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• 'Credible' abuse accusation brought against dead priest

  [1960s Wyrsch -NEW*] - Roman Catholic Church (RCC).  
   NEWS LEADER, com/apps/pbcs. dll/article? AID=/20080101/ NEWS01/80101 0355/1007 , By Linda Leicht, January 01, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MO) -- The sexual misconduct review board of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic Diocese has announced its determination of a "credible" accusation of abuse.
   The event dates back 40 years, and the accused priest died in 1997, but the diocese is taking steps to address the impact of the abuse, said Recy Moore, spokeswoman for the diocese.
   Louis Wyrsch is the fifth priest in the diocese to be named as having sexually abused a minor. Three were removed from the ministry following the accusations. Like Wyrsch, the fourth had died before the accusations were made.
   [A sidebar called Accused Priests contains synopses of allegations against Revs. Louis Wyrsch, Eugene Deragowski, Lawrence E. Gregovich, Amil Antonine Shibley, and Leonard Chambers Jr.] [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:39 AM] (This is the first item of Abuse Chronology: http://www. multiline. johnm/ethics/ ethcont144. htm , and of the Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abusetracker , A Blog by Kathy Shaw, for Tue January 01, 2008.)
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Sex Abuse Scandal Catches Up with Religious Orders

  - RCC.
   NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, By Barbara Bradley Hagerty December 31, 2008
   [Includes the audio version of this broadcast and two video clips from depositions of Revs. Aaron Joseph Cote, O.P. and Dominic Izzo, O.P.]
   WASHINGTON (DC) -- When it comes to sexual abuse, the religious orders have flown under the radar.
   About a third of all Catholic clerics serve in religious orders – they're the Jesuits who teach high school or the Franciscans who serve the poor.
   The sex abuse scandal that broke five years ago focused on parish priests and forced dioceses to push big reforms. But when it comes to religious orders, their reforms are voluntary, and the orders are not accountable to anyone. As a result, abuses may go undetected. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:56 AM]

Blowback | Church still unreformed: Plaintiff's attorney says don't trust stats on clergy abuse

  - RCC.
   LOS ANGELES TIMES, By Anthony M. De Marco, January 01, 2008
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Sister Sheila McNiff's recent Op-Ed article "Tallying church abuse" is nothing more than the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' latest attempt to have the laity and public simply trust that the church will protect children placed in its care. Sister Sheila opines that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' policies since the mid-1980s are the reason why fewer victims of abuse from the late 1980s, 1990s and early this decade have so far come forward.
   These policies did not prevent Father George Michael Miller from allegedly sexually molesting boys in his rectory bedroom at Santa Clara parish in Oxnard in the 1990s. Nor did the church's purported openness result in parish staff, priests or the archdiocese reporting to law enforcement that Miller was routinely witnessed having boys spend the night in his bedroom.
   These policies did not prevent Father Lynn Caffoe in the mid-1990s from allegedly taking boys up to his parish bedroom and locking the door more than 50 times and having "a good time" with them, while current archdiocese leaders such as Timothy Nichols allegedly did little more than watch. These policies did not prevent Father Michael Stephen Baker from molesting altar boys even after he had previously admitted to Cardinal Roger Mahony that he was a child molester. These policies are slim comfort to the children Carlos Rene Rodriguez molested in the 1990s when he was appointed as the head of the Office for Family Life in the Santa Barbara and Santa Paula region, even after a police report was filed alleging he sexually abused a boy. These policies did not prevent Father Fernando Lopez from sexually molesting numerous altar boys in 2003 and 2004.

Op-Ed: Slow healing in the Catholic church

  - RCC.
   The Boston Globe, By Robert C. Bordone and Robert J. Bowers,
   BOSTON (MA) -- As the Catholic community continues the difficult process of healing and reconciliation in the wake of abuse scandals, church closings, and critical social issues, the decision by Pope Benedict XVI to avoid Boston on his US visit next spring is a missed opportunity. A face-to-face meeting with Catholics in Boston would have signaled a desire to begin honest and open dialogue on the hurt, anger, separation, and alienation many still feel.
   If history teaches us anything, it is that avoidance of conflict rarely leads to reconciliation or healing. Failing to face those on the opposite side of the breach tends to breed more resentment, bitterness, and misunderstanding. The resulting alienation poisons people's hearts, stunting generosity and feeding cynicism that leads to hopelessness.
   Years after the revelation of clergy sexual abuse, the Catholic community struggles to understand how such crimes could have happened - and been tolerated by the church hierarchy. In the wake of the Boston Archdiocese's church closings and hurtful statements made during the gay-marriage debate, the Roman Catholic Church finds itself at a crossroads. The leadership of the church and those aggrieved by it can continue down the current path - a slow but constant parting of ways. They can pretend that the hurt never happened, clinging desperately to the fallacious notion that "time heals all wounds."

Lawsuit against bishops halted, Hudson family vows to fight on

  [Erickson] - RCC.
   STAR TRIBUNE, By Chao Xiong, December 31, 2007
   MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL (MN) -- A judge dismissed the suit seeking names of priests suspected of sex abuse. It stemmed from two killings in 2002 at a funeral home.
   A Wisconsin judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to force the Roman Catholic Church to disclose the names of priests suspected of sexual abuse.
   Washburn County Circuit Judge Eugene Harrington dismissed the case Friday, saying the court did not have jurisdiction to issue such an order in the suit, filed against U.S. bishops by members of the family of Daniel O'Connell. He is believed to have been shot to death in 2002 by the Rev. Ryan Erickson, a Catholic priest.
   O'Connell, 39, and another man, James Ellison, 22, were shot to death at the Hudson, Wis., funeral home owned by O'Connell's family. O'Connell was believed to be planning to confront Erickson over whether the priest had sexually abused children in the local parish. In 2005, a judge had found probable cause that Erickson killed the men.

Hudson, Wis. / Names of accused clergy stay secret | Family of mortician killed by priest loses suit to get list Catholic officials compiled

  - RCC.
   PIONEER PRESS, By Elizabeth Mohr, January 01, 2008
   ST. PAUL (MN) -- A judge has halted an unprecedented attempt by the family of a slain Hudson, Wis., mortician to force the Catholic Church to release the names of clergy accused of child molestation.
   The family of Dan O'Connell, one of two men shot to death by a priest at his family's Hudson funeral home in 2002, sued the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in August 2006, asking for the names and locations of some 5,000 clergy members "credibly accused" of sexually assaulting children. The family said the lawsuit, which sought no monetary reward, was an attempt to make the information public to protect children and families.
   But on Friday, Judge Eugene Harrington dismissed the lawsuit, which he termed an "ambitious request," and said the court cannot legally make the church release such information.

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Catholic diocese in Wis.

  - RCC.
   HUDSON, Wis. - A judge threw out a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Superior, saying the diocese can't be forced to release information about how the church deals with sex abuse by priests.
   The lawsuit was filed in 2006 by the family of Daniel O'Connell, 39, a funeral director who, along with one other man, was fatally shot four years earlier.
   A St. Croix County judge in 2005 found probable cause that the Rev. Ryan Erickson shot O'Connell and James Ellison, 22, at the O'Connell family's funeral home in northwestern Wisconsin. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:23 AM]
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• Priest arrested over sex abuse claims

  [1970s Green -NEW*] - RCC.  
   WIGAN OBSERVER, www.wigantoday. net/wigan- news/Priest- arrested- over-sex- abuse.3634 , By David Taylor, ~ January 02, 2008
   WIGAN (ENGLAND) -- A priest from Wigan has been arrested by police investigating allegations of sexual abuse dating back to the 1970s.
   Father William Green was arrested by Greater Manchester Police last week in relation to an "historic allegation of sexual abuse" dating back to the seventies.
   Shocked worshippers at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church on Cale Lane, New Springs were told about the claims at Saturday mass by a bishop from the Diocese of Salford. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 1:35 PM]

Alumni: Archbishop Ryan stable despite charges against priest

  [~ 1990s-2000s Newman -NEW* (Franciscan)] - RCC. Money US$900,000. Drugs, alcohol. Male molested.  
   PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, By Valerie Russ, ~ January 02, 2008
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- A scheduled New Year's Eve preliminary hearing for the Rev. Charles Newman, the disgraced former Archbishop Ryan High School president accused of stealing $900,000 from the school and his religious order, was postponed Monday until March.
   Newman, 57, who had been living in a Franciscan friars' retirement home in Wisconsin in recent years, had no comment for reporters Monday, nor did his lead defense attorney, Frank DeSimone. But members of the Archbishop Ryan High School Alumni Board had plenty to say in a statement released Monday.
   The board said that Newman's alleged crimes were more than four years old and that the alumni group has complete confidence in the administration of the high school, at Academy Road near Chalfont Drive in the Northeast.

Brothers sexually assaulted by priest sue Green Bay diocese: Victims claim church cover-up in Feeney case

  [1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   APPLETON POST-CRESCENT, By Dan Wilson, January 02, 2008
   APPLETON (WI) – Two brothers who were sexually assaulted by a priest 30 years ago filed a lawsuit today claiming fraud by the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.
   Troy and Todd Merryfield allege in the lawsuit the diocese knew that John Feeney was a danger to children and that officials concealed that information from parishioners at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Freedom.
   Feeney, who turned 80 on Tuesday, is serving a 15-year prison sentence at the Fox Lake Correctional Institution for the 1978 assaults of the Merryfield brothers, then 12 and 14 years old.
   Feeney was convicted in Outagamie County in April 2004 and was stripped of his priestly duties by the church. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 1:44 PM]

Clergy abuse group to sue Green Bay diocese

  [1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   WKBT, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ January 02, 2008
   GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A group that supports victims of sexual abuse by priests is filing another civil lawsuit -- this one against the Green Bay diocese.
   The lawsuit alleges fraud against two brothers, Troy and Todd Merryfield, who were molested at ages 12 and 14 by the Reverend John Feeney at St. Nicholas parish in Freedom in the 1970s.
   Feeney was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2004.
   The latest fraud suit alleges church officials continued to move Feeney to parishes, schools and hospitals across Wisconsin, despite repeated warnings that he had sexually assaulted children.

Clergy-Abuse Group Plans Lawsuit Against Green Bay Diocese

  - RCC.  
   WSAW, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ January 02, 2008
   WAUSAU (WI) -- A group that supports victims of clergy sexual abuse says it will file a fraud lawsuit today against the diocese of Green Bay.
   Peter Isely of Milwaukee represents the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. He says the suit would give the diocese an opportunity to be transparent and accountable to Catholic faithful and to children who were sexually assaulted by clergy.
   In a letter to be given to Archbishop Timothy Dolan this afternoon, Isely calls upon the diocese to argue the lawsuit on its merits, not legal technicalities.

Catholic parishes grow as suburbs expand: Influx of Hispanics, recent housing boom creates need for more churches

  - RCC backs more illegals.
   THE DAILY TIMES, SALISBURY (MD), By Gary Soulsman, The News Journal, January 02, 2008
   GLASGOW, Del. -- Trish Gerhart feels blessed by Jesus' birth and is pleased to celebrate it for the first time this Christmas as a convert to Catholicism. [...]
   None of this is by accident. Similar stories of growth can be heard around the Diocese of Wilmington, which serves people in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Since the late 1990s, Bishop Michael Saltarelli has asked parishes to look decades ahead, resulting in a period of expansion.
   The Catholic faith is America's largest faith, representing almost a quarter of the population from 1965 to the present, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. The 195 dioceses report a total growth of 19 million members during this time -- to 64.4 million.
   Catholicism is Delaware's largest faith, too, flourishing in places where the state is growing. In Delaware, the church listed 126,000 members in 2,000; today, it lists 220,000. This is despite setbacks in recent years -- such as the closing of some Wilmington-area schools because of declining enrollment and lawsuits filed by victims of sexual abuse by clergy.

Britain has become a 'Catholic country'

  - More RCs at Sunday services than C of Es.  
   THE TELEGRAPH, By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, December 26, 2007
   LONDON (ENGLAND) -- Roman Catholics have overtaken Anglicans as the country's dominant religious group. More people attend Mass every Sunday than worship with the Church of England, figures seen by The Sunday Telegraph show.
   This means that the established Church has lost its place as the nation's most popular Christian denomination after more than four centuries of unrivalled influence following the Reformation. [...]
   The statistics show that attendance at Anglican Sunday services has dropped by 20 per cent since 2000. A survey of 37,000 churches, to be published in the new year, shows the number of people going to Sunday Mass in England last year averaged 861,000, compared with 852,000 Anglicans ­worshipping.
   The rise of Catholicism has been bolstered by an influx of immigrants from eastern Europe and Africa, who have packed the pews of Catholic parishes that had previously been dwindling.

• A Priest's Lonely Ministry: As Fewer Join The Catholic Clergy, Many Must Contend With Isolation

  - RCC. 46% drop in massgoers, 26% in RCs.  
   THE HARTFORD COURANT, www.courant. com/news/ local/hc- lonely0102. artjan02,0, 1740799. story?coll= hc_features_ lifestyle_ util ; By Elizabeth Hamilton, ~ January 02, 2008
   HARTFORD (CT) -- The rectory is very peaceful – a little too peaceful, if the Rev. Joseph Looney is being honest about it. [...]
   Whether the church lost status, or how much it lost, might be debatable, but the number of people going to Mass on Sunday has undeniably declined. According to the count taken by the Hartford archdiocese each October, the number dropped by 46 percent from 1969 to 2005. The total number of Catholics in the archdiocese dropped 26 percent during the same period.
   By the time the priest sex abuse scandal broke in the media several years ago, the ranks of priests were diminished, fewer Catholics were attending Mass regularly and priests like Looney and Pushpanathan were already feeling fairly isolated.
   "I'm Catholic to the core. It hasn't hurt my relationship with the church," Looney says. "But [the sex abuse scandal] has had a negative effect. It's devastating when we read about one of our classmates or one of our fellow priests being accused and I think it hurts our relationship with the people."

Locally, it was a shocking and dramatic year

  - RCC downsizing. Vatican reprieves St Hedwig's, but not St Adalbert's.
   THE BUFFALO NEWS, By Maki Becker, January 1, 2008
   BUFFALO (NY) -- 3. Diocese announces the closings and mergers of churches and schools.
   In 2005, Bishop Edward U. Kmiec announced that he was embarking on a journey -- a "Journey in Faith and Grace" -- to downsize the Buffalo Diocese.
   With the numbers of parishioners and priests diminishing, the bishop was faced with the difficult, and unpopular, task of closing churches and schools and merging parishes to form new, more vibrant, congregations.
   In March, the Bishop Kmiec announced his first round of closings and mergers.
   By the end of the year, 14 elementary schools had been closed and mergers involving more than 130 parishes across eight counties were in the works.
   Some parishes fought back to stay open. St. Hedwig's in Dunkirk staged protests and won a reprieve. St. Adalbert's parishioners also tried to stay open, but just this past week, the Vatican upheld the diocese's decision to close it. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:21 AM]

Church facing lawsuit: Woman says they were warned not to hire Peter Kim

  [~ 2000s Kim*]- Presbyterian. Teenage girl.
   LONGMONT TIMES-CALL, By Pierrette J. Shields, January 1, 2008
   LONGMONT (CO) – A local church's failure to do a background check on a man later accused of sexually assaulting a teenage parishioner exposed the girl to abuse at the hands of a mentor, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Boulder District Court.
   A woman who claims Peter Kim initiated an increasingly sexual relationship with her while she was a teenager in the youth group he directed at Central Presbyterian Church filed the suit, claiming the church failed to take steps to protect her.
   A Boulder County jury in November deadlocked after a weeklong trial in which Kim was charged with sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. Kim is expected to be retried in the case.
Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:10 AM

News of the Weird – Principal is major drag

  [2007 October - Dr Schum*] - RCC. "Woman" loitering for prostitution, or for Hallowe'en?
   THE FREE PRESS, ~ January 02, 2008
   MANKATO (MN) -- Dr. Paul Schum, 50, the principal of the Catholic Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, Ky., was arrested in October on prostitution-related charges after he was discovered loitering in an alley, dressed as a woman, in leather and fishnet stockings and with fake breasts.
   A local priest, presumably intending to help Dr. Schum, said dressing as a woman didn't sound like something Schum would be involved in, “(b)ut again, we're in the Halloween season.”
   (Dr. Schum eventually resigned, and the prosecutor chose to drop the charge.) [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:07 AM]
   [LOOK BACK: Nov 1, 2007. ENDS.]

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Abuse Chronology:
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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• White Salmon police investigate accusations of sexual misconduct against priest

  [~ 2007-08 Whitten (Jesuit) -NEW*] - RCC. Alleged porn, touching boy.  
   THE OREGONIAN, http://blog. oregonlive. com/breaking news/2008/01/ jesuit_priest_ under_invest igat.html , THE WHITE SALMON ENTERPRISE, ~ January 03, 2008
   WHITE SALMON (OR) -- Law enforcement officials have reported that a visiting Jesuit priest on assignment to St. Joseph Catholic Church in White Salmon is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct.
   The visiting priest was Carlton Whitten, 76, of Los Gatos, Calif. Whitten was in White Salmon to temporarily take the place of St. Joseph Catholic Church's usual priest -- the Rev. Felix Rodriguez -- who was on sabbatical.
   The investigation was related to alleged adult pornography on a parish computer, and the alleged inappropriate touching of a 17-year-old boy.

Church teacher accused of molesting 5-year-old indicted

  [2007 Dec. - Mr Greenwood -NEW*] - United Methodist. Girl (5).
   KNXV-TV - ABC15, ~ January 03, 2008
   [Includes video]
   PHOENIX (AZ) -- A Sunday school teacher at a Chandler church has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a child in his care.
   Terry Greenwood, 62, of Chandler is accused of forcing a 5-year-old girl to perform oral sex on him last month, according to a police report released Monday.
   Under questioning by detectives, Greenwood admitted he sexually assaulted the girl twice at Chandler United Methodist Church, 251 W. Chandler Blvd., police said. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:12 AM]

Wheeling Man Facing Child Porn Charges

  [~ 2000s Mr Benyo -NEW*] - United Methodist. Pornography.
   WHEELING NEWS-REGISTER, By Fred Connors, ~ January 03, 2008
   WHEELING (WV) – A Wheeling man will face a Wood County jury this month to answer several charges related to child pornography that allegedly were committed at a church parsonage.
   Steven Richard Benyo Jr., 36, of Route 2, Box 433, Wheeling, is charged with two counts of displaying obscene material to a minor, two counts of use of obscene material with intent to seduce a minor and three counts of sexual assault in the third degree.
   Assistant Wood County Prosecutor Sean Francisco said Benyo is a cousin to Jeff Nolte, 41, a former pastor of the Sand Hill United Methodist Church in Williamstown, who is in jail for his involvement in the case. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:08 AM]

Priest's sentence will stand

  [ 2004, and ? 2007 Yarrosh] - RCC. > US$23,000. Porn; ? 2007 Interstate to meet girl (7) while on parole and probation. 4-10yrs prison.
   THE REPUBLICAN & HERALD, By Peter E. Bortner, ~ January 03, 2008
   POTTSVILLE (PA) -- Three state Superior Court judges have upheld the state prison sentence of an Orwigsburg Roman Catholic priest who possessed large quantities of child pornography.
   The Rev. Ronald J. Yarrosh, 60, a former associate pastor of St. Ambrose Church, Schuylkill Haven, must serve four to 10 years, the three-judge panel ruled in a seven-page opinion filed Wednesday in Pottsville.
   Yarrosh, who is serving his sentence at SCI/Albion, continued to possess and acquire child pornography, traveled out of Pennsylvania to meet a 7-year-old girl and drank alcohol, all of which violated both his probation and his parole, the judges wrote.
   [LOOK BACK: Arrested originally on May 12, 2004, sentenced in August 2005 for child pornography and money taken; see November, December 2006, April 2007. ENDS.]

SNAP wants more details from Idaho's Catholic Diocese on priest's 'misconduct': Church officials say Rev. Raul Covarrubias didn't break any laws and the matter will remain private

  [Covarrubias*] - RCC. Not announced.
   IDAHO STATESMAN, By Bill Roberts, ~ January 03, 2008
   BOISE (ID) -- Idaho's Catholic Bishop Michael Driscoll should provide more details on the misconduct of a Mountain Home priest who has been placed on administrative leave, a national support group for victims sexually abused by clergy said Wednesday.
   But church officials said the case involving the Rev. Raul Covarrubias, who was pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Mountain Home, is a personnel matter and won't divulge details.
   "This kind of secrecy is reckless," said David Clohessy, national director of SNAP - Support Network by those Abused by Priests - who spoke at a news conference in front of the diocesan office. "In this case initially, the diocese put this priest on suspension without saying what type of offense, when it occurred, where it occurred ... and even now they refuse to give any of those details." [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 11:53 AM]

Ginghamsburg volunteer charged with sexual imposition

  [? 2000s Glazier*] - Methodist. Boy.
   TIPP CITY HERALD, By Melody Vallieu, ~ January 03, 2008
   TIPP CITY (OH) -- A Houston man was arraigned in Miami County Court last Wednesday for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a minor.
   Seth Glazier, 23, of Houston, has been charged with one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony.
   Allegations were brought to the Miami County Sheriff's Office by Miami County Children's Services according to Det. Mark Slater.
   Glazier is accused of having inappropriate contact with a now 10-year-old boy during church- sponsored activities at Richards Chapel of Troy and Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, near Tipp City, according to Slater.
   He said Glazier is a volunteer with both churches. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 11:49 AM]

2 victims of priest file civil suit in sexual abuse case: Diocese of Green Bay accused of hiding his history

  [1960s, 1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, By Tom Heinen, ~ January 03, 2008
   [Includes copy of the legal complaint and map of Feeney's assignments]
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- Two brothers who were molested as youths by a Catholic priest with a long history of sexual abuse allegations filed a civil suit Wednesday in Outagamie County Circuit Court, accusing the Diocese of Green Bay of fraudulently hiding the priest's background from the public as it transferred him from parish to parish in the 1960s and '70s.
   The suit includes diocesan documents as exhibits, including one from 1983 that cites "widespread accusations, allegations and rumors regarding sexual improprieties" on the part of Father John P. Feeney at parishes in Appleton, Freedom, Suamico, De Pere, Chilton and elsewhere.
   Todd Merryfield, 43, of Cedarburg, and his brother, Troy Merryfield, 42, of Suffolk, Va., are the first to file such a suit in the Green Bay Diocese since the state Supreme Court ruled in July that four men who were childhood victims of priests could still sue the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for fraud in decades-old cases involving coverups. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:14 AM]

Brothers Molested by Priest File Fraud Lawsuit

  [1960s, 1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   TMJ-4, ASSOCIATED PRESS, By Katie DeLong, ~ January 03, 2008
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- Two brothers molested by a priest filed a fraud lawsuit Wednesday, alleging the overseeing diocese knew the priest had a history of abusing children and allowed him access to the pair anyway.
   Defrocked Roman Catholic priest John Patrick Feeney, now 89, was convicted in 2004 of sexually assaulting two adolescent brothers in 1978 at St. Nicholas Parish in Freedom, which is in Outagamie County. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
   The victims, Troy and Todd Merryfield, claim in the civil suit filed that the Diocese of Green Bay knew Feeney had a history of molesting children and continued to give him unsupervised access to the pair. The suit, which alleges fraud and negligence, claims Feeney had sexual contact with boys during the 1960s and 1970s.

Diocese responds to civil action

  [1960s, 1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   DIOCESE OF GREEN BAY, ~ January 03, 2008
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- As reported in today's news, the Diocese of Green Bay has been named in a civil lawsuit alleging fraud by the Diocese pertaining to abuse in 1978 by John Feeney, a former priest of the Diocese who is now in prison.
   The Diocese of Green Bay and its leaders wish to express their compassion for anyone who has been abused, particularly those who have been harmed by Church ministers. One of the primary responsibilities of the Church is to be the face of God to others, and causing harm to anyone is contrary to our mission.
   In terms of the lawsuit, our nation's legal system is based on an adversarial relationship between the plaintiff and the defendant. Today, the lawyers for the plaintiffs in this case have tried to present the Diocese in a damaging light. In the weeks ahead, the Diocese will have its opportunity to respond to the allegations of the lawsuit in Outagamie County Circuit Court.

Church Asked for Names, Whereabouts of Clergy Who Abused Children

  - RCC.
   WBAY-TV - ABC2, By Emily Matesic, ~ January 03, 2008
   [Includes video]
  GREEN BAY (WI) -- In addition to a lawsuit filed by two men molested by a priest in the 1970s, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is being asked to come clean about clergy members that it knows abused children.
   Brothers Todd and Troy Merryfield and SNAP -- Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests -- want the community to be given the names and whereabouts of clergy members the diocese knows sexually assaulted minors.
   In a letter to Archbishop Timothy Dolan, SNAP asks the Green Bay diocese to release the names and locations of more than 50 clergy members. It states the Green Bay Catholic diocese released that figure in 2004 but not their names.

Merryfields Dropped Charges in 1970s

  [19760s, 1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   WBAY-TV - ABC2, By Natalie Arnold, ~ January 03, 2008
   [Includes video]
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- Todd and Troy Merryfield are suing the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay for the molestation they suffered at the hands of a priest as teenagers.
   When the abuse happened in the late 1970s, the Merryfield family went to police. They dropped the charges when the diocese assured them the problem would be solved.
   Standing on the steps of the diocese offices Wednesday, the Merryfields said they don't want to fight this battle. Instead, they say, they have to.

Men Sue Green Bay Catholic Diocese Over Pedophile Priest

  [1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   WBAY-TV - ABC2, By Elizabeth Ries, ~ January 03, 2008
   [Includes video]
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- Two men molested by a priest as teenagers filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, claiming officials there covered up the abuse.
   "They are going to be held accountable. They have to be. It can't ever occur again," victim Todd Merryfield said.
   Former priest John Patrick Feeney was convicted in 2004 for molesting two brothers, Troy and Todd Merryfield, in the late 1970s. The Merryfield brothers are now in their 40s. Their lawsuit claims officials at the diocese not only knew Feeney sexually abused numerous children but secretly moved him from parish to parish to cover it up.

Lawsuit claims Green Bay diocese knew of, covered up abuse: Sex assault by Catholic priest could have been avoided, suit says

  [1960s, 1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, By Andy Nelesen, ~ January 03, 2008
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay covered up years of sexual abuse by now-defrocked and imprisoned John Patrick Feeney and lied to parishioners about what they knew about previous incidents of molestation, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges.
   The suit, filed in Outagamie County Circuit Court, seeks unspecified damages for Troy and Todd Merryfield, two brothers originally from Freedom who attended St. Nicholas Church in the late 1970s.
   The men, complainants in the 2002 criminal case that sent Feeney, a former priest, to prison for 15 years, said they decided to file a civil lawsuit after learning the diocese knew about Feeney's assaults and failed to take action to protect others.

St. Andrew's sold to Bethel AME

  - RCC sells a church to Methodist Episcopal Church. Connected to child sex seduction.
   JAMAICA PLAIN GAZETTE (MA), By John Ruch, ~ January 03, 2008
   FOREST HILLS –The former St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church complex has been sold to the local Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
   Bethel AME, currently headquartered on Forest Hills Street, is a large congregation headed by well-known activists Rev. Ray Hammond and Rev. Gloria White-Hammond. The church leadership could not immediately be reached for comment.
   Bethel AME presumably will reuse the church building as a church. The nearby Young Achievers Science and Mathematics Pilot School reportedly has been in talks with the congregation about occupying part of the five-building complex.
   Local resident Maryetta Dussourd is seeking to have the St. Andrew's site landmarked and made the site of some type of memorial for its connection to the Catholic Church's child sexual abuse scandal.

Abuse allegation stuns church members

  [2007 Dec. - Mr Greenwood*] - United Methodist. Girl (5).
   THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, By Sarah Muench, ~ January 03, 2008
   PHOENIX (AZ) -- Members of Chandler's oldest church are leaning on each other for support after a Sunday-school teacher was arrested on suspicion of molesting a 5-year-old girl at the church.
   Police say Terry Greenwood, 62, a Chandler United Methodist Church Sunday-school teacher, molested the same girl on two Sundays at the church.
   He was indicted Monday, Dec. 31 by a grand jury on counts of child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor and indecent exposure. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:18 AM]
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#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Fri January 04, 2008 edition:

• Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse

  [Hoppe - NEW*] - Christian. Teenagers.  
   TMJ4-TV, MILWAUKEE (WI), www.todays local/1301 8617.html , By Mick Trevey and Katie DeLong, ~ January 04, 2008
   [Includes video]
   WALWORTH COUNTY – He dedicated his life to preaching and helping others.
   Now, one Wisconsin pastor is headed to prison. The final chapter in a case that shook a community.
   A pastor convicted of sexual assault gets his punishment - but not before facing his victim.
   This is a disgusting case. It involves a total abuse of trust. Scott Hoppe was hired to pray with teens. Instead, he preyed on them.

Diocese urges Catholics not to attend Fushek services

  [1984-94 Mons. Fushek] - Suspended RC priest. Founded Life Teen. Cost RCC US$100,000, now taking people as well. 7 young males.
   THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, By Jim Walsh, ~ January 04, 2008
   PHOENIX (AZ) -- The Diocese of Phoenix is urging Catholics not to attend a suspended priest's non-denominational services, but Dale Fushek's magnetism keeps filling the Mesa Convention Center while he awaits trial on misdemeanor sex charges.
   The former longtime pastor of St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Mesa, Fushek's latest service at his Praise and Worship Center is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Mesa Convention Center. His last service on Dec. 23 drew an estimated 700 people and his first service on Thanksgiving drew about 500.
   "We're actually encouraging Catholics to refrain from attending. We would hope that they don't," said Jim Dwyer, a spokesman for the Diocese. "I think most leaders in the church would say your devotion should be to Christ, not an individual leader."

Jesuits settle Omak abuse cases

  [1960s-70s Fr. Morse (Jesuit), Bro. Gates (Jesuit)] - RCC. US$4.8m compensation on top of $50m. Hundreds of children    
   THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW, By John Stucke, ~ January 04, 2008
   SPOKANE (WA) -- The Jesuits have agreed to pay $4.8 million to 16 people who were sexually abused as schoolchildren by priests on the Colville Indian Reservation in the 1960s and early 1970s. The abuse happened at the Catholic order's St. Mary's Mission and School near Omak.
   The allegations involve two Jesuits, John J. Morse, a priest now living in Spokane, and James Gates, a Jesuit brother living in Michigan.
   The settlement also calls on the Jesuits to raise at least $200,000 within a year to pay for a homeless shelter or homeless services in the Omak area. [...]
   With this latest settlement the Jesuits have now paid about $73 million to settle 194 sex abuse allegations. The numbers include $50 million paid to more than 100 Alaska Natives who said they were victimized by 15 Jesuit priests, brothers and others who were sent to villages.

Church delays closing parishes

  - RCC says "maintenance costs" are the reason.  
   CBC NEWS, January 04, 2008
   TORONTO (CANADA) -- The Roman Catholic Church on P.E.I. is pushing back its plans to amalgamate parishes on the Island, so it can take the time to explain the process to its parishioners.
   Originally the Diocese of Charlottetown planned to start the process of amalgamating parishes this spring, but pastoral initiatives committee chair Kerry Moore says more time is needed.
   The cost of maintaining the churches is one of the reasons for closing them.
   (CBC) "Rather than forge ahead and try to have something solid on paper by May, and have people not fully understand what it is we're trying to do, the council is now looking at prolonging that for perhaps another year," said Moore.

Jailed priest's prosecutors defend their case

   RENEW AMERICA, By Matt C. Abbott, January 04, 2008
   WASHINGTON (DC) -- The following is the text of a brief (which, as you can see, isn't exactly brief) filed by prosecutors last month in the case of Father Gerald Robinson, who "was convicted in May, 2006, for the 1980 murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, a 71-year-old Catholic nun who was strangled nearly to death, then stabbed 31 times," according to a Dec. 15, 2007 article in the Toledo Blade by religion editor David Yonke.
   The brief, "filed with Ohio's 6th District Court of Appeals, makes point-by-point rebuttals to arguments Robinson's attorneys made in August claiming the 69-year-old Catholic cleric did not receive a fair trial."

Lanner to Be Released from Jail Next Week

  [1970s-1997 Lanner] - Judaist. Prison ends. Former youth leader. Boys, girls, kicking, knife.
   JEWISH WEEK NEWS, By Gary Rosenblatt, ~ January 04, 2008
   Former NCSY leader will have served three years of seven-year sentence for sexually assaulting two teenage girls.
   NEW YORK (NY) -- After serving nearly three years for sexually assaulting two teenage girls in his charge in the mid-1990s, Rabbi Baruch Lanner, the former yeshiva principal and a longtime leader of the Orthodox Union's National Conference of Synagogue Youth, is scheduled to be released from a New Jersey state prison next week, The Jewish Week has learned.
   The rabbi, 58, was sentenced to up to seven years and has been in custody at Southwoods State Prison in Bridgeton for 35 months, following his conviction for criminal sexual contact.
   The charges leading to his arrest and imprisonment came from two former students who attended Hillel High School in Deal, N.J. where Rabbi Lanner was principal.

Jesuits agree to settlement in abuse case

  [1960s-70s - Jesuit priest and brother] - RCC. US$4.8m more for seductions. 16 indigenous children.
   THE SEATTLE TIMES, By Janet I. Tu, ~ January 04, 2008
   SEATTLE (WA) -- The Jesuit order in the Northwest has agreed to pay $4.8 million to 16 Native Americans who were sexually and physically abused years ago when they were students at a boarding school near Omak.
   The Roman Catholic order – formally named the Society of Jesus – and attorneys for the 15 women and one man announced the settlement Thursday. It comes two months after the Jesuits agreed to a record $50 million settlement stemming from abuses in Alaska.
   The victims in Thursday's settlement had all boarded at the now-closed St. Mary's Mission and School on the Colville Indian Reservation. They say they were abused in the late 1960s and early 1970s by a Jesuit priest and a Jesuit brother.

