop's responsibility does not end now. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 19, 2007 7:54 PM]

Editorials: Archdiocese and complainants

  [2006 Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with brassieres at Confession. 5 girls left. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , ~ November 19, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- MSGR. Achilles Dakay, media liaison officer of the Cebu archdiocese, must have meant well when he asked complainants against Fr. Benedicto Ejares to “see” them.
   Dakay’s call came after Dr. Frederick Boholst submitted a report to the city prosecutors’ office on the psychological condition of the girls after November’s incident.
   While the report was only meant to support the motion for reconsideration filed by the girls after prosecutors dismissed the complaint against Ejares, it was revealing.

No date yet for Salesians trial so reading about Mahony’s lies under oath, predators in Confessionals, priests who skin cats alive -- I need a break

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ November 19, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The Salesians cases November 5 jury trial still has no trial date and if that sounds Alice in Wonderland to you, it’s regular MO for the Salesians, according to Joey Piscitelli who battled the religious order in 2006 in San Francisco.
   “Haven’t you noticed,” Piscitelli said, “there were hundreds of cases in LA that settled without even beginning depositions, those orders just accepted the agreement and settled, but not the Salesians.
   “They take depositions of your cousins, uncles, parents, grandparents, grade school teachers, and they try over and over again to get the case dismissed.”
   When I called the court clerk November 6th, he said, “Oh that case is trailing, it happens all the time. They're just waiting for a room to open up.” When I called last week his answer was more like, I have no idea what's going on. So I called Joey.
   “They're stalling,” he said. “The first court date I had was in 2004, they postponed it to 2005. There were three different dates in 2005 that got postponed and then two different court dates in 2006 and when it finally went to trial.

Report: $50M settlement for priest abuse

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   United Press International, Nov. 19, 2007
   SEATTLE and ALASKA, (UPI) -- A tentative $50 million settlement involving Alaskan Natives claiming sexual abuse by Jesuit priests has been reached, The Seattle Times said Monday.
   Anchorage attorney Ken Roosa showed the newspaper an e-mail from a lawyer representing the northwestern Jesuits that said: "This e-mail will confirm that a settlement has been reached. ... The settlement calls for $50 million to be paid to the plaintiffs/claimants."
   The suit by 110 Alaskans, most from remote coastal villages, alleges abuse by 15 Jesuit priests, brothers and Jesuit workers between 1961 and 1987, the newspaper said.
   A Jesuit official told the newspaper Sunday the announcement was premature and "there are still many issues that need to be finalized before it is appropriate to make an official announcement about a settlement."

U.S. Jesuits to pay $50 million in Alaska abuse cases

 
   Reuters By Michael Conlon, Religion Writer November 19, 2007
   CHICAGO and ALASKA (Reuters) -- An agreement by Oregon Jesuits to settle sexual abuse claims in Alaska is the largest ever by a Roman Catholic religious order and one of the few successful settlements against any order, lawyers and victims rights advocates said on Monday.
   "It seems that Alaska was a dumping ground for predators," said Barbara Blaine, president of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abuses by Priests, commenting on Sunday's announcement of a $50 million settlement by the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus.
   Lawyers said the settlement covers 110 victims in native Alaska villages where priests and volunteer missionaries were assigned by the Oregon Jesuit community.

The Other Health Crisis

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   Commonweal Paul Stanosz ~ November 19, 2007
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- It’s been a rough year in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, where I have been a priest since 1984. Recently the archdiocese announced the closing of the academic program at its 151-year-old seminary. Its central offices-on forty-four acres of prime real estate-are for sale to pay clergy sexual-abuse claims, and bankruptcy looms because a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling in July opened the possibility that the statute of limitations on abuse cases may be extended.
   Among priests, meanwhile, there is much talk of high stress, poor health, and low morale. More and more are battling burnout and depression as well as suffering heart attacks and dying prematurely. Two have committed suicide in recent years. At the archdiocese’s spring assembly of priests last May, I heard a lot of talk about how the limitations of canon law and parish structures add to the administrative burden and stress experienced by priests. There was a keen sense of the many pitfalls and the growing personnel crisis within the priesthood, and of the polarization that exists between recently ordained and long-time priests-what some call JPII priests and Vatican II priests, respectively.

Plaintiffs say Jesuits to settle sex claims for $50 million

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   Fairbanks Daily News-Miner By Mary Beth Smetzer Published November 19, 2007
   ALASKA -- A $50 million agreement to settle 110 claims of clerical sexual abuse filed by Alaska Natives against the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus has been reached, the attorney for the plaintiffs said Sunday.
   The Jesuits took issue with the statement by Anchorage attorney Ken Roosa, however, and issued their own statement.
   “While the Jesuits have been dedicated to finding a just and timely solution to these cases, it is my understanding that there are still many issues that need to be finalized before it is appropriate to make an official announcement about a settlement,” the Rev. John Whitney, Oregon Province provincial, said in the statement. “When those issues are resolved, we will be available for a more complete discussion of the matter.” ...
   Roosa and California attorney John Manly issued a joint statement later Sunday, calling the Jesuits’ denial of a settlement “baffling, sad and hurtful to the victims of predator priests in Alaska, especially since the Society’s own lawyer concedes that the Jesuit leadership agreed to the settlement. Now it seems that the Jesuits want to use silence and denial to allow time to spin the agreement as their move towards justice and healing.”

Key witness at Cornwall sex-abuse inquiry found guilty of contempt

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   CBC News, Last Updated 3:46 PM ET | Monday, November 19, 2007
   CANADA -- A former Cornwall police officer has been found guilty of contempt of court after refusing to testify as a key witness before a public inquiry into sexual abuse allegations in the eastern Ontario community.
   An Ontario court ruled against former police investigator Perry Dunlop in a Toronto courtroom on Monday, and ordered him to appear before the commission on Jan. 14, 2008, to answer its questions.
   Perry Dunlop, shown here after he first refused to testify in September, has been given a court order to answer the Cornwall commission's questions in January.
   (CBC) The provincial inquiry is looking into the way sexual abuse allegations made in the Cornwall area over decades were handled by authorities.

Cardinal George Ready To Take On New Duties

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   NBC 5 Nov. 16, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- As Cardinal Francis George prepares to take on a prominent role, he talks to NBC5's Mary Ann Ahern.

Israel May Extradite Sex Abuse Suspect

  [~ 1970s Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Hundreds of boys. Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Palestine Authority flag; Palestine Authority website  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Associated Press, By REGAN E. DOHERTY, ~ November 19, 2007
   JERUSALEM (AP) - A man who fled the U.S. for Israel more than two decades ago amid accusations he sexually abused children while pretending to be a rabbi and psychologist appeared in court in Jerusalem - a step toward his possible extradition.
   Abraham Mondrowitz, 60, a member of the ultra-Orthodox Gur Hasidic Jewish sect, arrived in court Sunday after his arrest in Jerusalem on Friday. He is accused of abusing children while running an unlicensed private clinic in Brooklyn during the 1980s.
   The father of seven fled to Israel in 1985 as New York police investigated charges against him.
   The judge extended Mondrowitz's detention until Nov. 27, at which point he will decide whether Mondrowitz will remain in jail or be placed under house arrest.
   Mondrowitz's attorney, David Ofek, said he plans to appeal the decision to keep him in custody.

J'lem court extends remand of alleged U.S. sex offender

  [~ 1970s Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Porn movies also. Hundreds of boys.
   Haaretz, By By Aviva Lori (Haaretz Correspondent) and AP, ~ November 19, 2007
   JERUSALEM -- A Jerusalem court yesterday ordered a local resident who was arrested Friday, two decades after fleeing the United States to escape sexual abuse charges, to remain in custody locally until November 27. At that point the court will decide whether to keep Avrohom Mondrowitz in jail or release him to house arrest.
   Two months ago ago the U.S. resubmitted an extradition request that was first made in 1985, months after Mondrowitz, now 60, fled Brooklyn for Israel, Justice Ministry spokesman Moshe Cohen said.
   A search of Mondrowitz's apartment last May turned up four pornographic movies featuring children. On the basis of these findings, Jerusalem Magistrate's Court Judge Shimon Feinberg ruled yesterday that "there is a reasonable basis to suspect that he is still an active or potential pedophile." He said the fact that Mondrowitz was not charged with sexual abuse in Israel does not mean that he is not dangerous - particularly in light of the closed nature of the ultra-Orthodox society in which he lives, where sexual offenses are usually dealt with without police involvement.

Fr. John Trigilio comments on Fr. Francis Mary Stone; Catholic activist: hierarchy knew of now-defrocked monsignor's problems

  [Mons. Stone] - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Renew America, by Matt C. Abbott, November 19, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- In addition to Father J. Patrick Serna, I asked Father John Trigilio, author, EWTN personality, and president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, to comment on the sudden departure of Father Francis Mary Stone from EWTN. The following is Father Trigilio's statement:
   "Father Francis is indeed in my prayers. We were taught a saying when I entered the high school minor seminary in 1976, 'There but for the grace of God, go I.' This means that we are all in need of prayer and in need of divine grace. Father Francis needs our prayers and so do all priests. All of us are tempted from time to time. All of us have weaknesses, vunerabilities, and our own demons. We know too well that we all make mistakes, are imperfect and have numerous idiosyncrasies since many cannot wait to point them out to us. Original Sin produced concupiscence which plagues every human being who has a wounded human nature. Only Our Lady and Our Blessed Savior had been spared this due to the miracles of the Immaculate Conception and the Incarnation. The rest of us men and women have to fight the good fight which is more often a battle inside ourselves and with ourselves, i.e., our own desires.

Deal reported in abuse cases

  [15 Jesuit priests] - RCC. US $50m likely. Indigenous children. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Alaska flag (USA State); www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Seattle Times, By Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times religion reporter, ~ November 19, 2007
   ALASKA -- Attorneys for more than a hundred people who say they were victims of abuse involving Jesuits in Alaska announced Sunday they have reached a $50 million settlement with the regional Jesuit province, though the Jesuits would neither confirm nor deny the settlement.
   The 110 people, all Alaska Natives, said they were abused by 15 Jesuit priests, brothers or those supervised by Jesuits from about 1961 to 1987, said Ken Roosa, their Anchorage-based attorney.
   Roosa said his clients ranged in age from about 5 to 16 when they were abused and said the abuse occurred in remote villages along the coast of Western Alaska and along the Yukon River.

