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Woman awarded $415,000 in damages for sex assaults

  [1965-75 Bains -NEW*] - Sikh. Girl (niece).  
   BCLocalNews, www.bclocal news.com/ news/ 22740279. html , By Robert Freeman - Chilliwack Progress, ~ July 01, 2008
   CANADA -- A prominent Sikh priest who sexually abused his niece for ten years after she came to live on the family farm in Chilliwack following the death of her mother was ordered to pay $415,000 in damages last week by a B.C. Supreme Court Justice.
   Last year, Justice Nancy Morrison found Joginder Singh Bains, a 76-year-old retired farmer and well-known figure in Chilliwack’s federal Liberal Party, had sexually assaulted his niece repeatedly from the time she was eight until she was 18 years old in 1975.
   Bains denied the allegations during his sworn testimony at trial. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 1, 2008 12:50 AM] (This is the first item of Abuse Chronology: http://www. multiline. com.au/~ johnm/ethics/ ethcont150. htm , and of the Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abusetracker , A Blog by Kathy Shaw, for July 01, 2008 .)
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'Safe' Catholic school that let killer deal drugs, have sex and worship the devil

  [2000s, a student, Mitchell -NEW*] - RCC. Drugs, violence, Satanism. Murder.  
   Scotland on Sunday, http://scot landonsunday. scotsman. com/ scotland/ Safe- Catholic- school-that- let.259 7261.jp ; ~ July 01, 2008
   SCOTLAND -- ST DAVID’S High School in Dalkeith was a place where most parents felt secure in the belief their children were being educated in a moral environment which protected them from some of the more disturbing aspects of youth culture.
   But the trial of Luke Mitchell for the gruesome murder of Jodi Jones has rocked that assumption to its foundations.
   The police investigation into the killing exposed a culture of drug taking, violence and Satanism among some pupils which raised disturbing questions for the authorities that run the Roman Catholic secondary school - one of 59 such schools in Scotland.
   Midlothian Council has refused to reveal what action, if any, was taken to tackle Mitchell’s behaviour, but senior school sources admit teachers were "not in control" of the teenager.

Laws for pope visit rankle critics in Australia

  - NSW attacks civil liberties to prevent sex abuse exposure.      
   San Francisco Chronicle, By ROHAN SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writer, Tuesday, July 1, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), AUSTRALIA (AP)-- Australians have been warned: Don't get caught annoying the crowds when they gather here later this month to see the pope.
   New regulations give police and emergency services workers the power to order anyone to stop behavior that "causes annoyance or inconvenience to participants in a World Youth Day event," according to a New South Wales state government gazette. Anyone who does not comply faces a $5,300 fine. …
   Anna Katzman, the president of the New South Wales Bar Association, which represents almost 3,000 lawyers in the state, said making someone's inconvenience the basis of a criminal offense was "unnecessary and repugnant."
   "If I was to wear a T-shirt proclaiming that 'World Youth Day is a waste of public money' and refuse to remove it when an officer … asks me to, I would commit a criminal offense," Katzman said. "How ridiculous is that?"

Man accused in assault bound over for trial

  [1980s Bro. Nickerson*] - RCC. Altar boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ~ July 01, 2008
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- David J. Nickerson, whose alleged confession to raping a Milwaukee altar boy in the 1980s set free a man who was wrongly convicted of the assault, was bound over for trial Monday.
   According to a criminal complaint, the victim was 9 or 10 years old and a third-grader at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School on the south side.
   Nickerson told police he was in charge of the altar boys, and that he had sexual relations with the boy in Milwaukee and later in Delaware, where Nickerson moved around 1988, the complaint says.

Local Church Adds More Accountability

  - Baptist.
   WPSD, ~ July 01, 2008
   {with video}
   PADUCA (IL) -- Reported sex scandals involving religious figures have led some people to be skeptical of trusting church leaders. That's why one area church is adding extra layers of accountability.
   First Baptist Church in Paducah sent out a letter to its members addressing measures it's taking to prevent sexual impropriety. The letter is in two parts; the first from the pastor to the members, the second part is a joint statement from all the church leaders that talks about sexual accountability and specific measures they're taking.
   "We put this in writing," Pastor Todd Brady said. "We put it in black and white because we wanted this statement to stand as a testimony against ourselves, if you will." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 1, 2008 12:58 AM]

Family: Church knew of minister's previous sexual deviancy

  [2004 Mr Franklin*] - "Trinity Worship Center." Boys.
   The Monitor, by Jeremy Roebuck, 9:02PM, June 30, 2008
   EDINBURG, TEXAS - A sex abuse scandal tore apart Trinity Worship Center in Pharr four years ago.
   More than half the congregation left the church after word spread that its music minister was sexually involved with a 14-year-old boy.
   Now, the church is fighting allegations that could prove even more damaging - that its top leaders knew of several previous relationships Robert Franklin had with young boys and hired him anyway.

St. Henry parishioners reject merger talk, but do not seize church

  - RCs from St Henry's withdraw.
   The Times-Picayune, by Bruce Nolan, 9:17 PM, Monday June 30, 2008
   NEW ORLEANS (LA) -- With food rations and toiletries stacked on a back pew, defiant parishioners of St. Henry Catholic Church Monday night angrily rejected all talk of closing their parish, but in the end returned to their homes without seizing the church in protest, as they said they might.
   "I think we're OK for now, but in a heartbeat we'll let you know if we're not," parishioner Alden Hagardorn told more than 150 parishioners as the raucous meeting ended.
   The Archdiocese of New Orleans had summoned parishioners to meet with three volunteer facilitators who were to help St. Henry fashion new leadership as their 152-year-old parish closed and merged with two others. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 1, 2008 12:48 AM]

Denver Archdiocese to Pay $5.5 Million in Abuse Suits

  [1954-81 Denver Archdiocese; White, Abercrombie, St. Peter] - Roman Catholic Church (RCC). 42 lawsuits so far. US$8.2m so far. Children.
   The New York Times, By DAN FROSCH, Published: July 2, 2008
   DENVER – After nearly three years of litigation, the Archdiocese of Denver said Tuesday that it would pay $5.5 million to settle more than a dozen lawsuits over sexual abuse by priests.
   The 16 lawsuits and two additional claims against the archdiocese were filed by people who said that as children, they were abused by priests from 1954 to 1981 and that the archdiocese concealed the crimes.
   The settlements bring to 42 the number of abuse claims the archdiocese has settled since 2005 against two priests, the Rev. Harold Robert White and the Rev. Leonard Abercrombie. A third priest, the Rev. Lawrence St. Peter, was accused in a 43rd case that was also settled. The amount of all the settlements totals more than $8.2 million. Two more abuse lawsuits against the archdiocese have yet to be resolved.

Edison church parishioners plan protest to retain pastor

  - RCC. St Helena's parishioners suggest boycott collections
   Home News Tribune, By LALITA ALOOR AMUTHAN, July 1, 2008
   EDISON (NJ) – A group of parishioners at St. Helena Roman Catholic Church is stepping up efforts to retain the church's 78-year-old pastor by proposing a suspension of contributions to the church as a protest.
   On Sunday, the group circulated petitions asking parishioners to hold off on contributions to the church until the Bishop meets with the parishioners and addresses their strong desire that their pastor remain at St. Helena for as long as he has the ability to do so.

Caso Orlandi, un nuovo sospettato Perquisizione a un ex della Magliana

  - Emanuela Orlandi kidnapping search.  
   La Repubblica, di MARINO BISSO, June 29, 2008 La presunta prigione di Emanuela Orlandi in uno scantinato di via Pignatelli a Roma
   ROMA, Italia - Non c'è solo Renatino De Pedis al centro dell'inchiesta sul rapimento di Emanuela Orlandi. Dopo venticinque anni, nelle indagini finisce un vecchio identikit e un nuovo sospettato del sequestro della quindicenne figlia del commesso della prefettura del Vaticano sparita il 22 giugno dell'83. Anche lui faceva parte della banda della Magliana ed è uno superstiti della guerra di mala che insanguinò le strade della capitale negli anni Ottanta. Nelle scorse settimane, quando ancora non erano trapelate le accuse lanciate da Sabrina Minardi contro De Pedis e i "suoi", la sua abitazione fuori Roma è stata perquisita dalla squadra mobile.

   [translation]
   Case Orlandi, a new suspect.  Searches in the home of a former Magliana gangster.  In an old identikit a new suspect is identified, he is 50-year-old and belonged to the gang
   by MARINO BISSO, June 29, 2008
   ROME, Italy - Renatino De Pedis isn't the only suspect at the center of the investigation about the kidnapping of Emanuela Orlandi. Twenty years later the investigation is now also directed towards an old identikit of a new suspect for the kidnapping of the 15-year-old daughter of a clerk at the Vatican Prefecture who disappeared on Jun 22, 1983. He, too, was a member of the Magliana gang and a survivor of the bloody wars between gangs in the streets of the Capital in the eighties. In the past week, when the accusations made by Sabrina Minardi against De Pedis and his "followers" weren't yet known, the new suspect's home located outside Rome was searched by the Police.
   The investigators keep the maximum reserve about the new lead. The office of the prosecutor denies they are following a new lead and still refers to an "open investigation ". The new suspect was indicated by the super witness Ms. Minardi, the former lover of Renatino, during long interrogations. The investigators' attention is concentrated on the likeness of the man's face to one of the three identikits made 48 hours after the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi.
   First of all, the detectives found out the man, now 50-years-old, wasn't in jail when the kidnapping occurred. The former gang member, his role not very known in the investigation regarding the gang crimes, was then 20-years-old, as the mysterious young man in the portrait made by the carabinieri (the military police) 25 years ago. "An age between 23 and 27 years, height about 1.75 meters, normal body structure, black hair, dark eyes, regular nose and mouth - noted the carabinieri - olive skin color like that of an Arabian or South American". The portrait was made on the basis of the description furnished by an Orlandi's school girl friend, who had noticed him walking with another young man between Piazza Navona and Sant'Apollinare.
   The two young men had tried on many an occasions to pick up the girl near the school of music she was frequenting. But not only that. The identikits of the two alleged kidnappers of Emanuela were recognized by the parents of Mirella Gregori, a girl who disappeared a month before Orlandi.
   Following that in October 1983 some Magliana gang members were summoned to the carabinieri's barracks. But those kind of investigations about the Roman criminality and an alleged prostitution ring were abandoned in order to give way to the thesis of the international blackmail connected to the Turkish Grey Wolves who wanted to free Ali Agca after he attempted to kill the Pope. According to the Police officers in that period, who were carrying out the investigation, the Roman gangsters would never have acted using " a scenographic apparatus" based upon anonymous telephone calls, messages, recordings and requests based upon the exchange of kidnapped people.
   Natalina Orlandi, too, spoke about the identikits shown to her soon after the disappearance of her sister Emanuela. In the past days, in an interview to Repubblica she recalled the first person who made a connection between the kidnapping of her sister to the Magliana gang was a policeman who seemed to know De Pedis. "But that path wasn't followed - she explained - if there had been the will I'm sure Emanuela would have been found…"
   After 25 years, at the center of the new Police investigation there are now just all those old identikits and the calls made by "Mario" and "Pierluigi", now deemed to be credible because they allowed to find the traces of Emanuela Orlandi. In 2006, the repentant gangster Antonio Mancini indicated the nickname of the alleged telephone caller as "the Magliana's voice". The investigators, after having identified that man have however excluded he made the calls from a restaurant in Trastevere. Now the wiretappings will be examined again in order to compare them with the voice of the new suspect: the one identified in the identikit.

Ex-gangster to meet pope at Randwick

  - Mr Pridmore to appear. NSW attacks civil liberties to prevent exposure.        
   CathNews, Published: July 02, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Ex-gangster, Briton, John Pridmore, will appear with Pope Benedict during the evening vigil service at Randwick racecourse.
   The Pope will hear the former criminal describe how God dramatically changed his life, a Fruit of the Vine media release announces. …
   Controversy over extraordinary powers
   Meanwhile, The Australian reports the Catholic Church asked the NSW Government to give police extraordinary powers for World Youth Day and to protect more than 500 sites from ambush marketing.
   While Premier Morris Iemma said no "special deal" had been done for this month's event, regulations passed last week go beyond last year's APEC forum.
   According to The Australian, the Government acted after a meeting of the Local Organising Committee of the Catholic Church on May 23.
   The committee, chaired by Cardinal George Pell, was concerned not only with quarantining protesters but also with protecting revenues from merchandise sales and advertising. The Government gazetted the regulations, which carry fines up to $5,500, without their detail being discussed in parliament.

Denver Archdiocese settles priest abuse cases

  [? 1954-81 Denver Archdiocese; White, Abercrombie, St. Peter] - RCC. 42 lawsuits so far. US$8.2m so far. Children.  
   Reuters, ~ July 01, 2008
   DENVER (CO), (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver will pay $5.5 million to settle 16 lawsuits filed by victims of sexual abuse by priests, both sides said on Tuesday.
   "I've expressed an apology on behalf of myself, our clergy, and the whole Catholic community," Archbishop Charles Chaput said in a statement announcing the settlement.
   The cases involved three now-deceased priests who worked in the archdiocese between 1954 and 1981. Most of the cases involved the Rev. Harold White, who was shuffled around to various parishes despite complaints about him going back to 1960.

St. Henry's parishioners pledge to keep church open

  - RC's St Henry's people resist.
   WWL, ~ July 01, 2008
   NEW ORLEANS (LA) -- A meeting between parishioners of St. Henry’s Church and facilitators meant to ease the transition for the eventual closing of the parish met for a very short time Monday night before displeased church members asked them to leave.
   St. Henry’s is one of about two dozen churches slated to be closed by the Archdiocese of New Orleans by the end of the year.
   Members of the parish have been so upset since their church was among those on the closing list that they’ve sought advice from outsiders and even have plans to set up a vigil inside of the church to prevent it from being shuttered.

No Occupation For Now Of St. Henry's

  - RCs of St Henry's go home.
   WRNO Tuesday, July 1, 2008
   NEW ORLEANS (LA) -- Following a stormy meeting with a representative of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, members of St. Henry's Catholic Church packed up their sleeping materials and went home after being assured the church did not face an immediate closure.
   Parishioners had come to the hour-long meeting, prepared to occupy the church in an effort to keep it open.
   St. Henry's is one of about two dozen churches scheduled to be closed by the Archdiocese by the end of the year as part of a post-Katrina reorganization plan.

Prosecutors refile theft charge against two priests

  [~ 40yrs - Mons. Skehan*, Guinan*] - RCC. US$8.6m. Female companions.
   Palm Beach Post, By SUSAN SPENCER-WENDEL, Tuesday, July 01, 2008
   WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – Prosecutors have refiled grand theft charges against two priests for allegedly bilking St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
   The Revs. John Skehan and Francis Guinan again each face the first-degree felony charge of grand theft over $100,000, a crime punishable by a maximum of 30 years in prison, according to a court record.
   In February, with a trial bearing down and Circuit Judge Sandra McSorley and lawyers at loggerheads, State Attorney Barry Krischer dropped the charges against the priests but vowed to refile.
   The dramatic move came after McSorley chided the lawyers for their delays in exchanging evidence and preparing for trial and declined to rule on their request for a continuance in the complex financial case.
   [LOOK BACK: September 18, 2007]

Theft Charges Refiled Against Delray Beach Priests

  [> 40yrs - Mons. Skehan*, Guinan*] - RCC. US$8.6m. Female companions.
   CBS 4 (MIAMI), by Jorge Estevez, ~ July 01, 2008
   DELRAY BEACH (FL) -- Grand theft charges have be refilled against two Delray Beach priests accused of stealing millions of dollars from their church.
   Prosecutors contend Father Francis Guinan and Monsignor John Skehan stole more than 8 and a half million dollars from St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach in a span of over 40 years. Monsignor Skehan allegedly used the money to buy property and other assets. Guinan reportedly spent his share on his girlfriend, gambling trips to Las Vegas and the Bahamas, and to send his girlfriend's son to parochial school.
   An anonymous tip in June 2005 led police and the church to launch the investigation. Both Guinan and Skehan were arrested in 2006; both have pleaded not guilty.

Archdiocese of Denver settles majority of sex abuse claims for $5.5 million

  [? 1954-81 Denver Archdiocese; White, Abercrombie, St. Peter] - RCC. 42 lawsuits so far. US$8.2m so far. Children.
   Catholic News Agency, 12:53 pm, Jul 1, 2008
   DENVER (CO), (CNA).-- Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced today that the archdiocese has settled nearly all of the claims of sexual abuse by priests through a mediation program, resulting in payments of $5.5 million for 18 separate claims.
   At a press conference held at Bonfils Hall on Friday morning, Archbishop Chaput explained that all of the lawsuits against the archdiocese were connected to the deceased priests Harold Robert White and Leonard Abercrombie, with one exception. The alleged abuse by the two clerics occurred between the years 1954 and 1981.
   The claims of sexual abuse against the two priests began to be made in August of 2005. Upon learning of the accusations, the archdiocese sought to mediate the claims rather than resort to the courts.

Maine priest who committed suicide laid to rest

  [1970s girl - Robichaud* (Oblate); 2008 shoots self.] - RCC. Girl.
   WBZ, ~ July 01, 2008
   AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) A Roman Catholic priest who took his life after being informed that he would be suspended pending an investigation of his alleged sexual abuse of a minor 29 years ago has been laid to rest.
   A funeral Mass for the Rev. James Robichaud was held Tuesday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, followed by burial at the Holy Family Cemetery in Augusta.
   [LOOK BACK: ~ June 27, 2008, and following.]

Police tell victim groups how to protest

  - Out of season, evidently.        
   The Age, by Annabel Stafford, July 2, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- VICTIMS of sex abuse in the Catholic Church have been read the riot act by NSW police officers who travelled to Melbourne yesterday to instruct them on how they should behave if they decide to protest at the World Youth Day in Sydney.
   But one of the victim support groups contacted by police has told The Age it did not intend to protest during the festival.
   A NSW police spokesman confirmed officers were seeking out potential protesters to warn them off behaviour that may offend or threaten World Youth Day attendees.
   It was revealed this week that the NSW Government had snuck in laws that will allow police to arrest and fine people who are causing "annoyance or inconvenience" to World Youth Day attendees – something critics say could range from wearing protest T-shirts to handing out free condoms.

Suits alleging abuse by Colorado priests settled

  [? 1954-81 Denver Archdiocese; White, Abercrombie, St. Peter] - RCC. 42 lawsuits so far. US$8.2m so far. Children.  
   KRDO, Associated Press 10:44 AM ET, July 1, 2008
   DENVER (CO), (AP) - Attorneys and church officials say more than a dozen lawsuits against the Denver Archdiocese alleging sexual abuse by priests or cover-ups have been settled.
   The attorneys say the settlements total $4.5 million.

Tom Doyle lays out the facts, using Paraclete letters and his own experience, in article published here at City of Angels Network today

  - Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald's experiences running Paraclete.
   City of Angels, ~ July 01, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- When Tom Doyle saw the documents we scanned and posted two weeks ago, he wrote that he had more on the Paracletes. Boy did he. This arrived in my email today, and it goes out to the world today: "THE U.S. BISHOPS AWARENESS OF THE SEXUAL PROBLEMS OF THE CLERGY IN THE CONTEMPORARY ERA, Thomas Doyle, June 2008:
   One of the common defenses employed by bishops as a way of excusing their response to clergy sex abuse has been their assertion that they knew nothing about this issue until the eighties. Pope Benedict and his predecessor have even parroted the same excuse. The claims that they were unaware of clergy sexual abuse or the serious nature of such abuse prior to the 1980's are empty and contrived in light of information that has been uncovered in the various civil and criminal trials since 1985, which includes documents issued by church authorities and various studies conducted under church auspices over the past 50 years.
   Among the more revelatory documentary sources are letters and reports authored by Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald, S.P. Father Fitzgerald founded a religious community known as the Servants of the Paraclete in 1946. With the support of several U.S. bishops he purchased properties in New Mexico where he set up his original foundation, commonly known as "Via Coeli" located near Jemez Springs. The mission of this religious community and of Fr. Gerald was to provide special assistance to priests with serious spiritual and emotional problems. The very first "guests" as they were called, suffered from severe emotional issues and from alcoholism. Fr. Gerald’s therapeutic approach was heavily spiritual based on his conviction that intense prayer could bring about the changes needed in the priest’s behavior.

Calls for sex-abuse apology from Pope

  [1970s St Patrick's College]- RCC. 2 victims back Pell's call. Boy/s    
   The Courier, 11:29:00 PM, for July/07/2008
   AUSTRALIA -- TWO victims of church-related sexual abuse in Ballarat have backed calls for an apology from the Pope.
   This follows comments by Australia's most senior Catholic leader, and former Ballarat priest, Cardinal George Pell that a papal apology would be a "welcome contribution" during World Youth Day celebrations in Sydney this month.
   Stephen Woods was sexually assaulted by three Catholic priests at St Alipius Primary School and St Patrick's College between 1972 and 1975.

"Una condotta indecente" nel passato di padre Tully

  [1980s Tully* (Xaverian)] - RCC. Seminarian.  
   Il Vicenza, ~ July 01, 2008
   ITALY -- This Italian-language newspaper has a second installment about the Rev. James Tully who has been found to be living in Vicenza. William Nash of Ashfield, Mass., has alleged that Father Tully sexually abused him when he was a minor and he is asking the Vatican to defrock the priest. The newspaper can be downloaded only in pdf format and the article is on page 21.
   [LOOK BACK: ~ June 24, 2008 and following.]

Did Anne Hathaway dob in her ex to the FBI?

  [? 2000s Mons. Hodge*] - Mr Follieri had RC churches on his mind. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   
   Stuff (New Zealand) ~ July 01, 2008
   NEW YORK -- Anne Hathaway has been accused of reporting ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
   The Get Smart actress - who split from Follieri, her partner of four years, just days before his arrest - allegedly provided information about the 29-year-old Italian businessman to the Bureau, resulting in him being arrested and charged for duping investors in a $6 million real estate scam.
   [LOOK BACK: June 24 and 30, 2008]

Report: Con artist hired Atlantic City pastor

  [? 2000s Mons. Hodge*] - Mr Follieri had RC churches on his mind. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags     
   The Press of Atlantic City, By REGINA SCHAFFER Staff Writer, 609-272-7211, Published: Tuesday, July 01, 2008
   ATLANTIC CITY (NJ) -- An Atlantic City pastor was one of two Catholic monsignors hired by accused con artist Raffaello Follieri in Follieri's at tempts to dupe real estate investors into thinking he had close Vatican connections, according to a published report.
   Monsignor William Hodge, of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, was paid with money Follieri obtained from billionaire Ron Burkle, the New York Post reported. Follieri, an Italian national, is accused of defrauding Burkle to fund his lavish lifestyle with his ex-girlfriend, actress Anne Hathaway.
   Hodge, a pastor for 10 years, has not been charged in the case. He has known Follieri since 2006, when Follieri was trying to buy a long-closed Catholic school in Atlantic City, according to Andrew Walton, spokesman for the Diocese of Camden. The deal fell through when Follieri's company failed to meet its obligations, Walton said.
   Walton said Hodge is on vacation in Ireland but said he spoke with Hodge about the matter Monday morning and Hodge denied any criminal involvement with Follieri.

EDITORIAL: Opening sealed lawsuits

  [Unnamed priest] - RCC. Bilked > US $200,000. Woman (88). Court sealed > 100 cases to shield wealthy or well-known.
   Las Vegas Review-Journal ~ July 01, 2008
   LAS VEGAS (NV) -- Although the power of the judiciary provides courts with opportunities for extraordinary mistakes, that same power delivers the means to remedy errors with relative dispatch. Witness the opening of previously sealed civil lawsuits in Clark County District Court.
   Last year, an award-winning Review-Journal investigative series found judges had hidden from the public more than 100 cases since 2000. In addition to the allegations of each dispute, judges sealed their own identities and whatever justification might have existed for sheltering parties from the scrutiny of the taxpayers who fund the courts. The newspaper's investigation determined most cases were sealed solely to spare the wealthy and well-known -- many of them lawyers -- from perceived embarrassment. …
   -- A lawsuit that accused a Catholic priest of bilking more than $200,000 from an elderly parishioner alleged that a second priest coached the victim before her testimony was taken in a deposition, and that the accused priest was allowed to be present during her deposition. The Diocese of Las Vegas requested that the lawsuit be sealed.
   "A trusted priest who admits taking money from his 88-year-old parishioner," stated the plaintiff's argument for keeping the case unsealed, "is the very type of offense the community should know about."

Farmingdale man tries to repair image of priests

  - RCC.  
   Newsday, BY BART JONES | bart.jones@newsday.com , July 1, 2008
   FARMINGDALE (NY) -- The sex-abuse scandal that broke in 2002 roiled the Roman Catholic Church and in the eyes of many tarnished the image of priests. But for Farmingdale resident Ed Thompson, as horrible as the scandal was, the larger truth is that the vast majority of priests are heroes.
   "Most priests live lives of heroic integrity … and selfless dedication to others" in a society that worships power, wealth and fame, Thompson said in an interview.
   For the past 11 years, Thompson, a trained archivist, has been conducting in-depth spoken-word histories of some 250 religious workers - priests nuns, and brothers on Long Island and in New York City.
   [COMMENT: Be quick to publish your findings, preferably in a loose-leaf book!  Every week or so a new one is uncovered and charged or sued!  Many of them are well-loved and well-respected before the police or court action starts.]

SNAP letter to Archbishop Dolan on arrest of Brother David Nickerson

  - RCC. [1980s Bro. Nickerson*] - Altar boy. [1965-72 MacArthur*] - RCC. Girl/s.
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, June 30, 2008
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- TO: Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of Milwaukee; FROM: Peter Isely; RE: Arrest of Brother David Nickerson
   Archbishop Dolan:
   Today, sadly, once again a Roman Catholic cleric, Brother David Nickerson, is facing criminal charges for sexually assaulting children in your archdiocese.
   Nickerson is being prosecuted because of a provision in Wisconsin law which tolls the criminal statute of child sex abuse if an offender leaves the state before the statute has expired.
   On Friday, in a landmark decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the tolling provision in the case of Fr. Bruce MacArthur, arrested for raping girls as a hospital chaplain in Beaver Damn.

N.J. priest denies Vati-con scheme

  [? 2000s Mons. Hodge*] - Mr Follieri had RC churches on his mind. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags     
   New York Daily News BY MIKE JACCARINO and DAVE GOLDINER, 3:36 AM, Tuesday, July 1, 2008
   ATLANTIC CITY (NJ) -- An Atlantic City priest denied accepting cash in Raffaello Follieri's alleged scheme to swindle $6 million from investors, a spokesman said Monday.
   Msgr. William Hodge told top clerics he never worked for the millionaire ex-boyfriend of "Get Smart" star Anne Hathaway and had nothing to do with Follieri's plot to claim the Vatican's blessing for his shady deals.
   "Hodge has stated to the diocese that he has accepted no salary, no remuneration or employment from Mr. Follieri," said Andrew Walton, a spokesman for the Diocese of Camden, N.J.

Sydney police warn: Don't annoy papal pilgrims

  - NSW attacks civil liberties to prevent exposure.      
   Reuters, By Michael Perry Tue Jul 1, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), Australia, (Reuters) - World Youth Day in Sydney this month is the Catholic church's Woodstock, five days of love, peace and Christianity overseen by the Pope, but civil liberties leaders say police will be using "repugnant" anti-protest powers.
   Police powers for all of July have been increased to allow them to arrest and fine people A$5,000 (US$4,800) for causing annoyance or inconvenience to participants in World Youth Day, which runs from July 15-20, and permit partial strip searches.
   The laws have the potential to make a crime of things such as wearing a T-shirt with an anti-Catholic message, handing out condoms at protests, or even playing music, said critics.

Bishop Kicanas gets national award

  - RCC. US $22m gone.  
   The Arizona Daily Star, Stephanie Innes, 03:59 PM, June/30/2008
   TUCSON (AZ) -- Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas received the 2008 Bernardin Award on Friday for, among other things, his efforts in handling the sexual abuse crisis both locally and nationally.
   For anyone who doesn’t remember those harrowing times, Kicanas came to Tucson in 2002 as an auxiliary bishop and became bishop in 2003, in the midst of what could best be described as a brutal period for Tucson Catholics.
   Kicanas led the diocese through its filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, to its emergence one year later after establishing a $22 million settlement pool for victims. The local diocese was the first Catholic diocese in the country to emerge from Chapter 11.

Sex abuse victims able to receive justice, restitution

  - Law removes time limits for sex crimes.
   The Daily Times By Scott Muska, July 1, 2008
   SALISBURY, DELAWARE -- Victims of childhood sexual abuse by priests in Delaware or Maryland have a chance to anonymously come forth to collect restitution within the next year.
   The Delaware Child Victim's Act of 2007 lifted a previous two-year statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes to enable victims to file suits before a July 2009 deadline. The act also abolished the statute of limitations on future molestation crimes.
   "I've been practicing law for 35 years and this is one of the most personally gratifying experiences I've had," said Thomas Crumplar, a lawyer from Jacobs & Crumplar -- a law firm that has specialized in priest molestation cases for the past five years in a joint venture with the Neuberger law firm. "We're helping to correct a huge injustice and partially heal victims. These people that were basically shut out and ignored have a feeling now that someone's listening to them and taking it very seriously."
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue July 01, 2008
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Wed July 02, 2008 edition:


Indiantown man arrested after allegedly attacking girlfriend, blocking her escape

  [2008 Arnaz-Rodriguez -NEW*] - Christian. Kept woman in house, etc. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   TCPalm, www.tcpalm. com/news/ 2008/jul/02/ indiantown- man-arrested- after- allegedly- attacking- , BY ZACHARY FAGENSON, Correspondent, July 2, 2008
   INDIANTOWN (FL) – An Indiantown man was arrested by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday evening on charges of false imprisonment and domestic battery.
   Pastor Wilfredo Arnaz-Rodriguez, 50, attacked his girlfriend two nights earlier seemingly unprovoked, according to the arrest report.
   According to the report, she asked Rodriguez why there was no food in their home just before he jumped her. Rodriguez restrained her by sitting on top of her arms, slapping her across the face and choking her. Rodriguez also kept her in their home against her will by blocking the bedroom door and taking away her cell phone, according to the report.

Third arrest made in alleged cult abuse case

  [? 2008 Ms Palmer -NEW*, Craig -NEW*, Ms Johnson -NEW*] - Church of Satan. Beatings, rape.
   WRAL, ~ July 02, 2008
   {with video}
   DURHAM (NC) – Police charged a third person Wednesday in connection with beatings and rape that authorities say were carried out by a satanic cult.
   Diana Palmer, 44, of Cottage Woods Court, surrendered to police Wednesday afternoon. She was charged with being an accessory after the fact of assault with a deadly weapon and was being held in the Durham County Jail under a $95,000 bond.
   Joseph Craig, 25, has been charged with kidnapping, rape, forcible sexual offense and assault in the case. His wife, Joy Johnson, 30, has been charged with aiding and abetting. Both were being held Wednesday in the Durham County Jail. …
   A woman claiming to represent the Church of Satan said Craig and Johnson aren't members and denounced the allegations against them.
   "Our church is, without exception, against all illegal acts. Our dogma is clear and concise on the issue of sexual abuse and crime in general: If you do it, you can be excommunicated," Ygraine Mitchell wrote in an e-mail to WRAL.

Pastor arrested for child rape of two Portland girls

  [1998-2000 Ake-Be -NEW*] - "The Peach House" Christian. 2 girls.
   KGW, By ANTONIA GIEDWOYN, 12:04 PM PDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008
   PORTLAND, Ore. – Police last week arrested a pastor who allegedly raped children, authorities said Wednesday.
   Maximo Ake-Be, 31, faces charges of rape, s*d*my and sex abuse in connection with a series of sexual assaults dating back to 1998, said Portland Police Sergeant Brian Schmautz.
   Ake-Be appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded innocent on all charges. A judge set bail at $4.5 million.
   The investigation began when two alleged victims recently reported that Ake-Be sexually assaulted them between 1998 and 2000. During that time, the girls and their families attended The Peach House, a private in-home church located in the 5300 block of Northeast Hoyt Street.

New priest appointed at township church

  - Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Charges dropped against Fr Abano.
   Home News Tribune By JARED KALTWASSER, July 2, 2008
   PISCATAWAY (NJ) –The township church whose priest resigned four months after sexual misconduct charges against him were dropped now has a new pastor.
   The Rev. James F. Considine, 51, has been appointed administrator of St. Frances Cabrini Roman Catholic Parish, 208 Bound Brook Ave.
   Considine had previously been a parochial vicar at churches in Woodbridge and Warren.
   He succeeds the Rev. Edgardo Abano, who had been on voluntary leave since he was arrested in October on charges he engaged in illegal sexual contact with an adult male employee of the Diocese of Metuchen.
   The case against Abano was later dropped after a grand jury found insufficient evidence to send the case to trial. Most parishioners stood behind the priest and called on Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski of the Diocese of Metuchen to let Abano return to the church. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 2, 2008 11:31 PM]

Church wanted to avoid 'scandal' over pedophile priest

  [? 1954-81 Denver Archdiocese; White, Abercrombie, St. Peter] - RCC. 42 lawsuits so far. US$8.2m so far. Children.
   Rocky Mountain News, By Berny Morson, Originally published 07:47 p.m., July 2, 2008
   COLORADO -- The letter called it "boy troubles."
   That's how a Colorado Springs Catholic official in 1965 described the repeated, flagrant advances to children by the late Harold Robert White, the one-time priest at the center of many of the 44 sexual abuse cases settled by the Denver Archdiocese since 2006.
   Church correspondence and reports from the early 1960s through early 1980s made public Wednesday show that many in the Denver Archdiocese knew White was a pedophile.
   But instead of removing him from the priesthood, church officials transferred White to at least nine parishes during his career, which began with his ordination in 1960 and ended in 2004, when he was defrocked. He died in 2006.

Community supports ousted St. Louis nun

  - RCC. Sr Louise Lears praised.
   National Catholic Reporter, By Tom Fox, NCR Staff, Published: July 2, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- Sister of Charity Louise Lears, forced out of all church ministerial roles by Saint Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, is described by friends and colleagues in near saintly terms.
   They call her a bright, energetic, compassionate and faith-filled woman. They see her as a creative, generous and selfless person, a highly effective parish minister. They say she is first rate teacher and preacher. They view her as a person guided by the gospels including an unwavering commitment to justice and the local poor.
   These seemingly universal accolades, however, were not enough to save Lears from a severe interdict by Burke who banished her from all Saint Louis church ministries last week. …
   Lears was shocked twice last week. First, she learned that Burke had judged her guilty of three grave canonical offenses against faith and church teachings; then, the next day, she learned that her accuser and judge he had been elevated to a new Vatican post, prefect of the church’s highest canonical court in Rome.

Must Read Statement on Corruption in the Catholic Church

  - RCC $200m extravangza.
   Voice from the Desert, June 23, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- To Bishop Roger Schweitz, 225 Cordova Street, Anchorage, AK 99501
   Re: Repairing Priest Relations
   I read the June 13th AP piece by Rachel Zoll, " Bishops Target Priest’s Morale" quoting you, Merz, the Chairman of the Review Board, Aymond, the Chairman of the Committee for the Protection of Children and as usual came away unimpressed and in amazement that the Bishops continue to ignore the root cause of the festering disaffection within the Church, failing to see that lack of accountability is the underlying basis for the malaise now extant within the Catholic community, in turn affecting Priest morale…ie: the flock sees the clergy and its leadership as corrupt……and why not! …
   As an example of financial mismanagement or the use or misuse of ‘stockholder’ funds, the Cathedral of Our Lady in Los Angeles was completed in 2002 at a cost of over $200 Million, originally budgeted for $180 Million, when a $20 Million dollar Cathedral would have sufficed.
   The Cathedral’s plaza is filled with palm trees, fountains and a waterfall and beneath its main floor, an undercroft of 1,270 crypts and 5,000 niches prepared for future burials, a campanile [free standing bell tower] topped with a 30-foot cross housing a carillon of 18 bells, a 58,000 sq. ft. conference center. Constructed with the largest use of alabaster in the world, all 27,000 sq. ft. of the delicate stone having been quarried in Spain. Windows are a mosaic of thousands of tiles of nearly 20 different sizes set horizontally in rows that range from 3 to 24 inches wide and 13 to 34 inches tall, all set against Belgian tapestries depicting saints lining the 300 ft. Nave.

Priest With Md., DC Ties Charged With Abuse

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.
   WUSA, {with video}, Posted By: Emily Cyr, ~ July 02, 2008
   MONTGOMERY CO., MARYLAND -- Montgomery County police say they've been investigating allegations against Father Aaron Cote for years.
   The 56 year old former pastor of Mother Seton parish in Germantown was supposed to be counseling a 14 year old boy in 2001 and 2002. Instead--police say he took the teenager to an apartment for sex.
   "During the times they were alone at the apartment, Father Cote engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with this victim," Police Spokesman Lucille Baur says.

Priest charged in Maryland with child abuse

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Examiner, ~ July 02, 2008
   BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- A Roman Catholic priest who was accused in a civil suit of molesting an altar boy seven years ago was charged Wednesday with abusing the youth in 2001 and 2002, police and a lawyer said.
   The Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, 56, who has been living in New York City, turned himself in to Montgomery County Police in Rockville Tuesday night. He is charged with custodian child abuse and is being held on $250,000 bond. Police did not know who his lawyer is.
   According to police, the accuser says he was attending Mother Seton parish in Germantown when he was 14 and Cote was serving part time as youth minister. The former altar boy said that for about a year starting during the summer of 2001, Cote took him to an apartment in Germantown and engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior and inappropriately touched him, according to investigators.

Trial set for Elgin pastor

  [2005 Bujak*] - Missionary Baptist. Beat sex victim with 91.5cm x 5cm stick. Failed to report sex abuse allegation. Girl. [2000s unnamed stepfather*] - In connection with the assaults. [2000s perpetrator*] - Sex abuse. Girl.
   Chicago Daily Herald, by Adam Kovac | Published: July/2/2008
   ELGIN (IL) -- The Rev. Daryl Bujak is set to face a jury starting Sept. 29, in what is expected to be up to a three-day trial in Kane County Judge Allen Anderson's courtroom.
   Bujak, 32, is accused of battery and failure to report a suspected sexual assault. He is free on bail and maintains he is not guilty of the allegations.
   The McHenry County girl first came to Bujak, a pastor at the First Missionary Baptist Church, in March 2005, and said she had been sexually abused on several occasions.
   [LOOK BACK: December 22, 2007]

Abusi in parrocchia, Staderini: due appelli, al Sindaco e al Vescovo e di Roma. Il Comune si costituisca parte civile

  - RCC.  
   Radicali, 1 luglio 2008
   ROMA, Italia -- Dichiarazione di Mario Staderini, della Direzione nazionale di Radicali Italiani
   Nella drammatica vicenda degli abusi su minori nella parrocchia romana di Selva Candida colpisce la scelta del sacerdote che con la sua denuncia ha dato il via alle indagini, in aperto e prezioso contrasto con la politica pluridecennale delle gerarchie della Chiesa cattolica volta a secretare le notizie criminis all’interno dell’ordinamento canonico.
   [translation]
   ABUSES IN A ROMAN PARISH: MR. STADERINI SENDS TWO APPEALS, TO THE MAYOR AND TO THE BISHOP OF ROME. THE CITY MUST BE REPRESENTED IN THE TRIAL AS ONE OF THE OFFENDED PARTY
   ROME, July 1, 2008
   •Statement by Mario Staderini, member of the National Directorate of Radicali Italiani:
   In the dramatic episodes of the sexual abuses on minors in the Roman parish of Selva Candida, it's to be much praised the choice of the priest who by reporting the facts started the investigations, in an open and laudable contrast with the pluridecennial choice of the Catholic church's hierarchies, who chose to deal with the "notizia criminis" (criminal facts) only according to the canon law.
   In fact the rules of the Holy See, starting with the "Crimen sollicitationis" directive issued in 1962, are still being implemented and have the effect of impeding the judiciary authority to find the truth about the sexual crimes committed by the clergy.
   I ask the Bishop of Rome, given the recent grave convictions of other priests belonging to other Roman parishes, to urgently examine the necessity of the public abandonment of the cover-up policy followed by the Vatican, which is indispensable to face the structural problem of the freedom, responsibility, love and also sexuality of the clergy.
   I ask the Mayor of Rome, Mr. Alemanno, whose new policies in favor of the family were to be implemented by the investigated priest, to pass from words to facts and that therefore the City will be represented as the offended party in such criminal trials in order to give a support to those who are doubly weaker, as the previous Mayor of Rome repeatedly did when sexual violences against women were committed.

Prosecutors Tell a Tale Of Dog Cages, Beatings, Rape and Satan Worship

  [? 2008 Ms Palmer*, Rev Craig*, Ms Johnson*] - Church of Satan. Beatings, dog cages, rape.  
   Wake up America, ~ July 02, 2008
   DURHAM (NC) -- At a bond hearing for Joy Johnson and Joseph Craig the prosecutor alleges that the crimes they are accused of are connected to Satan worship.
   Craig's bond was set at $590,000 and Johnson's at $270,000 in a court in Durham, North Carolina, and they are charged with kidnapping, rape and assault with prosecutors alleging that the crimes involved a satanic cult. …
   The couple accused of these crimes run a business called Indigo Dawn Inc., which according to their website's "who we are", Johnson is a political, peace and social activist who has devoted her life to peace activism and searching for proactive means to bring about world peace.
   The site also says that besides Johnson's former position as third vice chair of the Durham County Democratic Party, she also is president of the United Nations Association of Wake County, vice president of the Young Democrats in Durham County and last but not least, a member of the Human Relations Commission of Durham, N.C.
   Craig is described on that same page as "Rev. Joseph Craig" and says he has always been fascinated with magick and anything related to the topic.

Couple in court for bizarre sex crime

  [? 2008 Ms Palmer*, Rev Craig*, Ms Johnson*] - Church of Satan. Beatings, dog cages, rape.
   13 ABC, By Sabrina Zimring, ~ July 02, 2008
   {with video}
   DURHAM (NC) -- Stunning new details in a story Eyewitness News broke Friday involving a local leader in the Democratic Party charged in a bizarre sex crime. Prosecutors say it was satanic and even involved dog cages.
   Joy Johnson, a former-vice chairwoman of the Durham Democratic Party, and her husband, Rev. Joseph Craig are accused of kidnapping, abusing, and sexually assaulting at least two victims in their Durham home.
   Monday in court, more disturbing details; prosecutors alleged Craig shackled his victims to beds, kept them in dog cages and starved them.

N.Y. Priest Charged With 2001 Child Abuse

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.
   WJZ, ~ July 02, 2008
   ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) – Montgomery County police have charged a New York City priest with child abuse for incidents that allegedly occurred in 2001 and 2002 in Germantown.
   Police say the Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote surrendered to them Tuesday night. He is charged with custodian child abuse and is being held on $250,000 bond.

Insurers pay $8.5M in Springfield clergy sex abuse

  - RCC's insurers put in US $8.5m for clergy's crimes.
   Boston Herald, Associated Press, Wednesday, July 2, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has reached an $8.5 million settlement with insurance companies for coverage of clergy sex abuse claims.
   A spokesman for the diocese said Wednesday that $3.5 million will be used to pay back the diocese for half of the $7 million it paid in 2004 to settle sexual abuse claims.
   [COMMENT: Surely crime isn't insurable, is it?]

Catholics hit back at criticism of World Youth Day

  - Heavy footprint of the Papal visit.      
   The Daily Telegraph, By Michelle Cazzulino, July 03, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THEY've been accused of getting special treatment from the Government and police, of taking over Sydney's premier race track and of shutting down the CBD for a week.
   Now the nation's Catholics have hit back and are demanding that anti-church whingers get off their backs.
   Sydney mother-of-one Kirrily Aguilera, 25, who will billet six World Youth Day pilgrims, also said that protesters - if there were any - should respect the fact that not everyone agreed with their views.
   "I believe people should have the right to express their opinions, good or bad, about the Catholic church - if people want to wear a T-shirt with (an anti-Pope slogan), they should be able to do it but there's a time and a place for it," she said.

New WYD laws spark trouble in NSW

  - NSW attacks civil liberties to prevent sex abuse exposure.
   ABC News Reporter: Ashley Hall, ~ July 02, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- MARK COLVIN: The New South Wales Government has suddenly got Sydney excited about the Pope's visit for World Youth Day, but not in the way it hoped.
   There's been a swelling tide of anger at new regulations which give the police the power to arrest anyone who causes "annoyance or inconvenience to pilgrims".
   They're designed to cover Chaser-style stunts as well as protests and offenders could be fined up to $5,500.
   Even Catholics are speaking out against the anti-protest measures.
   And some suggest the government's move will draw more people onto the streets to voice their objections to the new rules.

Priest faces questions over how '£350,000 destined for Lourdes ended up in his bank account'

  [~ 2008 Zambelli*] - RCC. < US $700,000 money.    
   Daily Mail (United Kingdom), By Peter Allen, Last updated at 6:24 PM, July 2, 2008
   LOURDES, France -- The Roman Catholic shrine of Lourdes was tonight at the centre of a major fraud investigation.
   Father Raymond Zambelli, the 65-year-old Treasurer and Rector of the pilgrimage site, is suspected of embezzling hundreds of thousands of pounds.
   Much of the money was raised for the sick and the dying who visit the shrine in the foothills of the Pyrenees in south west France every year because they believe it is a place of miracles.
   Father Zambelli, who last night denied all wrong doing, was due to welcome the Pope to Lourdes in September to celebrate its 150th anniversary as a place of Christian pilgrimage.

Diocese of Springfield to offer voluntary arbitration procedure

  - RCC's insurers put in US $8.5m for clergy's crimes.  
   The Catholic Observer (run for RC Diocese of Springfield, Mass., USA), ~ July 02, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- As a result of the resolution of its lawsuit with insurance carriers, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield will be offering an independent, voluntary arbitration procedure to any sexual abuse claimant who has a pending, credible claim. The purpose of the arbitration will be to offer a speedy claims resolution process to those who have patiently waited while the diocese's insurance lawsuit was pending.
   The arbitration process will be conducted by Paul Finn and Brian Mone of Commonwealth Mediation in Brockton, Massachusetts. Commonwealth Mediation is highly experienced in sexual abuse cases having mediated settlements throughout New England.
   The arbitration process will provide the claimants with a hearing at which they may tell their story and not be subject to questioning by attorneys for the insurance carriers or the diocese. After hearing the claimant, any other witnesses the claimant offers, and reviewing any medical materials, Commonwealth Mediation will work out the award to each claimant of an amount between $5,000 and $200,000. The Diocese will waive all legal defenses including the statute of limitations or charitable immunity. In order to be eligible to participate in this voluntary arbitration process, the claimant will need to complete for the arbitrators, under oath, a confidential questionnaire developed by the insurance carriers.

Diocese of Springfield reaches agreement with insurance carriers

  - RCC's insurers put in US $8.5m for clergy's crimes.
   The Catholic Observer (run for RC Diocese of Springfield, Mass., USA), ~ July 02, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has resolved the dispute with its insurance carriers over coverage for clergy sexual abuse. The parties to that action have jointly petitioned the Court for dismissal of the lawsuit filed by the diocese in 2005 against five insurance carriers. This settlement will enable the diocese to make available to the victims of sexual abuse an independent, voluntary arbitration system to quickly settle claims for any victim who has already notified the diocese of a pending, credible claim.
   The monetary terms of the settlement call for a payment from the insurers to the diocese of $8,497,000. That payment includes $3,500,000 to partially replenish diocesan funds which previously had been advanced by the diocese to settle sexual abuse claims in 2004 as well as counseling and other victim assistance services.
   Most Reverend Timothy A. McDonnell, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, made the following comment on today's settlement, "This is simply another small step in doing what we can, to try to, in some tangible way, address the unspeakable harm that was done. We will continue to do our best to try to assist the victims, and to protect young people from ever experiencing the horror of childhood abuse."

Former central Ohio priest charged with child abuse

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.
   The Columbus Dispatch, July 02, 2008
   COLUMBUS (OH) -- A Catholic priest who once served in the Columbus diocese has been charged with child abuse in Montgomery County, Maryland.
   The Rev. Aaron Joseph "AJ" Cote is accused of sexually abusing 14-year-old Brandon Rains while Cote served as youth minister at a Catholic church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He faces as many as 15 years in prison.
   The Dispatch generally does not publish names of sexual abuse victims, but Rains has chosen to speak publicly.

Catholics split on freedom to annoy

  - NSW attacks civil liberties to prevent exposure. Fr Brennan speaks out.      
   Sydney Morning Herald, By Linda Morris, Joel Gibson and Jano Gibson, July 3, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE prominent Catholic priest and lawyer Frank Brennan has condemned new police powers for World Youth Day as a "dreadful interference" with civil liberties and contrary to Catholic teaching on human rights.
   The Catholic Church yesterday stood firm behind the State Government's laws restricting annoying and inconvenient public protests.
   Father Brennan's attack came as groups that had had no plans to protest during the event vowed to do so in response to the new laws. World Youth Day organisers said they had no objection to the open-ended nature of the regulations and confirmed the church had "discussed" with the Government the use of "standard laws" for the efficient running of the event. …
   The groups planning protests include anti-homophobia and pro-contraception organisations, atheists, agnostics, gay- and lesbian-friendly churches, victims of abuse by Catholic clergy, and civil libertarians.
   [DOCTRINE: Jesus said: The truth shall make you free. -- John 8:32.  Pilate said: What is truth? -- John 18:38.  The creation itself wll be set free … and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. -- Romans 8:21.]

Priest denounces heavy-handed 'annoyance' code

  - Regulations to prevent protest is against RC teachings, says Fr Brennan.
   The Australian by Sian Powell and Michael Pelly | July 03, 2008
   AUSTRALIA - WORLD Youth Day organisers and the NSW Government yesterday defended legislation aimed at quelling disruptive protests during the event.
   However, Jesuit priest Frank Brennan said the laws were contrary to Catholic teaching on human rights and barristers argued it was a "disproportionate response".
   World Youth Day 2008 chief operating officer Danny Casey said controversial "annoyance" laws that would be in force in NSW were not unique.
   Mr Casey conceded the church had asked for pilgrims to be protected but noted the "annoyance" laws already existed in 15 statutes. "We asked for and we discussed having legislation consistent with other events to ensure the efficient running of the event," he said.
   [COMMENT: Well, Fr Frank Brennan, SJ, is probably right now.  But, the RC teachings BEFORE the 2nd Vatican Council in the 1960s were that if RCs took over, they had a duty to stamp out error, and prevent disorder. ENDS.]

Springfield diocese, insurers reach $8.5 million settlement in abuse cases

  - RCC's insurers put in US $8.5m for clergy's crimes. 61 victims.  
   The Republican, By STEPHANIE BARRY, sbarry@repub.com , 10:34 AM, Wednesday July 02, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield this morning announced it has reached an $8.5 million settlement with insurance carriers previously resistant to covering clergy abuse claims filed by 61 people.
   A lawsuit filed two years ago in Hampden Superior Court pitted the diocese against three insurance carriers. The diocese petitioned the insurance companies to cover settlements with alleged victims, while the carriers have been pushing the diocese to turn over records that may suggest the diocese negligently ignored the signs of abuse.
   The diocese settled a previous crop of abuse claims for $7.7 million. Officials there have said they want the insurance companies to cover that payoff as well.
   [COMMENT: Negligence, plus a wrong recruitment policy, a wrong forgiveness policy, and gullibility by the faithful, were the causes.]

Bullets / Settlement

  - RCC's insurers put in US $8.5m for clergy's crimes. 61 victims.
   Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, July 02, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) --Total amount paid to diocese by insurance carriers - $8,497,000. $3.5 million represents repayment of one-half of $7 million advanced by diocese in 2004 to settle abuse claims. Diocese and insurers will establish a settlement fund of $5 million, with the balance

Diocese of Springfield reaches agreement with insurance carriers

  - RCC's insurers put in US $8.5m for clergy's crimes. 61 victims.
   Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, ~ July 02, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has resolved the dispute with its insurance carriers over coverage for clergy sexual abuse. The parties to that action have jointly petitioned the Court for dismissal of the lawsuit filed by the diocese in 2005 against five insurance carriers. This settlement will enable the diocese to make available to the victims of sexual abuse an independent, voluntary arbitration system to quickly settle claims for any victim who has already notified the diocese of a pending, credible claim.
   The monetary terms of the settlement call for a payment from the insurers to the diocese of $8,497,000. That payment includes $3,500,000 to partially replenish diocesan funds which previously had been advanced by the diocese to settle sexual abuse claims in 2004 as well as counseling and other victim assistance services.
   Most Reverend Timothy A. McDonnell, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, made the following comment on today's settlement, "This is simply another small step in doing what we can, to try to, in some tangible way, address the unspeakable harm that was done. We will continue to do our best to try to assist the victims, and to protect young people from ever experiencing the horror of childhood abuse."

Bullets / Arbitration

  - RCC's insurers put in US $8.5m for clergy's crimes. 61 victims.
   Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield July 02, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- Voluntary Program Conducted totally by independent arbitrators experienced in sexual abuse claims; Diocese will not attend any hearing or contest any claim determined to be eligible; Awards made by arbitrators after hearing will be no less than $5,000, and no more than $200,000; Eligibility is for any claimant who has notified the Diocese of a claim by noon on June 2, 2008 in which the misconduct is alleged to have occurred before October l7, 1986

Diocese of Springfield to offer voluntary arbitration procedure

  - RCC's insurers put in US $8.5m for clergy's crimes. 61 victims.
   Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Contact Mark E. Dupont, 413-452-0648, 413 478-8516(cell), July 2, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- As a result of the resolution of its lawsuit with insurance carriers, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield will be offering an independent, voluntary arbitration procedure to any sexual abuse claimant who has a pending, credible claim. The purpose of the arbitration will be to offer a speedy claims resolution process to those who have patiently waited while the diocese's insurance lawsuit was pending.
   The arbitration process will be conducted by Paul Finn and Brian Mone of Commonwealth Mediation in Brockton, Massachusetts. Commonwealth Mediation is highly experienced in sexual abuse cases having mediated settlements throughout New England.
   The arbitration process will provide the claimants with a hearing at which they may tell their story and not be subject to questioning by attorneys for the insurance carriers or the diocese. After hearing the claimant, any other witnesses the claimant offers, and reviewing any medical materials, Commonwealth Mediation will work out the award to each claimant of an amount between $5,000 and $200,000. The Diocese will waive all legal defenses including the statute of limitations or charitable immunity. In order to be eligible to participate in this voluntary arbitration process, the claimant will need to complete for the arbitrators, under oath, a confidential questionnaire developed by the insurance carriers.

With prison less than a week away, Father Fay speaks

  [1999-2006 Fay*] - RCC. $US 1.4m. 37mos prison. Live-in male. On RC abuse board!
   Darien Times, Written by Joshua Fisher, Wednesday, July 02, 2008
   DARIEN (CT) -- In less than a week, the Rev. Michael Jude Fay, former pastor of Darien’s St. John Roman Catholic Church is to report to federal prison. It has been more than six months since Fay pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million from the church he led for 15 years. Since that plea, his lawyers had successfully delayed Fay’s prison reporting date – until last week.
   This week, during a phone interview, Fay talked about his prostate cancer, blasted the media (including this newspaper) for its coverage of him and spoke about his relationship with Cliff Fantini. Below are excerpts from the article, which is running in Thursday's Darien Times.
   Fay is suffering from prostate cancer, which has spread through his body, he said. He has been in clinical trials at Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. Initial drugs did not work, he said, and one made his condition worse. But the one he is on now "has worked like a miracle drug."