Jesuits Settle Indian Sex Abuse Suit

  [1960s-70s - Jesuit priest and brother] - RCC. US$4.8m more for seductions. 16 indigenous children.
   ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ January 04, 2008
   SPOKANE (WA) – An order of Roman Catholic priests announced a $5 million settlement Thursday with 16 people who said they were sexually abused while attending a boarding school on an American Indian reservation.
   The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, or Jesuit Order of priests, will pay $4.8 million in cash to the abuse victims and raise another $200,000 for the homeless in the area, the Jesuits and lawyers for the accusers said.
   The Jesuits operated St. Mary's Mission and School near Omak for more than 60 years until turning it over to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in 1973. The tribes now operate the school as the Paschal Sherman Indian School.

Brothers File Lawsuit Against Green Bay Diocese: Claim Church Covered up Father Feeney Abuse

  [1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   NBC 26 - WGBA-TV, By Mike Conroy, ~ January 04, 2008
   [Includes video and photo of Feeney]
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- In the late 1970's John Patrick Feeney, now stripped of his priestly duties, molested Todd and Troy Merryfield. They say it's because the diocese repeatedly covered-up his sexual indiscretions.
   Now they want justice in the form of a lawsuit. The brothers have filed suit against the Green Bay Diocese claiming the church let them down.
   After uncovering one confidential document after another, the Merryfield brothers say the Green Bay Diocese knew Feeney had a history of sexual indiscretions involving kids. The brothers claim one diocese official suggested Feeney be reassigned to an area where his reputation was not well known.

Seeking victims of priest abuse in Las Vegas

  [1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   KVBC-TV - NEWS 3, ~ January 04, 2008
   [Includes video]
   LAS VEGAS (NV) -- Did a Catholic priest, already in jail for abusing children during the 70's in Wisconsin, abuse any children here in Las Vegas? That's what representatives from SNAP, or Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, want to know.
   The two known victims of father John Patrick Feeney filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay yesterday. And as News 3's Jesse Corona reports, those victims believe the church simply transferred Feeney to other dioceses, including here to Las Vegas, instead of dealing with the allegations of abuse.
   "If it wasn't for the Diocese, Feeney would have never happened," victim Troy Merrifeld told News 3. Troy and his brother Todd Merrifeld say the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay was a willing partner in the abuse they endured at the hands of Father John Patrick Feeney.

Sex abuse victims' group calls for priest's records in Las Vegas

  [1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   WKBT (LA CROSSE, WI), ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ January 04, 2008
   LAS VEGAS -- A victims' advocacy group wants church officials in Nevada to open records and look for possible victims of a former Catholic priest who was convicted of sexually abusing adolescent boys in Milwaukee.
   A Diocese of Las Vegas spokeswoman says the church will respond if allegations are raised about the conduct of defrocked Roman Catholic priest John Patrick Feeney while he was in southern Nevada in 1985 and 1986.
   Spokeswoman Rachel Wilkinson says records kept with the Diocese of Reno, which administered the region before the Las Vegas diocese was created in 1995, show Feeney served as an associate pastor at St. Francis De Sales church in Las Vegas. He also served as a prison chaplain under the auspices of St. Joan of Arc in Las Vegas.
   The 81-year-old Feeney was convicted in 2004 of sexually assaulting two adolescent brothers in 1978 at St. Nicholas Parish in Freedom, Wisconsin. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Brothers Allegedly Molested by Priest File Fraud Lawsuit

  [1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   KLAS-TV, By Travell Eiland, ~ January 04, 2008
   [Includes video and photo of Feeney]
   LAS VEGAS (NV) New information is surfacing about a convicted pedophile priest who once served in Las Vegas. Now the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says 81-year-old John Patrick Feeney may have victims here.
   Members of SNAP -- the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests were here Thursday from Wisconsin, one of the states where John Patrick Feeney served time as a priest. They're hoping his picture will help uncover if he had any victims during his time in Las Vegas.
   Feeney is actually serving 15 years in prison right now. In 2004, a jury found him guilty of sexually molesting two young brothers in Wisconsin when he served there back in the 1970's.

State high court will hear sex case against ex-priest

  [1960s MacArthur*] - Christian. 3 girls.
   FOND DU LAC REPORTER, By Colleen Kottke, January 04, 2008
   JUNEAU – A criminal case against a former priest accused of sexually assaulting three Beaver Dam girls more than 40 years ago will be heard by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
   Dodge County District Attorney Steven Bauer filed charges two years ago in Dodge County Circuit Court against Bruce Duncan MacArthur, 85, who worked as a chaplain during the mid-1960s at St. Joseph Hospital.
   The former priest, who resides in a nursing home in Missouri, is charged with two counts of sexual intercourse with a child, four counts of indecent behavior with a child and one count of attempted indecent behavior with a child.

Cleveland diocese abuse policy comes under fire

  - RCC diocese changes its rules.
   THE PLAIN DEALER, By David Briggs, ~ January 04, 2008
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- The Cleveland Catholic Diocese has revised its policy on sexual abuse of minors to discourage anonymous tips.
   In addition, the revised policy calls for diocesan legal officials to direct investigations of non-clergy.
   The old policy did not specify whether the legal office or individual church agencies would direct the investigation of church workers and volunteers.
   The diocese says the revised policy also adds less confusing language to encourage greater reporting of abuse and requires parishes and church agencies to show they are complying. But a critic says it returns the church to "the bad old days" of cover-ups.
   "It is a legalistic document that is meant to cast a veil over their own behavior," said Cleveland lawyer William Crosby, who has represented abuse victims. "This makes me want to weep."

“Safe while in our care”: San Francisco archdiocese creates new office to protect children

  - RCC. Clergy moves to protect children from -- clergy.
   CALIFORNIA CATHOLIC DAILY, ~ January 04, 2008
   SAN DIEGO (CA) --The Archdiocese of San Francisco has established the Office of Children and Youth Protection, which will merge into a single office all existing archdiocesan agencies responsible for protecting children under archdiocesan care.
   “Parents must be assured that their children are safe while in our care,” Archbishop George Niederauer told the Dec. 21 Catholic San Francisco.
   Headed by Deacon John Norris, the office, according to the archdiocesan newspaper, will “consolidate the efforts of the various offices of the Pastoral Center that have become involved over time with carrying out mandates for dioceses issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the wake of the clergy sexual abuse crisis of recent years.”

Church lawsuits caused closings

  - RCC seductions' affects on school network.
   THE PRESS, [Letter to the Editor], ~ January 04, 2008
   ATLANTIC CITY (NJ) -- Let's face it, the obvious reason the Diocese of Camden is closing/merging so many of our schools is because of the "white elephant" in the middle of the room that no one is talking about - the money paid out in sexual-abuse lawsuit settlements, money that was donated by parishioners who assumed it would be used for admirable, charitable donations, such as subsidizing local Catholic schools. The money is no longer there.
   Andrew Walton, director of communications for the Camden Diocese, says it is courageous to make these difficult decisions to close/merge schools. The courage, however, is not on the part of the Diocese, but on the part of the dedicated parents and school faculty who put their blood, sweat and tears into making our school, Blessed Sacrament, the best it can be.
   But the Diocese seems to have a calculated plan to get out of the business of educating students. The timing of this right before Christmas, when all the school parents were overwhelmed with planning for their holy day, was apparent.
   Because of a handful of bad priests and the bishops who covered up their crimes, many fine priests, bishops and parishioners are left to clean up their mess. This has trickled down to the closing of our Catholic elementary schools. Once again, the youth of our church are the victims.
   Tricia Walsh Rafter, Longport

Diocese turns to online collection

  - RCC seeks regular Internet donations.
   CINCINNATI -- No cash for the collection basket at church? No problem.
   The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati has made online giving an option for its 230 parishes and 110 parochial and diocesan schools in its 19-county region.
   "It's a way to make things a little easier for people and for them to be a little more regular in their giving to the church," Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk said.
   The new way, he said, won't replace the old: the collection basket during Mass. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:43 AM]

• Designing a Liturgy for Dialogue

  - Boston RC archdiocese inviting "safe" discussions.
   HARVARD LAW BULLETIN, edu/alumni/ bulletin/2008/ winter/feature_ 2.php , Hands On, ~ January 04, 2008
   CAMBRIDGE (MA) -- The curriculum includes more clinical opportunities than HLS has ever offered
   From Jamaica (Plain) to Panama: Three Stories
   [Scroll down to read Story 2]
   2. Designing a Liturgy for Dialogue
   Adam McCauley For 2L Dave Baron, who is Catholic, it was the prospect of the clinical component that drew him to the class; he feels called to help his Church reach out and listen. 2L Becky Jaffe, a training director at the Harvard Mediation Program, signed up to learn more about dispute resolution. She just hadn't anticipated how much learning she'd be doing in church.
   Jaffe and Baron are both enrolled in the Dispute Systems Design seminar, in which Clinical Professor Robert Bordone '97 introduces students to the use of alternative dispute resolution to tackle complex conflicts within organizations and institutions. It's the first year that HLS has expanded its offerings in ADR to include a negotiation and mediation clinic, and this fall one of its five projects involves evaluating a method for promoting reconciliation within the Catholic community.
   At the behest of the Paulist Fathers in Boston and the Paulist Center's reconciliation and outreach consultant, Bob Bowers, the students are facilitating three “safe-space” dialogues for Catholics who are alienated from the Church. The aim is for participants to speak in an open and frank exchange with members of the Catholic hierarchy in Boston, including members of Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley's Cabinet. It's part of a wider reconciliation effort by the National Paulist Community in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal that first broke in Boston in 2002, the closing of parish churches that followed and ongoing dissension over Church doctrine. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 4:00 PM]
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#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sat January 05, 2008 edition:

• Coach charged with 'touching'

  [Mr Pratl -NEW*] - Christian school. Girl touched.  
   SOUTHTOWN STAR, www.southtown news/727321, 010508coach arrested. article , By Nathaniel Zimmer, ~ January 05, 2008
   TINLEY PARK (IL) -- A volunteer volleyball coach at St. Gerald School in Oak Lawn has been charged with having "inappropriately touched" a 12-year-old girl at a holiday party for team members held at his home last month, authorities said Friday.
   Dennis Pratl, 47, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The girl told police the alleged abuse occurred as she and three other students were leaving the party about 11 p.m. Dec. 28, Oak Lawn Police Chief Bill Villanova said.
   The girl, a volleyball player, was in the doorway of Pratl's home at 9333 S. 54th Ave. when the contact occurred, police said. The other students reportedly were just outside and about to be picked up and taken home.

«Preghiera per le vittime dei preti pedofili»

  [2008 Vatican -NEW* ]- RC laypeople asked to adore perpetually in reparation for clergy making victims of laypeople's children.  
   Corriere della Sera, January 05, 2008
   CITTA' DEL VATICANO (= VATICAN CITY) - Prayer and perpetual eucharistic adoration, at world wide level, for the victims of pedophilia and abuses committed by priests. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 PM]
   [COMMENT: Oh, dear!  Oh, dear!  First marry off the clergy as St Timothy and St Titus ordered, so that they will do less "preying", and we won't need more "praying." COMMENT ENDS.]

Church employee accused of having sex with girl

  [? 2007 Mr Young -NEW*] - Christian. Girl.  
   KEYE - CBS 42, By Seema Mathur, ~ January 05, 2008
   [Includes video]
   AUSTIN (TX) -- A maintenence man at this church was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl. Police are looking for a man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl in an East Austin church.
   The alleged assault took place at The Rock of Austin on East Martin Luther King Boulevard.
   According to the police affidavit, Gene Young, 27, worked at the church, and knew the girl since she was 12.

Vatican eyes prayer groups for sex abuse victims

  - Perpetual RC prayer for victims.  
   Reuters, 11:43pm, Sat Jan 5, 2008
   VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A top Vatican official has proposed creating prayer groups to pray for victims of sexual abuse by priests, in an effort to help heal wounds from recent abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church.
   Cardinal Claudio Hummes, head of the Congregation for the Clergy which oversees the world's 400,000 Catholic priests, told the Vatican's official newspaper that he had already written to bishops urging them to promote such groups in which priests and the faithful gather to pray together.
   "There have always been problems because we are all sinners," Hummes told the L'Osservatore Romano. "But in these days, truly very serious issues have been revealed."

Il Vaticano: preghiera mondiale per le vittime dei preti pedofili

  - RCs to pray for priests' victims.
   La Repubblica, ~ January 05, 2008
   CITTA' DEL VATICANO -- Una preghiera su scala mondiale per "le vittime delle gravi situazioni di condotta morale e sessuale di una piccolissima parte del clero", cioè per le vittime di pedofilia e abusi perpetrati da sacerdoti.
   VATICAN CITY: a world wide prayer for the victims of the pedophile priests
   The proposal was explained by the prefect of the Congregation for the clergy, Cardinal Hummes "the episodes are very bad but most of the clergy has nothing to do with these facts"
  [Photos of Bernard Law] Former archbishop of Boston, Bernard Law, [now of Rome] is responsible for one of the gravest cases related to pedophilia  
   CITTA' DEL VATICANO - A world wide prayer for the "victims for the grave situations of moral and sexual conduct of a very small part of the clergy", that's for the victims from pedophilia and sexual abuses perpetrated by priests.
   The proposal is made by the Vatican and it's announced in the "Osservatore Romano" by Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the prefect for the Congregation of the cledrgy, who deems to be a "priority to open "cenacoli eucaristici" which have to stir a great spiritual movement for prayer for all the priests and for their becoming saints". There are always been problems among the priests, he says, "for we are all sinners, though in this period very grave facts have occurred".

• LIVE from Boston, 6th anniversary of Globe breakthrough stories, reports from vigil throughout the day at City of Angels Blog tomorrow

  - STTOP rally to expose RCC cover-up on anniversary,  
   City of Angels, http://cityof 2008/01/ coming- sunday- january-6- 2008.html , for January 06, 2008
   BOSTON (MA) -- Sixth Anniversary of first Boston Globe articles that broke the story, Sunday Jan. 6, 2002
   City of Angels blog will post reports and updates on the vigil outside Boston Cathedral starting at 10 AM Pacific Time tomorrow, Sunday Jan. 6. STTOP activists have stood outside Boston Cathedral on Sundays since the story broke, especially a loosely organized group called Sidewalk VOTF.
   Tomorrow's vigil honors the sixth anniversay of the Boston Globe articles which broke January 6, 2002, and sparked national interest in the pedophile priest issue.
   A link in the left column of this blog takes you to the Jan 6 2002 Boston Globe article at bishop accountability, which was first in a two-part series. [ www.bishop- accountability. org/news/ 2002_01_06_ Rezendes_ Church Allowed.htm ]

Green Bay diocese calls claims 'utterly preposterous'

  [1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay promised a vigorous fight Friday against allegations it knew of a priest's history of sexual misconduct but gave him access anyway to two brothers he molested.
   Deacon Tim Reilly, the diocesan director of administration, declined to discuss a newly filed lawsuit over the abuse but promised to fight what he called “utterly preposterous” allegations that the diocese intentionally allowed the two boys to become sexual abuse victims.
   The civil lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Outagamie County Circuit Court.

Green Bay diocese calls sex abuse claim 'preposterous': Civil suit alleges church failed to protect boys

  [1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   Post Crescent, By Corinthia McCoy, January 05, 2008
   APPLETON POST (WI) -- Allegations that the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay intentionally allowed two boys to become sexual abuse victims are "utterly preposterous," Deacon Tim Reilly said Friday.
   Reilly, the diocesan director of administration, said the diocese plans to vigorously fight the accusation.
   Reilly spoke to the media Friday in response to comments made by the plaintiffs in a fraud lawsuit, but did not discuss the suit.

Catholic Diocese Responds to Accusations in Lawsuit

  [1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   WBAY - ABC2, By Chris Duffy, ~ January 05, 2008
   [Includes video]
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- Days after two victims of abuse filed suit accusing the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay of covering for a pedophile priest, the Church is responding.
   The suit was filed against the diocese on Wednesday, claiming the Church covered up sexual abuse by former priest John Patrick Feeney.
   In 2004, Feeney was convicted of sexually abusing Todd and Troy Merryfield in the 1970s. He's currently in prison serving a 15-year sentence.

Diocese touts performance on abuse audit

  - RCC.
   YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLICAN, By Jane Gargas, ~ January 05, 2008
   YAKIMA (WA) -- The Catholic Diocese of Yakima says it has started the new year with good news: It passed a recent audit of its sexual abuse policy.
   Local Catholic officials learned this week that the Yakima diocese, which encompasses seven Central Washington counties and includes 41 parishes, was found to be in full compliance with the United States Catholic Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
   This is the third time since 2004 it has been found to be in full compliance. The latest audit covered slightly more than 18 months, from November 2005 through last June.

Keeping a confidence a quality worth embracing

  - Protestant sect.
   CHURCH CENTRAL, By Ken Walker, ~ January 05, 2008
   LOUISVILLE (KY) -- Back in the early 1990s, a friend loaned me a copy of "Integrity" by Richard Dortch, an account of the problems at the now-defunct PTL Network that wound up with founder Jim Bakker and the author going to prison. [...]
   I'm well aware that many states have placed limits on the confidentiality of pastoral-parishioner confessions, particularly when it comes to clerics learning of sexual abuse.
   Recently, three pastors in Colorado experienced legal problems for failing to report sexual abuse by a church member, who reportedly fondled children during church functions.

Healing native wounds

  - Religions and civil power. Indigenous children.  
   EDMONTON SUN, By Andrew Hanon, ~ January 05, 2008
   EDMONTON (Alberta), CANADA -- If you stand in the parking lot of the new leisure centre in St. Albert, you can look north and see a historic red barn, standing like a lonely sentinel on a rise in the field.
   It's a serenely bucolic image, one that is enjoyed every day by the owners of the million-dollar McMansions that have recently erupted from the earth just a few hundred metres to the southwest.
   What they likely don't know is the barn's shameful and evil place in history, a site where hundreds of aboriginal children were tormented and abused in a church and government-sponsored campaign to eradicate native culture and assimilate them into mainstream society.

Brace yourself for final chapter in our shameful saga of abuse

  - RCC's industrial schools and reformatory institutions, but RCC will escape proper responsibility.  
   IRISH INDEPENDENT, ~ January 05, 2008
   DUBLIN (IRELAND) -- This year will see an attempt to conclude the long, sorry, dishonest saga of supposed recompense and healing to the thousands of men and women who suffered lifelong damage and injury in Ireland's industrial schools and reformatory institutions.
   The Commission on Child Abuse, though it has reached no acceptable conclusion, will nevertheless conclude. Compensation through the Redress Board will dwindle out. The Church will escape without telling the full truth or satisfying those it has damaged.
   Those who attended the schools will live out the remaining years of their lives conscious of having been repeatedly betrayed. They were betrayed as children, given false comfort as adults, and have watched the passage of the last eight years with growing despair and disbelief. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:08 AM]
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Moglie lo tradisce con sacerdote

  [2006-08 A priest -NEW*] - RCC. Married woman.  
   ANSA, site/notizie/ regioni/ puglia/news/ 2008-01-06_ 106160654. html , January 6, 2008
   His wife betrays him with a priest.  In Ostuni, a husband reports his wife's behavior at the carabinieri's station
   (ANSA) - OSTUNI (BRINDISI) ITALY , - He finds out his wife has a relationship with a priest, who teaches religion to his daughter, and reports the fact to the carabinieri.
   The story, published today in some local newspapers, happened in Ostuni, in the Province of Brindisi.
   It seems the relationship started in 2006.
   The man, a 44-year-old blue collar worker, is said to have found a diary where his wife logged the affectionate SMS messages exchanged with the priest. "It seemed I went to heaven", was one of the messages sent her by the priest.

BOSTON VIGIL, part 2: "You Can't Honk for Justice"

  - RCC. 40 or 50 attend 1700-seat cathedral, say critics.  
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ January 06, 2008
   BOSTON (MA) -- In Boston this morning Bob Sidorowicz said: “We used to have a sign that said honk if you're for justice. The church called the police because of all the honking. The next week our sign said You Can't Honk for Justice.”
   Sidorowicz was at the cathedral in downtown Boston this morning at a vigil honoring the sixth anniversary of Boston Globe articles which brought the pedophile priest issue into national view. However, the group, aka Sidewalk VOTF, has continued to hold vigils on Sundays in front of the cathedral in Boston since 2002. (A link to the first article in the Globe is in the left column of this blog.)
   Sidorowicz: I've been doing this about five years now. I read about it in the Globe when it first broke and I was really angry and wanted to do something. I came down here and asked these people if I could stand with them and I haven't left.
   “About 40 or 50 people showed up for Mass today in a cathedral that holds about 1700. They have one major mass and this is it.

BOSTON VIGIL: There were almost as many protesters as people attending Mass

  - RCC attenders less.
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ January 06, 2008
   (First report on vigil outside Boston Cathedral today honoring sixth anniversary of Boston Globe 2002 reports on pedophile priests.)
   BOSTON (MA) -- “I realized the Catholic Church had manmade rules and I was following them,” said Rosemary Morgan explaining why at age 80 she still shows up almost every Sunday to protest on the sidewalk outside Boston Cathedral. “I was mentally abused in my marriage," she said. “If I got married again I'd be excommunicated so it discouraged me. Then having this happen and other things in my life.”
   She's known as Our Lady of the Lawn Chair, one of a group of 25-30 who keep the fires burning in Boston while accusations of sex abuse by priests continue across the country. They show up every week, even as those in the news business see pedophile priests as old news.
   Most who come to the vigils are not "survivors" or family members of crime victims. These are just plain outraged people who aren't going to go back home now and let the church get away with years of covering up and aiding and abetting pedophiles. Perhaps three of the 25 persons outside Boston cathedral this morning are reportedly survivors. Those three left early.
   “We came 6 years ago to the cathedral and we were stunned at the response we got [? ... ?] shocked at the whole thing,” said Ruth Moore.

Judge: Statute of Limitations Doesn't Apply in Priest Abuse Case

   WCAX-TV, ~ January 06, 2008
   BURLINGTON (VT) - A new development in the case against a former Vermont priest accused of molesting several young men.
   Superior Court Judge Matthew Katz ruled Friday that the statute of limitations does not apply in the case of James Turner, who recently won his lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese. In early December, a jury agreed Turner had been abused by former priest Alfred Willis, and awarded him $15,000 in damages. But the jury also said the statute of limitations in the case had run out, so Turner could not collect that money. This latest decision from Judge Katz might change that.
   After the jury's ruling, Turner's attorney filed a post-trial motion, asking Judge Katz to re-examine the statute of limitations issue. Ruling on that motion, Judge Katz agreed with the lawyers that the Roman Catholic Diocese did not prove the statute applied in this case.

Church's abuse defense takes hit

   RUTLAND HERALD (VT), By Kevin O'Connor, ~ January 06, 2008
   BURLINGTON (VT) -- A judge has thrown out a jury decision that Vermont's Catholic Church isn't liable for a pedophile priest because an accuser's civil lawsuit was believed too old to prosecute under the state's statutes of limitations.
   "This defense of statute of limitation should not have been submitted to the jury," Judge Matthew Katz wrote in a ruling this week.
   As a result, the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese will have to pay $15,000 to James Turner, a 47-year-old Northeast Kingdom native, for his claims that it failed to protect him from the former Rev. Alfred Willis, a priest in Burlington, Montpelier and Milton before being defrocked in 1985.

Judge says Diocese isn't protected by time in priest case

   The Boston Globe, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ January 06, 2008
   BURLINGTON (VT) –A Superior Court judge has overturned a jury ruling that Vermont's Roman Catholic Diocese isn't liable for a pedophile priest because a victim's lawsuit was filed after the statute of limitations had expired.
   The ruling by Judge Matthew Katz could mean the diocese will have to pay $15,000 to James Turner, 47, who claimed the church failed to protect him from the actions of the former Rev. Alfred Willis.
   Last month a jury found that the Diocese failed to supervise adequately the now-defrocked Willis and awarded Turner the compensatory damages. But the jury also found that under the statute of limitations, Turner should have brought the claim by 1998.

Court tosses appeal try by priest: He is serving time for possessing child porn; said sentence too harsh

  [ 2004, and ? 2007 Yarrosh] - RCC. > US$23,000. Porn; ? 2007 Interstate to meet girl (7) while on parole and probation. 4-10yrs prison.
   THE MORNING CALL, By Chris Parker, ~ January 06, 2008
   ALLENTOWN (PA) -- A Schuylkill County Catholic priest serving a four- to 10-year state prison sentence for having hundreds of child pornography images has lost his state Superior Court appeal to reduce the term, and officials say his massive collection will be destroyed.
   The sentence against Ronald Yarrosh, 60, former assistant pastor at St. Ambrose Church in Schuylkill Haven, was upheld by a three-judge state Superior Court panel.
   District Attorney James P. Goodman said the ruling, by President Judge Kate Ford Elliott, Robert E. Colville and Susan P. Gantman, means the county can finally obliterate the extensive collection of pornographic magazines, pictures, books and videotapes Yarrosh kept in a rented Hazleton storage bin and a vacant Jim Thorpe home.

Maryland Bishops set Legislative Agenda

  - RCC.
   CATHOLIC ONLINE, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, By George P. Matysek, Jr., ~ January 06, 2008
   ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Repealing the death penalty is among the actions Maryland Catholic Conference leaders believe can be accomplished this year. The conference also has high hopes that a business tax credit to help nonpublic schools can be established, along with a proposed program to benefit women with unplanned pregnancies. [...]
   The conference will be fighting expected legislation legalizing same-sex marriage and a bill that Catholic leaders say would cripple the church's ministries by allowing child abuse-related civil suits that had been previously prevented by the statute of limitations. [...]
   Saying that it would cripple the many outreach ministries of the Catholic Church in Maryland, the conference will again oppose legislation allowing civil lawsuits against the three Catholic dioceses serving Maryland -- the archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington and the Diocese of Wilmington, Del. -- for sexual-abuse claims stretching beyond the current seven-year limitation. While such a bill was defeated last year, another is expected to be introduced this session, Dowling said. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:24 AM]
   [COMMENT: Repealing the death penalty is NOT standard Roman Catholic teaching -- or rather, it wasn't for the past 1600 years or so!  Those who learn history know that RCC courts used to hand over "heretics" and "witches" to the civil arm to be executed.  The various Inquisitions were only part of this evil policy.  The RCC plainly taught that the civil power was entitled to execute murderers and rapists.  RCC lesson books and other literature up to the 2nd Vatican Council in the 1960s plainly taught such doctrines.
   Orthodox, Lutheran, other Protestant, Anglican and other Christian sects also taught similar doctrines, and some still do so.  But the RCC used to trumpet that it alone had kept teaching all that Jesus Christ had taught, and never deviated from the Truth that he taught.  So this about-turn on the death penalty and its hypocricy on the matters is shocking to some RCs and some other observers.
   The attempt to avoid penalties and compensation for the RCC's long reign of seduction terror among children is evidence enough of the man-made nature of the policies of its leaders.  They are not being guided by holy spirit, or the Holy Spirit either. COMMENT ENDS.]

Bill would give victims more time to report abuse

   RIVER FALLS JOURNAL, By Judy Wiff, ~ January 06, 2008
   RIVER FALLS (WI) -- A bill recently introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature would remove the time limit for filing civil lawsuits for injury resulting from sexual assault of a child.
   While the new law would apply mainly to future victims, it would also give victims of earlier abuse a three-year window to file a civil suit.
   “We've been very pleased with the support. It's a bipartisan effort,” said Bill Berndt, River Falls. Berndt, a former state senator, is the Wisconsin representative and lobbyist for the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children.

No need to alter sex-abuse laws

   TIMES UNION, By Richard J. Bartlett, December 30, 2007
   ALBANY (NY) -- A recent Times Union Perspective article by Marge Markey, a member of the state Assembly, and Marci A. Hamilton, a professor at Cardozo Law School, requires response. The article [Victims in law] supported Assemblywoman Markey's bill to loosen the limitations of time, both criminal and civil, applicable to cases alleging sexual abuse of minors.
   The proposal would amend the Criminal Procedure Law by extending for an additional five years the current law that a minor who alleges that he or she was abused has until the minor reaches age 23 to come forward with the charge that the abuse took place and the alleged abuser is prosecuted. That means a prosecution may be brought 10 or more years after the event allegedly took place, an unreasonable extension of time.
   No mention is made in the article of the 2006 amendment to Section 30.10 of the Criminal Procedure Law, by which the crimes of first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree aggravated sexual abuse and first-degree sexual conduct against a child were exempted alltogether from the limitations of time for prosecution. These significant changes are a more than sufficient response to the demand for relaxation of the limitations of time with respect to serious sexual abuse of minor cases.

Victims tell of Brooklyn priest sex abuse

  [40yrs Mons. Zatarga*] - RCC. Making boys strip.
   Daily News, By Alison Gendar, ~ January 06, 2008
   [Includes photo of Zatarga]
   NEW YORK (NY) -- George Zatarga allegedly abused boys inside his home near Saratoga Springs.
   Father Zatarga liked to watch.
   That's what one of the men said as he recounted how more than 20 years ago the priest told him to undress and stand naked in front of a mirror while the priest watched.
   "Here he was, supposedly living a life of service in the name of the Lord, but he was doing this to his children," said the victim, now a 39-year-old New York City lawyer. "He was aiming for heaven but he was going the other way."
   Msgr. George Zatarga of the Diocese of Brooklyn was placed on administrative leave after he admitted to "inappropriate behavior" during his 40-year career, according to a Dec. 1 letter from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to parishioners.

Hundreds remain loyal to Fushek

  [1985 Mons. Fushek] - Suspended RC priest. Cost RCC US$100,000, now taking people as well.
   THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, By Jim Walsh, January 06, 2008
   [Note: The first 14 paragraphs of this article are almost identical to Diocese urges Catholics not to attend Fushek services, which was linked in Abuse Tracker on January 4, 2008. But then this article provides new material, and a new photograph.]
   PHOENIX (AZ) -- The Diocese of Phoenix is urging Catholics not to attend a suspended priest's non-denominational services, but Dale Fushek's magnetism keeps filling the Mesa Convention Center while he awaits trial on misdemeanor sex charges. [...]
   Many of those in attendance asked not be quoted by name. Some said they wanted to support an old friend, while others said they missed Fushek's charismatic preaching while at St. Timothy's.
   After the previous service, the diocese criticized Fushek for violating the terms of his suspension, which barred him from acting as a priest or engaging in any form of public ministry.
   Fushek was suspended in December 2004 when he was accused in a civil suit of performing a sex act on himself and watching as another priest sexually abused a teenage boy in 1985. The case was dismissed when the diocese reached a $100,000 settlement with the victim.

Can the Church learn to listen?

  - RCC to teach, or to learn?
   NJ VOICES, By Raymond A. Schroth, ~ January 06, 2008
   NEWARK (NJ) [...] I'd like to say that I thought of that analogy myself. But the Shakespeare-God is the creation of George Dennis O'Brien, whose new book, Finding the Voice of the Church (Notre Dame University Press), is an imaginative and challenging attempt to get the Catholic Church, which he acknowledges has recently lost much of its moral authority, to speak with a different voice by first learning how to listen.
   I first encountered Dennis O'Brien, philosopher and president emeritus of the University of Rochester, in the 1970s when he wrote in Commonweal magazine that philosophy should be taught not by philosophers but by English teachers.
   O'Brien confesses to being a "Commonweal Catholic," and considers his stance a "middle-of-the-road liberalism" sympathetic with the Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) agenda for lay participation in the governance of the church. But O'Brien is unpredictable in his analysis of the church's plight, and anyone who reads him merely to have his or her convictions bolstered is in for a few surprises.
   The American bishops, he says, have lost their public voice not merely because of the sexual abuse scandal. Even though American Mass attendance surpasses that of de-Christianized Europe, here the younger generation is falling away from Christian belief. One reason is that once the Vatican Council closed, "the spirit of dialogue evaporated." John Paul II and then Cardinal Ratzinger, head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, conducted a teaching papacy, not a learning papacy, as if they feared open discussion.

Pope steps in: Phoenix bishop appointed as temporary head of Gallup Diocese

  [Bishop Pelotte gone for a year - medical, it is said.]
   GALLUP INDEPENDENT, By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola, ~ January 06, 2008
   GALLUP (NM) -- For Catholics in the Diocese of Gallup, the third day of the New Year brought a sweeping change in local church leadership.
   The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, has been appointed apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Gallup by Pope Benedict XVI, and Gallup Bishop Donald E. Pelotte has been granted a one-year medical leave of absence. [...]
   Sex abuse allegations
   When asked about his approach to dealing with clergy sex abuse allegations – in light of the recent civil lawsuit against the diocese by a Navajo man who claims a Franciscan priest sexually abused him in Shiprock in the mid-1980s, Olmsted said he had a three-step approach.
   First, he said, he emphasizes the importance of law enforcement authorities being notified about the allegation. Secondly, Olmsted said, he tries to extend a pastoral response to the person making the allegation and to their family, and thirdly, he authorizes an investigation into the credibility of the allegation.

Regarding the lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis

  - RCC.
   EVANSVILLE COURIER & PRESS, January 06, 2008
   EVANSVILLE (IN) -- Q: Regarding the lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis: During the time this stuff was going on, was Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger working in that diocese? Was he a parish priest or was he working in administration?
   A: Gettelfinger was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 1961, was named domestic prelate (in the vernacular, "monsignor," although that's not a title, but a form of address), and became bishop of the Diocese of Evansville in 1989.
   In the interim – including the period when lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis allege sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests at parishes within the Archdiocese took place – Gettelfinger served the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in various capacities. Over the years, he was an associate pastor and pastor, teacher, guidance counselor and principal at Bishop Chatard High School; the diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools; the rector of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral; the Archdiocesan Chancellor and Vicar General.