ANCHORAGE: Roman Catholic order to pay $50 million to victims

  [Jesuits]
   The News Tribune, November 19th, 2007
   ALASKA -- A Roman Catholic religious order has agreed to pay $50 million to dozens of Alaska Natives who were victims of sexual abuse by Jesuit priests, their lawyer said Sunday.
   The settlement with the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus is the largest one yet against a Catholic religious order, said Anchorage lawyer Ken Roosa.
   The Oregon-based province covers Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
   He called the settlement “a great day” for the victims in which the truth of what had occurred over many years was recognized.

Baltimore Pastor Removed Pending Probe Of Abuse

  [1970s Salerno* (Pallotine)] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WJZ, ~ November 19, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD), (AP) -- The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood has been removed amid an allegation that he abused a teenage boy in Brooklyn, New York, in the 1970s.
   The Reverend Michael Salerno has been pastor at St. Leo for ten years. His removal was announced Sunday at a parish meeting.
   The abuse allegedly occurred while Salerno was a lay member of a religious order known as the Pallotines, before his ordination in 1993.
   He is not facing criminal charges, but the allegation has been reported to civil authorities in New York.

Bishop renews apology over sex crimes vicar

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   UNITED KINGDOM Evening Gazette
   Nov 19 2007 by Alli Pyrah, Evening Gazette
   CHURCH goers spoke of their desire to move on from a dark past after a public apology by the Bishop of Whitby for sex crimes committed by a former vicar.
   The Rt Revd Robert Ladds made a public apology for the crimes committed by Trevor Ward during a special service at his former church in Easterside, Middlesbrough.
   Ward, who was vicar of St Agnes’ Church between 1981 and 1987, was convicted of sexually abusing children in March 1988.
   He was sentenced to seven years in jail and stripped of his priestly orders before his death in December 2006.

Jesuits will pay abuse settlement, lawyers say

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   Anchorage Daily News By BETH BRAGG bbragg@adn.com November 19, 2007
   ALASKA -- A settlement of $50 million will be paid to 110 Alaska Natives who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests who preyed on children in rural Alaska, lawyers representing the plaintiffs said Sunday.
   Anchorage attorney Ken Roosa said the settlement is the largest against a single religious order since stories of clerical abuse began to emerge around the country several years ago.
   The provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus -- also known as the Jesuits -- called the announcement of an agreement in the civil case premature.
   "It is my understanding that there are still many issues that need to be finalized before it is appropriate to make an official announcement," the Very Rev. John D. Whitney, provincial for the order, said in a written statement.

Settlement Reached In Priest Abuse Case in Alaska

 
   eCanadaNow , ~ November 19, 2007
   ANCHORAGE (AK), (eCanadaNow) - A settlement has been reached between a Roman Catholic religious order and Alaskan Natives who stated that they were abused sexually by Jesuit priests. The religious order has to pay $50 million to over 100 people.
   Over 100 Alaska Natives are going to be getting paid in the settlement as they all claimed that they were victims of sexual abuse by the Jesuit priests.
   The settlement was reached with the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus.
   Anchorage lawyer Ken Roosa stated it was "a great day" for the 110 victims receiving payment.

To the rescue

  - Episcopalian nuns give a home to the homeless RC nuns. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   California Catholic Daily, ~ November 19, 2007
   SANTA BARBARA (CA) -- Three nuns to whom the Los Angeles archdiocese sent an eviction notice last June have found a temporary home -- with an order of Episcopal religious sisters.
   In June, the Catholic Sisters of Bethany received a letter from the archdiocese telling them to vacate by Dec. 31 - sooner if possible -- the Santa Barbara convent their congregation has occupied since 1952. Though the house was built for the Sisters of Bethany, it remained archdiocesan property. The archdiocese wants the money from the sale of the house to help cover the $660-million settlement it reached with victims of clergy molestation.
   Three Sisters of Bethany -- Angela Escalera, 69, Consuelo Cardenas, 55, and Margarita Antonia Gonzalez, 49 -- have worked from the house with poor and undocumented immigrants on Santa Barbara’s east side. Since they received their notice of eviction, the sisters have been looking for another place to live.
   Hearing of their plight, the Sisters of the Holy Nativity, an Episcopal Church order based in Wisconsin but with a retreat house in Santa Barbara, offered to give the sisters temporary lodging. The Sisters of Bethany will be able to stay at the Episcopal order’s St. Mary’s Retreat House, near Mission Santa Barbara, for as long as they need to.
   [GUIDELINES: Do unto others as you would that they do to you.  Harbour the harbourless. ENDS.]

LoHud Happenings: Westchester and Putnam

 
   The Journal News, November 19, 2007
   LARCHMONT (NY) -- Voice of the Faithful of Westchester. Speaker: Carmine Galasso. Topic: "Crosses: Portraits of Clergy Abuse." Free. 7:30 p.m. Larchmont Avenue Presbyterian Church, 60 Forest Park Ave. 914-834-2183.

Jesuits say no settlement yet over sex abuse claims

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   Fairbanks Daily News-Miner By Mary Beth Smetzer Published November 18, 2007
   ALASKA -- A $50 million agreement to settle 110 claims of clerical sexual abuse filed by Alaska Natives against the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus has been reached, the attorney for the plaintiffs said today.
   A statement from the Jesuits, however, took strong issue with the statement by Anchorage attorney Ken Roosa that a settlement had been reached.
   “While the Jesuits have been dedicated to finding a just and timely solution to these cases, it is my understanding that there are still many issues that need to be finalized before it is appropriate to make an official announcement about a settlement,” the Rev. John Whitney, Oregon Province provincial, said in the statement.

$50M Priest Abuse Deal Reached in Alaska

 
   The Associated Press By MARY PEMBERTON, ~ November 19, 2007
   ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Roman Catholic religious order has agreed to pay $50 million to more than 100 Alaska Natives who allege sexual abuse by Jesuit priests, a lawyer for the accusers said Sunday.
   The settlement with the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus is the largest one yet against a Catholic religious order, said Anchorage lawyer Ken Roosa, who called it "a great day" for the 110 victims.
   "These are people who were altar boys and altar servers and altar girls," Roosa said. "These are people who tried to tell their story and in many instances were beaten or told to shut up and told, 'How can you say such things about a man of God?'"

Service offers 'healing'

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   Courier & Press By THOMAS B. LANGHORNE, November 19, 2007
   JASPER, Ind. - Norbert Schroeder had a different perspective than any of the other roughly 100 people who came to St. Joseph Church on Sunday for a prayer service for abuse victims.
   The 2 p.m. service, which the church billed as a "prayer service of healing," came months after the Diocese of Evansville disclosed allegations that a priest had molested more than 10 people.
   The priest - Monsignor Othmar Schroeder, who died in 1988 - was Norbert Schroeder's older brother.
   "A lot of the people here knew who I was," Schroeder said Sunday.

More sexual abuse allegations surface against former priest

  [Cote (Dominican)] - RCC. 2 boys.
   The Frederick News-Post By Ron Cassie ~ November 19, 2007
   MARYLAND -- Allegations that the Rev. Aaron Cote sexually abused two young Massachusetts boys, though reported to police more than a year ago, were never mentioned in a local lawsuit against the former Montgomery County priest's religious order that was settled this summer.
   The Dominican order agreed in July to pay $1.2 million to Brandon Rains, 20, after Rains' 2003 allegation that Cote had molested him when Rains was a teenage altar boy at Mother Seton parish in Germantown.
   Brother Ignatius Perkins, a spokesman for the Dominican Fathers and Brothers Province of St. Joseph, based in New York City, confirmed Friday that a Massachusetts family alleged in the spring of 2006 that Cote had abused their two young sons. The family also reported those allegations to local police at that time, Perkins said.

$50 million for Alaskan abuse plaintiffs

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   Los Angeles Times, By William Lobdell and Stuart Silverstein, November 19, 2007
   ALASKA -- The Jesuit order of the Roman Catholic Church has agreed to pay $50 million to 110 Eskimos to settle claims of sexual abuse by priests and missionaries in some of the world's most remote villages.
   Attorneys for the plaintiffs announced the settlement Sunday, calling it a record payout by a Catholic religious order. However, officials for the Jesuits -- formally called the Society of Jesus -- said there were "still many issues that need to be finalized." "We are disappointed by today's actions by the plaintiff's attorneys, which we see as premature and detrimental to the work of healing about which we are all concerned," said John D. Whitney, the provincial superior of Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, in a written statement.
   E-mail between the Jesuits' and victims' attorneys indicated a deal was in place, though some details needed to be worked out.

Jesuits tentatively settle Alaska sex abuse cases

 
   The Oregonian By ASHBEL S. GREEN Monday, November 19, 2007
   OREGON -- An Oregon-based Jesuit province has tentatively agreed to pay a record $50 million to settle 110 claims of child sexual abuse in remote Alaska Native villages, attorneys for the accusers said Sunday.
   The settlement is the largest ever involving a Catholic religious order, according to a statement issued by plaintiffs' attorneys.
   The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, with headquarters in Portland, includes in its territory Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. It is separate from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland, which earlier this year agreed to pay clergy accusers up to $75 million to emerge from bankruptcy.
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• Teacher gets off two sex charges.  [1990s Mrs Crothers*] - No religion link reported. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au /  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

Teacher gets off two sex charges

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , By CHRISTIANA JONES, p 18, Tuesday, November 20, 2007
   PERTH – A former home economics teacher was acquitted yesterday of two sex charges before the end of her trial, which centres on allegations that she had a lesbian affair with a 16-year-old Perth schoolgirl in the late 1990s.
   Elizabeth Anne Crothers, 50, who faces 12 other charges of sexual penetration and nine of indecent dealing, was acquitted of one count each of sexual penetration and indecent dealing when District Court Judge Michael Muller ruled that the alleged victim's testimony did not support the charges.
   The age of consent for females is 16 but the jury was told earlier that it increases to 18 when a person in a role of authority is involved.
   Prosecutor Tony Elliott highlighted Ms Crothers' failure to go to police with her accusation that the former student threatened to make false sex abuse claims unless Ms Crothers paid her up to $30,000.
   He suggested Ms Crothers tried to paint the alleged victim as a stalker who prompted her stress leave but continued to meet the girl.
   Defence lawyer Mark Trowell attacked the reliability and credibility of the alleged victim, saying she had been a daily cannabis user when compiling her police statement in 2004, years after the alleged offences, and admitted lying to her parents about contact with the accused.
   He suggested that criminal injuries compensation might be a "mighty big incentive" for the allegations.
   The trial continues. #
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm#teacher_gets_off
[Nov 20, 07]

• Eskimos to get Jesuit sex abuse cash.  [1961-87 - ~ 14 Jesuits] - RCC. $US50,000,000 so far. 110 indigenous indigent altar boys and girls. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Alaska flag (USA State); www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 