Lawyer for alleged victim of Lowell priest says his client 'saddened' by his death but felt compelled to report claims

  [1970s girl - Robichaud* (Oblate); 2008 suicide] - RCC. Girl.
   Lowell Sun, By Jack Minch, jminch@lowellsun.com , Article Last Updated 10:00:05 AM EDT, July/02/2008
   LOWELL (MA) -- Mitchell Garabedian, the lawyer who has represented hundreds of clergy sexual-abuse victims in lawsuits, yesterday said his client, the woman who accused the Rev. Jim Robichaud of abusing her for years while he served in Lowell, felt she had no choice but to step forward.
   The popular priest, who served at St. Jean-Baptiste Church, and at Notre Dame de Lourdes in the Lower Highlands, and as chaplain of Lowell General Hospital and the Lowell police and fire departments, fatally shot himself after learning Thursday that the Diocese of Portland, Maine, suspended him pending an investigation into the allegations. His body was found by a church employee in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, on Friday morning.
   About an hour before Robichaud's 11 a.m. funeral in Augusta, Maine, yesterday, Garabedian released a statement by telephone.
   "My client is saddened and respects the grieving of family and friends of Father James P. Robichaud," Garabedian said. "Out of respect for the grieving of family and friends, my client will only state at this time that she felt an obligation to herself and innocent children to report the years of sexual abuse."

'Annoying' World Youth Day shirts for sale

  - NSW attacks civil liberties to prevent exposure.      
   Ninemsn, ~ July 02, 2008
   {with video}
   AUSTRALIA -- T-shirt sellers are offering Sydneysiders the chance to flout controversial new laws aimed at World Youth Day protesters.
   And they are doing so via the proud Aussie traditions of irreverence and satire.
   "They're banning freedom of speech – nothing makes people more irate," Tim Boffa, owner of Bang-On T-Shirts in Bondi Junction, said.

Pope protest crackdown could backfire, Australian activists warn

  - NSW attacks civil liberties to prevent exposure.
   AFP, ~ July 02, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), Australia (AFP) – New laws to prevent people "annoying" Catholic pilgrims during Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming visit to Australia are likely to backfire and provoke both protesters and jesters, activists said Wednesday.
   Under the headline "World Youth Day gets annoying," a Sydney Morning Herald online blog about the restrictions for the Catholic celebration from July 15-20 notes that "annoying people has been a great Australian tradition".
   Under the new laws, police will be able to stop conduct that "causes annoyance or inconvenience to participants" in World Youth Day events, which are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of young people to Sydney.
   Lawyers say this means that anyone simply wearing a T-shirt with a slogan deemed provocative could be liable to arrest and a fine of up to 5,500 dollars (5,250 US dollars).
   An online retailer is already advertising T-shirts with the slogan: "5,500 dollars -- a small price to pay for annoying Catholics".
   The Sydney Morning Herald online carried a picture of a more loaded T-shirt reading: "The Pope touched me Down Under" -- a pun on Australia's informal name and the Catholic sex abuse scandal which now dogs the pontiff on his travels.

Australian Authorities Defend Police Powers During Pope's Visit

  - NSW attacks civil liberties to prevent exposure.
   Bloomberg, By Ed Johnson, July 2, 2008
   AUSTRALIA (Bloomberg) -- Australian authorities defended giving police the power to fine protesters more than $5,000 if they annoy or inconvenience Catholic pilgrims during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Sydney this month.
   The New South Wales state government, which introduced the regulations last week, said they are necessary to police the World Youth Day event, which organizers say will draw more than 125,000 international visitors to Sydney from July 15-20.
   The state's Bar Association yesterday said the rules infringe basic rights, while groups protesting the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality and contraception say they undermine freedom of speech.

$5,500 fine for Anti-Pope T-shirt

  - NSW attacks civil liberties to prevent exposure.
   SX, by Iain Clacher, Wednesday, 02 July 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Demonstrators protesting the Pope’s visit to Sydney for World Youth Day celebrations this month will defy "repugnant" laws that lawyers warn could see fines of up to $5,500 slapped on protesters for wearing an "offensive" T-shirt.
   The laws, which give police powers to arrest anyone they deem is causing "an annoyance or inconvenience" to the event, will apply to 40 Sydney city locations, including museums, galleries, cinemas, parks and any venues where the Pope will appear. …
   Rachel Evans from the NoToPope Coalition said the group, which plans to hand out condoms to Catholic youth visiting Sydney, would defy the laws.

Group sex, abuse investigations lead to arrests at Camp Tracey

  [1980s+ Camp Tracey] - Baptists. 5 lawsuits.  
   North Florida News Daily, By R.L. WORTHINGTON, June 30, 2008
   FLORIDA -- "On a 160-acre farm, our girls and boys enjoy the unique experience of living as a farm family… Camp Tracey is a children's home dedicated to the salvaging and changing of the lives of at-risk youth."
   Those words are part of the website description of Camp Tracey, the church-run facility for troubled youth located in northern Baker County. But those idyllic words don’t tell the scandals of sexual and physical abuse that have plagued the camp since the 1980s.
   Camp Tracey Children’s Home was started in 1982 by Rev. Wilford McCormick under the auspices of Harvest Baptist Church in Jacksonville. The camp website calls itself "an integral and inseparable ministry" of Harvest Baptist Church.
   Five lawsuits by former students have been filed since 2003 against the camp and Harvest Baptist Church citing repeated sexual and physical abuse by staff and senior residents. Three of the lawsuits are being appealed and two were settled out of court by the church for an undisclosed amount.

Pastor: Church should have looked into ex-minister’s past

  [2004 Mr Franklin*] - "Trinity Worship Center." Boys.
   The Monitor, by Jeremy Roebuck, 10:36PM, July 1, 2008
   EDINBURG (TX) -- A music minister's history of sexual involvement with teenage boys could have been uncovered with a thorough background check, his former boss said Tuesday.
   Robert Richardson, pastor of Trinity Worship Center in Pharr, told a jury his predecessor's failure to ask questions about Robert Dale Franklin allowed the now ex-employee to come in contact with a 14-year-old congregant, who Franklin later admitted to abusing.
   Richardson insisted, however, that once the situation came to his attention he took immediate action.

Denver Archdiocese settles 18 sex-abuse cases

  [? 1954-81 Denver Archdiocese; White, Abercrombie, St. Peter] - RCC. 42 lawsuits so far. US$8.2m so far. Children.
   The Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson, Wednesday, July 2, 2008
   DENVER, COLORADO | The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver announced Tuesday that it had agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle 18 claims of childhood sexual abuse against three now-deceased priests, bringing the archdiocese's total payout in such cases to $8.2 million.
   "It is my hope that these settlements help the victims and their families to heal," said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who apologized on behalf of the church at a press conference here.
   All but one of the 16 lawsuits and two claims involved two priests - Harold Robert White and Leonard Abercrombie - in incidents occurring between 1954 and 1981 in Colorado.

Zepherin's pastor calls it quits

  - Fr Bourgault cleared, but retiring.
   Wicked Local Wayland, By Susan L. Wagner/Staff writer, 01:17 AM EDT, Wed Jul 02, 2008
   WAYLAND (MA) -- After eight and a half years at the helm of St. Zepherin Parish in Wayland and more than 44 years as a Roman Catholic priest, Father Ronald L. Bourgault retired at the end of last month. "It’s time for me to slow down," he said simply. …
   Since being posted to St. Zepherin, however, Bourgault’s road had not always been a smooth one. In June 2002; he was removed from active ministry by the Archdiocese of Boston because of an allegation of sexual abuse 30 years earlier. He was asked to vacate in two hours, "which I did."
   Then, after eight months, during which time the Archdiocese was unable to substantiate the accusation, Bourgault was reinstated, but "with a cloud over my head."
   Several days later, the alleged victim acknowledged that he had misidentified Bourgault, and an investigation of Archdiocese annual directories by parish member Thomas J. Fay, an attorney, unearthed information that decisively cleared Father Ron.
   [COMMENT: He wasn't at the place he was accused of, yet the episcopal person couldn't find that out!  According to the RCC in the 1940s, the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit were: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Knowledge, Fortitude, Piety, and Fear of the Lord.  And every bishop received these in their fullness at his consecration.  Ah, well!  Another lovely story scuppered! ENDS.]

The church settles

  [? 1954-81 Denver Archdiocese; White, Abercrombie, St. Peter] - RCC. 42 lawsuits so far. US$8.2m so far. Children.
   Rocky Mountain News, Wednesday, July 2, 2008
   COLORADO -- Years ago at the height of publicity regarding the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, when dioceses such as Boston, Dallas and Louisville seemed to be imploding under the weight of devastating accusations, it appeared that Denver was one of the fortunate oases to escape such turmoil.
   The mirage was not to last. It was shattered three years ago when lawsuits began to be filed against the archdiocese regarding the conduct of two priests, one dead and the other soon to die -- Leonard Abercrombie and Robert White - dating back to the 1950s.
   Other lawsuits followed alleging the sexual abuse of minors by both men. They pushed Denver into the ranks of dioceses facing wrenching decisions over how to handle the predatory behavior of priests and the apparently complacent reaction by their superiors at the time - who in this case also happen to be deceased.

Area clergy wrote policy in '91

  - RCC was trying to deal with problem back in 1991.
   Rocky Mountain News By Jean Torkelson, Wednesday, July 2, 2008
   COLORADO -- The national clergy sex abuse scandal erupted in January 2002, following revelations of more than 130 cases against a Boston priest, John Geoghan. Soon, victims were coming forward in dioceses across the country.
   In April 2002, Pope John Paul II summoned all U.S. cardinals to Rome for a dressing-down, declaring that sexual abuse will not be tolerated. In June, the nation's bishops met in Dallas to develop a policy that called for zero tolerance of abuse.
   Denver already had a working sex abuse policy, one of the first in the country, that was developed in 1991. It was updated to comply with the new national guidelines.

Archdiocese to pay $5.5 million to erase 'stain'

  [? 1954-81 Denver Archdiocese; White, Abercrombie, St. Peter] - RCC. 42 lawsuits so far. US$8.2m so far. Children.
   Rocky Mountain News, by Berny Morson and Jean Torkelson, Wednesday, July 2, 2008
   DENVER (CO) -- Art and Agnes Koldeway agonized for years over why three of their six kids abruptly left their secure family in Loveland and fled into the world, angry and estranged.
   The years of pain officially ended Tuesday with the conclusion of 18 sex-abuse complaints against the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver for $5.5 million.

Church settles 18 suits

  [? 1954-81 Denver Archdiocese; White, Abercrombie, St. Peter] - RCC. 42 lawsuits so far. US$8.2m so far. Children.
   The Denver Post, By Electa Draper, July/02/2008
   DENVER (CO) -- The Catholic Archdiocese of Denver on Tuesday announced a $5.5 million settlement of 18 cases of sexual abuse by three priests against young parishioners between 1954 and 1981.
   Of the cases, 17 involved deceased priests Harold Robert White and Leonard Abercrombie. One claim was against Monsignor Lawrence St. Peter, also deceased.
   Archbishop Charles Chaput said the victims' ordeal has been terrible and "hugely mortifying" to the church. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 2, 2008 8:26 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed July 02, 2008
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu July 03, 2008 edition:


Investigations into Sex Acts at Church Camp Leads to Arrests

  [~ 2008 Mr Ben Lewis -NEW*] - Baptist. Minor.  
   First Coast News , www.first coastnews. com/news/ mostpopular/ news-article. aspx?storyid= 112799 &provider= top ; {with video}, Posted By Ryan Duffy, ~ July 03, 2008
   BAKER COUNTY, FL -- Deputies have arrested an 18-year-old on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor at a camp for troubled teens.
   The Baker County Sheriff's Office says Ben Lewis, a camper, admitted to sex acts with a 14-year-old while at Camp Tracey in Glen St. Marys.
   The camp is run by Harvest Baptist Church in Jacksonville.
   Investigators say Lewis is among eight teenaged boys who admitted to performing sex acts on each other while at the camp. Authorities said the teens would go out into the woods and touch each other inappropriately. The kids range in age from 14-18 years old, but only Lewis could be charged.

Sex case at camp leads to 2 arrests

  [2000s Wilson -NEW* and inmate*] - Baptist. Minor/s.
   The Times-Union, By Paul Pinkham, July 03, 2008
   JACKSONVILLE (FL) -- An employee of a Baker County home for troubled youths has been arrested on a child abuse charge by deputies documenting evidence of sexual activity between teenage residents.
   Deputies also arrested an 18-year-old resident of Camp Tracey on a charge of fondling a younger resident, but said sexual acts between the younger teens weren't criminal because they were consensual.
   The children's home, located on farmland north of Glen St. Mary, is run by Harvest Baptist Church of Jacksonville. Since 2003, the church has settled a half-dozen lawsuits filed by former residents citing physical and sexual abuse by camp workers and older residents, but Monday's arrest of "dorm father" John Edward Wilson, 46, is the first on a child abuse charge in at least 20 years, Baker County Sheriff Joey Dobson said.

Office manager charged with taking school's money

  [2007-08 Unnamed office worker -NEW*]- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). US $76,314.
   Lancaster Online By GIL SMART, Associate Editor, ~ July 03, 2008
   LANCASTER (PA) -- The principal sat down and looked at the books. And what he saw confused him.
   During fiscal year 2007-2008, St. Anne and St. Leo Catholic schools in Lancaster should have taken in $434,093 in tuition payments. But the Harrisburg Diocese was reporting that it only received $357,679.
   What happened to the other $76,314?
   The principal, Dr. Christopher Kennedy of St. Anne, went to his secretaries. They were the ones responsible for forwarding the tuition payments. Maybe one of them knew something about the discrepancy?
   A short time later, one of the secretaries approached him. Yes, she knew what happened to the money.
   She took it.

Boris Johnson announces investigation into claims against deputy

  [1990s Ray Lewis*] - Church of England. Finances, behaviour.  
   Guardian, July 03, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- London mayor Boris Johnson announced today that he is launching an independent inquiry into allegations of financial irregularities and inappropriate behaviour against his deputy mayor, Ray Lewis.
   The move follows a Guardian investigation and a series of questions tabled by the newspaper yesterday and separate inquiries by Channel 4.
   At a press conference at city hall, central London, today, Lewis - standing beside Johnson - dismissed the allegations as "totally unfounded" and "malicious". He described the claims as "complete rubbish" and "an attempt to smear me". …
   The allegations were made against Lewis when he worked as a priest for the Church of England in the 90s.

Police investigate WYD queer kiss-in

  - NSW attacks civil liberties to prevent exposure of RCC.      
   ABC NEWS, for July 04, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Gay groups say police are unnecessarily scrutinising them over activities planned for Sydney's World Youth Day, as civil libertarians rile at new police powers for this month's week-long event.
   Lapsed Catholic Luke Roberts is a homosexual activist and performer who goes by the stage name Pope Alice, a character best described as a celestial being of indeterminate gender.
   Along with Pope Benedict, Pope Alice will also be in Sydney during World Youth Day, hosting a "kiss-in" along Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. …
   Yesterday, it appeared the NSW Police got wind of the plans. Mr Roberts received a call in Brisbane from a detective who identified himself as being from the World Youth Day Investigation Squad. He was then asked a series of questions. …
   A Hunter Valley man, who says he was sexually abused by a local priest, has met the police to discuss another World Youth Day protest planned by a group of sex abuse victims.

Fraud charges against Lourdes rector

  [~ 2008 Zambelli*] - RCC. < US $700,000 money.    
   Catholic World News, Jul. 3, 2008
   LOURDES, France (CWNews.com) - The rector of the renowned Marian shrine in Lourdes, France, is under investigation on charges of fraud, just weeks before he is due to welcome Pope Benedict XVI to the shrine.
   Father Raymond Zambelli has been accused of diverting nearly $700,000 in donations, collected at the shrine, to his personal accounts. The rector has denied all charges.
   The accusations against Father Zambelli come at an extremely sensitive time for the Lourdes shrine, which is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions there. Pope Benedict will visit the sanctuary in September.

Special WYD rules spark protests

  - NSW attacks civil liberties to prevent sex abuse exposure.      
   Catholic World News Jul. 3, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), Australia (CWNews.com) - Public officials in New South Wales, Australia, have heard a chorus of criticism about regulations that could impose heavy fines on anyone who "causes annoyance or inconvenience" during World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in Sydney.
   Civil-libertarians joined with representatives of sex-abuse victims to protest the special regulations, saying that they would curtail their freedom of speech. The rules will make it difficult to mount any form of protest during the WYD celebration, they said.

Father Bob gets three years in prison but may be eligible for earlier release

  [ 2006 Ascolese*] - RCC. Money, raffle racket, < US$1m.  
   PennLive, Posted by Tom Quigley, 13:10PM, July 03, 2008
   PENNSYLVANIA -- The Rev. Robert Ascolese, known to his former parishioners at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Washington as Father Bob, was sentenced today to three years in prison, but is eligible for earlier release.The former pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Washington drew a three-year state prison sentence today after pleading guilty earlier this year to theft-related charges.
   The Rev. Robert Ascolese, 46, known to his former parishioners as Father Bob, will become eligible for parole in nine months.
   But the priest could be out of jail a lot sooner under New Jersey's Intensive Supervision Program. Prosecutors agreed not to oppose his admission to the diversionary program that typically lasts 30 to 60 days, officials said.
   [LOOK BACK: April 11, 2008]

Mayor's deputy to face 'smear' probe

  [1990s Ray Lewis*] - Church of England. Finances £29,000, behaviour.  
   The Press Association, ~ July 03, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The Mayor of London's deputy is to be investigated over allegations of inappropriate behaviour and financial irregularities.
   Ray Lewis, who holds the brief of reducing youth crime in the capital, faces multiple claims relating to his time as a priest and as founder at an academy for young people. …
   They relate to alleged inappropriate behaviour with a parishioner and at the Eastside Young Leaders Academy - a youth scheme founded by Mr Lewis in 2003, the Mayor's office confirmed.
   A separate allegation of financial irregularity centres around a loan of £29,000, it is understood.

Ray Lewis dismisses claims of misconduct as 'rubbish'

  [1990s Ray Lewis*] - Church of England. Finances £29,000, behaviour.
   Channel 4 News, By Cathy Newman, ~ July 03, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The Deputy Mayor of London Ray Lewis dismisses claims of misconduct as "rubbish" and denies ever knowing that the church had suspended him as a priest.
   London's deputy mayor, Ray Lewis faces an independent probe into claims of misconduct.
   Describing the claims as "utter rubbish", Mr Lewis told this programme the Church of England had never told him he'd been suspended as a priest, despite the Bishop of Chelmsford telling this programme that Ray Lewis had been put under Church of England disciplinary proceedings in 1999.

Senate staff helped lawyer targeting reporters

  [? 2000s Sica] - RCC. Lies.  
   The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Associated Press, ~ July 03, 2008
   HARRISBURG, Pa. - The state Senate's top Democrat said his staff helped a lawyer who was trying to obtain cell phone numbers of Pennsylvania reporters subpoenaed in an investigation of alleged grand jury secrecy violations, a paper reported Thursday.
   Senate Minority Leader Robert J. Mellow said the aides were simply providing a constituent service when they acted at the request of the lawyer for one of two men accused of lying under oath to the grand jury, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday.
   The Lackawanna County Democrat said he knew nothing about the help his staff provided to the lawyer for the Rev. Joseph Sica until the paper began asking questions Tuesday.
   "A constituent asked openly for something. There is nothing backhanded, no sleight of hand, nothing deceiving about it," Mellow told the Inquirer.
   The priest and casino owner Louis DeNaples are charged with perjury. Fifteen reporters have been subpoenaed to testify in Dauphin County Court at a hearing to determine whether a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate alleged leaks in the county grand jury investigation that led to those charges.
   [LOOK BACK: Jan 03, 2008, Feb 09, 2008 ]

Dominican priest who served locally surrenders to Maryland police

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.
  The Catholic Observer (run for RC Diocese of Springfield, Mass., USA), By Father Bill Pomerleau (Observer staff), ~ July 03, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) – A Dominican priest who once served as parochial vicar in two parishes of the Diocese of Springfield was jailed overnight July 1 after turning himself in to police in Maryland.
   Father Aaron Joseph Cote, 56, surrendered to the Montgomery County Police in Rockville, Md. after learning that authorities were about to seek a warrant for his arrest. He was charged with custodian child abuse and was held on $250,000 bond.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and a prominent Minnesota lawyer allied with the group quickly issued statements in reaction.

Diocese settles with insurance carriers, offers arbitration process

  - RCC's insurers put in US $8.5m for clergy's crimes. 61 victims.
   The Catholic Observer (run for RC Diocese of Springfield, Mass., USA), By Terence Hegarty And Father Bill Pomerleau, ~ July 03, 2008
   To read official statement www. dio springfield. org/commun ications/press/ ps2008/ press.html ,
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) – The Diocese of Springfield announced at a July 2 press conference that it will receive a settlement of up to $8,497,000 from five insurance carriers for coverage of clergy sexual abuse claims.
   The diocese and the carriers have agreed to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the diocese in 2005 seeking reimbursement for sexual abuse settlements. The case had been scheduled for a month long trial this fall in Hampden Superior Court.
   The agreement "which has been achieved with the insurance companies after four long years allows now for some material recompense to survivors of clergy sexual abuse who have been patient and understanding throughout that time," Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell said in a prepared statement.

Former top Cleveland church accountant convicted

  - RCC. [1997-2004 Mr Zgoznik*] - Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Joseph Smith*] - Guilty. Money.
   Akron Beacon Journal, M.R. KROPKO, Associated Press Writer, Thursday Jul 03, 2008
   OHIO -- A federal jury on Thursday convicted the former top accountant at the Cleveland Catholic Diocese of tax charges in a case that involved alleged kickbacks and secret church accounts.
   The jury in the trial of Joseph H. Smith, 51, of Avon Lake, returned the verdict after beginning deliberations nearly two weeks ago in U.S District Court.
   [LOOK BACK: May 11, 2008]

Prete pedofilo a Vicenza?

  [1980s Tully* (Xaverian)] - RCC. Seminarian.    
   Nordest, mercoledì 02 luglio 2008 12:14
   ITALIA -- L'associazione antipedofilia Prometeo ha denunciato la presenza, a Vicenza, di padre John Tully, il prete che in America, secondo l'associazione, "ha abusato di almeno 7 vittime".
   [the gist] July 2, 2008
   A Priest Pedophile to Vicenza?
   ITALY -- The anti-pedophilia organization called Promethium has denounced the presence in Vicenza of Father John Tully, an American. He has been accused of abusing at least seven victims. William Nash, a man who says he was abused by Father Tully, intends to come to Vicenza in November to participate in a Promethium convention.

Priest in Montgomery County Jailed for Sexual Abuse

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.  
   WAMU, July 03, 2008
   MONTGOMERY COUNTY (MD) -- Police in Montgomery County have arrested a priest on sexual abuse charges stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred in 2001 and 2002, while he was serving at a parish in Germantown.
   Officials say that when 65-year-old Aaron Joseph Cote was a youth minister at Mother Seton Parish nearly a decade ago, he sexually molested then 14-year-old Brandon Rains. Lucille Vaur is a spokeswoman for Montgomery County Police.
   "The victim was being counseled by Father Cote, so he was meeting with him on a regular basis," Vaur says. "They had developed a relationship. During the summer of 2001, Father Cote brought the victim to an apartment in Germantown on several occasions."

Priest accused of molesting altar boy

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.
   United Press International July 3, 2008
   GERMANTOWN, Md., (UPI) -- A Catholic priest who allegedly molested an altar boy is facing child abuse charges after surrendering himself to authorities, officials said.
   Former alter boy, Brandon Rains, accused Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, 56, of sexual abuse and lodged a lawsuit against him in 2005, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
   Cote worked as an associate pastor in 2001 and 2002 at Mother Seton parish in Germantown, Md., when the alleged abuse took place, the newspaper said.

Jury to announce verdict in diocese kickback case

  - RCC. [1997-2004 Mr Zgoznik*] - Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Joseph Smith*] - Guilty. Money.
   The Plain Dealer, Posted by John Caniglia, 11:04AM, July 03, 2008
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- A jury will announce its verdict this morning in the fraud case of Joseph Smith, the former chief financial officer for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese accused of stealing $784,000 from the church.
   The trial lasted five weeks. The jury has deliberated on charges of fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion for nearly two weeks.
   Smith, 51, of Avon Lake, is accused of running an elaborate kickback scheme with accountant Anton Zgoznik.

Former diocese official cleared of most charges

  - RCC. [1997-2004 Mr Zgoznik*] - Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Joseph Smith*] - Guilty. Failed to pay tax on ~ US$150,000.
   The Plain Dealer, Posted by John Caniglia, 12:26PM, July 03, 2008
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- A jury acquitted the former chief financial officer for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese of the most serious criminal charges, but convicted him of not paying taxes on money that prosecutors claimed were kickbacks from church coffers.
   Overall, Smith was acquitted on 17 of the 23 charges he faced following a five-week trial, including fraud and conspiracy.
   "Mr. Smith is gratified that the jury found him not guilty of taking kickbacks and some of the tax charges," said attorney Philip Kushner. "He and his attorneys will meet to discuss some of the options."
   The jury found Smith, who worked for the diocese for nearly 20 years, failed to pay taxes on about $150,000 in income.

GABRIEL BYRNE'S 'TREATMENT' TALE

  - RCC. Abuse, physical and sexual.
   New York Post, By LINDA STASI, Last updated: 12:21 pm, July 2, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- GABRIEL Byrne, the intense star who plays the intense therapist on HBO's critically acclaimed "In Treatment," admitted last week during an interview on Irish radio that he came to the role of empathetic psychoanalyst Paul Weston legitimately.
   Or more accurately, illegitimately.
   Byrne told radio RTE that he had been sexually assaulted when he was 11 years old by a priest as he "was being told the facts of life."
   And it wasn't the first time he suffered physical abuse at the hands of the clergy, either.
   In fact, he had been abused from the age of 8 to 12 by the Christian Brothers, he told The Times of London back in 1999.

July 4th Declaration of the Need for Fundamental Catholic Church Transformation

  - RCC.
   Voice from the Desert, ~ July 03, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- As I grow older I find myself believing more intensely in the principles in the United States Declaration of Independence and admiring more deeply the Declaration’s soaring rhetoric. As we approach another July 4th holiday, I have used the style of the Declaration to again this year share with you my view of the need for fundamental even radical changes in the practices and policies of the Catholic Church, using the lens of the eternal principles and timeless style of the Declaration.
   At the end there is an opportunity to sign the declaration by electronically signing an Internet petition.
   Declaration of the Need for Fundamental Catholic Church Transformation
   July 4, 2008
   The course of recent events compels us to call for fundamental changes in the Roman Catholic Church, and to assume the equal station to which the Creator calls us. We declare here the principles and reasons that oblige us to transform the Catholic Church, and we outline our vision for a church aligned with Gospel values.
   We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all women and men are created equal, and that our Creator has endowed us with certain inalienable rights. These rights include life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, freedom of conscience, and freedom of speech. To secure these rights, men and women institute governments, which derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, not from a small group of elitists who are unaccountable to the larger community. Whenever any form of government, secular or religious, tramples on these rights, it is the right and the duty of the people to transform it. Recent events, especially the worldwide sexual abuse of minors by priests and the continuing cover-up and inaction by most bishops and the Pope, have demonstrated that the Catholic Church is a government of the hierarchy, by the hierarchy, and for the hierarchy. This government has relegated us, who call ourselves the People of God, to second-class status–a condition that cries out for essential transformation. We are not serfs in a feudal system; we are citizens of the 21st century.

More on Burke’s move to Vatican court

  - RCC bishop penalised Sr Lears for supporting women's ordination.
   National Catholic Reporter, All Things Catholic, by John L. Allen, Jr., Vol. 7, No. 42, Thursday, July 3, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- Since news of St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke’s appointment as prefect of the Apostolic Signatura was announced June 27, I’ve received numerous telephone calls and e-mails, from both sides of the Atlantic, posing some version of the following question: Was this a case of what the Italians call promuovere per rimuovere … promoting someone in order to get rid of him?
   It’s a reasonable question, given Burke’s profile as a lightning rod in St. Louis. Not only is he the American bishop most identified with the push to deny Communion to pro-choice Catholic politicians, but he also engaged in very public spats involving rock star Sheryl Crow and basketball coach Rick Majerus.
   Basically his last act as archbishop was to issue canonical penalties for Sister of Charity Louise Lears for her support of women’s ordination. While most of Burke’s fellow bishops, and certainly the Vatican, would share the substance of his positions, not everyone applauds his pugnacious way of advancing them.
   So, was this a face-saving way of easing Burke out?

ARCHBISHOP BURKE UNFAIRLY MALIGNED

  - RCC.
   Catholic League, July 3, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- On June 29, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran an editorial on the papal appointment of St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke to head the Vatican’s highest court, the Apostolic Signatura. The mostly favorable editorial ended with a startling paragraph that cited accusations made by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
   The group charged that "dozens of proven, admitted, and credibly accused predator priests have been welcomed here." It also said that "there’s not a bishop in America who has imported so many pedophile priests into his diocese as Burke has."

Suddenly, people turn shirty

  - NSW attacks civil liberties to prevent sex abuse exposure.      
   Sydney Morning Herald, July 3, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- TELL people what they can't do, and they will surely go ahead and do it.
   Barely 48 hours after the Herald revealed that protesting, skateboarding or even wearing a particular T-shirt could result in a fine of $5500 if it annoys a pilgrim during World Youth Day, hundreds of people have designed T-shirt slogans in protest.
   Thousands more have voiced their opinions through online polls, blogs, letters and talkback radio. And more than 500 media outlets worldwide have run stories about the controversial regulations. Most people were opposed to any intrusion on civil liberties.

WYD visa numbers below expectations

  - RCC. Papal visit.
   ABC News, July 03, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- With less than two weeks until the start of Catholic World Youth Day, visa numbers are still well below expectations.
   The official World Youth Day target for international visitors is 125,000, but the latest figures released from the Immigration Department today show about 65,000 visas have been approved for the festival.
   The department expects another 20,000 will come to Australia through other methods like tourist visas, while 4,000 will come from New Zealand.

Catholic priest criticises WYD laws

  - NSW attacks civil liberties to prevent sex abuse exposure. Fr Frank Brennan speaks.
   ABC News, July 03, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Catholic priest and lawyer Frank Brennan says he stands by his comments that laws introduced for World Youth Day are unworkable and unjust.
   Under the new regulations, people who refuse to stop engaging in conduct that causes annoyance or inconvenience to pilgrims can be arrested and fined up to $5,500.
   Father Brennan says normal police powers would have been adequate for the event, and it is regrettable the laws could encourage protests.

Convicted priest asks again to delay start of prison term

  [1999-2006 Fay*] - RCC. $US 1.4m. 37mos prison. His medication is private! Live-in male. On RC abuse board!  
   The Advocate, By Stephen P. Clark, Article Launched July/03/2008
   DARIEN (CT) -- Days before a Catholic priest is scheduled to begin serving a three-year sentence for embezzling $1.3 million from his Darien church, he asked a federal judge for the fifth time to postpone the date he reports to prison.
   The Rev. Michael Jude Fay, former pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church on the Post Road, wants to delay the start of his prison term for at least 60 days so he can receive an experimental drug to treat his prostate cancer. He pleaded guilty in September, was sentenced in December and, after the delays, was supposed to begin his prison term Tuesday.
   U.S. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven, who has granted two delays, last week ruled against Fay's request for a six-month postponement. He failed to provide "any medical testing update, any medical rationale" and any documents showing that the Bureau of Prisons cannot administer the drug, Arterton said.
   In the latest request, Fay's attorney, Lawrence Hopkins of New Haven, filed a motion yesterday that included sealed documents from the Bureau of Prisons stating that it has not determined whether it can administer the drug, and from Fay's psychologist suggesting that Fay will face "a very limited lifespan" if he is denied it. A separate motion said the documents were sealed because they are "sensitive and confidential communications."

Former area priest arrested in Maryland

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.
   The Republican, By PATRICK JOHNSON, pjohnson@repub.com , Thursday, July 03, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- A former Western Massachusetts priest who is being sued by a West Springfield mother for allegedly sexually abusing her two sons was arrested Tuesday night in Maryland on an unrelated charge of child abuse, officials said.
   Rev. Aaron J. Cote, 57, was being held on $250,000 bail in the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, Md., yesterday, according to officials with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
   Cote surrendered himself to the sheriff's department Tuesday night and was booked on a single count of custodian child abuse.

Multi Million Dollar Settlement for Springfield Catholic Diocese

  [1943 onwards - Springfield Diocese]- RCC's insurers put in US $8.5m for clergy's crimes. 61 victims.
   CBS 3, By CBS 3 Springfield News, ~ July 03, 2008
   {with video}
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- After years of waiting, 61 victims of sexual abuse by priests from the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese will soon receive their due restitution.
   The diocese has finally made a multi-million dollar settlement with five insurance carriers to settle claims for any victim who has already notified the diocese of a claim.
   John Egan, Counsel of the Diocese of Springfield says, "These cases that we're now talking about go back as far as 1943."

Canadian survivors call on Pope to apologize for sex abuse

  - RCC.    
   CBC News July 02, 2008
   CANADA -- Canadian survivors of abuse inflicted by Catholic clergy during the 20th century are demanding an apology from Pope Benedict XVI similar to the one he offered to victims in the U.S. in April.
   During his visit to the United States in April, the Pope said he was "deeply ashamed" of the child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the U.S. branch of the church since 2002.
   "No words of mine could describe the pain and harm inflicted by such abuse," he said at the time.
   Survivors' groups in Canada and Australia said they hope the Pope will say similar words to them in Australia later this month during World Youth Day, a Catholic evangelical festival that will feature the Pope conducting mass and leading prayer meetings.

Pope 'considering sex abuse apology'

  - RCC.      
   Special Broadcasting Service, Thursday, July 3, 2008
   AUSTRALIA Representatives of Pope Benedict XVI have told a victim support group the pontiff is considering offering an apology to sexual abuse victims during his visit to Australia.
   Melbourne-based Broken Rites wrote to the Pope asking him to say sorry to those abused by members of the clergy while he is in Sydney for this month's World Youth Day.
   Group president Chris MacIsaac said she had received a reply saying the request would be considered - but she said the organisation was not holding out much hope of a meaningful apology.

Pastor accused of sexually assaulting girls at in-home church

  [1998-2000 Ake-Be*] - "The Peach House" Christian. 2 girls.  
   The Oregonian, Posted by Maxine Bernstein, 16:45PM, July 02, 2008
   OREGON -- A 31-year-old pastor who used to preach out of an in-home church in Northeast Portland was arrested Tuesday and accused of sexually assaulting two girls between 1998 and 2000 when they attended his church called The Peach House, police said.
   Maximo Ake-Be faces one count of first-degree rape, two counts of second-degree rape, four counts of first-degree s*d*my, four counts of second-degree s*d*my and nine counts of first-degree sex abuse.
   The investigation began when two female victims recently reported the abuse. They were about 8 and 12 years of age when the sexual assaults began, police said.
   Ake-Be was arrested in Kelso, Wash. In 2006, he became the senior pastor of Iglesia De Dios in Kelso, Wash.

Pastor indicted on sex abuse charges

  [1998-2000 Ake-Be*] - "The Peach House" Christian. 2 girls.
   KEX, By Brad Ford, Wednesday, July 2, 2008
   OREGON -- 31 year old Maximo Ake-Be faces 20 counts of sexual abuse related charges. He's currently a senior pastor at Iglesia de Dios church in Kelso, which is where he was arrested. The charges stem from two girls who attended The Peach House church in 1998 and 2000.

Mother: ‘I gave my son to the devil'

  [2004 Mr Franklin*] - "Trinity Worship Center." Boys.
   The Monitor, by Jeremy Roebuck, 9:35PM, July 2, 2008
   EDINBURG (TX) -- A sexual relationship between Trinity Worship Center's former music minister and a 14-year-old church member still haunts the boy's family every day, his father testified Wednesday.
   Four years after Robert Dale Franklin, 42, admitted to sleeping with the teen on numerous occasions, the boy continues to struggle with health problems; his mother remains an emotional wreck; and his family is unsure whether they can ever trust a church again.
   "It's like a broken plate," the father said. "If you break it, you can glue it back together, but you'll be missing some pieces and you can still see all the cracks."

Former pastor facing six more assault charges

  [1985-87 - 3 boys, Guilty. Wood] - Baptist. 6 more charges.  
   The London Free Press, By KRISTA SEGGEWISS, July 03, 2008
   Royden Wood leaves the courthouse with his wife Linda yesterday after being charged with six new counts of sexual assault. (Mike Hensen, Sun Media)
   CANADA -- Already awaiting sentencing on 12 charges, a former London pastor was back in court yesterday -- charged with six counts of sexual assault.
   Royden Wood, former pastor of London's Ambassador Baptist Church, was released after a bail hearing with conditions, a $10,000 deposit and his employer acting as a surety.
   [LOOK BACK: April 18, 2008]

County police charge former Germantown priest with abuse

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.  
   The Sentinel, By Michael Brooks, ~ July 03, 2008
   MARYLAND -- Montgomery County police have charged another Roman Catholic priest with child abuse.
   The Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, 56, turned himself in at the First District station in Rockville, police said. According to police spokeswoman Lucille Baur, police notified Cote that they were obtaining a warrant for his arrest, prompting Cote to return to Maryland from his current home in New York and turn himself in.
   According to police, during the summer of 2001, Cote worked as a part-time Youth Minister at Mother of Seton Parish in Germantown. Cote was counseling the 14-year-old victim, Brandon Rains of Frederick, now 21. Cote brought the victim to an apartment in Germantown and, on several occasions, "engaged in inappropriate personal sexual activity in the victim's presence" and touched the victim inappropriately, police said.
   When he was 18 in 2005, Rains filed a civil suit against Cote, a priest of the Dominican order. The suit ended with the Dominican order agreeing to pay a $1.2 million settlement.

Priest living in NYC is charged in Md. with abuse

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Newsday, By KASEY JONES | Associated Press Writer, July 2, 2008
   MARYLAND -- A Roman Catholic priest who has been living in New York City and was accused in a civil suit of molesting an altar boy seven years ago was charged Wednesday with abusing the youth in 2001 and 2002.
   The Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, 56, turned himself in to Montgomery County police in Rockville on Tuesday night. He was charged with custodian child abuse and was being held on $250,000 bond. Police did not know who his lawyer is.

Confidential Church Documents Released In Settlement

  - RCC. [40yrs Harold White] - Boys. [40yrs various bishops] - Knew, but "enabled" him still.
   TheDenverChannel ~ July 03, 2008
   {with video}
   DENVER (CO) -- Details of a sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church have been made public as part of a multimillion dollar settlement with the victims.
   The families accusing former priest Harold White of sex abuse released dozens of letters and notes, showing the church knew about the sexual abuse allegations spanning his 40-year career, and still allowed White to minister.
   One letter in the file, dated 1965, states "because of ‘boy troubles,’ I felt it best to get Father Robert White out of Colorado Springs immediately."

Secret Documents Released in Clergy Sex Assault Suits

  - RCC. [40yrs Harold White] - Boys. [40yrs various bishops] - Knew, but "enabled" him still. [Nun] - Punished and silenced victim.
   MyFox Colorado, By TAMMY VIGIL, Reporter, ~ July 03, 2008
   DENVER CO) -- For the first time, we're seeing secret Denver Archdiocese documents connected to the settlement of several sexual abuse cases.
   On Tuesday, the Catholic church paid just over 5.5 million dollars to settle 18 cases. Part of the settlement was the release of Father Robert White's file to his victims. They, in turn, released it to the media.
   The file is 153 pages long. In it, is page after page of accusations that stretched more than 20 years. The first complaint came before White was even ordained. A boy tells a nun who slammed his head against the blackboard--telling him never to speak of the abuse again.

Priest Is Charged With Child Abuse

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Washington Post, By Jacqueline L. Salmon Page B06, Thursday, July 3, 2008
   MARYLAND -- A priest accused of abusing an altar boy in 2001 has been charged with child abuse after turning himself in to police Tuesday.
   The Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, 56, who was an associate pastor in 2001 and 2002 at Mother Seton parish in Germantown, had been accused of sexual abuse by the former altar boy, Brandon Rains, who filed a lawsuit against him in 2005.
   Cote, who has been living in New York City, surrendered after learning that police would seek a warrant for his arrest. He pleaded not guilty.

Church's aim: Save priest's career

  - RCC. [1960-81 Harold White] - Boys. [1960s-1993 various bishops] - Knew, but "enabled" him still. [Nun] - Punished and silenced victim.
   The Denver Post, By Electa Draper, Article Last Updated 02:35:52 AM MDT, July/03/2008
   DENVER (CO) -- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver officials were determined until 1993 to salvage the career of priest Harold Robert White, accused in 30 cases of sex abuse against children between 1960 and 1981, according to internal documents released by victims' attorneys Wednesday.
   Diocesan officials knew in the 1960s of White's "boy troubles," and at least some officials believed even then that such men "carried the affliction with them to the grave."
   The archdiocese, although aware of allegations against White in 1960 and thereafter, did not report them to law enforcement. Instead, whenever growing numbers of people became aware of White's problems in one parish or city, archdiocese officials determined, according to file correspondence, that it was time to transfer White to another parish. White worked in 10 different parishes over two decades.

Honorable way to address abuse

  [1954-81 Denver Archdiocese; White, Abercrombie, St. Peter] - Roman Catholic Church (RCC). 42 lawsuits so far. US$8.2m so far. Children.
   The Denver Post, ~ July 03, 2008
   COLORADO -- The legal settlement between the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver and 18 plaintiffs who alleged they were sexually abused by three priests doesn't end the suffering of those victims.
   But the cash awards, arrived by mediation, do give the victims and their families the resources to receive whatever professional counseling and other services they may need. Equally important, the victims, who were between the ages of 8 and 14 when the abuse occurred, now have the emotional satisfaction of knowing the church has formally acknowledged its institutional responsibility for the harm wrought against them by men whom the vulnerable youths had every right to trust.
   Some victims and their lawyers remain highly critical of the archdiocese's role in this long-past but still dreadful affair. But short of inventing a time machine to travel back and forestall the actions of men who are long dead, it's difficult to see what more Archbishop Charles Chaput could have done.

Insurers agree to pay Springfield diocese $8.5 million for abuse claims

  [1943 onwards - Springfield Diocese]- RCC's insurers put in US $8.5m for clergy's crimes. 61 victims.
   The Republican, By KEN ROSS, kross@repub.com , Thursday, July 03, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- Five insurance companies have agreed to pay the city's Catholic diocese $8.497 million to settle clergy sexual abuse claims.
   "Many of the victims have patiently waited years for this to come," the diocese's Counseling and Victim Services Director Patricia F. McManamy said yesterday.
   The Diocese of Springfield announced yesterday that it had settled a dispute with its insurance carriers over coverage of certain sexual abuse cases. The two sides petitioned Hampden County Superior Court for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the diocese in 2005 against five insurance carriers.

Priest never thought of going to police, CAS

  [ 1986 Deslauriers] - RCC. 2 boys.  
   Standard-Freeholder, BY TREVOR PRITCHARD, ~ July 03, 2008
   CANADA -- A Roman Catholic priest who learned in 1986 two young men had been sexually abused by one of his colleagues didn't think of telling the police or the Children's Aid Society, the Cornwall Public Inquiry heard Wednesday.
   Rev. Denis Vaillancourt said that Benoit Brisson and Claude Thibault wanted their allegations against Rev. Gilles Deslauriers "resolved quietly within the confines of the church."
   "These individuals were victims," said Vaillancourt, who testified in French through a translator. "They were victimized by a priest and I did not want to go counter to what they wanted."

Priest charged with sex abuse of altar boy surrenders to police

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.  
   Examiner, ~ July 03, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- A Catholic priest who previously worked in youth ministry and religious education at churches in Germantown and Bethesda turned himself in to police Tuesday evening in Montgomery County after being charged with abusing a former altar boy.
   The Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, 56, worked part time in youth ministry at Mother Seton Parish in Germantown between 1999 and 2002 and part time in religious education at Bethesda’s St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish between 1997 and 1999.
   Police allege Cote engaged in "inappropriate touching of" and "inappropriate personal sexual activity" in the presence of a then-14-year-old victim, who was seeing Cote for counseling. Police say Cote first brought the child to a Germantown apartment during the summer of 2001, and the abuse continued for about a year.

Former Somerset priest indicted

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Zanesville Times Recorder By KATHY THOMPSON, July 3, 2008
   SOMERSET (OH) -- A priest who served at Holy Trinity Church in the late 1980s has been indicted on one count of custodian child abuse in Maryland.
   The Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, 56, of the 100 block of East 65th Sreet in New York, turned himself in to police at the First District station in Rockville, Md., on Tuesday night, according to Melanie Hadley, public information officer for the police department.
   The abuse took place between 2001 and 2002 in Germantown, according to the Department of Police in Rockville. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2008 7:16 AM]
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Woman reports abuse by Yakima-area priest

  [1980s Frank Duffy -NEW* (Jesuit)] - RCC. Woman. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Oregonian, http://blog. oregonlive. com/breaking news/2008/07/ woman_ reports_ abuse_by_ yakimaa. html , The Associated Press, 22:19PM July 03, 2008
   YAKIMA (WA) -- The Catholic Diocese of Yakima says a woman has reported she was sexually abused in the late 1980s by a Jesuit priest.
   The Yakima-area woman was described as a "vulnerable" adult at the time of the abuse attributed to the Rev. Frank E. Duffy, the diocese said Thursday.

Ray Lewis resigns in row over church fraud and sex allegations

  [1990s Ray Lewis*] - Church of England. Finances £29,000, behaviour.    
   The Times, www.times online.co. uk/tol/ news/ politics/ article 4272672. ece , Marcus Leroux, ~ July 04, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Ray Lewis, the Deputy Mayor of London, resigned after an independent investigation was started into fraud and sex allegations during a period when he was a Church of England priest.
   Mr Lewis, who was in charge of delivering Mayor Boris Johnson’s agenda on youth crime, said he had stepped down in the face of the "avalanche" of allegations made against him. He said that Mr Johnson had "reluctantly accepted" his resignation.
   Mr Lewis faced multiple claims of alleged inappropriate behaviour including one involving a parishioner in the late 1990s and other while he worked at the Eastside Young Leaders Academy – a youth scheme founded by Mr Lewis in 2003, the Mayor’s office confirmed. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2008 3:33 PM]

Australia makes it illegal to annoy Catholics

  - RCC.      
   National Secular Society (United Kingdom), ~ July 04, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- In preparation for the visit of Pope Ratzinger for the "World Youth Day", the authorities in New South Wales, Australia, have sneaked in new laws to prevent "annoyance or inconvenience" to Catholics participating in the event. The police have told organisations planning to campaign during the event that they must have placards, banners and T-shirts pre-approved or risk losing their protest "rights" – even for those groups representing victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
   The NSW Government immediately faced a public backlash when the news emerged of the laws. An online retailer is already advertising T-shirts with the slogan: "$5,500 – a small price to pay for annoying Catholics". Another reads: "The Pope touched me down under".

Admitted Child Molester Asks Judge To Waive Probation

  [Deacon Stephen Edmonds] - Baptist. 3 boys.  
   News4Jax, {with video}, ~ July 04, 2008
   JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Former First Baptist Church deacon Stephen Edmonds was back in court on Thursday asking a judge to change his sentence.
   In 2003, Edmonds pleaded guilty to molesting three boys. In return for his guilty plea to three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child, 10 other charges were dropped and Edmonds was sentenced to one year in jail and five years probation. He also must register as a sexual offender.
   The plea deal did not sit well with families of the victims, which wanted the judge to sentence Edmonds to the maximum of six years in jail.

Welcome to Sydney, Your Holiness. Care to exorcise a politician or two?

  - Roman Catholic Church (RCC)      
   Sydney Morning Herald, by Mike Carlton, July 5, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Now that the Iemma Government's idiotic World Youth Day regulations have made it almost a matter of high principle to annoy Catholics, I have been wondering how to go about it.
   The easiest thing would be to poke faces at them in the street, I suppose, or to pelt them with rotten eggs. But that lacks subtlety. It might be more stimulating to back them into a corner and harangue them, at length, on the inherent fallacies of wussy old Cardinal Newman's exegesis on papal infallibility in his Apologia Pro Vita Sua.
   Not that I have anything against your rockchoppers. My late father was once a Catholic priest, a Missionary of the Sacred Heart. I was baptised at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral by the legendary Archbishop Daniel Mannix himself, and you can't get much more Mick than that. And I find Catholic belief and ritual more attractive than the lace-curtain Anglicanism of my eventual upbringing. After all that theological confusion, atheism was the only logical course.
   No, there's nothing wrong with Catholics; some of my best friends, etc. And I hope the Pope is politely welcomed to Sydney. It is the Government's ridiculous "security precautions" that are so offensive. To threaten, with the stroke of a pen, fines of up to $5500 for anyone causing "annoyance or inconvenience to participants in a World Youth Day event" is a savage attack on our civil liberties. To have police censoring T-shirts is an assault on free speech. With each passing week the Iemma Government grows more arrogantly distant from the people it purports to serve. [Is this Mike Carlton the TV presenter?]

Father Of Alleged Clergy Sex Abuse Victim Talks About Arrest

  United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   NBC, Jim Handly Reports, [with video presentation], ~ July 04, 2008
   MARYLAND -- The stepfather of a man who says a priest sexually abused him when he was a teenager says his family is pleased with the priest's arrest.

Priest with Ohio ties charged in sex case

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.
   The Columbus Dispatch, By Meredith Heagney, 3:24 AM, Thursday, July 3, 2008
   OHIO -- A Catholic priest who formerly worked at three Ohio parishes, including one in Columbus, has been charged with child abuse in Maryland.
   The Rev. Aaron Joseph "AJ" Cote is accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy who attended the Germantown church where he served as youth minister. The boys' parents had hoped Cote would help the boy with an alcohol and drug problem, according to the prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County, Md.
   Brandon Rains, now 21, won a $1.2 million civil settlement in August against Cote's Dominican order. Cote turned himself in to the Montgomery County sheriff Tuesday night, said Jeff Anderson, Rains' attorney.

Pastor gets 3 years' jail for fake lottery scheme

  [Ascolese]
   The Morning Call By Jay Richards | July 4, 2008
   PENNSYLVANIA -- The former pastor of a Washington Borough, N.J., church was sentenced Thursday to three years in state prison for concocting a fake lottery-style scheme to raise money for the church.
   The Rev. Robert Ascolese, 46, of 101 Center St., Perth Amboy, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge John Pursel for theft and two counts of theft by deception. All other charges were merged. He was fined $405.
   Pursel did not object to Ascolese applying for the state's Intensive Supervision Program, which would allow the priest to serve his time outside of prison.

Former Chief Financial Officer of Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Convicted of Conspiracy & Filing False Tax Returns

  - RCC. [1997-2004 Mr Zgoznik*] - Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Joseph Smith*] - Guilty. Money.
   EarthTimes Author : U.S. Department of Justice, Posted 20:38:50 GMT, Thu, 03 Jul 2008
   CLEVELAND (OH) / PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A federal jury returned guilty verdicts today against Joseph H. Smith, the former Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer and Legal Secretary for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, the Justice Department announced. Smith, an attorney and certified public accountant, was convicted on six tax charges after a six-week trial in a Cleveland federal court. The jury acquitted Smith of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
   Smith's co-defendant, Anton Zgoznik, was convicted in October 2007 of similar charges. Zgoznik is a former Diocese employee who owned and operated several corporations that provided accounting, tax, financial and computer technology services for the Diocese.
   According to the indictment and evidence established during trial, Smith and Zgoznik entered into an elaborate scheme to defraud the Diocese and related organizations and to defraud the IRS. Between 1997 and 2003, Zgoznik paid more than $784,000 in kickbacks to Smith in exchange for Smith's efforts to steer work to the entities that Zgoznik controlled. As a result, the Diocese paid the entities controlled by Zgoznik more than $17.5 million between 1997 and 2003. Some of the bills to the Diocese were inflated or were for services that were not needed.

Controversial priest felt compelled to speak out against Morgentaler

  [ 1996 Larre] - RCC. Noxious substances to high-risk youths.  
   The Chronicle Herald, The Canadian Press, 6:11 AM, Fri. Jul 4, 2008
   COQUITLAM, B.C., CANADA – A B.C. priest who is renouncing his membership in the Order of Canada says it’s worth facing questions about his own controversial past to protest the same honour being bestowed upon abortion rights champion Dr. Henry Morgentaler.
   Father Lucien Larre was named to the Order of Canada in 1983 for founding the Bosco Centres for troubled youth. Larre admitted Thursday that he later had two criminal convictions that he says stemmed from that work. …
   Larre’s own controversy surfaced after he was named to the order, but before procedures were introduced in 1996 to remove members with criminal convictions.
   He was convicted in Saskatchewan of assault and administering a noxious substance – convictions he said related to the high-risk youth he worked with. He said he later applied for and received pardons for both crimes.

Closure of 15 churches nears

  - RCC.  
   The Times-Picayune By Bruce Nolan, Friday, July 04, 2008
   NEW ORLEANS (LA) -- The Archdiocese of New Orleans said Thursday it will announce at midmonth the formal closure of 15 Catholic parishes -- none of them the embattled communities publicly resisting their demise under a new reorganization plan.
   All of the affected parishes, which weren't named, have completed an internal process in which their representatives have discussed leadership issues with neighboring parishes receiving them in mergers or other arrangements, said archdiocesan spokeswoman Sarah Comiskey.
   She said there is no mistaking the completion of that process; those about to be closed by official decree are fully prepared for the transition and in a sense already know who they are, she said.

Ohio: Diocese’s Ex-Accountant Is Guilty of Tax Charges

  - RCC. [1997-2004 Mr Zgoznik*] - Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Joseph Smith*] - Guilty. Money.
   The New York Times, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Published: July 4, 2008
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- A federal jury convicted the former top accountant at the Cleveland Catholic Diocese of tax charges, but acquitted him of more serious charges related to kickback accusations.
   The jury in the trial of the man, Joseph H. Smith, 51, had been deliberating for nearly two weeks. The prosecution portrayed Mr. Smith as a manipulator who arranged $785,000 in kickbacks and secret payments because he felt he was underpaid.

Kickback scheme evidence lacking; jury acquits diocese officer

  - RCC. [1997-2004 Mr Zgoznik*] - Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Joseph Smith*] - Guilty. Money.
   Plain Dealer Reporter, by John Caniglia, Friday, July 04, 2008
   A federal jury on Thursday acquitted the former chief financial officer of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese of skimming $784,000 from the church through an elaborate kickback scheme.
   The jury did, however, convict Joseph Smith of lesser charges for failing to pay taxes on $171,000. Prosecutors claimed the money was proceeds from the scheme, while Smith said the income was legitimate compensation.
   The verdict came after a six-week trial that examined the diocese's financial controls and featured testimony from former Bishop Anthony Pilla.

LONDON MAYOR: Under fire deputy steps down

  [1990s Ray Lewis*] - Church of England. Finances £29,000, behaviour.    
   Guardian, ~ July 04, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Boris Johnson's deputy has resigned over allegations of inapropriate behaviour and financial misconduct.
   Ray Lewis, founder of the Eastside Young Leaders Academy, has stepped down as the mayor's youth advisor with immediate effect.
   The allegations relate to Mr Lewis' work with the Eastside project and to the time Mr Lewis served as a priest at St Matthew church, in Dyson Road, Stratford, 12 years ago.
   The diocese Bishop said Mr Lewis was disciplined and his ministry restricted between 1999 and 2005.