Second Oregon man alleges Omaha diocese ignored abuse reports

  [1970s Lucas*] - RCC. Boy.
   BEATRICE DAILY SUN (NE), January 4, 2008
   [Note: This January 4, 2008 article is no longer accessible on the website of the Beatrice Daily Sun. We provide a link to Google's cache of the article.]
   OMAHA, Neb. - A second man from Springfield, Ore., has filed a lawsuit in Nebraska alleging that the Omaha Archdiocese ignored reports that one of its priests was having improper contact with children.
   The lawsuit was filed this week in U.S. District Court on behalf of Nick Johnson, who contends the Omaha diocese allowed him to be abused in the late 1970s by the Rev. Duane Lucas, now deceased.
   The same allegation was made in an April lawsuit filed on behalf of Cary Claar of Springfield, a city of 55,000 in western Oregon. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:17 AM]

Oregon man alleging abuse sues Omaha Archdiocese

  [1970s-80s Lucas] - RCC. Boy.
   NTV - ABC, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ January 06, 2008
   OMAHA (NE) -- An Oregon man says in a lawsuit that the Omaha Archdiocese ignored reports that 1 of its priests was having improper contact with children.
   Nick Johnson of Springfield, Oregon, is suing the archdiocese in U.S. District Court in Omaha.
   Johnson says he was sexually assaulted by the Reverend Duane Lucas, now deceased, from the late 1970s into the 1980s.

Cardinal: Pray for Sexual Abuse Victims

  - RC clergy to lead worldwide prayer for clergy's victims.  
   The Associated Press, ~ January 06, 2008
   VATICAN CITY (AP) – A Vatican cardinal is calling for special prayer sessions worldwide for the victims of sexual abuse by priests.
   A letter has been sent to bishops urging them to promote initiatives in their dioceses for special prayers, Cardinal Claudio Hummes said in an interview published in Saturday's edition of Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano. He did not indicate when such initiatives might begin.
   "There have always been problems because we are all sinners," said Hummes, who heads the Vatican office overseeing priests worldwide.
   "But in these times some truly very grave deeds have come to light," he said in a reference to the scandals of sexual abuse of minors by clergy. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 AM]
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• 'Pillars of the community' grooming children on the internet

  [2008 Martin -NEW*] - Christian. Internet grooming of girl (12).      
   24DASH.COM, www.24dash. com/news/ Communities/ 2008-01-07- Pillars-of- the-community- grooming- children-on- the-internet ; By Jon Land, ~ January 07, 2008
   WHITESTONE, HEREFORD (ENGLAND) -- Some people thought to be pillars of the community are being arrested as predatory paedophiles, police tell a TV programme to be shown tonight. [...]
   The ITV1 programme tracked down and confronted a former priest allegedly trying to groom a schoolgirl from Wales.
   In a confrontation in a German internet cafe, 36-year-old Martin admits to sending 12-year-old Becky photos of naked young girls, asking her to send him a bra she has worn and having child pornography on his computer at home. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:51 AM]

"Arrestate il prete latin lover"

  [2006-08 A priest*] - RCC. Married woman.  
   La Stampa, By MARCO NEIROTTI, ~ January 07, 2008
   OSTUNI (Brindisi), ITALY -- Mai che questi ragazzini si facciano i fatti loro, ha forse pensato l'insegnante di religione. E' nel diario della figlia che un operaio di 44 anni ha trovato conferma alle voci di paese e ai suoi sospetti: un bell'incontro tra la moglie e il prete. Intenso, duraturo, delicato e passionale: «Amore, mi sono appena guardata allo specchio e ho un livido sul labbro. Ne sai qualcosa?», scrive lei al suo riferimento sipirituale e fisico.
   In OSTUNI in Puglia: a man prefers to go to the carabinieri than to the divorce lawyers
   "Arrest the priest Latin lover"
   Husband accuses the parish priest for sexual violence: he stole my serenity
   You are not supposed to look into children's diary as children must not look into the cell phones of their parents. But it happens. And daddy looks into the pages of her daughter's diary and he is hit by how the child is praying Jesus: she asks Jesus to placate her pain for the betrayal of her mother and more than that with a priest, perhaps the one who is teaching her religion. And she implores Jesus so that the future of the family could be safeguarded, avoid its dismemberment, abandonment and tears.
   The betrayed investigator in his report to the carabinieri adds other elements. There are messages copied on paper, by pen, written by his wife. "It seems I went to Heaven", "I won't ever tire to thank God to have allowed our encounter. You are the most beautiful thing ever happened to me". "Your love made me dream, it was so beautiful and I miss you so much. I love you so much I could die". And she also loves him "to die from". Luckily the blue collar worker doesn't make them content [sic]. He prefers to go to the carabinieri. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM ]

Vatican calls on the faithful for mass apology for sex scandals

  - RCC calls on laity to pray for priests' victims.  
   THE GUARDIAN, MANCHESTER (ENGLAND), By John Hooper, ~ January 07, 2008
   VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican has called on Catholics to atone for the sex abuse scandals that have engulfed their church in recent years by taking part in what may be the largest global prayer initiative ever seen.
   Cardinal Cláudio Hummes told the Vatican's official daily, L'Osservatore Romano, that every diocese in the world should name a priest to work full-time on the arrangements for the "perpetual adoration" of the eucharist. This would involve parishioners taking turns to keep a round-the-clock vigil in front of a consecrated host representing the body of Jesus.
   The initiative has all the hallmarks of the thinking of Pope Benedict, and would certainly not have been launched in this way without his full support.
   Hummes, the head of the Vatican ministry for the clergy, said a letter had gone to "dioceses, parishes, rectories, chapels, monasteries, convents and seminaries" calling on them to organise groups of "adorers". The aim was "to make amends before God for the evil that has been done and hail once more the dignity of the victims", who had suffered from the "moral and sexual conduct of a very small part of the clergy". He did not indicate how long he saw the adoration continuing. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:38 AM]

Pope calls for continuous prayer to rid priesthood of paedophilia

  - RCC still wants people to do the praying for priests' sins.
   THE TIMES, LONDON (ENGLAND), By Richard Owen, ~ January 07, 2008
   VATICAN -- Pope Benedict XVI has instructed Roman Catholics to pray “in perpetuity” to cleanse the Church of paedophile clergy. All dioceses, parishes, monasteries, convents and seminaries will be expected to organise continuous daily prayers to express penitence and to purify the clergy.
   Vatican officials said that every parish or institution should designate a person or group each day to conduct continuous prayers for the Church to rid itself of the scandal of sexual abuse by clergy. Alternatively, churches in the same diocese could share the duty. Prayer would take place in one parish for 24 hours, then move to another.
   Vatican watchers said that there was no known precedent for global prayer on a specific issue of this kind. There are about one billion Roman Catholics worldwide.

600 attend former priest's services

  [1985 Mons. Fushek] - Suspended RC priest. Cost RCC US$100,000, now taking people as well.  
   THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, By Dan Shearer, ~ January 07, 2008
   PHOENIX (AZ) -- More than 600 people brushed aside a request from the Phoenix Catholic Diocese to avoid services led by former Monsignor Dale Fushek, packing three rooms at the Mesa Convention Center on Sunday.
   The Praise and Worship Center, launched on Thanksgiving by Fushek and former priest Mark Dippre, mixes Catholic and evangelical worship styles and largely draws an over-40 crowd loyal to Fushek despite his legal problems.
   Fushek is accused of misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and indecent exposure stemming from his relationships with five teenage boys from 1984 to 1993. The Arizona Supreme Court heard an appeal in the case in December but has not issued an opinion.

The Schools settlement: Ottawa paying out $1.9 billion to aboriginal former students

  - Paying Can$1,900,000,000.00. > 80,000 Amerind children.  
   WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, By Alexandra Paul, ~ January 07, 2008
   WINNIPEG, MANITOBA (CANADA) -- By the end of January, $1.9 billion should be in the hands of people who had to attend residential schools set up for status Indians.
   Aboriginal leaders say children who were forced into the schools under federal law were also systematically stripped of their aboriginal identities, languages and culture under a misguided government assimilation policy. Hundreds of survivors reported sexual, physical and emotional abuse in the institutions. The court-supervised compensation is the first official recognition of the toll the schools exacted on the aboriginal population in Canada. It's also believed to be the largest compensation package ever to First Nations.
   The Indian Residential Schools Resolution office, handling the distribution of cheques through Service Canada, had estimated the number of eligible recipients at 80,000 coast to coast, but more have filed for cheques. Some will be eligible and some won't be.

A third of Catholic churches shut down in small Quebec city

  - RCC closes a third of its churches.
   THE GLOBE AND MAIL, TORONTO (CANADA), By Tu Thanh Ha, ~ January 07, 2008
   MONTREAL – In nearly six decades playing the organ at her Quebec parish, Colette McCarthy witnessed historic changes in the Roman Catholic liturgy, as celebrations switched from Latin to French and mixed choirs were introduced.
   But the most significant trend she noticed was that each year there were fewer priests, fewer masses and fewer churchgoers.
   And so it was that yesterday, the first Sunday of 2008, Mrs. McCarthy's hometown of Rimouski found itself with a third of its Catholic churches closed.

Diocese to weigh fate of churches

  - RCC delaying church closures here.  
   THE REPUBLICAN, By Angela Carbone, ~ January 07, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield will spend the coming months "listening" to parishioners in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties as it weighs the future of its churches.
   Nearly a year after the diocese was presented with a downsizing recommendation that called for closing three churches, merging 10 churches into five, and linking several dozen others across Western Massachuetts, there is still no definitive plan.
   The diocese will schedule "listening sessions," which it hopes to complete by spring. The diocese is seeking input from church leaders and members from 10 regions it has established in the four counties it serves, according to spokesman Mark E. Dupont.

Critics finally see some chinks in Spota's armor

   NEWSDAY, By Bart Jones, January 07, 2008
   MELVILLE (NY) -- Thomas Spota has enjoyed such a sterling reputation as Suffolk County district attorney that it is not easy to find people willing to say anything remotely negative about him. [...]
   Since winning office in 2001, he has steadily burnished his reputation and even gained national attention by investigating sexual abuse by priests in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, rooting out corruption among politicians of all stripes and methodically prosecuting tough-to-win cases like the 2001 murder of East Hampton financier Ted Ammon. [...]
   2003 - Releases Grand Jury report on sexual abuse by 58 priests in the Diocese of Rockville Centre dating back decades. Wins national attention for issuing one of the first such reports in the country. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:02 AM]

Visiting historical Brooks Cemetery will get much easier

  - RCC sex abuse put ancestors' graves at risk.
   STATESMAN JOURNAL, By Capi Lynn, January 07, 2008
   SALEM (OR) -- Hopefully the dreaded days of parking along the narrow shoulder of busy Brooklake Road NE and climbing the steep embankment to pay respects are numbered. [...]
   A group of descendants formed the cemetery association in 2001, hoping to establish better access. The association was on the verge of being conveyed the deed about the time the archdiocese filed bankruptcy in 2004, under the weight of sexual abuse lawsuits.
   Now after three years, conveyance of the deed is in the works, according to St. Joseph Catholic Church, which oversees the cemetery for the archdiocese.

Medical board's action on 123 sexual exploitation cases seen as not enough

  - General comment.  
   VENTURA COUNTY STAR, By Tom Kisken, January 06, 2008
   CAMARILLO (CA) -- He called her "sweet pea," held her hand and warned her about moving too fast with her fiancee. What began as flirtation morphed into an affair that was twice consummated. [...]
   Sex with a patient is a twisting of authority on the same level as abuse at the hands of a priest or a teacher, said Steve Altchuler, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a U.S. authority on patient-doctor relationships.
   "The impact is absolutely devastating," he said. "The patient feels they've been taken advantage of by someone they've trusted. Sexual violations go to the very core of who we are." [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:44 AM]
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Hearing for teacher accused of sex abuse still unscheduled

  [? 2007 Ms Adams -NEW*] - RCC. Student.  
   DODGE CITY DAILY GLOBE, www.dodgeglobe. com/stories/ 010808/ loc_ 20080108002. shtml , By Mark Vierthaler, January 08, 2008
   DODGE CITY (KS) -- Tabatha Adams, a former second-grade teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral School who is charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old student, appeared in court Monday to learn the date of her preliminary hearing.
   The date will be determined later this week.
   Linda Eckelman, Adams' court-appointed attorney, said the prosecution and defense would set a date after looking at their respective calendars. Eckelman also asked the court to reduce Adams' bail from $500,000 to $50,000 so she could stay with her parents in Salina. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 8, 2008 12:16 PM]

!!!: Compo for church sex assault victim

  [1982-85 Ms Groth -NEW*] - Baptist. Woman to girl.    
   NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, TOWNSVILLE, QUEENSLAND (AUSTRALIA), http://nqr. farmonline. regional_ detail.asp? class=national% 20news& subclass= general&story_ id=1157719& category= general ; By Geesche Jacobsen, ~ January 08, 2008
   PICTON - A woman has been awarded compensation for repeated sexual assault by a former pastoral assistant and youth leader at a Baptist church. Louise Audet, 41, was awarded $45,000 for the abuse, which started in 1982, when Cheryl Groth, 51, was her year 10 teacher at Picton High School. The abuse continued for about four years when Groth introduced her to Baptist churches where Groth had become involved in youth groups and later as a pastoral assistant. Ms Audet first complained to the church 20 years ago, but believes it failed to act. When she was later told the case could not proceed in the criminal courts, she took civil action against Groth, which finished last month. The District Court found that Groth had sexually assaulted Ms Audet and had tried to penetrate her digitally while she was allegedly falling in and out of consciousness. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 8, 2008 8:10 AM]

Former Ohio Woman Names Catholic Priest As Her Molester

  [1989-91 Zalenski - ? NEW*] - RCC. Female.    
   WTRF - CBS7, WHEELING (WV), By D.K. Wright, ~ January 08, 2008
   [Includes video]
   CAMBRIDGE, Ohio – Beth Rocker grew up in the Cambridge, Ohio, area.
   She alleges that Father Gary A. Zalenski sexually abused her when she was 10 and 11 years-old, from 1989 to 1991.
   "After you finish catechism and take your first communion, everyone in the parish becomes an altar boy, an altar girl, a server," she said. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 8, 2008 7:42 AM]

Catholic church under pressure to stop sale of paedophile's book

  [2007-08 Curran - ? NEW*] - RCC. Selling perpetrator's book! 3 convictions. Boys.  
   THE GUARDIAN, MANCHESTER (ENGLAND), By Henry McDonald, ~ January 08, 2008
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- The Catholic church in Northern Ireland is facing demands that it withdraw a book it has been selling which was secretly written by a convicted paedophile.
   Where Donard Guards was written under a pseudonym by Father Daniel Curran, who has three convictions for sex offences against young boys. The priest tried to hide his identity by using the nom de plume "Nicholas Russell".
   The book - one of the biggest local sellers in Northern Ireland over Christmas - was advertised in the bulletin at Maghera parish, County Down, as "a quality history of Newcastle ... written by a parishioner" and available for sale in the parish shop. Curran lives in Newcastle, a seaside resort at the foot of the Mourne mountains.

Police seek man accused of sexually assaulting a minor

  [2004- ?07 Young*] - Christian. Girl.  
   NEWS 8, By Bob Robuck, ~ January 08, 2008
   [Includes video]
   AUSTIN (TX) -- Austin Police said a 16-year-old girl was the victim of sexual assault at the Rock Austin Church in East Austin, and now they're looking for the man she claims attacked her.
   An arrest warrant is out for 27-year-old Gene Young, who works at the church. In the affidavit the girl claims Young befriended her when she was 12 and began texting her two years later with suggestive messages.
   The document states that in March, 2006, the girl began a sexual relationship with Young, and that she had sex with him at the church more than 100 times. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 8, 2008 8:05 AM]

Guernsey County Priest Formally Accused of Sex Abuse

  [1989-91 Zalenski*] - RCC. Girl.
   WTOV - NBC9, ~ January 08, 2008
   [Includes video]
   WHEELING (WV) -- A woman who claims she was sexually abused by a priest said she came forward because keeping silent will only hurt others.
   The alleged victim field a complaint Monday with the Guernsey County Sheriff's Department against Rev. Gary Zalenski, a Catholic priest who formerly served in Neffs.
   The woman, who is now 28 years old, said Zalenski abused her over a span of years starting when she was 10 years old.

VOTF and the Reform of the Governmental Structure of the Catholic Church

  [Decades - RCC priests] - Exposure of RCC hierarchy started in 1984.  
   VOICE FROM THE DESERT, By Thomas Doyle, January, 2008
   If one looks at what has happened in the institutional Catholic Church since 1965, the year that Vatican II ended, one sees a roller-coaster ride of progressive advances and regressive retreats. Since the reign (and I use that word intentionally, rather than “pontificate”) of John Paul II the institution has been on what some call a restorationist path. This refers to the process of restoring the Catholic Church to the splendor of the pre-Vatican II days when bishops were princes, the pope was the emperor and the lay people kept their mouths shut and their wallets open.
   All along there has been a movement among some lay, cleric and hierarchical Catholics to continue with the vision of Vatican II. Today, all of the bishops in that movement in the US are either dead, retired or in exile. The “Vatican II” clergy are growing old, discouraged, tired and are either retired or have left altogether. They have been replaced by a couple generations of younger clergy who often describe themselves as “John Paul II” priests. Others describe them as the ‘Catholic Taliban,” “the Young Nazis” or words to that effect. Lately several scholars have written about them and the assessment is worse than discouraging. It's frightening.
   The need for deep reform exploded to the surface in January, 2002 with the revelations in Boston that Catholic bishops had been hiding, enabling and supporting sexually dysfunctional criminals in the priesthood. VOTF started off and brought with it hope, a voice for anger, disillusionment and frustration. Now we are five years down the road from January 6, 2002. This was not the beginning salvo of the clergy abuse assault. That happened in summer of 1984 with the revelations in Louisiana that the bishop there had done was Bernard Law had done...but Lafayette is not Boston and the Times of Acadiana is not the Boston Globe. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on January 8, 2008 2:11 PM]

Local Woman Speaks Out About Abuse

  [1989-91 ? Zalenski*] - RCC. Girl.
   WHIZ-TV, By Kathryn Snodgrass, ~ January 08, 2008
   [Includes video]
   ZANESVILLE (OH) -- An area woman who says she was molested as a child by a priest spoke publicly for the first time today.
   Twenty-eight year-old Beth Rocker says she was abused by a recently suspended priest at a church in Lore City, Ohio.
   Rocker filed a formal complaint today with the Guernsey County Sheriff's Department about the sexual abuse she endured over a three-year period from 1989 to 1991 that started when she was just 10 years old.

Ex-priest Janssen's contempt hearing delayed

  [Years - Janssen (86)] - RCC. US$80,000 bonds still missing. His nephew.
   QUAD-CITY TIMES, By Ann McGlynn, January 08, 2008
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- A contempt-of-court hearing to determine whether defrocked priest James Janssen will face a fine or jail time for failure to produce financial documents was delayed today because Janssen's court-appointed attorney was sick.
   The hearing will be Tuesday instead.
   In November, Janssen, 4315 W. High St., Davenport, was given two months to produce the savings bonds by Scott County District Judge Bobbi Alpers. He could face a fine of up to $500 or up to six months in county jail if he does not do so.
   The defrocked priest was ordered by a jury 2½ years ago to pay his nephew $1.9 million for years of sex abuse. An analysis by an accountant hired by nephew James Wells showed that he did not account for $80,000 in savings bonds.

Victims Too Late in Allegations Against Brooklyn Priest

  [40yrs Mons. Zatarga*] - RCC. Boys stripped, touched.
   BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE, By Ryan Thompson, ~ January 08, 2008
   BROOKLYN (NY) -- After recently accusing a former Brooklyn priest of molesting them decades ago, three brothers, as well as a New York City attorney, must accept that the law will absolve the Father of his alleged sins.
   Father George Zatarga, of the Diocese of Brooklyn, cannot be prosecuted for his purported crimes from years ago; the statute of limitations has run its course. The men had five years to formerly accuse the man they say inappropriately touched them during Zatarga's “counseling” sessions.
   New York Criminal Procedure Law states that the statute of limitations regarding these types of sexual offenses is five years. However, if the victim is under the age of 18, that five-year period begins to run when the victim turns 18 years old, or when the victim reported the crime to a law enforcement agency or statewide central registry of child abuse – whichever occurred first.

Suspended Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Defies Diocese and Leads Non-Denominational Prayer Services

  [1985 Mons. Fushek] - Suspended RC priest. Cost RCC US$100,000, now taking people as well.
   LIFESITE, PITTSBURGH (PA), By John Connolly, ~ January 08, 2008
   PHOENIX, Arizona - Despite warnings and requests from the Diocese of Phoenix, a suspended priest who faces criminal sex abuse charges has been leading prayer services attended by his personal devotees.
   Monsignor Dale Fushek, who faces multiple sex-related misdemeanor charges, holds non-denominational prayer services at the Mesa Convention Center. The diocese has requested that Catholics not attend the services, because of the scandal caused by them.
   "We're actually encouraging Catholics to refrain from attending We would hope that they don't," said Jim Dwyer, a spokesman for the diocese. "I think most leaders in the church would say your devotion should be to Christ, not an individual leader."

Priest slept nude with boy, court hears

  [1967-70 Mons. Prince] - RCC. 13 boys.    
   OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Andrew Seymour, ~ January 08, 2008
   OTTAWA, ONTARIO (CANADA) -- A retired priest and former Vatican official would fondle, shower and sleep nude with a young male at his Wilno cabin and Ottawa apartment, a Pembroke court heard Monday.
   Testifying on the first day of Msgr. Bernard Prince's trial on a single charge of indecent assault, the now 44-year-old alleged victim said the sexual conduct began in the summer of 1976 when he was 13 years old.
   According to the man, who cannot be named due to a court-ordered publication ban, Msgr. Prince's request for a back massage was a prelude to a series of 10 to 12 sexual encounters over a two-week period while the two stayed in the cabin alone. According to the man's testimony, Msgr. Prince would strip naked before guiding the boy's hand to his genitals. Msgr. Prince allegedly would fondle the boy's genitals at the same time.

'I despise the man': Accuser faces down priest in courtroom

  [1976-79 Mons. Prince] - RCC. 13 boys.
   OTTAWA SUN, ONTARIO (CANADA), By Tina Peplinskie, ~ January 08, 2008
   PEMBROKE -- A man who said he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest over a three-year period recounted details of the alleged incidents in Pembroke Superior Court yesterday.
   The 44-year-old Toronto man, who can't be identified because of a publication ban, testified about abuse he claims to have suffered at the hands of retired monsignor Bernard Prince between 1976 and 1979.
   Prince, a close friend of the man's family, faces one count of indecent assault for incidents alleged to have occurred at his cottage in Wilno, at the complainant's home in Madawaska Valley and during a week-long visit to Prince's apartment in Ottawa.

Priest from Newbury jailed for sexually abusing a string of young girls over a 25-year period

  [Years -McDonagh] - RCC. 10 girls.    
   IRELAND -- A retired priest, living in Newbury, has been jailed by a court in Ireland for sexually abusing several young girls over a 25-year period.
   Father Patrick McDonagh, 75, pleaded guilty on December 20 to eight counts of sexual and indecent assault on four girls, and voluntarily admitted abusing six others, all aged between six and 10 at the time.
   Counsel for the prosecution, Melanie Greally, told the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin that when he was arrested a year ago for allegedly abusing a young girl in 1990, McDonagh had told police that he had also abused nine other girls.

Benedict XVI Calls Catholic Faithful to Adoration in Reparation for Clergy Sex Abuses

  - RC clergy to lead adoration to repay God for sins of -- RC clergy.  
   LIFESITE, PITTSBURGH (PA), By John Connolly, ~ January 08, 2008
   ROME -- In an attempt to atone for homosexuality in the Roman Catholic priesthood, Pope Benedict XVI has called for constant prayer in churches worldwide in what some claim is the largest prayer initiative ever seen.
   The instruction was sent to bishops in the form of a letter by Cardinal Cláudio Hummes of Brazil, head of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy. He told L'Osservatore Romano, that the Pope wanted Catholics to pray "to make amends before God for the evil that has been done and hail once more the dignity of the victims," who had suffered from the "moral and sexual conduct of a very small part of the clergy". He did not indicate how long he saw the adoration continuing.
   Cardinal Hummes said a letter had gone to "dioceses, parishes, rectories, chapels, monasteries, convents and seminaries" calling on them to organize groups of adorers of the Blessed Sacrament.

Vatican official proposes plans for reparation for priestly abuse

  - RCC wants laypeople to make reparation for sins of - RC clergy.
   CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, WASHINGTON (DC), By John Thavis, ~ January 08, 2008
   VATICAN CITY -- A leading Vatican official has proposed a worldwide program of eucharistic adoration to seek spiritual reparation for the damage caused by the sexual abuse of children by priests.
   Cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, said the initiative would involve dioceses, parishes, monasteries, convents and seminaries in a prayer movement to support priestly holiness.
   In a particular way, the initiative will ask reparation "for the victims of grave situations of moral and sexual conduct of a very small percentage of clergy," Cardinal Hummes said in an interview Jan. 4 with the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope asks for prayers for abusive clergy

  - RC leader wants the followers to make reparation for the sins of -- the RC leaders.
   VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI spoke at the Vatican calling for daily prayer to rid the Catholic Church of "grave situations" involving the sexual activity of some clergy.
   The pope asked Roman Catholics to pray for the "mercy of God for the victims of the grave situations caused by the moral and sexual conduct" of clergy members in daily prayers of penance and purification, The Times of London said Monday.
   Church leaders at the Vatican said each parish or diocese shall designate a person or group to conduct daily and continuous prayer services to cleanse the church of the scandal.

Worldwide Eucharistic adoration campaign for priests and sex abuse victims started

  - RCC adoration to stop the fornication.
   CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY, DENVER (CO), ~ January 08, 2008
   VATICAN CITY -- The Congregation for the Clergy has launched a worldwide Eucharistic adoration campaign for the holiness of priests and for vocations to the priestly life. One particular focus of the new effort is to pray for the victims of clergy sexual abuse.
   According to Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, the head of the Vatican dicastery, the purpose of the initiative is for there to be somebody, somewhere, praying for priests every hour of the day before the Blessed Sacrament, as well as imploring the intercession of the Virgin Mary.
   Hummes, the head of the Vatican ministry for the clergy, said a letter was sent to "dioceses, parishes, rectories, chapels, monasteries, convents and seminaries" calling on them to organise groups of "adorers". The letter asks the faithful "to make amends before God for the evil that has been done and hail once more the dignity of the victims", who had suffered from the "moral and sexual conduct of a very small part of the clergy.”

Bishop Harrington timeline

  [Winona Diocese] - RCC. US$3.7m + $1.7m in 15yrs. Sexual abuse.  
   POST-BULLETIN, ~ January 08, 2008
   ROCHESTER (MN) -- A look at Bishop Bernard Harrington's years at the Diocese of Winona:
   2002: The sex-abuse crisis hits the U.S. Catholic Church. "I am concerned for those whose faith is shaken," says Harrington, who calls for a day of fasting and prayer "for the sins of sexual abuse."
   2003: Reveals the diocese's insurance companies have paid $3.7 million in the past 15 years resulting from abuse claims, with most of the money paid before 1993 in a case against "one accused perpetrator." He also says the diocese paid $1.7 million in legal costs and settlements in the past 15 years, most of that resulting from claims against the same perpetrator.

Past bishops in the Diocese of Winona

  - RCC.
   POST-BULLETIN, ~ January 08, 2008
   ROCHESTER (MN) -- John Vlazny (1987 to 1997). Left the Diocese of Winona after he was chosen to lead the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.
   Loras Watters (1969 to 1987). The first bishop to see the effect of the priest shortage that continues today.
   Edward Fitzgerald (1950 to 1968). Known as "the building bishop." Many of the familiar buildings in the diocese were built under his leadership, including the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary and several churches.

Retiring Winona diocese bishop weathers trials of position

  - RCC.
   POST-BULLETIN, By Matt Russell, ~ January 08, 2008
   ROCHESTER (MN) -- The end is in sight for Diocese of Winona Bishop Bernard Harrington, who is expected to retire in September when he turns 75, an age at which Catholic bishops are required to submit their resignations. [...]
   The bishop also faced the sex-abuse scandal that hit the Catholic Church in 2002.
   The diocese formed a local board of review for sexual misconduct after the scandal hit and launched an online "learning community" for recognizing and reporting child abuse. The diocese also passed audits for compliance with the U.S. bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
   Harrington took steps to prevent abuse, but he could have released more information about priests suspected of past abuse, said Bob Schwiderski, Minnesota director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Diocese of Winona's Bishop Harrington to retire

  - RCC.
   POST-BULLETIN, By Matt Russell, ~ January 08, 2008
   ROCHESTER (MN) -- The end is in sight for Diocese of Winona Bishop Bernard Harrington, who is expected to retire from his position in September.
   In September, Harrington will turn 75, an age at which Catholic bishops are required to submit their resignations. [...]
   Harrington is a native of Detroit. He served five years as an auxiliary, or assistant, bishop in the Archdiocese of Detroit before coming to the Diocese of Winona in 1999. [...]
   The bishop also faced the sex-abuse scandal that hit the Catholic Church in 2002.
   The diocese formed a local board of review for sexual misconduct after the scandal hit and launched an online "learning community" for recognizing and reporting child abuse. The diocese also passed audits for compliance with the U.S. bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
   Another challenge Harrington faced was an ongoing priest shortage. He stepped up recruitment of prospective priests, encouraged lay ministers to play a greater role in parishes and furthered a program of clustering churches, a program in which congregations share pastors.

Cleveland diocese discourages anonymous reports of sex abuse

  - RC Cleveland Diocese - but some fear retribution.
   OHIO.COM, ASSOCIATED PRESS, By Joe Milicia, ~ January 08, 2008
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is discouraging its employees and volunteers from making anonymous reports of sexual abuse of minors, a policy change that has outraged church watchdogs but has the support of the local prosecutor's office.
   Church policy had required any suspicion of sexual abuse by church personnel be immediately reported to civil authorities. The revised policy says a person reporting abuse to civil authorities should include his or her name, address and telephone number to help assist in an investigation.
   "That's just as wrongheaded as possible. That's just silly," said David Clohessy, spokesman for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "All reports of abuse should be encouraged, anonymous and otherwise, especially with an institution with such a horrific track record on this issue. Many victims and witnesses are terrified of retribution, and some information always beats no information."

Accusations swirl around priest: Brooklyn clergyman, at center of molestation probe, investigated in Saratoga County

  [40yrs Mons. Zatarga*] - RCC. Boys stripped, touched.
   TIMES UNION, ALBANY (NY), By Dan Higgins, January 08, 2008
   BALLSTON SPA -- A Catholic clergyman accused of sexually abusing boys for decades in the New York City area is under investigation for similar behavior in Saratoga County earlier this year, a prosecutor said Monday.
   Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said he was contacted recently by prosecutors in Kings County about Msgr. George Zatarga. Murphy said a file on the Brooklyn-based Zatarga arrived at his office Monday and he has not yet reviewed it.
   "If we think it's appropriate we will turn it over to the proper law enforcement agency for an investigation. Beyond that I can't comment," Murphy said. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 8, 2008 8:00 AM]

Criminal Complaint Filed Against Priest

  [1989-91 Zalenski*] - RCC. Female.    
   THE INTELLIGENCER, WHEELING (WV), By Fred Connors, ~ January 08, 2008
   CAMBRIDGE, Ohio – Beth Rocker traveled a long way to file a criminal complaint alleging she had been sexually abused by a former Belmont County Catholic priest.
   She came from Jerusalem, Israel.
   Rocker, 28, met with Guernsey County Sheriff Michael R. McCauley and Prosecutor Daniel G. Padden Monday, at which time she alleged that in the early 1990s the Rev. Gary Zalenski sexually abused her several times. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 8, 2008 7:56 AM]

Controversy surrounds suspended priest's services

  [1985 Mons. Fushek] - Suspended RC priest. Cost RCC US$100,000, now taking people as well.  
   KNXV-TV - ABC15, By Kathryn Garcia, ~ January 08, 2008
   [Includes video]
   PHOENIX (AZ) -- Hundreds continue to flock to worship services put on by suspended priest Dale Fushek, even though the Diocese of Phoenix is urging Catholics not to attend.
   "We try to focus on the positive and what we're here to do, which is to pray and worship," said Brad Kuluris, spokesman with the Praise and Worship Center.
   It was standing room only at the Mesa Convention Center where Fushek, who is charged with misdemeanor sex charges against minors, led services.

Catholics flock to service led by accused priest

  [1985 Mons. Fushek] - Suspended RC priest. Cost RCC US$100,000, now taking people as well.
   EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE, By Yelena Galibov, ~ January 08, 2008
   MESA (AZ) -- His East Valley parishioners are looking to Dale Fushek for spiritual leadership on Sundays and turning the other cheek on the multiple sex-related charges he faces.
   Fushek, 55, faces one count of assault, five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and one count of indecent exposure for allegedly engaging in sexual discussions during teen confession and exposing himself in a hot tub.
   Many disregarded those allegations and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix's instruction to boycott Fushek's new Praise and Worship Center by attending the third service at the Mesa Convention Center on Sunday.

Panel: Merge 6 parishes

  - The high cost of RC seductions.
   REPUBLICAN AND HERALD, POTTSVILLE (PA), By Leslie Richardson, ~ January 08, 2008
   McADOO – The weekend announcement that six parishes in the McAdoo area would be merged into one is another step in the church consolidation process that started in February, according to an official from the Allentown Catholic Diocese.
   According to Matt Kerr, director of communications for the diocese, Monsignor Edward Zemanik did what all of the Northern Schuylkill parishes should be or will be doing – keeping the parish informed of the work of the deanery region committees.
   “The minutes of the deanery region committees are to be printed in the church bulletins,” Kerr said Monday. “Monsignor Zemanik also discussed the matter with the congregation, which is good.”