Eskimos to get Jesuit sex abuse cash

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , p 28, Tuesday, November 20, 2007
   ANCHORAGE (Alaska, U.S.A.) – The Jesuit order of the Catholic Church has agreed to pay $US50 million ($56 million) to 110 Eskimos to settle claims of sexual abuse by priests and missionaries in some of the world's most remote villages.
   The settlement with the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus was the biggest yet against a Catholic religious order, said Alaskan lawyer Ken Roosa, who called it "a great day" for the victims.
   "These are people who were altar boys and altar servers and altar girls," Mr Roosa said.
   "These are people who tried to tell their story and in many instances were beaten or told to shut up and told, 'How can you say such things about a man of God?'"
   The settlement did not require the order to admit fault, Mr Roosa said. None of the priests faced criminal charges.
   The settlement announcement was premature because some issues needed to be finalised, said the Very Rev. John Whitney, provincial superior of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, which covers Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
   "When those issues are resolved we will be available for a more complete discussion of the matter," Father Whitney said in a prepared statement.
   He described the settlement announcement as "premature and detrimental".
   Mr Roosa said issues involving the plaintiffs had been resolved. The only issues that remained were with the religious order's insurer, he said.
   Mr Roosa produced an email sent last Friday by lawyer Dick Hansen, who was representing the religious order.
   It read: "This email will confirm that a settlement has been reached. The settlement calls for $US50,000,000 to be paid to the plaintiffs/claimants in exchange for releases of all claims against the Jesuit defendants."
   In the email, Mr Hansen said he was glad to "put this matter to rest". He did not respond yesterday to calls for further comment.
   The sexual abuse allegations involved 13 or 14 clerics from 1961 to 1987, Mr Roosa said. The children were aged from five years to in their teens.
   "Despite all this, no Catholic religious leader has yet to admit that problem priests were dumped in Alaska," Mr Roosa said. "For our clients, this settlement represents a long overdue acknowledgment of the truth of their stories of abuse, stories that until today were largely denied and belittled by apologists for the abusers."
   The Catholic Church first was notified of the Alaskan cases of abuse in 2002, Mr Roosa said.
   The cases did not include those against the diocese of Fairbanks, which owned and managed churches in villages in rural Alaska where the Jesuit priests were assigned. Those 135 lawsuits had been reduced to 10. The cases were expected to be mediated in December. #
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   [RECAPITULATION: "These are people who tried to tell their story and in many instances were beaten or told to shut up ... The sexual abuse allegations involved 13 or 14 clerics from 1961 to 1987, Mr Roosa said. The children were aged from five years to in their teens. "Despite all this, no Catholic religious leader has yet to admit that problem priests were dumped in Alaska," Mr Roosa said. ... The cases did not include those against the diocese of Fairbanks, which owned and managed churches in villages in rural Alaska where the Jesuit priests were assigned. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Admitting anything?  Certainly not!  And critics of the RCC can say, with the Good Book: "Woe to him by whom scandal cometh."  Christians of all sorts are reminded of JC saying "My house is a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves."  (Think of the theory that the Church is the House of God, and you will understand.) ENDS.] [Nov 20, 07]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Priest abuse cases still pending in Fairbanks diocese

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   KTUU, www.ktuu.com/ Global/story. asp?S=738 9940 , Associated Press, 7:24 PM ET, November 20, 2007
   FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Victims of sex abuse by Alaska-based Jesuit priests have settled for $50 million in a lawsuit against a Catholic organization in Oregon.
   That leaves the diocese in Fairbanks as the sole defendant in the case.
   The Fairbanks Catholic Diocese is facing approximately 150 unresolved clerical sexual abuse claims.
   It's pondering several options, including reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 20, 2007 9:19 PM]

Salesians Trial Update

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   City of Angels, ~ November 20, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- As of November 14th the Salesians Jury Trial has moved moved to Dept. 308, Central Civil West Courthouse, 600 South Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, Judge EMILIE H. ELIAS. No trial date has yet been set. Key persons in that court are on vacation until the end of the month. City of Angels will get more details soon. Happy Thanksgiving. . .

Jeffs given two consecutive 5-to-life terms for rape as accomplice

  [Decades - Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Two 5yrs-life sentences. "Bride" (14).
   The Salt Lake Tribune, By Brooke Adams, Article Last Updated 03:21:47 PM MST, Nov/20/2007
   ST. GEORGE (UT) -- A Utah judge Tuesday gave polygamous sect leader Warren S. Jeffs two 5-years-to-life prison sentences.
   Fifth District Judge James L. Shumate ordered that the terms be served consecutively.
   Jeffs, found guilty Sept. 25 on two counts of rape as an accomplice, will be transported to the Utah State Prison, where he will serve his time.
   [LOOK BACK: Verdict of guilty, September 25, 2007 ENDS.]

US polygamy sect leader sentenced

  [Decades - Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Two 5yrs-life sentences. "Bride" (14).
   BBC News, ~ November 20, 2007
   ST. GEORGE (UT) -- A US polygamist sect leader has been sentenced to five years to life in jail as an accomplice to rape for forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry her cousin.
   A Utah court said the state board of pardons would ultimately determine how much time Warren Jeffs would serve.
   The self-proclaimed prophet spent 15 months on the run before his arrest in August 2006.

Polygamist leader Jeffs sentenced to 5 years to life

  [Decades - Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Two 5yrs-life sentences. "Bride" (14).
   The Arizona Republic, Associated Press, Nov. 20, 2007
   ST. GEORGE, Utah - A judge sentenced a polygamous-sect leader to five years to life in prison for rape as an accomplice Tuesday, the result of a marriage arranged for a 14-year-old follower and her 19-year-old cousin.
   Warren Jeffs, convicted on two counts in September, was ordered to serve the sentences consecutively. It will be up to the Utah parole board to decide just how long he stays behind bars.
   Jeffs, 51, is head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, whose members practice polygamy in arranged marriages that often involve placing young girls with older men.

Concerns In The Catholic Church

 
   WTOV, ~ November 20, 2007
   WEST VIRGINIA -- The subject of sexual misconduct is a sensitive one to church leaders, parishioners and especially the victims; however, it’s one that cannot be ignored.
   NEWS9’s Allison Latos uncovered there are two ongoing complaints being investigated in the Wheeling-Charleston diocese and asked Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of the Wheeling-Charleston diocese about local allegations.
   According to Monsignor Fred Annie of the Office of Safe Environment, the complaints span the past two years and the diocese notified public authorities.

OC Diocese Not Paying Sex-Abuse Victims?

  - RCC. 4 former employees.
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, 12:45 PM November 20, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- On Oct. 5, Catholic Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown announced that the Orange diocese had settled four molestation claims against former lay employees for $6.685 million. Today, the Orange diocese is supposed to pay up--but plaintiff's attorney John Manly says Bishop Brown and his cronies have delayed too long. This morning, Manly sent out a letter to longtime diocesan lawyer (and Orange County's 14th scariest person this year) Peter Callahan expressing outrage over the fact he's not returning Manly's calls regarding the transfer of funds.
   "There is no excuse for you or the Bishop to hold the settlement up," Manly writes. "From my past dealings with your firm, I view this as just one more instance of your and your client's desire to further inflict pain on these poor women and further the truth." [Meaning uncertain] Manly went on to describe the Church's inaction actions as "toxic vindictiveness that is simply difficult to understand."

Priest Shares His Side of the Story

  [1991 Zalenski*] - RCC. Girl.
   The State Journal, by Steven Centofanti, ~ November 20, 2007
   MARTINS FERRY, OH -- Bishop Daniel Conlin of the Diocese of Steubenville has relieved father Gary Zalenski of his duties as a pastor. Conlon releasted a statement saying he has a credible accusation regarding Zalenski sexually assaulting a minor in 1991.
   Father Zalenski called the accusation a lie.

Expedite Probe Involving Priest

  [1991 Zalenski*] - RCC. Girl.
   The Intelligencer, POSTED: November 19, 2007
   OHIO -- We suspect that shock was just the beginning of emotions felt by many Ohio Valley residents, upon hearing that a priest serving in Neffs has been removed from duty because of an allegation that he sexually assaulted a minor in 1991.
   The Rev. Gary A. Zalenski has been removed from his post at Sacred Heart Parish in Neffs, the Diocese of Steubenville announced. Bishop R. Daniel Conlon explained that the action was taken because of a “credible” allegation that Zalenski assaulted a girl while he was serving as a pastor in Guernsey County.
   Few details of the allegation against Zalenski have been made available. It needs to be remembered that thus far, he is the subject only of an allegation. Regardless of the gravity of an accusation, the focus of it is innocent until proven guilty.

Priest Faces Allegation Of Sexual Assault; Community Support Group Gathers

  [1991 Zalenski*] - RCC. Girl.
   WTOV ~ November 20, 2007
   OHIO -- Rev. Gary Zalenski said he was shocked and devastated after learning that an allegation of sexual assault had come forward against him. He's been placed on administrative leave, and he explained to NEWS9 exactly what he's going through.
   "I have become more and more emotional and trying to calm down and get somewhat of a control of my life," Zalenski said. And his parishioners tells NEWS9 they feel emotional as well.
   "It's awful, I can't believe all this has happened," parishioner Marilyn Olexa said. "We said a prayer for Father Gary to give him strength to get through this. He's a wonderful priest."
   Word of the allegation against Zalenski is quickly spreading across the valley, and this isn't the first time an allegation has surfaced from within the Catholic Church.

Priest Defends Himself

  [1991 Zalenski*] - RCC. Girl.
   The Intelligencer From staff reports, POSTED: November 20, 2007
   STEUBENVILLE (OH) -- The Belmont County Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a minor 16 years ago said Monday he is innocent.
   The Rev. Gary A Zalenski issued a statement late Monday through his attorney declaring weekend comments by Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville as “damaging to my reputation and is not properly made in accordance with church policy.”
   According to a statement issued late Saturday from the diocesan communications office, Conlon announced he had withdrawn Zalenski from active ministry “as the result of a credible allegation of his having sexually assaulted a minor in 1991.”
   “The allegation was brought to the Diocese of Steubenville by a woman who was a young parishioner at SS Peter and Paul Parish in Lore City where Father Zalenski was pastor at the time. All information about the matter obtained by the diocese has been communicated to the Guernsey County prosecutor,” Conlon declared in his statement. According to Zalenski’s statement, “I have not yet been tried and convicted of anything either inside or outside of the church. Further, I maintain my complete innocence.