Student Defends Baker County Church Camp

  [1980s+ Camp Tracey] - Baptists. Allegations.
   First Coast News Posted By Ryan Duffy, {with video}, ~ July 04, 2008
   BAKER COUNTY, FL -- The leaders of Harvest Baptist Church in Jacksonville remain silent on claims of abuse at their camp for troubled teens, Camp Tracey in Baker County.
   But a senior at the church's school in Jacksonville, Sean Hollis, defends the church he grew up in.
   "They're here for the teenagers that need help they're not here to make money, they're here for the teenagers that could either be dead or in jail and they have an alternative for a christian camp out here," says Hollis.

Clergy abuse victims to rally weekly

  - RCC. Survivors will continue rallies.    
   Herald Sun, 12:33pm, July 04, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- VICTIMS of abuse by Catholic clergy will rally every Sunday in Melbourne until the church agrees to work with them to heal the harm done, victim support groups say.
   The groups, which have rallied outside St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne for the past five weeks, have vowed to continue protests until the church takes action.
   The rallies come as Pope Benedict XVI prepares to visit Australia during celebrations to mark World Youth Day. Thousands of young churchgoers are expected to descend on Sydney for a series of events from July 15 to 20.

A.M.E. Church delegates gather in St. Louis

  - African Methodist Episcopal Church.  
   Columbia Missourian July 03, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) – More than 40,000 delegates, church leaders and visitors from around the world will be gathering in St. Louis for a convention of the oldest predominantly black denomination in North America.
   The African Methodist Episcopal Church is holding its quadrennial convention at the Americas Center starting Thursday and running through July 11. …
   Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain were invited to speak. Late Thursday, the Obama campaign said he will address the convention Saturday. McCain remains uncommitted. Delegates may consider a position on gay marriage, and a high-profile church abuse case.
   Sylvester Laudermill was defrocked after church investigative committees in St. Louis and Los Angeles accused him of child sexual abuse. He won an appeal of the church ruling two years ago. A final decision on whether he may lead an A.M.E. church again will be made here.

Two arrests result from probe into reports of sexual, physical abuses at Camp Tracey

  [~ 2008 Mr Ben Lewis*] - Baptist. Minor.
   The Baker County Press, Written by Jim McGauley, Thursday, 03 July 2008
   FLORIDA -- An allegation the past week about sexual abuse at the Camp Tracey home for troubled juveniles in north Baker County resulted in the arrest of an 18-year-old resident on that charge, and the arrest of a 46-year-old male staff member for physical abuse of the 14-year-old male victim and possibly five others.
   John E. Wilson, 46, a "dorm father" who resides in the male quarters at the camp off Crews Rd., was arrested June 30 after turning himself in at county jail. He was released on a recognizance bond earlier this week, and one of the conditions is he stay away from the camp.
   Ben Lewis was booked for lewd and lascivious acts on the same young resident, a second-degree felony. He remains in county jail pending $3000 bond.

Supreme Court reinstates one Catholic school abuse lawsuit

  - RCC.
   Lakota Country Times, July 03, 2008
   PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA (AP) - The South Dakota Supreme Court has reinstated a lawsuit filed by some former students who allege they were sexually abused decades ago at an Indian boarding school in Marty on the Yankton Sioux Reservation.
   But in a second case, the high court on Thursday said two former students at an Indian boarding school in St. Francis on the Rosebud Sioux reservation cannot proceed with their lawsuit because they waited too long to file it.
   At issue in both cases was a state law that requires a lawsuit seeking damages for childhood sexual abuse to be filed within three years of the alleged abuse or within three years of the time the victim discovered or should have discovered that an injury was caused by the abuse.

'Come clean about sex abuse'

  [30yrs - St Willam's Community Home] - RCC. 160 claims.  
   Pocklington Post, ~ July 04, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A SOLICITORS' firm leading an investigation into an alleged abuse scandal that could be the worst ever seen in Britain, has accused those who ran the former boys' home in Market Weighton of blocking the case.
   There are more than 160 claims by former residents of St William's Community Home that they were subject to sexual abuse spanning a 30-year period.
   But solicitor David Greenwood from Wakefield-based firm, Jordans, who has been dealing with the case since 2004, says the Catholic organisations which ran the correctional facility have so far refused to accept liability and offered nothing but insincere apologies.
   Mr Greenwood, a child abuse specialist solicitor, says he has had to obtain a court order to force the organisations to hand over documentation.

Woman Claims Abuse By Former Priest

  [1980s Frank Duffy* (Jesuit)] - RCC. Woman.  
   KIMA, By Valerie Hurst {with video}, ~ July 04, 2008
   YAKIMA (WA) -- Father Frank Duffy was accused of molesting little girls in the Portland Archdiocese before coming to Yakima.
   This most recent victim says she was abused here as a vulnerable adult.
   Now, a national group that looks out for victims of clergy sexual abuse is calling it another church cover up.
   Decades later, a local woman has come forward, saying Father Frank Duffy molested her. Duffy served as a Jesuit priest in Yakima from 1970 to '89.
   "There's nothing in our files to indicate that the Yakima diocese was informed of any problems with Father Duffy…" …
   "Certainly Bishop Sevilla knew long ago and chose as his colleagues have chosen time and again to keep this a secret," SNAP national director David Clohessy tells Action News.

Another Claim of Sexual Abuse by a Member of the Yakima Catholic Diocese

  [1980s Frank Duffy* (Jesuit)] - RCC. Woman.
   KNDO/KNDU, ~ July 04, 2008
   YAKIMA, WASH. -- Another claim of sexual abuse by a member of the Catholic Diocese of Yakima has been reported. The report was filed in early may and Thursday, the Yakima woman claiming sexual abuse gave permission for her story to be made known.
   The Diocese of Yakima received a report of sexual abuse that happened in the late 1980's. The woman says Father Frank Duffy touched her inappropriately.
   The victim was an adult at the time of the abuse. She, along with the help of her family, made the report in early May following reports of lawsuits claiming abuse by Father Duffy in parishes in the Portland Archdiocese.

The Diocese of Yakima Creates Abuse Hotline for Victims

  [1980s Frank Duffy* (Jesuit)] - RCC. Woman.
   KNDO/KNDU, ~ July 04, 2008
   YAKIMA, Wash-- The victim was abused by Friar Frank Duffy in the late 1980s, but at that time there weren't any programs to help the those abused by members of the church.
   Duffy worked in Yakima from 1979 to 1989 at Saint Joseph Parish in Yakima and also at Saint Peter the Apostle Parish in Cowiche. Later moving to Portland and Spokane to work in Jesuit communities. He died in 1992.
   Spurred by the Catholic sexual abuse scandals in Boston, the Yakima Diocese has taken a proactive approach to helping victims. …
   The Yakima Diocese abuse hotline is: 1-888-276-4490. Siler says that since the hotline has been available many victims have come forward.

Priest charged with child abuse

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Frederick News-Post, By Ron Cassie, ~ July 04, 2008
   GERMANTOWN (MD) -- A former Germantown priest, who was at the center of a $1.2 million civil settlement with an Urbana family last year, was charged Tuesday with child abuse in connection with allegations made in that suit.
   Those allegations of sexual abuse were made in 2003 by a former altar boy, now 21.
   The Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, who pleaded not guilty, is a member of the Dominican Fathers and Brothers Province of St. Joseph in New York City. He turned himself in to Montgomery County Police and was being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center on $250,000 bail. His attorney, Terrance McGann, did not return calls Thursday for comment and Cote's Dominican order in Manhattan could not be reached.

'Vulnerable' adult reports past abuse to diocese

  [1980s Frank Duffy* (Jesuit)] - RCC. Woman.
   Yakima Herald-Republic by Jane Gargas, ~ July 04, 2008
   YAKIMA (WA) -- A Yakima-area woman has reported to the Catholic Diocese of Yakima that she was sexually abused by a priest here about 20 years ago.
   The woman, who asked not to be identified, said the Rev. Frank Duffy inappropriately touched her in the late 1980s when she was an adult.
   She reported the alleged abuse to the Catholic Diocese of Yakima in early May. The diocese notified the media Thursday, saying the woman gave them permission to do so.

CHURCH DOWNPLAYS SCANDAL OVER PEDOPHILE PRIEST: Officials described the incident of abuse as 'boy troubles.'

  [ 2004 White] - RCC. Boys.
   EURweb, July 4, 2008
   COLORADO -- In 1965 Colorado Springs Catholic officials described the repeated, flagrant advances to children by the late Harold Robert White in a letter as "boy troubles." The one-time priest at the center of many of the 44 sexual abuse cases settled by the Denver Archdiocese knew White was a pedophile.
   Instead of removing him from the priesthood, church officials transferred White to at least nine parishes during his career, which began with his ordination in 1960 and ended in 2004, when he was defrocked. He died in 2006.

Priest 'angry' at being named

   
   Standard-Freeholder BY TREVOR PRITCHARD, ~ July 04, 2008
   CANADA -- A city priest willingly turned over an accusation that he had sexually abused minors to the Children's Aid Society in 1997, the Cornwall Public Inquiry heard yesterday.
   Rev. Kevin Maloney was one of a number of priests with the Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese named in a lawsuit by former Cornwall cop Perry Dunlop.
   Dunlop launched the lawsuit in the late 1990s against a number of individuals and organizations in the Cornwall area, alleging they had conspired to keep the existence of a pedophile clan under wraps. Maloney was accused in the suit of committing "sexual improprieties" against children, first in 1975-1976 and again in the late 1980s.

A beacon of hope and a fight for survival

  [1990s Ray Lewis*] - Church of England. Borrowed £45,000, behaviour.    
   This is London, by Andrew Gilligan, ~ July 04, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Ray Lewis was widely hailed as Boris Johnson's most exciting appointment when he became Mayor. Unconventional and no-nonsense, he came from a fatherless, delinquent childhood in a bedsit to become first a priest, then a prison governor and pioneering rescuer of derailed black boys.
   His Eastside Young Leaders' Academy, started with £20,000 of his own savings, has become a model for Conservative social policy, with dozens of at-risk youngsters saved from exclusion, gangs and criminality through a regime of traditional discipline, uniforms and drill.
   As London child stabbings climbed, Mr Lewis looked like an inspired choice as Boris's deputy mayor for young people. He seemed ideally placed to tackle the issue which Boris put at the heart of his election campaign. Now, however, amid damaging allegations of sexual and financial misconduct, Mr Lewis faces something even more urgent: a battle for his own political survival. …
   WHEN he was vicar of St Matthew's, West Ham, from 1993-97, Mr Lewis is alleged to have borrowed £29,000 from a parishioner, Mary Massey, and failed to pay it back when she wanted it. The money was allegedly repaid only many years later, after Ms Massey involved the police.
   It is also alleged that he borrowed a further £16,000 from two people, one a man with learning disabilities, and has never repaid it. There is also said to be a "dormant file" at the Chelmsford diocese, in which West Ham falls, with unspecified "sexual allegations" against Mr Lewis. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2008 8:20 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri July 04, 2008
• Archbishop saw Horgan sex report 8 years ago.
  [2000-08 Abp Barry Hickey -NEW*] - Roman Catholic Church. In 2000 got report about Bethel, in 2008 didn't know.    

Archbishop saw Horgan sex report 8 years ago

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , By GARY ADSHEAD and SEAN COWAN, EXCLUSIVE, pp 1 and 3, Saturday, July 5, 2008
   PERTH (WA), Australia – Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey, who has denied receiving any sexual misconduct complaints about the leaders of the Church-backed Bethel Covenant Community until last year, was handed written details of sexual harassment as early as 2000.
   The West Australian has obtained a copy of a report signed by former members of the religious movement in August 2000, which outlined allegations of how the community's leader, Kevin Horgan, asked female members their favourite sexual positions and urged one to remove her underwear.
   The 13-page report, together with a request for a full-blown investigation, was handed directly to Archbishop Hickey during a meeting with a delegation of long-term Bethel members, who had decided to leave the community in disgust. Two of the report's authors were former priests, while others included a teacher and a psychiatrist. The West Australian has interviewed three of the authors.
   "Some (members) have witnessed some of the Bethel men … touching or pinching women's buttocks, or publicly discussing sexual freedoms a woman ought to be enjoying, or even employing, with her husband," the 2000 report said.
   "Mr Horgan said to a woman: 'How do you have an orgasm?' On another occasion he said to a married woman: 'I know what position you take, you use doggy position. Your husband told me'. "
   But in response to a series of questions from The West Australian on May 23 this year, asking what and when the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth knew about the Bethel scandal, the Archbishop denied having any knowledge of sexual misconduct allegations until last year.
   "No complaints about sexual misconduct were received until 2007 when concerns about the conduct of the leader were brought to Bishop (Donald) Sproxton by a third party," the Church statement read.
   The statement, which surprised those who met Archbishop Hickey in 2000, said that it had not been until February this year that a first-hand account of sexual misconduct against the Bethel leader was made.
   Yesterday, a spokesman for the Archbishop acknowledged that the meeting took place and that a report was handed to the Archbishop.
Continued on page 3
Archbishop saw report into sexual misconduct in Bethel back in 2000
From page 1
   He rejected any suggestion the Church's previous answers were now contradicted by the discovery of the 2000 report and would not respond further.
   Archbishop Hickey said in May that he had been aware for a number of years of concerns about Mr Horgan's "management style" and in "every case they were taken up by the Archbishop or the liaison chaplain with the Bethel leadership in order to effect some change".
   It was only in March this year that the Church called on Mr Horgan to stand down from the Bethel community after complaints to Auxiliary Bishop of Perth Don Sproxton about serial sexual misconduct by the well-connected Catholic leader.
   Many of the allegations were similar to the complaints brought to Archbishop Hickey seven years earlier.
   Bethel members claimed Mr Horgan had pulled a woman's blouse forward and commented on her breasts; had encouraged female members to have breast enhancement surgery; had touched women's breasts at barbecues; had groped a young single woman from behind; and had asked female members to remove their tops and massage themselves and him during a Bethel retreat.
  [Pictures]
Church knew of sex claims
Monday, May 26

Christian chief Horgan quits amid breast-groping claims
Sex assault police called in as women list complaints.
How leader 'sent them down the road to hell'
Saturday, May 10  

  ‘Some (members) have witnessed some of the Bethel men … touching or pinching women's buttocks …  
  THE 2000 REPORT AUTHOR 
   In the 2000 report, Archbishop Hickey was told of the "cultic" characteristics Bethel had adopted, the intimate nature and level of control community leaders wielded over members' lives and of the sordid sexual behaviour of the leader.
   The examples were provided under the heading "Sexual Issues".
   "Mr Horgan suggested to a married woman, whilst at a restaurant, that she emulate the example of another married woman in the community who had taken her undies off and placed them in her husband's pocket," the 2000 document said.
   "Our experiences, as indicated above, have led us to have some grave concerns.
   "These concerns centre around the seeming endorsement of the Bethel community by the Catholic Church, and we are particularly concerned given the experiences we have had of the influence of Bethel community over ourselves as members."
   The report also raised concerns about the West Leederville-based Bethel community's financial structure and the lack of transparency the community had with what Bethel leaders labelled "the outside".
   The document concluded by calling on Archbishop Hickey to order an inquiry and to consider reviewing the Church's endorsement of Bethel.
   The authors said the Church should also consider offering any affected members counselling, something that has only occurred this year.
   Current Bethel community chairman Rob Crothers said he had not seen the 2000 report. But he said he would be surprised if the issues had not been followed up by the Archbishop if they had been raised. #

   [LOOK BACK: May 2, 10 (x2), 12, 19 (x2), 26; June 28, 2008, May 10 and another May newsitem on the June webpage. ENDS.]
   [RECAPITULATION: He rejected any suggestion the Church's previous answers were now contradicted by the discovery of the 2000 report and would not respond further. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: In 1992 he denied that Big Business hold a strong position in the Notre Dame Australia university that the brother, Mr Denis Horgan, and others in the WA Inc. group had encouraged the Catholic Church to establish in Perth, with each parish later being tithed 10 per cent.  Alas, Big Business did still have a strong hold on it, and the facts were presented to him.  The news media evidently did not follow that up, for reasons unknown.  If you remember that 1990s link of huge sums of money, you can see that he seems unable to stop making statements that other people are able to disprove. ENDS.]
   [LOOK FORWARD: More items on this webpage. ENDS.
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#archbishop_saw_horgan
[July 5, 2008]

• Church accused of dodging concerns over Bethel sleaze.
  [2000-08 Abp Hickey*] - RCC. Told in 2000, in 2008 didn't know.

Church accused of dodging concerns over Bethel sleaze

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , By GARY ADSHEAD and SEAN COWAN, p 3, Saturday, July 5, 2008
   PERTH – The people who found the courage in 2000 to document and present their fears over the cult-like transformation of the Bethel Covenant Community were grateful for the opportunity to meet the man they addressed as "Your Grace".
   After much hand-wringing and some sleepless nights, the group had decided it was the right thing to do. The 300-strong lay Catholic organisation was under the spell of a man obsessed with controlling every aspect of the members' lives, from the bedroom to the boardroom.
   If Archbishop Barry Hickey did not confront Bethel's leader Kevin Horgan and bring about change, then all hope was lost.
   In a covering letter the group of professionals, including two former priests, pointed out that while the community had contributed much goodness to their lives, it was time to speak out. In an attached document for the Archbishop was a damning indictment of an organisation operating under the umbrella of the Catholic Church.
   "For example, some of us as pastoral leaders were encouraged to ask details of people's lives, such as asking single men about their masturbation habits and, those of us who are married, experienced inquiries about details of our sexual relationship," the former members wrote.
   "Not only could the pastoral system in the Bethel community be used to exert undue influence, but some of us experienced that the influence of those outside the community was discouraged."
   The document told the heart-breaking story of an "outside" woman who became pregnant to a Bethel member and was quickly isolated by the covenant's most powerful man.
  [Picture] Kevin Horgan  
   "She recalls Mr Horgan indicating that if her partner wanted to marry her he would have to leave as she indicated she was not prepared to join and put herself under Mr Horgan's authority," it read.  "The end result of the 'counselling' was that she was left on her own during the pregnancy and birth with little support or contact from the father of the child."
   Throughout the 13-page document, the authors' primary concerns lay with the grip Bethel leaders had on the everyday lives of members.  But the sleaze permeating the organisation was also addressed.
   The view was that Mr Horgan had repeatedly crossed sexual boundaries by using his influence over female members to investigate their sexual relationships with men.
  [Picture] Answers: Archbishop Barry Hickey says he is preparing a response to a 'damning indictment' by former Bethel members.  
   According to the document's authors, who were contacted by The West Australian, the Archbishop never came back to them with a response.
  ‘Even though I am Catholic I am sometimes ashamed to admit it with what the hierarchy does. ’  
   They were stunned by his recent denials about what he knew of the disturbing events inside Bethel.
   "Very surprised," one of the authors said.  "Very surprised and really disappointed with the leaders of our own Church.  Even though I am Catholic, I am sometimes ashamed to admit it with what the Catholic hierarchy does."
   The West Australian revealed the Bethel crisis in May after obtaining a copy of a 2007 report into a range of sexually charged allegations and statutory declarations from some of the women who said they were sexually abused.
   Mr Horgan resigned in disgrace and did not return calls from the newspaper.  Last week, another senior community leader resigned.
   Auxiliary Bishop of Perth Don Sproxton will address the remaining 100-plus members of the community at the end of this month despite anger about the Church's attempt to distance itself from the scandal in its May statement.
   Concerned Christians Growth Ministries director Adrian van Leen was incredulous about the Church's handling of the Bethel crisis.
   "Our deep disappointment is that, though I as director of CCGM, along with others, passed on some of these concerns to the Catholic Church leadership in the mid-1990s, nothing was done about them," he said.
   He said the people behind the 2000 report and others who had come forward since believed that the Catholic hierarchy had deliberately side-stepped responsibility.
   Last night, a spokesman for Archbishop Hickey said he was preparing a full response but did not concede that revelations in the 2000 report contradicted his answers to questions from The West Australian in May. #

   [RECAPITULATION: "… stunned by his recent denials …"ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Religion Purification Campaign is NOT stunned by the denials.  For example, the Archdiocese of Perth in 1992 lied about there being no big business influence in Notre Dame Australia (a Catholic university founded in WA) once it was over its initial start-up, and their only answer when a list of the Governors of NDA was sent to them was to invite the writer to come in for a discussion!  What is there to discuss?  A lie, unless a withdrawal and apology is made, is a lie, is a lie.  (The Horgan brothers were involved in the foundation of Notre Dame Australia.)  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAPITULATION: CCGM, along with others, passed on some of these concerns to the Catholic Church leadership in the mid-1990s, nothing was done about them. ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: Yes, to do nothing would be about "normal," as is being revealed by the global publicity to the once-again uncovered clergy child sex abuse tragedy.  Even non-Christian religions are being exposed and are being ripped open in courts and in news media.  Doing nothing positive, and allowing the evil to continue, is "par for the course".  Nearly all the religious leaders, pagan as well, try to hide the harm they are doing to the children of their gullible adherents (and directly to some adult adherents), and the harm they are doing to the very religion they are being paid to preach! 
   On the "Fathers" webpage of this website there are quotations from the Christian Epistles about removing a sinner from the circle of disciples if he/she does not repent.  Study 1 Corinthians 5:11, 2 Thessalonians 3: 6 and 14, 2 Timothy 3:5, and Titus 3:10 in the section "Apostles started separating." 
   After the Apostles died, the early Christians imposed years-long penances for people who sinned, and there was a shunning rule for argumentative "brothers" (and possibly "sisters"?).  In the Gospels there is an injunction to "wipe the dust off your feet" (Mattew 10:14, Mark 6:11, Luke 9:5, 10:11) of any village that would not accept the Christian call to a life built on neighbourliness.  So the very idea of keeping child-seducers as fellow-preachers of the Kingdom would have horrified the Apostles.  It would seem that the forgiveness theory of 7 times 70 is probably a later intrusion into a Gospel text.  Certainly the story of the woman taken in adultery is a post-apostolic addition to John's Gospel. ENDS.]
   [CONTACT: Mr Adrian Van Leen, Concerned Christians Growth Ministries Inc. (established 1979), 50 Carcoola Street (Cnr. Carcoola Court), Nollamara, WA, 6061; Tel. 08 9344 2200, Fax 08 9344 4226; E-mail: ccgm AT ccgm DOT org DOT au. Website: www.ccgm. org.au ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#church_accused_of_dodging
[Jul 5, 2008]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sat July 05, 2008 edition:


Watertown pastor faces child porn possession charge

  [~ 2000s Hayes -NEW*] - Lutheran. Child pornography.  
   Argus Leader, www. argusleader. com/apps/ pbcs.dll/ article? AID=/ 20080705/ NEWS/80705 0311/1003/ BUSINESS ; by Brittany Westerberg, July 5, 2008
   WATERTOWN (SD) -- The Rev. Dennis A. Hayes, a pastor at St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in Watertown, was arrested Thursday by the Watertown Police Department and state Division of Criminal Investigation on charges of possessing child pornography, Watertown police detective Tim Toomey said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2008 7:25 AM]

Parents of abused boy awarded $550k

  [- 2004 Mr Franklin*] - Trinity Worship Center. US$550,000 AWARDED. Boy (14), later drug possession.
   Brownsville Herald, ~ July 05, 2008
   EDINBURG (TX) -- An Hidalgo County jury awarded $550,000 Thursday to the parents of a teenage boy abused by a Pharr church minister.
   The parents sued Trinity Worship Center, 4801 North Cage Blvd., for pain and suffering they said they experienced when their son, then 14, had a sexual relationship with Robert Dale Franklin in 2004. Franklin, then a well-liked music minister at the church, had a checkered work history that attorneys said contained multiple signs he was abusing young men.
   Franklin, 42, pleaded guilty in 2005 to abusing the teen and remains incarcerated on an 18-year state prison term. Although state District Judge Mario E. Ramirez initially sentenced Franklin to six months in jail and a 10-year probation term for the crime, the judge revoked it in 2006 after Franklin was charged with drug possession months after getting out of jail.

Catholic day a 'scandal'

  - RCC to spend AUD $150m, NSW taxpayers $86m.      
   Sydney Morning Herald, www.smh.com. au/news/ national/ catholic- day-a-scandal/ 2008/07/05/ 121495111 0473.html ; by Sarah Price, for July 6, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A CATHOLIC priest has said the money being spent on World Youth Day is an embarrassment and a scandal.
   Father Peter Confeggi, a parish priest at Mount Druitt, said there was also a "large amount of dissatisfaction" with the spirituality that will be taught during the event, with many fearing it would be a right-wing brand of Catholicism.
   Others within the church who did not want to be named told The Sun-Herald of similar concerns about the six-day event, which will cost the church an estimated $150million and NSW taxpayers at least $86million.
   "There is a great dissatisfaction with the Restorationist spirituality, which is also devoid of any commitment to social justice," Father Confeggi said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2008 12:54 PM]

Greek Press reveals names of GOA priests accused of sexual misconduct

  [Predators listed] - Greek Orthodox Church of America (GOA).  
   Orthodox Reform http:// orthodox reform.org/ news/greek- press- reveals- names-of- goa-priests- accused-of- sexual- misconduct ; [with link to Greek Press], ~ July 05, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- The following article appeared in the June issues of the "Greek Press" on page 2. It is a available online at greekpressonline.com
   It lists several GOA priests who allegedly have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct; many with sexual abuse of minors.

Priest says Youth Day a waste of money

  - RC priest says money could help 120,000 homeless.      
   Herald Sun, 01:41am, July 06, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A CATHOLIC priest has spoken out against the large amount of money being spent on World Youth Day, calling it an embarrassment and a scandal for the church.
   Father Peter Confeggi has told Fairfax newspapers the money could be better spend on struggling parishes like his in Mount Druitt, which is one of the most disadvantaged in Sydney.
   He says some of the money could also be directed to helping the 120,000 homeless people in Australia. …
   The New South Wales Government is putting in $86 million and the Federal Government $20 million, with the rest coming from church coffers.

Pope to be guest of Opus Dei

  - RCC.
   Herald Sun, by Marnie O'Neill and Bryan Patterson, July 06, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE Pope will spend his first three days in Australia unwinding at a camp run by controversial Catholic organisation Opus Dei.
   Details of the pontiff's stay come as it emerges World Youth Day organisers have privately urged the Pope to issue an apology to victims of church sex abuse.
   Cardinal George Pell yesterday confirmed that the Pope would be taken straight to a semi-rural retreat operated by Opus Dei - made famous in best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code - on Sydney's outskirts after flying to the RAAF air base in Richmond next Sunday.

Papal visit: should the Pope say sorry for church sex abuse?

  - RCC.    
   Sunday Times (W. Australia) 06:00pm July 05, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- WORLD Youth Day organisers have privately urged the Pope to issue an apology to victims of church sex abuse.
   The plea has been made in a letter compiled by the event's co-ordinators from the nation's bishops and sent directly to the Vatican. The bishops called on the pontiff to make a historic statement on sexual abuse in a list of suggested "live" issues he could address in his Australian speeches.
   Should the Pope say sorry?
   The Vatican has not yet responded to the list, which also suggests the Pope could talk about Aboriginal reconciliation.

Catholic church shutdown avoided

  - RCC will keep two open.
   Press & Sun-Bulletin By William Moyer, July 5, 2008
   NORWICH (NY) -- St. Paul and St. Bartholomew Catholic churches in Norwich will both remain open, according to officials at the Diocese of Syracuse.
   About 500 families in each parish had been waiting for 14 months to hear the diocese's decision about their churches.
   A trustee at St. Paul's said the decision confirmed local leaders' recommendation to the diocese that both churches are needed in the Norwich area. "We will be a stronger parish by being linked together," said Thomas Whittaker, of Norwich. "We had already been doing common things. We look at ourselves as the Roman Catholic community of Norwich."

SNAP, An Organization Committed to Helping People Abused by Clergy

  - Serves survivors from any religion.
   KNDO/KNDU, ~ July 05, 2008
   YAKIMA, Wash -- Since the announcement of abuse by Friar Frank Duffy, who worked in Yakima, the organization SNAP, wants victims to know they are not alone. With over 9,000 members they are helping people who've been abused by clergy, heal.
   The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests or SNAP began as a self-help organization and has evolved into a nation-wide support group with 63 chapters in the US. It was founded in the late 1980s by people who'd been abused by clergy. SNAP urges victims to come forward so they can get better and expose the people who have committed or concealed abuse.
   "We try to help navigate folks through, you know, a very difficult terrain. And really no one knows what you have to go through than those who've been through it," said Peter Isely, SNAP's Midwest director. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2008 7:13 AM]

Exclusive: Police investigating finances of Lourdes priest Father Zambelli

  - [~ 2008 Zambelli*] - Roman Catholic Church (RCC). < US $700,000 money.    
   Mirror (United Kingdom), By Damien Fletcher, July/5/2008
   FRANCE -- The water at Lourdes is said to heal the sick--but it is the mysterious flow of cash there which has begun to ring alarm bells.
   French police this week asked a senior priest to explain the miraculous appearance in his bank account of £350,000 -- money that was allegedly meant for the sick and dying.
   Father Raymond Zambelli, rector of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, denies any underhand dealings.
   But it has raised questions over the billions of pounds being made in the holy pilgrimage town in the Pyrenees, where eight million faithful are expected to flock this year.

In speech, nun to discuss alternatives as Catholic-priest shortage worsens

  - RCC.  
   Toledo Blade, By DAVID YONKE, BLADE RELIGION EDITOR, July 05, 2008
   OHIO -- As the number of Catholic priests in the United States declines and the ranks of Catholics increase, dioceses across the country are trying to do more with less. Many times that leads to the closing of parishes.
   But some Catholic groups are making a push to find alternatives so that church doors will remain open.
   "Closing the parish community should be the absolutely last resort," said Sister Christine Schenk, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph religious order and the executive director of the Catholic reform group FutureChurch.

Church to pay parents for teen's abuse

  [- 2004 Mr Franklin*] - Trinity Worship Center. US$550,000. Boy (14), later drug possession.
   ABC 13, ~ July 05, 2008
   EDINBURG, TX -- A Hidalgo County jury is awarding $500,000 to the parents of a teenager who was sexually assaulted by a Pharr church pastor.
   The Monitor in McAllen reports the teenagers' parents today won the award in a lawsuit they filed against Trinity Worship Center. They sued for pain and suffering they said they experienced when their son, who was then 14, was sexually abused by then-pastor Robert Dale Franklin.

Tory turmoil as Mayor Boris Johnson is forced to axe the deputy who lied about his past

  [1990s Ray Lewis*] - Church of England. Borrowed £45,000, behaviour.    
   Daily Mail, By Benedict Brogan, Last updated at 12:42 AM, July 05, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The Tories suffered an embarrassing setback last night after Boris Johnson was forced to sack his deputy for lying about his past.
   Ray Lewis, a charismatic community leader, was dumped after what looked like a catastrophic misjudgment by the new London mayor.
   A torrent of allegations about Mr Lewis, covering sexual misconduct, financial wheeler-dealing and physical abuse of pupils threatened to tarnish the Tory success story.
   Mr Johnson had tried to defend his deputy, but was forced to backtrack after it emerged that Mr Lewis had wrongly passed himself off as a magistrate.
   The announcement capped a day of chaos that was in danger of tainting David Cameron, following lurid tales of Mr Lewis's time as an Anglican-priest.

Religious book with Minnesota ties

  - BOOK traces priest-sex problem back to Ireland.    
   Star Tribune, ~ July 05, 2008
   MINNESOTA -- Local authors are prolific producers of religious books. Here are some of the new books with Minnesota roots: …
   "An Irish Tragedy: How Sex Abuse by Irish Priests Helped Cripple the Catholic Church"
   Joe Rigert (Crossland Press, $10.99). Rigert, a veteran investigative journalist, is retired from the Star Tribune. His search for the roots of the Roman Catholic church's sex-abuse scandal led him to Ireland and a society, he argues, that fostered criminal sexual activity.

Church sexual abuse settlement gives victims insight into priest

  [~ 1970 to 2004 White] - RCC. Boys.  
   Daily Camera, Associated Press, Saturday, July 5, 2008
   DENVER, COLORADO -- Tom Koldeway says he was about 9 years old when Harold Robert White, then a priest in the small mountain town of Minturn, started sexually abusing him.
   That was 1970, and Koldeway, now 47, kept the secret for decades. When he finally told his siblings, he learned White had also abused his older brother and sister.

City priest took leave of absence

  - Stories about "clan" of paedophiles.  
   Standard-Freeholder, ~ July 05, 2008
   CANADA -- A local priest stepped down as part-time chaplain at the old Cornwall Jail when sexual abuse allegations involving him appeared online, the Cornwall Public Inquiry heard yesterday.
   "I took a leave of absence until the issue could be clarified," said Rev. Kevin Maloney, 62, the current pastor at St. Peter's Church.
   In 1996, Maloney began spending about eight hours a week at the now-closed jail, ministering to both inmates and staff.
   Four years later, allegations that he sexually abused boys in the 1970s and 1980s appeared on at least two websites that claimed priests from the Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese were part of a clan of pedophiles.

City lawyer taking the stand when sessions resume

  - Judge stopped trial permanently.
   Standard-Freeholder, ~ July 05, 2008
   CANADA -- A city lawyer who represented the local Roman Catholic diocese and was later charged during the Ontario Provincial Police's Project Truth probe is next in line to testify at the Cornwall Public Inquiry.
   Jacques Leduc is scheduled to take the stand when the inquiry resumes July 14.
   The OPP laid sexual abuse charges against Leduc in 1998 during its investigation into allegations a clan of pedophiles was operating in the Cornwall area.
   The charges were stayed twice: first in 2001, and then for good in 2004 after a judge ruled the six-year delay was not appropriate.

Bishop in the Middle (of Protests Over Closings)

  - RCC.  
   The New York Times By KEVIN COYNE, Vineland, for July 6, 2008
   NEW JERSEY -- THE revival tent was pitched amid the cabbage fields that surround the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, and as the bishop waited outside in the dying light, preparing to say a sunset Mass, he leaned on his crosier, a wooden staff shaped like a shepherd’s crook. Some restive members of his flock stood a few yards off, aiming their Hail Marys at him.
   They have seen a fair amount of each other lately: Bishop Joseph A. Galante, leader of 500,000 Roman Catholics in the Diocese of Camden, and the protesters who track his public schedule, turning up with signs and prayers. They hope to persuade him to change his mind about closing their parishes as part of the consolidation plan he announced in April, among the most sweeping ever proposed by an American diocese.
   "Ex Audi Vox Populi, Et Noli Tardare," urged the hand-lettered sign held by Anthony Mecca: Listen to the Voice of the People, and Do Not Delay. Lead soprano at the age of 8 in the boys’ section of the men’s choir at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Camden, Mr. Mecca, now 76, still prays in Latin during Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Pitman. His parish, where he has worshiped for the last 40 years, is set to merge with a neighboring one in Glassboro.

Bishop Geoffrey Robinson…

  - His summary of his book-promotion tour in the USA.    
   Catholica, July 03, 2008
   A reflection on all that happened…
   AUSTRALIA -- I recently completed a five-week tour of the U.S.A. in which I spoke at fifteen different venues around that country. It was exhausting, and it has taken me some time to recover, but I am now able to reflect on all that happened.
   In his letter asking me to cancel the tour, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, said, "It has been brought to my attention by some Bishops in the United States who are concerned that you have been invited by some organizations that are not in communion with the Catholic Church…".
   This is the exact opposite of my experience. The people who came to listen were mainly older people who had spent their lives as faithful and loyal Catholics, raising their children in that faith and supporting the church in every way they could. They still practise their faith.
   Yes, there were also victims present, and married priests and gay people and three Catholic women ordained as priests. Some of these were angry, some disillusioned and many were struggling hard to keep faith in the church. But even these disaffected people still cared and still wanted to see a better church.
   To dismiss the entire audience as "not in communion with the church" is a complete failure to understand the book I have written or the response it has evoked among many thousands of Catholics of every age. My overwhelming thought was that, if the church loses these people, it has lost its very soul. …
   I naively thought that the American church would be similar to the Australian church, but found myself continually having to revise my ideas and adapt to a very different world. This was the single greatest difficulty I had on the tour, especially when people tried to involve me in matters that I did not really understand.
   I was overwhelmed with evidence of incompetence and far worse, though the canon lawyer in me kept warning that I needed to hear all sides of the story first. I am still confused about the extent of incompetence and wrongdoing by bishops, but came away with the clear conviction that the American church has some massive problems before it. It is said that ex-Catholics constitute the second largest religion in the country, and this trend may well continue.

"La Orlandi? In quel bunker si nascondeva Renatino"

  - Kidnap mystery and RCC.  
   La Repubblica, di MARINO BISSO, 4 luglio 2008
   I manifesti con i volti di Emanuela Orlandi e Mirella Gregori
   ROMA, Italia - "C'è chi dice che assomiglio all'identikit che avete pubblicato, quello del rapitore della Orlandi. Ma se anche fosse non significherebbe nulla. La verità è che non c'entro nulla così come non c'entra nulla Renatino. Quella casa sulla Gianicolense non era la prigione di Emanuela ma il rifugio segreto dove si nascondeva Renatino ricercato dalla polizia…". A parlare è un ex componente della banda della Magliana finito nelle nuove indagini sul rapimento della quindicenne figlia del commesso della prefettura Vaticana sparita il 22 giugno dell'83.

   [translation]
   A very faithful follower of boss De Pedis; "The witness Minardi has reported false stories;" "Orlandi? In that bunker it was Renatino who was hiding."
   by MARINO BISSO, July 04, 2008
   ROME, ITALY - "Someone says I resemble the identikit of the Orlandi’s kidnapper you published. But even if it were that wouldn’t have any meaning. The truth is I haven’t anything to do with that story as well as Renatino De Pedis. That house in the Gianicolense neighborhood wasn’t Emanuela’s prison but the secret place where Renatino was hiding from the Police…."
   The speaker is a former member of the Magliana gang now investigated for the kidnapping of the 15-year-old daughter of the Vatican Prefecture’s clerk, the girl who disappeared on Jun 22, 1983 (Note: according to what Ms. Minardi, the "super witness", said recently to the police, she had then been kidnapped by Renatino De Pedis by order of archbishop Marcinkus)
   The investigators have found a likeness of the man with the identikit of the alleged kidnappers of Emanuela Orlandi and Mirella Gregori. He was a little over 20-year-old and his name had never appeared in the great investigations on the criminal activities of that gang . He is supported by another man, who knew boss Renatino very well and together, having been granted the benefit of anonymity , decided to speak about the super witness Sabrina Minardi and their boss.
   "Sabrina says many lies and only a few things are true. She lies when she says that in the apartment house with a cellar in the Gianicolense neighborhood Orlandi was kept as a captive. That wasn’t a hiding place for the kidnapped people but only for those wanted by the police. It was Renatino’s refuge. Many times he hid down there, especially after he had a motorbike accident. He couldn’t move about and he needed a safe place. That cellar was the ideal place because it had an escape route and through the tunnel he could reach the San Camillo hospital".
   What was the relationship between Minardi and Renatino?
   "I remember Minardi very well: she was very beautiful but she was already a cocaine addict. None of us would confide anything important to her. Especially Renatino…. He would never have said what she reported about Orlandi. Besides that Sabrina was never his girl friend. Yes, they had a story but then it all ended. He used her , let’s say that, to reach important people and politicians. She was the bait for the "big fish" . I recall when she tried to blackmail Mino Martinazzoli (a leader of the Christian Democratic Party). He was the Minister of Justice then and in the House they were discussing a bill which increased the length of sentence for some crimes. Renatino had built a special setting in his home at Eur ( an upper class neighborhood), he filled it with glasses behind which he put cameras. He had already hired some cameramen from Cinecitta’ (the known place were movies are made) to shoot sex scenes. To make Sabrina sexier he paid her for the expenses of breast and ankle surgery, her breasts being too small and the ankles too thick. Then the trap for Martinazzoli failed because he didn’t accept to meet her".
   Why do you think Minardi decided to speak to the Police?
   "I think she did it to help her daughter who is risking many years of jail. But it also could be she needs to make some money crediting herself as a Police collaborator."
   What do Renatino’s friends think of it?
   "We are not afraid of the investigation. But it’s very annoying to see Renatino being muddied with the Orlandi’s story. Renato did many things even I don’t know about but he has nothing to do with that one. He was capable to kill you but he would have never organized kidnappings. He was contrary to sequesters. He hated prisons and he would say "I’ll never be a jailer". Lawyer Rocco Condoleo knows that very well. He defended me in a trial for drugs and I was acquitted. He was his "historical" criminal lawyer and when Renatino ended up in jail with Enrico Nicoletti he decided to assign his defense to Wilfredo Vitalone because he had been told the lawyer’s brother, Claudio, was about to be appointed as Minister of Justice".
   What has the church of Sant’Apollinare to do with the Orlandi case?
   "I have no idea. I only know Renato had a special relationship with that church. He had married there and he often went there to speak with the priests. He was religious. He had expressed the wish to be buried there and that was granted to him. Renatino wasn’t only a boss. In those years he helped many poor people who needed a job. And he had many connections anywhere, even in the fashion business. Renatino was also convinced one day he would change his life. For that his wife had nothing to do with his environment and his family was kept in the dark. He was the eldest brother and he did not want the younger ones could end up like him. He was even capable to beat them up if they didn’t listen to him. But that was done because he adored them. Now they want to open his tomb at Sant’Apollinare to try to find I don’t know what. But they’ll find nothing but Renatino. I’m sure of that…." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2008 12:00 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat July 05, 2008
• Calls for Catholic Church to monitor lay organisations.
  [Years - Bethel Covenant Community] - RCC. Adult sex abuse.    

Calls for Catholic Church to monitor lay organisations

   Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), www.abc.net. au/news/ stories/ 2008/07/06/ 2295702. htm , Posted 12:03pm AEST, Sun Jul 6, 2008
   PERTH – A group which monitors religious organisations says the Catholic Church should monitor its lay organisations to avoid the problems which arose at the Bethel Covenant community in Leederville.
   Community leader Kevin Horgan was asked by the church to step down this year over allegations of ongoing sexual misconduct.
   But the director of the Concerned Christians Growth Ministries, Adrian Van Leen, says questions about Mr Horgan were first raised in the mid 90s.
   He says the church has a duty of care and should educate people in lay organisations about good leadership so they cannot be manipulated and controlled.
   Mr Van Leen says there needs to be more monitoring and greater accountability.
   Tags on ABC webpage: community-and-society, religion-and-beliefs, catholic, law-crime-and-justice, sexual-offences, wa, leederville-6007 #

   [NOTE WELL: The Rev. Adrian Van Leen is an expert on these matters, and like the news media he refers to Bethel as a Catholic organisation.  And, remember, an RC priest is reported to be the chaplain, RC Bishop Sproxton was booked to say a Mass there on July 13, the daily press reproduced letters from two RC prelates, and published a picture of the leader at a Papal function when the Pope recognised the Bethel Covenant Community.  KEEP READING to see if Bethel somehow is not really the responsibility of the RC Archdiocese of Perth!!!  Or so it will later be published!!! ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#calls_for_catholic
[Jul 6, 2008]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sun July 06, 2008 edition:


Sacerdote accusato di pedofilia Indaga la Procura di Lanusei

  [? 2000s Lai -NEW*] - RCC. 2 children.  
   L'Unione Sarda, http:// unionesarda. ilsole24ore. com/dettaglio_ cronache_ dalla_ sardegna/? contentId= 31237 ; ~ July 06, 2008
   ITALIA -- Un’accusa infamante che gli è crollata addosso come un macigno. Don Gavino Lai, 81 anni, originario di Ulassai, canonico della diocesi d’Ogliastra, ex preside dell’istituto magistrale Maria Immacolata di Lanusei è sotto inchiesta per abusi sessuali su minori: il sacerdote avrebbe rivolto le sue turpi attenzioni su due bambini, addirittura all’interno di un confessionale, durante una messa celebrata al santuario Madonna d’Ogliastra.
   [translation]
   A priest at Ulassai investigated for pedophilia.  The Prosecutor of Lanusei is investigating
   ITALY -- The Rev. Gavino Lai, 81-years-old, according to the charges had shown his sexual attention towards two children inside the confessional.
   A priest accused of pedophilia. The disgraceful accusation fell unto him as a rock. The Rev. Gavino Lai, 81-years-old, originating from Ulassai, a canon from the diocese of Ogliastra, former principal of the Istituto Magistrale Maria Immacolata of Lanusei is under investigation for sexual abuses committed on minors: he allegedly would have targeted two children, even in the confessional, during a mass celebrated at the sanctuary of the Madonna d’Ogliastra.
   The Public Prosecutor started the investigation some time ago, following a report based upon insistent rumors. The home of the elderly priest has also been searched but the outcome is being kept strictly reserved.

Pope likely to say sorry for abuse

  - RCC.    
   The Australian July 07, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- POPE Benedict XVI is likely to apologise to victims of sexual abuse during World Youth Day events, head of the Catholic Church in Australia says.
   Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell said the Pope handled his apology to abuse victims in the US earlier this year "very well". [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 6, 2008 11:07 PM]

Pinoy ‘healing’ priest barred from saying Mass in Toronto

  [2000s Suarez -NEW*] - RCC. Breached rules on healing prayers.  
   Global Nation By Margaux Ortiz Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 07:58:00, July/07/2008
   MANILA, Philippines – "Healing" Filipino priest Fernando Suarez has been barred from saying Mass in Toronto, Canada, according to Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros.
   Oliveros said Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Toronto told him during the 49th International Eucharistic Congress held recently in Quebec, Canada, that the reason was Suarez’s healing activities.
   Oliveros said it appeared Suarez had violated a Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith directive–Article 4, No. 3, of the disciplinary norms contained in the Instruction on Prayers for Healing issued in 2000.

St. Francis de Sales parishioners protest merger

  - RCC parish with gospel choir background chant.  
   The Times-Picayune by Katy Reckdahl, 9:32 PM Sunday July 06, 2008,
   NEW ORLEANS (LA) -- On Sunday, for the first time, parishioners of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church openly raised their voices against the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
   Gray-haired ladies, men in crisp suits and young families stood on the front steps of the colossal wooden church in Central City to wave handwritten signs of protest and to chant, "Save our church, save our history."
   Archbishop Alfred Hughes announced April 9 that St. Francis will merge with nearby Holy Ghost Parish, as part of a plan that will close 33 parishes by year's end.
   The parishioners began fighting then -- but behind closed doors, said longtime parishioner Lydwina Hurst. They reminded church officials that their 39-year-old Catholic gospel choir was the first of its kind in the United States, she said.

Tony Rodrigue admits to 5 victims a year in 20 years, 2 prison terms, rehab with the Paracletes, yet in 2003 the SB diocese did not know his name

  - RCC knew in 1979 he was predator. Systematic refusal of name/s.
   City of Angels By Kay Ebeling, ~ July 06, 2008
   CALIFORNIA -- What organization in America is allowed to systematically obstruct justice? Margaret Schettler tried for the entire year of 2003 to light a match under the San Bernardino diocese, and could not even get the last name of a serial perpetrator, a pedophile priest who’d been convicted twice as a child molester.
   When we put up The Paraclete Documents last week, we reported there may have been another Paraclete center in the San Bernardino area, as well. An email came minutes later saying: "It was in Cherry Valley." Then she sent pedophile priest Tony Rodrigue’s assignment history, which includes a stay in 1983 at an "Outside Institution" at 39100 Orchard, Cherry Valley, CA 92405.
   A phone call to the emailer, Margaret Schettler, uprooted another reason we need Senate or Congressional hearings on pedophile priests in the Catholic Church: Obstruction of Justice. It took Margaret Schettler a year to get the last name of a priest the church knew was a predator as far back as 1979.
   Systematically the church refused to give out names of known pedophile priests.

Diocese, Pelotte go their own way

  [2007 Bishop Pelotte] - RCC. Says fell downstairs. Photos of injuries withheld.
   Gallup Independent, By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola, ~ July 06, 2008
   GALLUP (NM) – One defendant has been released from the civil lawsuit involving police photographs of former Bishop Donald E. Pelotte, and Gallup’s city attorney said settlement talks are under way with the remaining defendant.
   District Judge Grant L. Foutz signed an order on Wednesday dismissing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup from the case, which was filed by former City Attorney George W. Kozeliski on Aug. 7, 2007.
   The complaint for declaratory judgment, which named the diocese, Pelotte, and KRQE news reporter Larry Barker as defendants, concerns whether the police photos can be released under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.
   An agreement, signed by attorneys for the city, the diocese, and Barker, was filed in court last week, which approves the dismissal of claims against the Gallup Diocese. The claims were dismissed "with prejudice," meaning they can’t be refiled. [LOOK BACK: June 21, 2008]

Lewis probe dropped by City Hall

  [1990s Ray Lewis*] - Church of England. Borrowed £45,000, behaviour.    
   BBC News, ~ July 06, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A planned inquiry into claims against former London deputy mayor Ray Lewis has been dropped by Boris Johnson.
   The news comes after Mr Lewis resigned amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour and financial irregularities
   A spokesman for the London Mayor said it was "inappropriate" that taxpayers fund an inquiry into a private individual who had already resigned. …
   The allegations against Mr Lewis date back to his time as a vicar in the Parish of St Matthew in West Ham, east London, in the late 1990s.

Priestly vocations starting to ascend

  - RCC.  
   LA Daily News By Karen Maeshiro 10:31:13 PM PDT July/04/2008
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- As the U.S. Catholic Church revives from scandal, clergy ranks increase
   William Crowe Jr. made a good living as a machine-shop worker and later as a computer programmer, but he always sensed something was missing.
   Though he was materially successful, there was a spiritual void that possessions could never fill.
   A product of Catholic schools, the 49-year-old Granada Hills man did not realize his true calling until he started becoming active in his church again during the 1990s.
   "I began to realize that God was calling me to work in the church," Crowe said. "The emptiness started disappearing. The satisfaction was there. I felt God was preparing me to do something."
   Crowe was among 12 men ordained May 31 by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in downtown L.A.

Premier defends church land deal

  - State tram depot to RCC for AUD $5.87m    
   The Australian by Pia Akerman | July 07, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE Rann Government is defying criticism over the sale of prime land in central Adelaide to the Catholic Church, rejecting suggestions of a "sweetheart" deal.
   The site in Victoria Square, formerly a tram depot, was sold to the Catholic Church Endowment Society for $5.87 million under a contract signed in 2004, when the market value was $1.55 million higher.
   Property industry figures have raised concerns about the deal, with questions asked in parliament about the negotiations and whether the second-most senior church figure in South Australia, Monsignor David Cappo, was involved.

SNAP Leader Discusses Church Arbitration Procedure for Claims of Sex Abuse Victims

  - Arbitration, but legal rights are signed away.  
   Voice from the Desert ~ July 06, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, national president member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)
   Often, in our experiences, these programs [arbitration programs; see below] are more about protecting secrets and bishops than about helping victims and families. While these efforts may result in some compensation for deeply wounded victims, church officials often require victims to sign away many legal rights to get that compensation.
   Flawed though it may be, our courts have often proven to be a good way to expose the truth, get justice and deter wrongdoing. Like other crime victims, clergy sex abuse victims, should be able to use the justice system to warn others about and protect others from predatory priests and corrupt bishops.
   At the end of the process, some victims may end up with sorely-needed funds for therapy. But everyone else involved - the police, prosecutors, parishioners and public - are denied the chance to learn exactly who’s covered up horrific clergy sex crimes and just how widespread those cover ups are.

Saving Seminary Woods; 70 acres in St. Francis may be on endangered list

  - Virgin forest might be swallowed by sex-abuse compensation.
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, By JOHN GURDA, Posted: July 5, 2008
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- If you want a glimpse of the old Milwaukee, go to Seminary Woods. I don’t mean the city of beer gardens and Turner halls that our German ancestors left behind, and I’m not talking about the hardscrabble frontier town of Solomon Juneau’s day. I mean Milwaukee as it existed for centuries before there was a single white face on the entire continent.
   Seminary Woods is 70 pristine acres of forest and wildflowers adjoining St. Francis Seminary on Milwaukee’s south lakefront. With 120 species of native plants, including an endangered goldenrod, it is one of the last and least-spoiled remnants of the landscape that once covered most of Milwaukee County. This is the world that the Potawatomi and their neighbors knew. …
   But the sex abuse scandal and its related costs have all the appearances of a bottomless pit. The Cousins Center is already on the block, and the Woods could ultimately suffer the same fate.

Pope's Sydney digs unveiled

  - RCC.      
   Daily Telegraph, By Marnie O'Neill, July 06, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE Pope will spend his first three days in Australia unwinding at a semi-rural retreat run by conservative Catholic organisation Opus Dei where television is banned but guests are permitted to bring their own radios.
   Cardinal George Pell yesterday confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI would be taken straight to the Kenthurst Study Centre, on Sydney's north-western outskirts, after flying into Richmond RAAF Air Base next Sunday. …
   Meanwhile, World Youth Day organisers have privately urged the Pope to issue an apology to victims of sexual abuse by church officials.
   The plea has been made in a letter from church leaders and sent to the Vatican. It calls on the Pope to make a historic statement on sexual abuse in a list of suggested "live" issues, including Aboriginal reconciliation, he could address in his Australian speeches.

Call for Pope to apologise to NZ sex abuse victims

  - RCC.      
   Radio New Zealand, ~ July 06, 2008
   NEW ZEALAND -- There's a call for the Pope to apologise to New Zealanders who were abused by members of the Catholic clergy.
   The Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust says the pontiff should say sorry when he visits Sydney later this month as part of Catholic World Youth Day.
   The Vatican is facing growing calls from Australian support groups for an apology.

Tory turmoil as Mayor Boris Johnson is forced to axe the deputy who lied about his past

  [1990s Ray Lewis*] - Church of England banned him 6yrs. Borrowed £45,000. Sex with 2 women.  
   Mail on Sunday, By Benedict Brogan, Last updated at 4:06 PM on July 05, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The Tories suffered an embarrassing setback last night after Boris Johnson was forced to sack his deputy for lying about his past.
   Ray Lewis, a charismatic community leader, was dumped after what looked like a catastrophic misjudgment by the new London mayor. …
   He was accused of having sexual relations with two vulnerable parishioners when he was vicar of St. Matthew's church, in West Ham, East London, in the Nineties.
   The women involved, who turned to him for private pastoral advice, did not contact police about the incidents, however they are understood to have informed the diocesan authorities.
   The sexual allegations, which Mr Lewis denies, led to him being banned from preaching for six years.

Diocese bankruptcy case to remain open

  [40yrs Davenport Diocese - 24 clergy, so far] - RCC. Children.  
   Quad-City Times, By Ann McGlynn | Saturday, July 5, 2008
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- The bankruptcy case of the Diocese of Davenport will not be closed until the diocese submits three annual reports on the progress of nonmonetary promises made in the bankruptcy settlement.
   Judge Lee Jackwig ruled that the reports are required for her to close the case. The final report must be submitted by May 2011.
   Meanwhile, the diocese continues work on the 18 provisions, officials said.

Abuse victims protests outside cathedral

  - RCC.      
   The Age July 6, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Protest groups disrupted mass at St Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday morning, calling for a meeting with the Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart.
   About 15 victims and representatives of victims of clergy sexual abuse protested outside the cathedral as well as around 100 members of a Campbellfield church demanding the reinstatement of their former priest.
   The rallies come as Pope Benedict XVI prepares to visit Sydney during celebrations to mark World Youth Day.
   In Good Faith and Associates (IGFA) spokeswoman Helen Last said victims want restorative meetings.