Faithful await fate: Priest says parishioners deserve to know about church merger plans

  - RCC to merge parishes.
   STANDARD-SPEAKER, By Amanda Christman, ~ January 08, 2008
   HAZELTON (PA) -- There is still much work to do as the Diocese of Allentown manages a shortage of priests by consolidating or merging churches, a spokesman said Monday.
   But a local council charged with reviewing churches in the North Schuylkill Deanery has an idea of what needs to be done.
   “To this point, they feel there should be a merger,” diocese spokesman Matt Kerr said.
   A 12-member deanery council is examining six churches – St. Patrick, St. Kunegunda and St. Mary of the Assumption in McAdoo, Immaculate Conception of Kelayres, and St. Michael and St. Bartholomew in Tresckow.

Interest in the priesthood is on the upswing, says Baltimore archdiocesan vocations director

  - RCC. More are joining the celibates.  
   CATHOLIC ONLINE, CATHOLIC REVIEW, By George P. Matysek Jr., ~ January 08, 2008
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- [...] There are currently 26 men studying to become priests for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. They come from all parts of the archdiocese, and they include several international seminarians from Central and South America and one from Nigeria.
   Last year's incoming seminarian class stood at 13 – the biggest class in nearly two decades, according to Father Francik. He expects that this year's class will also hit double digits.
   The vocations director believes new archdiocesan efforts have helped renew interest in the religious life. They include programs like “Operation Genesis” and “Dare to Dream” – two daylong priesthood vocations camps for boys and teens. Cardinal William H. Keeler has also been very supportive, holding vocation suppers for young men considering the priesthood and serving as retreat master at annual discernment retreats – programs continued by Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue January 08, 2008
• Teacher 'sent nude photos to student.'  [Woman teacher sends rudes to boy, 14] - No religion link reported.  

Teacher ‘sent nude photos to student’

   The West Australian, , p 26, Wednesday, January 9, 2008
   NEW YORK – A high school teacher in the US has been charged with sending nude pictures of herself and sex-related text messages to the mobile phone of a 14-year-old student.
   Beth Ann Chester, 26, a health and physical education teacher at Moon Area High School in suburban Pittsburgh, was charged with sexual abuse of children, statutory sexual assault and related counts.
   On December 22, Ms Chester sent three pictures of herself, two of them naked, to the boy's mobile phone, police said. The student replied with a naked picture of himself.
   The boy's parents discovered suggestive text messages on December 26, then met Ms Chester later that day, police said.
   She tendered her resignation the next day, citing personal reasons.
   School district officials told police on Thursday that Ms Chester might have had inappropriate contact with a student.  She was arrested on Friday.
   The boy told police he and Ms Chester began exchanging text messages in late October and they devised a system to spend extra tune with one another at school.
   The boy also told police he "felt he was in love with the teacher now", police said.
   In one text message, Ms Chester called the boy "sexy" and made a graphic reference to his body.
   Ms Chester was being held in jail because she could not raise $US50,000 ($58,000) bail. #
[Jan 9, 08]

Abuse Chronology:
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Wed January 09, 2008 edition:

Dear Holy Father

  - RCC. Vatican keeps soiled ex-Bostonian.    
   CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, http://blogs. suntimes. com/religion/ 2008/01/ dear_holy_ father_1. html , DIVINITY AND BEYOND, By Susan Hogan/Albach, ~ January 09, 2008
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is calling for Pope Benedict XVI to retire 76-year-old Cardinal Bernard Law. Bishops and cardinals must submit their resignations to the Vatican at age 75.
   In a letter posted today on its web site, SNAP noted the cardinal's role in the church's selection of new bishops. Law was forced to resign as Boston's archbishop in 2002 because of his role in predator priest cover-ups. The Vatican immediately [? No, a year later.] assigned him to a post in Rome and allowed him to continue serving on influential committees.
   "We respectfully ask that you insist that Cardinal Law honor the mandatory retirement age for bishops and step down before you visit the U.S. this spring," SNAP said in the letter.
   The letter is being sent to the Vatican via the nuncio in Washington, D.C.

Order in James N. Wells v. James Janssen

  [Years - Janssen (86)] - RCC. 180 days prison. US$80,000 bonds still missing. His nephew.  
   IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR SCOTT COUNTY, By Judge Bobbi M. Alpers, January 9, 2008
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- Order that James Janssen serve 180 days in jail for failing to purge himself of contempt. See also the original 11/6/07 Ruling finding Janssen in contempt.
   For background, see Defrocked priest sentenced to 180 days in jail, by Ann McGlynn, Quad-City Times, January 9, 2008.

Ten Common Myths about the Sexual Abuse of Minors and Vulnerable Adults by Clerics

  - RCC clergy rules pre-dispose to paedophilia, etc.
   Patrick J. Wall, http://patrick jwall.wordpress. com/2008/01/09/10- common-myths- in-the-sexual- abuse-of- minors-and- vulnerable- adults-by- clerics ; Clergy Abuse and the Catholic Church, January 09-10, 2008
   Myth #1 - Catholic priests are no more likely to be pedophiles than other groups of men.
   Roman Catholic bishops, priests, and deacons are vowed to a life of perfect and perpetual continence. (canon 276 CIC83) This is the lens with which we should view the following facts from the John Jay Center for Criminal Justice Study commissioned by the Bishops.
   Since 1950, 4,392 priests and ten bishops have resigned or been removed for credible accusations of sexual abuse against minors and vulnerable adults. Twenty-two percent of the allegations self-reported by the bishops were for children under the age of ten and 6% of the victims were under the age of seven (John Jay pg.9). I know of no other religious denomination, organization, or group in the world who is reporting these percentages or gross numbers of crimes as agents of their organization.
   Myth #2 - The celibate state of priests does not lead to pedophilia.
   Three different theologians and scholars employed by the Church in the twentieth century - as well as the Church's own psychiatrists and psychologists who were ignored by the Hierarchy - disagree. I would go further and say that celibacy itself violates the natural law, betrays revealed faith and reason, and leads to numerous sexual paraphilia, including pedophilia, ephebophilia and bestiality. Beginning with Reverend Thomas Verner Moore in 1936, the Church has been attempting to understand the crime of stuprum (sex between an adult and a child) and other psychological infirmities of the clergy in the discipline of psychology.
   Moore first studied the insanity rates among Catholic clergy and found them higher than the general population. Further, Moore also studied and published on detection measures of pre-psychotics who apply for admission to the priesthood or religious communities. In November 1971, Conrad W. Baars, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic presented a paper to the Synod of Bishops meeting in Rome titled, “The Role of the Church in the Causation, Treatment, and Prevention of the Crisis in the Priesthood.“
   The results were that only 10%-15% of priests attain adult maturation and 20%-25% have serious psychiatric difficulties.
   Also during 1971, the Holy See made the Servants of the Paraclete an order of Pontifical rite. The third church therapist who was ignored is Reverend Michael Petersen of the Saint Luke Institute. Petersen along with Thomas Doyle, O.P. and Raymond Mouton, Esq. submitted a report to the Bishop for the 1985 Collegeville, MN. meeting that the scandal was going to explode if the Hierarchy did not attend to the victims.

Ruling in James Wells v. Dorothy Janssen

  [Years - Janssen (86) and his sister] - RCC. 180 days prison. Property in his sister's name. US$80,000 bonds still missing. His nephew.
   IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR SCOTT COUNTY, By Judge Mary E. Howes, January 8, 2008
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- Ruling that property be transferred from Janssen's sister to James Wells. For background see Judge tells ex-priest's sister to hand over assets, by Ann McGlynn, Quad-City Times, January 9, 2008.

The Year in Review: Important Events of 2007

   This page summarizes 19 important stories of 2007 with links to investigative reporting, documents, and streaming video. Email us with comments, stories we should have included, and commentaries that moved and informed you in 2007. We'll post your favorites next week.
   1) Hand of God, 2) Gumbleton Resigns, 3) Cleveland Financials, 4) Teczar Convicted, 5) CNN's Tom Roberts, 6) Maiello Verdict, 7) Spokane Bankruptcy Ends, 8) Few Portland Documents, 9) Delaware Child Victims Act, 10) Los Angeles Settles, 11) San Diego Settles, 12) Aguilar Documents, 13) Giuliani and Placa, 14) Jesuit McGuire Indicted, 15) USCCB Elects George, 16) Jesuits Settle Alaska Claims, 17) Davenport Settles, 18) Providence Files, and 19) Franciscan Newman Indicted

Editor Mary Matalin Stands By Her Disgraced Potomac Man

  [1994 Hudson] - No religion stated. Teenage girl (18). - Book alleging the power of Christian religions is increasing in USA.
   PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, By Dermot McEvoy, ~ January 09, 2008
   NEW YORK (NY) -- As chairman of the Republican National Committee's "Catholic Outreach" effort in 2004, Deal W. Hudson set himself up as the arbiter of Christian morality, questioning whether John Kerry should receive Holy Communion because of his pro-choice stance, asserting that the Pope really was for the war in Iraq and denouncing those who supported stem-cell research. And Hudson wasn't delicate in his tactics–he got Ono Ekeh, a father of three, fired from his job at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat for African American Catholics for running a pro-John Kerry Web site. "If you're going to play in the sandbox," Hudson said of Ekeh's firing, "then you have to take the consequences of your public utterances and your public actions."
   All of which makes him the perfect person to write a book titled Onward, Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States, a manifesto coming in March from Threshold Editions, Mary Matalin's conservative imprint at Simon & Schuster. Perfect, that is, if–as Threshold is betting–the target audience of religious conservatives is willing to overlook a sex scandal that has twice derailed Hudson's career and that, coincidentally, is detailed in another new book, Politicus: The Strange and Scary Tribes That Run Our Government by Dana Milbank (Broadway Books).
   "Deal Hudson has owned up to his actions and it does not undermine his contribution to activating conservative Christian voters, or the quality of Onward, Christian Soldiers," a spokesperson for the imprint told PW in an email. "If books were published based solely on authors' past personal histories, there would be far fewer books indeed."
   In 1994, while he was a tenured professor at Fordham University, Hudson, who was married, had a sexual encounter with one of his female students, Cara Poppas, an 18-year-old freshman. Soon after, the student left Fordham and filed a sexual abuse suit. The claim against the school was eventually dismissed, but Hudson resigned and paid $30,000 to settle the case. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 9, 2008 7:53 PM]

Letter to Pope Benedict XVI

  - RCC urged to stand down the Boston "enabler."    
   UNITED STATES -- Dear Holy Father:
   We are members of a confidential self-help group for men and women who have been sexually abused by clergy (Catholic and otherwise). Our goals are to help heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable. We join with other Catholics who believe that our Church needs to be a visible witness to the healing of survivors.
   We write because of your upcoming trip to the US and the on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up scandal. Specifically, we write to propose a simple but meaningful step you could take in the weeks ahead to help ease the suffering of thousands of Catholics, ex-Catholics, and child molestation victims.
   The continued high-profile status and influence of Cardinal Bernard Law, in the literal and figurative center of Catholic power, rubs even more salt into the still fresh and very deep wounds of thousands. Regardless of how one characterizes his motives, for years and years, Cardinal Law's actions have clearly led to immense and largely preventable devastation to the lives of hundreds of once trusting and innocent and vulnerable children, their loved ones, the Boston Catholic community, and indeed, across the US.
   As you know, he sits on eight important Vatican dicasteries, and has a particularly troubling, powerful role in the selection of new bishops. This, coupled with his increasing public visibility, again exacerbates intense pain among many.
   We respectfully ask that you insist that Cardinal Law honor the mandatory retirement age for bishops and step down before you visit the US this spring. A more clear, simple and effective step could better ease our suffering is hard to imagine. And without this step toward basic justice and accountability, other gestures you or other church officials might take regarding clergy sex crimes and cover ups will ring hollow. “It's time to forgive,” some might say. Many have already forgiven him. But forgiveness toward a wrong-doer doesn't mean callousness toward the innocent. Forgiveness also doesn't guarantee a sinner promotions and unfettered access to power, especially when those moves add to an already overwhelming reservoir of still-unaddressed sadness and suffering among victims and the laity. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 9, 2008 7:36 PM]

GUEST POST: Rabbi Baruch Lanner – An Eyewitness Account of Manipulation, Violence and Abuse in the Name of Kiruv

  [1970s-1997 Lanner] - Judaist. Prison ends. Boys, girls, kicking, knife.  
   FailedMessiah, ~ January 09, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- Rabbi Baruch Lanner is due to be paroled this week.
   Yochanan Lavie, a frequent commenter, tells the story of his teenage encounters with rabbinic child abuser Rabbi Baruch Lanner.
   These encounters include Lanner kneeing boys in the groin and Lanner sobbing about his own abusive childhood.
   Read it all, after the jump:
   My Encounters With Rabbi Baruch Lanner; By Yochanan Lavie
   After my family moved around the corner to an Orthodox synagogue, I was attracted to, and envious of, Sabbath observance. Reform Judaism seemed pallid and churchy to me. The Hertz Chumash used back then in our Reform synagogue was a subversive text. It spoke to me; that one could believe in the Torah as divine revelation and not be a knuckle-dragger. My study of Jewish history and lore also convinced me that Orthodox Judaism was more authentic. An article in The Village Voice by Carol Getzoff called “Tripping Out on Torah,” about ex-hippies becoming Lubavitchers made being frum seem cutting edge and cool. Also, corny as it seems now, Fiddler on the Roof was inspirational to me. So I stepped in to the Orthodox shul around the corner, not knowing what reception I would get, and started my spiritual journey. A year later, I convinced my open-minded parents to send me to Frisch, a Modern Orthodox yeshiva high school.

Judge tells ex-priest's sister to hand over assets

  [Years - Janssen (86) and his sister] - RCC. 180 days prison. Property in his sister's name. US$80,000 bonds still missing. His nephew.
   THE QUAD-CITY TIMES, By Ann McGlynn, ~ January 09, 2008
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- A man sexually abused for years by his uncle, defrocked priest James Janssen, is entitled to $255,607 from Janssen's sister, plus her house, car and more than $112,500 in bonds and accounts in her name, a judge ruled Tuesday.
   James and Dorothy Janssen must vacate the house they share at 4315 W. High St., Davenport, within 45 days and transfer its ownership to James Wells. She must transfer the title of a 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis, as well as $102,500 in bonds and $10,000 in a Treasury Direct account within 30 days.
   The ruling is to help satisfy a $1.4 million verdict against Janssen for abusing Wells when he was a child. Scott County District Judge Mary Howes found James Janssen fraudulently transferred more than $700,000 in savings bonds to his sister after the first of several lawsuits against him was filed.

Defrocked priest sentenced to 180 days in jail

  [Years - Janssen (86) and his sister] - RCC. 180 days prison. Property in his sister's name. US$80,000 bonds still missing. His nephew.
   THE QUAD-CITY TIMES, January 09, 2008
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- A defrocked priest will spend 180 days in the Scott County Jail after he failed to produce $80,000 in missing savings bonds to be put toward a $1.4 million judgment against him for sexually abusing his nephew.
   In addition, the documentation James Janssen did provide possibly showed he is hiding $80,000 more in bonds than the $80,000 he was ordered to hand over.
   Janssen, 86, is required to report to the jail by 10 a.m. today, Scott County District Judge Bobbi Alpers ruled Tuesday.

Ex-priest doesn't produce bonds, gets jail time

  [Years Janssen] - RCC. 180 days prison. Hiding assets instead of paying compensation. Victim is his nephew.
   THE LEADER, By Brian Krans, ~ January 09, 2008
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- Defrocked Davenport priest James Janssen must turn himself in at the Scott County Jail Wednesday morning after a judge sentenced him today to six months in prison for failing to produce $80,000 in savings bonds.
   In November, Scott County Chief Judge Bobbi Alpers found Mr. Janssen in contempt of court for allegedly hiding money that is set to go to his nephew, James Wells, as part of a $1.89 million civil judgment in a sexual abuse case.
   Since ordered in 2005 to provide the court with a list of his assets, Mr. Janssen has only provided a handwritten copy of a list of bond numbers that totaled $80,000. He testified that he found the list, but couldn't recall where the original note was.

Father Gary Underwood update

  [1980s Underwood] - RCC. 3 boys.
   ARIZONA DAILY STAR, By Stephanie Innes, ~ January 09, 2008
   TUCSON (AZ) -- Looks like the Rev. Gary E. Underwood may be heading to trial on charges that he molested three teenage boys during the 1980s.
   Underwood, 53, is facing charges of child molestation and sexual conduct with a minor in connection with reports that he abused three boys while working as a priest at St. Odilia's Catholic Church on Tucson's Northwest Side.
   Underwood is accused of molesting the three teenage boys – all of them under the age of 15 – during the early 1980s. He had asked that the criminal case be dismissed because of the long delay in charging him. The judge didn't buy it.

Diocese settles four sex abuse lawsuits for $200,000

  [1960s Now-dead priest] - RCC. US$200,000 compensation. 4 girls.
   YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC, By Mark Morey, ~ January 09, 2008
   YAKIMA (WA) -- The Catholic Diocese of Yakima has paid $200,000 to settle lawsuits brought by four women who alleged that they were sexually abused when they were children in the 1960s by a now-deceased Toppenish priest.
   As part of the settlement, Bishop Carlos Sevilla, who was not in office at the time, apologized to the women in personal letters, according to a news release from the diocese. The diocese announced the settlement Tuesday.
   "I can assure you that I am personally committed to the safety and well-being of all the people of the Diocese of Yakima entrusted to my pastoral care, particularly children and youth," Sevilla said in the apology letters.

Priest under investigation has local ties

  [40yrs Mons. Zatarga*] - RCC. Boys stripped, touched.
   THE POST-STAR, GLENS FALLS (NY), By Thomas Dimopoulos, January 09, 2008
   SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A 65-year-old priest who acknowledged his "inappropriate behavior" after allegations of sexual abuse were reported to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn could be under investigation by State Police in Wilton for similar behavior that may have occurred at his summer camp in the town of Greenfield last year.
   Monsignor George F. Zatarga was placed on administrative leave from his role as pastor of American Martyrs parish in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens, according to the diocese.
   In a letter read at church services in early December, parishioners were told of the allegations placed on the diocese's telephone reporting line and that Zatarga agreed to undergo counseling and treatment.

Priest Sex Abuse Trial

  [1980s Willis] - RCC. Altar boy.
   WCAX-TV, By Brian Joyce, ~ January 09, 2008
   BURLINGTON (VT) -- Jury selection is underway in another civil suit filed by a former altar boy who claims Vermont's Roman Catholic Diocese failed to protect him from a pedophile priest. [...]
   "In this case, two instances of inappropriate sexual contact between a priest in the Diocese and Mr. Perrotte when he was 14 years old in St. Anne's Parish in Milton. It happened in 1980," explained Perrotte's lawyer, John Evers.
   Perrotte claims the sexual predator was former Vermont priest Alfred Willis. Last month, a civil trial jury determined that the Diocese did not protect another former teen parishioner from Father Willis three decades ago. The award in that case was $15,000.

Diocese discourages Catholics from attending services by priest who “resigned”

  [1985 Mons. Fushek] - Suspended RC priest. Cost RCC US$100,000, now taking people as well.
   CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY, ~ January 09, 2008
   PHOENIX -- Hundreds disregarded a request from the Diocese of Phoenix to ignore services by former Monsignor Dale Fushek. According to the Arizona Republic, more than 600 people packed three rooms at the Mesa Convention Center last weekend.
   Though the diocese has opposed the suspended priest's non-denominational services since his inaugural service on Thanksgiving, Fushek has filled the center three times with a loyal congregation despite facing misdemeanor sex charges.
   The former pastor of St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Mesa and founder of the youth ministry, Life Teen, drew 700 people to his service on December 23 and nearly 500 on Thanksgiving. Jim Dwyer, the spokesman for the Diocese of Phoenix told the Arizona Republic that “We're actually encouraging Catholics to refrain from attending. We would hope that they don't...”

Local man suing Green Bay Diocese for priest's abuse

  [1978 Feeney*] - RCC. In prison. 2 brothers.
   OZAUKEE NEWS GRAPHIC, By Lisa Curtis, January 08, 2008
   CEDARBURG (WI) -- A Cedarburg man who is suing the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay for covering up an abusive priest's past misdeeds said he isn't challenging the church, but rather those in charge of it.
   "The church is the people. It's the leadership we're challenging," said Todd Merryfield, who is suing the diocese with his brother, Troy, after they were abused as children by one of its priests.
   "They could have stopped this at any point and none of us would be going through this."
   The Merryfields' suit claims the diocese is guilty of fraud and negligence for transferring Father John Patrick Feeney to St. Nicholas Church in Freedom in 1976 despite "widespread accusations, allegations and rumors regarding sexual improprieties." [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 9, 2008 7:23 AM]

SNAP Asks D.A. to Verify Reports on Abusive Clergy

  - RCC.
   WBAY - ABC2, By Emily Matesic, ~ January 09, 2008
   [Includes video; sidebar includes diocesan statement]
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- A national organization for victims of sexual abuse by clergy wants the names of priests investigated for sexual abuse in Brown County.
   SNAP -- Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests -- wants the district attorney to release those names.
   The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay says it turned over names of priests to district attorneys in 2004 for what it termed "substantiated allegations" of sexual abuse.

Group urges DA to take action against deviant priests

  - RCC.
   GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, By Andy Nelesen, January 08, 2008
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- A support group for people abused by clergy is calling on Brown County District Attorney John Zakowski to take action with the names of deviant priests he's been supplied by the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.
   Peter Isely, Midwest director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, delivered his letter today to Zakowski's offices.
   At a press conference before delivering his letter, Isely said he wants Zakowski to articulate how many names he received from the Green Bay diocese and what action he has taken with those names.

More Charges of Sex Abuse Filed Against Local Pastor

  [ 2006 Moore] - Full World Ministries. 9th and 10th complainants.
   WCSC-TV - LIVE5, ~ January 09, 2008
   [Includes video]
   CHARLESTON (SC) -- Tyrone Moore, a registered sex offender who spent time in prison for his crimes, was charged today with two counts of a Lewd Act on a Minor. The alleged victims in those cases are the 9th and 10th people to accuse Moore of sexually abusing them.
   41-year-old Moore is a pastor at the Full Word Ministries in North Charleston. He has been in jail since November of 2006 when North Charleston police arrested him on charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct.
   Just a few weeks later Goose Creek police charged the pastor with more than twelve additional crimes ranging from Lewd Act on a Minor, Criminal Sexual Conduct and failing to register on the sex offender list. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 9, 2008 7:05 AM]

Jury Finds Former Shelby Youth Minister Guilty

  [2006 Sprinkel*] - United Methodist. Guilty. Child.
   MACON CHRONICLE-HERALD January 08, 2008
   MACON (GA) -- Christopher C. Sprinkel, 32, of Shelbina was found guilty of felony child molestation in the first degree during a jury trial at Macon County Courthouse on Jan. 3 and 4. The trial, presided by Judge Hadley E. Grimm, was moved to Macon County on a change of venue from Shelby County.
   Sprinkel formerly served as youth minister at the United Methodist Church of Shelbina, according to a Feb. 2006 article from the Shelbina Weekly newspaper.
   According to a press release from Shelby County Prosecuting Attorney James McConnell, the jury found beyond a reasonable doubt that Sprinkel had sexual contact with a child under the age of fourteen on Jan. 9, 2006.

Bullitt youth pastor in sex abuse case sues girl's mother

  - Mr Pruett sues for slander etc.
   THE COURIER-JOURNAL, By Daarel Burnette II, ~ January 09, 2008
   LOUISVILLE (KY) -- A Bullitt County youth pastor charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at his church has sued the girl's mother, accusing her of slander, libel and defamation of character.
   Clayton Pruett, 25, was arrested on Dec. 14 for allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with the girl at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where he serves as a youth pastor.
   Pruett also is an assistant wrestling coach and substitute teacher for Bullitt County Public Schools.

Some things I've learned along the way

  - Immature sexuality to blame?
   THE COMMUNITY PRESS & THE COMMUNITY RECORDER, By Fr. Lou Guntzelman, January 09, 2008
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- [...] There is a great public awareness of pedophilia today. Along with it comes the impression that a valid solution is just to punish the perpetrators severely enough and warn them to stop it - as if it were simply a matter of behavioral choice. How simplistic!
   The cause of such heinous abuse lies within the earlier psychosexual development of the predator. As one psychologist puts it, "The perpetrator is fixated in an incestuous libido cycle in which he or she is seeking to reconnect with an earlier aspect of his or her history."
   The person's body has grown, but their psychosexual development has not. This is not to excuse a pedophile or pretend that he or she is not responsible for their behavior. It is to shed some light on why some adults seek gratification with children, and find it formidable to become attracted to another person more inwardly developed. Hopefully the psychological field will make significant strides in dealing with people so affected.

Priest to plead guilty in sex assault: Retired cleric to make plea to two of 13 charges, Pembroke court hears

  [1976-79 Mons. Prince] - RCC. 13 boys.    
   OTTAWA CITIZEN, ONTARIO (CANADA), By Andrew Seymour, ~ January 09, 2008
   PEMBROKE -- A retired priest and former Vatican official intends to plead guilty to at least two of 13 indecent and sexual assault charges against him, court heard on Tuesday.
   The revelation about the impending guilty pleas came from Crown prosecutor John Pepper during the second day of testimony in Msgr. Bernard Prince's trial into a single count of indecent assault.
   Msgr. Prince intends to plead guilty in at least two cases involving men who on Tuesday provided the court with similar-fact evidence that the now 72-year-old former priest fondled or engaged in other inappropriate sexual behaviour with them when they were teens.

Priest's lawyer questions witness memory

  [1976-79 Mons. Prince] - RCC. 13 boys.
   OTTAWA SUN, ONTARIO (CANADA), By Tina Peplinskie, January 09, 2008
   PEMBROKE, Canada -- The man who claims he was sexually abused by Monsignor Bernard Prince was repeatedly challenged by the priest's defence attorney yesterday.
   Prince's lawyer, Chris Kelly, spent four hours hammering away at the 44-year-old man's testimony. Kelly suggested the complainant asked for a transcript of previous testimony so he could remind himself of what he'd said in the past.
   "The reason is the lack of confidence in your memory and you had to work to assemble these memories into a narrative," Kelly said. "It is not a product of your constant memory."

Huge test of credibility for Churches in secular world

  [1962-2002] - RCC's shabby record of 100 allegations against 21 priests.  
   BELFAST TELEGRAPH, By Alf McCreary, ~ January 09, 2008
   BELFAST (NORTHERN IRELAND) [...] -- One of the major challenges facing the Catholic Church worldwide, as well as a drop in vocations, is the continuing shadow cast by the scandal of clerical sexual abuse.
   In America, the Catholic Church is estimated to have paid out $$2bn to victims, and the Pope has already instructed Catholics to pray "in perpetuity" to cleanse the Church of paedophile clergy.
   The latest figures show that around 100 allegations of such abuse were made in Ireland in the 40 years from 1962, and that 21 priests were involved.

Blatant lies in Victim Assistance Coordinator's LA Times opinion piece. I know, because they involve my case.

  - Exposes the RCC claims that the seduction problem is solved.  
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ January 09, 2008
   Plus Archdiocese lead law firm runs anonymous clergy case website. What are they ashamed of?
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- I HAVE TO SAY THIS. Sister Sheila McNiff was directly involved in my case for a few hours in 2003, the same Sister Sheila McNiff who wrote an opinion piece published in the LA Times December 18th praising the church for having obviously solved its pedophile priest problems way back in the 1980s and here's a chart to prove it.
   There is an active comment area at the Times for persons to respond online to McNiff's piece linked at left. The “Blowback” was supposed to be open for 2 weeks, but mysteriously the Times is running only a small selection of comments since the first three days.
   I have to say this. There's blatant lies and coercive truth bending in Sister Sheila McNiff's op-ed piece (surprise, surprise). I know because of the way Sister Sheila McNiff handled my own case back in December 2003.
   She writes for the Times: “As coordinator of the Victims Assistance Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I have been privileged to walk with many of these victims, to listen to their stories... to offer support and counseling and to be available to them when needed.” [Posted by Kathy Shaw on January 9, 2008 2:35 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed January 09, 2008
Abuse Chronology:
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu January 10, 2008 edition:

Ex-Church Worker Convicted Of 28 Sex Charges: Man, 34, Faces Possible 500-Year Prison Term

  [2001-06 Mr Downs -NEW*] - "New Destiny Christian." Guilty. 3 boys.  
   KPHO-TV - NEWS5, news/15014650/ detail.html , ~ January 10, 2008
   [Includes list of counts and video]
   PHOENIX (AZ) -- A former church youth worker has been found guilty of 28 counts of sexual abuse involving three boys over a five-year-period, County Attorney Andrew Thomas said on Wednesday.
   James Downs, 34, and all three victims attended New Destiny Christian Church in Laveen, Thomas said.
   Downs was indicted on Dec. 13, 2006, following his arrest on Sept. 15, 2006. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 10, 2008 7:34 AM]

!!!: Compo for church sex assault victim

  [1982-85 Ms Groth*] - Baptist. Church told 20yrs ago. AUS$45,000 compensation. Woman to girl.    
   WOLLONDILLY ADVERTISER, By Geesche Jacobsen, ~ January 10, 2008
   PICTON, NEW SOUTH WALES (AUSTRALIA) -- A woman has been awarded compensation for repeated sexual assault by a former pastoral assistant and youth leader at a Baptist church.
   Louise Audet, 41, was awarded $45,000 for the abuse, which started in 1982, when Cheryl Groth, 51, was her year 10 teacher at Picton High School.
   The abuse continued for about four years when Groth introduced her to Baptist churches where Groth had become involved in youth groups and later as a pastoral assistant.
   Ms Audet first complained to the church 20 years ago, but believes it failed to act. When she was later told the case could not proceed in the criminal courts, she took civil action against Groth, which finished last month.

11 Sue St. Francis Over Molestations: Number Alleging They Were Abused By Physician Now Stands At 59

  [1960s-90s Dr Reardon*] - ? RCC. St Francis Hospital. 50,000 images. Photographing nude children. 59 complainants now.  
   THE HARTFORD COURANT, By Daniel P. Jones, January 10, 2008
   [St. Francis Hospital is a healthcare ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford.]
   HARTFORD (CT) -- Eleven new plaintiffs have filed suits charging St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center with negligence for failing to prevent a prominent staff physician, the late Dr. George Reardon, from molesting them when they were children. [...]
   New Haven lawyer Joel Faxon on Wednesday filed a complaint on behalf of five new plaintiffs – bringing the total to 59.
   By comparison, there were 43 accusers – some of whom did not file lawsuits – in the Hartford Archdiocese Catholic priest sexual abuse scandal that was settled in 2005 for $22 million. [...]
   For photos, video and more stories on the Reardon case, visit

Case of Rabbi Baruch Lanner

  [1970s-1997 Lanner] - Judaist. Prison ends. Boys, girls, kicking, knife.
   The Awareness Center, ~ January 10, 2008
   NEW JERSEY -- Rabbi Baruch Lanner was released from prison today. He will be living in an apartment in Elizabeth, NJ. It is not known at this time which synagogue he will be attending or where he will be spending this shabbos.
   As part of Baruch Lanner's parole agreement, Baruch is court ordered to continue in therapy for sex offenders treatment. Lanner will also be mandated to a life time of parole. The Awareness Center is still waiting to hear what the rest of Baruch Lanner's parole agreement includes.
   Unfortunately, as we have seen in other cases -- our religious leaders have a habit of advocated for the rights of sex offenders, verses [? versus]advocating for those who have been sexually victimized by sexual criminal acts. As a people it's vially important that each of us demand that the needs of the survivors come first. It will require everyone's help to insure that are community leaders do not repeat this pattern with Rabbi Baruch Lanner, as they have done in the past.
   As of today there is no proven treatment that will "cure" a sex offender, especially one with the past history as that as seen in the case of Rabbi Lanner. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to keep our children safe, and help monitor convicted sex offenders like Rabbi Baruch Lanner from being physically abusive and or molesting another child.
   Baruch Lanner is going to have a road ahead of him. We all need to insure he has a way to earn a living. He's right to be out in public also needs to be protected. The problem is trying to not violate his rights at the same time as protecting innocent children from becoming one of his next victims.
   Like many other convicted sex offenders, Baruch Lanner will most likely spend the rest of his life always be inches away from committing another sex crime. It's sort of like an alcoholic trying to stay away from his or her next drink. As a people we need to help Baruch Lanner keep away from our children, to insure he stays in remission. We all can help do by asking to both community and religious leaders of Elizabeth, NJ the following:
   • What safety measures have Jewish community leaders established in Elizabeth to help insure Baurch Lanner has no contact with children under the age of 18? (this includes inside of synagogues and other public institutions.)
   • Have you sent out flyers to community members with Baruch Lanner's picture on it. The flyers should include warning the community of Baruch Lanner's past history of being physically abusive towards boys and sexually abusing teenage girls? The goal is to keep Rabbi Lanner away from minors. ...
   Allegations surrounded Rabbi Baruch Lanner for years. The allegations include kissing and fondling scores of teenage girls in the 1970s and '80s, repeatedly kicking boys in the groin, and reports of taking a knife to a young man in 1987, and propositioning girls in 1997 at the yeshiva high school where he was principal for 15 years.
   Rabbi Raphael Butler, who was the executive vice president of the Orthodox Union who supervised Baruch Lanner for 19 years, was accused by many of covering up for Lanner. When questioned about the allegations Butler responded to the New York Jewish Week as saying: "he has never heard any specific allegations against Rabbi Lanner, though he has heard the rumors for many years. "It's like chasing shadows," he said with frustration.". . . "our method of dealing with the rumors has been to have a bet din, as an independent entity, evaluate the charges, and we abide by all its decisions." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on January 10, 2008 12:54 PM]

Dunlop may be hit with 'severe penalty'

  - "Whistle-blower" Dunlop refusing to testify.  
   THE STANDARD-FREEHOLDER, By Elisabeth Johns, ~ January 10, 2008
   CORNWALL, ONTARIO (CANADA) -- Former city cop Perry Dunlop could face "severe penalities" if he fails to testify at the Cornwall Public Inquiry, said Lead Commission Counsel Peter Engelmann.
   Dunlop has told the Canadian Press he has no intention of attending the inquiry again to testify.
   He was convicted of contempt of court by the Ontario Divisional Court in late 2007 after refusing to testify at the inquiry when he showed up twice, once in September and again after Thanksgiving.
   The officer credited with bringing to light allegations of child sexual abuse involving a young boy and a priest was subpoenaed prior to his first appearance at the Cornwall Public Inquiry in September. Dunlop is scheduled to testify at the inquiry on Monday. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 10, 2008 9:36 AM]

Woman Speaks to KNDO about Alleged Clergy Sex Abuse

  [1960s Simpson] - RCC. Girl.  
   KNDO, ~ January 10, 2008
   [Includes videos]
   YAKIMA (WA) -- It's been more than 47-years since Fran Cuhtahlatah says she was sexually abused by a catholic priest in her Toppenish parish. Wednesday she sat down with KNDO's Kylie Meyer to talk about the abuse.
   Cuhtahlatah says she can remember two specific times where Father Michael Simpson sexually abused when she was just ten years old. She says one time even happened in her house.
   "He cornered me in the kitchen at my house. I'm the oldest of seven children, and my brothers and sisters were all in the living room. He pushed me into the corner and grabbed me and rubbed his hands all over my body. When one of my siblings asked a question of him from the living room, he ran out of the house," Cuhtahlatah says.