Cardinal George views election as voice of God

 
   Youngstown Vindicator MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS, ~ November 20, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- In the past three years, Cardinal Francis George helped choose a new pope, weathered a sex abuse scandal in his archdiocese and rallied to a full recovery after surgery for bladder cancer.
   For the next three years he will serve as the spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church in America, including accompanying Pope Benedict XVI on his first papal pilgrimage to the U.S.
   On Tuesday, nearly 85 percent of the nation's Catholic leaders meeting here chose George to serve as the next president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The vice president will be Tucson, Ariz., Bishop Gerald Kicanas, who became a bishop in Chicago under the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.
   "I take it as a calling because I was elected and that's the voice of God speaking through my brother bishops," said George, 70, who balked at the idea of laying out his own vision for leading the conference.

U.S. bishops project 'air of unity'

 
   National Catholic Reporter By JOHN L. ALLEN JR., Baltimore, ~ November 20, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Efforts to grapple with two defining traumas of recent American Catholic experience, the sexual abuse crisis and political tensions between pro-lifers and peace-and-justice advocates, took center stage at the Nov. 12-15 fall meeting of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore. ...
   On the sexual abuse crisis, the bishops heard preliminary findings from a $2 million study on the “causes and context” of the scandals by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Early results appear to suggest the crisis mirrored broad patterns in American society, such as the sexual revolution of the 1960s, rather than arising from unique forces within the church. “This is in conflict with the idea that there is something distinctive about the Catholic church that led to the sexual abuse of minors,” Karen Terry, a researcher with John Jay College, told the bishops.
   Speaking after the session with the bishops, Margaret Smith of John Jay College said that while the researchers do not have hard data on sexual abuse in other institutions, nothing they’ve seen suggests that the problem has been proportionately worse in the Catholic church than in other sectors of society.
   While many bishops appeared to welcome the findings, a few warned that they offer no more than cold comfort.
   “It’s a bit like my doctor telling me that my cancer is no worse than my hospital roommate’s cancer. ... Our situation should be much better,” said Bishop Robert Conlon of Steubenville, Ohio.

Former local priest accused

  [1991 Zalenski*] - RCC. Girl.
   The Daily Jeffersonian, by John Lowe / ~ November 20, 2007
   OHIO -- A priest who served in the Lore City parish more than a decade ago was removed from a parish in Neffs over the weekend after allegations of sexual impropriety involving a minor were conveyed to the Diocese of Steubenville.
   Father Gary A. Zalenski, 56, was reassigned from active ministry Saturday by Bishop R. Daniel Conlon.
   The church relayed information about the allegation to Guernsey County Prosecutor Dan Padden, who turned it over for investigation to Guernsey County Sheriff Michael McCauley.
   McCauley said this morning that he has received no formal complaint from the alleged victim.

If You Can't Covet Your Neighbor's Wife, Is Your Brother's Ok?

  [Years - "Archbishop" Paulk*] - Chapel Hill Harvester Church. Carnally knew brother's wife, and 9 others.
   Wonkette, ~ November 20, 2007
   GEORGIA -- This has been a really bad week for D.E. Paulk, the head pastor at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill Harvester Church (a megachurch outside of Atlanta). The church at which he is head pastor has been engulfed in a series of sex scandals due to the actions of his uncle and, to a lesser degree his father. Only - whoops - it turns out the two men were kind of hard to tell apart (at least for his mother).
   See, way back in 1973, D.E.’s “Uncle” Earl was banging his mother, Clariece, who was (unfortunately) married to D.E.’s “father” Don. It was the seventies, though, so who knows who knew what about whom back then - though, probably the parishioners of the church, which was founded in 1960, didn’t know. Why did this all come up now? That’s even juicier.

USA, missionari pedofili tra gli eschimesi I Gesuiti pagheranno i danni

  [1961-87 Jesuit priests] - RCC. US $50m. 110 Eskimo children. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Alaska flag (USA State); www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   La Repubblica, by Mario Calabresi, ~ November 20, 2007
   The sum of money, 50 million dollars, is the highest ever paid by a religious order
The victims' lawyer: "the priests who gave trouble were sent to Alaska"
USA, pedophile missionaries among the Eskimos
The Jesuits will pay the damages
from our own correspondent MARIO CALABRESI

   NEW YORK, UNITED STATES -- The Society of Jesus will pay 50 million dollars as penalty damages to 110 Eskimos who were sexually abused by Jesuits priests when they were children or adolescents, in the period between 1961 and 1987.
   The scandals in the American Church continue to reveal new and unexpected stories, which started to be known in 2002 in Boston. Those scandals seemed to have ended last summer, when the Los Angeles diocese made a settlement with 508 victims who had been sexually molested or raped during the last seventy years.
   But now from Alaska comes the news that for the last 30 years, in 15 small villages among the most isolated and remote in the world, inhabited by the Yupik, who together with the Inuit form the Eskimo population, about ten priests belonging to the society founded by Ignazio de Loyola committed repeated sexual violence and abuses.
   Those accusations were made four years ago but before the process started there was a plea bargain, which according to the Eskimos' lawyer, Ken Roosa, constitutes a record payment for a religious order, having each victim been offered half a million dollars to avoid the arraignment and pleading guilty on the part of the Jesuits.
   The Society of Jesus's provincial father of Oregon, John Whitney, who is also responsible of Alaska, was very upset for the publicity given to the plea bargain, defining that announcement as "premature" and denying the Jesuits had sent to exile for many years priests whose sexual tendencies were already known, as was reported by some of the victims.
   On the contrary, the Society of Jesus affirms that Northwest state, being one of the most difficult place for their mission, is where only the most proficient and courageous missionaries are being sent.
   At St. Michael, a small island 15 km. long located on the North sound, the bay of the Bering Sea discovered by James Cook in 1778, the Deacon Joseph Lundowski abused almost all children from Stebbins and St. Michael, two minuscule villages inhabited by 150 families.
   Lundowsky was accused by 34 people, who reported the violence occurred in a small church after catechism lessons, during the dark afternoons of the Alaskan winter. The man was a bald blue-eyed giant and he worked as a deacon in the diocese, even if the Jesuits denied any tie with their order and that they even didn't know who he was. He left the island in 1975 and it was discovered he died 10 years ago in Chicago at the Pacific Garden Mission, a religious shelter with a cafeteria and a dormitory. Most of the accused priests are now dead and their victims, who were then between 5 and 15 years old, are now between 30 and 60 years old.
   The money the Jesuits will pay is due to the their responsibility for lack of control and for covering up the scandal for years. In 2004 there was added the accusation of their having burned and destroyed documents which showed their real behavior. Among the accused there was the Rev. James Poole, founder of the Catholic radio in the North of Alaska, now living in a retirement home. According to the plaintiffs, the Jesuits knew of his "inappropriate behavior" but even when he was sent back to Portland they let him continue his teaching to the children.
   The victims' lawyer, from his studio in Anchorage, tells nobody had the courage to denounce those episodes until the news of the priests sexual scandals in the Boston diocese erupted. Since then stories of alcoholism, desperation and suicides emerged. "In some eskimos' villages," Roos said. "It's rare to find an adult who wasn't sexually abused.The Jesuits have never admitted that priests with a sexual problem were sent to Alaska. Now for my clients this accord means their stories of abuse , always denied, are finally made public," he said.

Sex Scandal Hits Atlanta-Area Megachurch

  [Years - "Archbishop" Paulk*] - Chapel Hill Harvester Church. Carnally knew brother's wife, and 9 others. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   My Way, By DORIE TURNER, November 20, 2007
   DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- The 80-year-old leader of a suburban Atlanta megachurch is at the center of a sex scandal of biblical dimensions: He slept with his brother's wife and fathered a child by her.
   Members of Archbishop Earl Paulk's family stood at the pulpit of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill Harvester Church a few Sundays ago and revealed the secret exposed by a recent court-ordered paternity test.
   In truth, this is not the first - or even the second - sex scandal to engulf Paulk and the independent, charismatic church. But this time, he could be in trouble with the law for lying under oath about the affair.

Residents rally around priest

  [1970s Salerno* (Pallotine)] - RCC. Boy.
   Baltimore Sun, By Sumathi Reddy | November 20, 2007
   By 8:30 a.m. yesterday, the first sign had already gone up.
"God bless father Michael Salerno
We love and support you!"

   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Mary Ann Campanella, a third-generation Little Italy resident, had taped the homemade sign in a window of her rowhouse, above her late mother's statue of the Virgin Mary. The inquiries soon followed.
   A few hours later, Campanella, 66, and Giovanna Blattermann, 60, had distributed hundreds of signs to parishioners of St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, aghast at the news that the Rev. Michael Salerno was removed as pastor because of an allegation that he sexually abused a teenage boy in Brooklyn, N.Y., more than 30 years ago.

Fr. Ejares holds Mass at Palace of Justice

  [2006 Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with brassieres at Confession. 5 girls left. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Cebu Daily News By Nilda Gallo Last updated 12:05pm (Mla time), Nov/20/2007
   CEBU CITY, Philippines - After lying low for over a year, Fr. Benedicto Ejares, the Catholic priest who was accused of sexual misconduct by high school girls, was seen presiding over Holy Mass at the Marcelo Fernan Hall of Justice last Thursday.
   This despite an earlier announcement by the Archdiocese of Cebu the priest was prohibited from hearing confession or celebrating Mass in public.
   Ejares celebrated Mass for employees of the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) at the fourth floor of the Hall of Justice in memory of an employee who died of a heart attack last month.
   An employee of the PPA said the priest had a very light demeanor, even managing to joke during the mass.

Not so pleasant in Pleasanton

  [Greene] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   California Catholic Daily ~ November 20, 2007
   OAKLAND (CA) -- Despite opposition from a small but vocal group, the Diocese of Oakland continues to back Fr. Padraig Greene, arrested in 1999 for lewd behavior in a public restroom.
   On Sunday, Nov. 11, members of the Northern California Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) distributed flyers at St. Augustine’s church to protest the appointment of Greene as pastor there. (See “We are all dealing with dysfunctional secrets,” California Catholic Daily, Nov. 13, 2007.)
   In the online bulletin of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton (comprising St. Augustine’s and St. Elizabeth Seton’s parishes), under the heading “Notes from the pastor for this week,” current pastor Fr. Dan Danielson said that recent protests required him to reveal what Greene did in 1999. “I would not do this ordinarily any more than I would ‘out’ the sins of anyone else who had a position of leadership in this community,” said Danielson.