'Thou shalt not protest'

  - NSW takes away rights of people to object to RCC.      
   Green Left, www. greenleft. org.au/ 2008/757/ 39108 , ~ July 06, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- In Sydney, for the month of July, you can be arrested and charged $5500 for causing "annoyance" or "inconvenience" to others (but mainly to the pope, or his supporters) in more than 600 places across Sydney – including railway stations, schools and tourist icons, such as the Harbour Bridge.
   Think this is a joke? You’re wrong: the increasingly draconian NSW Labor government is again trying to thwart peaceful protests – this time, protests are against the pope’s reactionary stance on safe sex, reproductive rights and HIV/AIDS. …
   Rachel Evans from the NoToPope Coalition believes the measures are designed to intimidate people away from joining the peaceful protest called for July 19. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 6, 2008 7:47 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sun July 06, 2008
• I took Bethel complaint to Hickey in '94: woman.
  [1994-2008 Abp Hickey*] - RCC. Told in 1994 and 2000, in 2008 didn't know - that's ~ 14yrs.    

I took Bethel complaint to Hickey in '94: woman

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , By SEAN COWAN, p 9, Monday, July 7, 2008
   PERTH – A former Bethel Covenant Community member has claimed she made sexual misconduct complaints about community leader Kevin Horgan to Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey in 1994 as evidence of the Church's knowledge of Bethel's sex scandal mounted yesterday.
   In response to questions from The West Australian on May 23 this year, asking what and when the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth knew about the Bethel scandal., the Archbishop denied having any knowledge of sexual misconduct allegations until last year. "No complaints about sexual misconduct were received until 2007, when concerns about the conduct of the leader were brought to Bishop (Donald) Sproxton by a third party," the Church statement read.
   But, on Saturday, The West Australian revealed that a 13-page report detailing sexual allegations, together with a request for a full-blown investigation, was handed directly to Archbishop Hickey during a meeting with a delegation of former long-term Bethel members in 2000. The report's authors included two former priests, a teacher and a psychiatrist.
   Yesterday, the former head of religious education at Chisholm Catholic College said she took her complaints about Mr Horgan directly to Archbishop Hickey in 1994.
   "It was around the middle of 1994 just after I had left Bethel, which I had joined in 1984 when I was 18 years old, that I went to the Archbishop," she said. "I told him about two incidents.
   "Kevin was always obsessing about women's boobs and … he said something about my boobs and I just started lifting my top up in exasperation. Just calling his bluff, basically.
   "But the grossest thing was one day I was at his house for a family lunch and … he came up while I was sitting and, under the pretence of massaging my shoulders, he pushed his genitals into the small of my back. It was so gross.
   "That was a real 'aha' moment because if I said, 'Get off me' he would say, 'You are so uptight, you are not free in the Lord and you aren't relaxed about people's bodies'.
   "I just squirmed, which was enough for him to know that I wasn't going to fall for it. He would act inappropriately and then tell people they were uptight and he was trying to free them.
   "So I went to his (Archbishop Hickey's) offices and he just said, 'Oh, that's terrible', but he told me, 'Just forget the past'. I never heard from him again about these incidents."
   Archbishop Hickey could not be contact[ed] for comment yesterday. On Friday, his spokesman acknowledged that the 2000 meeting took place and that a report was handed to the Archbishop. He rejected any suggestion the Church's previous answers were now contradicted by the discovery of the 2000 report and would not respond further.
   Former Bethel members have expressed surprise at Archbishop Hickey's comments, in which he claimed no knowledge of sexual misconduct allegations until last year.
   In his reply to a scathing letter from one former Bethel member, the Archbishop apologised if he had been slow to act on Bethel. "The matters are tangled and complex and not open to easy solutions," he said. "I can only now hope and pray that Bethel can regroup and prosper under the very different structure that has been worked but."
   Mr Horgan resigned in April after two women came forward at the Bethel community's regular Sunday gathering to complain about his actions. In the following days, another six members and eight former members also complained. #


   [LOOK FORWARD: July 8 (few), 9 (few), 10, 13, 2008; September 17, 2008, AND more later on. ENDS.]    [COMMENT: So now it is not just in 2007 he learnt of the sexual activities, and not just 2004, but a woman came forward about a 1994 complaint she made.  One wonders if his nose is growing as he takes each step backwards!  (Reference: Pinocchio story!)  In the light of this series of prevarications, and the 1992 Notre Dame ones, what need do we have for further evidence? ENDS]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#i_took_bethel_complaint
[July 7, 2008]

• Pell signs contradictory letters the same day.
  - Roman Catholic Church. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      

Pell signs contradictory letters the same day

   Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Monday, July 7, 2008
   AUSTRALIA – Tony Jones of Lateline told the story of a man whom a priest had ejaculated against his body, but whom Archbishop Pell had written to refusing his request for justice.
   Pell had told him in a 2003 letter that no other complaints against the priest had been received.
   But copies of another letter dated the same day showed Pell admitting to another person that the same priest had sexually molested him.

   [COMMENT: Pope Benedict 16th will have to apologise for archbishops on opposite sides of the Australian continent!  This sort of thing gives religion a bad name. ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#pell_signs_contradictory
[July 7, 2008]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Mon July 07, 2008 edition:


Court hears priest abused boys on camp

  [1970s-80s Paul Evans -NEW*) - RCC. 20 charges. 7 boys.    
   ABC News, www.abc.net. au/news/ stories/ 2008/07/07/ 2296943. htm , July 07, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), AUSTRALIA -- A Sydney court has heard a Catholic priest sexually abused students at a Sydney boy's school.
   Father Paul Evans is accused of abusing three students at a boarding school at Engadine in Sydney's south in the 1980s.
   He has been charged with at least 20 child sex offences.
   Evans told the court he was questioned by the school after a camping trip to Bundeena with a group of about 15 boys because some of them said he was gay.

Secret deal spares Zen's blushes in priest sex case

  [1991 Lau -NEW*] - RCC. SETTLEMENT, but no facts for RCs whose donations will be spent.    
   The Standard, by Nickkita Lau, Tuesday, July 08, 2008
   HONG KONG -- A secret out-of-court deal has spared Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun from the embarrassment of testifying in court about a mystery sex scandal within Hong Kong's Catholic Church.
   The Catholic Diocese reached the settlement yesterday with the man who was molested by a former priest 17 years ago. Details of the settlement were sealed by mutual agreement.
   The plaintiff, now aged 32, had launched a claim seeking more than HK$10 million in damages against the diocese and former priest Michael Lau Ka-yee over the prolonged mental illness he said he suffered.

Settlements reached in clergy abuse lawsuits

  [1960s-80s - 5 clergymen] - RCC. US$312,500 PAYOUT. Boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
  Examiner, www. examiner. com/a-1475988 ~Settlements_ reached_ in_clergy_ abuse_ lawsuits. html , By CHERYL WITTENAUER, AP, 2:06 PM, Jul 7, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- A victims' advocacy group said Monday that $312,500 is being paid to men who claim they were sexually molested by five St. Louis-area Catholic priests as far back as the late 1960s.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said the priests sexually preyed upon six boys between the ages of 8 and 15 at parishes and grade schools from the late '60s to the late 1980s.

Exclusive documents reveal church ignored abuse allegations

  - Roman Catholic Church. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other. Same-day letter contradicting statement to Mr Anthony Jones. - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC News Lateline, {with video}, Reporters: Conor Duffy and Tim Palmer, Broadcast: July/07/2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Lateline reveals documents that show how the Australian Catholic Church's most senior figure, Cardinal George Pell, misled a man who complained of being abused by a Sydney priest.
   Transcript -- TONY JONES, PRESENTER: As the Australian Catholic Church prepares to host the Pope for World Youth Day, Lateline can tonight reveal new evidence showing how its most senior figure, Cardinal George Pell, misled a man who complained of being abused by a Sydney priest.
   Lateline has documents that show George Pell wrote to the man telling him his sex assault allegation wasn't being upheld because the church had received no other complaints of sexual assault by the priest.
   But on the very same day, the Archbishop signed a letter to another man, upholding his claim that the same priest had sexually assaulted him when he was a young altar boy. The new documents also show that Cardinal Pell ignored the recommendations of the church's own investigation.

Pell, Hickey accused over abuse complaints

  - Roman Catholic Church. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other. [1994-2008 Abp Hickey*] - RCC. Told in 1994 and 2000, in 2008 didn't know - that's ~ 14yrs.        
   CathNews, Published: July 08, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A Sydney man has accused Cardinal George Pell of failing to disclose details of a past sexual abuse by a priest to a victim while Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey has denied receiving earlier knowledge of other sexual abuse allegations dating from 2000.
   ABC News reports Church documents reveal Australia's highest ranking Catholic, George Pell, concealed details of a priest's history of sexual abuse from a victim seeking justice.
   ABC's Lateline program says a victim of a sexual assault by Father Terence Goodall was told by Cardinal Pell that his was the sole complaint. However, Cardinal Pell referred to an internal investigation into two assaults by Father Goodall.

Abuse Complaints Part of Camp Tracey's Troubled Past

  - Baptists. [~ 2008 Mr Ben Lewis*, 2000s Wilson*, an inmate*] - Minor. [1980s+ Camp Tracey] - 5 lawsuits.  
   First Coast News, Posted By Jackelyn Barnard, ~ July 07, 2008
   BAKER COUNTY (FL) -- Camp Tracey, in Baker County, has been part of numerous investigations, over the years, revolving around abuse.
   First Coast News has obtained copies of lawsuits filed against Camp Tracey and it's owner Harvest Baptist Church in Jacksonville.
   Six lawsuits have been filed against Harvest Baptist and the camp since 2003.
   Allegations range from sexual abuse to physical abuse. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 7, 2008 9:09 PM]

Protest voice muzzled

  - RCC. Regulation prevents free speech.      
   Upper Yarra Mail, By Kath Gannaway, 02:02:46 AM July 8, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- MEMBERS of Healesville protest group HEAR have been told they must apply for a permit to protest against clergy sexual abuse in Sydney during World Youth Day (WYD).
   HEAR (Healesville Education and Awareness Raising re Clergy Professional Misconduct and Sexual Abuse) said it has a strong message to deliver during Pope Benedict’s visit in mid-July.
   Spokeswoman and joint founder of HEAR Pam Krstic said the group had T-shirts printed to wear in a peaceful demonstration.
   The group makes no apologies for its unambiguous message: "Bloody angry Aussies" on the front. "Clergy sexual abuse destroys lives" on the back.

Monroe priest placed on leave

   
   SEATTLE (WA) -- Seattle Times By Seattle Times staff, ~ July 07, 2008
   The Seattle Roman Catholic Archdiocese has placed a Monroe priest on administrative leave after he was recently accused of sexually abusing a minor in the late 1960s.
   This is the second allegation against the Rev. Michael C. OBrien, pastor of St. Mary of the Valley church in Monroe.
   OBrien had been placed on leave in 2004, while an archdiocesan board reviewed a different allegation. In that instance, the review board looked into an old 1993 allegation accusing the priest of abusing a teenage boy during a canoe trip. The review board found the allegation to be not credible, and OBrien – who denied the accusation – was returned to active ministry.

Pell denies misleading abuse victim

  - Roman Catholic Church. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   The West Australian, 6:15 WST, July 8, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Cardinal George Pell says he did not mislead a victim of sexual assault, after allegations emerged he erroneously dismissed a complaint made against a Catholic priest.
   In a statement, the leading Catholic cleric said he had sent a letter to the victim, Anthony Jones, that was "badly worded and a mistake" and any fault in the drafting of the letter was his.
   ABC Television's Lateline program aired the allegations on Monday night, saying the Archbishop of Sydney misled Mr Jones and sought to dismiss his complaint.

Lie Detector Test ekes out bits of truth, reveals how sick these pedophile priests can get

  RCC. [22yrs Rodrigue] - RCC. 5 or 6 annually. [22yrs RCC] - Kept transferring him.  
   City of Angels, by Kay Ebeling, ~ July 07, 2008
   CALIFORNIA -- Since reading about Anthony Rodrigue, who admits he raped 5 or 6 boys a year in the 22 years he was a priest, I keep getting this image in my head. The area of California where the Catholic Church transferred Rodrigue from parish to parish was small inland barren southern desert towns, like Calexico and El Centro, and even Ontario was still rustic in the 1970s.
   I keep seeing boys on bikes, summer vacation, riding around bored in the heat, but here's an activity to fill their empty days. At the Catholic Church there is a horny sucker of a sexy guy, and to hear pedophile priest Tony Rodrigue describe it, wherever he went, young boys would just throw themselves at him. A nine year old demanding oral sex, a 14 year old who was always wanting to screw him in the buttocks.
   How did he get transferred instead of convicted? "Next thing you know they lying for you," Rodrigue says, in the transcript of a May 1977 lie detector test, where he goes from admitting to the crimes to shocked denial, so many times the Examiner says: "I'll guarantee you one thing, if somebody's face was between my legs, there is no way in hell I'd forget it."

Devil in Disguise

  [Years - Sr Giannini]
   Milwaukee Magazine by Jessica McBride Monday June/23/2008
   She was the Mother Superior and a devious sexual abuser of young boys. But for 15 years, Catholic officials covered up her crimes.
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- Jerry Kobs wanted to take Communion before Christmas. It was a cold, windy morning in December of 2007 when he stepped inside St. Patrick’s, the near-South Side church where he grew up and the scene of all his childhood terror. TV stations had been covering the bizarre news of a nun accused of sexually abusing – more than 160 times – two boys back in the 1960s, back when Jerry was a bewildered seventh-grade victim. Kobs couldn’t help worrying that maybe someone would recognize him. There he is, one of those guys molested by the nun, Sister Norma Giannini.
   It had been 20 years since Kobs had last visited the church, and that attempt hadn’t gone well. He felt guilty then, accused somehow, as though even the holy statues inside St. Patrick’s could see inside his soul. This time, the troubled 56-year-old settled cautiously into a back pew, trying to look inconspicuous and studying every detail. He was struck by how clean the church looked and how the parishioners smiled as they strummed mandolins. Perhaps he could now be accepted. Perhaps he could now accept himself.
   "I really wanted to reclaim St. Patrick’s church as my church," Kobs says, struggling to explain how the incidents of more than 40 years ago still live with him. "I had so many good things there – first Communion, first confession, confirmation. It’s still very sacred for me. I had to go there and take control of it. I’ve had so many nightmares of nuns attacking me."
   His abuser, Sister Giannini, had finally been criminally charged and would be found guilty in February. Kobs and the other victim who pressed charges, James Koszewski, had talked freely to reporters, hoping for understanding. But in a media culture that often seems fascinated by the female rapist, the sad-looking, 79-year-old nun, with her blue turtlenecks and dour stare, attracted coverage across the country. Giannini’s is one of the very few sexual abuse cases involving a nun that’s been prosecuted in the U.S.

Phila. priest: "I’m being transferred to paradise"

  - RCC.    
   Philadelphia Inquirer, By Sam Wood, July 07, 2008
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- A priest from Philadelphia will become the next Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, the Vatican announced today.
   Monsignor Herbert A. Bevard - who has served as pastor of St. Athanasius Parish in the West Oak Lane section for 14 years - will be ordained and installed Sept. 3 as Bishop at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas.

Bishops tell Venezuelans: 'reformist' group is not Catholic

   
   Catholic News Agency, 12:09 pm, Jul 7, 2008
   CARACAS, Venezuela / (CNA).- Archbishop Ubaldo Santana of Maracaibo and president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela has called on the faithful "not to be fooled" by the self-proclaimed "Reformed Catholic Church," which is not Catholic and seeks "to usurp the role, sacraments, organization and corresponding dress" of the one Catholic Church.
   In a statement, Archbishop Santana warned that the promoters of the new sect seek "to directly confuse" and "divide members of the Catholic religion in the entire country."
   He also pointed out they "intend to install bishops and priests in the entire country without the express mandate of the Holy Father."

Southern Tier churches face configuration changes

   
   Catholic Courier By Mike Latona / ~ July 07, 2008
   NEW YORK -- The closing of one Elmira church, the reconfiguration of three Elmira parishes and the anticipated closing of two Tioga County churches mark the most notable consolidation-related developments of late in the Southern Tier.
   St. Anthony in Elmira held its final Mass on June 13. The church, founded a century ago by immigrant Italian families, had been one of three churches that in merged 2007 to form Blessed Sacrament Parish. At that point St. Anthony, along with St. Patrick and Ss. Peter and Paul, consolidated staffs, finances and parish pastoral councils. They previously had been clustered for a year, operating as separate parishes but sharing a single pastor.
   Also in Elmira, the churches of St. Casimir, St. Charles Borromeo and Our Lady of Lourdes are in the process of incorporating as a single parish, moving from the cluster status under which they have operated since 2006. A decree by Bishop Matthew H. Clark confirming his approval of the move to become a single parish appeared in the May 25 bulletin. The bishop noted that "the name of the new parish shall be determined at a later date."

Seattle Archdiocese puts priest on leave again after sex-abuse allegations

  [O'Brien]
   SEATTLE (WA) -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer By JOHN IWASAKI P-I REPORTER, ~ July 07, 2008
   The Catholic church is investigating a Monroe priest following a recent allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in the late 1960s, the Seattle Archdiocese reported Monday.
   The Rev. Michael C. OBrien, pastor of St. Mary of the Valley Parish since July 1999, agreed to take a leave of administrative absence at the request of Archbishop Alex Brunett.
   OBrien previously was on leave from St. Mary in 2004 following a separate allegation of child sexual abuse. He returned to the parish after the archdiocese's review board dismissed the allegation for lack of credible evidence. The board is a panel of clergy, criminal justice and mental-health experts.

No mercy for WYD 'blackmailers'

  - RCC.      
   The Australian, by James Madden | July 08, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE NSW Government is prepared to use draconian legislation to thwart a campaign of "industrial terror" by rail workers, who are threatening a strike during World Youth Day's busiest event because of a pay dispute.
   The Rail Tram and Bus Union yesterday announced plans for a 24-hour strike by rail workers on July 17, the day more than 200,000 pilgrims -- on top of the normal commuter crowd of 500,000 -- are expected to travel to the Sydney CBD to see the Pope's motorcade pass through the city's streets. …
   Meanwhile, the issue of whether the Pope should apologise to victims of sexual abuse by members of the church remains unresolved. Cardinal George Pell said yesterday the Pope was "likely to express shame and regret" for abuse on his visit.
   On Sunday, the Australian head of the Anglican Church, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, said the Pope should apologise to Australians abused by priests, just as he had done earlier this year to victims in the US.
   Victims group Broken Rites's spokeswoman Chris MacIsaac said an apology was not enough.
   "The apology is necessary but the apology must come with action," she said. "The church's processes to date don't provide adequately for all victims."

CHURCH: Sacred Heart celebrates its final mass

  - RCC.  
   The Journal Register By Nicole Coleman, ~ July 07, 2008
   MEDINA (NY) -- The founding fathers of Medina’s Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church formed a close-knit community parish steeped in Polish tradition and custom that has remained strong for the past 98 years.
   A chapter of that story came to a close as its parishioners gathered to celebrate the final Sunday worship before the diocese’s Journey in Faith and Grace merger next week. Sacred Heart will join with St. Mary’s Church in Medina and St. Stephen’s Church in Middleport to create Holy Trinity – a name selected by a majority vote a few months back for its notable symbolism.
   While Sunday Mass will continue at St. Stephen’s and St. Mary’s, Sacred Heart will become an oratory for the sacramental purposes of baptisms and weddings until its 100th anniversary in 2010. It will be up to Holy Trinity to decide how the church building and rectory will be used thereafter.

Women’s group protests Lears’ banishment

  - Sr Louise Lears banned for equal-rights attendance.
   National Catholic Reporter, By Tom Fox, NCR Staff Published: July 4, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- Saint Louis Sister of Charity Louise Lears was banned from archdiocesan ministries and from reception of the sacraments for her support of the right for women to be ordained in the Catholic Church. Now the Women’s Ordination Conference, which for more than three decades has pushed for the ordination of women, has begun a petition drive to overturn the edict of Archbishop Raymond Burke.
   The day after Burke punished Lears he left his Saint Louis post to take a post at the Vatican as head the highest court in the Catholic Church, the Apostolic Signatura.
   The petition, begun on the Internet, is directed at Pope Benedict XVI and the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

Beleaguered St. Louis parish hit again

 
   National Catholic Reporter, By Tom Fox, NCR Staff Published: July 7, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- Beleaguered St. Cronan parish in St. Louis, Mo., from which Sister of Charity Louise Lears was banished last month as a pastoral associate for her support of women’s ordination, has been hit again by the resignation of its pastoral associate, Sean Collins. …
   The tumultuous events at St. Cronan, an inner city Saint Louis parish, began June 26 when then St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke issued punishing delicts against Lears for having actively supported women’s ordination efforts in the archdiocese.
   The next day Burke was named prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest church court at the Vatican. …
   St. Cronan has now lost both its pastoral associates in one week’s time.

Former Cleveland diocesan official acquitted of taking kickbacks

  [Mr Joseph Smith]
   Catholic Explorer (WASHINGTON, CNS) By Dennis Sadowski (Catholic News Service) Published Jul 7, 2008
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- The former chief financial officer of the Cleveland Diocese has been acquitted of most charges stemming from an alleged financial kickback scheme involving nearly $785,000 in church funds.
   A federal jury in Cleveland, however, found Joseph Smith, 52, guilty July 3 of six tax-related charges in connection to money prosecutors said he received from a former diocesan accountant to whom $17.5 million in diocesan business was steered during a seven-year period.
   Smith had been indicted in August 2006 on 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns. At one time he was the highest ranking layperson in the diocese's history, serving as legal and financial secretary.

Monroe Pastor Accused Of Sexually Abusing Child In 1960s

  [1960s OBrien*] - RCC.
   KIRO, ~ July 07, 2008
   SEATTLE (WA) -- The pastor of a Monroe church has been asked to take administrative leave while the Catholic Church conducts an investigation following a recent allegation of sexual abuse of a minor occurring in the late 1960s, a news release from the Seattle office of the Archdiocese said.
   Archbishop Alex J. Brunett said that based upon the findings he would either reinstate the pastor or continue his administrative leave pending action by the Vatican.
   The pastor had previously been on administrative leave in 2004 for a separate allegation but returned to his parish after the investigation was completed.

Pastor placed on leave amid abuse investigation

 
   KOMO By KOMO Staff, ~ July 07, 2008
   SEATTLE (WA) -- The pastor of a Monroe church has been placed on administrative leave following allegations of sexual abuse of a child.
   In a news release issued Monday, the Archdiocese of Seattle said Archbishop Alex J. Brunett asked that Father Michael C. OBrien take leave as pastor of St. Mary of the Valley Parish while a canonical investigation is conducted.
   The abuse allegedly occurred in the 1960s, but details about the complaint were not available.
   "The current investigation will be conducted with due speed to determine the facts surrounding the allegation," Brunett said in a statement. "Based upon the findings, I will either reinstate Father OBrien as pastor or continue his administrative leave pending action by the Vatican."

Dominican priest accused of sexual misconduct jailed; order is sued

  [Unnamed priest (Dominican)] - RCC. 3 boys.
   Catholic Explorer By Chaz Muth (Catholic News Service) Published Jul 7, 2008
   WASHINGTON (DC) (CNS) -- A Dominican priest accused of sexual misconduct with at least three minor boys has been criminally charged in Maryland and his religious order has been sued.
   The criminal charge stems from the case of a now 21-year-old Germantown, Md., man. The Minnesota attorney who represented him in a civil abuse case settled in 2007 for a reported $1.2 million has now filed a civil suit against the priest and the Dominicans' New York-based province on behalf of the other two boys, who are brothers from Springfield, Mass.
   Attorney Jeff Anderson of St. Paul, Minn., told Catholic News Service July 2 he has documented proof the Dominican provincial leaders knew about the Maryland allegations against the priest, but chose to keep him in active ministry involving youths in another part of the country.

Faithful get annoyed over merchandise

  - RCC. Death threat.      
   Sydney Morning Herald by Jonathan Dart for July 8, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE first of the annoying T-shirt brigade has arrived at the official World Youth Day merchandising tent.
   Alan Hockey and Michael Gravener - who help run the Share the Meal charitable group at St Vincent's Catholic Church in Redfern - said yesterday that they wanted to voice their protest against the commercialisation of World Youth Day. …
   Meanwhile, the owner of a shop selling protest T-shirts has received a telephone death threat. …
   He has not had a police visit but he said someone rang threatening to kill him and his family and burn down his shop. "I find that really weird, because I haven't said anything to criticise the religion or the event or the Pope. It's a protest against the {new} laws."

Pell letter misled sex abuse victim

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   ABC News, for July 08, 2008
   {with video regarding the allegation that a Catholic leader ignored abuse allegations}
   {with video of interview with the president of Broken Rites}
   AUSTRALIA -- Questions have been raised about how Sydney's Catholic Archbishop George Pell dealt with a priest found to have committed indecent assault on a boy.
   ABC's Lateline program says a victim of a sexual assault by father Terence Goodall was told by Cardinal Pell that his was the sole complaint. However, Cardinal Pell referred to an internal investigation into two assaults by the priest.
   Cardinal Pell told the victim, Anthony Jones, that a complaint of sexual assault could not be upheld, despite the report finding that the complaint was sustained.
   Mr Jones says he was devastated by Cardinal Pell's letter.

Diocese of Wilmington's new bishop introduces himself

  - RCC.  
   The News Journal July 7, 2008
   WILMINGTON (DE) -- W. Francis Malooly, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, was named the new bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington this morning by Pope Benedict XVI, the diocese said.
   He will replace Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli, who has been bishop since 1996.
   Malooly, who will take charge in September, was introduced today at a press conference.

Baltimore auxiliary bishop named bishop of Wilmington

  - RCC.
   WILMINGTON (DE) -- Baltimore Sun By a Sun reporter 8:30 AM EDT, July 7, 2008
   Auxiliary Bishop William Francis Malooly of the Archdiocese of Baltimore was today named the bishop of Wilmington, Del., and he will be formally introduced at a news conference at St. Ann's Catholic Church there at 10 this morning.
   The announcement came from the Vatican and the Baltimore and Wilmington dioceses. Malooly, 64, will succeed Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli, who resigned his post upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75. Saltarelli had served as bishop of Wilmington, which includes Maryland's Eastern Shore, since 1996.

WENDY MURPHY: AND JUSTICE FOR SOME: Spare the rod – spoil the child rapist

 
   The Patriot Ledger By Wendy Murphy ~ July 07, 2008
   QUINCY, MASSACHUSETTS – In a recent debate over the propriety of mandatory punishments for child rapists, State Representative and criminal defense attorney James Fagan said such punishments would prevent plea-bargaining and thus require children to testify.
   Fagan said this would then obligate him to "tear [a 6-year-old victim] apart" on the stand.
   He said his cross-examination would "make sure that the rest of [the victim’s] life is ruined, that when they’re 8 years old, they throw up; when they’re 12 years old, they won’t sleep; when they’re 19 years old, they’ll have nightmares and they’ll never have a relationship with anybody."
   Reasonable people want to know why Fagan made such a vicious threat only against witnesses to child rape? Would he be less aggressive on cross-examination of a key witness in a bank robbery case? Murder carries a punishment of mandatory life behind bars. Why no similar threats against eyewitnesses to murder?

Cardinal Pell misled abuse victim: ABC

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   Sydney Morning Herald, July 07, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Senior Catholic cleric George Pell allegedly misled a victim of sexual assault and sought to dismiss his complaint, according to documents obtained by ABC Television.
   The allegation comes just days before the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI - and an expected 200,000 pilgrims - in Sydney for World Youth Day.
   According to Monday night's ABC Lateline Program, Cardinal Pell, the head of the Catholic Church in Australia, gave misleading information to a sexual abuse victim in 2003.
   The victim, Anthony Jones, claimed to have been abused by Catholic priest Terrence Goodall 20 years earlier.
   In a letter obtained by the ABC, Cardinal Pell told Mr Jones the allegation had not been substantiated because the church had not received any other complaints against Father Goodall.
   [COMMENT: But, it HAD, and he signed a letter the same day saying so.]

Church celebrates final Mass

  - RCC.  
   The Berkshire Eagle, By Derek Gentile, ~ July 07, 2008
   PITTSFIELD (MA) – Marie Walz was baptized in St. Mary's of the Morning Star Church on Tyler Street. In 1951, she and her husband, Francis Walz, were married at the church. Walz, who was coy about giving her age, has been a parishioner here all her life.
   "It's a sad day," she said yesterday, her eyes brimming with tears. "We have a lot of memories here. We have a lot of friends here."
   Marie Walz was not the only parishioner with a heavy heart yesterday. Several hundred churchgoers packed St. Mary's yesterday for the final Mass celebrated in that church.
   In February, the Diocese of Springfield, of which St. Mary's was a member, announced that six of the city's 10 churches would be closed by July 6. St. Mary's was the last of the six, although a final Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Holy Family. The closing Mass for Holy Family was June 29.

New WYD laws cause Catholic Church infighting

  - RCC and civil liberties.    
   Australian Broadcasting Corporation, "PM," Reporter: Bronwyn Herbert [with links to audio], 18:34:00 Monday, 7 July, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- MARK COLVIN: There's some serious dissent inside the Roman Catholic Church over the controversial new police laws to crackdown on annoying or inconvenient behaviour during World Youth Day.
   The prominent Catholic priest and lawyer Father Frank Brennan says the New South Wales Government's new law is unworkable, unjust and contrary to the Catholic teaching on human rights.
   Today Cardinal George Pell called Father Brennan's input "typically unhelpful" and a "complete beat up". There are calls for the Cardinal to call on the Premier to repeal the laws in the name of civil rights and social justice.

Churches won't be closed without consent of public

  - RCC.  
   Irish Independent, By John Cooney, Monday July 07 2008
   IRELAND -- Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has promised not to close churches in Dublin without popular consent despite a chronic shortage of priests in the country's biggest diocese.
   Instead of imposing closures on the diocese's 200 parishes, Archbishop Martin is launching far-reaching new forms of ministry by "clustering" teams of priests and laity within and among parishes.
   Archbishop Martin was speaking at the weekend about his plans for a "painful" renewal of Catholicism in Dublin, when he ordained three new priests -- the first to be ordained in the diocese in two years.

What the bishop can do

   
   CHARLOTTE (NC) -- Charlotte Observer ~ July 07, 2008
   From David Clohessy of St. Louis, Mo., national director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests:
   It's been five years since the first national Catholic sex abuse policy took effect, adopted by America's bishops under tremendous criticism for concealing thousands of crimes against children. Court records and news accounts show that a dozen North Carolina priests have been publicly suspended for child sex abuse allegations in recent years.
   Isn't that enough? Sadly, no. Actions, not policies, protect kids. And suspending predators doesn't cure them. It's what any prudent defense lawyer, insurer or public relations staffer would advise. It's self-interest, not real reform.
   Two simple, proven steps are sorely needed. First, Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis should follow the lead of 15 of his colleagues across the country who have posted on their diocesan Web sites the names of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child-molesting clerics. Parents can best protect their kids when they know who the predators are.

Catholic Church pays out to Hong Kong altar boy abused by priest

  [1991 Lau*] - RCC. Settlement, but no facts for RCs whose donations will be spent.    
   Top News Law (India), Posted by Saurav Shukla, July 7t, 2008
   HONG KONG -- The Catholic Church Monday said it had reached an out-of-court settlement with a former altar boy who was seriously sexually abused at the age of 15 by a priest in Hong Kong.
   The confidential settlement was announced at Hong Kong's High Court on the opening day of what was due to have been a 12-day hearing to assess whether the victim was entitled to damages.
   One of the terms of the settlement, said by parties close to the case to be "substantial," is that neither the church nor the victim reveals the amount, the court was told.
   Former priest Michael Lau, now aged 46, was jailed for four and a half years after being convicted of indecent assault, gross i*d*cency and attempted b*ggery on the boy in a criminal trial in 2003.

Sex offender treatment a false cure he state of Vermont is failing to learn from history.

  - RCC.  
   Rutland Herald, July 7, 2008
   VERMONT -- In the 1960s and 1970s, the Catholic Church in North America went through a spasm of sexual abuse by significant numbers of priests against children in their care; many of those cases have only come to light in the past decade and so are still wending their way through the courts today, including a sheaf of filings in Vermont.
   In most such cases, one cornerstone of the church's defense is that they were acting on the best advice of psychiatrists at the time by providing treatment to priests found to have abused children and then returning those "cured" priests to parishes. In case after case, juries find that argument wanting.
   In part, it's because that advice is now considered hopelessly out of date: We would never declare a convicted pedophile "cured" and return them to active care of children. Or would we?

Big Catholic celebration holds a risk of backlash

  - Criminal to annoy RCs.      
   The West Australian, 15:00 WST, July 7, 2008,
   AUSTRALIA -- Australian Catholics are treated far more tolerantly today than they were 50 or 100 years ago. But the Church is pushing its luck. It now risks a backlash after the Catholic-dominated NSW Labor Government made it a criminal offence to do anything which "causes annoyance or inconvenience to participants in World (Catholic) Youth Day".
   Catholics have come a long way since the Liberal Party reflected widespread Protestant attitudes when it was founded by Robert Menzies in the 1940s. John Cramer, who became a minister in the Menzies government in 1956, wrote in his memoirs that Mr Menzies would say when he approached: "Be careful boys, here comes the papist". Mr Cramer said: "It always seemed uppermost in his mind that I was Catholic and therefore in some way different."
   Much has changed. Liberal leader Brendan Nelson is a Catholic, as is shadow treasurer Malcolm Turnbull. Another Catholic front bencher, Tony Abbott, is a vigorous proponent of his Church’s views on moral issues such as euthanasia, stemcell research and contraception (but not on the invasion of Iraq).

Australian Catholic abuse victims want apology from Pope

  - Marist brother, again.    
   International Herald Tribune (France) By Michael Perry Reuters, Published: July 7, 2008
   SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and brothers in Australia, like Jose Respall who still vividly recalls being fondled at age 11, are calling on Pope Benedict to apologise when he arrives in Sydney on Sunday.
   "I was touched in the groin and inside of my thighs," said 45-year-old Respall, recalling how a Marist brother teacher abused him and his classmates in a Sydney school in 1974.
   "He was blatantly open, he would tuck your shirt in, in the playground. Everybody knew about what was going on yet nothing was done," Respall told Reuters in an interview on Monday.
   Respall said some of his school friends wrote swear words on the inside of their thighs, hoping the brother would be offended and not molest them.

Pell letter misled sex abuse victim

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   ABC News, ~ July 07, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- As the Catholic church prepares to celebrate World Youth Day, ABC 1's Lateline program will tonight publish documents that raise new questions about how the country's most senior churchman, Cardinal George Pell, has handled sexual abuse allegations against a clergyman.
   The documents show that Cardinal Pell wrote to a victim who had been abused by a Catholic priest telling him there were no other complaints against the priest, even though Cardinal Pell knew there was another victim and also wrote to him on the same day. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 7, 2008 6:48 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon July 07, 2008
• Pell denies sex abuse cover-up.
  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      

Pell denies sex abuse cover-up

   Sydney Morning Herald, http://www. smh.com.au/ news/ national/ pell-denies- sex-abuse- coverup/ 2008/07/08/ 121528279 6740.html , by Joel Gibson, 12:00PM - July 8, 2008
   SYDNEY – The most senior man in the Australian Catholic Church today denied he covered up the sexual abuse of a man in a 2003 letter.
   The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, also refused to resign, stand aside or order an investigation into the matter.
   Cardinal Pell dismissed Anthony Jones' allegations of rape by Father Terrence Goodall despite the findings of a church investigator that they were substantiated.
   "There was no cover up," he said. "The accusations against Father Goodall were investigated by the church and the police and Father Goodall was stood down.
   "Church authorities fully co-operated at every stage."
   "The letter to Mr Jones was badly worded and a mistake. I was attempting to inform him that there was no other allegation of rape and I overstated my agreement with Murray, who found all allegations sustained".
   Mr Jones insists Cardinal Pell's second letter was also "dishonest" and about the priest's history of sexual abuse.
   Cardinal Pell wrote to Mr Jones on February 14, 2003, claiming his complaint of sexual assault could not be substantiated because an investigator had found that no other victims had come forward and that Father Goodall had denied the allegations.
   However, documents obtained by the ABC show Cardinal Pell wrote to a second victim - who was nine when Father Goodall abused him - to say he was satisfied with the truth of that man's complaint.
   Three weeks earlier, Cardinal Pell had received a report from an independent investigation by Howard Murray into Father Goodall, which advised him both men's complaints should be upheld.
   In a statement this morning, Cardinal Pell said there had been no attempt at a cover-up.
   "The letter to Mr Jones was badly worded and a mistake - an attempt to inform him there was no other allegation of rape …
   "In a subsequent letter soon after the February 2003 letter I expressed my sorrow at what Mr Jones had suffered and offered to meet him."
   Mr Jones confirmed he received a second letter in which Cardinal Pell acknowledged the "personal difficulties" in Mr Jones's life as a result of being sexual assaulted, which he said were "a matter of great sadness".
   However, Cardinal Pell had again written in the letter that it could not be determined whether Father Goodall's actions were sexual assault, or "homosexual behaviour between two consenting adults", Mr Jones said.
   This was despite Mr Murray's report, delivered to Cardinal Pell prior to this second letter, which said Mr Jones "be informed in writing that their allegations have been sustained", Mr Jones said.
   While Cardinal Pell offered in the letter to meet with Mr Jones, Mr Jones said he ignored the offer because it was made on the condition the meeting not "be a forum for debating the facts".
   "He said he doesn't want a forum … to discuss the actual matter - what kind of healing would there be when an Archbishop tells you that?"
   Mr Jones agreed with Cardinal Pell's description of the initial letter as "badly worded", but said he had still been dishonest in claiming there had been no other complaints of attempted sexual assault against Father Goodall.
   "It was poorly written, but it was just a dishonest letter. It's got lies in there, I'm sorry."
   He called again for Cardinal Pell to resign ahead of the Pope's visit to Sydney.
   "What's the point {of an apology from the Pope to victims of sexual assault, expected during his visit to Sydney for World Youth Day} when victims are still being lied to?" #

   [RECAPITULATION: Cardinal Pell wrote to Mr Jones on February 14, 2003, claiming his complaint of sexual assault could not be substantiated because an investigator had found that no other victims had come forward and that Father Goodall had denied the allegations.  However, documents obtained by the ABC show Cardinal Pell wrote to a second victim - who was nine when Father Goodall abused him - to say he was satisfied with the truth of that man's complaint. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: More revelations about Fr Goodall's sexual predations were to be made that evening on the ABC 1's "Lateline." ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#pell_denies_sex
[July 8, 2008]

• 'Abused Catholic misled by Cardinal George Pell'.
  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      

‘Abused Catholic misled by Cardinal George Pell’

   The Age (Daily, Melbourne, Vic., Australia), http://www. theaustralian. news.com. au/story/ 0,25197, 23986175- 601,00.html , by Angus Hohenboken | July 08, 2008
   SYDNEY – THE head of the Catholic Church in Australia, George Pell, has been accused of misleading a man abused by a Sydney priest.
   The accusation comes less than a week before Cardinal Pell is due to welcome the Pope to Australia for World Youth Day celebrations.
   It was alleged last night that Cardinal Pell, the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, told Anthony Jones in 2003 that a complaint of sexual abuse against Father Terrence Goodall would not be upheld because the priest had not had other complaints made against him.
   But the ABC Lateline program last night claimed Cardinal Pell had responded to another man's complaint against the priest on the same day he wrote to Mr Jones, saying the second man's complaint would be upheld.
   Cardinal Pell said early today there had been no attempt at a cover-up.
   "Father Terence Goodall's offences occurred more than 25 years ago. When they were reported on 6 June 2002, I commenced an investigation under the Towards Healing protocol," he said.
   "The letter to Mr Jones was badly worded and a mistake - an attempt to inform him there was no other allegation of rape.
   "However I signed both letters of February 2003 mentioned in the ABC's Lateline program, and any fault in the drafting was mine.
   "In a subsequent letter soon after the February 2003 letter, I expressed my sorrow at what Mr Jones had suffered and offered to meet him. There was no attempt to mislead him. I apologise for the confusion caused to Mr Jones."
   Mr Jones claimed Father Goodall fondled his genitals when they were swimming in a Cronulla pool in 1982.
   The religious education co-ordinator, then 28, was allegedly indecently assaulted again by the priest when they returned to a presbytery.
   Father Goodall was convicted of two counts of indecent assault against Mr Jones after admitting to the acts in January 2005.
   It was reported that Mr Jones's initial complaint to the church, the day after the incident, was not followed up. But 20 years later, after he again complained, the church did investigate.
   Cardinal Pell replied to Mr Jones on February 14, 2003, in a letter, saying an investigator, Howard Murray, had recommended the allegations of abuse "be found to be substantiated. However, as no other complaint of attempted sexual assault has been received against Father Goodall and he categorically denies the accusation, Mr Murray was of the opinion that the complaint of attempted aggravated sexual assault cannot be considered to have been substantiated."
   Mr Jones took his allegations to the criminal and civil courts. Documents submitted as part of those hearings suggested that on the same day he sent the letter to Mr Jones, Cardinal Pell sent another letter to a former altar boy who had made similar claims against Father Goodall. #

   [COMMENT: There were two "porky pies" in Pell's letter to this victim.  But to sign one about the same predatory priest the same day was the big mistake, as far as exposing the duplicity of RC leaders is concerned.  One wonders if the same typist did both letters.  If so, another witness could be brought in by the civil authorities, or the news media. COMMENT ENDS.]
   [NAME: The priest was Fr Terrence (or Terence) Goodall.  The researchers at Broken Rites gives his full name as "Father Terence Norman Goodall" ("Abuse admitted by Father Terence Goodall, who was training future Catholic leaders," http:// brokenrites. alphalink. com.au/ nletter/ page108- goodall. html .) ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#abused_catholic_misled
[July 8, 2008]

• Bethel man's encounter with Pope.
  [1994-2008 Abp Hickey*] - RCC. Told in 1994 & 2000, in 2008 didn't know -- that's 14yrs.      
InsideCover

Bethel man’s encounter with Pope

   The West Australian, www.thewest.com.au , p 2, "Inside Cover," Tuesday, July 8, 2008
   PERTH and VATICAN CITY – More evidence today of why the Catholic Church may be wishing Kevin Horgan was never part of the flock, let alone a leader of one of its lay organisations.
   As this photograph from 1990 proves, Horgan was a founding leader of an umbrella body called the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships.
   Pope John Paul II carried out two inauguration events – one of them in his private chapel inside the Vatican – to officially recognise the CFCCCF.
   Horgan, who is now at the centre of a religious sex scandal which has enmeshed Perth's Archbishop Barry Hickey, is never too far from the Holy Father in all the photographs of the event at the Vatican.
   According to the Catholic organisation's website, Horgan was the first treasurer of the CFCCCF.
   He used to attend the worldwide conferences representing the Bethel Covenant Community he ruled over in West Leederville for 20-plus years.
  [Picture] Friends in high places: Kevin Horgan, former leader of the Bethel Covenant Community, in the Sistine Chapel with Pope John Paul II.  
   Inside Cover understands that the community's disgraced leader has now returned from an overseas break – but we're not sure if he has any plans to comment on the continuing events concerning his old Catholic fiefdom, where he allegedly loved nothing more than talking dirty to or touching up the female members. #

http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#bethel_man_s_encounter
[Picture 1990; p 2, July 8, 2008]

• Abuse victim accuses Pell of misleading him.
  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      

Abuse victim accuses Pell of misleading him

   The West Australian, www.thewest.com.au , p 6, Tuesday, July 8, 2008
   CANBERRA – Senior Catholic cleric George Pell allegedly misled a victim of sexual assault and sought to dismiss his complaint, according to documents revealed last night.
   According to the ABC's Lateline program, Cardinal Pell, the head of the Catholic Church in Australia, gave misleading information to an abuse victim in 2003.
   The victim, Anthony Jones, claimed to have been abused by Catholic priest Terrence Goodall 20 years earlier.  In a letter obtained by the ABC, Cardinal Pell told Mr Jones the allegation had not been substantiated because the church had not received any other complaints against Father Goodall.
   But another letter from Cardinal Pell, signed the same day and obtained by the ABC, was sent to a second man who also claimed to have been abused by Father Goodall.  In the second letter, Cardinal Pell told the man his complaint had been substantiated.
   Father Goodall was later convicted of indecent assault, according to the ABC.  Cardinal Pell declined to appear on Lateline or make a comment. #

   [PRIOR REPORTS: Sydney predecessor Cardinal Edward Clancy criticises Abp George Pell's transfer from Melbourne to Sydney Archdiocese - April 2 2001.
   Abp Pell denies on oath that he offered money or goods to David Ridsdale, a victim of Fr Gerald Ridsdale (uncle). (Channel 9's "60 Minutes" revelations loom.) - May 30, 2002.
   "Pell denies sex cover-up report." - May 31, 2002.
   "Archbishop in sex abuse bribes row;" he said he had been ambushed by Richard Carlton of "60 Minutes," and he was considering going to law to stop the interview being telecast. - June 1, 2002.
   "Pell lawyers $50,000 offer to abuse family" with a gag clause. June 1-2, 2002.
   "Loss of Faith" on Ch 9 "60 Minutes" June 2, 2002
RICHARD CARLETON: Did David Risdale tell you that his uncle, Gerald, Father Gerald, had been abusing him?
GEORGE PELL: Never. Never.
RICHARD CARLETON: Never?
GEORGE PELL: At any stage.
RICHARD CARLETON: He says he did.
GEORGE PELL: Well, that's completely false.
RICHARD CARLETON: It didn't happen?
GEORGE PELL: Didn't happen.
RICHARD CARLETON: He says that in January 93 he rang you and told you. […]
DAVID RISDALE (the victim): … {says Pell said:} "I want to know what it will take to keep you quiet." -- from the "60 Minutes" transcript, June 2, 2002.
   "Pell denial deepens Church sex storm." … He conceded that he had been wrong to accompany sex-abuser Gerald Ridsdale to court. - June 4, 2002.
   [If more evidence is needed, go through the webpages.]
   "The clause that contradicts Pell" June 9, 2002: Yesterday, the Church spent about $100,000 on advertisements in newspapers across Australia apologising to sex abuse victims. {…}
   The head of the Towards Healing program, Sister Angela Ryan, was angry that a secrecy provision was forced on the NSW woman. "It is totally against the spirit of 'Towards Healing'," she said. -- The Sun-Herald , "The clause that contradicts Pell," www.smh.com. au/articles/ 2002/06/08/ 1022982 785386.html , By Frank Walker, Jun 9, 2002.
   {The requirement had been supposedly abolished in 2000 (reported in National Catholic Reporter, Jun 14, 2002); however, the Internet evidence is no longer at the URL current at the time.} ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#abuse_victim_accuses
[p 6, July 8, 2008]

• Archbishop stays silent on when he knew of sexual misconduct.
  [1994-2008 Abp Hickey*] - RCC. Told in 1994 and 2000, in 2008 didn't know - that's ~ 14yrs.    

Archbishop stays silent on when he knew of sexual misconduct

   The West Australian, www.thewest.com.au , by SEAN COWAN and GARY ADSHEAD, p 7, Tuesday, July 8, 2008
   PERTH – Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey has refused to say when he knew about sexual misconduct allegations inside the Bethel Covenant Community, three days after it was revealed he was handed a report detailing some of those claims in 2000.
   His silence has angered former members who said they took evidence of sexual harassment by Bethel's leader Kevin Horgan to the Perth head of the Catholic Church as early as 1994.
   After telling The West Australian on Friday that the Archbishop was preparing a full response, Perth Archdiocese spokesman Hugh Ryan said yesterday there would be no comment about either the 2000 report or the account of a former member who claims she told the Archbishop that Mr Horgan had rubbed himself against her at a family lunch in 1994.
   When asked if there would ever be a response to the serious questions raised about the Archbishop's handling of the Bethel scandal, Mr Ryan said he did not know. "Tomorrow's too far away," he said.
   The West Australian can also reveal that in 1994, two leaders from the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships visited Archbishop Hickey to raise concerns about Mr Horgan.
   In a letter to Mr Horgan, sent soon after he spoke to the Archbishop, Catholic Fraternity president Brian Smith assured Mr Horgan he did not have a vendetta against him and would not raise his complaints with the Vatican. But he said the matter would remain with Archbishop Hickey for "any further action".
   Mr Smith said he had great respect for the community and had been careful not to do anything that may harm it. He said the difficulties he was trying to deal with were "community practices" which had caused concern.
   "My concern is for peace and unity but not a peace and unity which ignores the difficulties or pretends they don't exist," he said.
   Mr Smith died a few years ago and did not detail the "community practices" which he said in his letter "could give scandal".
   When questioned by The West Australian last month, the Archbishop denied having any knowledge of sexual misconduct allegations until last year.
   On Saturday, The West Australian revealed that a 13-page report detailing sexual allegations, together with a request for an investigation, was handed directly to Archbishop Hickey during a meeting with former long-term Bethel members in 2000. #

   [RECAPITULATION: The West Australian can also reveal that in 1994, two leaders from the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships visited Archbishop Hickey to raise concerns about Mr Horgan. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Does this make a SECOND approach to the Archbishop in 1994, who had denied in May 2008 that he knew anything of inappropriate sexual behaviour in the Bethel group until a year or so ago?  In a perfect world, the leaders of the Perth and Sydney archdioceses would be sent to a monastery on bread and water for a few months -- but alas!
   INTERNET BLANK: Although this is in a series of newsitems that has alleged sex manipulation of adults, and a cover-up by Church authorities, it seems quite difficult for the Webmaster to find any trace of the series on the newspaper's website.  This has been noticeable with other newsitems by this newspaper on the clergy sex abuse crisis.  Any help from readers would be appreciated.  COMMENT ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#archbishop_stays_silent
[p 7, July 8, 2008]

• Sex assault case closed, says Pell.
  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      

Sex assault case closed, says Pell

   Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), www.abc.net. au/news/ stories/ 2008/07/08/ 2297699.htm , Posted 8 hours 0 minutes ago, Updated 1 hour 44 minutes ago, Tuesday, July 8, 2008
   AUSTRALIA – The Catholic Church's most senior figure in Australia, Cardinal George Pell, has conceded a letter he wrote to a man who had been sexually assaulted by a priest was a mistake but has defended his overall handling of the case.
   ABC TV's Lateline program last night revealed Sydney's Catholic Archbishop had written to Anthony Jones, saying his claims of sexual assault by Father Terrence Goodall could not be substantiated and there had been no other allegations of abuse by the priest.
   But an internal church investigation had found Mr Jones's complaint to be proven and recommended action be taken.
  [Picture] 'Poorly put': Cardinal Pell says he worded the letter badly.    (Reuters: Mark Baker, file photo).  
   The church's internal investigator, Howard Murray, also upheld a complaint by an altar boy that Father Goodall had abused him.
   Cardinal Pell signed a letter accepting the former altar boy's complaint on the same day he wrote to Mr Jones, who was 28 when he was sexually assaulted in 1982.
   He has today admitted that the letter to Mr Jones was badly worded. He says he made the mistake because he understood aggravated sexual assault to be synonymous with rape.
   The letter said: "No other complaint of attempted sexual assault has been received against Father Goodall and he categorically denies the accusation."
   "Mr Murray was of the opinion that the complaint of attempted aggravated sexual assault cannot be considered to have been substantiated," the Archbishop wrote.
   Cardinal Pell says he did not agree with the investigator that Mr Jones's allegation of rape had been substantiated.
   "I accepted Howard Murray's two basic recommendations presented in January, 2003," he said today.
   "The first one that Father Goodall be assessed for suitability to continue acting as a priest. This was done and then he was stood down from priestly activity.
   "Secondly, that the allegations of both complainants had been sustained and that they be offered remedial assistance.
   "However, I differed from Murray because I did not believe that there was sufficient evidence of rape where that was alleged…
   "[Mr Jones] was asking for $3.5 million in damages and I felt that that was a bit excessive, but if we could do something to ease his pain, his complaints were investigated thoroughly, substantially found to be true with that one exception and the priest was stood down."
   In an interview to be aired on ABC Radio's AM program tomorrow, Cardinal Pell has been pressed on how he could dismiss the complaints on the grounds there were no other allegations of assault when he had confirmed he knew of another matter on the same day.
   "That was poorly put. I was attempting to inform him that there was no other allegation of rape," he said. "The incidents were run together. That was done badly."
   Months after he made the mistake, the Archbishop says he sent a second letter to Mr Jones. He says he did not know he had made a mistake at that time.
Complex trial
   In a controversial and complex legal case, Father Goodall was later convicted of the indecent assault of Mr Jones under laws from the time of the incident, when homosexual sex was still illegal.
   Cardinal Pell says he now considers the issue closed.
   "The judge remarked publicly that his conviction would be unlikely under today's law," he said.
   He says Mr Jones's civil claims were settled with the Catholic Church two weeks ago and no compensation will be paid.
   The AM program has asked Cardinal Pell whether he was aware of any similar mistakes in other cases.
   "There were mistakes made in the letter but otherwise the procedures were good," he said.
   "If there are allegations of mismanagement and inactivity, we simply invite the victims or the complainants to go to the police or to the church."
   Tags: community-and-society, religion-and-beliefs, catholic, law-crime-and-justice, courts-and-trials, sexual-offences, australia, nsw, sydney-2000 #

   [LINKS on ABC webpage: Video: Exclusive documents reveal church ignored abuse allegations (Lateline); Video: No cover-up in sexual abuse claims: Pell (ABC News); Video: Pell denies misleading abuse victim (ABC News); Audio: Pell denies abuse cover-up allegations (AM); Audio: Pell defends handling of abuse case (The World Today); Audio: Pell defends sex assault victim's treatment (PM); Map: Sydney 2000. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Unconvincing.  So was the "lost in the paperwork" statement by Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey about the Bethel reports he has been receiving, and evidently ignoring.  And he says Case closed.
   Both have been caught -- if this was a cricket match, both would be "out." ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#sex_assault_case
[July 8, 2008]

• Pell 'gave weight' to priest's version.
  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.

Pell ‘gave weight’ to priest’s version

   Perth Now powered by The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), www.news.com. au/perthnow/ story/0,21 598,23992 082-5005361,00.html , AAP , 09:41pm, July 08, 2008
   SYDNEY – CARDINAL George Pell dismissed a sex abuse complaint against a priest because he gave weight to his claim the encounter was consensual, fresh documents show.
   Cardinal Pell, the head of the Catholic Church in Australia, has become embroiled in the sex abuse claim just days before Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the country for World Youth Day.
   Letters obtained by the ABC and aired on Monday showed Cardinal Pell told Anthony Jones, who had complained of being sexually assaulted by Father Terrence Goodall, that his complaint could not be upheld because the church was not aware of any other complaints.
   But another letter shows Cardinal Pell was aware of a second allegation of sexual abuse against Father Goodall.
   Cardinal Pell yesterday said he had got it wrong and expressed himself poorly.
   Tonight, the ABC revealed another letter which showed why Cardinal Pell dismissed Mr Jones' complaint: because he gave weight to Father Goodall's side of the story.
   "What cannot be determined by me however is whether it was a matter of sexual assault as you state or homosexual behaviour between two consenting adults as maintained by Father Goodall," said the letter, written by Cardinal Pell to Mr Jones in 2003.
   "In the end it is a matter of your word against his."
   Mr Jones maintained the encounter was not consensual.
   Father Goodall was later convicted of indecent assault.
   The ABC also revealed an internal church report which found Father Goodall had had sexual encounters with a 16-year-old female, as well as Mr Jones and the other young male complainant.
   Father Goodall admitted to asking altar boys to swim nude, and to propositioning young men, the report found. #

http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#pell_gave_weight
[09:41pm, July 08, 2008]

• [New evidence about Pell's contradictory Jones case letters, plus comments by lawyer Jason Parkinson, and Vatican writer Robert Blair Kaiser]
  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.    