Yakima diocese pays $200,000 to settle abuse lawsuits by women

  [1960s Unnamed priest] - RCC. USA$200,000 compensation. 4 girls.
   YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Yakima has paid $200,000 to settle lawsuits by four women who said they were sexually abused by a priest as children in the 1960s.
   In addition, Bishop Carlos A. Sevilla apologized to the women in personal letters, according to a news release issued Tuesday.
   "I can assure you that I am personally committed to the safety and well-being of all the people of the Diocese of Yakima entrusted to my pastoral care, particularly children and youth," Sevilla wrote.

The Powerful Medicine of Michael Haney

  - Column dropped 30yrs ago for "Catholic bashing" - but all true.
   NATIVE AMERICAN TIMES, By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji), ~ January 10, 2008
   TULSA (OK) -- I want to start my first column of 2008 the way I ended in 2007; I want to start the year by talking about mascots and how offensive they can be to 90 percent of the indigenous population of America.
   I have been writing a weekly column since 1978. Every week for 30 years I have sat down at a typewriter, and now a computer, to put my opinions, opinions garnered from the many conversations I have had with Native Americans over all of these years, on pages that I hope reflect those views, views that are often alien to those of the majority of Americans.
   Thirty years ago, when I wrote about the abuse of Indian children in the mission boarding schools, the majority of white Americans did not want to hear about it. That was long before the abuse of white children by Catholic priests started to make the headlines. And even after those horrific happenings were made public, white America still didn't want to hear about the very same crimes of sexual, psychological and cultural abuse of Indian children. No one, except the Indian people themselves, gave a damn. Instead I was castigated by the Catholic Church, lied about by the priests at the very Indian mission school I attended for nearly 11 years, and my weekly column was dropped from a local daily newspaper by the editor who accused me of “Catholic bashing.”
   It is no comfort to me, now that everything I wrote about turned out to be the truth I knew it to be, to say I told you so because the wounds of those many years of abuse have not healed and the Indian children, now adults, that suffered this abuse have not been compensated for the horrors they suffered at the hands of the Catholic priests, brothers and sisters. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 10, 2008 9:10 AM]

The Questions That Each Presidential Candidate Should Be Asked Regarding His or Her Views on the Constitutional Line Between Church and State

  [Placa] - RCC. Ethical debate.
   FINDLAW, By Marci Hamilton, January 10, 2008
   EAGAN (MN) -- The Constitution proscribes any "religious test oath" for officeholders. In other words, no candidate for political office may constitutionally be required to swear to support any particular religion. Rather, anyone holding any belief, or holding no religious belief at all, has the right to run for political office. [...]
   The Republicans
   Rudy Giuliani [...]
   There is a far larger question before you now: As you well know, the Roman Catholic Church's hierarchy is embroiled in a debacle involving numerous instances of childhood sexual abuse by clergy and other employees. As I have written in a past column, you have kept in your employ, despite much public criticism, Alan Placa, a former priest credibly accused of engaging in the sexual abuse of children. You have even gone so far, according to some reports, to question whether Placa, in fact, might not have done what prosecutors have strong evidence he did.
   Just how far are you willing to go to protect your church from the operation of the law, especially when criminal activity is involved? Based on your past performance, your personal loyalty to your church appears to have trumped your obligations to the Constitution and the law.

SNAP Wants More Information on Accused Priests

  - RCC.
   WFRV-TV, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ January 10, 2008
   [Includes video]
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- An advocacy group for those sexually abused by members of the clergy is asking the Brown County district attorney to confirm that he is acting to protect children from abusive priests.
   Peter Isely is midwest director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. He delivered his letter to District Attorney John Zakowski, saying he wants the D.A. to tell how many names the Green Bay Roman Catholic Diocese has given him of priests accused of sexual misconduct.
   He says he'll make similar requests of the D.A.'s of other counties in the diocese.

A Mother's Reason for Joining SNAP

  [1980s Buzanowski] - RCC. Sentenced 2005. Dozens of victims.
   WBAY - ABC2, By Emily Matesic, ~ January 10, 2008
   [Includes videos]
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- A national support organization for victims of sexual abuse by clergy says it isn't trying to harm the Green Bay Catholic diocese.
   Instead, SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) says it's just trying to get the diocese to come clean.
   In the last week, SNAP officials have accused the diocese of covering up what it claims are dozens of cases of sexual abuse. The diocese refutes those claims, and says in the past several years it turned over information to law enforcement about any substantiated allegations of sexual abuse.
   It's been 20 years since Judith Schauer's son David was molested by former Green Bay priest Donald Buzanowski. In 2005, Buzanowski was convicted and sentenced to 32 years in prison for his crimes.

SNAP to Meet with D.A., Plans Next Step

   WBAY - ABC2, By Emily Matesic, ~ January 10, 2008
   [Includes videos]
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) say Brown County District Attorney John Zakowski has agreed to meet with them.
   The group requested the meeting Tuesday.
   SNAP says it not only wants to verify the Green Bay Catholic Diocese turned over the names of clergy it investigated for substantiated allegations of sexual abuse but also wants the D.A. to release the names and whereabouts of those clergy members.

Former priest reports to jail just before deadline

  [Decades - Janssen (86); his sister] - RCC. 180 days prison. US$80,000 bonds still missing.
   THE QUAD-CITY TIMES, By Ann McGlynn, January 10, 2008
   [Includes mug shot]
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- As a priest, James Janssen was known for wearing white instead of the customary black.
   On Wednesday, the defrocked priest traded his white coat, white stocking cap, white shoes and light blue jeans for the orange jumpsuits of the Scott County Jail.
   Janssen, 86, turned himself in at the jail to serve a 180-day sentence for contempt of court.
   He was ordered Tuesday to go to jail after he failed to produce $80,000 in missing savings bonds to be put toward a $1.4 million civil judgment against him for sexually abusing his nephew, James Wells. In fact, the documents he did produce indicate even more bonds are not accounted for.

Former priest reports to jail to serve contempt sentence

  [Decades - Janssen (86); his sister] - RCC. 180 days prison. US$80,000 bonds still missing.
   THE LEADER, By Brian Krans, ~ January 10, 2008
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- Defrocked Davenport priest James Janssen began Wednesday serving his 180-day jail sentence for contempt of court in Scott County.
   Dressed casually and carrying a bag of medications and $20, the 86-year-old turned himself into the Scott County Jail just before the 10 a.m. deadline.
   Tuesday, Scott County Chief Judge Bobbi Alpers sentenced the former priest to six months in jail after she found him in contempt of court for failing to produce $80,000 in savings bonds.

'07 fund drive nets archdiocese $14.5M

  - RC's pray, pay, and obey again.
   BOSTON HERALD, ~ January 10, 2008
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Archdiocese of Boston surpassed its goal by half a million dollars when it raised $14.5 million during its 2007 annual fund drive.
   The 5 percent increase over the previous year is closer to the amount raised before the clergy sex abuse scandal.
   The annual campaign raised $17.2 million in 2000, but that dropped to $8.8 million in 2002 as details of the crisis were made public.

Fresno pastor on trial in abuse after girls recant: Two girls said they first told of sexual abuse because they tired of pastor's rules

  [Dickerson] - Baptist. 2 step-daughters reverse evidence.
   THE FRESNO BEE, By Chris Collins, ~ January 10, 2008
   FRESNO (CA) -- Even though two girls in Fresno pastor Charles Dickerson's family now say they were lying when they accused him of sexually abusing them for years, prosecutors argued Wednesday that jurors should still find Dickerson guilty of molestation and rape.
   Dickerson's defense attorney, Glenn LoStracco, said in an interview prior to opening statements in Dickerson's trial Wednesday that a defense investigator interviewed the girls two months ago, and they recanted their allegations of sexual abuse.
   He said the girls had originally come up with their molestation stories because they were tired of living with Dickerson's rules and wanted him to leave the house. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 10, 2008 7:50 AM]

Sexual Molestation Trial Begins for Valley Pastor

  [Dickerson] - Baptist. 2 step-daughters reverse evidence.
   KMPH FOX26, By Derrol Nail and Charlene Lee, ~ January 10, 2008
   [Includes video]
   FRESNO (CA) -- Pastor Charles Dickerson is still the senior pastor at the Pearly Grove Baptist Church, but for the next few weeks, he'll spend most of his time standing trial for allegedly molesting and raping his two teenaged step-daughters.
   The pastor maintained little reaction as prosecutor Arturo Corona began detailing how Dickerson allegedly groped one step-daughter while laying [lying] naked in his bed, and on another occasion raped that same teenager while she was two months pregnant.
   But Defense Attorney Glenn LoStracco says both of Dickerson's daughters have since recanted their accusations against their step-father.

Church Youth Worker Found Guilty in Sexual Abuse Case

  [2001-06 Mr Downs*] - "New Destiny Christian." Guilty. 3 boys.
   KTAR, ~ January 10, 2008
   [Includes audio of statement by the mother of 2 victims]
   PHOENIX (AZ) -- James Downs, a former church youth worker in Laveen, has been found guilty on charges related to the sexual abuse of three male children under the age of 15.
   Downs, 34, was found guilty on 28 counts, including 14 counts that call for life in prison with no possibility of parole for 35 years - meaning consecutive prison sentences exceeding 500 years.
   He is accused of abusing the children between June 2001 and September 2006. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 10, 2008 7:39 AM]

Church gives sex offender a role in step toward priesthood | Russian Orthodox: Criticism unwarranted in view of crime's circumstances, chancellor says

  [ 2004 Mr Dushkin] - Russian Orthodox Church. 9 convictions.    
   ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, front/story/ 260366.html , By Beth Bragg, ~ January 10, 2008
   ANCHORAGE (AK) -- A registered sex offender who served more than a year in prison for sexually abusing minors is wearing robes that signal he has taken a first step toward priesthood in the Russian Orthodox Church.
   Terenty Dushkin, 26, was installed as a lay reader of the liturgy last month by Bishop Nikolai, the church's highest-ranking official in Alaska. Church officials say they did so knowingly.
   "This is not a scandal in any way," said Chancellor Archimandrite Isidore, the church's No. 2 official here.

Not guilty of exploiting teen: Judge rules 17-year-old girl made up accounts of sexual abuse

  - Youth leader acquitted.  
   THE RECORD, By Dianne Wood, ~ January 10, 2008
   KITCHENER, ONTARIO (CANADA) -- Tears erupted on both sides of a Kitchener courtroom yesterday after a judge acquitted a former church youth leader of sexually exploiting a young girl under his care.
   The 54-year-old man who had been accused of at least 10 incidents of intercourse, anal sex and oral sex by the 15-year-old girl, fell into the arms of his family in Superior Court in Kitchener.
   The girl, who was with her parents on the other side of the courtroom, also burst into tears before walking out with her parents and a support person.

Church out of cash to pay abuse victims: lawyer | More properties need to be sold to make next payment, diocese says

  [Bennett] - RCC. 40 claimants.    
   CBC NEWS, TORONTO (CANADA), January 10, 2008
   CANADA -- More than three dozen Newfoundland and Labrador men who had been sexually abused by a priest may never receive another dime from a compensation package, their lawyer says.
   Catholic Diocese of St. George's had sold off many of its properties, including churches that were bought back by congregation members, to help settle a $14 million settlement over abuse committed by priest Kevin Bennett.
   But Greg Stack, the St. John's lawyer representing 40 claimants, said the diocese says it cannot pay any more, with only half of the settlement payments complete.

Public Inquiries and the Protection of Children

  - Dunlop was allegedly persecuted.  
   ORLEANS STAR, ~ January 10, 2008
   OTTAWA, ONTARIO (CANADA) -- The National news is filled with murders and rich men taking money that doesn't belong to them. Sports figures are cheating the system by using drugs that enhance their performance. A four year old child is molested by her father for the pleasure of a paedophile who lives many miles away. The father gets caught and receives a four year prison term, one year for each year of this young girl's unprotected precious life.
   Canada has a sorry history of human rights violations in its institutions. The atrocities perpetrated on our First Nations children are now an accepted part of history. After decades of ignoring and minimizing the issue they were finally given compensation this year. Money for a lost heritage and childhood that can never be replaced. The children of Mount Cashel, the Duplesse Orphans and the thousands or children who today are in our child welfare system because of abuse and neglect are a picture we don't want to see too clearly. No institution is sacred and we hear reports of abuse in our National Ballet School, in our churches and within our sports institutions. We will sit down during the holidays and try to believe that charities managed to get a turkey and gifts to every child living in an impoverished home. We will try not to think about the many children in Canada who have no home, no safety and no love.
   When all the mental health professionals get together and try to understand what makes people do such horrible things to children, they come up with many theories. Is it in the brain, or the upbringing? We do know that it seems impossible to give someone a conscience.
   Currently in Cornwall Ontario there is an ongoing public inquiry that is looking to find the truth about decades old allegations of abuse against children by many people who worked for various institutions in that city.
   In September of 1993, a Cornwall Police Officer named Perry Dunlop discovered that no one was going to do anything about abuse that was being allegedly perpetrated by a local Catholic priest. He did what he could. He reported the allegations to the local child welfare authorities. He lost his job for obeying provincial laws that mandate the reporting of child abuse allegations. Eventually Perry got his job back but the harassment became too much and he moved his family to the other side of the country.

Ex-cop who alleged Cornwall pedophile ring refuses to testify at inquiry

   GOOGLE NEWS, THE CANADIAN PRESS, By Dirk Meissner, ~ January 10, 2008
   DUNCAN, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA) -- A former police officer credited with bringing to light explosive allegations of widespread child sexual abuse in eastern Ontario says he's convinced the dark stories that have divided the community are true - but he says he won't testify before a public inquiry because he says the justice system hasn't listened to him for 15 years.
   Perry Dunlop, a decorated former officer from Cornwall, Ont., has been scheduled to testify but he told The Canadian Press in an exclusive interview he won't be there because he's lost faith in the justice system.
   He said he's prepared to face the consequences if he's arrested.

Perry Dunlop going to jail? I will be happy to serve this sentence...

  - Dunlop refuses to testify.
   ORLEANS STAR, By Kay Goodnow, ~ January 10, 2008
   OTTAWA, ONTARIO (CANADA) -- I am a 71 year old mother of three and grandmother of 7 marvelous young people. I am also a suvivor of priest abuse dating back to 1952. It would be an honor for me to serve any prison time imposed on Perry Dunlop. He is a very brave man, who has been targeted by this Inquiry/Inquisition. He has three young daughters and a devoted wife. He believes that the system has failed him and apparently that is true.
   He should not be jailed for speaking his truth, and I find it hard to believe that intelligent Canadians will allow that to happen.

Trial wraps up against priest

  [1976-79 Mons. Prince] - RCC. 13 boys.    
   OTTAWA SUN, ONTARIO (CANADA), By Marie Zettler, ~ January 10, 2008
   PEMBROKE, CANADA -- Monsignor Bernard Prince, a former Wilno priest who faces one count of indecent assault for incidents that allegedly happened 30 years ago, will hear the verdict in Pembroke court Monday.
   The 44-year-old complainant, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, accuses Prince of repeated sexual abuse between 1976 and 1979.
   In his trial summation, Crown attorney John Pepper described Prince's close relationship with the complainant's family. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 10, 2008 6:57 AM]

Crown, defence wrap up submissions in priest sex case

  [1976-79 Mons. Prince] - RCC. 13 boys.
   OTTAWA CITIZEN, ONTARIO (CANADA), ~ January 10, 2008
   [Includes photo of Prince]
   PEMBROKE, CANADA -- The trial for a retired priest accused of indecent assault on a young male more than 30 years ago is expected to wrap up on Monday when the judge delivers her verdict.
   The expected ruling by Justice Julie-Ann Parfett follows three days of evidence that concluded Wednesday with closing submissions from the Crown prosecutor and defence counsel.
   Msgr. Bernard Prince, 72, is facing 13 charges of indecent or sexual assault on 13 young males. He has pleaded not guilty on one of the counts that he sexually assaulted a now 44-year-old man at his Wilno cabin and Ottawa apartment between 1976 and 1979. [Posted by Terry McKiernan on January 10, 2008 6:53 AM]

John Allen's top 10 neglected stories of 2007

  - RCC.  
   "What Does The Prayer Really Say?" http://wdtprs. com/blog/ 2008/01/ john-allens- top-10- neglected- stories-of- 2007 , by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, ~ January 10, 2008
   My friend Mr. John L. Allen, Jr., the nearly ubiquitous fair-minded former Rome correspondent for the über-liberal NCR, has presented for our consideration his list of the top 10 neglected stories of 2007.
   I am wondering if you agree with his list. It is pretty good, though I have a quibble.

   Top 10 neglected Vatican stories of 2007
   Every society has its shorthand ways of signaling what it considers important. At the level of pop culture, Americans know something registers when David Letterman or Jon Stewart pokes fun at it; more seriously, however, we grasp that something matters if it lands on the front page of The New York Times. [Is the NYT relevant anymore outside an increasingly small circle?]
   By that standard, one can only conclude that for the United States in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI was no big deal.
   As incredible as it seems for a figure regarded as a major global newsmaker, the pope appeared on the front page of the Times only twice this year (discounting any mention after mid-December, when this article was written): on Jan. 8, in a piece about the resignation of his nominee as archbishop of Warsaw, Poland, amid charges of collaboration with the communist-era secret police; and a May 7 look ahead to his trip to Brazil, focusing on the continuing strength of liberation theology in Latin America. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on January 10, 2008 6:33 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu January 10, 2008
Abuse Chronology:
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Fri January 11, 2008 edition:

• Group claims N. Texas pastor overlooked abuse

  [? 2008 Gilyard -NEW*] - Baptist. Lewd messages. Teenage girl.
   WFAA-TV, sharedcontent/ dws/wfaa/ localnews/ news8/stories/ wfaa080110_ mo_patterson. cc74a63.html ; By Jim Douglas, ~ January 11, 2008
   [Includes video and links to SNAP letter and Patterson's press release in response]
   DALLAS/FORT WORTH (TX) -- The organization that took on the Catholic Church over sex abuse has accused a prominent North Texas Baptist leader of letting a predatory preacher move from church to church.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said they want Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to suspend its president, Dr. Paige Patterson.
   Pastor Darrell Gilyard is the center of the controversy. In early January, he resigned from a large Baptist church in Jacksonville, Florida after he allegedly sent lewd text messages to a teenaged girl.

Pastor who gave naked healing baths guilty of sexually assaulting woman

  [? 2000s Lawrence -NEW*] - Black magic. 2 women, fathered 2 children.  
   TORONTO STAR, By Peter Small, ~ January 11, 2008
   * Man, 59, who charged $150 for black magic baths fathered child with young woman he had treated
   TORONTO, ONTARIO (CANADA) -- A pastor has been convicted of sexually assaulting a parishioner to whom he gave healing baths and naked rubdowns to rid her of evil spirits.
   At the same time, a jury of nine men and three women acquitted Rev. Frank Seeko Lawrence of separate counts of assaulting and threatening to kill the woman, now 29, by whom he fathered a child.
   They also found him not guilty of sexually assaulting a second woman, now 45, who also had his baby. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:23 AM]

Fmr. teacher faces 295 sex crime counts

  [2002-03 Mr Stalnaker -NEW*] - Baptist. Child student.  
   WPVI - ABC6 (PHILADELPHIA, PA), ~ January 11, 2008
   [Includes video]
   DOVER, Del. - A former teacher in Delaware is under arrest for 295 charges linked to the sexual abuse of a student over 2 years.
   Police in Dover say Jason W. Stalnaker, a former teacher at the Capitol Baptist School located on Kesselring Avenue, assaulted the 15-year-old student.
   The attacks allegedly happened during a 15-month period during 2002 and 2003 when the victim was a student in his class.

Molester allowed to become Orthodox reader

  [ 2004 Mr Dushkin. Russian Orthodox Church. > 1yr prison. 9 convictions.]    
   ANCHORAGE (AK) -- The Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska has allowed a former theological student convicted of molesting minors to become a lay reader.
   Terenty Dushkin is a registered sex offender. He was a student at a seminary in Kodiak when he was arrested at the age of 22 and spent more than a year in prison.
   Church officials say they were aware of Dushkin's past when they invested him last month, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Although he is not a priest, he wears robes during services and the office could be a step toward the priesthood. Posted January 11, 2008

Ex-vicar accused of sexually abusing three boys

  [1979-90 Rev. Colin Pritchard*. 3 boys.  1980-90 Rev. Roy Cotton* (died Sep '06). Boy/s. Church of England.]  
   NORTHAMPTON (ENGLAND) -- A retired vicar, who administered for the Church of England in Northamptonshire, faces a trial in the summer accused of sexually abusing three youths more than 20 years ago.
   The Rev Colin Pritchard, aged 63, who was a curate in Duston until 1980 and in charge of St Andrew's Church, Wellingborough, until 1989, appeared at Northampton Crown Court.
   Originally charged with a single offence of conspiracy to commit indecent assaults, he now faces nine substantive allegations against three boys, who cannot be named by law.
   The unmarried former vicar, now of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, pleaded not guilty to a conspiracy to commit indecent assaults with Roy Cotton, who has since died, four indecent assaults on a young boy, three indecencies with a child and an attempted serious sexual assault between December 1979 and November 1983. Posted January 11, 2008
   [LOOK BACK and FORWARD: See ~ October 31, 2007; 01 Jan 2011. ENDS.]

   [COMMENT: Those campaigners who state that the Roman Catholic Vatican is the biblical Whore of Babylon ought to cast their net wider - it seems that Orthodox Christians and Church of England / Episcopalian / Anglican Christians must be part of the wickedness, too.  And what about some of Judaism's rabbis?  And some Hindu priests?  Islam is not blameless either, neither are some jungle shrines, black magic, nor Baptists etc. ENDS.]

Accused priest shielded no more: Alleged victim can seek damages

  [~ 1983, 1989 - Thomas Adamson] - RCC. 28 children.  
   LEADER-TELEGRAM, By Julian Emerson, ~ January 11, 2008
   EAY CLAIRE (WI) – Catholic church leaders in Minnesota and Wisconsin have sought for years to protect one of the nation's most notorious pedophile priests from public scrutiny, but on Thursday a decision by a Minnesota judge returned the spotlight to Altoona resident Thomas Adamson.
   Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled that a Minnesota man who filed a lawsuit against Adamson in 2006 claiming the priest sexually abused him 25 years ago can seek punitive damages against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and the Winona, Minn., diocese. As in most cases involving allegations of sexual abuse, the plaintiff's name is not made public.
   The case marks just the second time one of Adamson's victims has been allowed to sue for punitive damages, said St. Paul lawyer Jeffrey Anderson, who is representing the plaintiff and has prosecuted numerous abuse cases against Adamson since 1984. The other case in which seeking punitive damages was allowed occurred in 1989. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:23 AM]

Judge gives man go-ahead in suit against dioceses

  [1980-82, 1989 - Adamson] - RCC. 28 children.
   THE STAR TRIBUNE, By Pat Pheifer, ~ January 11, 2008
   MINNEAPOLIS (MN) -- Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin has ruled that a man who says he was molested in the 1980s by former Catholic priest Thomas Adamson can seek punitive damages in his lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona.
   The suit accuses the archdiocese and diocese of negligence and fraud for not stopping one of the most notorious pedophile priests in Minnesota history. Adamson has been accused of sexually abusing as many as 28 children during his 25 years in the priesthood.
   The plaintiff, a Twin Cities man identified in court documents only as John Doe 76C, alleges that he was sexually abused from 1980 to 1982 while Adamson was serving at Risen Savior parish in Apple Valley.

Priest's victims wait for payment

  [1961 + Bennett] -- RCC. Hundreds of sex assaults. 4yrs prison. Fear won't be compensated in full. Altar boys.
   ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (CANADA) -- The lawyer for a group of men who were sexually abused by a priest are unlikely to get their full compensation from the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. George's, in western Newfoundland, their lawyer says.
   Greg Stack says the diocese has paid only half of the $14-million settlement owed to the 40 men, who were abused as children by former priest Kevin Bennett. Bennett was convicted in 1990 of hundreds of sexual assaults against altar boys dating to 1961 and was sentenced to four years in prison.
   Stack struck a deal on compensation with the diocese, which would prevent it from declaring bankruptcy, but would see regular payments made to the victims from the sale of its assets.

Victory for equity: Senate leader calls us to the mountain top

  - Congresswoman one of the first to stand up for victims of RCC clergy, and suffered animosity.
   DAILY CAMERA, By Clint Talbott, January 11, 2008
   BOULDER (CO) -- Most of us spend little or no time watching the proceedings at the state Capitol. That is, of course, as it should be. We elect people to represent our interests and then hope for the best.
   Casual observers of state politics see partisan bickering and petty egotism. But the Colorado Legislature also has its share of good deeds and fine people.
   Peter Groff is one of the good ones, so it is particularly gratifying to watch his ascent. On Wednesday, he because the first African American to serve as president of the Colorado Senate. [...]
   Groff, 44, succeeds Joan Fitz-Gerald, who stepped down to run for Mark Udall's seat in Congress. As it happens, Fitz-Gerald was the first woman to serve as Senate President. Let us hope that critics are kinder to Groff than they were to Fitz-Gerald. Some Denver pundits showed a deep and visceral loathing of her.
   That animosity may have had its roots in the fact that she took courageous stands for victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, thereby offending the most zealous and unreasonable factions of the Catholic Church. Additionally, the enmity she faced may have been rooted in sexism -- an ancient prejudice that people tend to view as practically gone. It isn't.

Pastoral challenges for the New Year

  - RCC clergy and the assets under stress.
   THE TIDINGS, By Fr. Richard McBrien, January 11, 2008
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Pope Benedict XVI's recent encyclical on the virtue of hope serves as a reminder that many people begin each new year with the generic "hope" that it will somehow be better than the old one. They even make resolutions to insure that it will --- all the way from losing weight to being more courteous to their co-workers. [...]
   It is in the context of such pastoral developments as these in the Archdiocese of Hartford that one should pay close attention to a recent article in Commonweal magazine by a priest-sociologist in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Paul Stanosz. The article is entitled, "The Other Health Crisis: Why Priests Are Coping Poorly" (Nov. 23, 2007).
   His archdiocese has announced the closing of its 151-year-old seminary and the proposed sale of its 44 acres of prime real estate to pay clergy sexual-abuse claims, with the possibility of bankruptcy on the horizon if Wisconsin's statute of limitations on abuse cases is lifted.
   "Among priests, meanwhile, there is much talk of high stress, poor health, and low morale," Father Stanosz writes. "More and more are battling burnout and depression as well as suffering heart attacks and dying prematurely. Two have committed suicide in recent years."
   Add to all this "the polarization that exists between recently ordained and long-time priests --- what some call JPII priests and Vatican II priests, respectively."

San Fernando Region News

   THE TIDINGS January 11, 2008
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- [...] On Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., San Fernando Region Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Wilkerson will speak on "Current Issues in the Archdiocese." The bishop will address past clergy sexual abuse, current Safeguard the Children policies, archdiocesan finances and the priest shortage.

Ask Dr. Helen: Should Men Be Kicked Out of the Church Nursery?

  - General discussion.
   PAJAMAS MEDIA, By Helen Smith, ~ January 11, 2008
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Should men be kicked out of the church nursery for the crime of being male? Reader Sarah thinks this is unfair–so do I:
   Dear Dr. Helen,
   My question is in relation to an incident that happened recently at our church. A friend of mine was assigned to teach our son's nursery class (like Sunday School, but for tiny ones ages 18 months to 3 years). There are about a dozen children in this class, so there were supposed to be two teachers, but they hadn't assigned anyone yet, so my friend's husband volunteered to help his wife out. A parent of one of the children complained to the bishop that a man was teaching the nursery class, so my friend's husband was asked not to help out with the class anymore.
   I understand that there's been a problem in my church in recent years (not in my congregation, but in other congregations) with some high-profile cases where a male teacher, teaching alone, sexually abused a child in the Sunday School class, so I thought it was a good idea when they instituted the two-teacher rule (every class is to have two teachers, which for practical reasons is a good idea). But I think this is going too far. Women can't kick all the men out of positions of caring for children, and then turn around and complain that men don't help out with the kids or that there's a shortage of teachers. I would like to go to the bishop and complain about this, but I need some facts first. I am familiar with conditional probabilities and would like to crunch a few numbers for him. [...]
   Dear Sarah,
   Your bishop may not be as safe as he thinks if he uses only female teachers. Although PC books and statistics would like us to believe that women do not commit sexual offenses against children, this is not the case. For example, here is some interesting information on female sex offenders from the Canadian Children's Rights Council.

Butler Co. Pastor Sentenced for Alleged Sex Abuse

  [2007 Curtis*] - Community Friendship Church. Teenage girl.
   WCPO - ABC9, By Neil Relyea, ~ January 11, 2008
   [Includes video]
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- There were shocking words used in court Thursday to describe a Butler County pastor: "He preyed upon her like a wolf to a lamb."
   That preacher was sentenced Thursday for the attempted sexual battery of and sexual imposition upon a 17-year-old girl.
   The case has deeply divided one congregation.
   Through the years, 9News was told Pastor Bruce Curtis did plenty of good for his community.
   But much of it was undone last year when the 54-year-old was counseling a teenager and allegedly used scripture to try to coerce the girl to touch him sexually.

Group wants seminary leader suspended

  [~ 1991 and 2008 Gilyard*] - Baptist. Lewd messages. Teenage girl.
   STAR-TELEGRAM, By Terry Goodrich, ~ January 11, 2008
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has asked Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees to suspend seminary President Paige Patterson, alleging that Patterson "turned a blind eye to clergy sex abuse" by a former Richardson pastor.
   Patterson responded that the network (SNAP) has made "snap judgments" that are "misinformed and inaccurate."
   The request sent by e-mail Tuesday claims that "multiple students" at The Criswell College in Dallas told Patterson in 1991 that they had been abused by the Rev. Darrell Gilyard, then the preacher at Victory Baptist Church in Richardson.

Southwestern president responds to victims' rights group criticism

  [~ 1991 and 2008 Gilyard*] - Baptist. Lewd messages. Teenage girl.
   FLORIDAN BAPTIST WITNESS, SOUTHERN BAPTIST TEXAN, By Tammi Reed Ledbetter, ~ January 11, 2008
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- An activist organization that describes itself as a “group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures” has once again made headlines by attempting to tie allegations of abuse by a non-Southern Baptist pastor to what they describe as a Southern Baptist entity leader's “blind-eyed response to clergy sex abuse” 16 years ago.
   The widely distributed news release, which accuses Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson of negligence in the early 1990s in dealing with the pastor in question, found a quick venue for further distribution by the alternative media outlet, a forum founded by moderate Baptists who routinely offer objections to the conservative leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention.
   Meanwhile, Patterson released a statement Jan. 9 disputing the SNAP news release and noting that the pastor, Darrell Gilyard, was expelled from Criswell College when Patterson was president once his guilt was substantiated. Patterson said he even moderated the meeting during which Gilyard resigned the church he pastored as a Criswell student.

Man testifies Fresno pastor abused him: Preacher is on trial in sex crimes against two girls

  [? 1997-2006 Dickerson*] - Baptist. 2 girls, boy.
   THE FRESNO BEE, By Chris Collins, ~ January 11, 2008
   FRESNO (CA) -- James, a 23-year-old Seattle man, says that the most terrifying moment in his life occurred while he was resting on a couch in pastor Charles Dickerson's home one night in July 2000.
   The man, who identified himself only as "James R.," testified in Fresno County Superior Court on Thursday that he was 16 when Dickerson -- then a pastor at a church in an eastern Washington state town -- molested him as he was about to go to sleep on a couch. He said Dickerson moved his hand up James' leg and then orally copulated him.
   James said he tried to pretend to be asleep.
   "I was scared, very scared," he told the jury. "It was a very, very uncomfortable and fearful moment for me. Probably the most fearful point in my life. I figured I would just stay still and maybe he would just leave me alone."
   [LOOK BACK: See March 27, 2007. ENDS.]

First Day of Charles Dickerson's Trial: Pastor Charles Dickerson Is Facing Seven Counts of Sexual Abuse

  [? 1997-2006 Dickerson*] - Baptist. 2 girls, boy.
   KFSN - ABC30, ~ January 11, 2008
   [Includes video]
   FRESNO (CA) -- Eight women and four men are sitting on the jury.
   Dickerson still holds his position as Senior Pastor at Pearly Grove Baptist Church in Southwest Fresno.
   The prosecutor said during opening statements the molestation happened over several years because the children were afraid to report it.
   The defense points out the accusers have recanted their statements saying the abuse never happened.