“Severe financial challenges”

 
   California Catholic Daily ~ November 20, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- On Saturday, Nov. 17, about 200 parents, students, and alumni of Daniel Murphy High School in Los Angeles, carrying signs reading “Don’t Make the Children Pay” and “No More Victims,” marched from Pershing Square to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
   The parents are pushing the Los Angeles archdiocese to keep the 53-year-old Catholic high school open. Last month, the archdiocese announced it would close the school, located at Third and South Detroit streets. An October archdiocesan news release cited “severe financial challenges” as a reason to close the school.
   Though the archdiocesan news release did not say so, proceeds of the sale of the high school could go to help pay off the archdiocese’s estimated $373 million portion of a $660-million settlement with victims of molestation by priests.

Brooklyn Prosecutors Seek Extradition of ‘Rabbi’ in 1984 Sex Abuse Case

  [~ 1970s "Rabbi" Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Porn movies also. Hundreds of boys. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Palestine Authority flag; Palestine Authority website 
   Brooklyn Daily Eagle, AP (edit@brooklyneagle.net), published online Nov-19-2007
   BROOKLYN (NY), (AP) - A man accused of sexually abusing children in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn more than two decades ago has been taken into custody in Israel, authorities said Friday. U.S. officials said Abraham Mondrowitz, 60, described as a self-styled rabbi, was arrested under provisions in a new extradition treaty with Israel.
   “Immediately after a new treaty went into effect in January, we made an application for extradition and we are currently awaiting the outcome of that process,” the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said in statement. “We are prepared to prosecute Mondrowitz, if and when he is brought back to this country.”
   The Brooklyn prosecutors declined to detail the charges, saying an indictment handed up in 1984 was still under seal. A Justice Ministry spokesman in Israel confirmed Mondrowitz was awaiting a court appearance there, but gave no further details.

FUGITIVE 'PERVERT' RABBI HELD

  Jailed in Israel after 22 yrs.  [~ 1970s "Rabbi" Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Porn movies also. Hundreds of boys- or 4 children. Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Palestine Authority flag; Palestine Authority website  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   New York Post, By PHILIP MESSING, November 17, 2007
   JERUSALEM November 17, 2007 -- A disgraced self-proclaimed rabbi who police suspect molested hundreds of children in Brooklyn is finally behind bars after evading justice for more than 20 years, authorities said.
   Avrohom Mondrowitz, 60, fled the United States for Israel in 1985 after he was indicted for sexually abusing four children in his Borough Park community, where he reportedly worked as a counselor with bogus credentials.
   "My reaction was, 'Finally!' " said one of Mondrowitz's alleged victims, Mark Weiss, 40. "We have a monster that has been taken off the streets."

Ex-Brooklyn rabbi Avrohom Mondrowitz faces extradition to U.S. on kid-sex rap

  [~ 1970s "Rabbi" Mondrowitz] - Judaism (Gur Hasidic). Porn movies also. Hundreds of boys- or 4 children.
   New York Daily News, BY MATTHEW KALMAN, Monday, November 19th 2007,
   JERUSALEM - A Jerusalem magistrate Sunday ordered a former Brooklyn rabbi accused of raping several boys 20 years ago to jail while American and Israeli officials finalize a U.S. request for his extradition.
   Avrohom Mondrowitz, a father of seven, faces extradition to stand trial in New York to answer a 1985 indictment on four counts of sodomy and eight counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.
   Mondrowitz, 60, once a popular child psychologist and youth counselor in Borough Park, allegedly sodomized the boys after befriending them or after taking them on trips to the movies and amusement parks.

Church leaders meet with parents to discuss O'Brien stalking scandal

  [2006-07 Ajemian*] - RCC. Stalking radio personality to Italy and California. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   WHDH, ~ November 20, 2007
   STONEHAM, Mass. -- The local priest accused of stalking Conan O'Brien was the focus of a meeting Monday between church leaders and parents.
   Father David Ajemian had been allowed to chaperone field trips at St. Patrick's Church in Stoneham.
   Parents demanded to know why, given his history of mental health issues.
   "There has never been the suggestion that Fr. Ajemian's presence in the parish would constitute even the slightest risk to young people or anyone else," The Archdiocese said in a statement released on Monday.

Diocese gives precedence to background checks

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catholic Explorer By Paul Storer Published Nov 19, 2007
   ROMEOVILLE (IL) - A potential predator will “think twice” before attempting to gain a paid or volunteer position that calls for him or her to work with children at parishes in the Diocese of Joliet, said Franciscan Sister Judith Davies, chancellor of the diocese, speaking about background checks that are mandatory for staff and volunteers who deal with youngsters in church or school settings.
   “They are good deterrents,” the church leader, who serves as safe environment program coordinator for the diocese, told the Catholic Explorer Nov. 8.
   Article 13 of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People states: “Dioceses/eparchies are to evaluate the background of all incardinated and non-incardinated priests and deacons who are engaged in ecclesiastical ministry in the diocese/eparchy and of all diocesan/eparchial and parish/school or other paid personnel and volunteers whose duties include ongoing, unsupervised contact with minors. Specifically, they are to utilize the resources of law enforcement and other community agencies. In addition, they are to employ adequate screening and evaluative techniques in deciding the fitness of candidates for ordination.”

Fallen Priest Faces Molestation Charges

  [Baker]
   KTLA, ~ November 20, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- A defrocked Roman Catholic priest will be in court Nov. 30 to answer charges he molested two boys a decade ago, some 8 years after he admitted to then-Bishop Roger Mahony that he had molested children, it was reported today.
   Michael Stephen Baker is charged with molesting boys at St. Hillary Church in Pico Rivera during the 1990s, and remains jailed with an $800,000 bail.
   One of the priest's victims, now a La Mirada resident, revealed the sexual abuse to his parents after he bumped into his former sexual tormenter in a county jail. His parents told the San Gabriel Valley News that their son started drinking and committing crimes as a result of mental anguish caused by being abused by his priest.

What CEOs Can Learn from Oprah's Sex Abuse Scandal

  South Africa flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Huffington Post, ~ November 20, 2007
   SOUTH AFRICA -- When Oprah Winfrey admitted at a press conference that girls at her $40 million leadership academy in South Africa claimed they were sexually abused, it could have been a media feeding frenzy.
   Two weeks ago, Winfrey called the scandal "one of the most, if not THE most devastating experience of my life."
   Other than routine national coverage as soon as she broke the news, we've heard nary a whimper from the media, including the gossip rags and shows like Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight.
   Was a hands-off-Oprah policy the reason?
   It certainly wasn't back in January when The Smoking Gun uncovered "A Million Little Lies" about author James Frey's memoir A Million Little Pieces, touching off months of controversy and commentary from journalists, the publishing community and Winfrey's groupies.
   This time, however, Winfrey handled the sexual abuse scandal so quickly, thoroughly and deftly that there's nothing more for anyone to say. Here's what CEOs everywhere can learn from the Queen of Daytime TV when they find themselves in the middle of a crisis:
   --In early October, when Winfrey first heard allegations of sexual abuse, she immediately hired her own independent investigative team, headed by a former detective and commander of the Child Exploitation Unit of the Cook County Sheriff's Office in Chicago.
   Lesson: Involve law enforcement as soon as you smell a whiff of wrongdoing.

For sex abuse victims, settlement doesn’t mean case is over

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Alaska flag (USA State); www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Fairbanks Daily News-Miner By Mary Beth Smetzer msmetzer@newsminer.com Published November 20, 2007
   ALASKA -- For James Niksik of St. Michael, it’s not about the money but the acknowledgment that he was sexually abused by a Catholic cleric as a child.
   “I tried telling my father when I was a kid, and he beat me,” Niksik said. “He said I was lying about the people at the church. He said the church people don’t do that, and he took it out on me.”
   Niksik is one of 110 Alaska Natives who will share the recent $50 million settlement with the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province.
   The Fairbanks Catholic Diocese, co-defendants in the numerous child sexual abuse civil suits, has approximately 150 cases still pending against it.

Diocese ponders bankruptcy in dealing with settlement

  [Decades - Fairbanks Diocese] - RCC. 150 victims not compensated.
   Fairbanks Daily News-Miner By Mary Beth Smetzer msmetzer@newsminer.com Published November 20, 2007
   ALASKA -- The $50 million Jesuit settlement for more than 100 Alaska Native sexual abuse victims leaves the Fairbanks Catholic Diocese, as the sole defendant, with approximately 150 clerical sexual abuse claims unresolved.
   “It’s great that they settled,” said Robert Hannon, special assistant to Catholic Bishop Donald Kettler, “but it doesn’t change too many things for us.”
   The diocese has been exploring other options, including reorganization of the diocese under Chapter 11.
   More than a year ago, the diocese took on extra counsel, hiring a Tucson, Ariz., law firm for settlement litigation as well as reorganization advice.

A time to heal: abuse victims attend special service

  [Mons. Schroeder] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WFIE Reporter: Alex Shabad New Media Producer: Rachel Beavin ~ November 20, 2007
   JASPER (IN) -- Update: A healing service Sunday for the alleged victims of a Jasper, Indiana priest.
   Monsignor Othmar Schroeder allegedly abused boys during his 28 years at Holy Family Church church.
   Officials say this abuse has really damaged their reputation partly because it was a secret for so long, that's why they are more than ready to begin healing.

RELIGION-BALKANS: Bishop to Be Retried For Sexual Abuse

  - Serbian Orthodox Church. Serbia flag; http://www.ruffinflag.com/forflags.htm 
   IPS By Vesna Peric Zimonjic Nov 19, 2007
   BELGRADE, SERBIA (IPS) - The Supreme Court of Serbia recently announced that a local court in the southern city of Nis did not play strictly by legal rules when it pronounced a bishop of the influential Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) innocent in a sexual abuse case brought by four young men last year.
   The man accused of sexual harassment and abuse of the four young students of a religious school beginning in 1999 is bishop Pahomije, the head of the southern Vranje diocese of SPC. Vranje is some 350 kilometres southeast from the capital of Belgrade.
   The Court quoted "serious breaches of legal procedures" last week and suspended one of the judges who took part in the controversial trial, which means the case could see a re-trial in the near future.