[New evidence about Pell’s contradictory Jones case letters, plus comments by lawyer Jason Parkinson, and Vatican writer Robert Blair Kaiser]

   Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Lateline, with Tony Jones, July 8, 2008.
   "New evidence in church abuse case," http://www. abc.net.au/ lateline/ content/ 2008/ s2298207. htm . Last night Lateline aired evidence that Catholic Archbishop Cardinal George Pell misrepresented the truth when he responded to a man who complained he'd been abused by a priest.  Tonight we reveal new evidence that Church investigators - and through them, the Archbishop - were later told by the same priest that he had assaulted another victim: a 16-year-old girl.  We also raise a series of new questions, including why George Pell gave weight to the abusive priest's word that his attack on Anthony Jones was, in fact, consensual.  [Victim not to be confused with the Lateline presenter Tony Jones.]
   "Jason Parkinson joins Lateline," http:// www.abc.net. au/lateline/ content/ 2008/ s2298206. htm . Canberra-based lawyer Jason Parkinson says the Catholic Church has been avoiding its legal liabilities.  He will be representing former students who are among more than 30 involved in abuse claims being brought against the Marist College in Canberra.  The Church is trying to use the Ellis/Ellice case, to make complainants seek compensation from the individual clergy, brothers, etc.
   "Robert Kaiser joins Lateline," http:// www.abc.net. au/lateline/ content/ 2008/ s2298205. htm , Writer and journalist Robert Blair Kaiser has been covering the Catholic Church since the 1960s, when he was Time Magazine's Vatican correspondent.  He joined Lateline from Melbourne.  [Robert Blair Kaiser's website includes http://www. robertblair kaiser.com/ Kinterview. html .]

http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#new_evidence_about
[July 8, 2008]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue July 08, 2008 edition:


Ex-St. Jude priest accused of sexual offenses with teen

  [1997 Patrick O'Connor -NEW*] - RCC. Minor. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Morning Journal, www.morning journal.com/ site/news. cfm?newsid= 19836197 &BRD=1699& PAG=461& dept_id= 46371& rfi=6 ; By MATT SUMAN, July/08/2008
   ELYRIA (OH) -- An Elyria man, now 27, has alleged that he was the victim of sexual misconduct by a former Catholic priest at St. Jude Church in 1997.
   Elyria police investigated the complaint and now it's up to the Lorain County Prosecutor's Office to decide whether to present it to the county grand jury.
   The subject of the investigation, the Rev. Patrick J. O'Connor, submitted a letter of resignation from the priesthood to the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland on June 6 after he was told of a recently reported allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor and placed on administrative leave, according to the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.
   Elyria police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said the man reported that the sexual misconduct happened at St. Jude Church, 590 Poplar St., in 1997.

Polygamous sect spokesman seeks restraining order

  [Jessop] - FLDS.
   Houston Chronicle, www.chron. com/disp/ story.mpl/ ap/tx/ 5877935. html , By JENNIFER DOBNER Associated Press Writer, ~ July 08, 2008
   SALT LAKE CITY (UT) – The spokesman for a southern Utah polygamous sect has asked a judge for a restraining order against a Cedar City private investigator.
   In court papers filed Tuesday in St. George's 5th District Court, Willie Jessop wants investigator Sam Brower to keep at least 500 feet from Jessop's homes and business offices in Hildale and Cedar City, Utah, and in San Angelo, Texas. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 8, 2008 8:49 PM]

Former priest released from prison

  [1999-2000 Campobello] - RCC. 2 girls.
   ABC 7, ~ July 08, 2008
   ILLINOIS -- A former Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to sexual assault has been released from prison.
   Mark Campobello worked in both Geneva and Aurora. One of his victims was a 14-year-old girl who was assaulted at Saint Peter Church in Geneva. The other was a 15-year-old girl who was molested while Campobello was an assistant principal at Aurora Central Catholic High School. [LOOK BACK at, for example: February 11, 2004]

Ex-Geneva priest paroled again

  [1999-2000 Campobello] - RCC. 2 girls.
   Chicago Daily Herald, By Adam Kovac | ~ July 08, 2008
   ILLINOIS -- Former Geneva priest Mark Campobello was released from a state prison Tuesday after serving about three months for a parole violation, authorities said.
   Campobello, 43, had been imprisoned since mid-April, when he was arrested after making three unauthorized stops during a trip away from his home.
   He was released from prison Tuesday morning to serve the remainder of his parole, said Januari Smith, an Illinois prison system spokeswoman.

Pell 'failed to defrock abusing priest'

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other. Still cushioning convicted seducer.    
   Special Broadcasting Service, Wednesday, July 9, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- It's been revealed the Catholic Church failed to defrock Father Terrence Goodall, despite concluding he was a paederast.
   News limited says that a 2003 letter to Cardinal Pell from the director of the church's Professional Standards Office, Michael Salmon, warned him of Goodall's behaviour.
   But despite the letter and Goodall's conviction the church has yet to defrock the priest.
   A spokesman for Cardinal Pell says Goodall had been stood aside from religious duties in 2003.

Legal manoeuvre causes strife for pope's World Youth Day visit

  - RCC and civil liberties.      
   Irish Times (Ireland), By PÁDRAIG COLLINS, for July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- LETTER FROM SYDNEY: PREPARATIONS FOR next week’s World Youth Day celebrations in Sydney are proving chaotic in advance of Pope Benedict XVI’s arrival.
   Road closures, a threatened train strike and a large shortfall in promised visitor numbers might be more tolerable if World Youth Day was really only a day, but it goes from Tuesday to Sunday.
   Most controversial of all is a temporary law brought in by the New South Wales state government which allows for fines of up to $5,500 (€3,335) for anyone causing "annoyance or inconvenience to participants in a World Youth Day event".
   Though this clause has been used previously in 15 other acts and regulations in New South Wales, the powers were mostly limited to single venues such as Sydney Football Stadium and did not have the scope of the World Youth Day regulations, which cover more than 600 sites including parks, roads, train stations and schools.

Archbishop Burke to Head Vatican’s Highest Court

  - RCC.    
   National Catholic Register, BY STEPHEN MIRARCHI, REGISTER CORRESPONDENT, for July 13-19, 2008 Issue | Posted 10:39 AM, July/8/08
   ST. LOUIS (MO) – The Archbishop of St. Louis has been named the equivalent of the Chief Justice of the Vatican’s Supreme Court.
   Archbishop Raymond Burke was named to the post three days before his 60th birthday. …
   So persuasive has his witness been, in fact, that a formerly excommunicated member of the Church sought reconciliation with him.
   Edward Florek was one of eight lay board members for the St. Stanislaus Kostka Corp., a one-time parish in St. Louis that publicly refused to turn over ownership of their property to the archdiocese. After a series of high-profile meetings with the archdiocese over several years, the board members hired a suspended priest, Father Marek Bozek, who broke his vow of obedience to his home diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

Papal apology useless

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   Sky News, Updated: 07:08, Wednesday July 9, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A man who was sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest says any apology from the pope to Australian victims of abuse will be pointless.
   Anthony Jones wants Sydney's Cardinal George Pell to resign over his actions during a church investigation into his assault.
   Cardinal Pell says there was no cover up of the case, and he has refused to stand down.
   Mr Jones was sexually abused by father Terrence Goodall in 1982, and has since suffered two mental breakdowns.

Pope could land in sex-abuse row

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   The Standard (Hong Kong), Wednesday, July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The leader of the Catholic church in Australia yesterday denied trying to cover up allegations of sex abuse against a priest, just days before Pope Benedict visits for World Youth Day.
   Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell acknowledged the scandal was an embarrassment ahead of the pope's trip, during which the pontiff is expected to apologize to victims of predatory priests.
   But Pell defended his actions over sex abuse allegations against Terence Goodall, which he said had been investigated by the church and police and had resulted in the priest being stood down.

Camper Says Camp Tracey Kids Told Not To Talk To Parents

  - Baptists. [~ 2008 Mr Ben Lewis*, 2000s Wilson*, an inmate*] - Minor. [1980s+ Camp Tracey] - 5 lawsuits. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   First Coast News, {with video}, Posted By: Ryan Duffy, ~ July 08, 2008
   BAKER COUNTY, FL -- As a state investigation into Camp Tracey continues, more former campers are talking about their time there.
   The Department of Children and Families is looking into the camp after allegations of physical and sexual abuse.
   First Coast News talked to one former camper named Amanda who says kids at the camp were told not to tell their parents what went on at the camp.
   And she says parents were told not to believe what their "troubled teens" might describe.

Cardinal Pell defends himself against cover-up charge

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.    
   Catholic World News, Jul. 8, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), Australia (CWNews.com) -- Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, has said that he made an "innocent error" rather than deliberately covering up evidence of sexual abuse in a case that is commanding media attention in the final days before World Youth Day.
   Australia's ABC television network revealed on July 7 that Cardinal Pell had written to an alleged victim of sexual abuse, telling him that there had been no other complaints against the priest he accused, on the same day that the prelate wrote another letter acknowledging assaults by the same priest.
   [COMMENT: Yep, folks, it takes real brains to be a cardinal!  If you are going to trick anyone, you ought to have dated the letters about a month apart! ENDS.]

Campobello released from prison again

  [1999-2000 Campobello] - RCC. 2 girls.  
   Geneva Sun, BY BEACON NEWS STAFF, July 8, 2008
   ILLINOIS -- The former Aurora and Geneva priest convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl was released from prison Tuesday.
   Mark Campobello was imprisoned for three years and eight months after he pleaded guilty in 2004 to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl between January and May 1999 while he lived at the rectory of St. Peter Church in Geneva.
   He also pleaded guilty to molesting a 15-year-old girl while she was a student at Aurora Central Catholic High School between November 1999 and March 2000, while he served as assistant principal at the school.
   When Campobello was released on Feb. 13, he was scheduled to be on parole for four years and had to register as a sex offender. He was expelled from the priesthood by the Vatican in 2005 while he was in prison.

New: Former priest Campobello released after parole violation

  [1999-2000 Campobello] - RCC. 2 girls.
   Northwest Herald, By SHAW SUBURBAN MEDIA, July 08, 2008
   ILLINOIS -- A former area priest has been released from a two-month stint in prison, after the Prisoner Review Board ruled he had violated terms of his parole, according to the state Department of Corrections.
   Mark Campobello, 43, was released on parole in February after serving more than three and a half years of an eight-year sentence for a sex abuse conviction.
   In February, Campobello, who was living in Crystal Lake, took an approved trip, but he made three additional stops along the way, according to Jorge Montes, chairman of the state Prisoner Review Board.

Pell denies covering up sex abuse

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   ABC (AM), Reporter: Barbara Miller {with link to audio} 08:00:00, Tuesday, 8 July , 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- TONY EASTLEY: Australia's highest-ranking Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, says he did not try to cover-up the offences of a Catholic priest more than 25 years ago.
   Cardinal Pell is facing tough questions this morning about the way in which he dealt with allegations against a priest accused of sexual abuse.
   The ABC's Lateline program has obtained documents raising the issue of whether Cardinal Pell may have knowingly misled a sex abuse victim. [Anthony Jones]
   Cardinal Pell says there was no attempt to mislead the man - he says he made a mistake in the wording of the letter and has apologised for any confusion.

Pell under fire over handling of abuse case

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   ABC (PM), Reporter: Jayne Margetts {with link to audio}, 18:20:00, Tuesday, 8 July , 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- MARK COLVIN: The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney has defended his treatment of a man who said he'd been sexually abused by a priest.
   In a letter unearthed by ABC TV's Lateline programme, Cardinal George Pell told the complainant, Anthony Jones, that investigator, Howard Murray, had not substantiated his claims of attempted rape.
   Cardinal Pell says he misread the report in which Mr Murray had in fact recommended the complaint by Mr Jones be sustained.
   But Cardinal Pell says he still believes there wasn't sufficient evidence of rape. The victim's lawyer says Cardinal Pell is using legal jargon to fob off his client.
[COMMENT: "Misread the report" from Mr Murray, is the latest twist. ENDS.]

New evidence in church abuse case

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   ABC (Lateline), {video presentation} ~ July 08, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Last night Lateline aired evidence that Catholic Archbishop Cardinal George Pell misrepresented the truth when he responded to a man who complained he'd been abused by a priest. Tonight we reveal new evidence that church investigators - and through them, the Archbishop - were later told by the same priest that he had assaulted another victim: a 16-year-old girl.

Mordechai Gafni Is Back

  [1980s ?+ Gafni*, formerly Winarz] - Judaism. Kabbalah too. Female students, staffers.    
   Jewish Week, by Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Publisher July 08, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- The last time Mordechai Gafni was in the news was two years ago, when the charismatic and controversial rabbi accused of sexual misconduct here and in Israel was dismissed as the rebbe of Bayit Chadash, a spiritual renewal community in Tel Aviv.
   Faced with sexual abuse complaints filed with the police in Israel by several women who were former students or employees of Bayit Chadash, Gafni came to the U.S., issued a public statement apologizing to those he had hurt, said he was "sick" and needed treatment, and disappeared.
   This was the conclusion of the column I wrote then (June 9, 2006): "In the past, when Gafni said he had made mistakes in his life but that he had done teshuva, some were ready to believe him; others were not. At some point in the future he is sure to reappear, eager to resume his role of spiritual guide and teacher, insisting he has gone through therapy and is cured.
   "Will we believe him then?"
   Well, Gafni has resurfaced in Salt Lake City, Utah and is insisting that he, not his female accusers, was the victim of the events of two years ago. He has an extensive web site ( www.marcgafni.com ), which includes not only his teachings and writings on kabbalah and spirituality, but an aggressive defense of his previous actions, complete with a report on the results of a polygraph test he took and which he claims clears him of abuse. [LOOK BACK: June 2006]

Archbishop saw Horgan sex report 8 years ago

  [1994-2008 Abp Hickey*] - RCC. Told in 1994, in 2000 was told of panties request, in 2008 didn't know - that's ~ 14yrs.    
   The West Australian, 11:15 WST, July 6, 2008,
   AUSTRALIA -- Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey, who has denied receiving any sexual misconduct complaints about the leaders of the Church-backed Bethel Covenant Community until last year, was handed written details of sexual harassment as early as 2000.
   The West Australian has obtained a copy of a report signed by former members of the religious movement in August 2000, which outlined allegations of how the community’s leader Kevin Horgan asked female members their favourite sexual positions and urged one to remove her underwear.
   The 13-page report, together with a request for a full-blown investigation, was handed directly to Archbishop Hickey during a meeting with a delegation of long-term Bethel members, who had decided to leave the community in disgust. Two of the report’s authors were former priests, while others included a teacher and a psychiatrist. The West Australian has interviewed three of the authors.
   [COMMENT: But, an archbishop knows more than a psychiatrist, a teacher, and two priests - Not! ENDS.]

Collins comments on Catholic Church scandal

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other. (Paul Collins discusses.)      
   ABC (The 7.30 Report), Reporter: Ali Moore, Broadcast: July/08/2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Ali Moore speaks with Dr Paul Collins, a former priest and one of the most controversial commentators on the Catholic Church following the allegations of a cover-up by Cardinal George Pell.
   Transcript -- ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: Dr Paul Collins is a former priest and one of the more controversial commentators on the Catholic Church.
   He's also a broadcaster and author whose most recent book 'Believers, Does Australian Catholicism have a future?' was published earlier this year.
   Dr Paul Collins has been watching events unfold and I spoke to him late today in our Canberra studio.
   Dr Paul Collins how serious is this for the Catholic Church and for its highest representative in this country, particularly coming as it does just days before the arrival of the Pope?
   DR PAUL COLLINS, FORMER CATHOLIC PRIEST & AUTHOR: Well I think we've got to remember that Cardinal Pell himself was accused of sexual abuse not long after he became the Archbishop of Sydney.
   And essentially he was cleared of those charges but he certainly went through a fairly difficult stage when he was facing up to that. So I mean the sexual abuse story has been running now since really the late '80s.

Catholic leaders knew

  [1950s-80s Denver Archdiocese] - RCC. Moved priests like Harold White around.  
   Denver Post, By Sister Maureen Paul Turlish, Article Last Updated 10:43:27 AM MDT, July/08/2008
   DENVER (CO) -- The Archdiocese of Denver recently agreed to a $5.5 million sexual abuse settlement covering 18 claims, and it took more than two years. In some ways, it is a bit of a surprise when one remembers that the spiritual leader of the archdiocese often voiced his opinion that he thought victims were only in it for the money.
   The reality is that the leadership of the Archdiocese of Denver knew that there were priests who were sexually abusing children in the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s, just as church officials were aware of that in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, in Boston, in Los Angeles and in much of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.
   This is fact, not opinion, supported by official investigations of numerous dioceses, and in Philadelphia's case, by the Grand Jury Report of 2005. Records in Denver show, for example, that the archdiocese knew of complaints against Harold Robert White as early as 1960 but still moved him from parish to parish, so statements made by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput that many of the decisions archdiocesan officials made regarding White would be different today are disingenuous at best.

Critic of sex abuse panel dies

  - Rev Mark Jaufmann dies.
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Albany Times Union By MARC PARRY, First published: Tuesday, July 8, 2008
   A California clergyman who sued the Albany Catholic Diocese's sex abuse mediation panel is dead, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
   The Rev. Mark Jaufmann's body was discovered March 21 in the city's Griffith Park. Other hikers evidently found the 51-year-old on a hiking trail.
   The cause of death was heart disease, said Ed Winter, assistant chief for operations/investigations with the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

Embezzling priest won't report today for 37-month prison term

  [Fay]
   DARIEN (CT) -- The Advocate By Stephen P. Clark Staff Writer Article Launched 01:00:00 AM EDT July/08/2008
   A day before a Catholic priest convicted of stealing $1 million from his Darien church was to report to prison, a federal judge granted him a third delay.
   At about 5:30 p.m. yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton postponed until Aug. 6 the date the Rev. Michael Jude Fay, former pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church, begins serving his three-year prison sentence.
   Fay, who has prostate cancer, was to surrender today at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C., but made his delay request last week to allow more time for the Bureau of Prisons to determine whether it can administer a new cancer drug to him.

Judge allows priest to delay prison term

  [Fay]
   Newsday July 8, 2008
   NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A federal judge has granted a Darien priest, convicted of embezzling more than $1 million from his parish, a reprieve from starting his three-year prison sentence.
   The Rev. Michael Jude Fay was scheduled to report to prison Tuesday, but the judge on Monday granted him his third delay. Fay, former pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church, must now surrender by noon, August 6.
   Fay, who has prostate cancer, had made his fifth request for a delay last week to allow more time for the Bureau of Prisons to determine whether it can give him a new cancer drug.

Pell church crisis

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   Sky News, Updated: 23:37, Tuesday July 8, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The Catholic Church is dealing with a second crisis ahead of World Youth Day, with Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell defending his handling of a 'sex scandal.'
   He is refusing to stand down, denying he intentionally 'covered up' an assault victim's claims.
   Cardinal George Pell says a letter written to the victim was badly worded and a mistake.
   The cover-up allegations come just days before hundreds of thousands of Catholic pilgrims descend on Sydney for World Youth day.

I did not cover up sex abuses, says Cardinal George Pell

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] [2003-08 Pell*]
   The Daily Telegraph, By Michelle Cazzulino, July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A DEFIANT Cardinal George Pell has rejected claims he tried to cover up allegations of homosexual abuse involving a priest.
   Calling the publication of the claims - just days before Pope Benedict arrives in Australia - an "embarrassment", the Archbishop of Sydney yesterday said he would not stand aside over the matter, nor would he be involving the Vatican.
   The claims arose following the publication of a 2003 letter in which Cardinal Pell allegedly gave misleading information to Anthony Jones, who said he had been abused by Father Terrence Goodall in 1984 when he was aged 29.

Australia cardinal denies cover-up of sex abuse

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] [2003-08 Pell*]
   The Associated Press, By TANALEE SMITH, ~ July 08, 2008
   SYDNEY, Australia (AP) – Australia's top Roman Catholic cleric has denied trying to cover up a sexual abuse case involving clergy, attempting Tuesday to fight off an embarrassing scandal just days before Pope Benedict XVI arrives for a visit.
   Cardinal George Pell, the archbishop of Sydney, was responding to an ABC Television report Monday that said he had given misleading information to a man who accused a priest of sexually assaulting him more than 25 years ago.

Pell denies covering up sex abuse by priest

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] [2003-08 Pell*]
   The Age, By Joel Gibson, Erik Jensen and Arjun Ramachandran, July 9, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, has denied he covered up sexual abuse by a Sydney priest, and refused to stand aside or resign over his treatment of a 2003 sexual assault claim.
   His denial was made as new claims were aired last night by the ABC's Lateline program that Cardinal Pell had rejected assault allegations by Lismore man Anthony Jones relating to when Mr Jones was a trainee teacher, despite advice from a church investigator that they should be substantiated.
   Documents aired by the ABC also showed Cardinal Pell did not alter his view or inform Mr Jones of the recommendation despite a July 2003 church report that said Father Terence Goodall was guilty of other sexual and indecent assaults, had "no boundaries" and "no sympathy for victims" and "was likely to reoffend".

Pell 'gave weight' to priest's version

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] [2003-08 Pell*]
   Perth Now (Sunday Times, Perth), 09:41pm, July 08, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- CARDINAL George Pell dismissed a sex abuse complaint against a priest because he gave weight to his claim the encounter was consensual, fresh documents show.
   Cardinal Pell, the head of the Catholic Church in Australia, has become embroiled in the sex abuse claim just days before Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the country for World Youth Day.
   Letters obtained by the ABC and aired on Monday showed Cardinal Pell told Anthony Jones, who had complained of being sexually assaulted by Father Terrence Goodall, that his complaint could not be upheld because the church was not aware of any other complaints.

Cardinal's conduct holds bitter lesson for abuse victims

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] [2003-08 Pell*]
   The Age, Editorial, July 9, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- CARDINAL George Pell, the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, is about to play host to the Pope and an estimated 25,000 young Catholics from around the world. It can be assumed that yet another scandal about clerical sexual abuse is not the kind of advance publicity he would have been hoping for. The controversy in which he is now embroiled, however, appears to be of his own making – even if the accusations of dishonesty that have been levelled against him are set aside. To many critics, inside and outside the church, of the way the Catholic hierarchy has dealt with the sexual-abuse crisis, the lesson will be that Australia's most senior Catholic cleric has learned nothing.
   In 1982, Anthony Jones, then 29 and working in religious education, was assaulted by a Sydney Catholic priest, Terrance Goodall. Twenty years later he lodged a formal complaint with the church, and the matter was investigated by a former policeman, Howard Murray, who recommended that the allegations in the complaint be sustained without qualification. Mr Murray also investigated another complaint against Goodall, by a man who was an 11-year-old altar boy at the time of the assault. In 2005 Goodall was convicted of indecently assaulting Mr Jones under a law dating from the time of the incident, when homosexual acts were still illegal in NSW.

Defiant George Pell not quitting

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] [2003-08 Pell*]
   Herald Sun, by Vincent Morello, July 09, 2008
   [with link for voting on whether the pope should apologise to victims of child abuse at the hands of the clergy]
   AUSTRALIA -- AUSTRALIA'S top Catholic yesterday refused to stand down over allegations that he had tried to cover up sexual abuse by a priest.
   Cardinal George Pell, who is preparing to welcome the Pope to Australia on Sunday, said he was embarrassed by the claims that he'd misled a sex abuse victim about the church's investigation of Fr Terrence Goodall, but "there was no cover-up".
   Dr Pell signed a 2003 letter to Anthony Jones, which said that his sexual abuse allegations had not been substantiated and the church had not received any other complaints against Fr Goodall.

My innocent error: Pell's abuse defence

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other. Wrote contradictory letters the same day.
   Sydney Morning Herald, By Joel Gibson, Erik Jensen and Arjun Ramachandran, July 9, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, yesterday denied he covered up abuse by a Sydney priest, Father Terence Goodall, as new claims emerged about what he knew of the priest's history of sexual assault.
   Documents aired by the ABC's Lateline last night showed Cardinal Pell received a church psychosexual report in July 2003 that said Father Goodall had also abused a 16-year-old girl, propositioned two seminary students, invited altar boys to strip naked while swimming and had consensual sex with another man in 1996.
   At a news conference yesterday, Cardinal Pell refused to stand aside or resign over his treatment of a 2003 sexual assault claim by a Lismore man, Anthony Jones. Church documents show Cardinal Pell rejected Mr Jones's assault claims despite advice from a church investigator that said they should be substantiated. He also told Mr Jones that no other allegations of sexual assault had been made against Father Goodall. But on the same day Cardinal Pell wrote to another victim upholding his claims against the priest.

Church has retained 'predator' for years

  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] - Serial offender. Man, boy, teenage girl. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   Herald Sun, By Matthew Clayfield, July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE Catholic Church has still not defrocked a priest five years after it concluded he was a serial sexual predator whose targets included an underage boy and a 16-year-old girl.
   Documents sighted by The Australian reveal that apart from having unlawful sex with Anthony Jones, who has since attacked Cardinal George Pell for trying to ignore his case, a confidential church investigation informed Cardinal Pell in 2003 that Father Terence Goodall engaged in a range of improprieties over several years.
   The church last night provided no evidence that it had passed on its knowledge of Father Goodall's alleged activities to police, or acted to correct what Cardinal Pell yesterday described as a "mistake" in how it dealt with Mr Jones, The Australian reports.

Confronting their shame

  - RCC.    
   Herald Sun, Editorial, July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- POPE Benedict XVI arrives in Australia on Sunday to start his week-long visit for World Youth Day, but this celebration of youth must carry with it an apology.
   The Pope must express the church's deepest regret to the young people abused by the Catholic clergy in Australia.
   Cardinal George Pell, the head of the Catholic Church in Australia, says the Pope is likely to offer an apology similar to the one he made to victims of abuse in the United States earlier this year.

Calls for Catholic Church to monitor lay organisations

  - RCC    
   ABC News, Posted 12:03pm AEST, Sun Jul 6, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A group which monitors religious organisations says the Catholic Church should monitor its lay organisations to avoid the problems which arose at the Bethel Covenant community in Leederville.
   Community leader Kevin Horgan was asked by the church to step down this year over allegations of ongoing sexual misconduct.
   But the director of the Concerned Christians Growth Ministries, Adrian Van Leen, says questions about Mr Horgan were first raised in the mid 90s.

Another church sex assault victim, letter emerges

  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] - Serial offender. Man, boy, teenage girl. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   ABC News, July 08, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- New evidence has revealed the Catholic Church was aware of yet another victim of sexual assault by a priest who was reported last night to have assaulted a Sydney man.
   ABC's Lateline has also obtained another letter sent by Archbishop Cardinal George Pell to sexual assault victim Anthony Jones in May 2003.
   Lateline has revealed new documents from the case showing that church investigators - and through them Cardinal Pell - were later told by the same priest, Father Terence Goodall, that he had assaulted a 16-year-old girl.

Archdiocese paid out $467,500 in abuse settlements last year

  [Decades - St Louis Archdiocese] - RCC. US$467,500 payouts.  
   KWMU, AP / July 08, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- The Archdiocese of St. Louis said it has mediated and settled nine cases of clergy sexual abuse for more $467,500 in the last fiscal year.
   Archdiocesan attorney Bernard Huger says the average settlement was $52,000.
   Settlements, ranging from $20,000 to $90,000, came from insurance, investments, and the sale of archdiocesan buildings, not from parishes and weekly collections, the archdiocese said.

Boys Town priest rejects rape and assault charges

  [1977-88 Paul Evans*) - RCC. 20 charges. Was reported to school. 7 schoolboys.    
   Sydney Morning Herald, by Geesche Jacobsen, July 9, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), AUSTRALIA -- A CATHOLIC priest and dormitory master at Boys Town, a school for difficult boys, has denied raping and indecently assaulting some of his charges.
   Father Paul Raymond Evans, who is facing 20 charges against eight boys between 1977 and 1988, yesterday admitted he sometimes hugged and comforted the teenage students in his dorm. He said he rubbed the back of the neck of some students to provide comfort or to help settle them, so they could go to sleep.
   One alleged victim told Sydney District Court that during a 1979 camping trip in the Royal National Park, Evans touched his penis and then made the 13- or 14-year-old do the same to him. The boy allegedly told some other students about it, one of whom reported it to the school hierarchy.

'Abused Catholic misled by Cardinal George Pell'

  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] - Serial offender. Man, boy, teenage girl. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   The Australian, by Angus Hohenboken | July 08, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE head of the Catholic Church in Australia, George Pell, has been accused of misleading a man abused by a Sydney priest.
   The accusation comes less than a week before Cardinal Pell is due to welcome the Pope to Australia for World Youth Day celebrations.
   It was alleged last night that Cardinal Pell, the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, told Anthony Jones in 2003 that a complaint of sexual abuse against Father Terrence Goodall would not be upheld because the priest had not had other complaints made against him.
   But the ABC Lateline program last night claimed Cardinal Pell had responded to another man's complaint against the priest on the same day he wrote to Mr Jones, saying the second man's complaint would be upheld.

I-Team: Bishop Paulk's Secret Meeting

  [Earl Paulk]  
   MyFox Atlanta, {with video} ~ July 08, 2008
   ATLANTA (GA) -- (MyFOX Atlanta) -- Another stunning twist in the Archbishop Earl Paulk sexual abuse law suit -- Paulk has reached out to the woman suing him, sending her money, declaring his love, and signing a document giving away his rights to a million dollar judgement.
   The developments took place during the past month and the FOX 5 I-team followed along as it happened. [LOOK BACK: April 2, 2008]

Please say sorry, Pope

  - RCC.    
   The Herald BY ALISON BRANLEY 8:37:00 AM July/8/2008
   AUSTRALIA -- WORLD Youth Day pilgrims are backing calls for Pope Benedict XVI to apologise to victims of sexual abuse by priests when he arrives in Sydney next week.
   Speaking at World Youth Day's "global village" at Kilaben Bay yesterday, pilgrims supported a push for His Holiness to make a formal apology similar to the one he made in the United States earlier this year.
   They echoed sentiments of their host, Maitland-Newcastle Diocese Bishop Michael Malone, who has been the sole voice among Australian clerics calling for a papal apology.

Settlements reached in clergy abuse lawsuits

  - RCC. Another US #312,500 of donations "going west."  
   The Associated Press By CHERYL WITTENAUER, ~ July 08, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) (AP) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis reached a financial settlement with six men who claimed they were sexually molested by five priests as far back as the 1960s, a victims' advocacy group said Monday.
   The men will be paid $312,500, with settlements ranging from $90,000 to $20,000, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said in a statement. The group said the settlements were finalized in recent weeks through mediation.

Pell denies sex abuse cover-up

  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] - Serial offender. Man, boy, teenage girl. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   Sydney Morning Herald, By Joel Gibson, July 8, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The most senior man in the Australian Catholic Church today denied he covered up the sexual abuse of a man in a 2003 letter.
   The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, also refused to resign, stand aside or order an investigation into the matter.
   Cardinal Pell dismissed Anthony Jones' allegations of rape by Father Terrence Goodall despite the findings of a church investigator that they were substantiated.

Cleveland-area priest resigns amid second sex abuse claim

  [1997 O'Connor] - RCC. Minor.  
   WDTN Associated Press 11:55 PM ET July 7, 2008
   CLEVELAND (OH), (AP) - The Cleveland Catholic Diocese has announced that a priest who was reinstated in 2007 after being cleared of sexually abusing a minor has resigned amid a new allegation of sexual misconduct.
   The diocese says the Rev. Patrick J. O'Connor is accused of abusing a minor in 1997 while serving as an associate pastor at St. Jude Catholic Church in Elyria. The diocese says the 50-year-old priest was placed on leave and subsequently submitted a letter of resignation on June 6th.

Sex assault case closed, says Pell

  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] - Serial offender. Man, boy, teenage girl. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   ABC News, {with video and audio}, July 08, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The Catholic Church's most senior figure in Australia, Cardinal George Pell, has conceded a letter he wrote to a man who had been sexually assaulted by a priest was a mistake but has defended his overall handling of the case.
   ABC TV's Lateline program last night revealed Sydney's Catholic Archbishop had written to Anthony Jones, saying his claims of sexual assault by Father Terrence Goodall could not be substantiated and there had been no other allegations of abuse by the priest.
   But an internal church investigation had found Mr Jones's complaint to be proven and recommended action be taken.

Cardinal George Pell denies sex abuse cover-up

  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] - Serial offender. Man, boy, teenage girl. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   LIVENEWS, {with audio and video}, July 08, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The head of the Catholic Church in Australia has fiercely denied claims of a sexual abuse cover-up.
   Anthony Jones wrote to Cardinal George Pell in 2003 telling him Father Terrance Goodall abused him at the age of 29 in a Sydney presbytery
   Cardinal Pell told Mr Jones his claims hadn’t been substantiated, because there were no other complaints – despite on the same day confirming similar allegations were made by another man.

Priest again accused of sexual abuse

  [OBrien]  
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer By JOHN IWASAKI ~ July 08, 2008
   SEATTLE (WA) -- The Catholic Church is investigating a Monroe priest following a recent allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in 1969, the Seattle Archdiocese reported Monday.
   The Rev. Michael C. OBrien, pastor of St. Mary of the Valley Parish since July 1999, agreed to take a leave of administrative absence at the request of Archbishop Alex Brunett.
   He allegedly abused a boy at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Vancouver, Wash., 39 years ago.

Church pays out $467,500 more for sex abuse claims

  - Another US $467,500 gone.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch By Jeremy Kohler July/08/2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- The St. Louis Archdiocese has paid $467,500 in the past year to nine people who claimed they were sexually abused by six St. Louis-area priests as long ago as the mid-1960s, officials said.
   A lawyer for the archdiocese said it has paid $8.2 million to settle 103 sexual abuse claims. About three quarters of the cash has been paid to accusers who came forward in the past seven years, a period in which abuse by priests – and the Catholic Church's handling of accusations – rose to a local and national scandal.
   The archdiocese confirmed the settlement figures on Monday after a survivors group held a news conference to name five of the priests in the settlements: Robert F. Johnston, James A. Funke, Joseph Lessard, Donald Straub and Michael S. McGrath.

Cleveland Diocese priest resigns following second allegation of abuse

  [1997 Patrick O'Connor] - RCC. Minor.
   WKYC ~ July 08, 2008
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- A priest resigned from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland after another allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor was reported.
   Reverend Patrick J. O'Connor was placed on administrative leave after reports surfaced of sexual misconduct with a minor in 1997. This was the second time he had been put on administrative leave for such an allegation.
   He submitted his resignation on June 6, 2008. The diocese announced the resignation Monday.

Pell denies priest abuse cover-up

  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] - Serial offender. Man, boy, teenage girl. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   NEWS.com.au {with video}, 12:53pm July 08, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE head of the Catholic Church in Australia, Cardinal George Pell, has rejected claims he tried to cover up allegations of sexual abuse involving a priest.
   Admitting the matter was cause for embarrassment as he prepared to welcome the Pope to Australia on Sunday, the Archbishop of Sydney today said he would not be standing down over the allegations aired on ABC television last night.
   ABC's Lateline said a 2003 letter from Dr Pell gave misleading information to Anthony Jones, who alleged Father Terrence Goodall abused him in 1984.

Pell denies sex abuse cover-up

  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] [2003-08 Pell*]
   The Age, by Joel Gibson and Arjun Ramachandran, July 8, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Anthony Jones, who was abused by a priest, says Cardinal Pell should resign over the way he handled the issue.
   The most senior man in the Australian Catholic Church today denied he covered up the sexual abuse of a man in a 2003 letter.
   The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, also refused to resign, stand aside or order an investigation into the matter.
   Cardinal Pell dismissed Anthony Jones' allegations of rape by Father Terrence Goodall despite the findings of a church investigator that they were substantiated. [NOTE WELL: He refused to order an investigation. Keep reading!]

Abuse victim: Pope apology pointless

  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] - Serial offender. Man, boy, teenage girl. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   Herald Sun By Vincent Morello 04:49pm July 08, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A MAN who was sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest says any apology from the Pope to Australian abuse victims will be pointless.
   Anthony Jones wants Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell to resign over his actions during a church investigation into his assault.
   Mr Jones, a former Catholic educator, was sexually abused by Father Terrence Goodall in 1982 and informed the church about it 20 years later.

Monroe priest on leave over sex-abuse allegation

  [OBrien] - RCC.  
   HeraldNet, By Yoshiaki Nohara July 08, 2008
   MONROE (WA) -- A priest at St. Mary of the Valley has been placed on administrative leave while the Archdiocese of Seattle investigates an allegation of sexual abuse involving a minor.
   The allegation against the Rev. Michael OBrien surfaced last month, citing a 1969 incident in Vancouver, Wash., where OBrien was an assistant pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes.
   "I don't have any details about the incident at all," said Greg Magnoni, a spokesman for the Archdiocese.

Australian Catholic leader in sex abuse row before Pope's visit

  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] - Serial offender. Man, boy, teenage girl. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   AFP, ~ July 08, 2008
   SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (AFP) – The leader of the Catholic church in Australia Tuesday denied trying to cover up allegations of sex abuse against a priest, just days before Pope Benedict XVI is due to visit for World Youth Day.
   Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell acknowledged the latest scandal was an embarrassment ahead of the Pope's trip, during which the pontiff is expected to apologise to victims of predatory priests.
   But Pell defended his actions over sex abuse allegations against Father Terence Goodall, which he said had been investigated by the church and police and had resulted in the priest being stood down. [Complainant: Anthony Jones.]

Malooly seen as forceful advocate for victims

  - RC Bp Malooly steered towards names disclosure.  
   The News Journal By NICK COLTRAIN, July 8, 2008
   WILMINGTON (DE) -- As an auxiliary bishop in 2002, the Rev. W. Francis Malooly helped steer the Archdiocese of Baltimore to a groundbreaking decision. It was a decision the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington would need another four years -- and a priest's arrest -- to make: Publish the names of priests accused of sexual abuse.
   Monday, during a press conference at which Malooly was named Wilmington Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli's successor, he said he'll continue to help Delaware victims who are part of a diocese still plagued with allegations and lawsuits.
   "With the abuse crises, we've had many who have been hurt by things that have happened within the church, in our schools, in our parishes and we continue to try and respond," he said. "I've been involved with that for 25 years now -- not happily."

Diocese introduces new bishop

  - RCC.
   The News Journal, By GARY SOULSMAN, July 8, 2008
   WILMINGTON (DE) -- W. Francis Malooly, a Baltimore-born man big on pastoral care, will take over as the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, a diocese that has seen tremendous growth in the past 10 years but is still dealing with the priest sexual abuse scandal and school closings.
   Malooly, 64, an auxiliary bishop with the Archdiocese of Baltimore, will take office in September. He was introduced Monday, taking questions from the press in the parish hall of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wilmington. …
   On the matter of sexual abuse, Malooly said he will meet with anyone who wants to discuss the issue, knowing it won't be easy.
   Still it must to be addressed. And he's done that since 1984, the year he was named director of clergy personnel for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
   "It's an insidious, horrible crime," and nothing makes it right, he said.

Malooly says he has the 'Irish blarney'

  - RCC.
   The News Journal By GARY SOULSMAN, July 8, 2008
   WILMINGTON (DE) -- It was a devout mother, father and uncle who inspired the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, W. Francis Malooly, to become a Catholic priest.
   And his sister, Martha Hackman of Baltimore, predicts that members of the Delaware's largest faith will be pleased at how her brother lives his calling. …
   And he was there in 2002 when the Archdiodese's Cardinal William H. Keeler released the names of 57 priests with credible charges of sexual abuse against them. For Malooly, talking over this issue with parishioners was one of the most difficult times of his ministry. He said those conversations still need to occur.

Australian cardinal denies cover-up, misleading victim of clergy abuse

  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] - Serial offender. Man, boy, teenage girl. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   PR-Inside, 10:11:13, July 8, 2008
   SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Australia's top Roman Catholic cleric has denied trying to cover up a sexual abuse case involving clergy, attempting Tuesday to fight off an embarrassing scandal just days before Pope Benedict XVI arrives for a visit.
   Cardinal George Pell, the archbishop of Sydney, was responding to an ABC Television report Monday that said he had given misleading information to a man who accused a priest of sexually assaulting him more than 25 years ago.

Reinstated priest Patrick J. O'Connor resigns after new sex allegation

  [Patrick O'Connor]  
   The Plain Dealer, by David Briggs, Plain Dealer Religion Reporter, Tuesday, July 08, 2008
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- A cleric in the Cleveland Catholic Diocese who won reinstatement after being accused of sexually abusing a minor has resigned from the priesthood and may face criminal charges in the wake of a new allegation of sexual misconduct.
   The Rev. Patrick J. O'Connor, former chaplain to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid, resigned following an allegation he abused a minor in 1997 while an associate pastor at St. Jude Catholic Church in Elyria, the diocese announced Monday.
   O'Connor submitted his letter of resignation June 6, shortly after he was placed on leave in response to the new allegation, the diocese said in a release. The diocese said it also contacted Lorain County authorities.

Pell won't step down over handling of sex abuse

  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] - Serial offender. Man, boy, teenage girl. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   The West Australian, 17:45 WST, July 8, 2008,
   SYDNEY (NSW), AUSTRALIA -- Cardinal George Pell has denied trying to cover up sex abuse by a priest, saying he made an "innocent error" and will not stand down as head of the Catholic Church in Australia.
   The Archbishop of Sydney was today forced to defend his conduct just days before the Pope arrives in Sydney for World Youth Day events.
   Pope Benedict XVI is expected to use the visit to apologise to Australian victims of sex abuse perpetrated by the clergy.

Church sex assault complaint 'wasn't isolated'

  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] - Serial offender. Man, boy, teenage girl. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   ABC News, {with video and audio}, July 08, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Tonight ABC's Lateline can reveal Catholic Church documents, that show the church was aware of yet another child victim of sexual assault by a priest who was reported last night to have assaulted a Sydney man.
   Last night, Lateline reported the case of Anthony Jones - a former religious education teacher - and his evidence that Cardinal George Pell misrepresented the truth when he responded to Mr Jones's complaint of sexual assault by Father Terrance Goodall.
   Today the Archbishop admitted his letter to Mr Jones, saying he was the sole complainant against Father Goodall, was a mistake that came about because he did not think another complainant's allegations of sex abuse were the same. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 8, 2008 6:38 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue July 08, 2008
• Archbishop apologises for ignoring sex claims.
  [1994-2008 Abp Hickey*] - RCC. Bethel: Told in 1994, in 2000 was told of panties request, in 2008 didn't know - that's ~ 14yrs. "Lost in the paperwork," fallen "through the cracks"    

Archbishop apologises for ignoring sex claims

   The West Australian, www.thewest.com.au , By GARY ADSHEAD and SEAN COWAN, Pages One and 10, Wednesday, July 9, 2008
   PERTH – Archbishop Barry Hickey has been forced to apologise for his failure to act on allegations of sexual misconduct inside the Catholic-backed Bethel Covenant Community when they were reported to him seven years ago.
   Five days after The West Australian exposed what and when the Archbishop knew about the scandal, the Church leader admitted the report had "got lost in the paperwork" and had fallen "through the cracks".
   In a statement. Archbishop Hickey said his response to a 2000 report about the West Leederville community and its now disgraced former leader Kevin Horgan was inadequate.
   "Those who brought me their assessment of the situation in 2000 were entitled to expect that I would investigate their concerns more fully," he said.  "On reflection, it is clear to me that I could have done much more for the Bethel people than I did. For this I apologise."
   But the Archbishop denied he had been deceitful in May this year when he told The West Australian the first complaints of sexual misconduct were brought to his and the Church's attention only in 2007.
   In yesterday's two-page statement, the Archbishop argued that the 2000 report contained details of "sexual issues which focused on behaviour of a very unsavoury kind and possible sexual boundary violations".
   He said these were not "sexual allegations" and repeated his claim that the first full-blown complaint came in February this year.
  [Pictures] Admission: Barry Hickey says he failed to take action.  Denial: George Pell denies covering up abuse. Picture: Getty images  
   He said recent publicity about Bethel and Mr Horgan showed people were still suffering because of their experiences inside the lay Catholic organisation.
   "I deeply regret that and I am sorry for any part I might have played in it," he said.
   He also addressed the sexual harassment allegations made this week by a former head of religious studies at the Chisholm Catholic College. The woman said she had told Archbishop Hickey in 1994 that Mr Horgan had rubbed his genitals against her at a family lunch.
   "I treated it as a personal counselling session for a young woman carrying a burden, not as a formal complaint to Church authorities seeking action against another individual," the Archbishop said. "If that was a misunderstanding, I apologise to her."
   The woman accepted the apology yesterday but rejected the notion her meeting with the Archbishop was counselling. "I had a duty of care to complain as a leader of young people in the community," she said. "Why didn't he go and do something?"
   In the 14 years since the woman complained, Mr Horgan has allegedly touched the breasts of married women, asked women to remove their underwear, talked about their favourite sexual positions and encouraged them to have breast enlargements.
Continued on page 10
Hickey apologises on sex claims
From page 1
   According to the 2000 report, Bethel was run like a cult with its leaders demanding to know everything about members' lives.
   "In the years before 2000, I had extensive contact with Mr Horgan and other Bethel leaders about controversial practices at Bethel," Archbishop Hickey said. "One was their restrictive dating policy which gave leaders extensive control. Another was the guidance given by the leader to married couples about intimate sexual matters."
  [Picture] Kevin Horgan  
   Mr Horgan was asked to resign from the community this year after being confronted with a catalogue of allegations about his behaviour. The claims were referred to police but no charges have been laid. #

   [RECAPITULATION: He also addressed the sexual harassment allegations made this week by a former head of religious studies at the Chisholm Catholic College.  The woman said she had told Archbishop Hickey in 1994 that Mr Horgan had rubbed his genitals against her at a family lunch. RECAP. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: "Lost in the paperwork," "fallen through the cracks," "personal counselling session;" 1994 to 2008 is 14 years.  The Church's local leader let the corruption of ladies, girls, men, and possibly children, go on and on.  The case for a courageous married clergy is stronger than ever.  And, notice how the alleged culprits (in the cases currently in the media spotlight) on each side of Australia had tried to corrupt religion teachers?  Even an atheist might put that down to something devilish!
   Watch the body language as Abp Hickey made the unconvincing explanations! COMMENT ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#archbishop_apologises_for_ignoring
[July 9, 08]

• And Pell sorry for actions too.
  - RCC. [Years - Goodall*] - Serial offender. Man, boy, teenage girl. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      

And Pell sorry for actions too

   The West Australian, www.thewest.com.au , Pages One and 10, Wednesday, July 9, 2008
   SYDNEY – The Archbishop of Sydney yesterday denied he had covered up abuse by a Sydney priest as new claims emerged about what he knew of the clergyman's history of sexual assault.
   Under questioning at a press conference, Cardinal George Pell refused to stand aside or resign over his treatment of a 2003 sexual assault claim by Lismore man Anthony Jones against Father Terence Goodall.
   Documents aired by the ABC's Lateline program on Monday night showed Cardinal Pell had rejected Mr Jones' assault claims despite advice from a Church investigator that said they should be substantiated.
   They also show that Cardinal Pell did not alter his view or inform Mr Jones of the recommendation despite a July 2003 Church report that said Father Goodall was guilty of other sexual and indecent assaults, had "no boundaries" and "no sympathy for victims" and "was likely to reoffend".
   Cardinal Pell said yesterday he had not contacted Mr Jones after realising he had misrepresented the investigator's findings but that he considered the matter closed.
   Cardinal Pell wrote to Mr Jones in 2003 saying the Church's investigator, former policeman Howard Murray, had not found his rape claim to be substantiated and that there had been no other complaints against Father Goodall.
Continued on page 10
No abuse cover-up: Archbishop
From page 1
   Both statements were untrue, Cardinal Pell said yesterday, but "there was no cover-up". The letter was "badly worded and a mistake", "an innocent error" and an "overstatement".
   Documents obtained by the ABC showed Cardinal Pell wrote to a second victim the same day to say he believed the man's claim of indecent assault.
   Documents aired by Lateline last night showed Cardinal Pell was informed in July 2003 that Father Goodall had also abused a girl of 16, invited altar boys to strip naked and had had consensual sex with an adult male.
   Three months after the first letter, Cardinal Pell wrote to Mr Jones saying: "In the end it is a matter of your word against his."
   The error was an embarrassing revelation a week before World Youth Day, Cardinal Pell said yesterday, but he defended his record dealing with sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.
   He said his position on Mr Jones' assault had been validated by a subsequent criminal case where the prosecution did not allege sexual assault.
   Mr Jones said Cardinal Pell was "dishonest" and had undermined an expected apology from Pope Benedict XVI to Australian abuse victims. #

   [RECAPITULATION: Both statements were untrue, Cardinal Pell said yesterday, but "there was no cover-up". ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Oh, dear! COMMENT ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAP: "In the end it is a matter of your word against his." ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: Well, who is more likely to be telling the truth?  It only goes to show that an unmarried clergyman is less likely to judge fairly than any old jury in the land.  The question is, why did Pell deal unjustly with Anthony Jones?  Remember, he wrote a letter THE SAME DAY (the media tells us) about the same clergyman to another complainant, accepting that the other one's complaint was upheld.  So why tell Mr Jones there had been no other complaints against the priest?  Mr Jones, a former religion teacher, got it right when he said Cardinal Pell should not be Cardinal Pell. ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#and_pell_sorry
[July 9, 2008]

• Hickey backed Bethel chief despite protests
  [1994-2008 Abp Hickey*] - RCC. Bethel: Told in 1994, in 2000 was told of panties request, in 2008 didn't know - that's ~ 14yrs. "Lost in the paperwork," fallen "through the cracks."    

Hickey backed Bethel chief despite protests

   The West Australian, http://www. thewest.com. au/default. aspx?MenuID= 77&Content ID=83645 , By GARY ADSHEAD and SEAN COWAN, p 10, Wednesday, July 9, 2008
   PERTH – Ousted Bethel Covenant Community leader Kevin Horgan was given the full backing of Archbishop Barry Hickey despite complaints that went all the way to the Vatican in Rome.
   The Perth Archbishop wrote a letter of support to Mr Horgan in October 1994 after the Church was contacted by individuals and other Catholic-based covenants around Australia about Mr Horgan’s behaviour.
   "There is nothing in the feedback I have received to give me or you serious concerns," Archbishop Hickey wrote.
   He said there was "evidence of very strong support for Mr Horgan and other community elders" from within Bethel.
   "I thank you for the witness you constantly give to the Lord’s work and to the power of the Holy Spirit, and assure you that you have my confidence," he wrote.
   In a statement yesterday, Archbishop Hickey said he had received no complaints of a sexual nature from the other covenants.
   But on Monday, The West Australian revealed that a Catholic religious studies teacher and former Bethel member had met the Archbishop in May 1994, claiming that Mr Horgan had sexually harassed her and was exerting too much control over Bethel.
   Six months later, in the letter to Mr Horgan, the Church head told the Bethel leader he had nothing to worry about, though there were some matters that needed to be discussed further.
   "In a word, there is nothing seriously wrong in the Bethel community," he wrote.
   "I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and Father Chris Ross to discuss some other matters that have come to light through that consultation, which I believe could be of benefit to the life and growth of the Bethel Community."
   The West Australian has obtained letters between Bethel and Eastern States covenants suggesting grave concerns about Mr Horgan’s leadership.
   Brian Smith, the president of the Catholic Fraternity – the covenants’ umbrella body in Australia – went to see Archbishop Hickey in 1994 with his complaints.
   Around the same time, Mr Smith wrote to Mr Horgan.
   "I have asked a number of brothers to put in writing some of the concerns that they have experienced with you in the areas of possible control and manipulation," Mr Smith wrote.
   "The seriousness of the situation necessitates more immediate action."
   Another Catholic community wrote to Mr Horgan about his behaviour during a trip to the US and the way he talked about sex to American Catholic Fraternity executives.
   "Just think for a moment Kevin, no Archbishop, Liaison or Bishop Paul Cordes will condone policies that take control over a person’s life or where a person is not free to follow their conscience," the elder wrote.
   After receiving complaints about the Australian feud and allegations surrounding Mr Horgan, powerful Vatican Bishop Paul Cordes sent a letter to Mr Smith and the Bethel leader.
   "You must reconcile yourselves," Bishop Cordes told the men.
   "We all need again and again pardon from God for our sins.
   "So, please no longer speak of the faults of the past, but rather seek solutions for the future."
   Almost 14 years later, as a result of the controversy, Mr Horgan resigned. #

   [RECAPITULATION: We all need again and again pardon from God for our sins.  So, please no longer speak of the faults of the past … ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: The old repeated-forgiveness heresy in different words, is it?  Or is it an illustration of the saying "Money talks"? COMMENT ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#hickey_backed_bethel
[July 9, 2008]

• Catholic community shuts after Archbishop's apology.
  [14yrs Abp Barry Hickey*] - Bethel: "Lost in the paperwork," fallen "through the cracks."