Churches urged to ‘be on the record' about their role in residential schools

  - Anglicans.  
   ANGLICAN JOURNAL, By Marites N. Sison, ~ January 11, 2008
   TORONTO, ONTARIO (CANADA) -- It is important for churches to “be on the record” about the role that they played in the residential schools and what they have done to facilitate healing and reconciliation with aboriginal people who were affected by that legacy, said an official of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
   Bob Watts, interim executive director of the commission, said that while the commission is intended to be “victim-centered,” it was also important to hear how the churches, including the Anglican Church of Canada, have been affected and changed by the sad legacy of residential schools.
   “Canadians need to hear from those who have witnessed the stories (of former students) about what (their) experiences have been ... about what individuals and institutions are prepared to do to move forward,” he said. He cautioned, however, that reconciliation and healing does not happen overnight and would depend heavily “on the goodwill of peoples and institutions.”

Press release: Diocese on track with compensation for victims of sexual abuse

  [St George's Diocese] - RCC. CAN$7.8m OF $14m paid. 40 victims.    
   CORNER BROOK, NEWFOUNDLAND (CANADA) -- The Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation (RCEC) of St. George's continues to be in full compliance with the terms of the court-approved proposal to compensate victims of sexual abuse.
   The proposal, the terms of which were negotiated with the full and willing participation of legal counsel for the victims, was accepted by the victims and approved by the Supreme Court of Newfoundland & Labrador in July 2005.
   Since that time the Corporation's representatives have engaged in full disclosure in their meetings with the Trustee Advisory Committee, established as a requirement under the court-approved proposal. At its most recent meeting held yesterday, January 9, Mr. Greg Stack, counsel for 36 of the 40 victims, was present as a member of the committee.
   Under the terms of the proposal the Corporation was to liquidate all of the Corporation's assets for the benefit of the victims in a fully transparent process. The Corporation has thus far been successful in its compensation strategy; $7.8 million of the $14 million settlement has been paid to the victims to date. Posted January 11, 2008
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri January 11, 2008
Abuse Chronology:
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sat January 12, 2008 edition:

• Abuse survivors seek Law's removal from Vatican congregations

  [Decades - Cardinal Law] - RCC. Enabling abusers to continue.  
   NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER, http:// node/1536 , CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, By Carol Zimmermann, ~ January 12, 2008
   Washington -- Members of the Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests are calling for Cardinal Bernard F. Law's retirement and subsequent removal from eight Vatican congregations before the pope's visit to the United States in April.
   Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of the Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests, along with three other SNAP members, personally delivered a letter to the Vatican Embassy in Washington Jan. 9 stating their desire that Law, former archbishop of Boston, officially retire. The letter was addressed to Pope Benedict XVI in care of Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the apostolic nuncio to the United States.
   Law, archpriest of St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome since 2004, will turn 77 in November. A former bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Mo., he was archbishop of Boston from 1984 until he resigned in December 2002 in the wake of controversy over his handling of cases of sexual abuse committed by Boston priests.
   [Editor's Note: In its next issue, which goes to press next week, NCR takes an indepth look at Cardinal Law in Rome: what his activities are, how he's been received, how much influence he holds, and, to the extent possible, what sense Law makes of his circumstances. The story will be available online Jan. 15 .] [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 12:31 PM]

• Campaign launched against pedophiles

  [Unnamed priest] - ? RCC. Girl.    
  THE HERALD SUN, au/heraldsun/ story/0,21985, 23043948- 661,00.html , By Kim Wilson, ~ January 12, 2008
   [See also Spectre of evil haunted her to the end about Emma Foster.]
   MELBOURNE CITY (AUSTRALIA) -- Emma Foster's legacy hopefully would be to help parents become more aware of the perils of pedophiles, her mother, Christine, said yesterday.
   After years of battling to help her daughter after she was sexually abused by a pedophile priest, Mrs Foster has devised a powerful campaign to grab parents' attention.
   "We want to make parents aware of what happens with sexual abuse and that there are symptoms," she said of the campaign that plays on the phrase "ignorance is bliss".

Minn. man wins permission to sue Archdiocese for abuse damages

  [1980-82, 1989 - Adamson] - RCC. 28 children.  
   -- A Minnesota man who claimed he was abused by a Roman Catholic priest 25 years ago can seek punitive damages from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona.
   In a 2006 lawsuit in Ramsey County District Court, the victim, who is not named, alleges he was sexually abused by Thomas Adamson, of Altoona, Wis. It also accused the church of negligence and fraud for not stopping a pedophile priest.
   The ruling by Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin on Thursday is the second time one of Adamson's victims has been allowed to sue for punitive damages, said St. Paul lawyer Jeffrey Anderson, who is representing the plaintiff.
   The other case was in 1989.

Spectre of evil haunted her to the end

  [1946-77, 1988-93 O'Donnell] - RCC. 11 boys, 1 girl.    
   THE HERALD SUN, By Kim Wilson, ~ January 12, 2008
   MELBOURNE CITY (VICTORIA), AUSTRALIA – A family's brave battle to save a child sexually abused by a priest ended tragically last week with the death of the Melbourne woman.
   Emma Foster, 26, died alone on her bedroom floor clutching her teddy bear, a treasured first birthday present from her parents.
   It was a tragic end to a life shattered by abuse by the the family's parish priest.
   For 13 years, Emma's parents, Anthony and Christine, battled to keep their eldest daughter alive as she rode a roller-coaster of drugs and self-destructive behaviour. [...]
   Emma and younger sister Katie were victims of Father Kevin O'Donnell as students at Sacred Heart Primary School, Oakleigh, from 1988 to 1993.
   O'Donnell served 15 months' jail after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting 11 boys and one girl, aged eight to 14, between 1946 and 1977. He died after his release in 1997.

Former priest's plea deal allows him to avoid more prison time

  [1999-2002 Clark] - RCC. No more prison. 2 boys.  
   WAVE-TV - NBC3, By Elizabeth Donatelli, ~ January 12, 2008
   [Includes video]
   LOUISVILLE (KY) -- A former priest accused of molesting two young boys in Bullitt County was sentenced Friday. Even though the victims told the judge they agree with the decision, some in the courtroom feel he should serve more time. WAVE 3's Elizabeth Donatelli was there.
   Former Catholic Priest Daniel Clark admitted there is enough evidence for a jury to find him guilty by entering an Alford plea, but he won't serve another day in prison.
   Clark was found guilty of sexually abusing two boys under the age of 12 between 1999 and May of 2002. The defense appealed. His conviction was overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court in June of 2007 because of improper testimony regarding a prior conviction of a sex offense.

Supreme Court denies former priest Janssen's motion

  [Years - Janssen (86); ~ 2000s his sister] - RCC. 180 days prison. Property in his sister's name. US$80,000 bonds still missing. Victim: his nephew.
   THE QUAD-CITY TIMES, By Ann McGlynn, January 12, 2008
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- A request for the Iowa Supreme Court to review a contempt of court order that sent a defrocked priest to jail has been denied.
   James Janssen, 86, reported to the Scott County Jail on Wednesday to begin serving a 180-day sentence. His attorney had asked the Iowa Supreme Court to review the matter in December after Chief Judge Bobbi Alpers found Janssen in contempt for not producing $80,000 in missing savings bonds. The bonds were to be put toward a $1.4 million civil judgment against Janssen for sexually abusing his nephew, James Wells.
   While Alpers ordered Janssen to jail, District Judge Mary Howes, in a separate lawsuit filed by Wells against Dorothy Janssen, found that she helped James Janssen hide his assets when he faced several civil lawsuits alleging sex abuse. Dorothy Janssen is James Janssen's sister.

Judge says alleged priest-abuse victim can seek punitive damage

  [1980-82, 1989 - Adamson] - RCC. 28 children.
   -- POST-BULLETIN (ROCHESTER, MN), ~ January 12, 2008
   ST. PAUL -- Ramsey District Judge Kathleen Gearin has ruled that a man who says he was molested in the 1980s by former Catholic priest Thomas Adamson can seek punitive damages in his lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona.
   The lawsuit accuses the archdiocese and diocese of negligence and fraud for not stopping one of the most notorious pedophile priests in Minnesota history. Adamson has been accused of sexually abusing as many as 28 children during his 25 years in the priesthood.
   Adamson is a former priest at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rochester. He had admitted sexual misconduct with boys in the Winona diocese beginning in 1961 and in the Twin Cities archdiocese after his transfer in 1975.

Man seeking punitive damages against former Diocese of Winona priest accused of sexual abuse

  [1980-82, 1989 - Adamson] - RCC. Huge compensation. 28 children.
   WINONA DAILY NEWS, By Kevin Behr, January 12, 2008
   WINONA (MN) -- A man accusing a former Diocese of Winona priest of sexually abusing him in the early 1980s will be allowed to seek punitive damages in a civil lawsuit, a Ramsey County District Court judge ordered this week.
   The suit was brought in 2006 by a man labeled “John Doe 76C,” who alleges Thomas Adamson sexually abused him between 1980 and 1982 at an Apple Valley, Minn., church. The victim was an altar boy at the time. The suit also accuses the Diocese of Winona and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis of negligence and fraud for not stopping a pedophile priest.
   The ruling by Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin on Thursday is the second time one of Adamson's victims has been allowed to sue for punitive damages, said St. Paul lawyer Jeffrey Anderson, who is representing the plaintiff. Anderson successfully brought one victim's case to trial and won a $2.7 million verdict against the Diocese of Winona. The diocese paid a significantly lesser amount after an appeal.

Gilyard, once darling of SBC elites, again forced to resign over sex

  [~ 1991 and 2008 Gilyard*] - Baptist. Discredited poverty story. Dozens of allegations. Lewd messages. Teenage girl.
   ASSOCIATED BAPTIST PRESS, By Greg Warner, ~ January 12, 2008
   JACKSONVILLE (FL) -- Once touted by Southern Baptist leaders as the nation's next great African-American preacher, Darrell Gilyard has resigned from his fifth church over charges of sexual misconduct -- this time with underage girls.
   Dogged for 20 years by dozens of allegations of extramarital sex with parishioners, Gilyard, 45, resigned Jan. 4 after 15 years as pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, a 7,000-member megachurch in Jacksonville, Fla. Police are investigating a Nov. 29 complaint filed by a member of the church claiming Gilyard sent sexually explicit text messages to her middle-school daughter.
   A native of Palatka, Fla., Gilyard rose to sudden fame in the Southern Baptist Convention in the late 1980s under the mentorship of former SBC presidents Jerry Vines and Paige Patterson. The attention catapulted him to several pastorates as well as appearances on Jerry Falwell's nationally broadcast TV program.
   His story of growing up a homeless orphan living under a bridge in Jacksonville, which Falwell promoted with a video biography, was later discredited.

Auntie's Awakening: Now Anne Beiler Serves Life Lessons to Others in Pennsylvania's Amish Country

  [Years - Unnamed pastor] - Evangelical group. Women (6yrs one of them).
   THE WASHINGTON POST, (WASHINGTON, DC), By Tamara Jones, ~ January 12, 2008
   GAP, Pa. - Her name is as familiar and cozy as the hot pretzels and cold lemonade she used to sell.  Auntie Anne.  So easy to imagine her in an apron, arms open for a hug, rosy cheeks powdery with flour.  From Buffalo to Bangkok, Anne Beiler built her fortune, kiosk by kiosk, food court by food court, on a deceptively simple recipe. [...]
   In the early days of Auntie Anne's, the Beilers moved along with some of Anne's siblings to rural East Texas to help their pastor build a church there. The televangelist 1980s were heady, scandalous years in charismatic Christian circles, and seven years into the Texas adventure, allegations of corruption and sexual misconduct tore their new church apart. The Beilers returned to Lancaster County.
   One day, Anne nervously approached Jonas. "Honey, you heard about the pastor and the women and the money," she remembers stammering. "Well, I was one of those women."
   The very first time she had gone to the pastor's office for help, six months after Angela's death, she recounted, "he seduced me. I was a grieving 26-year-old mother who had just lost her child, with no reason to believe I couldn't trust a pastor, and I felt like I had lost my husband, too, because we couldn't connect anymore. That first day as I left his office, he told me, 'Jonas cannot meet your needs, but I know I can.' " [...]
   Even now, she finds it hard to describe the six-year hold the pastor had on her, sometimes referring to it as her abuse, another time as rape, never as an affair or relationship. Anne knew that two of her sisters were under the same terrible spell at the same time. "Jonas and I call him 'The Beast,' " she says. "I would threaten to tell, but he would always say no one's going to believe you, that I couldn't live without him, that I needed him. I was clean for six months before I was able to tell Jonas."

Mitt and his faith: Remembering when candidate Romney was Bishop Romney

   SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, (SALT LAKE CITY, UT), By Peggy Fletcher Stack, ~ January 12, 2008
   Belmont, Mass. - As a wildly successful American executive, wealthy capitalist and Harvard man, Mitt Romney might have lived out his life among the country-club set and never really encountered an ordinary citizen.
   Mormonism made that impossible.
   During more than a dozen of his key years at Bain Capital in the 1980s and early 1990s, Romney was also an LDS bishop (equivalent to a pastor) and stake president (presiding over several congregations in the same area) in Belmont. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no paid clergy; Mormon men take turns overseeing wards (congregations) and stakes while continuing their professional work. [...]
   The problem of women
   Not everyone shared that positive view of Romney. Though somewhat progressive in his approach, Romney was still a product of LDS male culture of the time. He didn't initially believe, for example, that there were any cases of physical or sexual abuse of women in the stake, though plenty of evidence pointed to it. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:55 AM]

St. Andrew's sold to local church: Bethel AME won't make changes

  - Geoghan's old church sold by RCC to AME.
   FOREST HILLS – The former St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church complex has been sold to the local Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church as its new headquarters. [...]
   St. Andrew's was once home to infamous child-molesting priest John Geoghan, whose crimes there later sparked the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal. Maryetta Dussourd, a mother and aunt of several Geoghan victims, has led a controversial effort to have St. Andrew's landmarked and some type of memorial to sexual abuse survivors established there. Dussourd could not be reached for comment.
   Hammond said he is open to discussing a memorial, emphasizing that Bethel AME doesn't want to “whitewash or pretend things didn't happen.” But, he added, the church also wants to celebrate the site's good memories, especially with St. Andrew's 90th anniversary and Bethel AME's 20th anniversary approaching.

Ex-officer expects to be arrested

  - Whistleblower Dunlop still refusing to testify because Establishment took 15yrs.
   Duncan -- A former Ontario police officer, whose investigation to expose an alleged high-ranking pedophile ring saw him ostracized from the force, said he expects to be arrested next week for refusing to testify in a government inquiry.
   Perry Dunlop had already been found in contempt for refusing to answer questions last fall. Inquiry lawyers say Dunlop could be fined or imprisoned.
   But Dunlop said he has no intention of travelling to Cornwall, Ont., because he has "no faith" in a judicial process that has taken 15 years and cost him his job, home and life in Cornwall.

Obituary: Juan Arzube, 89; bishop was lauded as an activist but tainted by accusation

  [~ 1970s-80s Bp Arzube] - RCC. Advocate of Latinos. Accused of molesting boy, etc.
   LOS ANGELES TIMES (LOS ANGELES, CA), By Mary Rourke, ~ January 12, 2008
   [See the LA Times database entry on St. Alphonsus parish, showing the assignment there of Arzube, Castro, Pina, and Hernandez. See also an obituary of Arzube in The Tidings.]
   Juan Arzube, a Catholic bishop who was known as an advocate of Mexican American Catholics in Los Angeles and a social activist on their behalf, has died. He was 89. [...]
   A clergyman for 53 years, Arzube fell under suspicion in 2003 when he was accused of molesting an 11-year-old boy years earlier. He denied the charges, but his case was part of the record-breaking settlement the archdiocese reached with hundreds of plaintiffs last summer. [...]
   Arzube's years at St. Alphonsus were troubled in other ways as well. He was pastor there from 1971 to 1981; during that time, two other priests stationed at the parish with him were also accused of sexually molesting minors.
   "Assignment histories show that several molester priests were closely associated with Arzube," said De Marco, who took Arzube's deposition in 2006 while investigating his client's case.

Priest gets 5 years probation: Registration as sex offender required

  [1999-2002 Clark] - RCC. Sentenced to probation. 2 boys.
   THE COURIER-JOURNAL, By Peter Smith, January 12, 2008
   [Includes video of the Clark sentencing with brief interviews of Rev. Gary Hayes and Vince Grenough. Also includes a gallery of photos.]
   LOUISVILLE (KY) -- A judge "reluctantly" ordered former Roman Catholic priest Daniel C. Clark to serve probation yesterday for the rest of a 10-year sentence on sexual-abuse charges after approving a plea agreement reached with prosecutors in November.
   The agreement, which will also require Clark to register as a sex offender in Kentucky, followed his plea on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving two Bullitt County boys.
   Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress' approval of the sentence wraps up a legal case that was reopened in May when the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned Clark's original conviction in 2003.
   Clark, 59, entered an Alford plea in the case in November. Under an Alford plea, the defendant doesn't admit committing the crime but acknowledges there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.

SNAP Releases Letter from Bishop to Abusive Priest

  [1970s + Feeney] - RCC. Many children.
   WBAY-TV - ABC2, By Sarah Thomsen, ~ January 12, 2008
   [Includes video; see also a copy of the Wycislo letter to Feeney]
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- An organization for victims of sexual abuse by clergy is releasing documents to the public which it says prove the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay covered up the repeated sexual abuse by Father John Patrick Feeney.
   A lawsuit filed by two brothers abused by Feeney in the 1970s alleges the diocese moved Feeney from parish to parish, knowing he molested numerous children. Feeney was convicted of the abuse in 2004 and sent to prison, and was defrocked by the Church in 2005.
   Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests says the documents it released Friday prove the diocese did exactly what SNAP claims -- covering up for a former priest. Perhaps the most telling evidence is found in a letter to Feeney from then-Bishop Aloysius Wycislo dated October 3, 1983.

Letter from Bishop Aloysius J. Wycislo to Rev. John P. Feeney

  [1970s + Feeney] - RCC. Many children.
   DIOCESE OF GREEN BAY FILES released by SNAP, ~ January 12, 2008
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- Dear Father Feeney:
   Writing this letter in the twilight of my resignation as the Bishop of the Green Bay Diocese saddens me very much. I could have hoped to leave the problem to my successor, but that would not be fair. As I go through the total file of the hearings, your meetings with the Personnel Board and your response, the conclusion seems to be that in your best interest another diocese, another atmosphere, new people and new faces might be the answer to your problem.
   It is a pity that serving the Diocese of Green Bay for thirty years ends in this way, but, really, haven't we all tried? Again and again there were so many assignments.  In my case, I am capable of forgetting about all this and writing a good letter of recommendation for you to a new Bishop, and I hope and pray you will find one.
   Summarizing, therefore, the recommendations of the Personnel Board to me I would concur with that Board that I support your request to be released from assignment in the Green Bay Diocese for work in another diocese. To this end, you have my permission to seek a meeting with another Bishop, and as I said above, I will be happy to be in contact with such a Bishop. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:30 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat January 12, 2008
Abuse Chronology:
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sun January 13, 2008 edition:

• Editorial: Honour Emma's parents

  [5yrs O'Donnell*] - RCC. Girl.    
   THE HERALD SUN, au/heraldsun/ story/0,21985, 23042668-242 18,00.html , ~ January 13, 2008
   MELBOURNE (Vic), AUSTRALIA – Emma Foster need not have died. If she had not been sexually abused by Catholic priest Kevin O'Donnell, she would most likely have been a happy, well-adjusted 26-year-old woman.
   She might have been married or have had children. But Emma died alone and in despair during the week, clutching her childhood teddy bear.
   Her story is sickening. She was a vulnerable child when first serially abused by the notorious child molester. It went on for five years. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:47 AM]

Archdiocese ousts priest accused of sex abuse

  [1989-93 Horn*] - RCC. Child.  
   HOUSTON CHRONICLE, By Betty A. Luman, ~ January 13, 2008
   [See also the Galveston-Houston archdiocese's January 2004 abuse report.]
   HOUSTON (TX) -- The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston announced on Sunday that a priest accused of sexually abusing a minor has been removed from ministry.
   The allegation against the Rev. Stephen R. Horn, former pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church, was made in November. The abuse allegedly occurred between 1989 and 1993.
   Horn served at Christ the King from 1981 to 1994. He has served as pastor of St. Luke The Evangelist since 1994. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 PM]

Bishop Juan Arzube dies at 89

  [~ 1970s-80s Bp Arzube] - RCC. Advocate for Latinos. Accused of molesting boy, etc.
   THE TIDINGS, January 11, 2008
   [See also the Arzube obituary in the Los Angeles Times.]
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Retired Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Juan A. Arzube, among the country's first Hispanic bishops ordained in the post-Vatican II era, died Dec. 25 in Los Angeles. He was 89, and had lived at Nazareth House in West Los Angeles since 2002.
   A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 31 at the Chapel of the Risen Christ at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City for Bishop Arzube, the second Hispanic bishop ordained in the U.S. (after Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Flores of San Antonio) when he was made a Los Angeles auxiliary in 1971. His involvement with various issues in the church and in the community prompted new outreach to Hispanics in the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

Judge: Open altar boy murder file

  [1972 Lavigne] - RCC. Altar boy dead.
   THE REPUBLICAN, By Stephanie Barry and Buffy Spencer ~ January 13, 2008
   [See also the Lavigne documents that have already been released.]
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- A Superior Court judge has ordered Hampden County District Attorney William M. Bennett to release more investigative files in the 36-year-old unsolved murder of altar boy Danny Croteau, including a witness' allegations that she was pressured by the then bishop and district attorney about information concerning a priest who was a suspect.
   Judge John A. Agostini rejected arguments that the investigation into the 1972 murder is ongoing and that unsealing the materials may discourage new witnesses from coming forward.
   The judge issued three orders last week in the context of an ongoing dispute between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield and its insurance carriers. The carriers recently pushed to open investigative files in more than a dozen clergy abuse cases as a means to probe whether the diocese turned a blind eye to allegations of abuse.
   The most notorious of these cases in Western Massachusetts focuses on now-defrocked priest Richard R. Lavigne, of Chicopee. He has been sued for abusing dozens of former parishioners, and was the prime suspect in the bludgeoning murder of Croteau, 13. Lavigne was never charged in the killing and has denied any involvement. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:16 AM]

Church rejects group's criticism of diocese audits

   THE TIMES LEADER, By Mark Guydish, January 13, 2008
   WILKES-BARRE (PA) -- The Diocese of Scranton can brag all it wants about training, background checks, and annual compliance with rules set by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to prevent child sex abuse, but it is “essentially a sham,” according to the head of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,” or SNAP. It's a charge a spokeswoman for the Conference of Catholic Bishops rejects.
   The Jan. 3 edition of The Catholic Light, the diocesan newspaper, noted that an independent audit had shown that the diocese is in full compliance with the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” enacted by the Conference of bishops in 2002 after the priest sex scandal broke in Boston and spread rapidly. The diocese said that nearly 8,000 adults and more than 54,000 children have undergone training on how to spot and prevent child abuse, and that background checks have been done on all diocesan employees and volunteers.
   But SNAP quickly issued a press release dubbing the audit – conducted nationwide on each diocese every year by The Gavin Group Inc. – as “a glorified self-survey” and said “it is neither independent nor a real audit.”

Priest under investigation for possible “inappropriate behavior” at Saratoga camp

  [40yrs - 2007 Mons. Zatarga*] - RCC. Making 5 boys strip.
   THE POST-STAR, (GLENS FALLS NY), ~ January 13, 2008
   SARATOGA SPRINGS – A 65-year-old priest who acknowledged his “inappropriate behavior” after allegations of sexual abuse were reported to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn could be under investigation by State Police in Wilton for similar behavior that may have occurred at his summer camp in the town of Greenfield last year.
   Monsignor George F. Zatarga was placed on administrative leave from his role as pastor of American Martyrs parish in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens, according to the diocese. [...]
   On Sunday, The Daily News reported that at least five men told the diocese that Zatarga molested them as teenagers, with the most recent allegations occurring in 2007, when Zatarga took an 18-year-old man to his home “outside upstate Saratoga Springs.” [...]
   The town of Greenfield assessor's office confirmed on Tuesday that George F. Zatarga owns two adjacent properties along a rural stretch of Ormsby Road in Porter Corners, which includes a seasonal camp on the grounds. Tax bills for the properties, six miles north of Saratoga Springs, are forwarded to a Bayside (Queens) address belonging to Zatarga.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson in new book about sexual abuse

  - RCC. Book Sacrilege review.
   ARIZONA DAILY STAR, By Stephanie Innes, ~ January 13, 2008
   TUCSON (AZ) -- Catholic dioceses in 23 states, including Arizona, are discussed in the new book, Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church, which will be released at a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in Washington D.C.
   The 675-page book chronicles the sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in the United States and abroad. Dioceses in Arizona, as well as 22 other states will be discussed in the book. Those other states include California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Wisconsin.
   The book's author is Leon J. Podles, Ph.D., who worked for 20 years as a federal investigator. He spent more than 10 years researching and writing the book. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:03 AM]

Guest column: Diocese should release names of priests

  [1970s + Feeney] - RCC. Many children.
   GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, By Peter Isely, January 13, 2008
   [See also the guest column by Timothy G. Reilly.]
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- Last week, in conjunction with a lawsuit filed by two victims of child sexual assault by convicted pedophile priest John Patrick Feeney, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) petitioned the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, through its current Vatican-appointed administrator, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee, to release the names, settlement locations, and case dispositions of 51 clergy whom church officials determined sexually abused children.
   If you go to the Web site of the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, you can see how every other profession working with children – social workers, teachers, pediatricians – deals with complaints of misconduct. After a confidential professional investigation, if the charges are found to be [word missing], disciplinary action is taken, such as suspending or revoking a license. Then, the findings are made public.
   Concerned some physician or therapist may have sexually assaulted a child or a patient? Go the Web site and find out.
   Where's the Web site for clergy?

Church closings more than a numbers game

  - RCC. Parishes "merging" aka "closing".
   THE REPUBLICAN & HERALD, ~ January 13, 2008
   POTTSVILLE (PA) -- The process has begun – and it won't be pretty.
   Last weekend the first announcements were made about what are being called parish “mergers” in the Catholic Diocese of Allentown.
   Of course, what will really happen is that certain Catholic churches will be closed and others will remain open, but “merger” sounds better. It's all about the spin, you know, when dealing with bad news. I'm not faulting the diocese for using the word, considering what needs to be done, but for those people who are very attached to their particular parish, exchanging one six-letter word – closed – with another six-letter word – merged – isn't going to ease the pain too much.
   Before I go any further, let me be clear about one thing. This column is not going to beat up on Bishop Edward Cullen or the diocese. That is not the intention. I have not agreed with the decision-making from Allentown in many cases, especially recently with regard to Catholic schools in northern Schuylkill County, and the same goes for how policies have been implemented. And even if the bishop really doesn't much like us, as some alleged comments attributed to him indicate, to turn everything into “The bishop hates us” is simplistic and unfair. So, if you are looking for an editorial brickbat here, look elsewhere to read something more to your liking.
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#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Mon January 14, 2008 edition:

• News in Brief

  [1980+ Mondrowitz*] - Gur Hasidic Judaist. Dozens of children.      
   HAARETZ, www.haaretz. com/hasen/ spages/944 648.html , By Haaretz Staff, ~ January 14, 2008
   JERUSALEM -- The Jerusalem District Court ruled yesterday that Avrohom Mondrowitz, an ultra-Orthodox man who fled the United States for Israel two decades ago to avoid sexual abuse charges, must remain in custody until the end of legal proceedings against him.
   The United States seeks the extradition of Mondrowitz, 60, a member of the Gur Hasidic sect, and the court ruling stemmed from the suspicion he may attempt to escape Israel before his extradition.
   Mondrowitz was arrested in Jerusalem in November for allegedly abusing dozens of children at his unlicensed psychology clinic at his Brooklyn, New York, home during the 1980s. He fled to Israel in 1985. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:28 PM] [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:51 AM]

Your Tax Dollars May Be Supporting Abusers: Government Suppport of Catholic Charities

  - RCC under scrutiny. Total losses approaching US$4bn ?  
   Patrick J. Wall, Clergy Abuse and the Catholic Church, for January 15, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- The sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by Roman Catholic Clerics is the most damaging financial event in over two centuries. Not since Pope Pius IX (1846-1878) turned over the Papal States (central Italy) and disbanded the Papal army in the 1860s has the Church lost so many assets. Just recently, the bishops of California settled for in excess of 1.8 billion U.S. Dollars with national totals closing in on $4 billion.
   But they shouldn't be surprised ... The 1985 Doyle/Peterson/Mouton Report warned the bishops of $1 billion worth of exposure.
   What should concern the average American are the billions of Federal and State government dollars given to Catholic Charities for social services.
   Yes, your tax dollars. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 PM]

Court rules alleged U.S. pedophile Mondrowitz must stay in custody

  [1980+ Mondrowitz*] - Gur Hasidic Judaist. Dozens of children.      
   HAARETZ, By Haaretz Service, ~ January 14, 2008
   JERUSALEM -- The Jerusalem District Court ruled on Monday that Avrohom Mondrowitz, an ultra-Orthodox man who fled the United States for Israel two decades ago to avoid sexual abuse charges, must remain in custody until the end of legal proceedings against him.
   The United States seeks the extradition of Mondrowitz, 60, a member of the Gur Hasidic sect, and the court ruling stemmed from the suspicion he may attempt to escape Israel before his extradition.

Don't sue us, says the Church, we'll pay for your therapy. Then only pedophile data they count is from lawsuits.

  - RCC payouts avoid lawsuits, and statistics.  
   CITY OF ANGELS, By Kay Ebeling, ~ January 14, 2008
   RHODE ISLAND “They wouldn't have paid for my therapy if I had sued. I had to sign a paper that they would not be liable in any other financial way,” said Ann Hagan Webb.
   Only an omnipotent organization operating outside the law like the Catholic Church can carry out a Catch 22 like this: Archdioceses offer victims help with therapy as a way to "heal" without lawsuits. Then when it cooks up its statistics on pedophile priests, the Church only counts successful lawsuits. Catch 22. (For example Sr. McNiff's chart in the LA Times, see January 8 post.)
   In Ann Webb's case, they paid for her therapy, but the church says hers is a false claim. A portrait of her perpetrator greets you when you walk into Sacred Heart Church in Providence, Rhode Island.
   Last time Webb's husband saw that portrait he smashed his fist through the glass.

Letter Sent to Parishioners about Sexual Abuse Allegations

  [1989-93 Horn*] - RCC. Child.
   KPRC-TV, ~ January 14, 2008
   The following letter [by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo] was sent to parishioners of Christ the King Church on Jan. 13, 2008, regarding sexual abuse allegations:
   HOUSTON (TX) -- Dear Parishioners of Christ the King Church:
   An allegation of sexual abuse of a minor has been made against Father Stephen R Horn, formerly Pastor of Christ the King Church. The allegation stems from Father's alleged interaction with an individual between 1989 and 1993, while he was Pastor at Christ the King.
   When sexual abuse of a minor by a priest is alleged, a preliminary investigation is conducted promptly and objectively. If there is sufficient evidence that sexual abuse of a minor has occurred, the Diocesan Bishop is required to withdraw the accused from sacred ministry and otherwise to restrict him pending the outcome of a process in Rome.
   A Special Panel of the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston's Review Board investigated the allegation against Father Horn, offering those involved the opportunity to present evidence and to suggest witnesses and avenues of further investigation that they considered informative. As a result of that investigation, the Special Panel and the Review Board itself have concluded that sufficient evidence does exist that sexual abuse of a minor has occurred. They have recommended that Father Horn be withdrawn from ministry pending further proceedings.
   An allegation is not a determination of guilt and we each have a right to our good reputation. However, the Archdiocese takes allegations of sexual abuse of minors extremely seriously. Accordingly, it is my conclusion that Father Horn should be removed from active ministry at this time.

Cops check priest-abuse claims

  [40yrs to 2005 Mons. Zatarga*] - RCC. Making boys strip.
   THE DAILY NEWS, By Alison Gendar, ~ January 14, 2008
   NEW YORK (NY) -- State police have interviewed two of the alleged abuse victims of Monsignor George Zatarga - possibly the first step toward criminal charges, law enforcement sources said Thursday.
   Zatarga, 65, was removed from the American Martyrs Parish in Bayside, Queens, last month after admitting to "inappropriate behavior" with at least five young men during his 40-year career in the Brooklyn Diocese.
   While three of the victims, all in their 40s, allege their abuse happened when they were in their teens, two of the victims told investigators Zatarga had molested them in the past two years at the priest's country home in Greenfield, N.Y.

How He Got Here: Pledging Allegiance

  [Placa] - RCC.
   THE WASHINGTON POST, By Michael Leahy, December 16, 2007
   WASHINGTON (DC) -- [...]Then, as now, Powers and Giuliani were "like brothers separated at birth," Powers says. Their circle included another bright, ambitious Bishop Loughlin classmate, Alan Placa, who sometimes double-dated with Giuliani. Placa pledged the same fraternity at Manhattan as Giuliani and Powers did, and became editor in chief of the student newspaper. Giuliani was a liberal columnist for the paper and a passionate fan of John F. Kennedy.
   The three friends would go on to New York University Law School, after which Placa would become a Catholic priest. The men's devotion to one another has remained absolute in the four decades since. Placa helped Giuliani secure a church annulment of his first marriage, officiated at his second marriage, baptized both of his children and presided over the funeral of Giuliani's mother in 2002. During his mayoral years, Giuliani invited Placa to join his staff at Gracie Mansion, but Placa declined.
   After Giuliani left office, Placa's New York diocese suspended him from the priesthood after child molestation allegations. Giuliani, who by then had established a security consulting firm, came to his old friend's rescue. He hired Placa at Giuliani Partners and has remained his steadfast benefactor and defender ever since, even as detractors demand that he explain his close relationship with, as one child abuse activist has put it, "a credibly accused child molester."