Pastor removed after sexual abuse allegations

  [1970s Salerno* (Pallotine)] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Examiner, by Jessica Novak, Nov 20, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- When confronted with sexual abuse claims, Little Italy’s Rev. Michael Salerno did not admit or deny abusing his accuser.
   This is according to a statement released by the Pallottines, a religious order that oversees St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, where Salerno was pastor.
   The Pallottines barred Salerno from serving as a priest while they investigate claims he abused a teenage boy in the 1970s. When the alleged abuse occurred, Salerno was a Pallottine brother at All Saints Church in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jesuit abuse settlement aims to heal

  [(Jesuits)] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Alaska flag (USA State); www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Anchorage Daily News By LISA DEMER ldemer@adn.com Published: November 20, 2007
   ALASKA -- The head of a religious order sued by dozens of Alaska Natives who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests and volunteers apologized to the victims on Monday and said the church had failed to protect vulnerable children all those decades ago.
   "I think what happened in Alaska, and in other places as well, in terms of people being harmed, I am deeply sorry for that," said the Rev. John Whitney, officially the provincial superior for the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, also known as the Jesuits.
   The order will pay $50 million to settle the claims, many out of Western Alaska villages, Whitney confirmed Monday.
   The settlement was announced Sunday by lawyers for the plaintiffs to the annoyance of the Jesuits. One sign of continuing tensions between the two sides: no joint news conference to announce the deal, as often happens in high-publicity cases. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 20, 2007 7:13 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue November 20, 2007
• Home economics teacher escapes jail for lesbian sex with student.  [1990s Mrs Crothers*] - No religion link reported. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 

Home economics teacher escapes jail for lesbian sex with student

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , By CHRISTIANA JONES, p 3, Wednesday, November 21, 2007
  [Picture] Suspended term: A handcuffed Elizabeth Crothers is escorted into court yesterday.    Picture: Barry Baker  
   PERTH – A home economics teacher convicted of having lesbian sex with a 16-year-old schoolgirl has escaped jail despite the prosecution saying her offence was in "flagrant disregard" of warnings against the relationship and warranted imprisonment.
   Elizabeth Anne Crothers, 50, was given a two-year suspended term after a jury found her guilty of one count of sexual penetration and one of indecently dealing with a child in her care whom she taught at a Perth high school in the late 1990s.
   District Court Judge Michael Muller found that because the jury convicted Crothers of only the final two of 21 sex charges, her crimes had to be seen as stemming from an "isolated incident" after resisting temptation.
   Both Crothers and the victim admitted they shared a 2½-year relationship after the girl left school but Crothers denied sexual contact while the teenager was a student.
   The conviction centred on the former schoolgirl's claim that she and her teacher engaged in mutual digital penetration while she was a student.
   Judge Muller said the guilty verdicts "swung" on evidence from a former school friend of the victim that he returned to a bush spot to find Crothers and his friend readjusting their clothes and that the teenager introduced Crothers as her "girlfriend".
   In evidence, the victim claimed Crothers, who was aged in her 40s and had two teenage children at the time, had sex encounters with her at a Cottesloe beach changeroom and one night she dressed in black and "commando crawled" to meet her secretly at her family home.
   Defence counsel Mark Trowell attacked the victim's credibility and reliability after Crothers testified she threatened in 2002 to go to police with sex abuse claims unless she was paid up to $30,000 which she believed she was owed.
   The alleged blackmail came after their relationship dissolved into violent arguments and a suicide attempt by the teenager.
   Prosecutor Tony Elliott said Crothers warranted immediate jail because she breached the trust put in teachers and disregarded a ban on out-of-class contact with the victim after the teenager's parents complained to the Education Department.
   Judge Muller agreed there was a breach and said the law preventing teacher-student relationships was to protect students.
   But there was no evidence Crothers "groomed" the girl or encouraged her to leave school and home to continue a sexual relationship. He took into account Crothers' lifestyle and professional changes since the offences and believed a suspended jail term fulfilled community expectations.
   Outside court, defence solicitor Tim Kucera said Crothers, whose family supported her, was shocked by the convictions, which would end her long career in education. #
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm#home_economics_teacher
[Nov 21, 07]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Earl Paulk at the Center of New Southern Megachurch Sex Scandal

  [Years - "Archbishop" Paulk*] - Chapel Hill Harvester Church. Carnally knew brother's wife, and 9 others. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Cleveland Leader, www.cleveland leader.com/ node/3729 , ~ November 21, 2007
   GEORGIA -- Archbishop Earl Paulk at the Chapel Hill Harvester Church located just outside Atlanta is at the center of a new sex scandal set to rock the megachurch. Paulk's family stood in front of their parish a few Sundays ago and revealed his dirty secret: their 80-year-old leader had years earlier slept with his brother's wife and fathered a child by her.
   The secret was exposed by a recent court-ordered paternity test, and although this is not Paulk or the church's first brush with scandal, Paulk could find himself in trouble with the law this time for lying under oath about the affair.
   Proof of the affair and lie is Paulk's 34-year-old son, D.E. Paulk, who was known for years publicly as his nephew. D.E. Paulk said that he did not know that Earl Paulk was his father until the paternity test: "I was disappointed, and I was surprised," he said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 21, 2007 7:31 AM]

Earl Paulk timeline

  [Years - "Archbishop" Paulk*] - Chapel Hill Harvester Church. Carnally knew brother's wife, and 9 others.
   The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Published on: Nov/20/07
   GEORGIA --
   May 30, 1927: Earl Pearly Paulk Jr., is born in Appling County, Ga., to a prominent minister in the Church of God.
   1952-1960: Paulk graduates from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and pastors Hemphill Church of God, now Mount Paran Church of God.
   1960: Paulk and his family leave Hemphill under a cloud of scandal. Paulk later admits that he had an extramarital sexual encounter. Paulk returns later in the year to found Gospel Harvester Church in Inman Park.
   1973: Paulk's church moves to south DeKalb County as Chapel Hill Harvester Church.

Want Salvation?  Have Sex With Me, Commands Septuagenarian US Church Leader!

  [Years - "Archbishop" Paulk*] - Chapel Hill Harvester Church. Carnally knew brother's wife, and 9 others.
   Medindia, ~ November 21, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Church leaders in the US make news for all the wrong reasons all the time.  Here is the case of a 80-year-old priest of Atlanta who slept with his brother's wife and fathered a child by her.
   Earlier he had promised a church employee salvation in exchange for sex.  In fact that was the only path available for her, he said and succeeded in coaxing her!  He was well beyond his seventies when the affair took place. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 21, 2007 7:25 AM]

VIDEO: SLCC Professor Suspended for Sexual Abuse At Previous School

  [1998 Mr Stukenholtz*] - RCC. Girl.
   PubDef By Gabe Bullard Filed 11:14 PM, Tuesday, November 20, 2007
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- Earlier this week, St. Louis Community College (SLCC) suspended music professor Lawrence Stukenholtz for sexual misconduct. Stukenholtz was not suspended for any misdeeds at SLCC, but for incidents at Matter Dei High School in California, a Catholic institution.
   Court records show that after reports of sexual relationships and abuse with female minors, Stukenholtz was offered the chance to resign or else face a full investigation. He resigned and eventually wound up teaching music at SLCC.

Judge says Jeffs doesn't have to pay for security

  [Decades - Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Two 5yrs-life sentences. "Bride" (14).
   KVOA, Associated Press, 9:34 PM ET, November 20, 2007
   ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - A judge rejected a request that a polygamous-sect leader pay $111,000 in security costs related to his case.
   The request came from St. George police and the Washington County sheriff's office. Fifth District Judge James Shumate said no, but he did order Warren Jeffs to pay $1,000 for his transfer to Utah from Nevada.
   That's where he was captured in August 2006.

Polygamist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

  [Decades - Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Two 5yrs-life sentences. "Bride" (14).
   The New York Times, By JOHN DOUGHERTY, Published: November 21, 2007
   ST. GEORGE, Utah, Nov. 20 - The polygamous leader of a fundamentalist Mormon sect was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years to life in prison for forcing a 14-year-old girl to “spiritually” marry her 19-year-old cousin and commanding the naïve bride to submit to sexual relations against her will.
   The defendant, Warren S. Jeffs, 51, was convicted by a jury in September of two counts of acting as an accomplice to a rape. Judge James L. Shumate of the Fifth District Court imposed two consecutive sentences of five years to life in prison. The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole has the authority to parole Mr. Jeffs at any time, but a spokesman, Jack Ford, said it would be unlikely to do so before his first hearing in three to four years.
   Mr. Jeffs remained seated, his face expressionless, as Judge Shumate announced the sentence. He declined the judge’s offer to address the court, and his defense lawyer, Walter Budgen, said Mr. Jeffs did not want to say anything publicly because he still faced criminal charges for arranging under-age marriages in Arizona. In Utah, Mr. Jeffs faces federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Prison bound: Warren Jeffs sentenced to 2 terms of 5 to life; he plans appeal

  [Decades - Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Two 5yrs-life sentences. "Bride" (14).
   Deseret Morning News, By Nancy Perkins and Ben Winslow, Published 12:08 a.m. MST, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007
   ST. GEORGE (UT) -- Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs could spend the rest of his life in prison under a sentence imposed Tuesday, as a judge ordered him to serve two prison terms of five years-to-life for performing a child bride marriage.
   Defense attorney Wally Bugden said Jeffs will seek a new trial and file an appeal within a week.
   "We just don't agree with the charge of accomplice to rape. We don't agree with the verdict. We intend to do everything we can to reverse the verdict," he told reporters outside of court.
   A request to allow Jeffs to stay at the Purgatory Jail until his appeal was ready was denied by 5th District Court Judge James Shumate. He also denied a motion by defense attorneys seeking to set aside the jury's verdicts.

Polygamist goes to jail

  [Decades - Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Two 5yrs-life sentences. "Bride" (14).
   Malaysia Star, ~ November 21, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The leader of a U.S polygamist sect has been sentenced to jail as an accomplice to rape, after forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry her cousin.
   A Utah court jailed Warren Jeffs, who was once on the FBI’s ‘most wanted’ list, to five years jail.
   The self-proclaimed prophet was found guilty in September of encouraging the girl to have sex against her will.

Polygamist leader sentenced for his role in child rape case

  [Decades - Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Two 5yrs-life sentences. "Bride" (14).
   Los Angeles Times, By Nicholas Riccardi, November 21, 2007
   ST. GEORGE, UTAH -- - The leader of a polygamous cult was sentenced to two consecutive terms of five years to life in prison Tuesday for being an accomplice to the rape of a 14-year-old girl he forced to marry her 19-year-old cousin.
   A gaunt Warren Jeffs, 51, sat silently as Judge James L. Shumate handed down the sentence. Prosecutors had urged the judge to make an example of Jeffs, who is seen as a prophet by about 10,000 members of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, a Mormon splinter group that has been disavowed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
   "There needs to be a message sent . . . that you cannot hide behind your position as a religious leader," prosecutor Ryan Shaum said.