Catholic community shuts after Archbishop’s apology

 
   The West Australian, http://www. thewest.com. au/default. aspx?MenuID= 77&ContentID= 83876 , 17:30 WST, July 9, 2008
   PERTH – A controversial Catholic community will close down in the wake of an apology by Perth's Archbishop over his handling of allegations against it, some involving sexual impropriety.   
   The Bethel Covenant Community, a lay Catholic organisation in Perth, said today recent misconduct and longer term structural, cultural and behavioural issues made its existence unjustifiable.
   "We deeply regret that the original genuine Christian mission of the community has been subverted by certain actions and activities that the remaining members of the community find totally unacceptable and do not condone," Bethel interim chairman Rob Crothers said on its website.
   The closure of the community comes just days before the Pope's visit to Australia, and amid pressure on the Catholic church's senior figure in Australia, Cardinal George Pell, over his handling of sex abuse claims.
   The Bethel Covenant Community has been the subject this year of allegations of sexual impropriety, financial irregularities and "cult-like" activities.  
   Among its controversial practices, members were strongly discouraged from seeking sexual or romantic partners outside the group, were subject to excessive leadership styles and, allegedly, to sexual misconduct.
   In a recent complaint about sexual misconduct, a woman said she raised her top in defiance of a leader's continued interest in her breasts.
   The leader named in the complaint, and after other complaints of a sexual nature, has since stood down from the organisation.
   The allegations yesterday drew an extraordinary apology from Perth's Archbishop Barry Hickey, who admitted he had responded "inadequately" to issues raised with him in 2000, but which also date back to 1994.
   He said recent publicity had revealed some people were still suffering from experiences they had while members of the community.
   "I deeply regret that and I am sorry for any part I might have played in it," Archbishop Hickey said.
   "Those who brought me their assessment of the situation in 2000 were entitled to expect that I would investigate their concerns more fully.
   "On reflection, it is clear to me that I could have done much more for the Bethel people than I did. For this I apologise."
   Archbishop Hickey denied any deceit by him or by Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton, who earlier this year heard complaints about sexual misconduct which led in March to the resignation of the community's leader.
   He said a review of the community in 1994 had raised complaints about the leader's style of management, the excessive control of members and inadequate reporting on finances.
   Archbishop Hickey said in the years before 2000 he had had "extensive contact" with Bethel leaders over controversial practices such as restrictions on who members dated, and on guidance by the leader to married couples about intimate sexual matters.
   But he said the review in 1994 was mainly about the style of management, the dating policy, and spiritual direction - not about sexual complaints.
   Bethel leaders had also strongly defended their practices, he said.
   A spokesman for Archbishop Hickey said today the community's decision was one only it could make, but he agreed with it.  West Australian police say none of the recent complaints have led to any charges.
   The Bethel community says its net assets will be transferred to other charitable organisations.   PERTH -- AAP # [Internet version]

http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#catholic_community_shuts
[July 9, 2008]

• There has been no deceit: Archbishop Hickey.
  [1994-2008 Abp Hickey*] - RCC. Bethel: Told in 1994, in 2000 was told of panties request, in 2008 didn't know - that's ~ 14yrs. "Lost in the paperwork," fallen "through the cracks," "a personal counselling session."
Bethel

There has been no deceit: Archbishop Hickey

   The Record (R.C. Perth, W. Australia, weekly), by RC Archbishop Barry Hickey of Perth, Page Vista 4, Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The following statement on claims regarding his part in the allegations made against the Bethel Community was issued by Archbishop Barry Hickey on Tuesday this week.
Recent publicity about past events at the Bethel Community has revealed that some people are still suffering from experiences they had while members of the community.
   I deeply regret that and I am sorry for any part I might have played in it.
   Those who brought me their assessment of the situation in 2000 were entitled to expect that I would investigate their concerns more fully.
   On reflection, it is clear to me that I could have done much more for the Bethel people than I did. For this I apologise.
   I am writing to those who approached me in 2000 with my apology. However, I would like to assure the Bethel people and the community at large that there has been no deceit by me or my Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton in response to media questions about events.
   The initial media report in May 2008 concerned allegations compiled in 2007 and delivered to Bishop Sproxton. In his investigation he created opportunities for individuals to raise complaints about sexual misconduct, but none was raised.
   The first complaint about sexual misconduct was made to Bishop Sproxton by a woman on February 28, 2008.
   On March 11, at a meeting of elders with Bishop Sproxton, the leader agreed to the Bishop's request that he stand down from the day-to-day running of the community.
   A week later at a community meeting, other complaints of a sexual nature were raised and the leader resigned entirely from the community. The leadership has since been completely restructured.
   The 2000 document was not "a 13-page report detailing sexual allegations" as reported in the morning newspaper on July 7 and 8. It was a 13-page document which included a half-page on "sexual issues" which focused on behaviour of a very unsavoury kind and "possible sexual boundary violations".
   None of the matters raised in either report concerned children. Bishop Sproxton was not involved in 2000, and I accept full responsibility for my inadequate response.
   With regard to the 1994 event reported on Monday, I treated it as a personal counselling session for a young woman carrying a burden, not as a formal complaint to Church authorities seeking action against another individual.   If that was a misunderstanding, I apologise to her.
   However, there was a full review of the Bethel Community and the views of its members in 1994, conducted by a non-member.
   It raised the complaints that often arose about the leader's style of management and communication, the excessive control of members, and inadequate reporting on finances.
   The members also expressed overwhelming support for the spiritual benefits they received from Bethel.
   In the years before 2000 I had extensive contact with Mr Horgan and other Bethel leaders about controversial practices at Bethel.  One was their restrictive dating policy which gave the leaders extensive control.
   Another was the guidance given by the leader to married couples about intimate sexual matters. This caused resentment among some and was welcomed by others.
   Bethel belonged to a worldwide fraternity of like covenant communities.
   They were not established by the Church, but were approved by the Church both as Catholic and ecumenical organisations freely entered into and with no obligation to stay.
   Mr Smith's visit in 1994 was part of the peer monitoring of the fraternity.
   His concerns were mainly about style of management, the dating policy, and the spiritual direction given to individuals and couples. They were not about sexual complaints.
   When I met with Mr Horgan and the Bethel elders to discuss all of these matters; they strongly defended their practices.
   It is clear at the present time that the members of the Bethel Community have taken responsibility for their own organisation and its leadership.
   Bishop Sproxton is working with them to they ensure that their future policies, practices and attitudes to one another are of the high standard that attracted people to covenant communities in the first place.

   [RECAPITULATION: With regard to the 1994 event reported on Monday, I treated it as a personal counselling session for a young woman carrying a burden, not as a formal complaint to Church authorities seeking action against another individual. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Unconvincing!  We need a St Peter or St Paul in Perth! COMMENT ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#there_has_been_no
[July 9, 2008]

• 2000 Bethel report was 'cauterised'.
  [14yrs Abp Barry Hickey*] - Bethel: "Lost in the paperwork," fallen "through the cracks."

2000 Bethel report was ‘cauterised’

   The Record (W. Australia), By Joanna Lawson, Page Vista 4, Wednesday, July 9, 2008
   PERTH (W.A.), Australia – The Bethel whistleblower whose report kicked off the archdiocese's investigation into allegations of sexual innuendo and manipulation by some leaders inside the covenant community has confirmed that a 2000 report to Archbishop Barry Hickey was toned down to avoid the risk of defamation actions.
   The confirmation comes as WA media appeared to imply Archbishop Hickey had covered up knowledge of serious violations of sexual morality and inappropriate behaviour.
   The source, who asked not to be named, said that the allegations in the 2000 report were purposely "cauterised" to prevent defamation actions being taken against the authors of the report.
   "The report that went to the Bishop only said that 'there was a crossing of boundaries'" he said, referring to activities going on within the community.
   The latest allegations against former Bethel leader Kevin Horgan and several other leaders within the community began in 2007 when two women members of the community approached the man who had given a talk to community members on the virtue of modesty.
   As a result of allegations made by the women, the man said he approached the Auxiliary Bishop with his concerns and was asked to submit a report for consideration.
   He then collated and submitted a 21-page report.
   "He read it and asked me to write a second one, and then a third one."
   Subsequent to the handing in of the second set of reports, meetings were held between Bethel leaders including Mr Horgan, Frank Carr and Peter Dudley and Perth Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton.
   At the conclusion of the meetings it was suggested by the Auxiliary Bishop that there be changes in the leadership.  This did not imply that any allegations which might have been made were considered proven.
   Bethel has since taken down its website and set up an Interim Operations Review Group.
   The group describes itself as independent and says it will manage the community and takes no direction from the previous leadership body.
   The priest who has served as chaplain to Bethel through most of its existence told The Record that the 2007 allegations came to him as a "shock."
   "It was not until last year that I got the email while I was in Chicago, and I replied saying that I was very shocked … I used that word, 'shocked'," he said.
   Father Christopher Ross said he had no idea there were allegations of sexual impropriety in the group until he was sent an email last year by a concerned member who was uncomfortable with reports women in the Community were being inappropriately touched.
   "There was a big review commissioned back in 1994 which invited members to air their views, and what came out were concerns mainly with structure and authority," said Father Ross.
   "If you looked at it {the Community's setup} negatively you'd say it was control, and if you looked at it positively you'd say it was structure, and that structure was part of community life. If you didn't like the structure, then I'd say 'Go, let your feet do the talking'."
   "My recollection was that for every one letter of complaint, there were three people saying that the Community was good for their spiritual life.
   "Around that time a fair amount of people left the Community, but no allegations were made about sexual harassment.
   In his statement this week Archbishop Hickey said he understood the 1994 meeting between himself and a woman regarding Bethel was for personal counselling rather than as a formal complaint.  However he also apologised publicly to her if he had misunderstood the purposes of the meeting.
   "The distinction can be made I that Bethel is an ecumenical, not a Catholic organisation, it belongs to the Association of Charismatic Movements, which is Christian, not Catholic," said Father Ross.
   "The Archbishop is responsible for the pastoral care of his people who are in the Community.
   "Bethel is a lay community with a lay structure, and I personally feel that this blowup occurred and it was its own people that stopped it, not the Bishop going in and telling people what to do."
   On its web page (in place of the Community's former website) the IORG states its goal is "to provide structure and transparency to facilitate dealing with immediate issues, interim operations and the required changes within Bethel."
   The Record contacted a member of the new Bethel leadership group however he said he had nothing of value to tell the paper.
   He told The Record that Bethell was focused on healing as a Community and meetings determining the future of the group were yet to be held. #

   [COMMENT: Thought she had come for counselling only -- not a complaint.  It was Christian, not Catholic!  (Well, it was on the Perth RCC archdiocese website list of organisations!  And received a letter of commendation and forget-the-past from a Vatican bishop.!)  Bethel is a lay community … not the Bishop telling people what to do.  (Plenty of wiggle room there!  Nothing like Jesus cleansing the temple or castigating the religious leaders of his day!) COMMENT ENDS.]
   [RECAPITULATION: The Record contacted a member of the new Bethel leadership group however he said he had nothing of value to tell the paper. … and meetings determining the future of the group were yet to be held. ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: Well, that's not very helpful to the rest of the RCs, is it?  Read on for the next quick step, dated July 10, 2008. ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#2000_bethel_report
[July 9, 2008]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Church filmed woman's ordination

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CathNews (Australia), www.cathnews. com/article. aspx?aeid= 8076 , Published July 10, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- St Louis archdiocesan investigators videoed the ordination ceremony of a US woman to use as evidence against a Catholic nun who attended the service.
   National Catholic Reporter says the archdiocese of St Louis authorised the video recording of a Catholic women's ordination ceremony that took place in a synagogue last November.
   It then used the video, along with photographs apparently taken from the video, as evidence to punish a Catholic nun who attended the liturgy, according to several people familiar with the case.
   [COMMENT: What a shame that an epistle says St Paul would not allow a woman to speak in the gatherings, yet women must be veiled down when prophesying, and in Romans 16:1 he allegedly commends Phoebe the deaconess.  It's all infallible, you know! ENDS.]

Seeking to relaunch career, disgraced rabbi fights against sexual allegations

  [1980s ?+ Gafni*, formerly Winarz] - Judaism. Kabbalah too. Female students, staffers.    
   JTA, By Ben Harris, Published July/08/2008
   NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (JTA) -- A disgraced American rabbi with a tangled history of alleged sexual misdeeds is relaunching his career as a spiritual mentor and backtracking from an apparent confession he signed two years ago.
   Rabbi Mordechai Gafni acknowledged his "sickness" in 2006 after several students at his Israeli institute claimed they were lured into sexual liaisons through deception and psychological manipulation. For decades Gafni had been dogged by claims he engaged in improper sexual activities, including allegations that he molested two teenage girls.
   Now Gafni is back with a new Web site that directly challenges the claims against him.

Priest revealed sex assault was non-consensual

  - Roman Catholic Church. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   ABC News, {with video}, July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The priest at the centre of the sexual abuse case that has engulfed Sydney's Archbishop Cardinal George Pell has apologised to his victim.
   The apology is contained in secret police recordings obtained by ABC's Lateline program.
   Father Terence Goodall was recorded by police in 2003 talking to his victim, school teacher Anthony Jones.

Pell could restart sex assault investigation

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] [2003-08 Pell*]
   ABC News {with video}, for July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The Catholic Church is considering re-opening an investigation into a sexual abuse case involving a priest that has engulfed Sydney's Archbishop George Pell.
   The change in position comes after transcripts obtained by ABC TV's Lateline program that have revealed the priest called and apologised to his victim.
   Lateline obtained a transcript of a phone conversation between Father Terrance Goodall and his victim, school teacher Anthony Jones, which was recorded by police in 2003.

Cardinal George Pell may reopen priest sex investigation

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   Herald Sun, {with video}, 08:37am, July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- CARDINAL George Pell will consider reopening a sex abuse investigation of a priest after explosive phone taps contradicted previous claims.
   The taps recorded Father Terrence Goodall admitting a sexual encounter was not consensual, as he first claimed.
   The ABC this week revealed Cardinal Pell had dismissed Anthony Jones's sex abuse complaint against Father Goodall because he gave more weight to the priest's claim the encounter was consensual.
   However, in police phone taps played on Lateline last night, Father Goodall is recorded saying to Mr Jones the encounter was not consensual.

Maine diocese offers new details on priest suicide

  [1979 Robichaud (religious order)] - RCC. Girl.  
   Boston Herald, Associated Press, Wednesday, July 9, 2008
   PORTLAND, Maine - Maine’s Roman Catholic diocese said today it received word six months ago about a sexual abuse claim against a priest who committed suicide last month after being notified that he was temporarily suspended.
   The Diocese of Portland issued a statement offering additional details about the allegation it received from a religious order in Massachusetts that the Rev. James Robichaud had sexually abused a teenage girl 29 years ago in a parish in Lowell, Mass.

Embattled Cardinal Pell speaks with Ali Moore

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   ABC (The 7.30 Report) {with video}, Reporter: Ali Moore, Broadcast: July/09/2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Ali Moore speaks with Catholic Archbishop Cardinal Pell about the sex abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic Church.
   Transcript: ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: In three days, Pope Benedict the 16th arrives in Sydney, ahead of the Catholic Church's World Youth Day celebrations.
   But for the Church's highest representative in Australia, Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell, it's proving a difficult time, faced with claims he misled a sexual abuse victim.
   Cardinal Pell's handling of the allegations by former religious teacher Anthony Jones against Sydney Priest Father Terence Goodall continues to be under the spotlight, with the ABC's Lateline program set to reveal details tonight of telephone taps which record a conversation between the victim and his accused.

Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children

  - General community.  
   Book TV, {video presentation}, July 09, 2008
   Author: Marci Hamilton
   UNITED STATES -- About the Program -- In "Justice Denied," author Marci Hamilton discusses the current legal ramifications of child abuse and the statutes that are currently in place making it difficult for victims of childhood abuse to recieve justice.
   Mrs. Hamilton uses the current clergy sexual abuse scandal as an example. David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), introduced Marci Hamilton. This event was held at Princeton University.

Clergy abuse

  [1980s Bro Nickerson] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, By Crocker Stephenson, 01:32 PM, Wednesday, Jul 9 2008
   ROBERTSVEILLE, Missouri -- Where is Brother David J. Nickerson, the man accused by authorities of raping a Milwaukee altar boy in the 1980s?
   Nickerson is a resident of Recon, a religious facility near St. Louis which, among other things, treats troubled clergy.
   And who is picking up the tab?
   Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd, a Roman Catholic pontifical institute of religious brothers whose members profess the canonical, public vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.

Church to Address Camp Tracey Investigation

  - Baptists. [~ 2008 Mr Ben Lewis*, 2000s Wilson*, an inmate*] - Minor. [1980s+ Camp Tracey] - 5 lawsuits.
   First Coast News, Posted By: Gary Detman, July 09, 2008
   JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The Jacksonville church that runs a camp for troubled kids in Baker County will break its silence.
   First Coast News has been pressing Harvest Baptist Church who runs Camp Tracey for a response to the ongoing investigation.
   The church plans to hold a news conference at 4:30 p.m.
   The Department of Children and Families began investigating the camp following the arrests of two people at the camp, a counselor and a camper.

Green Bay sex abuse victims expecting new "law and order" prelate to "clean

 
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, July 09, 2008
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- Today the Vatican appointed Bishop David Ricken of the small diocese of Cheyenne, WY as the new bishop of Green Bay.
   The Green Bay diocese has been rocked by the release earlier this year of hundreds of pages of secret church documents detailing decades long cover up of sex crimes by clergy under several Green Bay Catholic bishops, including the current Cardinal of Detroit, Adam Maida. Maida was replaced by Robert Banks from the Boston Archdiocese. Banks, according to a scathing Massachusetts Grand Jury report, was Cardinal Bernard Law’s chief lieutenant in covering up for offender priests before coming to Green Bay.
   Documents were also released this year from the Norbertine religious order, headquartered in the diocese and under the supervision of the Green Bay bishop, detailing there policy of hiding and transferring known sex offenders.

New Green Bay bishop has broad background

  - RCC.
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel By Tom Heinen 12:19 PM Wednesday, Jul 9 2008
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- Cheyenne Bishop David L. Ricken, whose appointment by Pope Benedict XVI as the 12th bishop of the Green Bay Diocese was announced today, has been a bishop since 2001and has had a wide range of responsibilities since being ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pueblo, Colo., in 1980.
   Ricken, 55, is a member of the United States bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, which advises the bishops and oversees plans and programs related to their response to the sexual abuse of minors by clergy.

Lion to lamb and the silence is unbearable

  - Why hasn't Vatican excommunicated murderer Mugabe, as is done to ordained women?  
   The Australian, by Christopher Hitchens | June 14, 2008
   ZIMBABWE -- THE scale of state-sponsored crime and terror in Zimbabwe has escalated to the point where we are compelled to watch not just the systematic demolition of democracy and human rights in that country but also something not very far removed from slow-motion mass murder a la Burma.
   The order from the Mugabe regime that closes down all international aid groups and humanitarian non-governmental organisations is significant in two ways. …
   And it seems he bears a charmed life in Rome. He was there only recently as a guest at the funeral of pope John Paul II and was able to claim that he was on Vatican soil rather than Italian territory. Which in turn raises an interesting question. What is it going to take before the Catholic Church has anything to say about the conduct of this member of its flock? Mugabe has been a devout Catholic since his days in a mission school in what was then colonial Rhodesia and one is forced to wonder what he tells his priest when he is asked if he has anything he'd like to confess.
   By way of contrast, look what happened to archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo. This Catholic churchman in Zimbabwe's second city was a pillar of opposition to the regime and a great defender of its numberless victims. After a long campaign of defiance and after surviving many threats to his life, the archbishop was caught on video last year having some fairly vigorous sex with a woman not his wife. Indeed, she was someone else's wife, which made it adultery as well as fornication. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2008 3:48 PM]
   [COMMENT: From Slate of June 9, and headed "The Lion Who Didn't Roar," this article was listed in the June CSAT (Id 11996).
   When Mugabe's re-election was declared, and he was sworn in as President again, he held up a black-bound book that looked all the world like a Bible.  It does look as if Christopher Hitchens is right in asking why hasn't the Pope excommunicated Mugabe. ENDS.]

St. Louis Archdiocese videoed women’s ordination rite

  - RCC filmed the evidence, expelled Sr Louise Lears.  
   National Catholic Reporter, By Tom Fox, NCR Staff, Published: July 9, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- The archdiocese of St. Louis authorized the video recording of a Catholic women’s ordination ceremony that took place in a synagogue last November. It then used the video, along with photographs apparently taken from the video, as evidence to punish a Catholic nun who attended the liturgy, according to several people familiar with the case.
   Sister of Charity Louise Lears was forced out of all church ministerial roles and banned from receiving sacraments within the archdiocese by an edict of St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke announced June 26. …
   "It was a surveillance video. That’s exactly what it was," said Sean Collins, a co-pastoral associate of Lears at St. Cronan Parish until he resigned July 2nd, in part, he said, to speak about what he says has been a grave injustice taken against Lears.

NGO cries for justice for alleged minor rape victims of priest

  [Madangen]  
   ABS-CBN BY XENIA RIBAYA, ABS-CBN Baguio, July 09, 2008
   BONTOC, Mt. Province. PHILIPPINES -- Today marks the third court hearing of the trial on the three counts of acts of lasciviousness and one count of rape in the case filed by "Lea", a 16-year-old minor against Fr. Gabriel Madangen Jr. of the Bontoc-Lagawe Vicariate.
   Innabuyog-Gabriela said it strongly considers such cases of sexual offenses affront to the dignity of a person, especially women.
   Vernie Yocogan-Diano, Innabuyog-Gabriela regional chair, said that the alleged offense was even made heavier by the fact that the perpetrator is a man of cloth, thus, a person in authority who exploited the innocence and fragile state of the victims.

Ramblings of "Rabbi" Mordechai Gafni in Dialogue with Luke Ford

  [1980s ?+ Gafni*, formerly Winarz] - Judaism. Kabbalah too. Female students, staffers.    
   Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out, [audio presentations], July 09, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- Below is a series of audio recordings of Luke Ford interviewing Marc Gafni.
   FYI: "Rabbi" Mordechai Gafni confessed to having "sexual relations" with a thirteen-year-old girl back in the 1980's. In 2006 he confessed to clergy sexual abuse of adult women in Israel. After his confession he came back to the United States and has been hiding out in Salt Lake City, UT ever since.

Pope Benedict to seize chance at church atonement

  - RCC.    
   Courier Mail, by Alison Cotes, July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THIS month is Pope Benedict XVI's biggest chance yet to salvage the reputation of the Roman Catholic Church world-wide.
   From July 15-20 he will be in Australia to host the largest gathering of young people that Australia has ever seen, with almost 200,000 pilgrims registered so far, a crowd even bigger than that attracted by the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
   And even though half of those pilgrims are from Australia, according to the WYD08 official website, the eyes of the world will be upon him, for this is the largest youth event of any kind in the world.

Pell stands by 'consensual' decision

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   The Australian, July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- CARDINAL George Pell has stood by a decision to dismiss a sex abuse complaint against a priest who claimed the encounter was consensual - despite the Catholic Church possessing proof to the contrary.
   Cardinal Pell will consider reopening a church investigation of convicted priest Father Terrence Goodall, after phone taps recorded him admitting he had forced himself upon his victim.
   In 2003 Cardinal George Pell dismissed a sex abuse complaint against Goodall, because he gave weight to the priest's claim the encounter was consensual.

Two Televangelists Making Reforms Amid Financial Probe

  - 6 megaminstries under financial scrutiny.  
   Christian Post Reporter By Lillian Kwon 08:11 AM EDT Wed, Jul. 09 2008
   UNITED STATES -- Two prominent mega-ministries under a Senate probe for opulent spending indicated they would institute reforms even before the investigation is complete, according to a new report.
   Charismatic preachers Joyce Meyer and Benny Hinn are the only two that have fully cooperated with an investigation that is currently scrutinizing four other popular ministries and they are now reportedly taking their own action to ensure proper financial standing as a nonprofit.
   "Transparency has been and will continue to be a standard of this ministry," said Joyce Meyer, who was the first to turn over requested papers, in a statement Tuesday. "We hold a deep commitment to our ministry partners and friends, and this is why we have a tradition of going above and beyond what is required by law. We are committed to the truth and to our purpose."

Ex-priest who molested 2 girls released

  [1999-2000 Campobello] - RCC. 2 girls.
   Chicago Sun-Times July 9, 2008
   ILLINOIS:  Mark Campobello -- a defrocked Catholic priest who admitted sexually assaulting two teenage girls over a period of several months -- was released Tuesday after more than three years in prison.
   Campobello, who was released temporarily earlier this year, had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl over five months in 1999 while living in the rectory of St. Peter Church in Geneva.
   The former Aurora and Geneva priest also pleaded guilty to molesting a 15-year-old girl while she was a student at Aurora Central Catholic High School in 1999 and 2000, while he was assistant principal there.

Protestors set to challenge WYD laws

  - NSW attacks Free Speech.    
   SX Written by Katrina Fox Wednesday, July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Civil liberties advocates, religious and legal figures, the State Emergency Service (SES) and Rural Fire Service (RFS) have joined GLBT activists in protesting against emergency powers enacted by the NSW state government for World Youth Day.
   Last week Premier Morris Iemma announced that anyone doing something that may be considered ‘annoying’ – including the wearing of a controversial t-shirt – to pilgrims in a ‘declared’ zone would be subject to $5,500 fine (SX #388).
   However queer rights activist Rachel Evans from Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) is part of a case being brought by the NSW Council for Civil Liberties (NSWCCL) that will challenge the laws in federal court this Friday.

WYD: The Crime of Your Eternal Life

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   PollieGraph, By Bob Dumpling, ~ July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Atheists at ABC’s Lateline clearly thought they would rain on Cardinal George Pell’s parade airing Monday nights story of an alleged priest abuse cover-up.
   George Pell has defended his correspondence with Anthony Jones, after it was alleged he gave misleading information. Pell has described his letter as ‘badly worded’. This may be a precursor to the Pope’s arrival for the start of the Australian leg of Ratzinger’s Global Sorry Tour.
   [COMMENT: There are a lot of God-fearing people who applaud Lateline's exposure of Pell.  He had been previously exposed by the late Richard Carleton, "60 Minutes," on June 2, 2002. ENDS.]

Phone taps reveal sex assault was non-consensual

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] [2003-08 Pell*]
   ABC News, {with video}, July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- ABC's Lateline has revealed transcripts of tapped phone conversations where a Catholic priest admits having non-consensual sex with his victim.
   Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell has been accused of mishandling a sexual abuse complaint made by religious teacher Anthony Jones against Sydney Priest Father Terence Goodall.
   In the transcript of a recorded conversation between Mr Jones and Father Goodall, the priest claims he never told a church investigation the assault was consensual.

New Bishop Appointed to Green Bay Catholic Diocese

  - RCC.  
   MyFox N.E. Wisconsin, ~ July 09, 2008
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed a new bishop to the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.
   Most Rev. David Ricken will be the 12th bishop of the diocese. He comes to Green Bay from the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Jailed Polygamist Warren Jeffs Taken to Hospital

  [Years - Jeffs*] - FLDS. Arranging child marriages. 4 girls.
   eNews 2.0 (United Kingdom), ~ July 09, 2008
   LAS VEGAS (NV) -- Sect leader Warren Jeffs was taken to a hospital in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Police wouldn’t say why and the real cause of his departure hasn't been found out yet. Jeffs was taken to the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas from an Arizona Jail. …
   It seems that he tried to kill himself while he was in jail. He refused food and drink for a month, developing ulcer. He then tried to hang himself and after that he banged his head and threw himself against the wall.

Cardinal Pell Rings Alarm Bell

  - Roman Catholic Church. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   Same Same, ~ July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- People who plan to protest during the Pope’s visit because of the Catholic Church’s involvement in instances of child sexual assault have even more reason to do so now.
   Australia’s highest ranking Catholic official, Cardinal George Pell, has been accused of covering up another case of child sexual assault within the church, only days before the Pontiff arrives.
   The Pope apologised for paedophilia within the ‘sacred ministry’ in April of this year, with rumours that another apology was a possibility here.

"Your word against his": Pell told complainant

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] [2003-08 Pell*]
   CathNews, Published: July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Writing to a man complaining about abuse by a priest, Cardinal George Pell responded that "in the end, it is your word against his."
   The Sydney Morning Herald quotes an ABC report of a second letter from Cardinal Pell to Anthony Jones who had complained about abuse by Fr Terence Goodall.
   "What cannot be determined by me however is whether it was a matter of sexual assault as you state or homosexual behaviour between two consenting adults as maintained by Father Goodall," Cardinal Pell's 2003 letter stated.
   [COMMENT: When did celibacy include a permit to have sex with ANYONE, of any age or of any gender, whether voluntary or by coercion? END.]

Accused priest 'will never work again'

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] [2003-08 Pell*]
   NEWS.com.au , 01:23pm, July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A PRIEST suspended over a sex abuse complaint will never again offer holy sacraments or perform as a priest, a bishop says.
   Sydney Bishop Anthony Fisher, co-ordinator of World Youth Day, today said Father Terrence Goodall was suspended after Anthony Jones complained of being sexually assaulted by him.
   Letters obtained by the ABC and aired this week show Sydney Archbishop Cardinal Gerorge Pell told Mr Jones his complaint could not be upheld because the church was not aware of any other complaint.
   But another letter, written at the same time in 2003, shows Cardinal Pell was aware of a second allegation of sexual abuse against Goodall.
   [COMMENT: Can we be sure he will be permanently stopped from preying on people? ENDS.]

Ask not for whom the Pell extolls, it's not for thee

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   Webdiary, ~ July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The role of a priest in a community is to represent faith and trust in the tenets of a religion, to be an embodiment of the concepts being espoused. It's bad enough that the jokes about pirests and altar boys ("a Mars Bar and a packet of crisps" ends the one I know) don't have any fun to them any more, their inherent satire becoming replaced by a sense of thruth. But now it's worse.
   The Australian figurehead of the Catholic Church, while demanding and enforcing what he considers to be appropriate behaviour from the secular community, has allowed one of his ministers to behave appallingly without taking action that those outside his church would be expected to take. It now appears that Pell might also have gone to the lengths of bullying a complainant into not challenging the reputation of a priest who was already known to be tarnished, for the sake perhaps of avoiding litigation.
   Now the pigeons are coming home to roost. World Youth Day is around the corner that Pell has painted himself into. He's in the classic political situation of having to deny he's going to resign, which no doubt means he knows he's not swimming in holy waters.

Former Mother Seton priest charged with abuse

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.  
   Gazette by Melissa A. Chadwick | July 09, 2008
   GERMANTOWN (MD) -- Child abuse charges have been filed against a former priest at Mother Seton Parish in Germantown, five years after a former altar boy reported the alleged sexual abuse to county police.
   The Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, 56, of the 100 block of East 65th Street in New York City, was released on $250,000 bail on July 2, one day after he turned himself in to Montgomery County Police. He was charged with custodian child abuse, according to charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court.

Father Mark Jaufmann, who accused Cairo priest of abuse, found dead in LA

  - Critic dies in doubtful circumstances.
   The Daily Mail By Colin DeVries, July 09, 2008
   CATSKILL (NY) – A clergyman who lived the remaining years of his life on the edge of controversy was found dead in a Los Angeles park on March 21, and although investigators have ruled otherwise, his former roommate believes foul play was involved.
   Father Mark Jaufmann, chaplain at Glendale Memorial Hospital, was found dead on a trail in Griffith Park. The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office concluded that he died of atherosclerotic heart disease, but his roommate Abet Ramos insists there is more to it than that.
   "I have doubts that it was heart disease," said Ramos. …
   Jaufmann, who went public with abuse claims in January 2006, maintained that he was molested until his death. His attorney, John Aretakis, said he believes that his outspoken criticism of the church’s approach toward suspected abusive priests may have attributed to his death.
   "He indicated to me that something in his life was making him fearful," said Aretakis.
   Aretakis, an indefatigable advocate for victims of abuse by priests, said he believes that foul play was involved in Jaufmann’s death and that this is another voice suppressed by the church.

Ex-clergyman was admired in community

  [1997 O'Connor] - RCC. Male.
   The Morning Journal, By JEFF GREEN, July/09/2008
   ELYRIA (OH) -- Former Rev. Patrick J. O'Connor was once an admired associate pastor at St. Jude Catholic Church in Elyria.
   O'Connor, 50, is now being accused of sexual misconduct for the second time in his career, which forced his resignation from the priesthood last month. A 27-year-old Elyria man has alleged he was a victim of sexual misconduct by O'Connor at the church in 1997. The case is being investigated by Elyria police.
   O'Connor is among at least 20 other priests put on leave by the Cleveland Catholic Diocese since 2002, when it formed its independent review board on cases of sexual abuse, said spokesman Bob Tayek.

Ex-associate pastor in Falls faces sex-abuse investigation

 
   Beacon Journal By Colette M. Jenkins Beacon Journal religion writer Wednesday, Jul 09, 2008
   ELYRIA (OH) -- Elyria police expect that they will need about three weeks to complete the investigation of a former associate pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cuyahoga Falls accused of abusing a former Lorain County teen.
   "I do believe, once the investigation is complete, that the information will be presented to the grand jury," said Elyria Police Lt. Andrew Eichenlaub.
   Police began investigating an allegation of sex abuse against Patrick O'Connor, who resigned from the priesthood on June 6. His resignation came two days after the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland received a report of sexual abuse from a 27-year-old Westlake man. The diocese placed O'Connor on administrative leave the same day it received the report and contacted the Lorain County prosecutor.

New Catholic bishop faces tough challenges in a changing diocese

 
   The News Journal, July 09, 2008
   WILMINGTON (DE) -- Catholics in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore have a new spiritual leader, Bishop W. Francis Malooly.
   Pope Benedict XVI has appointed the 64-year-old auxiliary bishop of Baltimore to lead the Wilmington Diocese upon Bishop Michael Saltarelli's retirement.
   Bishop Malooly's credentials seem right for the job. He has established a solid record of directly addressing problems affecting the church and its followers.
   In fact, local representatives of Voice of the Faithful, a national organization formed in response to the crisis of sexual abuse of children by clergy, were cheered by Bishop Malooly's appointment to the Wilmington office.

Cardinal Pell responds to clerical sexual abuse cover-up allegations

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other. [1994-08 Abp Barry Hickey*] - In 1994 and 2000 got reports about Bethel, in 2008 didn't know.      
   Catholic News Agency, 03:44 am, Jul 9, 2008
   SYDNEY, Australia (CNA).- Cardinal George Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, has denied allegations of a cover-up involving clerical sexual abuse, saying he did not intentionally mislead a man who complained of a priest’s sexual abuse. It is reported that the cardinal erroneously told the man there were no other complaints against the priest.
   The allegations concern the cardinal’s response to the case of Father Terence Goodall, who was convicted in 2006 of indecently assaulting Anthony Jones in 1982.
   In 2003, Reuters reports, Cardinal Pell wrote a letter to Jones saying his abuse claim was rejected, stating "as no other complaint of attempted sexual assault has been received against Father Goodall and he categorically denies the allegation … the complaint of attempted aggravated sexual assault cannot be considered to have been substantiated."
   [COMMENT: No, he wrote two letters the same day about the same priest-predator.  One letter contradicted the other.]

Catholic community shuts after Archbishop's apology

  [1994-2008 Abp Hickey*] - RCC. Bethel: Told in 1994, in 2000 was told of panties request, in 2008 didn't know - that's ~ 14yrs. "Lost in the paperwork," fallen "through the cracks."    
   The West Australian, http://www. thewest.com. au/default. aspx?MenuID= 77&ContentID= 83876 , 17:30 WST July 9, 2008
   PERTH (WA), AUSTRALIA -- A controversial Catholic community will close down in the wake of an apology by Perth's Archbishop over his handling of allegations against it, some involving sexual impropriety.
   The Bethel Covenant Community, a lay Catholic organisation in Perth, said today recent misconduct and longer term structural, cultural and behavioural issues made its existence unjustifiable.
   "We deeply regret that the original genuine Christian mission of the community has been subverted by certain actions and activities that the remaining members of the community find totally unacceptable and do not condone," Bethel interim chairman Rob Crothers said on its website.
   [COMMENT: And the Bethel leadership had been invited by the local RC paper to make a comment, and did not do so beforehand.  Perhaps the speed of the decision meant tht time beat them to get a statement to that RC paper, which is published on Wednesdays.  Was the rush intended to remove the assets beyond legal reach, if people sued for the emotional damage allegedly caused by the intrusion on their private sex lives and affections? ENDS. ]

Pell's sex assault stance 'hinges on phone taps'

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   ABC News, {with video}, ~ July 09, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell says he was not aware of tapped phone conversations where a Catholic priest admits having non-consensual sex with his victim.
   He has been accused of mishandling a sexual abuse complaint made by religious teacher Anthony Jones against Sydney Priest Father Terence Goodall.
   Police phone taps obtained by the ABC's Lateline record Father Terence Goodall admitting to victim Anthony Jones that he did not tell a church investigator his actions were consensual.

Pell considers new Goodall investigation

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] [2003-08 Pell*]
   The Age, 9:13PM, July 9, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Cardinal George Pell will consider reopening a church investigation of convicted priest Father Terrence Goodall, after phone taps recorded him saying a sexual encounter with an abuse victim was not consensual, as he first claimed.
   Cardinal George Pell dismissed a sex abuse complaint against Goodall because he gave weight to the priest's claim the encounter was consensual.
   The ABC revealed on Tuesday night that Cardinal Pell dismissed Anthony Jones' complaint because he gave more weight to Father Goodall's side of the story, despite Mr Jones protestations to the contrary. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2008 7:54 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed July 09, 2008
• Bethel shuts doors but Archbishop won't resign.
  - RCC. [1994-08 Abp Barry Hickey*] - In 1994 and 2000 got reports about Bethel, in 2008 didn't know.    

Bethel shuts doors but Archbishop won’t resign

   The West Australian, www.thewest.com.au , By SEAN COWAN, Pages One and 6, Thursday, July 10, 2008
  [Picture] Archbishop Barry Hickey  
   PERTH – Bethel Covenant Community, Catholic group at the centre of a sex scandal which has brought into question the credibility of Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey, has closed its doors and will donate its assets worth $12 million to charity.
   But Archbishop Hickey, who failed to act on sexual misconduct claims about Bethel leader Kevin Horgan in 1994 and again in 2000, yesterday refused to resign.
   The West Australian has revealed that Mr Horgan, the brother of wealthy Catholic benefactor and Leeuwin Estate owner Denis Horgan, resigned in February from the position he held at Bethel for more than 25 years after female community members complained he regularly groped their breasts and encouraged many of them to have breast enlargement operations.
   Yesterday, the new Bethel leadership group told The West Australian the community had to close.  "We continue to totally abhor and condemn the abuse that has occurred at Bethel," member Greg Diamond said.  "It was totally contrary to Christian beliefs and morals.  The structural and cultural issues driven by some past leaders were totally unacceptable according to any community moral standards.
   "There were fundamental failures of governance, culture and behaviour at Bethel which overstepped acceptable boundaries.  Bethel, as has been constituted and in its current location, cannot continue.  It is a source of too much pain for too many people."
   The decision was made after a meeting of Bethel's remaining 100 members on Tuesday night, and the community signs were removed from its West Leederville headquarters yesterday.  A planned visit by Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton on Sunday has been cancelled.
Continued on page 6
Sex scandal forces Bethel to shut down
From page 1
   Interim Bethel leader Rob Crothers said the community's assets, consisting mainly of the $12 million headquarters and its contents, would be sold. The proceeds could not be given to its members, but had to go to a group with similar aims to Bethel.
   He said the group wanted to continue a program aimed at developing the Christian faith of young children.
   Mr Diamond, Mr Crothers and fellow leadership group member Kathryn Probert said Bethel had not been all bad. They would remain friends with many of its 800 members and former members, most of whom had not known about the abuses until February.
   "There has been a lot of trauma over the last six months and a lot of people expressing anger and hurt, but the meeting was a little bit different because everyone knew the curtain was coming down," Mr Diamond said.  "There were a lot of tears last night, but there was a sense that out of this may come new hope – a phoenix from the ashes."
  [Picture] Closed: Glue is all that remains of the sign at the Bethel Covenant Community in West Leederville.    Picture: Steve Ferrier  
   Mr Crothers said Bethel had paid for counselling for 35 members and former members and would continue to do so. "Closing the community is not an attempt to sweep things under the carpet.  It's a response to people's hurt and pain and a recognition that boundaries have been overstepped and our governance structure hasn't done what it should have done," Mr Crothers said.
   Archbishop Hickey admitted yesterday that revelations that he had initially failed to act on complaints about Mr Morgan might have damaged the Church's standing in Perth.
   "But I hope it doesn't. Even my act of asking forgiveness for the people that I have let down by not doing enough for them is something that my faith obliges me to do," he said. #

   [SCRIPTURE: Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new paste … (1 Corinthians 5:7).  Put away the evil one from among yourselves. (1 Cor 5:13) ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: In addition, during the time that some members at meetings were "speaking in tongues," the Bethel Covenant Community Ltd. was in apostacy, which the supposed shepherds of the Perth Archdiocese ought to have detected and suppressed.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [2nd SCRIPTURE: If therefore the whole congregation … all speak with tongues, and there come in unlearned persons or infidels, will they not say that you are mad? (1 Corinthians 14:23). 
   If any speak with a tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and in course ; and let one interpret. (1 Cor 14:27) ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: Besides the reason given in the Epistle, another reason is that speaking in tongues etc. might lead some devotees into emotional states and dependence, hence susceptible to grooming for sin, such as was reported to the RC authorities in 1994, but not acted on.
   [3rd COMMENT: However, if some part of the Bethel culture could have been steered towards healthful devotion and work for goodness, the time to have started doing so was 1994, NOT leaving it until so many people left in disgust at various times, and the rest had such unsavoury memories that the decision came to shut it down.  Bishops are supposed to be shepherds, not just decorations. ENDS.]
   [FINANCIAL COMMENT: Is this sudden decision to sell up and donate to charity (whose, one wonders) a strategem to avoid paying compensation to people who find that their emotional lives have been warped and twisted by the unusual sexual groomings that were evidently occurring, and, are there even more serious occurrences to be revealed, that might prove costly? ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#bethel_shuts_doors
[July 10, 2008]

• Cardinal considers reopening assault investigation.
  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      

Cardinal considers reopening assault investigation

   The West Australian, www.thewest.com.au , p 6, Thursday, July 10, 2008
   SYDNEY – Cardinal George Pell says he will consider reopening an investigation into whether a man was sexually assaulted by a Sydney Catholic priest in 1982 after hearing what he described as new information on the case.
   A taped phone conversation between Anthony Jones and Father Terence Goodall was played on the ABC's Lateline last night.
   In it, Father Goodall said he had not told Catholic Church investigators that Mr Jones consented to a sexual encounter in 1982, undermining Cardinal Pell's rejection of Mr Jones' sexual assault claims.
   Australia's most senior Catholic clergyman is under fire over a 2003 letter in which he erroneously said a Church investigator had not upheld Mr Jones' complaint of sexual assault against Father Goodall.
   Cardinal Pell called it "an innocent error" on Tuesday but stuck to his view there was not enough evidence of sexual assault despite the contrary findings of the Church investigator.  The main reason Cardinal Pell rejected the claim was that Father Goodall "categorically denies the accusation" of sexual assault.
   But in the phone tap, Father Goodall told Mr Jones: "I certainly didn't say it was consensual, I don't know where they got that from."  He apologised to Mr Jones "because I thought I'd forced myself on you … it was really, it was a very, very wrong thing to do and I was taking advantage of another man and it was very bad".
   The conversation was recorded by police in 2003 for Father Goodall's criminal trial, where he was convicted of indecently assaulting Mr Jones.
   Asked if he would reopen the investigation, Cardinal Pell said: "Well, we would.  I'd certainly take legal advice.  I would.  I've always said I'm happy to talk with Jones and if this new information is verified I'd certainly talk with him on a new basis."
   Lateline reported that Cardinal Pell's lawyers had had the taped conversation since 2005. #

   [COMMENT: Since when was homosexual sex, with or without consent, able to be even mentioned among the saints? ENDS.]
   [CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURE: And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts, one towards another ; men with men, working that which is filthy and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. -- Epistle to the Romans 1:27; Douay translation. ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: And did the vow of celibacy fade away as the priest moved in on Mr Jones?  Perhaps the priest and Pell ought to be asked to learn the Penny Catechism off by heart, with special emphasis on the Ten Commandments.  Perhaps they could enrol in a non-Catholic Sunday School, and been given "lines" if they prevaricate. COMMENT ENDS.]
   [3rd COMMENT: Pell talked of not proving "sexual assault."  Might we ask how much LIQUOR was drunk by the priest and the religion teacher before the grope in the pool and the episode on the bed?  However, Pell has failed his flock, and ought to be dismissed.  But the Vatican is more likely to promote him, just as it did the corrupt "enabler" Cardinal Law of Boston, now a Vatican adviser, head of the Basilica of St Mary Major. ENDS.]
   [4th COMMENT: The police taped phone conversation has, possibly, disproved what Pell said about the "horizontal wrestling" being by consent.  "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive."  A wag once said "It's better to tell the truth -- it's less strain than thinking up new lies to prop up an unlikely story." ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#cardinal_considers_reopening
[July 10, 2008]

• Cardinal Pell refers abuse complaint.
  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] [2003-08 Pell*]

Cardinal Pell refers abuse complaint

   The West Australian, www.thewest.com.au , http://www. thewest.com. au/aapstory. aspx?Story Name=496950 , AAP, 21:18 WST, July 10, 2008
   SYDNEY – The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, has referred rape allegations against a former priest to an independent panel, including retired NSW Supreme Court Judge Bill Priestly.
   Cardinal Pell has re-opened investigations into Father Terrence Goodall after phone taps recorded the convicted priest saying a sexual encounter with his adult victim Anthony Jones was not consensual, as he first claimed.
   In 2003, Cardinal George Pell dismissed a sex abuse complaint against Father Goodall, because he gave weight to the priest's claim the encounter was consensual.
   Cardinal Pell dismissed Anthony Jones' complaint despite Mr Jones' protestations to the contrary.
   However, in 2003 police phone transcripts - played [sic] on ABC Television on Wednesday night, Father Goodall admitted to Mr Jones that the encounter was not consensual.
   Mr Jones, now 54, was sexually abused by Father Goodall in 1982 and informed the church about it 20 years later.
   In 2005, Father Goodall was convicted of indecently assaulting Mr Jones after pleading guilty to the charges, but served no time in prison.
   Dr Pell has now referred the rape allegations to an independent panel, the church said.
   "Although the complaints of Mr Anthony Jones have been dealt with by the Church, the criminal court and the civil court, out of consideration for Mr Jones, Cardinal George Pell has formally referred the matters raised this week to an independent consultative panel established under Towards Healing protocols," it said in a statement.
   "The panel, which is chaired by retired NSW Supreme Court judge Bill Priestley QC, has been asked to advise Cardinal Pell on the options open to him.
   "It consists of prominent lay people from the fields of law, business, and psychiatry, as well as a senior priest."
   The panel would report back as soon as possible, the church said.
   Cardinal Pell has become embroiled in the Goodall sex abuse scandal just days before Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the country for World Youth Day.
   Letters obtained by the ABC and aired on Monday showed Cardinal Pell told Mr Jones that his complaint could not be upheld because the church was not aware of any other complaints against the priest.
   But another letter showed Cardinal Pell was aware of a second allegation of sexual abuse against Father Goodall.
   It was also revealed that an internal church report found Father Goodall had had sexual encounters with a 16-year-old female, as well as Mr Jones and the other young male complainant.
   Cardinal Pell earlier this week said he got his decision wrong and had expressed himself poorly in the letter to Mr Jones.
   Mr Jones' lawyer Peter Karp was critical of the panel investigation, saying it was just "another in-house look at Tony's matters".
   "It's already been looked at before - it's very clear what the evidence is all about," he told ABC's Lateline program.
   "I don't think that it is going to be acceptable."
   Mr Karp said the abuse case against Father Goodall had been going for too long, and his client wanted "resolution now".
   "If we just go back to where he was at the start before those letters were sent, what he wanted then (was) just a small amount of compensation, a letter of apology, acknowledgment of the wrong that's done to him," he said. -- AAP #

http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#cardinal_pell_refers
[21:18 WST, July 10, 2008]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Preschool teacher pleads guilty in child porn case

  [? 2000s Selavka -NEW*] - Christian. Child pornography. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Republican, www. masslive. com/news/ index.ssf/ 2008/07/ preschool_ teacher_ pleads_ guilt.html , By BUFFY SPENCER, bspencer@repub.com , ~ July 10, 2008
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- Former preschool teacher Edgar L. Selavka will spend one year in jail after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.
   Selavka, 50, of Easthampton, worked with young children at the People's Institute and the Center for Early Childhood Education at Smith College. He was also the director of Christian education at Edwards Church.
   He pleaded guilty in April to 11 counts of possession of child pornography in Hampshire Superior Court. Selavka was sentenced today to 2½ years in the Hampshire County Correctional Center, with one year to be served and the rest suspended with seven years of probation.

Mother sues Mormon church in abuse case

  [2004 Un-named convicted offender -NEW*] - Mormon. Boy.  
   The Boston Globe, By Connie Paige, Globe Correspondent / July 10, 2008
   LAWRENCE (MA) -- A Lawrence-area woman is alleging that the Mormon church failed to conduct a background check on a convicted sex offender, who went on to molest her 9-year-old son in 2004 while baby-sitting the boy at the church's Methuen branch.
   In a lawsuit filed in Essex Superior Court in Lawrence, the mother also alleges that church leaders tried to persuade her not to press charges against the sex offender, a Dracut man who had served a year in a Maine prison for a sex crime 22 years earlier, and refused to cooperate with a police investigation into the assault on her son.
   Her lawsuit says that but for the church's alleged negligence, the boy would not have been molested, and that he now suffers from post-traumatic stress and other psychological disorders. The mother is asking for an unspecified amount of damages.

Quit pressure mounts on Cardinal George Pell

  [2008 Hon. Tony Abbott -NEW*] - RCC. Supports dissembling.  
   Herald Sun, by Carly Crawford, July 11, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- CARDINAL George Pell is facing mounting pressure to resign over the latest sex abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic Church.
   As sex abuse victims of Catholic clergy called for his scalp, the church boss won support from staunchly Catholic MP Tony Abbott.
   Mr Abbott said Dr Pell should be commended for publicly admitting he had made a mistake in the way he responded to Anthony Jones's sex abuse claims.
   "Immediate action was taken against him and I think Cardinal Pell has a pretty good record when it comes to making sure that there is no misbehaviour on the part of the priests of the archdiocese in which he's been in charge," Mr Abbott said.

In Sex-Abuse Case, Court Issues Watershed Ruling on Rabbinical Duty

  [2001-05 Tendler] - Judaist (Kehillat). "Sexual therapy." Woman. [2008 Court decides rabbi owes no fiduciary duty]  
   Forward, www.forward. com/articles/ 13754 , By Anthony Weiss, Thu. Jul 10, 2008
   NEW YORK -- What is a rabbi to a congregant? A therapist? A friend? A conduit to God?
   These questions were taken up by New York State’s top appellate court in a recent decision that pivoted on the issue of what rabbis can and cannot do in the eyes of the law. The answers the judges gave were not definitive, but the 10-page decision does give insight into a probing debate about the role that rabbis play in society.
   The debate arose in the context of the already controversial case of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler, who lost his pulpit job in upstate New York after allegedly having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a congregant.
   In a unanimous decision, handed down June 25, the New York State Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Tendler had abused his position to manipulate his former congregant. The court did not say that the relationship did not exist. Instead, the judges determined that Tendler had not been established to have a "fiduciary duty" to Adina Mermelstein, the congregant in question, that would have prohibited him from such behavior. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2008 8:00 PM] [LOOK BACK: June 8, 2008 (several in June).]

Joelle Casteix Fights for Catholic Church Sex-Abuse Victims While Pursuing Her Own Abuser

 
   Orange County Weekly By GUSTAVO ARELLANO, 3:00 pm Thursday, July 10, 2008
   CALIFORNIA -- They phone Joelle Casteix every day, morning and night, Sundays through Sundays, at least 30 times a week. And no matter what she’s doing–relaxing, spending time with her husband and infant son, working–Casteix takes the call.
   The people on the line always tell the same story, with the only variation being the level of depravity. A priest s*d*mized me in the rectory when I was an altar boy. My high-school teacher raped a friend. I think my brother suffered sexual abuse when we were studying for Communion as teens. Sometimes, they ramble. Other times, their stories spill out in spurts and stutters, topped by inconsolable wails, tears welled up for decades, memories suppressed since childhood. Casteix listens, offers phone numbers for therapy or support groups, and repeats the words she longed to hear for years: "It wasn’t your fault."
   As the Southwest Regional Director of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), it’s Casteix’s responsibility to act as an ever-available ear to the thousands of people sexually assaulted by the Catholic Church’s various employees: priests, nuns, bishops, lay workers, volunteers. She participates in protests against the church hierarchy, fights them in the courts and press, and even lobbies state and local governments to relax statutes of limitations so victims can seek restitution against their predators.
   Short, with freckles on her cheeks and a near-permanent smile, Casteix seems stolen from a Target commercial, not from the front lines of the church sex-abuse scandal. She’s a self-employed PR agent but wants to run a vocal academy and loves theater. "Ninety percent of the people in my life don’t know me as an advocate for sex-abuse victims," Casteix cracks, shoes off as she reclines on a couch in the Newport Beach offices of her attorney, John Manly, and sips a Diet Coke. "To them, I’m just plain old Joelle."
   [SOME HISTORY regarding Ms Casteix: Part of CNN transcript of August 3, 2004, at: http:// transcripts. cnn.com/ TRANSCRIPTS/ 0412/03/ pzn.01.html .
  CASTEIX: From when I was 15 until I was 17. And he was a lay teacher. He wasn't a priest, but he was covered up by the same mechanism that covered up for many of the priest abusers.
  And the tragedy is that the school knew what was happening to me. I went to administrators. I looked for help. And they turned their back on me. And they told me, oh, isn't it wonderful to be in love? And here I am, I'm a child. I had emotional problems. My parents were not there for me. And then I was being raped. And nobody was there to help me. ENDS.]

Rabbi would have denied permission to record ordination

 
   National Catholic Reporter, By Tom Fox, NCR Staff, Published July 10, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- Rabbi Susan Talve, spiritual leader of the St. Louis Central Reform Congregation, host to last November’s ordination of two Catholic women, reacting to an NCR news story that the St. Louis archdiocese had video recorded the ceremony, said July 9 the archdiocese had never asked permission and had it done so, she would have denied it.
   "They didn’t ask. Had they done so, I would have politely said ‘no.’ There were simply too many vulnerable people gathered there," she said.
   The archdiocese authorized someone to record the rite and then used the recording, along with photographs apparently taken from the video, as evidence to punish a Catholic nun who attended the liturgy, according to several people familiar with the case.

Ex-priest admits 'fondling'

  [1977-88 Paul Evans*) - RCC. 20 charges. Was reported to school. 7 boy inmates.    
   The Manly Daily, by Rebecca Woolley, July 11, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A FORMER Collaroy Plateau priest has denied fondling a teenager's genitals but admitted rubbing his neck to help him sleep while working at a school for troubled boys.
   Paul Raymond Evans, who was a priest at St Rose of Lima Church at Collaroy Plateau, has pleaded not guilty to 20 serious child sex charges. The offences were allegedly committed against several pupils at Boys' Town at Engadine, in Sydney's south, between 1977 and 1988.
   During that period Mr Evans worked as a dorm master and a staff member in charge of after-school activities.

Ex-priest James Janssen charged with perjury

  [Janssen]  
   Quad-City Times, By Ann McGlynn | 3:23 PM CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008
   IOWA -- UPDATED: Statutes of limitations protected ex-priest James Janssen from criminal charges on dozens of accusations of horrific child molestation from decades ago.
   But lies he allegedly told in 2006 and 2007 mean the defrocked Janssen now will face criminal charges.
   Scott County Attorney Mike Walton filed three counts of perjury against Janssen today, as his six-month jail sentence for contempt of court for attempting to hide assets now owed to his nephew, James Wells, winds down. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2008 5:27 PM

Settlement, no answers

 
   The Berkshire Eagle Editorial Sunday, July 06, 2008
   MASSACHUSETTS -- Victims of clergy abuse at the hands of the Springfield Diocese who have been waiting for the diocese to settle its dispute with its insurance companies now have an opportunity to collect compensation with the reaching of an $8.5 million agreement between the diocese and the insurers. If they are looking for answers or for closure, however, they may be disappointed.
   The settlement will be used in part to pay back the diocese for the money it paid to settle 47 abuse cases, with the remaining $5 million to be used to establish a settlement fund for the 61 remaining victims. An arbitration panel will determine the awards, and while none of the 61 are required to participate, going it alone against the diocese and its insurers is not an attractive prospect.
   The clergy abuse victims have been waiting for three years while the diocese fought the claims of the five insurers that they had no obligation to pay if diocesean officials were aware of sexual abuse by priests. While that was clearly the case in the Boston Archdiocese, where pedophiles were shipped from parish to parish for decades by an indifferent hierarchy, Springfield officials maintain they were unaware of any clergy abuse on their watch.

Boston Archdiocese: Finances weak but improving

 
   The Boston Globe, By Michael Paulson, ~ July 10, 2008
   BRAINTREE (MA) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, which has been reeling from the financial effects of the sexual abuse crisis, is still two years from balancing its budget, but is making steady progress addressing a raft of complex administrative problems, top church officials said today.
   The archdiocese, in its annual financial report, disclosed several important positive developments, particularly a 5 percent increase in contributions to parishes, even though Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley has reduced the overall number of parishes in the archdiocese by nearly 20 percent. The archdiocese's annual fund-raising campaign, although still down from the levels raised before the abuse crisis, has also been increasing every year; several prominent businessmen are raising tens of millions of dollars to shore up the struggling Catholic schools; and archdiocesan officials say they are hopeful that new leadership for the Catholic hospital system, Caritas Christi, will improve the finances of that organization.
   "We think people are feeling better about the church, and have a greater confidence in our improved stewardship," said the archdiocesan chancellor, James P. McDonough. "We feel optimistic about the future, but we still are faced with a number of challenges."

Former priest who sought house arrest gets jail time

 
   OMAHA (NE) -- World-Herald BY CHELSEA KEENEY ~ July 10, 2008
   A former Omaha priest is in jail after a judge Thursday denied his request to serve his sentence under house arrest.
   At a hearing, Douglas County Judge Lyn White ordered Daniel Herek, 63, to turn himself in immediately, and he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. He was taken to the Douglas County jail.
   Herek was sentenced to 120 days in jail for violating his probation after a woman testified that she saw Herek masturbating in the Crossroads Mall parking lot in September 2005. He was convicted on lewd conduct and indecent exposure charges, both misdemeanors.