Chapel at Xavier may yet bear McGinn's name

  - RCC. Honour McGinn on list of sin?
   THE DESERT SUN, By Rasha Aly, January 14, 2008
   PALM SPRINGS (CA) -- Xavier College Preparatory High School officials have yet to decide whether they should name the school's future chapel after a Coachella Valley priest who has been accused of sexual abuse.
   The Rev. Malachy McGinn, who died in 1997 after serving at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Palm Springs since 1985, was one of 38 priests with "credible" allegations included on a list published on the diocese's Web site March 30, 2007.
   When the list was released, Xavier officials said they might continue with plans to name the future chapel after McGinn. More than six months have passed since the list was published, and a decision has not been made.

Victim's family to address findings

  [1972 Unnamed person] - RCC. Danny Croteau (altar boy).
   The Boston Globe, By Brian R. Ballou, January 14, 2008
   BOSTON (MA) -- The parents of a 13-year-old altar boy whose 1972 homicide remains unsolved are expected to speak out today about newly released investigative records on their son's case.
   "We've been kept in the dark for 36 years, and now there's some light finally being shed on the murder of our son," said Carl Croteau, 77, of Springfield, in a phone interview yesterday. His son, Danny Croteau, died from a severe blow to the head on April 15, 1972, and his body was dumped on the banks of the Chicopee River.
   Last Wednesday, Springfield Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini ordered Hampden District Attorney William M. Bennett to release more investigative files on the case, prompted by an appeal filed by The Republican, a Springfield newspaper.

Guest column: Diocese acted to protect children

  [1950-2002 Green Bay Diocese, 35 priests] - RCC. Children.
   GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, By Timothy G. Reilly, Director of Administration for the Diocese of Green Bay, January 13, 2008
   [See also the guest column by Peter Isely.]
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- As a diocese, we will never be able to undo the harm and pain of clergy sexual abuse of minors. What we can do is apologize for the actions of 35 of our diocesan priests, both living and deceased, who, from 1950 to 2002, have had credible allegations of abuse against them. Today's apology is added to those of our previous bishops and, in a special way, to the apology of Bishop David Zubik at the Service of Apology on Oct. 2, 2006. We extend our heartfelt compassion to those who have been abused and continue to invite victims to talk about the ways in which we can assist in their journey toward healing.
   In addition to listening and sincerely attempting to help the particular needs of the abused, we have taken aggressive measures to ensure the safety of our children. In recent weeks, these measures have been publicly misrepresented and misreported. I'd like to speak clearly and frankly about our actions.
   On Jan. 2, a plaintiff who recently filed a civil action against the diocese dating back to 1978, said: "The overwhelming reason for us to bring this action now is really that the diocese has never really come to grips or taken responsibility for what has occurred in the past. Frankly, it could be continuing now. The veil of secrecy about this is almost stunning." This statement is untrue and cannot go unchallenged.

Group turns up heat on Catholic Church

  - RCC. Where are the bodies?  
   CKNW - AM980, ~ January 14, 2008
   VANCOUVER (BRITISH COLUMBIA), Canada -- A confrontation outside a Cathedral in downtown Vancouver brings up, once again, the plight of aboriginal children housed in residential schools across Canada.
   "I was raped by a Catholic priest in the residential school."
   Rick Lavallie and others gathered outside Holy Rosary Cathedral Sunday morning to demand the Catholic Church identify burial sites, where they claim abused children lie. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:48 AM]

Amid Sadness, Sound Strategy

  - RCC.  
   WHISPERS IN THE LOGGIA, ~ January 14, 2008
   HOUSTON (TX) -- Proving how truly different things are down in Texas -- and the lessons some of us can learn from that -- the Cardinal of the South called a press conference... on his own accord... to face down questions on a priest's removal from ministry... at his chancery... on a Sunday afternoon.
   If the confluence of the above terms seems unusual, it's because the scenario is without precedent.

Natives want children's remains returned: Protesters claim as many as 50,000 died over a century

   THE VANCOUVER PROVINCE, By Lora Grindlay, ~ January 14, 2008
   VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA) -- A Vancouver Catholic priest was confronted yesterday by natives demanding the repatriation of the remains of children they say are buried at former residential schools.
   About 20 protesters, members of a group called Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared, rallied at Holy Rosary Cathedral and delivered a letter to Archbishop Raymond Roussin, asking that the cause of death and whereabouts of the children's remains be disclosed.
   The group wants the remains returned to their families for proper burial and memorials erected.
   Organizer and documentary filmmaker Kevin Annett estimates there are at least half a dozen burial sites at former B.C. residential schools run by the Catholic Church.
   "We know that there's mass graves behind the school in Port Alberni, in Alert Bay, in Mission, right next to the grounds of the Mission Folk Fest," said Annett, a former United Church minister who is the author of a book and a film on the subject.

Local priest removed from ministry after sex abuse allegations

  [1989-93 Horn*] - RCC. Boy.  
   KHOU-TV, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ January 14, 2008
   [Includes video]
   HOUSTON (TX) -- A priest accused of sexually abusing a boy between 1989 and 1993 was removed from ministry after investigators determined the allegations had merit, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo announced Sunday.
   The victim, who is now an adult, told church officials in November that the Rev. Stephen R. Horn abused him while he was pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church, DiNardo said.
   A special panel from the Archdiocesan Review Board investigated the allegations and concluded there was sufficient evidence to suggest that the abuse had occurred, he said.

Ireland 'left out' in atonement drive for sins of the Fathers

  - RCC awaiting letter.  
   IRISH INDEPENDENT, By John Cooney, ~ January 14, 2008
   DUBLIN (IRELAND) -- The Vatican's call on Catholics to atone for the child clerical sex abuse scandals that have rocked its foundations in recent years has handed a poisoned chalice to the Irish bishops.
   A week after what has been described by one commentator as Rome's "largest global prayer initiative ever seen", the Irish bishops have not yet received a letter instructing them what to do in order to make reparation to the thousands of young people raped by priests and nuns.
   The purported aim of this Rome initiative is "to make amends before God for the evil that has been done and hail once more the dignity of the victims".

Group says DA should rip Giuliani; Letter: Rudy 'hurtful' to molest victims

   LONG ISLAND (NY) -- Unsatisfied with Rudy Giuliani's campaign-trail defense of a Long Island priest accused of molesting boys and suppressing complaints against other clergymen, protesters have turned to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota for help.
   Members of SNAP - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - showed up at Spota's Hauppauge office on Thursday to hand him a letter that urges the prosecutor to blast the ex-mayor and Republican presidential hopeful for his "repeatedly hurtful, insensitive and misleading public comments and innuendos" about a Suffolk grand jury report on the sex abuse scandal within the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
   Specifically, SNAP members are bothered that Giuliani, in cities across the country, has steadfastly defended his life-long pal, Msgr. Alan Placa, who was accused in the 2003 grand jury report of sex abuse but was never tried because of the statute of limitations. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM]
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#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue January 15, 2008 edition:

• ‘Absolute Power'

  [1959-86 - 12 Jesuit priests and 3 volunteers] - RCC. US$50m. > 110 indigenous children.    
   NEWSWEEK, www.newsweek. com/id/ 93626 , By Tony Hopfinger | Newsweek Web Exclusive, Jan 14, 2008
   ALASKA -- In the Yupik Eskimo village where Tom Cheemuk lived as a child in the 1960s, there was no running water. Homes in the tiny community of St. Michael were lit with gas lamps and generators. The town shared a single telephone.
   As a boy Cheemuk picked berries and gathered goose eggs on the pockmarked Alaskan tundra and fished for tomcod on the windy shores of the Bering Strait.
   Like most other children, he also spent many days inside the weather-beaten little Catholic church, helping the Jesuit missionaries who held such powerful sway over Eskimo life.
   That meant doing what you were told–even if it was wrong–and staying silent about it.
   For Cheemuk, now 53, the past was buried for decades, through a lifetime of struggling with shame, anger and alcoholism.
   "I remember Mom asked me why there was blood on my underclothes," he said one recent frigid night in his cramped house in the Eskimo village. His sat alongside his wife, sometimes breaking into tears. "I was afraid to tell her what happened. I thought I might go to jail."
   It is one of the darkest chapters of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.
   More than 110 children in Eskimo villages claim they were molested between 1959 and 1986, raped or assaulted by 12 priests and three church volunteers.
   Families and victims believe that another 22 people were sexually abused by clergy members but have since killed themselves.
   The Jesuit Oregon Province, which includes Alaska, has agreed to pay $50 million in damages. It is believed to be the largest settlement ever against a religious order. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:36 PM]

Priest guilty in attacks: Sexually molested 13 young boys

  [1967-70 Mons. Prince] - RCC. Guilty. 4yrs prison. 13 boys (12 to 16yrs).    
   OTTAWA SUN, (OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA), By Tina Peplinsk, January 15, 2008
   PEMBROKE -- Monsignor Bernard Prince was sentenced yesterday to four years in a federal penitentiary for sexually abusing 13 boys.
   The retired priest pleaded guilty to 11 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault. He was found guilty on another count of indecent assault.
   Prince's name will be added to the national sex offender registry for the next 20 years. He must also provide a sample of his DNA and is prohibited from attending any public parks or pools, or volunteering where children under the age of 14 are present.
   The abuse occurred at his Wilno cottage and Ottawa apartment. At the time of the incidents, the boys, all from devout Roman Catholic families, ranged in age from 12 to 16 years.
   Twelve of the victims and their families packed the Pembroke courtroom to hear the decision.
   Two of the men read their victim impact statements aloud and Crown attorney John Pepper read the remaining four. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:19 AM]

Panel discussion after Narrow Bridge movie

  - Judaism (Orthodox) seduction exposed in movie.  
   THE AWARENESS CENTER, ~ January 15, 2008
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- The Awareness Center wants to thank Phil Sibley for volunteering his time to create the following video recording of the panel discussion that occurred after the Baltimore Screening of the film 'Narrow Bridge'.

Milingo incontra don Sante e annuncia: «Anch'io avrò un figlio come te»

  - RCC. Abp Milingo and Fr Sguotti meet.      
   IL MESSAGGERO, January 15, 2008
   ROMA (15 gennaio) - «Abbiamo scelto di vivere con una donna, ma non abbiamo commesso nessun peccato». Un lungo incontro, cominciato con un abbraccio affettuoso, ha visto faccia a faccia monsignor Emmanuel Milingo e don Sante Sguotti, i due "preti dello scandalo". Le foto e un'intervista sull'incontro, nella quale Milingo ha annunciato anche il desiderio di avere un figlio dalla moglie Maria Sung, vengono pubblicate dal settimanale Gente in edicola domani.
   Milingo meets Rev. Sante and announces: “I'll have a child like you”
   ROME, ITALY (January 15) – “We chose to live with a woman, but we didn't commit any sin”. A long encounter, begun with an affectionate kiss, saw face to face Emmanuel Milingo and Rev. Sante Sguotti, the two “priests of the scandal”. The photos and an interview, in which Milingo announced his wish to have a child from his wife Maria Sung, will be published by the weekly Gente tomorrow.
   “Celibate has never been a dogma, but only a way to control priests: we'll fight so that the Pope will open his eyes”, said the former archbishop of Lusaka, excommunicated for having ordained married bishops in USA.
   “It's not a sin to abandon celibacy and it's sure it's not a caprice. On the contrary, it's a way to humanize priesthood”, former parish priest of Monterosso in Abano Terme (Padua) added, after having shown Milingo the photo of his son Rocco, the child he had from his companion Tamara, whose relationship cost him the “suspension a divinis”.
   “I have been expelled from the community. With my wife I went to the sanctuary of the Virgin of Pompei, but they denied me the Communion. I can't live without the Eucharist”, Milingo said about what had happened to him in the first day of his trip in Italy, adding: “People sent me hundreds of messages from all over the world every day . In a few days I'll go back to New York. And, God willing, my wife and I will have a child”.
   [DOCTRINE: "... to avoid fornication every man ought to have his own wife and every woman her own husband." (Bible, 1 Corinthians 7:2). ENDS.]

   [GUIDELINES: "The bishop therefore must be blameless, a husband of one wife, moderate in habits, sound in mind, orderly, hospitable, qualified to teach, not given to wine, not a smiter, but reasonable, not belligerent, not a lover of money, a man presiding over his own household in a fine manner, having his children in subjection with all seriousness. (For, if a man does not know how to preside over his own household, how can he take care of God's community?) ... (Bible, 1 Timothy 3:2ff).  Also see Titus 1:5-9. END.]

Abano. Sante e Milingo in tv

   IL GAZZETTINO, ~ January 15, 2008
   L'alleanza contro il celibato dei preti è ormai fatta. Don Sante Sguotti, il prete papà di Monterosso, e Emmanuel Milingo, l'esorcista scomunicato dalla Chiesa Cattolica dopo il matrimonio con Maria Sung, saranno a Canale Italia lunedì mattina per parlare della loro lotta.
   Abano. Sante and Milingo on TV
   ITALY -- The alliance against priests' celibacy was made. The Rev. Sante Sguotti, the priest and father of a child at Monterosso, and Emmanuel Milingo, the exorcist excommunicated by the Catholic Church after his wedding with Maria Sung, will be at Canale Italia on Monday morning to speak about their battle.
   After their presence of both "religious rebels" at the newly-weds fair in Naples, they will meet on Friday at the Restaurant "Al Filo" at Monterosso, a neighbourhood of Abano. Meanwhile Rev. Sante has announced he will marry Tamara, the woman he loves and the mother of his son, within this year.

Arizona Supreme Court weighing priest's misdemeanor trial case

  [1985 Mons. Fushek] - Suspended RC priest. Cost RCC US$100,000, now taking people as well.  
   * Msgr. Fushek's petition to the state Supreme Court asks for a jury trial because although the charges are misdemeanors he could be ordered to register as a sex offender if convicted.
   PHOENIX (AZ) The Arizona Supreme Court is weighing whether a priest facing misdemeanor charges of sexual improprieties with teens is entitled to a trial by jury.
   Msgr. Dale Fushek has been on leave from active ministry since late in 2004, when accusations arose that he behaved inappropriately when a seminarian assigned to his parish sexually abused a youth.
   Msgr. Fushek, who founded Life Teen, an international youth ministry program, is still awaiting trial on misdemeanor charges filed in 2005. Several counts were later dropped, but one count of assault, one of indecent exposure and five of contributing to the delinquency of a minor remain unresolved.

Slain Altar Boy's Father Given Hope

   GOOGLE NEWS, ASSOCIATED PRESS, By Denise Lavoie, ~ January 15, 2008
   BOSTON (MA) -- The father of a 13-year-old altar boy murdered 36 years ago hopes his son's killer will finally be brought to justice now that thousands of pages of case file records are to be released.
   "We've been in the dark for years," said Carl Croteau, whose son, Danny, died from a blow to the head on April 15, 1972. "We hope this leads to something."
   The documents are expected to be released next week, unless Hampden District Attorney William Bennett appeals the ruling. Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini last week ordered Bennett to release the files.

Church officials sat on abuse allegations

  - RCC. [1989-93 Horn*] - Child. [2007 Nov - 2008 Jan -- Galveston-Houston Archdiocese] - Did not report crime.
   KTRK, By Kevin Quinn, ~ January 15, 2008
   [Includes video]
   HOUSTON (TX) -- There are allegations of abuse by a priest in the Galveston-Houston archdiocese. The church knew about it since November. The question is -- why did it wait until Friday to tell authorities?
   Back in November, the archdiocese re-assigned a priest for allegedly sexually abusing a youngster between 1989 and 1993. The Houston police sex crimes unit found out about it on Friday and Eyewitness News was told about it Sunday in a news conference.
   The archdiocese admits that in mid-November it knew about the allegations of sexual assault of a child. But the church didn't tell the district attorney's office or the Houston Police Department until just last Friday. [...]
   DiNardo says the alleged abuse happened at the Christ the King Church on North Main between 1989 and 1993, when Pastor Stephen R. Horn officiated there.

Judge tosses $1.75 million judgment for priest's daughter

  [1978-83 Vella] - Fellowship Baptist. Repressed memories theory. Daughter (5-11).
   LINCOLN, Neb. -- A federal judge has dismissed the $1.75 million judgment for a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by her father, a former Fellowship Baptist pastor who led churches in Lincoln.
   U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf threw out the verdict against Gordon Vella and vacated the award, upon request of the woman's attorney.
   The civil lawsuit filed against Vella stated that he sexually abused his daughter from 1978 to 1983, when she was between 5 and 11 years old.
   The daughter, now in her 30s, suffered from dissociative amnesia and repressed memories of the abuse until January 2003, according to the lawsuit.

Retired Norwich bishop dies of cancer at 80

  [Bp Hart] - RCC. Cleared of most charges.
   NEWSDAY, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ January 15, 2008
   [See also more information about Hart and Norwich.]
   NORWICH, Conn. - The Most Rev. Daniel Hart, retired bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich, has died. He was 80.
   Hart had been fighting cancer the past six months and died Monday, diocesan spokesman Shane Griffith said.
   Born Aug. 24, 1927, Hart became an ordained priest in 1953 and later became a vice chancellor in the Boston archdiocese. Hart was installed as bishop of Norwich in 1995 and retired in 2003 at age 75. [...]
   Hart also oversaw the diocese during a tumultuous time for the Roman Catholic church as priests around the nation were accused of child sexual abuse. Many of the allegations came from adults who said they were molested years earlier as children. Hart became a defendant in lawsuits stemming from the sexual abuse scandal and was accused of failing to protect victims from predatory priests. He was cleared of most of those charges in 2002.

Thou shalt not collect: Lawyer disappointed with bishop's stance in sexual abuse compensation

  - RCC Bp Crosby keeps fighting 36 victims. CAN $7m more of $14m to pay.  
   THE AURORA, By Michelle Stewart, ~ January 15, 2008
   LABRADOR CITY, NEWFOUNDLAND (CANADA) -- St. John's lawyer Gregg Stack says he was confident Bishop Douglas Crosby would move heaven and earth to see the debt owing to victims of a priest's sexual abuse was paid in full.
   But Stack told the Aurora last Wednesday, he is very disappointed to learn an 18-year-old case involving former priest Kevin Bennett and more than three dozen of his victims will drag on much longer than he ever anticipated.
   Bishop Crosby, whose diocese of St. George's was ordered to pay $14 million in settlement compensation to the victims, relayed (through correspondence) to Stack last week the money is not there to satisfy the remaining $7 million of settlement debt.
   "I am very disappointed with Bishop Crosby," Stack, who represented most of the victims in the civil case, said. "There was a proposal made about two years ago and at the time he (Crosby) extended his hand and said, 'look, this is an obligation we will meet in this fashion; you will get a payment of this much at this date, this much at this date, anD so on' and he said to us personally when he was in here (St. John's), 'I will make sure this is done to the best of my ability.' "

Retired Vatican official sentenced to 4 years for sexually assaulting boys

  [1967-70 Mons. Prince] - RCC. Guilty. 4yrs prison. 13 boys (12-15 yrs).    
   CBC NEWS, January 14, 2008
   TORONTO (CANADA) -- A retired Vatican official was sentenced Monday to four years for sexual assaults against 13 boys between 1964 and 1984 in Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley.
   Bernard Prince, 72, was sentenced by Justice Julianne Parfett in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Pembroke, Ont., about 150 kilometres west of Ottawa.
   In the morning, he was found guilty on one count and subsequently pleaded guilty to 12 more charges involving a total of 13 different boys.
   Prince originally had faced more than 30 charges, including b*ggery, indecent assault and gross indecency, against 13 boys aged 12 to 15, many of whom were altar boys he met in the small Polish community of Wilno, near Algonquin Park.

'Deep breach of trust'

  [1967-70 Mons. Prince] - RCC. Guilty. 4yrs prison. 13 boys.
   OTTAWA CITIZEN, (OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA), By Andrew Seymour, ~ January 15, 2008
   * Sentence sets stage for massive lawsuits against church. Former Pembroke priest and Vatican insider gets four years for sexually abusing boys
   PEMBROKE, Canada -- A prominent Ottawa Valley priest whose service to the Catholic Church was rewarded with a Vatican post was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday for sexually molesting 13 young boys.
   Reading from a handwritten statement, Msgr. Bernard Prince, 72, showed no emotion as he apologized to his victims for his "legal and moral" wrongdoing after being found guilty of one charge of indecent assault and pleading guilty to 12 more charges of indecent and sexual assault. Court heard the assaults took place between 1964 and 1984.
   "I wish to sincerely apologize to everyone concerned for the harm that I have caused, directly or indirectly," said Msgr. Prince, a personal friend of the late Pope John Paul II. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:14 AM]
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Abuse Chronology:
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Wed January 16, 2008 edition:

• Tucson Youth Pastor Accused of Sex Crimes

  [ 2007 Decaire -NEW*] - Baptist. Girl.  
   KOLD-NEWS13, Global/story. asp?S=763 0499 , By Mark Stine, ~ January 16, 2008
   TUCSON (AZ) -- "Think about getting hit in the stomach unexpectedly and getting the wind knocked out of you."
   That's how Pastor John Anderson describes his congregations reaction after one of the East Tucson Baptist Church youth ministers was arrested for several sex crimes.
   Anderson said, "Shock, anger, denial rationalization, all of those are taking place right now."
   Taking place because Christopher Decaire was arrested on Friday and charged with nine felonies. He's accused of sexually molesting a 13-year-old girl from the church.

"Abbiamo scelto di vivere ...

  - Abp Milingo and Fr Sguotti campaign for married clergy.      
   IL GAZZETTINO, January 16, 2008
   ITALIA -- "Abbiamo scelto di vivere con una donna, ma non abbiamo commesso nessun peccato. Amiamo tutti e due la chiesa cattolica senza se e senza ma".
   ITALY -- “We chose to live with a woman, but we didn't commit any sins. Both of us love the Catholic church unconditionally”. But notwithstanding the words of the “priest father” of Monterosso, the Rev. Sante Sguotti, it appears decidedly little credible that their love towards the Catholic church is devoid of any condition.
   It was near Rome that took place the first encounter between Rev. Sante and Emmanuel Milingo, the exorcist excommunicated by the Catholic church after his marriage with Maria Sung. The meeting started with a long and affectionate hug between the two rebel priests. What did they say to each other? It's clearly a secret, provided you are not willing to open your wallet as was done by the weekly magazine Gente, which reports in today's issue an exclusive interview paid 1000 euros to each one.
   “Priests' celibacy was never a dogma, but only an easy way to control the clergy: we'll fight so that the Pope can open his eyes” commented Milingo, the former archbishop of Lusaka. A statement which was enriched by another one made by Rev. Sante, the “priest father”, who added “it's not a sin to abandon celibacy. On the contrary, it's a way to humanize the priesthood” while showing the former Zambian archbishop the photos of the little Rocco, the child he had from his companion Tamara, a love story which cost him the suspension “a divinis”.
   “I was expelled from the community. I went to the sanctuary of the Virgin of Pompei with my wife, but they denied me the communion. I can't live without the Eucharist – added Milingo – people sends me hundreds of messages every day from all over the world. In a few days I'll go back to New York, and, God willing, my wife Maria and I will have a child”. But before going back home Milingo will meet Rev. Sante Sguotti to lay the foundation for the battle against priests' celibacy. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM]

Complaint in John Doe 119 v. Roman Catholic Bishop of Las Vegas, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, and Fr. James Patrick Feeney

  [1970s + Feeney] - RCC. Many children.  
   CLARK COUNTY DISTRICT COURT, ~ January 16, 2008
   LAS VEGAS (NV) -- See also the complaints exhibits from diocesan files. The complaint and exhibits are also available as a single file (2.2 megabytes).

Statement from Ned McGrath

  [1970s + Feeney] - RCC. Many children.
   ARCHDIOCESE OF DETROIT, January 15, 2008
   DETROIT (MI) -- We're always saddened when we hear of a case or even a suggestion of abuse involving Catholic clergy. Because the matters raised in news conferences today might be headed for litigation, we cannot comment further at this time.
   Ned McGrath, Director of Communications, Archdiocese of Detroit.

Attorneys file to free priest charged with nun's murder: Petition hints deceased cleric had role in her killing

  [1980 Rev. Fr Robinson, or Rev. Fr Swiatecki ?] - RCC. Nun dead.
   Toledo Blade, By David Yonke, ~ January 16, 2008
   TOLEDO (OH) -- Attorneys for Gerald Robinson have filed a court petition seeking to overturn the Toledo priest's 2006 murder conviction and raising suspicions about another Catholic cleric, now deceased, who worked with Robinson as a chaplain at the hospital where the crime occurred in 1980.
   The petition, filed in Lucas County Common Pleas Court, quotes Sister Dorothy Marie Balabuch, a Sylvania Franciscan nun, as saying she worked as a housekeeper for the Rev. Jerome Swiatecki and described the priest as an "immoral man" with "a very bad temper" and a fondness for knives and "hard-core pornography."
   The court document also quotes a security guard, hired two days after the murder at the former Mercy Hospital, saying that "in my youthful zeal and my desire to catch the perpetrator, I accused Father Swiatecki" of murdering Sister Margaret Ann Pahl.
   David Cone said the priest replied, "So what if I did? Who do you think you are? Look around you. You are a nobody. Nobody is going to believe you."
   [COMMENT: Hold on, are both these suspects "priests" of the One, "Holy," Catholic and Apostolic Roman Church?  Or are we living a nightmare? ENDS.]

Archbishop suspends clergyman

  [Ogugua] - RCC. Nigerian alleges discrimination.    
   OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, By Christopher Burbach, ~ January 16, 2008
   OMAHA (NE) -- Omaha Archbishop Elden Curtiss has suspended from the ministry a former assistant pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church who has a federal lawsuit pending against the archdiocese.
   The suspension means that the Rev. Ernest Ogugua, who now lives in New York, is temporarily banned from saying Mass or performing any other act of priestly ministry. [...]
   Ogugua sued Curtiss, the Rev. Dan Kampschneider and the archdiocese in federal court on Dec. 10, alleging discrimination on the basis of race and national origin. Ogugua is a naturalized U.S. citizen who grew up in Nigeria.

Slain Altar Boy's Father Given New Hope with Release of Records

  [] Lavigne  
   FOX NEWS, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ January 16, 2008
   BOSTON (MA) -- The father of a 13-year-old altar boy who was murdered 36 years ago said Monday he has renewed hope that his son's killer will be brought to justice after a judge ordered the release of thousands of pages of investigative records.
   The family's former parish priest, Richard Lavigne, has long been considered a suspect in the death of Danny Croteau, who died from a blow to the head on April 15, 1972. The boy's body was found on the banks of the Chicopee River. Lavigne has never been charged and has denied any involvement.
   One of the documents includes a statement from a witness who claims she saw the boy's parish priest the night Danny was killed, but was threatened by the then-bishop and district attorney from coming forward, according to a ruling last week by Berkshire Superior Court Associate Justice John Agostini. The document has not yet been released, and the judge does not spell out in his ruling what the woman claims she saw.

Sex abuse victims want inquiry

  [1961-87 Ridsdale] - RCC. 40.    
   THE HERALD SUN, By Mark Dunn, ~ January 16, 2008
   MELBOURNE (VICTORIA), AUSTRALIA -- Victorian victims of sexual abuse at the hands of the clergy have demanded the State Government set up an independent justice commission into the crimes.
   At least 14 victims of notorious pedophile priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale have formed a group to lobby for a Department of Justice investigation into how victims were paid widely varying compensation by the Catholic church. [...]
   Defrocked priest Ridsdale, 72, is considered to be one of Victoria's most prolific child sex offenders.
   He is serving a minimum 19 years for raping and molesting 40 children, aged 6-16, between 1961 and 1987.
   Ridsdale will be eligible for parole in 2013.

Shepherd of the Hills Church receives 'finest bells in the world'

  - RCC. Bells avoid sell-up for US$16.6m sex abuse compensation.
   FIND DU LAC REPORTER, (FOND DU LAC, WI), By Brett Rowland, January 16, 2008
   EDEN – Four historic bells were installed Tuesday at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Eden.
   The St. Francis de Sales bells – that once hung at the Cousins Center in Milwaukee – have a long history and are considered to be some of the finest in the state. [...]
   The bells, weighing from 495 pounds to more than a ton, were cast in 1963 at the Paccard foundry in France and shipped to De Sales Preparatory Seminary in Milwaukee. The seminary eventually became the Cousins Center, the former home of the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese. The archdiocese is in the process of selling the Cousins Center to help pay for a $16.6 million sexual abuse settlement with victims of clergy abuse, according to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story.

Superior diocese noted in new book on sex scandals

  [~ 1950s Klister] - RCC. Book comment.
   DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE, ~ January 16, 2008
   DULUTH (MN) -- The Superior diocese is one of 49 Catholic dioceses and archdioceses in 24 states and the District of Columbia that are mentioned in “Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church.”
   The book, by abuse survivor Leon Podles, is being released today at an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
   Superior is mentioned mostly in connection with the late Rev. Irving Klister, said Fran Griffin, who is handling media inquires about the book.
   Klister was a one-time diocese chancellor and founding editor of the Superior Catholic Herald who abruptly left for Texas in the 1950s at the time of his confessed abuse of a 14-year-old boy. He later was convicted on child pornography charges.

Group accuses archdiocese of acting too slow on priest sex abuse allegations

  - RCC. [1989-93 Horn*] - Child. [2007 Nov - 2008 Jan -- Galveston-Houston Archdiocese] - Did not report crime.
   KHOU, ~ January 16, 2008
   HOUSTON (TX) -- A survivors group is calling on the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to take a tougher stance against a priest accused of sexual abuse.
   Last Sunday, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo revealed there is credible evidence Father Stephen Horn abused a child 19 years ago.
   Horn has been removed as pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Southeast Houston and the district attorney's office has been contacted.
   On Tuesday the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said the archdiocese waited too long to release its findings to the public and police.

Risky Living Arrangements: Boyfriends Pose Greatest Threat to Children, Experts Find

  - An RC attempt to shift the blame!
   NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER, (NORTH HAVEN, CT), By Wayne Laugesen, ~ January 16, 2008
   DENVER – The problem of sexual abuse of children has reached near-epidemic proportions, but the culture has yet to confront its most common causes.
   Most people have heard about the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. They also hear about the children who get abducted by strangers or get lured by Internet perverts.
   And occasionally, newspapers will run a story about a teenage boy having sex with a beautiful 20-something teacher.
   They seldom hear of the biggest threat of childhood sexual abuse: cohabitation and the single mom's boyfriend. [...]
   David Finkelhor, director of the university of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children Research Center, has found that children living in broken homes or with single parents are at a higher risk of physical and sexual assault than children living with two biological or adoptive parents.
   “Certainly, a lot of men come into a home with good intentions and provide a good male role model for children,” Kraizer said. “But the single woman with a child is the perfect opportunity for an abuser. She provides a victim and a place.”
   Kraizer, who's quick to admonish past Church officials who covered up abuse by clergy, said the media's obsession with clergy abuse of children reached absurd proportions. She said it has caused more fear of men in the collar than of live-in boyfriends.
   “With the help of the media, we've developed a fear factor toward clergy that is overblown,” Kraizer said, adding that fear of stranger abuse is also overblown.
   “In the mid-'80s through about 1995, there was a lot of awareness about the nature of child sex abuse,” Kraizer said. “People were aware that strangers weren't the big issue. In the last 10 years, however, things changed. The high publicity crimes became the agenda, and the issues have become completely distorted. My experience is that new parents have no understanding of what the real threats are.”
   Though a recent series by the Associated Press showed an epidemic-like phenomenon of sexual abuse in public schools throughout the country, Kraizer said few people have developed a fear of teachers. Nor, she said, should they.
   [COMMENT: Hold on, Catholic apologists!  The live-in boyfriends are defying what you call God's laws, but the priests are supposed to be leading the people to obey God's laws.  Read the gospels again, and you will find that Jesus said that those who say they know the right way, but do not live a good life, are all the more at fault.
   And, look at the sheer number of victims of each of the predator paedophile clergy.  No live-in fornicator could seduce and/or rape 10, 20 or more children in the home. COMMENT ENDS.]

Green Bay Catholic Diocese, Ex-priest Named in New Lawsuit

  [1970s, 1984 Feeney] - RCC. Many children.
   WBAY, By Emily Matesic, ~ January 16, 2008
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- An alleged sexual assault victim in Nevada filed a lawsuit against former priest John Patrick Feeney, the Green Bay Catholic Diocese, and the diocese of Reno-Las Vegas.
   SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, announced the filing of the lawsuit Tuesday afternoon.
   The victim, identified only as John Doe 119, says Father Feeney sexually assaulted him in 1984 when he was 13 years old.

Daniel A. Hart, Ex-Norwich Bishop, Dies: 'Humble priest' who led diocese for eight years was 80

  [Bp Hart] - RCC.
   THE DAY, (NEW LONDON, CT), By Izaskun E. Larrañeta, ~ January 16, 2008
   NORWICH – Bishop Emeritus Daniel A. Hart, 80, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich from 1995 to 2003, died Monday at the St. Joseph Living Center in Windham after a six-month-long illness. [...]
   In 2002, Bishop Hart returned from a meeting of the nation's Catholic bishops and told a gathering of 200 local Catholics at the Norwich cathedral that he would enforce the bishops' new charter prohibiting any priest who had ever molested a child from serving in the ministry.
   “I join with my brother bishops in apologizing for the hurt inflicted on all victim-survivors of sexual abuse by priests and bishops,” he said. “I am saddened by this and I ask forgiveness.”
   He said he believed that the sexual misconduct policy the diocese had had since 1994 was good, but was fully committed to following the new, stricter charter.
   He also said, “I am not aware today of any priest on active duty who is a danger to a child.”
   That same year, a Superior Court judge dismissed claims in a lawsuit that Bishop Hart had knowingly allowed a diocesan priest to sexually abuse a teenage boy.