Warren Jeffs jailed for forcing girl to marry

  [Decades - Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Two 5yrs-life sentences. "Bride" (14).
   Telegraph (UK), By Catherine Elsworth in Los Angeles, Last Updated 8:54am GMT, Nov/21/2007
   UTAH -- Warren Jeffs, the polygamous sect leader, yesterday received the maximum sentence of five years to life in prison for forcing a teenage girl to marry her cousin.
   The so-called “prophet” of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) was convicted in September of two counts of rape as an accomplice for presiding over the arranged marriage of 14-year-old Elissa Wall to Allen Steed, 19.
   James Shumate, a Utah district judge, yesterday imposed consecutive sentences of five years to life for both convictions stemming from the 2001 wedding he performed in a Nevada motel room, the harshest punishment available.
   Jeffs, a self-proclaimed prophet whose followers believe he is a descendant from Jesus Christ is expected to be detained in a maximum security unit for his own protection with the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole ultimately determining how long he spends in prison.

Diocese details sources for $3M

  - RCC.
   Times-Leader, By Mark Guydish, mguydish@timesleader.com , Education Reporter, ~ November 21, 2007
   SCRANTON (PA) -- The Diocese of Scranton has released more details on how it will pay the $3 million settlement of a lawsuit that had accused diocese officials of ignoring signs that former priest Albert Liberatore was sexually abusing a minor.
   In a written statement circulated in weekly church bulletins, the diocese repeated its “deep regret and sincerest apology to the victim and his family members who were so grievously harmed,” and strengthened its contention that no money from parishes would be used in the settlement.
   Specifically, the statement said the settlement would use: no parish assessments paid to the diocese; no Diocesan Annual Appeal funds; assessments for Catholic education; no parish funds on deposit with the diocese and no proceeds from the sale of parish or diocesan properties.
   “This settlement will be paid from the diocesan self-insurance fund and insurance carriers,” the statement said, noting the diocese has run a self-insurance program for 33 years “whereby a deductible is paid for workers’ compensation, property and liability coverage, which includes a limited amount for sexual misconduct.”

Jeffs draws 2 terms in prison

  [Decades - Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Two 5yrs-life sentences. "Bride" (14).
   The Arizona Republic, Staff and Wire Services, Nov. 21, 2007
   ST. GEORGE (UT) -- A Utah judge Tuesday sentenced polygamous-sect leader Warren Jeffs to two consecutive terms of five years to life in prison for his role in the arranged marriage of a 14-year-old follower.
   Jeffs, 51, was convicted of two counts of rape as an accomplice for his role in the marriage of the 14-year-old and her 19-year-old cousin in 2001. It will be up to the Utah parole board to decide how long Jeffs stays behind bars.
   Jeffs' attorney, Wally Bugden, had asked the judge for concurrent sentences.
   "This was all about religion," Bugden said outside court. "The foundation of this case was the prosecution of Mr. Jeffs because of placement marriages."

More Women Accuse Charismatic Archbishop Of Sexual Abuse

  [Years - "Archbishop" Paulk*] - Chapel Hill Harvester Church. Carnally knew brother's wife, and 9 others.
   AHN, by Jessica Pupovac, ~ November 21, 2007
   DECATUR (GA), (AHN) -- The charismatic figurehead of a multi-million dollar mega-church in suburban Atlanta is embroiled in a collosal sex scandal that now involves at least ten women, including his sister-in-law.
   Beginning in 2002, women began coming forward, accusing 80-year-old Archbishop Earl Paulk, co-founder of Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill Harvester Church, of coercing them into having sex with him, telling them that it was "God's will." Another woman, now in her early 20s, claimed that as a young child, Paulk molested her.
   However, it was not until a paternity test, ordered in late-October, revealed that Paulk had fathered a child with his brother's wife, Clariece Paulk, that the scandal exploded.

The Kleenex option a cardinal rule, Wilf

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   Mail & Guardian, by Khadija Bradlow: IVORY TOWER, November 20, 2007
   SOUTH AFRICA --
His Eminence Cardinal Wilfred Napier OMI
Head of the Roman Catholic Church
C/O Cover-up Cottage
Silence Street
Diocese of Denial
South Africa
   Dear Brotha’ Wilf
   Hoping you’ll pardon the familiarity, taking liberties with your first name and all. But in my business, as you know, everyone is on a first name basis. You know, “Leonardo”, “Angelina”, “Paris”.
   Though I haven’t yet been graced with the pleasure of having you on my couch, I feel like we really know each other. For one, we have more in common than you’d believe ...
   Though I’m not around much -- except maybe by teleconference -- I’ve been reading about yet another sex scandal to rock the Church in South Africa. Involving one Bishop Reginald Orsmond.
   He, like me, was in charge of a haven of shelter for vulnerable underlings at Boys Town. Now some former pupils are coming forward saying he abused them. Just like that dreadful so-called matron at my academy.
   Unfortunately, Wilf, it seems that’s where the similarities end. I’m talking, Wilf, about the shockingly stony-faced approach to matters. Matters which, if what I read is to be believed, are shockingly common in your neck of the woods.
   I’m not here to judge -- after all, the Bible does remind us: “Lest ye also be judged ...” I’m just here to offer you a few tips on the finer arts of remorse, and winning over the public.

DUNLOP FOUND GUILTY; Nailed on contempt count, returning to inquiry

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   The Cornwall Standard Freeholder, Posted By Terri Saunders, ~ November 21, 2007
   CANADA -- Perry Dunlop has been found guilty of contempt of court for refusing to testify at the Cornwall Public Inquiry and has been ordered back to the stand in the new year.
   A panel of three judges at the Ontario Divisional Court in Toronto took "just a few moments" to find Dunlop guilty of contempt, a commission lawyer who attended the hearing said Monday afternoon.
   "This is what we were expecting," said Peter Engelmann, lead commission counsel. "I don't think it was a difficult decision for the court to make."
   Dunlop, a former city cop who conducted his own investigations in the 1990s into historical child sexual abuse in Cornwall, has been ordered by the divisional court to return to the inquiry Jan. 14 to testify. A date for sentencing on the contempt conviction is expected to be set following that appearance.

Jesuits settle with more than 100 victims in sexual abuse case

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   KTUU by Megan Baldino Monday, Nov. 19, 2007
   ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- In a settlement announced Sunday, The Society of Jesus, Oregon Province agreed to pay $50 million to more than 100 victims, for sexual abuse at the hands of their priest.
   But the victims say it is now time for the Catholic Church to do the same.
   In November of 2004, Peter Kobuk was just coming to terms with a past he thought he could keep hidden in an old, locked-up church in St. Michaels.
   He relived his memories as he walked through the church.

Bishop prays, asks for forgiveness and healing

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   KXLY Erik Loney / KXLY4 Reporter Last updated 11:34:23 PM Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
   SPOKANE (WA) -- Spokane Catholic bishop William Skylstad held a prayer service Tuesday night to pray for the clergy sex abuse crisis that rocked the diocese and cost it more than $50 million.
   One of the mandates of the bankruptcy settlement is Bishop William Skylstad must visit every parish in the diocese where an abusive priest worked. He will visit 30 parishes over the next couple months.
   Tuesday, he was at Assumption Parish in North Spokane, and announced two former priests, Patrick O'Donnell and Garry Boulden both worked here at one time, and have credibly been accused of abuse.
   "In your church priests have abused your children, in your name we beg your mercy for this sin," Skylstad told everyone at the service.

Bishop from Juneau to lead Great Falls-Billings Diocese

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   Helena Independent, By STEVE QUINN, November 21, 2007
   JUNEAU, Alaska - A man who once took a crash course in Spanish so he could perform a baptism will become the bishop to the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings in Montana.
   The Vatican announced Tuesday that Bishop Michael W. Warfel, of the Diocese of Juneau, will take over in Montana early next year after spending 11 years in Southeast Alaska.
   "Alaska has been very much a part of what I envisioned in a priesthood location," Warfel said. ...
   "It's about being involved with their lives and helping them grow into their faith, get through problems of life and help them with the spiritual dimension of life."
   Warfel also had to tackle the same issue that surfaced in much larger dioceses, the issue of sexual abuse in the church.
   Last year, Warfel notified the Vatican that there was sufficient evidence that former priest Michael Patrick Nash had sexually abused minors.
   "That's probably the most difficult matter any bishop has been involved in," Hurley said.

Alaskans Recall Alleged Abuse by Jesuits

 
   The Guardian (Britain) By TIM FOUGHT Associated Press Writer 9:31 AM Wednesday November 21, 2007
   ALASKA and PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Holding photos of themselves as children, Elsie Boudreau and James Niksik described what they said were years of sexual abuse by Jesuit priests that led to the announcement of a $50 million settlement.
   They said Tuesday that their abusers were venerated in the isolated western Alaska villages where they grew up.
   "This is a crime that our parents and our grandparents couldn't even conceive of," said Boudreau, who said her photo was taken for her first communion in the village of St. Mary's.
   The press conference was held two days after the announcement of the $50 million settlement with the Pacific Northwest branch of the Society of Jesus, which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The Jesuit organization's settlement covers 110 Alaska Natives who say they were abused by more than a dozen priests.

Victims of abuse speak out

 
   Anchorage Daily News By LISA DEMER ldemer@adn.com Published: November 21, 2007 Last Modified 12:18 AM November 21, 2007
   ALASKA -- James Niksik was a boy growing up in the village of St. Michael when he tried to tell his father that a Catholic missionary was sexually abusing him.
   The reaction? His father beat him for saying such a terrible thing about Joseph Lundowski.
   "Because he said I was lying about the people at the church. He said church people don't do that," said Niksik, who is now 48.
   His parents were devout Catholics. "From the beginning of the day to the end of the day, we prayed at least eight times."

Fr Shay writes: abused children can become violent adults

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   Independent Catholic News, www.ind catholic news.com/ abus326.html , By Fr Shay, Philippines missionary, November 21, 2007
   OLONGAPO, Philippines -- From 35 years experience helping young people overcome the traumatic effects of childhood violence be it psychological, verbal, physical, economic, military, emotional and sexual abuse seriously damages lives, restricts full human development, reduces potential and can lead to childhood psychosomatic illness. It causes teenagers to become violent, bullies, teenage shooters, indulge in criminal behavior and suffer from adult neurosis. In others, children grow into aggressive and violent teenagers and adults. The absence of parental and family acceptance, understanding, nurturing, and affirming love creates a vacuum and vulnerability for negative and violent influences to dominate the lives of these children and youth. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 21, 2007 6:22 AM}

OC Teen Molestor Suspended from Work in St. Louis

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   Orange County Weekly Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra 12:59 PM November 21, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Remember Larry Stukenholtz? Probably not. The former Mater Dei choir teacher didn't get as much attention as his fellow molestor [molester], former assistant boys' basketball coach Jeff Andrade. But Stukenholtz was also part of the most recent sex-abuse settlement by the Catholic Diocese of Orange.
   Stukenholtz is now a music professor at St. Louis Community College, and sex-abuse victims have long tried to get the man fired.
   Last year, when Sarah Gray filed a lawsuit against Stukeholtz claiming he abused her at Mater Dei during the 1990s, Stukeholtz dismissed the claims as "ridiculous." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 21, 2007 5:20 PM]

Extradition Decision Renews the Focus on Alleged Sex Abusers

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   Jewish Exponent by Ben Harris Jewish Telegraphic Agency New York for November 22, 2007
   NEW YORK -- An Israeli court's decision last week to extradite an accused pedophile to the United States is giving renewed impetus to another sex-abuse case that activists say has languished for more than two decades.
   Activists concerned about sexual abuse in the Orthodox community held a news conference last Friday in New York to renew pressure for action in the case of Avrohom Mondrowitz, who fled to Israel in the 1980s to escape prosecution for abusing several underage boys.
   The news conference comes just days after a Jerusalem court ruled that Stefan Colmer, who was indicted on charges that he abused two haredi Orthodox boys in Brooklyn, should be extradited to the United States.