Vatican reports deficit for 2007, partly due to poor stock market

  - RCC and Vatican City and The Holy See.  
   Catholic News Service, By Cindy Wooden, ~ July 10, 2008
   VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After three years in the black, the Vatican reported a $14 million deficit for 2007, due mainly to the continued fall in the value of the U.S. dollar and the poor performance of the stock market.
   The budget of Vatican City State, which includes the Vatican Museums and post office, ended 2007 with a surplus of $10.5 million, the Vatican said in notes on the budgets released July 9.
   While Vatican City did not report a deficit, the 2007 final earnings were just one-third of those reported at the end of 2006.

Falling Dollar Puts Holy See in the Red

  - RCC and The Holy See and Vatican City.
   Zenit, By Jesús Colina, JULY 9, 2008
   VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org).- For the first time since 2003, the Holy See finished in the red in 2007, marking a deficit of more that $14 million (€9 million).
   The Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organizational and Economic Questions of the Apostolic See reported the result today after meeting last Thursday and Friday in the Vatican.
   However, Vatican City State, separate from the Holy See, closed 2007 with a net gain of about $10.5 million (€6.7 million).

Holy See's Top Donors: Germany, US, Italy

  - RCC.        
   Zenit, JULY 9, 2008
   VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org).- Dioceses in Germany, the United States and Italy contributed the most in 2007 to cover the Holy See's expenses.
   The Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organizational and Economic Questions of the Apostolic See reported this today after meeting last Thursday and Friday in the Vatican.
   Dioceses contributed a total of $29,552,843 (some €18.7 million) to the Holy See in 2007. These three countries contributed large percentages of this total.

U.S. Catholics top list of contributors to Peter's Pence

  - RCC.    
   Catholic News Agency, 06:02 pm, Jul 9, 2008
   VATICAN CITY / (CNA).- The Council of Cardinals that studies the Vatican's organizational and economic matters announced this Wednesday that the income generated worldwide by the collection known as the Peter's Pence placed U.S. Catholics way at the top of the list, distantly followed by Italy.
   During 2007, the Peter's Pence reported an income of $79,837,843 U.S. dollars; most of which was used for the Pope's charitable initiatives in favor of the poorest countries or regions affected by natural disasters.
   The most generous Catholic communities were the U.S. with $18.7 million dollars, followed by Italy at $8.6 million, Germany with $4 million and Spain at $2.7 million.

Vatican's books are back in the red

  - RCC.  
   EarthTimes, ~ July 10, 2008
   VATICAN CITY -- After three years of surplus, the Vatican's 2007 budget closed with a deficit of nine million euros (14 million dollars), the Holy See said Wednesday. Income for 2007 amounted to some 236.7 million euros, while expenses totalled some 245.8 million euros, according to figures approved by the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See.
   The deficit could mostly be ascribed to a decrease of some 12 million euros in the Vatican's financial activities compared to 2006 - a situation largely due to "fluctuating currency exchanges" including the weakness of the dollar against the euro, a Vatican statement said.
   In 2007, donations to the Peter's Pence - the collection given directly to the pope for charitable and other activities of his choice - totalled some 79.8 million dollars.

Instant Editorial: Pope short of cash

  - RCC.
   The News-Press (Florida), by Martha Hill, July 9, 2008
   VATICAN CITY -- There was a good reason for such an exhausting PR exercise in the recent exchange of visits between Pope Benedict XVI and President Bush.
   The latest victim of the fainting U.S. economy is none other than the Vatican. In 1981, Pope John Paul II ordered annual financial disclosure as part of his efforts to debunk the idea that the Vatican is rich.
   The Vatican just released its financial figures for 2007 showing a deficit of $13.5 million, caused by the weak dollar in U.S. offering baskets.

Vatican runs a deficit despite generosity

  - RCC.
   The Associated Press By FRANCES D'EMILIO, ~ July 10, 2008
   VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican ran a deficit in 2007, hurt by the weak dollar in generous collection baskets from U.S. faithful and steep costs of running its media, the Holy See said Wednesday.
   The Vatican issued financial figures showing a nearly $14.3 million deficit last year.

Holy See punished for faith in fallible dollar

  - RCC.
   Los Angeles Times From Bloomberg News July 10, 2008
   VATICAN CITY -- The fall of the U.S. dollar gave the Holy See, the central administration for the Roman Catholic Church, its first budget deficit last year since 2003.
   The Holy See's deficit totaled 9.1 million euros, or $14 million, compared with a 2006 surplus of 2.4 million euros, according to a statement on the Vatican website. Between 2004 and 2006, the total surplus was 15.2 million euros.
   Revenue was 236.7 million euros last year, while expenses amounted to 245.8 million. Revenue from financial investments fell to 1.4 million euros from 13.7 million the year before because of the "brusque and accentuated inversion of the currency markets, above all the American dollar."

With report in hand, bishop evaluates diocese's future

  - RCC.  
   Jackson Citizen Patriot, Posted by Monetta L. Harr | 09:37AM, July 10, 2008
   LANSING (MI) – Two months into his new position, Bishop Earl Boyea is confident the 10-county Lansing Catholic Diocese, which includes Jackson, will emerge stronger, more vibrant and holier from a three-year period of self-examination.
   The product of that study – a report that is a composite of information and feedback gathered from parishes, schools and other entities – reached Boyea's desk Tuesday.
   Boyea has the power to make changes in the diocese based on the report, but in an interview Wednesday he said he wasn't ready to say what moves he will make. Some changes will be immediate, he said, others will take several years to implement.

Church agrees to review claim of sexual abuse

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   Sydney Morning Herald, by Joel Gibson and Erik Jensen, for July 11, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE Catholic Church agreed last night to reopen the case of an alleged sexual assault by a Sydney priest - two days after Cardinal George Pell admitted he had made mistakes in dealing with the allegation.
   The investigation will examine claims that Anthony Jones was sexually assaulted by Father Terence Goodall in 1982, with new evidence suggesting the priest admitted to the attack despite a letter in which Cardinal Pell said it had been categorically denied.
   "Although the complaints of Mr Anthony Jones have been dealt with by the church, the criminal court and the civil court, out of consideration for Mr Jones, Cardinal George Pell has formally referred the matters raised this week to an independent consultative panel established under Towards Healing protocols," a statement from the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney said.

Two Ex-Altar Boys Sue Archdiocese Over Abuse

  [1981 Ferguson] - RCC. 2 altar boys.  
   Hartford Courant By ELIZABETH HAMILTON | July 10, 2008
   NEW HAVEN (CT) -- Two men who say they were sexually abused by the Rev. Ivan Ferguson when they served as altar boys in 1981 at St. Mary's Church in Derby are suing the Archdiocese of Hartford, saying it transferred the priest there after receiving complaints about Ferguson's behavior with boys.
   The two lawsuits, filed this week in Superior Court by New Haven Attorney Thomas McNamara, were brought by Connecticut residents using the pseudonyms Matthew Doe and Jacob Doe. The men were both 13 when the alleged abuse took place.
   According to the lawsuits, Ferguson befriended the boys in 1981, learning about their hobbies and interests, before beginning to sexually abuse them over the course of the next two years. Matthew Doe, whose father and mother had died in 1977 and 1980, respectively, was especially vulnerable to the attentions of the priest, according to the lawsuit.

MP backs Pell over sex claim

  [2008 Tony Abbott*] - Didn't see the two contradictory statements.      
   Herald Sun, 04:10pm, July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- FORMER health minister Tony Abbott has defended embattled Cardinal George Pell over a Catholic Church sex scandal.
   Mr Abbott, one of Australia's most prominant Catholics and a friend of the Cardinal, said his mate acted "honourably" amid claims that he misled victims of abuse at the hands of former priest Father Terrence Goodall.
   He said Cardinal Pell should be given credit for publicly admitting he made a mistake in his response to the abuse allegations.

Court won't review priest molestation case

  [Lopez] - RCC.  
   Press-Telegram, From wire reports, Article Launched 07:15:51 AM PDT, July/10/2008
   CALIFORNIA -- The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the case against a now-former Catholic priest convicted of molesting two teens and sexually battering a young man while assigned to a Los Angeles church.
   The state's highest court rejected the defense's petition to consider the case against Fernando Lopez.
   It was the second time the case had been before the California Supreme Court. In January, the justices ruled that a prosecutor's arguments did not constitute misconduct in Lopez's trial in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.

Court Dismisses Sex Suit Against Monsey Rabbi

  [Tendler] - Judaist.
   The Jewish Week, ~ July 10, 2008
   NEW YORK -- New York’s top court has rejected the claim of a Manhattan woman that Rabbi Mordechai Tendler of Ramapo had so dominated her that she agreed to have sex with him so she could find a husband.
   The woman, Adina Marmelstein, alleged in her civil suit that the rabbi breached his fiduciary responsibility and intentionally inflicted emotional distress. She alleged that he told her that her "only hope" of meeting a man was to have sex with him to "open her up to the world" and become more attractive to men. She sued him in 2005 after their affair of more than three years ended, she said. Rabbi Tendler, 53, denied having a sexual relationship with her.

Pell should consider quitting - Greens

  - RCC.      
   Herald Sun 11:27pm July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- CARDINAL George Pell should consider stepping down in the light of a sex abuse scandal, the Greens say.
   The Archbishop of Sydney has been accused of misleading a man abused by a priest, and giving weight to the Father Terrence Goodall's claim the sexual encounter was consensual.
   Letters aired on ABC Television earlier this week showed Cardinal Pell told Anthony Jones that his complaint against Father Terrence could not be upheld because the church was not aware of any other complaints against the priest.

Pell stands discredited. His failure is one of understanding

  - Roman Catholic, and Anglican, Churches.  
   WA Today, www.watoday. com.au/ opinion/ pell-stands- discredited- his-failure- is-one-of- understanding- 20080710-3d4o.html by Muriel Porter, July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- AS THE controversy deepens over Cardinal George Pell's handling of a sexual abuse case, comparisons are inevitably being drawn with the situation faced by former Anglican Archbishop Peter Hollingworth in 2003.
   Under sustained public pressure, Dr Hollingworth was forced to step down as governor-general over his mishandling of sexual abuse complaints when he was Archbishop of Brisbane. In particular, he had been criticised for his response to a decades-old case involving the abuse by a priest of a schoolgirl in his care.
   Now Pell is facing calls to resign, within days of the Pope's arrival in Australia for World Youth Day. The current controversy for Pell concerns an adult man indecently assaulted by a Catholic priest, since removed from the priesthood. In the matter that helped trip up Hollingworth, the priest had gone on to become a bishop, still licensed to officiate in the church in his retirement despite the complaints of his victim. Hollingworth, as Archbishop of Brisbane, had failed to remove that licence.
[COMMENT: And, some years later, part of the Anglican Church defrocked the bishop involved, but the Melbourne authorities invited Abp Hollingworth to preach there!]

Pell calls inquiry into priest sex abuse row

  [Pell]      
   The Age by Annabel Stafford July 11, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- JUST days before the Pope arrives in Australia, Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell has been forced to call an inquiry into rape allegations against a former priest.
   Dr Pell has re-opened investigations into Father Terence Goodall after phone taps recorded the convicted priest saying a sexual encounter with his adult victim Anthony Jones was not consensual.
   In 2003, Dr Pell dismissed a sex abuse complaint against Father Goodall, giving weight to the priest's claim that the encounter was consensual.

Unexplained residential school deaths haunt native communities

   
   The Expositor Posted By SUE BAILEY, THE CANADIAN PRESS, ~ July 10, 2008
   CANADA -- Gilbert Johnson starkly recalls being hauled from his bed as a boy at the Port Alberni native residential school before he was "severely beaten" by a dorm supervisor.
   "I got caught crying under the blankets at night over my buddy's death," he said.
   "You were not allowed to cry for him, and you couldn't even spend a day at home mourning your buddy."
   More than four decades later, Johnson, now 54, still doesn't know why his friend Mitchell Joseph suddenly died one night at the school on Vancouver Island.

Priest admits he pursued troubled teen

  [1977-88 Paul Evans*) - RCC. 20 charges. Was reported to school. 7 boy inmates.    
   LIVENEWS, July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A Catholic teacher who's facing multiple sex charges has admitted to enjoying the company of one of his alleged victims but has denied taking a sexual interest in the boy.
   Father Paul Raymond Evans has been charged with 20 offences dating back to the 1970's and 80's. It is alleged he abused seven boys while teaching a Sydney school for troubled teens.
   Under cross examination Evans has been accused of exploiting one mother's disinterest in her son, using her absence to visit the boy out of school hours.

Mayor's aide: new sex claim

  [1990s Ray Lewis*] - Church of England banned him 6yrs. Borrowed £45,000. Sex with 2 women.  
   This is London, by Robert Mendick, Chief Reporter, ~ July 10, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Disgraced former deputy mayor Ray Lewis is facing a new accusation of sexual misconduct, the Evening Standard can reveal.
   A woman has come forward to make allegations of improper behaviour against Mr Lewis during his time as a clergyman.
   The Church of England is, meanwhile, planning a fresh investigation into previous claims against Mr Lewis, who denies all the allegations.

Pell refers sex assault case to panel

  [Pell]      
   ABC News, July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- In response to mounting pressure the Catholic Church's most senior figure in Australia, Archbishop Cardinal George Pell, has referred the controversial matter of a sexual assault to a hand-picked panel.
   ABC TV's Lateline program has aired a series of revelations over the past few nights, outlining contradictions and omissions in the way Cardinal Pell dealt with complaints from sexual assault victim Anthony Jones, a former religious education teacher.
   Last night Lateline revealed a recorded phone conversation in which Father Terence Goodall refuted any suggestion that a sexual encounter between him and Mr Jones was consensual, throwing further doubt over Cardinal Pell's decision to dismiss the claims of sexual assault.

Clergy sex abuse victims hold national convention in Chicago

   
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, July 10, 2008
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A well-known author who said the "passivity of America’s Catholic bishops" fueled the church’s sexual abuse crisis will speak to the nation’s largest support group for victims of clergy sexual predators this weekend in Chicago.
   Eugene Kennedy, a professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University Chicago, will address more than 200 members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 S. Martin L. King Drive, Chicago.
   "They did not get where they are by displaying initiative," Kennedy said of the bishops in a 2002 column about the clergy sexual abuse crisis published in the National Catholic Reporter (see www.nationalcatholicreporter.com/dallas/newscom4.htm )
   "Indeed, their ascendancy in the church has always depended not on their telling what they are doing but in their doing what they are told," Kennedy wrote.

National Catholic newspaper discloses that archdiocese secretly taped womens' ordination

  - RCC.
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, July 09, 2008
   Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)
   One one hand, Burke essentially imports child-molesting clergy. On the other hand, he apparently authorizes someone secretly spying on a nun.
   The issue here isn't whether women should or shouldn't be ordained. The issue is Burke and his disturbing priorities and questionable tactics.
   Here's an archbishop who often claims he's 'powerless' to oust or monitor pedophile priests in and around St. Louis, yet apparently authorizes the clandestine videotaping of a ceremony at a synagogue hoping to catch a nun attending a religious event.

Sex abuse victims respond to diocesan disclosure about delay

 
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests July 09, 2008
   MAINE -- Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, outreach director for a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
   "It certainly didn't take six months to determine whether an child sex abuse report against Robichaud contained 'a semblance of truth.'
   In those six months, we can just hope that Robichaud didn't molest a child, intimidate a witness, threaten a victim, destroy some evidence or hurt anyone in any way.

Pope protest goes German

  - RCC.    
   Special Broadcasting Service, [with video], Thursday, July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The T-shirt protest which has marred World Youth Day preparations has gone bilingual.
   One South Australian man of German heritage has decided to write T-shirt slogans, banners and posters in his native tongue to attract the attention of the German-speaking media.
   The New South Wales Police Force has come under criticism for its anti-annoyance laws targeting opponents of World Youth Day (WYD).

Marilyn Hatton…

  - RC wants women's ordination.
   Catholica, July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Marilyn Hatton is a woman who perhaps represents many older women today in the broad mainstream of Catholicism in this country who have "been through the mill" of actually raising a family through to adulthood and learning a lesson or two "from the coalface".
   She is a mother and grandmother and remains a committed Catholic speaking up and asking for a Church that is more responsive to the real needs of the people it is meant to be serving.
   She is a passionate advocate for women being given greater input into spiritual leadership and is national convener for Ordination of Catholic Women (OCW).
   In today's commentary, Marilyn asks some pointed questions about what we are honestly seeking to achieve through World Youth Day.

Green Bay diocese meets new bishop

  - RCC.  
   Green Bay Press Gazette By Kelly McBride, kmcbride@greenbaypressgazette.com , July 10, 2008
   GREEN BAY (WI) -- The new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay choked up as he talked about leaving his Wyoming diocese but expressed excitement for the move during his formal introduction Wednesday.
   The Most Rev. David Ricken will be installed as the 12th bishop of the Green Bay diocese on Aug. 28. Ricken, 55, has served as bishop of the diocese of Cheyenne for nearly seven years, and Wednesday met with media during his first trip to Green Bay.
   "Hopefully I was able to bring to the people a sense of love and dedication to Christ and to the church," Ricken said, his voice trembling as he spoke about the people of Cheyenne, "you know, a sense of hope. Today our world is bankrupt of hope because people often can't see the light." …
   Green Bay's new bishop also serves on the Bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, a body responsible for advising the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on child and youth protection.
   Ricken has learned a lot during his tenure with the group, he said, and reiterated his commitment to protecting Catholic youths in the wake of the sex scandals that have rocked the church.
   Peter Isely, Midwest director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, sent a letter to Ricken on Wednesday, urging the bishop to "make child protection your first and lasting priority as bishop."
   SNAP plans to issue five benchmarks prior to Ricken's installation, urging him to take specific actions against abuse during his first 100 days on the job, according to a news release from the group.

New sex claim against former deputy mayor Ray Lewis

  [1990s Ray Lewis*] - Church of England banned him 6yrs. Borrowed £45,000. Improper with 3 women.  
   Daily Mail Last updated at 11:54 AM, July 10, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Disgraced former deputy mayor Ray Lewis is facing a new accusation of sexual misconduct.
   A woman has come forward to make allegations of improper behaviour against Mr Lewis during his time as a clergyman.
   The Church of England is, meanwhile, planning a fresh investigation into previous claims against Mr Lewis, who denies all the

FLDS member's restraining order request granted

  - FLDS.  
   The Associated Press By JENNIFER DOBNER, ~ July 10, 2008
   SALT LAKE CITY (UT), (AP) – A private investigator who works for attorneys pursuing a polygamous church was banned from the homes and offices of a sect member in a restraining order issued Wednesday by a Utah judge.
   District Judge G. Rand Beacham banned Sam Brower from going within 500 feet of the homes or business offices of Willie Jessop, an elder of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Pope Benedict "rock star" of World Youth Day

  - RCC.    
   International Herald Tribune (France), By Michael Perry, Reuters, Published: July 10, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), Australia: Pope Benedict arrives in Sydney on Sunday as the headline "rock star" act in the Catholic Church's World Youth Day -- its version of Woodstock, five days of peace, love and Christianity.
   Already thousands of young Catholics, nuns and priests from around the world have converged on Sydney, which is treating the July 15-20 event as bigger than the Sydney 2000 Olympics. …
   But not everyone is happy. The group "No Pope" is planning to hand out condoms in protest at church's doctrine and protest the extra police powers they say crush civil liberties.
   Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy plan to protest and call on the Pope to make apologies. There have been 107 convictions for sexual abuse in the Catholic church in Australia.
   "I can't confirm or deny that he will talk about it (sexual abuse) but it would not surprise me," Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said in a papal briefing in Rome on Wednesday.

Australia: Labor government introduces draconian police powers for Pope’s visit

  - NSW decree suspends civil liberties.      
   World Socialist Web Site, By Laura Tiernan, July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- By executive order, the NSW Labor government of Premier Morris Iemma has introduced sweeping police powers to suppress democratic rights and civil liberties during this month’s Catholic World Youth Day event in Sydney.
   World Youth Day -– the largest event to take place in Sydney since the 2000 Olympic Games –- will see an estimated 200,000 Catholic pilgrims from around the world converge on the city for a week-long program from July 15-20. It will culminate in an address at Randwick Racecourse by Pope Benedict XVI.
   The event will see much of Sydney transformed into a virtual fortress. On every level, from the event’s funding and organisation through to the extraordinary powers handed to police for its duration, basic democratic principles, including separation of church and state, are being trampled, with the state Labor government acting as a virtual arm of the Vatican.

Cost plays a role; child safety a priority

  - Baptists plan prevention.  
   Tennessean By THE REV. WADE BURLESON, July 10, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- Should the Southern Baptist Convention do more to inform members of child sexual predators? Yes, we should, and yes, we can.
   To be fair, no Southern Baptist denominational leader condones predatory behavior toward children, nor the safe harboring of those predators.
   Dr. Morris Chapman, executive director of the SBC, made that clear in his impassioned speech to our 2008 convention in Indianapolis.
   But the question that forms the subject of this editorial has nothing to do with Southern Baptist attitudes toward sexual crimes against children, but our actions to help prevent future predatory behavior by men who present themselves as Southern Baptist ministers.

Convention takes this issue seriously

  - Baptists.
   Tennessean, By ROGER S. (SING) OLDHAM, July 10, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- The Southern Baptist Convention directs a tremendous amount of energy toward creating and promoting resources to assist churches in protecting the children under their care.
   The 42 state conventions and almost 1,200 local associations with whom the SBC has cooperative relationships routinely conduct training events and assist individual churches in making use of numerous resources available. Training events include conferences led by certified counselors in child sexual abuse and prevention, instructional sessions conducted by age-graded specialists, and presentations on how best to safeguard children by trained risk managers.

Men file suit, claim sexual abuse by Derby priest

  [1981 Ferguson] - RCC. 2 altar boys.
   Newsday, July 10, 2008
   NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two men are suing the Archdiocese of Hartford, claiming they were sexually assaulted by a priest at a Derby Roman Catholic church in the 1980s.
   The two, who were altar boys, have filed the lawsuits in New Haven Superior Court. They claim they were abused after the archdiocese transferred the Rev. Ivan Ferguson from another church where it had been alleged he abused boys.
   Ferguson died in 2002.

Mother files lawsuit against area church

  [? 2000s ? Mr Bryan] - Baptist. Boy.
   The Edmond Sun, by Mark Schlachtenhaufen, ~ July 10, 2008
   EDMOND (OK) – A local mother has filed a lawsuit against an Edmond-area church, claiming that a former youth ministry volunteer allegedly conducted an illegal sexual relationship with her underage daughter.
   Filed on June 26 in Oklahoma County District Court, the lawsuit names Chisholm Creek Baptist Church, 17600 N. Western Ave., the church’s pastor Dan Maxwell and Charles "Chuck" Bryan as defendants.
   Jerry Kirksey, an Edmond attorney representing the plaintiff, said the Oklahoma City Police Department is investigating the criminal allegations and court proceedings in the civil case could be scheduled during the next couple of months. The church has an Edmond mailing address, but lies within OKCPD’s jurisdiction.

Charge dropped in camp sex case

  - Baptists. [~ 2008 Mr Ben Lewis*, 2000s Wilson*, an inmate*] - Minor. [1980s+ Camp Tracey] - 5 lawsuits. Recantations now.
   The Times-Union By Dana Treen, July 10, 2008
   JACKSONVILLE (FL) -- A charge of lewd and lascivious behavior has been dropped against an 18-year-old resident of a Baker County home for troubled youths who had been arrested in an investigation of consensual sexual activity with another teenage resident.
   Prosecutors and the Baker County Sheriff's Office said they would continue to investigate unrelated accusations that an employee of Camp Tracey choked and manhandled residents.  But the pastor of the Jacksonville church that runs the home said the teenagers involved in that case have recanted their accusations in a taped interview.
   The sex charge against Benjamin Valentin Lewis was dropped Tuesday after the father of the 14-year-old who was involved said he did not want to prosecute, said Mel Bessinger, chief of the State Attorney's Office in Baker County.
   [COMMENT: It looks as if these people are going like the RCs did until recent years -- sweep it under the carpet. ENDS.]

Charges Against Camp Tracey Camper Dropped

  - Baptists. [~ 2008 Mr Ben Lewis*, 2000s Wilson*, an inmate*] - Minor. [1980s+ Camp Tracey] - 5 lawsuits. Recantations now.
   First Coast News Posted By: Gary Detman, ~ July 10, 2008
   JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The pastor of the Jacksonville church that runs a camp for troubled kids in Baker County says there has been no child abuse committed at Camp Tracey.
   First Coast News has been pressing Harvest Baptist Church who runs Camp Tracey for a response to the ongoing investigation. The church responded to the investigation Wednesday afternoon.
   The Baker County Sheriff's Office began investigating when a tip came in that underage boys were engaging in sex acts at Camp Tracey. …
   "Charges of lewd and lascivious behavior against Ben Lewis have been dropped and he has been released. Both the students who brought physical abuse charges have totally retracted their statements and said they lied, made it up, and fabricated the entire deal. May I remind you that in America people are still innocent until proven guilty."

Abbott defends 'honourable' Pell

  [2008 Mr Abbott*]      
   ABC News, [with video and audio], July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Federal Liberal frontbencher Tony Abbott says the current scandal over the Catholic Church and Cardinal George Pell's handling of a sexual abuse case is "unfortunate".
   However Mr Abbott, who is one of Australia's most prominent Catholics and a friend of Cardinal Pell, says the Archbishop should be given credit for publicly accepting he made errors in a letter he wrote to victim Anthony Jones about a sexual assault by Father Terrence Goodall.
   Mr Abbott has told Newsradio that despite the mistake, he believes Cardinal Pell acted honourably.
   [COMMENT: This was no more a mistake than the pretence that the RCC did not pay hush money, exposed by Richard Carleton's probing, telecast on June 2, 2002. ENDS.]

Archdiocese says it didn't know

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.  
   The Sentinel, By Michael Brooks, ~ July 10, 2008
   MARYLAND -- The Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, a Roman Catholic priest of the Dominican Fathers and Brothers who was arrested and charged with custodial child abuse last week, was released the same day he was arrested, according to the Montgomery County Records Department.
   Cote, 56, turned himself into a police station in Rockville on July 2 after county police notified him they were obtaining a warrant for his arrest. Cote was being held on $250,000 bond. According to the Records Department, Cote was admitted to jail at approximately 3:40 a.m. and was released at 8:55 p.m. later the same day after the bond was posted. According to court records, Terrence McGann, Cote's Rockville attorney, posted bond.
   Cote was working part-time as a youth minister at Mother of Seton parish in Germantown in 2001. Cote allegedly touched then-14-year-old Brandon Rains in an inappropriate sexual manner in an apartment in Germantown, police said.

Australian Cardinal May Hold New Abuse Probe as Pope Visits

  - Roman Catholic Church. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   Bloomberg, By Ed Johnson, July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The leader of the Catholic Church in Australia said he will consider a fresh inquiry into a sex abuse case involving a priest more than 20 years ago, days before Pope Benedict XVI visits Sydney for World Youth Day.
   Cardinal George Pell told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. he would "take legal advice" on holding a new church investigation after learning the priest admitted forcing himself on a 29-year-old man in 1982.
   Pell acknowledged sex abuse scandals had damaged the church and said he was disappointed the case had resurfaced before the pontiff's visit. "We would like it otherwise but in life you have to cope with what comes," he told the ABC's "The 7:30 Report" program, according to a transcript.

Who should lead church on safety, if not the SBC?

  - Baptists.  
   Tennessean, Our View, ~ July 10, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- When changing times call for society to change, it is often the largest institutions that struggle the most.
   This tendency is evident in the 16.2 million-member Southern Baptist Convention, which has done much soul-searching of late about its future. For years, the group's politics have swung from moderate to conservative and back again, but more recently the signs of declining membership have stirred some of its leaders to speak more vociferously about how they can change to embrace diversity and improve its image with the general public.
   More pressing among its challenges is how the SBC handles wrongdoing in its midst, and so far, the convention has a mixed record at best.
   Last year, the ABC newsmagazine 20/20 reported on inaction by the church regarding a number of Baptist ministers found to be sexual predators. The show drew some parallels with how the Catholic Church had been slow to address sexual offenders in the priesthood.

Pope under pressure

  - RCC. - RCC.    
   News 24 (South Africa), 09:28, July/10/2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), AUSTRALIA -- Pope Benedict XVI faces pressure to apologise for sex abuse in the Australian Catholic church when he visits the country next week for World Youth Day.
   While the Sydney event is designed as a celebration of Catholic youth, victims' rights groups say the Pope must use it to acknowledge that many young people's lives have been ruined in Australia by paedophile priests.
   The call comes after the pontiff made a historic apology for the actions of child-abusing clergy in April during a visit to the United States, where the church also faces a long-running sex scandal. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2008 6:54 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu July 10, 2008
• Pell hands sex case to panel.
  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      

Pell hands sex case to panel

      The West Australian, www.thewest.com.au , SEE http://www.thewest.com.au/aapstory.aspx?StoryName=496950 , p 7, Friday, July 11, 2008
   SYDNEY – The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, has referred sexual assault allegations against a former priest to an independent panel, including retired NSW Supreme Court Judge Bill Priestly.
   Cardinal Pell referred the allegation to the panel after a week of controversy surrounding his handling of allegations against Father Terence Goodall.
   Dr Pell dismissed sexual assault allegations against Goodall in 2003 after accepting the priest's claim the encounter with Anthony Jones was consensual. #

   [COMMENT: Step by step, the "successor of the Apostles" grudgingly moves towards compensation.  How come he cannot see "things yet to come," as promised in John 16:13?  (You might not find it in Cruden's concordance.  Can you guess why?) ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm#pell_hands_sex_case
[July 11, 2008]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Manville priest charged with fondling teen on airplane

  [2008, July 5 - Zielinski -NEW*] - RCC. Girl. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   
   The Star-Ledger, www.nj.com/ news/index. ssf/ 2008/07/ manville_ priest_ charged_ with_f. html , by Jeff Whelan / 4:57 PM, Friday July 11, 2008
   MANVILLE (NJ) -- A Manville priest was charged with assault today after he allegedly fondled a 16-year-old girl on an airplane flight from Poland, authorities said.
   Tomasz Adam Zielinski, 31, was removed from his position at Christ King Church in Manville as a result of the federal charges, church officials said.
   Zielinski, a citizen of Poland, served as an associate pastor at the parish since April and is staying in the United States on a religious visa.
   The alleged incident occurred aboard a July 5 flight from Poland on which Zielinski was returning from a vacation. He allegedly groped the girl and attempted to unzip her pants, according to a criminal complaint filed today in federal court in Newark.

Former church leader sentenced

  [~ 2000s Mr Robert Young -NEW*] - Bible Chapel. 4yrs PRISON. Girls.  
   The Independent & Free Press, By Richard Vivian, Friday July 11 2008
   CANADA -- A former Hockley Valley religious leader will spend four years in jail for historical sex crimes involving teenaged girls. Seventy-year-old Robert Young was sentenced in a Peterborough courtroom July 4.
   He pleaded guilty in January, on the eve of trial, to six charges; two counts of sexual assault, gross in*ec*ncy, indecent assault, sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years of age, and rape.
   Assistant Crown Attorney Jim Hughes says the two sexual assault charges relate to Young’s time as a youth group leader at Hockley Valley Bible Chapel.

Abuse victims demand church make amends

  [1960s Ayers (Salesian)] - RCC. Boy.      
   Sydney Morning Herald, www.smh.com. au/news/ national/ abuse-victims- demand- church- make- amends/ 2008/07/11/ 1215658 130123.html ; by Joel Gibson, July 12, 2008 [Ayers (Salesian)]
   AUSTRALIA -- FORTY years on and Michael Scull is still an angry man.
   But like many victims of abuse by Catholic clergy, his rage has shifted from Father Jack Ayers, the Salesian priest who b**gered him at Rupertswood school in Sunbury, Victoria, to the Catholic Church hierarchy.
   When he reported the abuse to the Salesians religious order about a decade ago, he said he was told Father Ayers was out of reach of children - and the Australian authorities - in Samoa.
   But he later learnt from an employee of the Salesians that the ageing priest had since visited Melbourne and been allowed to return to the Pacific.

Ex-priest says it's all 'gossip'

  [1977-88 Paul Evans*) - RCC. 20 charges. Was reported to school. 7 institution boys.      
   The Manly Daily, by Rebecca Woolley, July 12, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- ALLEGATIONS of child abuse had dogged a former Collaroy Plateau priest for years but were based on "gossip and smear", a court has heard.
   Paul Raymond Evans (pictured), who was a priest at St Rose of Lima Church at Collaroy Plateau, has pleaded not guilty to 20 child sex offences allegedly committed when he worked at Boys' Town at Engadine, in Sydney's south, in the 1970s and 80s.
   During a lengthy trial, the Sydney District Court has heard that Mr Evans engaged in sex acts with seven pupils and gave them "treats" including taking one on a trip to Queensland.

Nimbin church sex abuse victim

  - Roman Catholic Church. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   Northern Star, By Tonia Moorton and AAP, ~ July 11, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A NORTHERN Rivers man, who was abused by a Catholic priest, does not see how an apology from Sydney Archbishop, Cardinal George Pell, would help if the senior-ranking titled cleric was still covering up sex abuse.
   Anthony Jones, 54, who lives near Nimbin, is living on a disability pension and said an apology would be meaningless. He has called for Cardinal Pell's resignation, as has Greens senator Christine Milne.
   Mr Jones, who was sexually assaulted in 1982 by a priest, Father Terence Goodall, says he was threatened with legal action if he spoke out. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2008 10:16 PM]

St. Louis Archdiocese brawls with Catholic newspaper

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch By Tim Townsend ~ July 11, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- The St. Louis Archdiocese is in a brawl with a national Catholic newspaper.
   Earlier this week, the National Catholic Reporter posted an article on its website written by its executive editor, Tom Fox. The story cited anonymous sources who said an affidavit in the archdiocese’s file for Sr. Louise Lears suggested the archdiocese had sanctioned a secret video taping of a women’s ordination ceremony last fall.
   NCR said the affidavit gave "permission to an individual to attend the ceremony in order to record it." According to the story:
   The archdiocese authorized someone to record the rite and then used the recording, along with photographs apparently taken from the video, as evidence to punish a Catholic nun who attended the liturgy, according to several people familiar with the case. …
   On Thursday, the archdiocese issued a statement saying it "never asked anyone to conduct 'surveillance video-taping' as written in the article," and that "the affidavit, which NCR maintains gave permission for such a taping, is actually a witness statement from someone who witnessed the attempted ordination…"
   [COMMENT: Getting a video of the ceremony would be, in the opinion of the Faith Purification Programme, a quite modern method of obtaining evidence as to what took place.  The real difficulty is that the Vatican is against female ordinations partly because the RCC keeps pretending that the New Testament deaconess of Cenchraeae, Phoebe, was not really part of the clergy!  Find it in Romans 16:1.  Granted, the authorship of this passage from verses 1 to 23 is disputed (according to the New Jerusalem Bible Pocket Edition (RC edition), 1990, page 1323).  But so are many other favorite parts of scripture! ENDS.]

Former priest pleads no contest to violating probation

  [Herek] - RCC. Exposing himself, molestation.
   World-Herald, BY LYNN SAFRANEK, ~ July 11, 2008
   OMAHA (NE) -- The day after he was sent to jail for exposing himself in a mall parking lot, a former Omaha priest pleaded no contest today to violating his probation in a molestation case.
   Daniel Herek, 63, had been on probation after serving time for molesting an altar boy at St. Richard Catholic Church in 1999.
   In September 2005, a woman saw him masturbating in the Crossroads Mall parking lot. Herek was convicted of indecent exposure and lewd conduct in the case, violating his earlier probation.

Former priest in jail after judge denied appeal

  [Herek]
   KPTM, Associated Press, 12:25 PM ET, July 11, 2008
   OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A former Catholic priest convicted of exposing himself has begun serving his 120-day sentence.
   A Douglas County official confirmed Friday, 63-year-old Daniel Herek in jail.

Ex-priest appears on perjury charges

  [~ 2007-08 Janssen] - RCC. Perjury alleged. Boys.
   WQUD, ~ July 11, 2008
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- QUAD CITIES -- A Davenport priest defrocked for molesting young boys is now criminally charged with lying in court.
   84-year old James Janssen made his first court appearance via videocam from the Scott County courthouse Friday morning. He's charged with three counts of perjury, accused of lying to hide his assets from sex abuse survivors who sued him.
   In court, Janssen told the judge he was hiring his own attorney to represent him on the three felony charges. He also said he had mistakenly omitted another source of income he receives from a monthly pension.

Spot the Pedophilia in YouTube Mater Dei Video!

  - RCC. Succession of paedophile staff.  
   Orange County Weekly Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Wacky Vids, 6:24 AM, July 11, 2008
   CALIFORNIA -- You know those quizzes where folks post the same photo except with tweaks (different-striped tie, etc.)? This isn't one of those--no this is better! Start with viewing this 1987 Mater Dei promotional video:
   Now, list the different associations with Mater Dei pedophiles! Answers after the jump!
   *The Mater Dei boys' basketball team at the time (and to this day) was coached by Gary McKnight. McKnight, of course, allowed admitted statutory rapist Jeff Andrade back on campus during the late 1990s despite warnings by Mater Dei administrators not to.
   *The young lady who hoped to major in the performing arts comes from the same department as our cover boy, admitted statutory rapist Tom Hodgman. And the guy who followed him as Mater Dei choir director, Larry Stukenholtz, also molested a student. Jazz hands for the cuffs, fellas!

Fr. Robinson murder conviction upheld

  [1980 Fr Gerald Robinson] - RCC. Sr Margaret Ann Pahl murdered.
   WNWO, [with link to the court's 95-page decision], ~ July 11, 2008
   TOLEDO (OH) -- A state appeals court is upholding a Toledo priest's conviction for the 1980 murder of a nun.
   The court in Toledo issued a 95-page decision Friday, rejecting the claims of defense attorneys that Rev. Gerald Robinson did not get a fair trial because his arrest came so long after the killing.
   Robinson was taken into custody in 2004. Two years later, he was convicted in the death of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl.
   The court says Robinson did not suffer any prejudice because of the delay. His attorneys had complained that potential evidence was lost and potential witnesses died over the years, but the court says other evidence of his guilt was very strong. [LOOK BACK: ~ December 19, 2006, etc.]

Fr. Robinson's appeal on murder conviction nixed

  [1980 Fr Gerald Robinson] - RCC. Sr Margaret Ann Pahl murdered.
   WTOL, AP, ~ July 11, 2008
   TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A state appeals court is upholding a Toledo priest's conviction for the 1980 murder of a nun.
   The court in Toledo issued a 95-page decision Friday, rejecting the claims of defense attorneys that Rev. Gerald Robinson did not get a fair trial because his arrest came so long after the killing.
   Robinson was taken into custody in 2004. Two years later, he was convicted in the death of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl.

Clergy credibly accused

  [40yrs Davenport Diocese - 24 clergy] - RCC. Children.
   The Hawk Eye, July 11, 2008
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- As part of its bankruptcy proceedings, the Review Board of the Diocese of Davenport has determined 24 clergy members have been credibly accused of sexual abuse.
   Named to the list are several clergymen, both living and dead, who served in Catholic parishes throughout southeast Iowa at various times over the past four decades.
   Named to the list are: James Janssen, Francis Bass, William Wiebler, Theodore Geerts, Frank Martinez, James Leu, Thomas Feeney, Carl Meinberg, Herman Bongers, Richard Welsh, Thomas Hackett, Louis Telegdy, Donald Redmond, Fidelis Forrester, Placidus Kieffer, Raymond Kalter, Paul Deyo, Brothers Francis Skube and Mark Quillen (members of a lay religious group), Alphonse Wagner, John Kennedy, Bernard Brugman, Orville DeCoursey and Sylvester Conrad.
   James Sweeney, an independent private investigator, was appointed by the bankruptcy court to investigate claims and is continuing to investigate some claims. When the investigations are completed, the review board may supplement the list.

Celibacy's stain will remain when the party is over

  - RCC.      
   Sydney Morning Herald, by Adele Horin, for July 12, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- As crowds of fervent young Catholics descend on Sydney, up rises Anthony Jones to remind us of the running sore of clerical sexual abuse and the cover-ups by the church elite.
   For all the joy the World Youth Day event will bring to thousands of pilgrims, it cannot disguise the critical situation of the Catholic Church in Australia. The average priest is in his 60s, church attendance has plummeted, ordinary Catholics flout the ban on contraceptives and the legacy of sexual abuse by priests is still raw.
   The issue of priestly celibacy cannot be ignored. Celibacy was once the source of a priest's high standing and special aura. Now it is the rot undermining the church. Celibacy is the common denominator in the twin crises of sex abuse scandals and declining priest numbers.

Nun sentenced for stealing from Omaha archdiocese

  [? 2000s Sr Markey*] - RCC. Money. 3-5yrs PRISON. Gambled. US $250,000  
   World-Herald, BY CHRISTOPHER BURBACH, ~ July 11, 2008
   OMAHA (NE) -- Sister Barbara Markey went into court Friday expecting that her fall from grace was about to end with a sentence of probation.
   Instead, the floor fell out from under the Catholic nun and her fall continued – into a jail cell.
   Douglas County District Judge Thomas Otepka sentenced the 73-year-old Markey to three to five years in prison for embezzling money from the Archdiocese of Omaha. She had pleaded guilty to felony theft by deception of more than $1,500. [LOOK BACK: ~ March 31, 2008]

Warren Jeffs Found Convulsing in Jail Cell, Transferred to Hospital

  [Years - Jeffs*] - FLDS. Arranging child marriages. 4 girls.
   Fox News, Friday, July 11, 2008
   LAS VEGAS (NV) – Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was found "convulsive," weak and feverish in an Arizona jail cell before he was hospitalized under tight security in Las Vegas, a sheriff's spokeswoman said Wednesday.
   The 52-year-old president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was found Tuesday "in a weakened state of health, acting in a convulsive manner, shaking, and running a fever," said Trish Carter, spokeswoman for Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan.

Burke's tactics may ultimately aid reformers

  - RCC.
   National Catholic Reporter, By NCR Staff, Publication date: July 11, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- President John F. Kennedy once remarked that "the civil rights movement should thank God for Bull Connor. He’s helped it as much as Abraham Lincoln."
   Some time in the future those advocating a greater role in the church for lay Catholics and greater accountability from the hierarchy might say the same of Archbishop Raymond Burke. Kennedy, of course, was referring to the over-the-top methods the Birmingham, Ala., law enforcement officer infamously used against demonstrators. He met civil dissenters with fire hoses and police dogs, methods that played well among a minority of like-minded ultraconservatives, but that ultimately moved public opinion in a way that helped achieve the change O’Connor opposed.
   Every Catholic bishop in the United States today faces the daunting challenge of ministering to a church that is divided, one in which faithful members are often suspicious of authority, and in which younger Catholics are either dismissive of authority or altogether missing from the pews. No one has a blueprint for dealing with this contentious community, but Burke brought a distinctive model to bear: He met dissenters with canon law and excommunications.

Neb. nun gets prison for stealing from church

  [? 2000s Sr Markey*] - RCC. 3-5yrs prison. Money. Gambled. US $250,000
   KPTM, AP, ~ July 11, 2008
   Associated Press - July 11, 2008 1:15 PM ET
   OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Catholic nun convicted of stealing money from the Archdiocese of Omaha has been given three to five years in prison.
   Sister Barbara Markey was sentenced Friday.

'Kind' and 'reliable' Jesuit named to Vatican's top doctrinal post

  - RCC promotes Abp Ray Burke and Fr Ladaria (SJ).      
   National Catholic Reporter, All Things Catholic, by John L. Allen, Jr., ~ July 11, 2008
   VATICAN CITY -- Last week brought a Vatican appointment that didn't exactly cut in the direction of what I call "affirmative orthodoxy," meaning Pope Benedict XVI's strong defense of the faith coupled with a gentle, positive style. Archbishop Raymond Burke, named as prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, instead has a profile as something of a cultural warrior.
   This week Benedict XVI returned to form, with a nomination to a post arguably more consequential than Burke's. On Wednesday, the pope named Jesuit Fr. Luis Ladaria, a Spaniard, as secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

N.S. university chancellor named in Catholic sex abuse lawsuit

  [Unnamed RC priest] - RCC. Boy.  
   The Muse, By Danielle Webb, ~ July 11, 2008
   ANTIGONISH (CUP), Canada – A Nova Scotia university chancellor has been named in a class-action lawsuit involving the sexual misconduct of Catholic priests.
   Ronald Martin, a resident of Sydney, NS launched the lawsuit on behalf of people who claim they were sexually abused at the hands of a priest as a child. Martin’s brother David committed suicide in 2002, leaving behind a note claiming a priest in nearby New Waterford sexually assaulted him as a child.
   The lawsuit, launched on June 24, alleges that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish, including the office of the bishop, which is currently staffed by St. Francis Xavier University Chancellor Raymond Lahey, kept cases of sexual abuse involving priests a secret and failed to warn or protect the diocese’s children.

Cardinal Pell refers abuse complaint

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   The West Australian, 21:18 WST, July 10, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, has referred rape allegations against a former priest to an independent panel, including retired NSW Supreme Court Judge Bill Priestly.
   Cardinal Pell has re-opened investigations into Father Terrence Goodall after phone taps recorded the convicted priest saying a sexual encounter with his adult victim Anthony Jones was not consensual, as he first claimed.
   In 2003, Cardinal George Pell dismissed a sex abuse complaint against Father Goodall, because he gave weight to the priest's claim the encounter was consensual.

Mediation sessions held between bishop, priests

  - RC bishop spent US $10,100 for table and chairs, $7000 on vestments.  
   News-Democrat, BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK, ~ July 11, 2008
   BELLEVILLE (IL) -- Mediation between Bishop Edward Braxton and Belleville Diocese priests who have called for him to resign is under way in a process designed to give detractors and supporters equal time.
   The call to resign, according to a March letter signed by 46 priests or about 60 percent of active duty or retired priests from the diocese, cited a failure by Braxton to "work cooperatively" with priests and misuse of about $17,100 in funds intended for the poor and for education.
   Braxton publicly apologized for any bad publicity he may have caused when he approved spending $10,100 for a table and chairs for the Chancery and about $7,000 for new vestments, or ceremonial garments. He also has stated the money for the garments will be repaid by an outside donator.

Bishop turns down Minersville church’s appeal to stay open

  - RCC.
   Republican Herald, BY LESLIE RICHARDSON, lrichardson@republicanherald.com , 4:18 AM EDT, Friday, July 11, 2008
   MINERSVILLE (PA) – Members of St. Francis of Assisi have learned that the bishop is standing behind his decision to close their church, but they intend to appeal again.
   In a letter dated June 30 and written by the Rev. Monsignor David L. James, vicar for synod implementation, the parishioners read that the Most Rev. Edward P. Cullen, bishop of Allentown "consulted with his advisors concerning the decree he issued May 29 and in accord with their advice, he has decided not to revoke or modify his decree."
   The restructuring was announced during Masses beginning May 31.

Diocese releases names of 'credibly accused' abusers

  [40yrs Davenport Diocese - 24 clergy, so far] - RCC. Children.
   Quad-City Times By Ann McGlynn | 11:22 PM CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- Twenty-four Diocese of Davenport priests – so far – are credibly accused of sexually abusing others, according to a list released late Thursday afternoon by diocesan officials.
   Eight of the names are believed to be previously not listed. Sixteen were previously identified. However, some well-known names are missing, and other names dropped off when compared to a previous listing.
   The list may be supplemented as a private investigator, James Sweeney, completes his work and a diocesan review board approves releasing more names, officials said.
   Diocesan officials could not be reached for further comment.

Hughes signs church closings

  - RCC.
   The Times-Picayune, By Bruce Nolan, Friday, July 11, 2008
   NEW ORLEANS (LA) -- Archbishop Alfred Hughes has signed documents formally closing 18 Catholic parishes around the New Orleans area, a watershed event in the post-Katrina reorganization of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
   As expected, many are in the most-damaged communities of St. Bernard and Orleans parishes. Because their churches were wrecked and parishioners scattered, normal parish life ceased after Aug. 29, 2005, in 10 of the 18 communities. Hughes' so-called letters of suppression, signed July 3, formally closed them, said Sarah Comiskey, spokeswoman for the archdiocese.
   In addition, two university-based parishes were closed and downgraded to campus ministries; two other parishes were closed and downgraded to missions.

Call for Pope to apologise to victims of Church abuse

  - RCC.    
   WestEnder, by Mark Jeffery, ~ July 11, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A full apology to people abused by Catholic Church clergy, employees and lay people would be a significant part of healing says Esther Centre advocate and coordinator Karyn Walsh "On behalf of the survivors of abuse in churches Esther Centre is asking Pope Benedict XVI to formally and fully apologise to people who have been abused by the Catholic Church," says Karyn.
   "This apology is important not only for the abuse but also for the years of cover up by church officials to help heal people who have been sexually, physically or emotionally abused by priests and other people in the church.

Review board says accusations credible

  [40yrs Davenport Diocese - 24 clergy, so far] - RCC. Children.  
   Press-Citizen, July 11, 2008
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- A review board with the Diocese of Davenport has determined that accusations of sexual abuse against 24 clergy members, including three from the Iowa City area, are credible.
   The review board said the allegations were credible because they were more likely to have occurred, were corroborated with other evidence, or were acknowledged by the accused. The review, using an independent private investigator, was part of the Diocese's non-monetary undertakings of its bankruptcy proceedings.

Victim urges Church to rethink celibate clergy

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   ABC News, {with video and audio}, July 11, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A man indecently assaulted by a priest says the Catholic Church should reconsider its position on enforced celibacy for the clergy.
   Anthony Jones was indecently assaulted by Father Terence Goodall in 1982. Father Goodall was convicted of the assault in 2005 but served no prison time.
   ABC TV's Lateline program has aired a series of revelations over the past few nights, outlining the way the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, dealt with Mr Jones' complaints.

Archdiocese releases annual financial report

   
   The Pilot, ~ July 11, 2008
   BRAINTREE (MA) – The Archdiocese of Boston released July 10 its annual financial report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2007.
   The report provides a comprehensive review of revenue growth, assets and liabilities and program initiatives that have been developed or are currently underway. Included are the audited financial statements of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, a Corporation Sole (the "Corporation Sole") that encompasses the activities of the parishes and its central operations. The report also includes an updated accounting of payments related to sexual abuse settlements and related expenses and the sources of these funds. …
   The full report is available on www.rcab.org/Finance together with the audited financial statements of Archdiocesan related organizations.

Australian Church Reviews Sex Abuse Allegation as Pope Visits

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   Bloomberg, By Ed Johnson, July 11, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The Catholic Church in Australia said it is reviewing allegations of sexual assault by a priest more than 20 years ago, as victims of abuse called for Pope Benedict XVI to issue an apology during his visit to Sydney.
   Cardinal George Pell has referred the case to an "independent consultative panel" chaired by a former Supreme Court judge, according to an e-mailed statement late yesterday.
   The allegation involves a former church education coordinator who says he was sexually assaulted by a priest in 1982 when he was aged 29. While the priest was suspended and convicted in court, Pell acknowledged this week he had made mistakes in dealing with the complaint.

Abuse claims dog Pell ahead of WYD

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   Special Broadcasting Service, Friday, 11 July, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Amid a frenzy of preparation for Pope Benedict XVI's arrival on Sunday, Cardinal Pell was suddenly forced to confront an issue which has haunted the church for years - sexual abuse.
   This time, the issue related directly to Dr Pell's handling of sex abuse allegations, and he was soon on the back foot.
   ABC TV's Lateline program this week reported the archbishop had dismissed a claim of indecent assault against a priest who was later convicted of the crime.

Australian cleric reopens sex abuse case

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   The Associated Press, By TANALEE SMITH, ~ July 11, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), Australia (AP) – Australia's top Roman Catholic cleric reopened an investigation Thursday into a 25-year-old sexual abuse case, revisiting a scandal two days before Pope Benedict XVI arrives for a visit.
   Cardinal George Pell, the archbishop of Sydney, referred the case to an independent panel, the church said in a statement, after nearly a week of media reports that questioned Pell's earlier handling of the case.

Catholic Church threatened me with legal action: Jones

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   LIVENEWS, July 11, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The man at the centre of a sex abuse scandal involving Cardinal George Pell has revealed he was threatened with legal action by the Sydney Archbishop's lawyers.
   Anthony Jones, who was sexually assaulted in 1982 by priest, Father Terrence Goodall, says he was threatened with legal action if he spoke about the matter on ABC Television.
   The ABC's Lateline program reported on Monday that Dr Pell, the head of the Catholic Church in Australia, gave misleading information to Mr Jones in 2003, after he'd complained about the abuse.

Australian Catholic leader orders sex probe as youth day kicks off

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   AFP, ~ July 11, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), AUSTRALIA (AFP) – The official programme for the Catholic church's World Youth Day began Friday but was partly overshadowed by the launch of an investigation into sexual abuse allegations against a disgraced priest.
   The leader of the Catholic church in Australia, Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell, ordered an independent, church-appointed panel to investigate the claims after he was accused earlier this week of trying to cover them up.
   Cardinal Pell said in a statement released late Thursday that he had "formally referred the matters raised this week to an independent consultative panel established under Towards Healing protocols".

Church Reopens Abuse Case Ahead Papal Visit

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   Javno (Croatia), ~ July 11, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Only days before Pope Benedict arrives in Sydney, a 25-year-old sexual abuse case involving a Sydney priest has been reopened by the Catholic church after an Australian cardinal denied he tried to cover-up the abuse.
   Victims of church abuse in Australia are calling on Pope Benedict to issue a public apology during his visit for World Youth Day, July 15-20.
   The Vatican has said it expects the Pope, who arrives in Sydney on Sunday, to raise the issue but has stopped short of confirming whether he will apologise.
   The Pope confronted the issue of sexual abuse in the church during a visit to Washington in April, meeting victims and vowing to keep paedophiles out of the priesthood. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2008 5:44 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri July 11, 2008
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Priest caught for rape in Rajouri

  [2008, Jul 11 - Tara Chand -NEW*] - ? Hindu. Woman.    
   Kashmir Observer, www.kashmir observer.com/ index.php? option=com_ content&view= article&id= 494:priest- caught-for- rape-in- rajouri&catid= 51:regionalnews& Itemid=55 ; Jul 12, 2008
   JAMMU, India: A priest was arrested by the police for allegedly committing rape on a woman in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said here today.
   The 26-year old victim revealed that the priest assured her that she would deliver a male baby with his blessings but yesterday when she (victim) visited the temple in remote village Kheora of Tehsil Darhal, the priest identified as Tara Chand raped her, the police sources said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2008 8:14 PM]

Accused SF Priest May be in Mexico

  [1980s Chavarin -NEW*] - RCC. Minors.    
   KCBS, ~ July 12, 2008
   SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KCBS) -- A San Francisco Catholic priest accused of sexual misconduct with minors may be in Mexico.
   A statement from the Archdiocese of San Francisco printed in yesterday’s Catholic San Francisco newspaper says 59-year-old Father Jose Chavarin was recently accused of sexually abusing several minors in San Diego in the 1980s. The statement says the San Diego Diocese contacted civil authorities and the San Francisco Archdiocese on Monday, June 20, immediately after learning of the allegations.
   According to the church statement, San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer confronted Chavarin with the charges, which he denied. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2008 8:09 PM]

  Pope issues apology to clergy victims  

  - RCC apology for sex abuse.  
   United Press International, www.upi.com/ Top_News/ 2008/07/12/ Pope_issues_ apology_to_ clergy_ victims/ UPI-624212 15893810 ; July 12, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), Australia, (UPI) -- The Catholic Church is sorry for the sexual abuse endured by individuals in Australia at the hands of Catholic priests, Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday.
   The pope said he intends to extend his apology to the victims during his upcoming participation in World Youth Day, The Sydney Morning Herald reported in its Sunday edition.
   "We have to consider what was insufficient in our behavior and how we can prevent, heal, reconcile," he said. "This is the essential content of what we will say as we apologize."