Bill would lift limits on child abuse suits

  - RC bishops on wrong side again.
   ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS. By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon, January 14, 2008
   DENVER (CO) -- Colorado's Catholic Church leaders are planning to again fight a bill that would give victims more time to sue predators who sexually abused them as children.
   A measure by state Rep. Gwyn Green, D-Golden, would lift the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits for children who suffer sexual abuse from now on. Any past victims for whom the statute of limitations has expired would have a two-year window - starting in July - to file a civil lawsuit against their alleged abusers or any institution that knowingly allowed the abuse.
   Ted Thompson, executive director for the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children, called on Colorado lawmakers to unanimously pass the bill.

Tougher abuse penalties sought: People who do not report it targeted, too

  - Move for compulsory reporting.
   THE COURIER-JOURNAL, By Peter Smith, January 13, 2008
   LOUISVILLE (KY) -- A bill filed by state Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, would toughen penalties for both those who sexually abuse minors and those who know about such abuse but fail to report it to authorities.
   House Bill 211, prompted by revelations in recent years of sexual abuse by clergy, teachers and others in positions of authority or trust, would make sexual contact with someone younger than 16 a felony if committed by someone older than 21.
   Under the bill, anyone in a position of authority or trust who has sexual contact with someone younger than 18 could be charged with a felony.

Archbishop wants St. Stan priest defrocked

  -- Fr. Bozek striving to retain assets for people, and helped ordain two women.    
   ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, By Tim Townsend, ~ January 16, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- Archbishop Raymond Burke has begun the process of defrocking the pastor at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church.
   Rev. Marek Bozek, 32 and a native of Poland, said Monday that he received a letter from Burke last week, informing him that he should present himself before the archbishop for "canonical admonition."
   In the letter, Burke said he's begun the process of laicization, or being "dismissed from the clerical state," for Bozek. The letter cited Bozek's participation in schism at the church that has been locked in a battle with the archdiocese over control of its assets and his public support for, and participation in, an ordination ceremony of two Catholic women last year.
   [DOCTRINE: But you are a chosen race, a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, ... now you are the People of God ... (Bible, 1 Peter 2:9 and 10).
   For all of you are the children of God ... There can be neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor freeman, male nor female -- for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26 and 28). ENDS.]

Fresno pastor testifies, denies sex assault: Charles Dickerson takes the stand in his own defense

  [? 1997-2006 Dickerson*] - Baptist. 2 girls, 1 boy.  
   THE FRESNO BEE, By Chris Collins, ~ January 16, 2008
   FRESNO (CA) -- Fresno pastor Charles Dickerson took the witness stand Tuesday to deny accusations that he sexually assaulted two girls who are relatives in his family. He also denied molesting a 16-year-old boy.
   Dickerson, dressed in a pinstripe suit and wearing a tie, spoke confidently as he testified in Fresno County Superior Court. His defense attorney, Glenn LoStracco, asked him a series of questions about whether prosecutors' accusations were true, to which Dickerson replied, "No, sir."
   In March, one of the girls testified in a preliminary hearing that when she was younger than 10, Dickerson started molesting her. Later, the girl said, after she became pregnant by another man, Dickerson raped her in his bathroom. But two months ago, the two girls recanted and now say the abuse never occurred. [See March 27, 07]

Ex-deacon guilty in sex assault of girl, 6: Odem man, 65, apologizes to family, faces up to life in prison in sentencing today

  [2007, May - Deacon Livingston*] - Baptist. Guilty. Girl.
   THE CALLER-TIMES, By Mary Ann Cavazos, ~ January 16, 2008
   CORPUS CHRISTI (TX) -- A 65-year-old Odem man found guilty on Tuesday of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child remained stoic as the judge read the verdict.
   Stephen Douglas Livingston was accused of inappropriately touching a 6-year-old girl on May 11 during a church movie outing at Five Points Cinema in Corpus Christi.
   Jurors deliberated for about two and half hours before reaching a guilty verdict on both charges.
   Livingston, who was a deacon and longtime member of First Baptist Church of Sinton, also was indicted last week on three counts of indecency with a child in San Patricio County, court officials said. [See Jun 5, 07]

Thousand Points of Light Pastor Charged with Perjury

  [14yrs "Bishop" Paulk] - "Cathedral of the Holy Spirit". 12 females.
   THE AMERICAN PROSPECT, By Sarah Posner, ~ January 16, 2008
   WASHINGTON (DC) -- Earl Paulk, televangelist and former pastor to the now almost defunct Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Atlanta, was charged with perjury yesterday, for lying under oath in a lawsuit brought by a former congregant, Mona Brewer, who charges that he forced her to have sex with him over a fourteen year period. In sworn deposition testimony in the suit, Paulk admitted to having sex with Brewer, but said it was consensual. The perjury charge comes in because he testified that she was the only woman he's had sex with outside his marriage. (At least a dozen women, including his own granddaughter, have accused him of sexual abuse.)
   But late last year, court-ordered paternity tests confirmed something that had been rumored for years: that the 80 year-old Paulk was actually the father of his nephew, Donnie Earl Paulk. In other words, he had slept with his brother's wife.
   During the George H.W. Bush administration, the president bestowed upon Paulk one of his "thousand points of light" accolades, summoning Paulk to the tarmac in Atlanta so he could meet the pastor on Air Force I. If that's not a morality (or lack of morality) tale about how messed up it is for politicians to curry favor with religious figures because they are presumptively pure, I don't know what is. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:16 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed January 16, 2008
Abuse Chronology:
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu January 17, 2008 edition:

• Priest abuse lawsuit rejected: Ohio high court rules case was filed too late

  [1965 Heil -NEW*] - RCC. Time-barred. Impregnated teenage girl.  
   THE ENQUIRER, http://news. apps/pbcs. dll/article? AID=/20080117/ NEWS01/80117 0389/1077/ COL02 ; By Dan Horn, January 17, 2008
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- The Ohio Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit Wednesday that claimed a Norwood priest impregnated a young woman and then pressured her to give the baby up for adoption.
   The court's decision resolved the last of several dozen lawsuits filed since 2002 that had accused priests of abusing children in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
   As in the previous cases, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the alleged victim had waited too long to file her lawsuit.
   The woman, who has not been identified, accused the Rev. Norman Heil of having sex with her several times in 1965 when she was a 16-year-old student at Regina High School in Norwood.
   She claimed the priest and a nun told her the church would cast her out and her child would not be baptized if she kept her baby. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:09 PM]

Guzzo under fire at inquiry

  - The Cornwall Public Inquiry.  
   THE STANDARD-FREEHOLDER, By Elisabeth Johns, ~ January 17, 2008
   CORNWALL (ONTARIO) CANADA -- Lawyers at the Cornwall Public Inquiry hammered a former Tory MPP and provincial court judge after he admitted making mistakes as he tried to get his own government to call a probe into sexual abuse allegations.
   Former Ottawa-West Nepean MPP Garry Guzzo took the stand in lieu of ex-city cop Perry Dunlop, who had been scheduled to testify at the inquiry.
   The lawyer for the Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese tried repeatedly to get Guzzo to admit he was "mistaken" over whose name appeared on registration slips from a seedy motel in Florida known to attract pedophiles.
   Guzzo testified previously he had a meeting with OPP Det. Insp. Pat Hall, who was working on the Project Truth investigations, in which he said Hall had registration slips from the Saltaire Motel which indicated Bishop Eugene LaRocque stayed there on occasion.

Group to focus on priest abuse at K.C. demonstration

  [1974 Mons. O'Brien, Fr. Reardon] - RCC. Boy.
   SPRINGFIELD NEWS-LEADER, January 16, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MO) -- The Missouri Survivors Network of those who were Abused by Priests - SNAP - will hold a demonstration and press conference this afternoon in Kansas City.
   The organization will discuss two recent lawsuit settlements involving priests accused of sexual child abuse, including one who worked at a Springfield church in the early 1950s. The Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese, which was established in 1956, has no record of O'Brien.
   Monsignor Thomas J. O'Brien, who worked at St. Agnes Cathedral 1951-54 when it was part of the Kansas City Diocese, and Father Thomas Reardon, who has worked in several Kansas City parishes, were accused of molesting a boy at least three times in 1974 at St. Elizabeth's Church in Kansas City. The diocese settled a lawsuit against the two priests last month, according to SNAP.

R-rated sacrilege

  - RCC. Book "Sacrilege" goes into actual details.
   THE WASHINGTON TIMES, by Julia Duin, ~ January 17, 2008
   WASHINGTON (DC) -- At first it seemed like just another press conference on sexual abuse by Catholic priests. The invitation was about a new book: "Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church" by Leon Podles, a scholar whom I'd last interviewed almost 10 years ago about his prior book "Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity."
   So I showed up at the National Press Club Tuesday morning. What I discovered is probably the first R-rated account of what was really done to all those thousands of mostly teenage boys by abuser priests overseen by compliant bishops. It takes a strong stomach to work through the first few chapters that give the gory details about this ecclesiastical horror show.
   Previous books on abuse, Podles told us, had been sanitized by not going into detail what sorts of rape, torture and sadism were perpetrated on innocent children. Not his. He had to form his own publishing company to get the book out after the publisher that commissioned the book backed out and no other publisher would take it because of the sexual content.

Bishops are branded 'narcissistic sociopaths': Abused priest dismisses church attitude to victims

  - RC priest McCafferty says RCC sick from top down.  
   THE IRISH INDEPENDENT, By Anita Guidera, ~ January 17, 2008
   DUBLIN (IRELAND) -- A priest who suffered sexual abuse has branded bishops and priests who fail to reach out to abuse victims as "narcissistic sociopaths".
   Father Patrick McCafferty has launched a blistering attack on the institutional church, claiming it was inflicted with a deep sickness "from the top down".
   The outspoken priest, who is currently a doctoral student at Dublin's Milltown Institute, has also called on the Church to repent and make reparation for the sins of its members.
   Speaking yesterday, he revealed he had been sexually abused as a child between the ages of four and seven. He also claimed he was assaulted by a priest when he was a young seminarian.
   "I know the particular devastation clerical sexual abuse has on victims," he said.
   He was speaking on Donegal's Highland Radio in response to claims that jailed paedophile priest Eugene Greene had been sent financial gifts from parishioners. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:58 PM]

Prosecutors argue ex-Clinton pastor's back rubs too sexual

  [2007, March - Procanick*] - Assembly of God. Girl.
   UTICA OBSERVER-DISPATCH, By Rocco LaDuca, ~ January 17, 2008
   UTICA (NY) -- Attorneys began to argue in Oneida County Court Wednesday whether a former Clinton pastor went too far in touching a 7-year-old girl who was spending the night at his house last March.
   The Rev. William Procanick is facing trial this week on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child after he was accused of having inappropriate contact with the young daughter of a family friend.
   Procanick, the 53-year-old former pastor of Resurrection Assembly of God, says he was merely massaging the young girl's back as he normally did anytime she and her sister spent the night at Procanick's Kirkland Avenue home. The girls usually asked for such massages as they tried to fall asleep, the defense argues.
   The Procanicks would occasionally care for the girls as their struggling mother tried to get her life back in order, so such overnight stays were not out of the ordinary, Procanick has said. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:55 PM] [See Jul 31, 07, Aug 07, 07; ~ Oct 26, 07]

Former Bishop Daniel A. Hart Dies at 80

  [Bp Hart] - RCC. A Boston vice-chancellor. Cleared of most charges in 2002.
   THE HARTFORD COURANT, (HARTFORD CT), By Hilda Munoz, ~ January 17, 2008
   NEW HAVEN -- Former Bishop Daniel A. Hart, who led the Norwich Diocese for over a decade and was the target of lawsuits stemming from the sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, has died. He was 80.
   He had been ill with cancer for six months, according to Diocese spokesman, Michael Strammiello.
   Hart was born Aug. 24, 1927. He became an ordained priest in Boston in 1953 and was a vice chancellor in the Boston archdiocese. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:51 PM]

'Doubt' opens door for dialogue: Riverside Theatre to stage Pulitzer Prize-winning play Jan. 25 to Feb. 17

  - Play "Doubt" to be staged again.
   THE GAZETTE, (CEDAR RAPIDS, IA), By Diana Nollen, January 17, 2008
   IOWA CITY – Google "parable" and the definitions range from "simile" to "a short fictional story told to illustrate one or more moral points."
   "Doubt: A Parable," however, raises more questions than it answers. The 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning play will unfold Jan. 25 to Feb. 17 at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St. A free discussion on the play will begin at 5:30 tonight at the theater.
   Set in 1964 at a Catholic school in the Bronx, the play's conflict arises when the principal, Sister Aloysius, grows suspicious of Father Flynn's intentions as he befriends a new student, the only African-American boy at the school. She has no proof of wrongdoing, just a gut reaction, and what she does with that reaction sets the play in motion.

Catholic Priest Returns to Ministry, Good Name Restored

  - Fr Gondek reinstated.
   HULIQ MEDIA, ~ January 17, 2008
   HICKORY (NC) -- Father Albert Gondek, a Catholic priest from the Diocese of Charlotte returns to ministry after being cleared of misconduct allegations.
   Bishop Peter J. Jugis has returned Father Albert James Gondek to the position of Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Lexington. Father Gondek resumed his duties on Sunday, December 23, 2007.
   Father Gondek and Bishop Jugis will meet with members of the parish at the conclusion of the 10:30 am Mass on December 23rd to explain the process leading to the re-instatement.

Ex-priest who abused boys is living in Indiana

  [1999-2002 Clark] - RCC. No more prison. 2 boys.
   THE COURIER-JOURNAL, January 17, 2008
   LOUISVILLE (KY) -- former Roman Catholic priest sentenced to probation last week for sexually abusing two Bullitt County boys is now living just south of Indianapolis and has registered as a sex offender in that state.
   Daniel C. Clark, 59, is living in Greenwood in Johnson County, according to the Indiana Sheriffs' Sex and Violent Offender Registry Web site.
   Clark pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of the Bullitt County boys.

Catholic Deacon in Silver Spring Faces More Charges of Abuse

  [1960s-1998 Deacon Stallings*] - RCC. 2 girls.
   FOX, (WASHINGTON, DC), ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ January 17, 2008
   SILVER SPRING, Md. -- A Roman Catholic deacon charged last month with incest for allegedly abusing an underage female relative in the 1960s and 1970s is facing more allegations of abuse.
   Police say Dan Paul Stallings was charged Tuesday with child sexual abuse after a second victim came forward alleging that she was abused in 1998 after an event at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring. Police say the victim was 15 or 16 years old.
   The Archdiocese of Washington says Stallings has been barred from ministry since his initial arrest in December. At that time, the archdiocese sent letters to parishioners notifying them of the incest charges and asking anyone with information to contact detectives. [See Dec 12, 07]

Church deacon charged again with child sexual abuse

  [1960s-1998 Deacon Stallings*] - RCC. 2 girls.
   THE GAZETTE, (GAITHERSBURG, MD), By Agnes Jasinski, January 17, 2008
   SILVER SPRING, Md. -- A deacon at a Silver Spring church charged in December with incest against a female relative has been charged with child sexual abuse in another case.
   Dan Paul Stallings, 71, of the 10000 block of Woodland Drive in Silver Spring and a deacon at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring since 1986, was charged Tuesday for an incident in 1998 involving a female who was 15 or 16 years old at the time, according to a news release from the Montgomery County Police Department.
   The woman came forward last month after Stallings was charged Dec. 11 with 10 counts of incest against a female relative, police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said. The relative claimed she was abused more than 60 times between 1967 and 1973, according to charging documents filed in District Court. Stallings admitted to police he began abusing the relative when she was 12 years old, according to the documents.

Local Pastor Arrested: National Religious Leader Accused of Turning a Blind Eye

  [~ 1991 and 2008 Gilyard*] - Baptist. Lewd messages. Teenage girl.
   FIRST COAST NEWS - WTLV NBC-12 and WJXX ABC-25, By Lindy Thackston, ~ January 17, 2008
   JACKSONVILLE (FL) -- Pastor Darrell Gilyard watched his congregation at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church grow by the thousands since he first took the pulpit in 1993.
   But after one of those members accused him of sending obscene sexual texts to her teenage daughter last month, he resigned.
   Pastor Gilyard was arrested Monday by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on lewd and lascivious charges.
   It isn't Gilyard's first time to meet with such accusations. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:26 PM]

Former Pastor Arrested on Charges He Sent Lewd Text Messages to 14-year-old Girl

  [~ 1991 and 2008 Gilyard*] - Baptist. Lewd messages. Teenage girl.
   ETHICS DAILY, By Bob Allen, ~ January 17, 2008
   NASHVILLE (TN) -- An African-American Baptist preacher once promoted by past Southern Baptist Convention presidents Paige Patterson and Jerry Vines and the late television preacher Jerry Falwell surrendered to police in Jacksonville, Fla., Monday afternoon on charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a 14-year-old girl.
   Darrell Gilyard, 45, took a voluntary leave of absence as pastor of Jacksonville's Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church Dec. 21 after a member of his church told police she found obscene text messages from him on her daughter's cell phone Oct. 23. Gilyard resigned Jan. 4 from the church he led over a 14-year-period to grow from a dwindling congregation into a 7,000-member mega-church.
   An arrest warrant issued after a six-week investigation alleged that Gilyard "did solicit a person under 16 years old to commit a lewd act by sending her lewd text messages and requesting for her to send him lewd text messages back."

Parish Predators: SNAP's David Clohessy Wants to Know What Took Cardinal Daniel DiNardo So Long

  - RCC. [1989-93 Horn*] - Child. [2007 Nov - 2008 Jan -- Galveston-Houston Archdiocese] - 2mos to report crime.
   HOUSTON PRESS, ~ January 17, 2008
   HOUSTON (TX) -- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo should tell Houston Catholics why he waited two months to announce that a diocesan priest had been accused of sexually abusing a child, the head of a victims' advocacy group said in a press conference today.
   Standing outside the Archdiocese Chancery downtown, David Clohessy, head of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said DiNardo should have called police as soon as allegations surfaced against Rev. Stephen Horn last November. The two-month gap could have given the 63-year-old Horn time to destroy evidence, fabricate alibis, threaten witnesses or flee the country, Clohessy said. The accuser, now an adult, told church officials that Horn abused him when he was a minor, from 1989 to 1993. The alleged abuse occurred when Horn pastored Christ the King Catholic Church. DiNardo announced Jan. 13 that Horn is in a treatment center.
   Citing DiNardo's “stunning callousness and recklessness” in handling the allegation, Clohessy said the Cardinal should disclose the name and location of the center. He also said the Archdiocese should post the names of local priests accused of child molestation on its Web site, like several other dioceses across the country have.

Editorial: Recalling A Humble Priest: Bishop Hart left an impression on more than just Catholics in the region

  [Bp Hart] - RCC. A Boston vice-chancellor. Cleared of most charges in 2002.
   THE DAY, ~ January 17, 2008
   NEW LONDON (CT) -- The impression one had in meeting Bishop Daniel A. Hart was that this was a humble man. That may seem an odd fit for a person who sat at the top of the diocesan hierarchy, but in the case of Bishop Hart the quality seemed entirely appropriate.
   Bishop Hart, the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, died on Monday at age 80. He served as bishop from 1995 to 2003. [...]
   In 2002, Bishop Hart likewise offered an apology for the suffering inflicted by priests who had sexually abused children. “I am saddened by this and I ask for forgiveness,” Bishop Hart said.
   [DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE: For a different perspective on Hart, during the two decades (1976-95) that he administered the Boston archdiocese's South or Brockton Region as auxiliary bishop, see a 3/25/84 letter to Cardinal Law describing Hart's callous treatment of a woman abused by one of Hart's priests. See also a 5/22/79 letter by Bishop D'Arcy to Cardinal Medeiros, complaining that a housekeeper had been beaten up by a Boston priest because Hart ignored D'Arcy's earlier warning. That priest was later accused of sexually abusing 3 girls and 2 boys. Hart handled many other abuse cases. See, for example, documents from the Towner and Meffan files. ENDS.]

A boy's death revisited

   The Boston Globe, By Kevin Cullen, ~ January 17, 2008
   [See also Cullen's 2003 article Danny's Story: Death of an Altar Boy, and investigative files.]
   SPRINGFIELD - Danny Croteau has been dead these 36 years, dead almost three times as long as he was alive.
   He was 13 years old, an altar boy, when they fished his body out of the Chicopee River, his head bashed in.
   From the very beginning, the chief suspect was a local priest, Richard Lavigne. But it was a time and a place when few would believe a priest could molest, much less kill, a child. Whether it was incompetence, conspiracy, or a lack of evidence, no one was ever charged with Danny Croteau's death, even though it seemed as if just about every police officer who worked on a case that has spanned four decades believes the killer was Richard Lavigne.
   Lavigne was coddled by his superiors in the Springfield Diocese for 20 years, shipped from parish to parish, where he molested children throughout Western Massachusetts, killing souls just as surely as some believe he killed Danny Croteau.

Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph pays $45,000 settlement

  [1976 Reardon, O'Brien] - RCC. US $45,000 private compensation. Boy.
   THE KANSAS CITY STAR, ~ January 17, 2008
   KANSAS CITY (MO) -- The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has paid $45,000 to a Kansas City-area man who alleged that two priests sexually abused him in 1976.
   The alleged abuse by Thomas Reardon and Thomas O'Brien was unusual in that it involved a 16-year-old boy who was not a Catholic, said the unidentified man's attorney, Sam Wendt.
   The settlement also differed in that it was reached last month before a lawsuit was filed. A diocese spokesman said other such settlements have been quietly made in the past, but he did not know how often.

Abuse Allegations: Private school faces new $200-million lawsuit

  1970s-1997 - Grenville Christian College* (Community of Jesus)] - Anglican. Sexual, physical, psychological, possible lesbian leaders from 1973, public confessions, "End Times" rants.  
   THE GLOBE AND MAIL, By Michael Valpy, January 17, 2008
   TORONTO (CANADA) -- A second lawsuit filed against Grenville Christian College and the Anglican Diocese of Ontario claims the now-closed private school was operated as a mind-control cult that left former students physically, mentally and sexually traumatized.
   The suit paints a bizarre portrait of the school near Brockville, Ont., where students were told that illnesses and disabilities were the result of unconfessed sin and where a former headmaster, an Anglican priest, preached that AIDS and killer bees in Texas were evidence of the approaching end of the world.
   The suit, filed by former students as a class action, asks for $200-million in damages and seeks a so-called Mareva injunction to block the sale of the school and its 107-hectare property overlooking the St. Lawrence River. An earlier class-action suit was filed in November. The Ontario Provincial Police are also conducting a criminal investigation into complaints of sexual and physical abuse. None of the allegations against the school, church or individuals have been proven in court.
   The latest lawsuit details the close relationship over 30 years between the school and the Kingston-based Diocese of Ontario and alleges the school prospered because of its advertised connection with the diocese and the Anglican values it was supposedly promoting. [Look back: November 2007]

Defrock sex abuser priest, angry victims demand: 'No rational reason why he shouldn't be fired': lawyer

  [1967-70 Mons. Prince] - RCC. Guilty. 4yrs prison. 13 boys.    
   OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Andrew Seymour, ~ January 17, 2008
   OTTAWA, ONTARIO (CANADA) -- The lawyer representing eight of the 13 men sexually abused by Msgr. Bernard Prince says several of his clients are "adamant" that the retired Ottawa Valley priest be defrocked for his crimes.
   "This guy has breached every fundamental tenet of being a priest. Not just once or twice, but for decades," said Rob Talach, of the London law firm Ledroit Beckett. "That alone should be reason for him to lose that prestige and that position. At the end of the day, there is no rational reason why he should not be fired," said Mr. Talach.
   On Monday, Msgr. Prince, 72, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading to, and being found guilty of, 13 charges of indecent and sexual assault involving young males between 1964 and 1984. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:07 AM]

Guzzo wants to put former premier on stand: Former judge, MPP tells Project Truth inquiry to summon Mike Harris

  - Cornwall general community inquiry.
   OTTAWA SUN, (OTTAWA (ONTARIO) CANADA), By Elisabeth Johns, January 16, 2008
   CORNWALL, Canada – A former Conservative member of the Ontario legislature says an inquiry probing the institutional response to allegations of systemic child sexual abuse in the Cornwall area should hear from a former premier.
   Garry Guzzo, who represented Ottawa-West Nepean, said Tuesday that the inquiry should question former premier Mike Harris about his role in how the Project Truth investigations were conducted.
   In August 2001, Ontario Provincial Police ended a four-year probe of the alleged pedophile ring, dubbed Project Truth, concluding the allegations were baseless.
   A total of 114 charges were laid against 15 high-profile men in the 1990s, but the courts ultimately convicted just one man who had no connection to the alleged sex ring.
   Guzzo took the stand Tuesday in lieu of ex-city police officer Perry Dunlop, who had been scheduled to testify at the inquiry. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 5:30 AM]
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• Ill. bishop faces claims he misspent funds on furniture, garments

  [~ 2000s Bp Braxton -NEW*] - RCC. Spent US $18,000 from papal charity monies. Keeps sex abusers' names confidential.    
   ASSOCIATED PRESS in BELLEVILLE NEWS-DEMOCRAT, 336/story/ 230843.html , By Jim Suhr, ~ January 18, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- An advocacy group for victims of clergy abuse implored Roman Catholics across southern Illinois on Thursday to earmark or cut back their donations to the church until complaints that the bishop misspent money can be sorted out.
   Pastoral groups in the 104,000-member, 124-parish Diocese of Belleville, Ill., have asked for Bishop Edward Braxton to address claims he bought ceremonial garments with about $8,000 in donations to a Vatican world outreach fund meant to help the poor.
   Braxton also may have bought a wooden chancery table and chairs with $10,000 from a "Future Full of Hope" fund for children and adults, the Belleville News-Democrat reported this week, citing a motion criticizing Braxton passed by the fund's board. [Posted by Terry McKiernan at 1:06 PM] [Report that Bp Braxton keeps risky names confidential: April 24, 07]

Priest admits molestation, according to court filing

  [1976-85 O'Neill (Salesian)] - RCC. Boy.  
   THE DAILY TIMES, (SALISBURY, MD), ASSOCIATED PRESS, By Randall Chase, ~ January 18, 2008
   WILMINGTON, Del. -- A Roman Catholic priest named as a defendant in a child sex abuse lawsuit had admitted molesting the accuser, according to court papers filed this week.
   The Rev. James W. O'Neill, a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and a former principal of Salesianum School in Wilmington, is accused in the lawsuit of sexually abusing former student Eric Eden hundreds of times over a 9-year period beginning in 1976, when he was 8 years old.
   Eden alleges that the abuse occurred at his family's home, in O'Neill's rectory bedroom and office at Salesianum, and elsewhere.
   O'Neill, now 68 and living in Washington, D.C., was relieved of his duties as pastor of a Greensboro, N.C., church in 2003 after officials learned of allegations of “inappropriate behavior.”
   In a response filed Wednesday to Eden's amended complaint, an attorney for Oblate officials and Salesianum stated repeatedly that his clients deny any allegation of negligence or other wrongdoing, but that O'Neill has admitted molesting Eden.

Big tab still rises at shut churches: 14 contested buildings cost $880,000 a year

  - RCC.  
   The Boston Globe, By Michael Paulson, ~ January 18, 2008
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston says it is spending $880,000 a year to maintain 14 churches that it has tried to close but are occupied by protesters, tied up in litigation, or restricted because of appeals to the Vatican.
   The cash-strapped archdiocese says it is shelling out the cash to heat, insure, and maintain the buildings, five of which have been occupied by protesters, in some cases for more than three years. The others are vacant, but the archdiocese has been unable to sell or reuse the properties because they are tied up in civil lawsuits or canon law appeals.
   Compounding the archdiocese's money woes, the sale of closed parishes has generated just $62.7 million - far less than the several hundred million once anticipated - and most of the sale revenue has already been spent to shore up various church funds and assist existing parishes with operating and construction costs, the archdiocesan chancellor reported in an e-mail to priests. In addition, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley has pledged to spend $2.5 million on the new consolidated Catholic school in Brockton, said James P. McDonough, chancellor of the archdiocese.
   [See also Chancellor James P. McDonough's email to archdiocesan priests]

Rebel priest publishes life story

  - Abp Milingo and Fr Sguotti campaign for married clergy. Book launch.      
   BBC NEWS, By David Willey, ~ January 18, 2008
   ROME -- The former head of the Catholic Church in Zambia, Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, has launched his autobiography in Rome.
   Archbishop Milingo was excommunicated for marrying and for attempting to ordain four married Catholic priests as bishops in the United States.
   This is the first time that he has returned to Rome since his formal excommunication by the Vatican.

Milingo: «In Italia i preti sposati tremano di fronte alla parola Vaticano»

  - Abp Milingo and Fr Sguotti campaign for married clergy.
   IL MESSAGGERO, January 17, 2008
   ROMA (17 gennaio) - Emmanuel Milingo, il presule esorcista scomunicato dal Vaticano, ha annunciato che continuerà a consacrare vescovi, nonostante il divieto pontificio.
   Milingo: "In Italy married priests tremble from fear of the Vatican"
   ROME -- Emmanuel Milingo, the exorcist bishop excommunicated by the Vatican, announced he'll continue to ordain new bishops, notwithstanding the Pontifical prohibition. He is planning for five new episcopal ordinations in USA, but none of them in Italy for here even "married priests tremble as soon as they hear the word Vatican and then they flee and hide".
   "If the Holy See represents the Mother, why is it everybody is afraid of it? " he asked himself, repeating however that, despite the "persecutions" he had to suffer, he feels to belong to the catholic church and hopes one day all 150 thousand married priests scattered all over the world could return to it.
   "Let me be clear, I don't want to found another church, we have the right to remain in the catholic church because there is no contradiction between marriage and priesthood", affirmed the emeritus archbishop of Lusaka who in May 2001 brought turmoil in the Vatican after he married Korean acupuncturist Maria Sung.
   In a Roman bookshop to present his biography, "Confessions of an excommunicated", written by the journalist Raffaella Rosa and published by Edizioni Koine', Milingo, still dressed as a catholic bishop and with his wife Maria Sung, was met by a crowd of photographers, TV cameras, journalists, but also by fans and detractors.
   There were those who wanted to make polemics as well as pranksters: "Do you like the "gnocca?" (slang for the female intimate body part) the bishop was asked by the anchorman of the satirical TV program "Le Jene" (the Hyenas), who got a very scholarly answer based on the fact that God created a man and a woman and not a "celibate".
   There were those who had come to promote their political party, like Giuseppe Graziani, national secretary of the "Partito di Rifondazione socialista", who - sitting at the conference table - assured Milingo the support of his movement. Two days ago the excommunicated bishop met Rev. Sante, the former parish priest from near Padua, who recently admitted to be the father of a child.

Judge orders diocese to release all data

   THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, By Mike Stanton, ~ January 18, 2008
   [See also Stanton's previous feature article on the Providence abuse files with Tom Mooney, as well as a filing by Bishop Tobin on them.]
   PROVIDENCE (RI) -- An exasperated Rhode Island judge ordered the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence yesterday to provide much more information regarding allegations of sexual misconduct against dozens of priests going back nearly four decades.
   The ruling came during a three-hour hearing in which Superior Court Judge Nettie C. Vogel referred to retired Providence Bishop Louis E. Gelineau as a “see-no-evil, hear-no-evil type of guy, apparently,” in his handling of complaints against a Woonsocket priest in the late 1970s.
   Vogel is presiding over bitterly contested lawsuits by three men – Marc G. Banville, Donald Leighton and Christopher Young – who say that they were molested by three different priests years ago, and that church leaders have engaged in a pattern of covering up allegations of abuse. The suits are the last remaining from dozens of cases that ended with a historic settlement in 2002 and subsequent mediation – and they have gone further than the earlier cases in prying open the church's secret archives documenting what its leaders knew and did.

Bill would erase sex abuse suit deadlines: Critics say the measure might be unconstitutional

   MADISON, Wis. -- People who believe they were sexually abused as children would no longer face a deadline for filing a civil lawsuit under a bill a legislative committee considered Wednesday.
   Critics told the Senate Judiciary, Corrections and Housing Committee the bipartisan measure would expose the Catholic church in Wisconsin to expensive lawsuits and is probably unconstitutional. Supporters countered the state's current deadline -- file by age 35 -- is arbitrary and doing away with it would expose more sexual predators.
   "This bill is about protecting victims and giving them the ability to tell their story," said Rep. Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, one of the bill's co-sponsors. "We truly believe it will make Wisconsin a sex predator's worst nightmare."

Group demands Braxton respond to charges he misused money for poor: SNAP, laity call for accountability

  [~ 2000s Bp Braxton*] - RCC. Spent US $18,000 from charity monies.
   BELLEVILLE NEWS-DEMOCRAT, By Daniel Kelley, ~ January 18, 2008
   BELLEVILLE (IL) -- Protestors outside the Belleville chancery office Thursday demanded Bishop Edward Braxton disclose information surrounding allegations he misused money earmarked for the poor.
   David Clohessy, spokesman for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), joined seven other protestors saying Catholics deserve better than the secrecy surrounding Braxton's purchase of $10,100 for office furniture and $8,000 for new vestments.
   Fairview Heights resident Jeff Mueller, who is a member of both SNAP and the Fellowship of Southern Illinois Laity, said such conduct would not be tolerated in any other context.

Group works for justice for victims of abuse

  [1970s, 1984 Feeney] - RCC. Many children.
   DETROIT FREE PRESS, By Joe Rossiter, January 18, 2008
   [With photos of presentation. See also the documents relating to Maida, which were filed with the complaint in the John Doe 119 case.]
   DETROIT (MI) -- Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said that Detroit Cardinal Adam Maida, when a bishop, allowed a priest to move to another parish, despite knowing of allegations of sexual misconduct with children.
   Three members of SNAP gathered outside the downtown offices of the Archdiocese of Detroit on Thursday to present a letter of protest regarding the allegations against Maida and how he handled the Rev. John Feeney while serving as a bishop in Wisconsin in the 1980s. Peter Isely, Midwest director of SNAP, said that while Maida was a bishop in Green Bay, he allowed Feeney, now serving a 15-year prison term in Wisconsin, to move to St. Francis DeSales parish in Las Vegas, despite repeated and confirmed allegations that the priest had molested children.