Must Read: A Victim’s Father Writes to the Priest Who Abused His Son

  [1960s, 1988-2003 McGuire (Jesuits ejecting him)] - RCC. 2 more boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Switzerland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Austria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Voice from the Desert, November 21, 2007
   UNITED STATES --
   OPEN LETTER TO:
“Reverend” (?) Donald J. McGuire
The Most Dangerous Priest in America
Oak Lawn, Illinois
   Congratulations! You have successfully accomplished much of the work of your spiritual mentor, Lucifer.
   For at least 40 of your 46 years of Satan inspired priesthood you have ruined the lives of countless of young boys and their family’s [families] with your forced pedophilia.
   A special place in Hell waits, unless before death, you repent and seek forgiveness. I never imagined so much evil could exist in one individual as it does in you, Donald McGuire! [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 21, 2007 10:31 AM]

Researchers miss cause of abuse

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   Chicago Sun-Times, BY ANDREW GREELEY, November 21, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- I was troubled by the meeting of the Catholic bishops last week, not because the new president and vice president are both Chicago priests. It was a perfect Chicago balanced ticket -- one Cub fan and one White Sox fan, good men both despite the calumny spread about them. It seemed to me, however, that the bishops backed off on both their opposition to the war (consistent, if unheard) and that the people who are doing research for them on the cause of pedophilia were telling them what they thought the bishops wanted to hear instead of what they needed to be told.
   They now are calling for a "responsible exit" from Iraq, which sounds dangerously like what we hear from the White House and the Pentagon these days. "Responsibility" seems to mean a process of climbing out of the Big Muddy that would take years and endless continuation of the "long war." Because the United States created the mess in Iraq, it has a moral obligation to undo the mess, by which the White House and Sen. John McCain mean "victory." In fact the only responsible exit would be one that was as quick as possible. Our invasion and occupation were irresponsible and our behavior there will not become responsible unless and until we get out and leave the country to the Iraqis to whom it belongs. We will not expiate our sins by lingering -- and creating an even deeper Big Muddy.
   The team searching for an explanation of pederasty gave a verbal preview of their findings to be reported in full later in the year. The cause of the problem seems to be change in sexual morals and media imagery. The bishops will love that and so will the Vatican -- a cause of the problem that is external to the Church. Blame the people for their sexual mores and the media for their exploitation of the human body, not why so many bishops denied the problem for so long.

NEWS

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   Chiesa Cattolica dei Peccatori www.chiesacattolicadeipeccatori.it/home-page.asp ~ November 21, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Sante Sguotti has posted on his Web site a copy of the five-page letter he send to Bishop Antonio Mattiazzo of Padua. He answered the request to describe his economic conditions to determine if the rebel priest, who is suspended "a divinis," expelled from his parish and waiting for possible excommunication, has the right to get a monthly check from the Padua diocese.
   Readers can unload the letter by clicking the link "lettera al vescovo" on the right side.  [Not clickable on 25 Nov 07.]
   The priest justifies his ownership of six apartment buildings, his bank accounts and extra income. The first home was bought in 1997 where the Welcome association resides. Women from foreign countries who entered Italy illegally and were forced to work as prostitutes are taught the Italian language and get minimum education so they can get documents and a job. The priest got a loan from a bank and he is repaying it. He has to pay back to the bank about 10,000 euros. Some of the women who live in the home now have a job and contribute to expenses. The association is now giving him monthly rent of 870 euros, which is much lower than the market rent of 1,800 euros.
   The second home was given to an Albanian illegal immigrant who could not get a bank loan. The priest helped him with the home and the man eventually got a job and bought the home. The remaining homes were bought for other illegal immigrants from Morocco and Romania, etc., who are giving him a monthly payment for the mortgage or who have become owners of the homes, paying themselves or the mortgage directly to the banks.
   The priest explained the bank accounts, some of which have a few hundred euros and some accounts are used to pay the mortgages. He makes a list of all income derived from his TV appearances, affirming the money will go to the Chiesa Cattolica dei Peccatori and to charities. He believes his job as a truck driver will give him monthly income of 1,000 euros.
   In conclusion, he asks the bishop to consider his previous activity in the parish as being like a normal employee and he asks for all the rights due to a normal employee according to Italian labor laws. This would include severance payment for which he has started a lawsuit to claim.
   Rev. Sguotti ends by saying, "If you were intellectually honest you wouldn't only give me what has been established by the canon law, but you would add much more, for if with a little monthly stipend of 1,000 euros I got in the past I was able to accomplish so much, I would with a little more money be able to accomplish much more." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on November 21, 2007 9:09 AM]
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Family First favours porn and incest party

      The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , By CHRIS JOHNSON, p 17, Thursday, November 22, 2007
   PERTH (W. Australia) – Family First has given priority to a party which endorses pornography, prostitution and guns and thinks incest should not be illegal ahead of Liberal, Labor and the Christian Democratic Party on its Senate preference list for WA.
   The questionable deal, made between the party which lays claims to family values, and the Liberty and Democracy Party, is designed to keep the Greens out of the race even though Family First has confessed to not believing in the LDP's policies.
   The strategy also hopes to knock off the CDP, which threatens to snatch Family First's Christian vote in WA and place it as the pre-eminent family party in the State.
   Only three Independent candidates, as well as Family First's own three candidates, are placed higher than the LDP, but Family First's only senator, Steve Fielding, claims to have not been involved in the preselection process.
   Email correspondence seen by The West Australian, between Family First's State campaign director David Bolt and a constituent, reveals the thinking behind the deal.
   Asked where Family First had placed the LDP in preferences in WA, Mr Bolt replied: "We put them No. 7. We are hoping to knock them off and collect their preferences before their preferences flow to the Greens. We don't support or endorse their policies." #
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm#family_first_favours
   [COMMENT: No wonder the Lords of Misrule keep advancing, when their opponents are so childish and traitorous!  As if any "Christian" party could support a party that backs incest (sex with immediate relations), let alone pornography. COMMENT ENDS.] [Nov 22, 07]

• Teacher abused me on road trip: former schoolboy.  [~ 1980s Mr Dobbie (Marist school)] - RCC. Boy. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn.  New South Wales (Australia) flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au 

Teacher abused me on road trip: former schoolboy

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , By RYAN PEDLER, p 17, Thursday, November 22, 2007
   PERTH (W. Australia) – A successful Sydney businessman broke down in tears yesterday when he told a District Court jury that a teacher at his all-boys Catholic school raped and molested him during a holiday in WA more than 25 years ago when he was just 13.
   The man, who is now married with children, said former Marist College religious education teacher Stephen Francis Dobbie, now in his 50s, abused him throughout a five-week road trip from Sydney to Perth during the summer school holidays.
   The man sobbed as he told the jury he had been too scared to protest or tell anyone what had happened and did not report the matter to police until 2002 because he felt guilty and ashamed. "I thought I was doing a pretty good job keeping it to myself," he said. "As I got older I felt guilty that I hadn't told anyone. In 2002, that was it, that's when the bubble burst."
   Mr Dobbie went on trial in Perth yesterday after pleading not guilty to two counts of indecently dealing with the man, when he was 13, by touching his anus and genitals and two counts of having carnal knowledge of him.
   The man told the jury that he was excited when Mr Dobbie invited him, another teacher and another student to travel to Perth and stay in Mr Dobbie's caravan at various stops during the trip.
   But Mr Dobbie allegedly began molesting him a short time into the trip in a double bed they shared inside the caravan. He told the court he was "paralysed with fear" and too scared to protest the first time Mr Dobbie molested him. "I was just petrified, "he said. "I felt really quite helpless."
   The man said the abuse continued and when they reached WA, Mr Dobbie sexually assaulted him on two separate nights.
   He said he did not tell anyone about the incidents for many years because he felt ashamed that he had not fought back, was worried his devout Catholic mother would not believe him and was worried people would think he was homosexual.
   "I felt really guilty, really ashamed with myself," he said. "That guilt and shame carried on even to where I am right now." The trial continues. #
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont142.htm#teacher_abused_me
[Nov 22, 07]

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Sex abuse teacher ‘should be jailed’

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , By BETHANY HIATT, p 18, Thursday, November 22, 2007
   W. AUSTRALIA – A teacher who received a two-year suspended jail term after she was convicted of having lesbian sex with a 16-year-old school girl should have been given a much harsher penalty, WA's main parent group said yesterday.
   WA Council of State School Organisations president Rob Fry said that if a male teacher had committed a similar crime he would have been jailed.
   "I think that there appears to be some discriminatory process there," he said. "As a parent I believe the penalty did not suit the crime."
   On Tuesday, a jury found former home economics teacher Elizabeth Anne Crothers, 50, guilty of one count of sexual penetration and one of indecently dealing with a child in her care whom she taught at a Perth high school in the late 1990s.
   District Court Judge Michael Muller found that because the jury convicted Crothers of just two of 21 sex charges, her crimes had to be seen as stemming from an "isolated incident".
   But Mr Fry said Crothers had abused her position as a teacher to take advantage of a child who did not have decision-making power.
   "I believe that the penalty should have been far more severe for a person in the trusted position of a teacher," he said. "This person used their position of trust and their position as an adult who had power over a child and did not do the right thing and should be penalised appropriately.
   "She effectively got off scot free, except I suppose the greatest penalty she will suffer is that she will never be able to teach in a school again in Australia."
   Education Minister Mark McGowan said he was surprised by the sentencing decision but understood the need to have criminal issues dealt with by the courts.
   "We have a zero-tol