Bishop Robinson, celibacy and sexual abuse

  - RCC.    
   Catholic San Francisco By Father Gerald Coleman, SS, ~ July 12, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- Under the sponsorship of Voice of the Faithful, Geoffrey Robinson, retired auxiliary bishop of Sydney, Australia, recently made a tour of the United States to promote his book, "Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church" ( Garratt Publishing, 2007 ).
   In the book's introduction, Bishop Robinson states that "sexual abuse of minors by a significant number of priests and religious, together with the attempts of many Church authorities to conceal the abuse, constitute one of the ugliest stories ever to emerge from the Catholic Church. It would be difficult to overestimate the pervasive and lasting harm it has done to the Church."
   Bishop Robinson is in a unique position to make this assertion, having served for six years as co-chair of the Archdiocese of Sydney's National Committee coordinating the Church's clergy sex abuse. He served as auxiliary bishop from 1984 - 2004.
   I have no quarrel with Bishop Robinson's assessment of the seriousness of the clergy sexual abuse crisis, or the way it was often mishandled. I do have substantial difficulties with his overarching blame of celibacy as the driving force.
   [COMMENT: Yes, but it is an important contributory factor to the recruitment of disjointed RC clergy, and contributes to the sex-abuse perverts among them focussing on BOYS. ENDS. ]

Pope touches Australian soil

  - RCC.    
   Daily Telegraph, By Michelle Cazzulino, 10:20am, for July 13, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- POPE Benedict has arrived in Darwin only hours away from disembarking in Sydney, urging Catholics help fight global warming.
   The Pontiff has begun his first ever visit to Australia by urging the world's catholics to become leaders in promoting climate change action.
   The Holy Father, who has just touched down in Darwin, also discussed the issue of clergy sexual abuse, outlining his intention to apologise to the victims to promote healing and reconciliation within the church.

Pope to apologise for sex scandal

  - RCC.
   BBC News ~ July 12, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Pope Benedict XVI has said he will apologise for decades of sexual abuse of children by Australian priests.
   As he headed to Australia on the longest foreign trip of his papacy, he said that paedophilia was "incompatible" with being a priest.
   Abuse victims have said they will hold protest rallies during his visit.

Il Papa: no ai preti pedofili

  - RC leader says sex abuse is incompatible with priesthood, sanctity. - RCC.      
   La Stampa, ~ July 12, 2008
   ROMA -- Il Pontefice: "Essere prete è incompatibile con gli abusi sessuali, con questo comportamento che contraddice la santità" Comincia oggi il viaggio più lungo di Papa Benedetto XVI. Ventuno ore di aereo per raggiungere l’Australia, continente 'giovanè, che ospita, per la prima volta nella storia, una Giornata Mondiale della Gioventù. Le aspettative sono alte: si parla di 500mila pellegrini attesi per la messa conclusiva di domenica 20 luglio. E aspettando Ratzinger la città di Sydney comincia a colorarsi di papaboys provenienti da 170 Paesi di tutto il mondo. L’Italia è il terzo Paese rappresentato: con 10mila giovani, è dietro solo agli australiani e agli statunitensi.
   [translation]
   THE TRIP OF BENEDICT XVI TO AUSTRALIA; The Pope: no to pedophile priests
   ROME -- The Pontiff: "To be a priest is incompatible with sexual abuses, a behavior which contradicts sainthood".
   Today is starting the longest trip by Pope Benedict XVI. Twenty-one-hours of air travel to reach Australia, the young continent which is hosting, for the first time in history, the World Youth Day. The expectations are high, an estimate of 500 thousand pilgrims will attend the final mass on Sunday, July 20th. And waiting for Ratzinger the city of Sydney is starting to be colored by the "Popeboys" coming from 170 countries all over the world. Italy is the third most represented country , with 10 thousand youths, behind only those from Australia and USA.
   "To be a priest is incompatible with sexual abuses, a behavior which contradicts sainthood". The Pope said that in the plane carrying him to Australia, answering the question if he had the intention to apologize for the sexual abuses committed by some priests in Australia, as he did recently in the United States.
   "It's essential for the church to conciliate, prevent, help and see the faults related to this problem" adding " it must be clear that real priesthood is not compatible with sexual abuses because the priests are at the service of our Lord".

Archdiocese of San Francisco releases statement on priest

  [1980s Chavarin*] - RCC. Minors. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   
   Catholic San Francisco, ~ July 12, 2008
   SAN FRANCISCO (CA) -- On July 9, the Archdiocese of San Francisco sent the following statement to parish pastors and clergy:
   A priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Reverend Jose Chavarin [59], has been recently accused of committing sexual abuse against several minors in the San Diego area in the 1980s.
   On Friday, June 20, 2008, upon learning of these allegations involving minors, the Diocese of San Diego immediately notified the civil authorities and the Archdiocese of San Francisco. When confronted with the charges by the Archbishop of San Francisco, Father Chavarin denied any misconduct. He was placed on Administrative Leave and directed to remain in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
   On Monday, June 23, 2008, the Archdiocese received a voicemail message that he had gone to Mexico (his native country) and would soon return. Presently, we do not know the whereabouts of Father Chavarin, but believe he is in Mexico. The Diocese of San Diego has alerted the police in San Diego to the situation. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2008 10:50 PM]

Il Papa verso l'Australia "No ai preti pedofili"

  - RCC.      
   La Repubblica ~ July 12, 2008
   ROMA - Vola in Australia il Papa. Del suo pontificato, questo è il viaggio più lungo, 9 giorni, e più distante dal Vaticano, 21 ore di aereo. Vola verso i giovani che da tutto il mondo si sono radunati per la XXIII Giornata mondiale della gioventù. "Vado perchè è una grande festa della fede e apre nuove frontiere di unione tra le culture", ha detto il Pontefice sull'aereo decollato alle 10.30 dallo scalo di Fiumicino.
   [translation]
   Benedict XVI will participate in a meeting of the Youth in Sydney
   In the plane he speaks about ecology and then tackles the issue of the sexual abuses
   The Pope's going to Australia; "No to pedophile priests"
   ROME - The Pope flies to Australia. It's the longest trip of his pontificate, 9 days, 21 hours of air travel, the farthest from the Vatican. He flies towards the XXIII World Youth Meeting. "I'm going there because it's a great feast of faith and it opens new frontiers among cultures" said the Pontiff soon after the plane had taken off at 10.30 a.m. from the Fiumicino airport in Rome.
   "To be a priest is incompatible with sexual abuses". Benedict XVI announces that one of the main objectives of his trip will be to deal with the sexual abuses committed by the clergy: "Being a priest is incompatible with sexual abuse: this behavior contradicts sainthood. I spoke about it in the United States and I'll speak about it in Australia, too". The Pope shows no pity when looking into his church and he admits his own faults: " We must examine what was lacking in our behavior and how we can prevent, cure, conciliate, help and see the fault regarding this problem".

Lourdes fears priestly scandal will make profits dry up

  - RCC. [~ 2008 Zambelli*] - RCC. < US $700,000 money.    
   Guardian, from Jason Burke in Lourdes, The Observer, for Sunday July 13, 2008
   FRANCE -- It is called the 'Zambelli Affair' and for the town of Lourdes, one of the world's most famous sites of pilgrimage, it could not have come at a worse time. Last week it was disclosed that Fr Raymond Zambelli, the priest in charge of the sanctuaries of Lourdes, was being investigated by financial police after a computer highlighted suspicious deposits in his personal account, amounting to £360,000. Rumours of money-laundering were soon rife and, since then, the town has waited anxiously for the next dramatic twist.
   Zambelli, at a hastily called press conference, denied all wrongdoing and explained that the cash was a donation from an ageing worshipper. But though he has been backed by the Bishop of Tarbes, Jacques Perrier, the damage has been done.
   'What every one fears is that the image of Lourdes will be tarnished,' Francis Dehaine, who manages the Lourdes sanctuary and its £23m annual budget, said. 'Nobody ever thought something like this could happen. And it's the image of the shrine that suffers.'
   [COMMENT: Why didn't a miracle occur to stop the money being stolen?]

Pope urged to make 'meaningful' apology

  - RCC.    
   ABC News, ~ July 12, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The Broken Rites support group has called on Pope Benedict XVI to make a "meaningful" apology to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
   The Pope arrives in Sydney later today and has vowed to use his first visit to Australia to apologise for the sexual abuse of children by clergy.
   Before leaving Rome the Pope said the church had to prevent, heal and reconcile, adding that the function of being a priest was incompatible with sexual abuse.

Live From SNAP: When a room full of priest sex crime survivors laugh, the walls of Jericho can fall

  [Decades - RCC in USA] - Children.  
   City of Angels, by Kay Ebeling, ~ July 12, 2008
   CHICAGO (IL) -- I'm in an auditorium full of priest sex crime victims and the wise ones who support us, and our faces are so similar. There’s that expression, it might be a "smirk," where one side of your mouth squeezes into the form of a smile while the other half of the mouth stays straight. It’s the expression people get on their faces when they're feeling a humor, disgust, resignedness, and anger all at once, the expression the you have before uttering something sarcastic. Look around the room the first night of SNAP 2008 and almost every person has that smirk.
   And spontaneous laughter. We even surprised comedian Angela Shelton last night. She was talking about removing the sword of trauma. "You don’t need your perpetrator anymore. He’s gone," she said -- and then for this audience added the line, "moved onto the next parish." Eruption. The shout of laughter was so abrupt it made the comedian on stage step back and say, whoa …. It’s like we spend so much time with our heads in horror, when someone cracks a joke that hits our issue right on the head, we let go and laugh, and laugh, and laugh.
   I got SO MUCH out of what Angela Shelton said last night. Because the past few weeks I've had this idea germinating, and much like this blog and the idea to cover LA Clergy Cases 2007, as soon as I took the first few steps, a hundred more doors opened and the right thing to do seemed to be keep on going. I even took baby steps first to get here to Chicago. Now I'm going to be here two more weeks doing research.

Pope Speaks to Press en route to Australia and WYD Sydney, 2008

  - RCC.    
   Vatican Radio, [with audio], Jul 12, 08
   AUSTRALIA, (RV) -- Pope Benedict XVI spoke with reporters travelling with him to Sydney, Australia for World Youth Day, 2008. We have this report…
   An Australian journalist who asked what hopes the Holy Father has for the future of the Church in Australia, where the journalist said society is profoundly affected by secularism and indifference toward religion. …
   Pope Benedict said paedophilia is "incompatible" with being a priest, and that "It is essential for the Church to reconcile, to prevent, to help and to see guilt in this problem."
   [B]eing a real priest is incompatible with this [sexual abuse] because priests are in the service of our Lord.

Priest charged with sex attack on young woman on airplane

  [2008, July 5 - Zielinski*] - RCC. Girl. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   
   Star-Ledger BY JEFF WHELAN Saturday, July 12, 2008
   NEW JERSEY -- A local priest was charged with assault yesterday after he allegedly fondled a 16-year-old girl on an airplane.
   The Rev. Tomasz Adam Zielinski, 31, was removed from his position at Christ the King Church in Manville as a result of the federal charges, according to church officials.
   Zielinski, a Polish citizen, served as an associate pastor at the Somerset County parish since April and is staying in the United States on a religious visa.
   The incident occurred aboard a July 5 flight from Poland on which Zielinski was returning from a vacation. He allegedly groped the girl and attempted to unzip her pants, according to a criminal complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Newark.

Diocese ‘dismayed’ about inquiry U-turn

  [1990s Ray Lewis*] - Church of England banned him 6yrs. Borrowed £45,000. Improper with 3 women.  
   Religious Intelligence, By Matt Cresswell, 10:05am, Saturday, 12th July 2008.
   LONDON, England: The Chelmsford Anglican diocese is dismayed that there will be no inquiry into the allegations surrounding Boris Johnson’s former right hand man, Ray Lewis, who was deputy mayor of London.
   The diocese, who employed Lewis as a priest in the mid-1990s, formerly said they would support Johnson in such an inquiry. However, the London Mayor abandoned plans for an inquiry after Mr Lewis resigned.
   Lewis was London’s former Deputy Mayor for Young People before he resigned last Friday after allegations of financial and behavioural misconduct.
   The scandal broke after the Bishop of Barking, the Rt Rev David Hawkins, alerted Mayor Johnson to the fact that Lewis’ ministry was restricted in 1999 after the allegations emerged.

Toledo Catholic priest Gerald Robinson’s conviction reaffirmed

  [1980 Fr Gerald Robinson] - RCC. Sr Margaret Ann Pahl murdered.  
   Toledo Blade, By DAVID YONKE, BLADE RELIGION EDITOR, ~ July 12, 2008
   TOLEDO (OH) -- In an unusually long and detailed ruling, the Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals yesterday upheld the 2006 conviction of Toledo Catholic priest Gerald Robinson for the 1980 murder of a nun.
   The three-judge panel, in a 95-page ruling, meticulously reviewed and rejected a litany of claims made by Robinson’s attorneys, including ineffective defense counsel, a lack of DNA evidence, injecting Satanism into the trial as a possible motive for the murder, and the loss of evidence and key witnesses over the years.
   Judges Peter Handwork, Mark Pietrykowski, and William Skow said there was "abundant substantial evidence" for the Lucas County Common Pleas Court jury to have reached its guilty verdict in the three-week, nationally televised trial held in April and May, 2006.

Pope to apologise for abuse by priests

  - RCC.    
   Sydney Morning Herald 10:03PM July 12, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Pope Benedict XVI says he wants to apologise to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and wake up consciences on climate change during his pilgrimage in Australia.
   Benedict told reporters while flying to Sydney to begin a 10-day visit for World Youth Day that he would apologise to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Australia "just as I did in the United States" earlier this year.
   Less than an hour after the Pope's flight took off from Rome, Benedict walked back to the section where journalists sat and met with them for about 15 minutes. He called on five journalists to ask questions that had been submitted to the Vatican earlier in the week.

WELCOME to another COMMENTARY from CATHOLICA AUSTRALIA

  - RCC. Compassion, or legalism?
   Catholica, www. catholica. com.au/gc2/ occ/017_ occ_120708. php , July 12, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Melbourne lawyer Angela Sdrinis in an article published in Thursday's Herald-Sun newspaper (10.07.08) accused the Catholic Church of using legal devices to protect itself from the claims of abuse victims.
   With permission of Angela Sdrinis we republish her article here as our lead commentary on Catholica this Saturday along with two questions: (i) What sort of Church do we want representing us – one that reflects the compassion and understanding of Jesus Christ to victims, or one that endeavours to put victims through the sort of trauma and injustice that Jesus Christ himself was put through? (ii) Is an apology from the Pope enough, or does His Holiness need to suggest his bishops in Australia start exhibiting the compassion of Jesus Christ towards the victims of clerical sexual and other forms of abuse?

Diocese hits $4.7 million goal early

  - RCC.  
   Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA), By Bronislaus B. Kush, bkush@telegram.com , July 12, 2008
   WORCESTER (MA) – The Diocese of Worcester’s annual Partners in Charity Appeal has already met its 2008 goal of raising $4.7 million, with seven weeks remaining in the campaign.
   "I offer thanks to God for the generosity and goodness of so many thousands of Catholics throughout the Diocese of Worcester, who have taken to heart the challenge of the Lord himself to serve the needy, and, who have made donations to insure that our pastoral, educational and charitable mission will remain strong in the year ahead," Bishop Robert J. McManus said.

Pope Benedict XVI to apologise in Australia for sex abuse

  - RCC.    
   Perth Now, By Suellen Hinde and agencies, July 12, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- POPE Benedict XVI will apologise for sexual abuse by priests and will talk about how the Church can "prevent, heal and reconcile" on his Australian visit.
   The Pope today issued a strongly-worded message of hope and sorrow as he boarded a plane in rome last night for his first Australian visit, coinciding with World Youth Day.
   He called on young pilgrims to be "instruments of renewal" in bringing people back to God and the church.
   And he revealed he will use his trip Down Under to apologise for sexual abuse by priests and talk about how the Church can "prevent, heal and reconcile".

Pope 'to apologise for abuse'

  - RCC.
   Special Broadcasting Service Saturday, 12 July, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The issue of sexual abuse within the Church is likely to arise during the Pope’s visit to Australia, with victims’ groups calling for the Pope to make an apology, as he did during his recent trip to the US.
   Pope Benedict is en route to Australia as is expected to land in Sydney at around 3pm on Sunday.
   SBS correspondent Auskar Surbakti is on board the papal flight from the Vatican.
   Reporting from the flight he says the Pope was asked about the issue of sexual abuse during a press conference on board the aircraft.

Pope to apologise for church sex abuse

  - RCC.    
   Irish Independent, By Malcolm Moore, Saturday July 12 2008
   ROME -- POPE Benedict XVI travels to Australia today, where he is likely to apologise further for the sexual abuse committed by priests.
   The trip is the most ambitious in terms of distance and duration that the 81-year-old pontiff has attempted so far.
   Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Australian prelate, suggested that the Pope would repeat the contrition over clerical sexual abuse that he voiced in America earlier this year.

Clergy sex abuse victims in protest

  - RCC.      
   Herald Sun, By Katie Bradford, 04:16pm, July 12, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A VIGIL to remember victims of clergy sexual abuse has been held in Melbourne as survivors make a last attempt prior to the Pope's arrival in Australia to make their voices heard.
   About 20 survivors and supporters held a vigil outside the St Patricks' Cathedral in the city for an hour this afternoon. Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Sydney tomorrow for World Youth Day celebrations.
   Broken Rites spokeswoman Chris MacIsaac said the group were there to bear testimony to the fact sexual abuse by clergy happened and continues to be covered-up.

Toledo woman uses 'gift' of channeling

  - RC, but talking to a spirit.  
   Toledo Blade, By DAVID YONKE, BLADE RELIGION EDITOR, July 12, 2008
   TOLEDO (OH) -- Dottie Zimmerman is a 63-year-old mother of three, an award-winning religion teacher at a Toledo Catholic school, a former Ursuline nun, and a director of the Children's Theatre Workshop.
   For the last five years, Mrs. Zimmerman also says she has been "channeling" Padre Pio, letting the dead Italian Catholic saint mystically speak through her. …
   On the clerical sexual abuse crisis, the Padre Pio channeler said: "The priest abuse and some of the other things, that is not making the church a bad or a good place. The way it will work is how it is handled. And in those dioceses where it is being handled openly and with compassion and with care, and explanation and openness, I think those parishes and that church there will be very strong."
   [COMMENT: If she can talk to the dead saint, why didn't the saint tell her to ask bishops to stop transferring serial seducers? ENDS. ]

Pope says to apologise for sex abuse in Australia

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.        
   EcoDiario (Spain), By Philip Pullella, 12:03, July 12, 2008
   ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Saturday he will apologise for a sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in Australia, saying paedophilia was "incompatible" with being a priest.
   Speaking at a news conference on the plane taking him toAustralia, the Pope said he would make similar comments tothose during a trip to the United States last April. Then, he made apology for sexual abuse a major part of his visit,meeting victims and vowing to keep paedophiles out of thepriesthood.
   "It is essential for the Church to reconcile, to prevent,to help and to see guilt in this problem," he said on Saturday.

Pope to say sorry

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.
   Herald Sun ~ July 12, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- POPE Benedict XVI has revealed he will use his visit to Australia to apologise for sexual abuse by priests and talk about how the Church can "prevent, heal and reconcile".
   "We have to consider what was insufficient in our behaviour and how we can prevent, heal, reconcile. This is the essential content of what we will say as we apologise," Benedict said aboard his plane as he headed to Sydney to lead the Catholic Church's World Youth Day celebrations.
   There has been growing speculation the Pope will apologise during his visit to Australian victims of abuse by the clergy, as he did earlier this year to American victims while on a US trip. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2008 7:24 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat July 12, 2008
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Order’s leader, former member stand accused

  - RCC. [Skube (Franciscan Brother) -NEW*] [Quillan (Franciscan Brother) -NEW*] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Quad-City Times, www.qctimes. com/articles/ 2008/07/13/ news/local/ doc4879808f ca56e9502 17955.txt? sPos=3 , By Ann McGlynn | 2:05 AM CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008
   IOWA -- They entertained visitors at Christmastime with a huge display at their landmark monastery, ran a carpet cleaning business, taught in local Catholic schools, hosted receptions and offered tours to such places as New York and the World’s Fair in New Orleans.
   They wanted to get an elderly housing project off the ground.
   The 12-member Franciscan Brothers of Christ the King owned what is now known as The Abbey Hotel in Bettendorf, the halfway house at 605 Main St. in Davenport and occupied the former convent at Holy Family Catholic Church during its 15-year stay in the Quad-Cities.
   But the order sold the monastery in 1991.
   The Franciscan Brothers now are based in Spring Valley, Ohio, after relocating several times in the past 18 years – first to Illinois, then Indiana, then Florida, then Ohio.
   They are no longer recognized as an organization by the Catholic Church, a designation lost in 2003.
   On Thursday, the order’s leader, Brother Francis Skube, was named as one of the 24 clergy credibly accused of sex abuse in the Diocese of Davenport. A former member, Mark Quillen, is on the list, too. He is believed to be living in a monastery in Massachusetts.

New Law Targets Sex Crime Offenders

 
   Lex 18, www.lex18. com/Global/ story.asp? S=8667312& nav=EQlp , Posted 03:28 PM EDT, July 13, 2008
   FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY (AP) -- Teachers, coaches and priests convicted of sex crimes against children will face longer prison sentences beginning Tuesday. That's when a long list of new laws, many of them intended to protect children, go into effect. "You can't legislate morality, but you can make sure people know if they do something they shouldn't to a child that something will be done to them," said state Rep. Rick Nelson, D-Middlesboro, a former teacher.
   Under one of the most publicized new laws, people in positions of authority over children face felony criminal charges for having any form of sexual contact with the minors they oversee. State Rep. Jim Wayne, who ushered the law through the General Assembly earlier this year, said it also closes a long-standing loophole under which teachers broke no criminal laws by having sex with students, as long as the students were at least 16 years old and willing participants.
   In addition, the law increases the statute of limitations on misdemeanor sex crimes, giving victims, who were minors at the time, until their 23rd birthday to press charges. Ordinarly, the statute of limitations on misdemeanors is one year. It also increases jail time for people who know about instances of sexual abuse but do not tell authorities. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2008 10:29 PM]

Intercettazioni: no a privilegi in nome della fede

  - RCC.  
   Notizie Radicali, di Maria Bonafede * ~ July 13, 2008
   ITALIA -- Ha ormai quasi un mese il disegno di legge approvato all’unanimità dal Consiglio dei ministri in materia di intercettazioni telefoniche: voglio entrare nel merito soltanto dell’articolo 12 comma 2, lettera C del decreto in cui si prevede che un magistrato che indaga su reati imputati a un religioso cattolico, debba informare il vescovo competente; qualora l’indagine riguardi un vescovo il magistrato deve informare la Segreteria di Stato Vaticana. Il sottosegretario alla presidenza del Consiglio Gianni Letta ha subito specificato che non si tratta di un favore riservato alla chiesa cattolica, ma che potrà essere applicato anche alle confessioni religiose che abbiano stipulato un’intesa con lo stato. Poiché la chiesa valdese ha un’intesa con lo stato, anzi ha firmato nel 1984 la prima delle intese previste dall’art.8 della Costituzione, come moderatore della Tavola valdese mi sento interpellata dal dottor Letta, lo ringrazio del pensiero che comprendo come un pensiero inclusivo, ma mi sento di rispondere: "Caro dottor Letta, no grazie", e provo ad argomentare.
   [translation]
   WIRETAPPINGS IN ITALY: NO TO ANY PRIVILEGES UNDER THE NAME OF FAITH;
   by Maria Bonafede *
   ITALY -- Almost a month has passed since the bill approved unanimously by the Council of the Italian Ministers about the procedure the prosecutors must follow in case of wiretappings: I only want to deal with art. 12, comma 2, letter C of that decree, whereby it is stated the magistrate investigating alleged crimes committed by the catholic clergy must inform the bishop of their diocese: if the investigation involves a bishop then the magistrate must inform the Vatican State Secretary. The undersecretary to the President of the Council of Ministers, Gianni Letta, specified at once that the procedure wasn't meant to do a favor to the catholic church, but that it could also be implemented in favor of the religious confessions which had stipulated an accord with the State. Having the Valdese church stipulated an accord with the Italian state, according to art. 8 of the Constitution, as the moderator of the Tavola Valdese I feel to be involved in this issue raised by Dr. Letta. I thank him for his statement which can be interpreted as the will to be inclusive, but I feel to answer: "Dear Dr. Letta, no thanks", and now I try to explain myself.
   My first argument is that I deeply believe the law must be applied equally to everyone. It's a declaration which is written in clear letters in every Italian tribunal and it provides every citizen must be treated in the same way according to the law, is in my opinion a fundamental pillar of the justice system. An exception to this principle, even if extended to more than one party, can't be accepted, because it will be at the cost of the disrespect of that main principle. The fact that, as it has been said, the proposal is meant to respect what was written when the Concordato (the 1929 Accord between Church and State) was updated in 1984, doesn't console me at all, on the contrary it preoccupies me, for neither the Concordato nor other accords made with other religious confessions can be in contrast with the mainstay of the Constitution, that's is every citizen is equal in front of the law. But there are two other reasons which can support our refusal: one having a secular character and the other a theologic character.
   We are not interested in such a kind of privilege because we firmly believe that church and state have a different role: while we can't tolerate the state's interference in the free activity of a church and any community of the faithful, at the same time we can't see for what reasons the church must be involved in the action of a branch of the State such as the judiciary. As Italian citizens we can't really understand why justice in Italy, for example in matter of sexual crimes against minors, would be much more respected if the catholic authorities can be informed about the ongoing judiciary proceedings. We don't believe in that at all and it seems very anomalous that such a provision could be added to the articles of a bill about the procedure to follow in case of telephone wiretappings.
   The second reason is strictly connected with our idea of christian witnessing. We are convinced the church must be a testimony of the Gospel without being affected by special acknowledgements and privileges granted by the political power. As evangelical christians we feel the Lord called us to be witnesses of his Word: and His Word, free and disarmed, is our force.
   NOTE: * moderator of the tavola valdese

Pope lands in Oz on sorry note

  - RCC.    
   The Standard (Hong Kong), Monday, July 14, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Pope Benedict arrived in Australia for an international Catholic youth festival and promised to apologize for a sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the church in the country.
   The 81-year-old pontiff arrived in Sydney after more than 20 hours of flying from Rome to start the 10-day trip, the longest of his pontificate so far and the first to the Pacific.

Sorry not enough, pope told

  - RCC.
   Special Broadcasting Service, [with video], Monday, 14 July, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The pope’s planned apology to Australian sex abuse victims should be delivered to them face to face, victims say.
   Victims' group Broken Rites says the pontiff should also forcefully tell his Australian bishops to stop blocking victims' access to civil courts and using the statute of limitations as a get-out clause.
   Pope Benedict XVI has indicated during his flight from Rome that he will use his first visit to Australia to apologise for sexual abuse by priests.
   But Broken Rites spokeswoman Chris MacIsaac has told the Australian the comments so far represented nothing more than a "continuation of the Catholic Church's age-old cover-up".
   "It's really just sounding like a general expression of regret, whereas we want to see the Pope apologise directly to some of the victims, who should be given a chance to speak to him," Ms MacIsaac said.

EDITORIAL: Pell haunted by past ghosts

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.      
   Geelong Advertiser, July 14, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE timing really could not have been worse for the Catholic Church in general and Cardinal George Pell in particular.
   With the largest event to be staged in Australia beginning tomorrow, Dr Pell should be welcoming the hundreds of thousands of the world's youth to Sydney for World Youth Day.
   Instead, he is heavily on the defensive. He has been roundly criticised for his handling of sexual assault allegations against Father Terrence Goodall. Dr Pell dismissed the allegations against Goodall in 2003 after accepting the priest's claim the sexual encounter was consensual.
   Since then, Dr Pell has been accused of misleading victim Anthony Jones and has been forced into appointing an independent panel to look at the allegations.

Pope 'must commit to ending abuse'

  - RCC.    
   Herald Sun, 09:37am, July 14, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- POPE Benedict XVI must commit the church to ending sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and to the better handling of victims' claims when he apologises to Australian victims, a priest says.
   During his flight to Australia, Pope Benedict indicated he would use his visit to apologise for sexual abuse by priests.
   "We have to consider what was insufficient in our behaviour and how we can prevent, heal, reconcile," he said aboard the plane before arriving yesterday in Sydney.

Officials take more DNA from sect family

  [Years - Jeffs*] - FLDS. Arranging child marriages. 4 girls.  
   United Press International, July 13, 2008
   CONVERSE, Texas, July 13 (UPI) -- Texas officials are working on building another criminal case against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, officials say.
   Authorities Saturday took a third genetic sample from a mother and her child who belong to the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Sunday.
   The Texas Attorney General's Office served a search warrant on Veda Keate, 19, in Converse, Texas, at the apartment where she is living with her 2-year-old daughter, sister and mother, her attorney said.

Parishioners to hear of church closings

  - RCC short of priests.
   Norwich Bulletin By DEBORAH STRASZHEIM Posted 07:26 AM Jul 13, 2008
   PUTNAM, Conn. – Parishioners at several northeast Connecticut Catholic churches were expected to hear this morning at mass that their churches will be consolidated or closed because of a priest shortage.
   Five churches in the Putnam Deanery, which consists of 17 parishes, will close on or shortly after Sept. 1, according to a statement by the Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, bishop of Norwich.

EDITORIAL COMMENTARY – 13 July 2008…

  - RCC.  
   Catholica July 13, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Every event in life, even the worst tragedies, carry within them the potential for much that is also good. This truism ought be ranked somewhere up near the greatest insights of Christianity.
   The death of the founder of Christianity, Jesus Christ, from some points of view was one of human civilisation's greatest tragedies and gravest injustices where an innocent person was crucified and had his life taken away from him.
   Out of the tragedy though we Christians learned about the Resurrection – perhaps the single greatest sign of hope ever given to humankind.
   Now that a decision has been taken to close the Bethel Community there are two significant issues that remain to be dealt with.
   In today's editorial we seek to articulate what those issues are and to draw attention to who might have the responsibilities associated with addressing them.

Clergy sex abuse victims in protest

     
  Herald Sun By Katie Bradford 04:16pm July 12, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A VIGIL to remember victims of clergy sexual abuse has been held in Melbourne as survivors make a last attempt prior to the Pope's arrival in Australia to make their voices heard.
   About 20 survivors and supporters held a vigil outside the St Patricks' Cathedral in the city for an hour this afternoon. Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Sydney tomorrow for World Youth Day celebrations.
   Broken Rites spokeswoman Chris MacIsaac said the group were there to bear testimony to the fact sexual abuse by clergy happened and continues to be covered-up.

Pope sex apology

  - RCC. World leader apologises. Pell denies covering up.      
   Sunday Mirror (United Kingdom) July 13, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The Pope yesterday apologised for the sexual abuse of children by members of the Catholic Church.
   Speaking on a flight to Australia, Pope Benedict said paedophilia was "incompatible" with being a priest. Days earlier, Cardinal George Pell, head of the Catholic Church in Australia, denied covering up sex abuse by his priests.

Melbourne protesters frustrated with Pope's attitude

  - RCC.    
   Stuff (New Zealand) AAP | Sunday, July 13, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- About 150 protesters in Melbourne have marked the Pope's arrival in Australia with a rally against World Youth Day (WYD).
   Organised by a coalition of secular groups, Youth Against World Youth Day targeted the Pope's attitude towards women, gay people, abortion, condoms and clergy sexual abuse.
   Pope Benedict XVI this afternoon landed in Sydney for this week's WYD celebrations, that runs July 15-20.
   Jason Ball, one of the organisers, said people wanted to vent their frustrations on what WYD represented.

Statutes of limitations hinder sex abuse prosecutions

   
   The Times-Tribune BY ROJA HEYDARPOUR July/13/2008
   SCRANTON (PA) -- Even when the proper protocol is taken to report allegations of sexual abuse, many of them are never prosecuted because statutes of limitations limit the period in which charges can be filed.
   Although criminal and civil statute of limitations periods have been extended recently, the law in place at the time of the crime supersedes any new statute.
   A victim molested in 1990, for example, would have until the age of 20 to bring a claim to court, because that was the law in 1990. The law today gives the victim until age 50 in criminal cases and 30 in civil cases.
   "We get this iceberg of cases that never get brought (to trial) because of statute of limitations," said Marci Hamilton, a constitutional lawyer and author of the book, "Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children."

Pope to apologise for sex scandals

       
   Al Jazeera (Qatar) ~ July 13, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Pope Benedict XVI has arrived in Australia where he says he will apologise for sexual abuses carried out by the clergy.
   "It is essential for the church to reconcile, to prevent, to help and also to see [its] guilt," he told reporters aboard his plane.
   Benedict arrived in Sydney on Sunday amid allegations that George Pell, the leader of Australia's Catholic church, contradicted an internal report that a priest sexually abused a former religious education teacher, Anthony Jones, in 1982.

Call for Pell apology

 
   Sky News, ~ July 13, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The Catholic Church of Australia has welcomed plans by the Pope to publicly apologise at World Youth Day for sexual abuse by priests but has stopped short of saying it will follow his lead.
   Pope Benedict's due to land in Sydney at 3pm (AEST) today, days after claims by victim Anthony Jones that Australia's senior Catholic leader, Sydney Archbishop George Pell, had dismissed his allegations of indecent assault against a priest who was later convicted of the crimes.
   World Youth Day coordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher says the Catholic Church of Australia welcomes the Holy Father's word of compassion and of leadership with respect to the victims of sexual abuse.
   But he wouldn't say if Cardinal Pell or the local church have plans for a public apology.

Pope lands in Sydney

 
   Sydney Morning Herald by Paola Totaro July 13, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Pope Benedict XVI has arrived in Sydney for Catholic World Youth Day celebrations.
   The 81-year-old Pontiff's plane touched down at Richmond RAAF base, on Sydney's north-western outskirts, at 3pm
   Earlier, in an in-flight press conference conducted less than an hour into the flight, the Pontiff signalled that he will apologise for the suffering of young Australians who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy.

Pope Arrives in Australia for World Youth Day

 
   Bloomberg By Tracy Withers July 13, 2008
   AUSTRALIA (Bloomberg) -- Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Australia, where he reportedly plans to apologize for sexual abuse by priests and to address environmental issues during his visit to Sydney this week to mark World Youth Day.
   The aircraft carrying the pope landed at an air force base near Sydney shortly after 3 p.m. local time. The pontiff briefly waved before descending to be met by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and other dignitaries, according to Australian TV reports.
   More than 125,000 pilgrims from overseas will attend the five-day World Youth Day celebrations, which culminate in an open-air mass on July 20 to be attended by 500,000 people. Organizers are billing the festival as the biggest event Australia has hosted and say it will draw more people to Sydney than the 2000 Olympic Games.

Church must respond quickly to abuse claims: Carpenter

     
   The West Australian 13:45 WST July 13, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The Catholic Church needs to be prudent in responding to allegations of sexual abuse, Premier Alan Carpenter said today.
   The controversial Bethel Convenant Community in Perth announced it would close last week after years of allegations of tyrannical leadership styles and inappropriate conduct by leaders including the touching of women's breasts.
   The closure was announced the day after Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey apologised for failing to act on allegations of sexual misconduct when they came to his attention eight years ago.

Lawsuit proceeds despite priest's death

   
   Daily Freeman By Ariel Zangla, July/13/2008
   ALBANY (NY) -- A LAWSUIT against a group that used to investigate claims of sexual abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany will go forward despite the death of the plaintiff clergyman, his attorney says.
   Attorney John Aretakis said he plans to continue the $2 million legal action on behalf of the Rev. Mark Jaufmann, who died March 21 in southern California. The case against the Independent Mediation Assistance Program - which stems from sexual abuse allegations Jaufmann made against a Greene County priest - was pending at the time of Jaufmann's death and will be allowed to continue with the priest's brothers as plaintiffs, the lawyer said. He also said video and audio recordings of Jaufmann's statements to an IMAP investigator could be used in the suit.
   "I believe the case will go on," Aretakis said.
   A priest with the Ecumenical Catholic Communion in California, Jaufmann filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in October 2006, alleging IMAP was not independent of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, as it claimed. Also named as defendants in the suit are retired New York Court of Appeals Justice Howard Levine, the law firm of Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna, and the New York State Dispute Resolution Association. Levine formerly administered the Independent Mediation Assistance Program, which discontinued its work in November 2006 after stating no new claims were coming in.

Diocese of Scranton mum on sex abuse policy, cases

 
   The Times-Tribune BY ROJA HEYDARPOUR, July/13/2008
   SCRANTON (PA) -- As it reeled from shocking revelations in 2002 of widespread sexual abuse by priests, the Catholic Church crafted a program to accommodate victims and inject a new spirit of openness and honesty. Six years later, however, the Diocese of Scranton refuses to share details of how the program is working and declines to explain some apparent inconsistencies.
   The national program was created after a newspaper investigation revealed that priests in the Archdiocese of Boston had sexually abused hundreds of victims and were protected by church officials. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops met in June 2002 and drafted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, emphasizing transparency and accountability.
   One of the charter’s requirements is that "Dioceses/Eparchies are to be open and transparent in communicating with the public about sexual abuse of minors by clergy within the confines of respect for the privacy and the reputation of the individuals involved."

Scranton family not satisfied with atonement for betrayal

  - RCC.
   The Times-Tribune [with links to documents] BY ROJA HEYDARPOUR July/13/2008
   SCRANTON (PA) -- It was a cool, fall afternoon in 2006 when a family of three entered the Diocese of Scranton’s chancery in search of answers, and maybe some comfort.
   The son recently had told his mother the priest they trusted and invited into their lives had sexually abused him as a young boy. The family went to the bishop for help, just as they had turned in past times of need to their church, SS. Peter and Paul in West Scranton, and their priest, the Rev. Edward J. Shoback.
   This time, their trusted sanctuary was the source of betrayal.
   They waited anxiously for about an hour to meet with the Most Rev. John M. Dougherty, but instead received a phone call. The auxiliary bishop had been delayed and would meet them later that evening.
   Harboring the largest confession of their lives, the family left the chancery into what they later described as a vague, tunnel-like day.

While some move on, effects are 'never over'

 
   The Courier-Journal By Peter Smith, psmith@courier-journal.com , July 13, 2008
   LOUISVILLE (KY) -- When she broke her silence, Janice Winter freed herself from fear brought on by memories of the priest who abused her as a girl, and then told her to repent.
   That, she said, meant more to her than sharing in a settlement five years ago with 242 other plaintiffs suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville over sexual abuse by priests and others associated with the church.
   "That was the benefit of the whole experience," she said. "It's not a secret anymore. I'm not saying the journey's over, but I've been able to take a giant step forward."
   It has been five years this summer since the $25.7 million settlement that culminated the archdiocese's largest scandal in modern times. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2008 7:12 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sun July 13, 2008
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Mon July 14, 2008 edition:


Youth minister’s murder trial begins

  [2005 Mr Rosa -NEW*] - Pentecostal. Boy (13) dead. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   My Fox Tampa Bay, www.myfox tampabay. com/myfox/ pages/News/ Detail? contentId= 6975816& version=3&l ocale=EN- US&layout Code=TSTY& pageId= 3.2.1 ; ~ July 14, 2008
   TAMPA (FL) – Jury selection begins Monday morning the trial of a youth minister charged with beating a teenager to death.
   Joshua Rosa is accused of murdering 13-year-old Stephen Tomlinson more than two years ago. Tomlinson’s body was found at Logan Gate Park, just a few blocks away from his home.
   Rosa, 22, worked as a youth minister at the Zion Pentecostal Church. Tomlinson’s father, Ron Tomlinson, has filed a civil lawsuit against the church claiming it failed to properly supervise Rosa with his son. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2008 9:36 AM]

‘Male rape’ rap for ACDP pastor

  [? 2008 Mthunzini -NEW*] - "Total Surrender Church." Male.  
   Sowetan, by Moyahabo Mabeba, July 14, 2008
   SOUTH AFRICA -- A 20-year-old man has accused a married pastor of sexual assault, but the man of the cloth says the charge is a conspiracy to oust him from the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP).
   Matlalela Mthunzini, a 28-year-old politician and preacher in the Total Surrender Church, will appear in the Seshego magistrate’s court in Limpopo again today.
   In Mthunzini’s first court appearance, the plaintiff said: "He turned me around and climbed on top of me. I tried to resist but he managed to overpower me.

Judgment reserved in appeal by priest of rape conviction

  [1984-85 Daniel Doherty] - RCC. 7yr sentence. Teenager.  
   The Irish Times, ~ July 14, 2008
   IRELAND -- THE COURT of Criminal Appeal has reserved judgment on an appeal by a Co Donegal priest against his conviction and seven-year sentence for raping a teenage parishioner in a church sacristy.
   Fr Daniel Doherty (49), of Derriscleigh, Carrigart, has appealed against his conviction on charges of raping the then 13-year-old girl in the sacristy on dates in 1985 and of indecently assaulting her in the parochial house in 1985 and in his car in December 1984.
   Mr Justice Philip O’Sullivan jailed Doherty for a total of seven years and directed he be registered as a sex offender.

Accused priest bought 'silence'

  [1977-88 Paul Evans*) - RCC. 20 charges. Was reported to school. 7 institution boys.      
   The Manly Daily, by Rebecca Woolley, July 15, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- AN alleged sex abuse victim "blackmailed" a former Collaroy Plateau priest into paying money into his bank account to buy his silence, a court has heard.
   Sydney District Court heard yesterday the man tracked down Paul Raymond Evans, a former priest at St Rose of Lima Church, Collaroy Plateau, after he told his pregnant girlfriend about the alleged abuse in 1992.
   Crown prosecutor Pricilla Adey said he threatened violence towards Mr Evans who subsequently made several payments of hundreds of dollars into the alleged victim's bank account.
   Mr Evans is charged with sexually assaulting the 36-year-old man when he was a student at Boys' Town at Engadine and three counts of homosexual intercourse with him in 1988 after he had left the school.

Filipino archbishop bars pro-abort pols from Communion

  - RCC versus pro-abortion politicans.  
   Catholic World News, Jul. 14, 2008
   MANILA, PHILIPPINES (CWNews.com) -- In a debate reminiscent of recent disputes among American bishops, Church leaders in the Philippines have taken up the question of whether pro-abortion politicians should be barred from the Eucharist-- with one archbishop answering with an emphatic Yes.
   Archbishop Jesus Armamento Dosado of Ozamis has announced that politicians who support legal abortion will not be allowed to receive Communion.

Raising Awareness for those Abused by Priests

  [2001-02 Cote* (Dominican)] - RCC. Altar boy.  
   WHIZ, By Elizabeth Choi, ~ July 14, 2008
   OHIO -- A St Louis couple stopped in the area Monday to speak out against a former Somerset Catholic priest who was arrested earlier this month and charged with child abuse in Maryland.
   56-year old Aaron Joseph Cote has been accused by authorities of sexually molesting a Maryland boy, who attended the church where Cote served as youth minister. Today, Steven Spaner and his wife Judy Block-Jones rallied in Somerset to raise awareness.
   "The biggest goal is we're reaching out to other victims. We're looking for other victims. There is help," says Judy Block-Jones of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
   Jones is director of the Steubenville, Ohio Chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests or SNAP. Reaching out to victims of abuse has personal meaning to her.

Rows surround 'Catholic Woodstock'

  - RCC. [1982 Goodall*] - Male religion teacher. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other.        
   BBC News (United KIngdom), By Nick Bryant, BBC News, Sydney ~ July 14, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Tens of thousands of young Catholics are meeting in Sydney, Australia
   It is sometimes described as the "Olympics of religion".
   Some prefer to call it a Catholic Woodstock - a festival of peace, love and Christianity.
   Almost a quarter of a century after it came into being, World Youth Day - which is actually a six-day event that begins on Tuesday - continues to exert a magnetic pull on young Catholic pilgrims from all over the world. …
   But the message of World Youth Day has been undercut by the controversies of the recent past: the sexual abuse scandal which refuses to go away.
   Pilgrims like Chris Daniels have travelled from around the world In the lead up to the event, Australia's most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, has faced fresh allegations of a cover-up in the case of a young man indecently assaulted in the early 1980s.
   In a report which generated a barrage of negative headlines, the ABC's Lateline programme revealed the shocking story of Anthony Jones, a religious education coordinator, who was indecently assaulted by a Sydney priest, Father Terence Goodall.

Priest Shortage Forces Churches To Close

  - RCC.  
   WFSB [with video] , ~ July 14, 2008
   NORWICH, Conn. -- A lack of priests is forcing several Connecticut churches to close their doors.
   Five churches in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich will close by Sept. 1, according to Bishop Michael Cote.
   Cote said the five parishes will consolidate with the remaining 12 churches.
   Saint Augustine's Church in Canterbury is among the churches that is being targeted to share a priest or to join a nearby parish.

Man to ask Dolan to help defrock priest

  [Tully] - RCC.
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel By Sharif Durhams, 2:04 p.m. MONDAY, July 14, 2008
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- A Massachusetts man who says a priest sexually abused him 22 years ago in Franklin will call on the Vatican to defrock the priest in a protest today.
   Bill Nash, 41, said he hopes to deliver a letter to Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan this afternoon, petitioning to the Vatican to defrock Father James Tully. Nash and members of a support group called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and a reform group called Voice of the Faithful plan to hold up pictures of Nash this afternoon at the Cousins Center in Milwaukee.
   Nash made a similar appeal to the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., in June, according to news reports.
   Tully said Masses and assisted with pastoral ministries at a number of Milwaukee nursing homes and at area parishes in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge in 1992 related to other complaints of abuse. The Survivors Network says Tully is living in Vicenza, Italy, with a religious order known as the Xaverian Missionary Fathers.

Cardinal Stritch to buy Cousins Center

 
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel By Tom Heinen, July 14, 2008
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- Cardinal Stritch University has reached an agreement with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to buy the 415,000-square-foot Cousins Center and its approximately 44-acre site in St. Francis, university officials announced today.
   The purchase is part of an evolving master plan and would enable the university to expand beyond its largely land-locked main campus, which straddles Fox Point and Glendale.
   A sale price has been set but was not released, and more information needs to be gathered before a final sale agreement can be reached and completed, university officials said. The sale is contingent upon rezoning of the property by the City of St. Francis. Stritch's board of trustees and the administrative team for the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, the university's sponsors, also will need to approve the purchase.

With sale of Cousins Center, where will Dolan resettle his sex offenders?

  - RCC warehouses child molesters.
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director, Milwaukee; July 14, 2008
  
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee today announced that he has finally sold the Cousins Center, a massively underutilized, inefficient, and wasteful relic of a bygone era. Once the "crown jewel" of one of the most important archdiocese in the country, the center, which trained seminarians beginning as young as 13 years old, was built long before prosecutors, parents and the public discovered that scores of priests being ordained from such institutions were child sex offenders.
   Many of these offender priests, in recent years, have been reportedly resettled at living quarters at the Cousins Center, making it also a compound for warehousing dozens of child molesters. Nearly all of these offender clergy and others Dolan has scattered in neighborhoods throughout southeastern Wisconsin are living unpunished, unrepentant and unknown to criminal justice authorities and parents.
   Why?
   Because archdiocesan officials didn't report these clergy to the police once they had discovered-and often discovered again, and again, and again---that they were raping and sexually assaulting Catholic children and youngsters. So, instead of going to prison and being monitored by correction officials for their rest of their lives, the very same institution that covered up their crimes is now supposedly watching over them at places like the Cousins Center.

Papal Comments Aboard Flight to Sydney

  - RCC's Pope says problem essentially same as in USA.      
   Zenit JULY 14, 2008
   SYDNEY, Australia, (Zenit.org). -- Here is a translation of the Vatican transcription of Benedict XVI's comments to journalists aboard the papal plane en route to Sydney.
   One hour after taking off from Rome on Saturday, the Pope answered five questions.
   * * * Q: Holy Father, I'm sorry but I don't speak Italian well. So I'll be asking my question in English. There has been a call from Australian victims of sexual abuse by clergy for Your Holiness to address the issue and to offer an apology to the victims during your visit to Australia.
   Cardinal Pell himself has said that it would be appropriate for the Pope to address the issue, and you, yourself made a similar gesture on your recent trip to the United States. Will Your Holiness be speaking on the issue of sexual abuse and will you be offering an apology?
   Benedict XVI: Yes, the problem is essentially the same as in the United States. I felt obliged to speak about it in the United States because it is essential for the Church to reconcile, to prevent, to help and also to see guilt in these problems, so I will essentially say the same things as I said in America.

Pell and Pope walking different paths

 
   The Canberra Times BY DOUG CONWAY 7:29:00 for July 15, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Australia's Cardinal George Pell might have shared a relaxing stroll with Pope Benedict XVI yesterday but he and the pontiff appear at odds over climate change and church-related sexual abuse.
   As thousands of joyful pilgrims welcomed the cross of World Youth Day to Sydney , the Archbishop of Sydney joined Pope Benedict at the Opus Dei retreat at Kenthurst on Sydney's north-western outskirts where the Pope is resting before his first official public appearance on Thursday. The Pope has signalled his intention to formally apologise, on his first Australian visit, to the thousands of victims of church-related sexual abuse.
   But Cardinal Pell avoided revealing yesterday whether the Catholic Church in Australia would follow the Pope's lead, saying only, "We're keen to make a very difficult situation better [but] it is very hard to know how to do it. The bishops in Australia, individually and collectively, have apologised on a number of occasions."

More than 30 Indian youths disappear in New Zealand (Roundup)

  - RCC.    
   Monsters and Critics ~ July 14, 2008
   WELLINGTON, New Zealand - More than 30 young Indian Catholics who have disappeared during a week-long transit stop in New Zealand may have fallen for an immigration scam, according to a news report on Tuesday.
   The 32 Indians were stopping over in New Zealand on their way to Sydney for Catholic World Youth Day events being attended by Pope Benedict XVI this week, but have reportedly left their host families and gone to ground in Auckland.
   Daljit Singh, a Sikh spokesman and justice of the peace, told Radio New Zealand he understood that at least 12 of the missing young people had paid 500,000 rupees to agents in India who told them they could stay in New Zealand after entering the country with the Catholic group.

Archbishop suppresses 18 New Orleans parishes; more closings to come

   
   Catholic Explorer By Peter Finney Jr. (Catholic News Service) Published Jul 14, 2008
   NEW ORLEANS (LA), (CNS) -- Confirming decisions he had announced in April in a post-Katrina realignment plan for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes signed letters July 3 closing 18 parishes and either merging them with others or changing their status to mission churches.
   Those closings will take effect in the near future upon the reassignment of pastors, said Father Michael Jacques, chairman of the archdiocesan pastoral plan steering committee. The closing parishes will have the opportunity to celebrate a final Mass or prayer service sometime in August.
   Archbishop Hughes signed the letters of suppression following a facilitation process in which parishioners were invited to town hall meetings to express their feelings and concerns about the closures and mergers. Each parish selected a leadership team that made recommendations to Archbishop Hughes.

Pa. DAs want to plug cell-phone loophole

 
   The Associated Press, July 14, 2008
   HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA. -- Pennsylvania prosecutors are expected to urge the Legislature to close a loophole that allowed a defense lawyer to obtain the cell-phone records of some law-enforcement officials involved in the criminal prosecution of a casino owner.
   The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday that veteran lawyers said they were shocked to learn Sprint-Nextel turned over 18 months of cell-phone records without telling the officials. The company did so last month in response to a subpoena from the lawyer for a Catholic priest who's charged with perjury along with his friend, Louis DeNaples, who owns the Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos.

Former priest has first appearance in reactivated Louisa case

  [Rodis]  
   Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 14, 2008
   LOUISA (VA) -- The former Catholic priest convicted in federal court of secretly wiring donation money overseas appeared in state court yesterday to face charges of stealing church money.
   Rodney L. Rodis, 52, had John R. "Jack" Maus assigned as his defense during a hearing today that was scheduled to be at 2 p.m. but was held earlier in the day, according to the Louisa County Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
   Judge Timothy K. Sanner set an arraignment hearing for 9 a.m. Monday, July 21, court records show.

Theme at SNAP 2008 was our need to work together, among ourselves, with other groups, in order to counter organized crime tactics of Catholic Church

  - RCC.
   City of Angels By Kay Ebeling ~ July 14, 2008
   CHICAGO (IL) -- In intimate conversations, in groups, in the bar, we continued to reference Angela Shelton and her analogy when she spoke the first night of SNAP 2008: Your trauma is a sword pierced through your body. You have to pull out the sword, as painful as it is, or it will hurt forever, maybe kill you. After you pull it out, you have this sword in your hand and you can turn it into an instrument. Literally an instrument if you're a musician, my instrument is this blog. Continuously at the conference in Chicago last weekend, people said things to each other like, My sword is still in me or, I really am in the process of pulling out my sword.
   There were a lot of whoops and hollers and standing ovations. Kathy Shaw got a standing ovation for her work keeping up Abuse Tracker. The Survivors’ Support Working Group got whoops and hollers, a lot more applause than VOTF did. Throughout the conference the theme seemed to be coalition, work together, get past petty stuff and focus on our common goal. We need to get laws passed, hearings convened, and the only way to be effective at decision making levels in America is to be as big as your opponent.
   Marci Hamilton got a standing ovation before she even got to the microphone to speak. "The major barrier is the statute of limitations," she said. "It will take collaboration and coordination of all the groups to get laws passed." She includes the insurance industry. "They are supposed to exist to reduce risk, that is how they make money," she said. "We need to convince the insurance industry that siding with us results in better enforcement and deterrence." [RECAPITULATION: Kathy Shaw got a standing ovation for her work keeping up Abuse Tracker. … SSWG, VOTF, Marci Hamilton.]

Former CPA tapped to be next bishop of New Ulm diocese

  - ? RCC.
   Pioneer Press Article Launched 12:01:00 AM CDT July/14/2008
   NEW ULM (MN) -- A former accountant will be named the new bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm later today.
   Rev. John M. LeVoir 62, a Minneapolis native, will be formally introduced at an afternoon press conference at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in New Ulm.
   LeVoir has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota, a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in theology from the St. Paul Seminary. He became a certified public accountant in 1973 and worked for several firms before being ordained in May 1981.

Watertown Pastor To Appear In Court

  [Hayes]  
   Keloland ~ July 14, 2008
   SOUTH DAKOTA -- Today, a Watertown pastor accused of child molestation and child porn, will see a judge for the first time.
   Dennis Hayes is scheduled to be in Rock County Minnesota court at 10:00 this morning. He's facing charges that he groped a boy he picked up from a juvenile facility.

Abuse charges remain on "dorm father" at Camp Tracey

 
   North Florida News Daily By R.L. WORTHINGTON, ~ July 14, 2008
   FLORIDA -- More than a week after new allegations of improprieties at Camp Tracey surfaced, accusations about the controversial camp for troubled youth have continued.
   While a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior has been dropped against the 18-year-old camp resident arrested in an investigation of sexual activity with a 14-year-old student, child abuse
   According to Camp Tracey's official webpage, it is run by Dr. Wilford McCormick and Gary Byram. McCormick founded both Harvest Baptist Church and Camp Tracey. Byram was the pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida. He resigned from his church in 2004 to become staff evangelist and national representative of Camp Tracey Ministries.

Last Mass At Several Churches in the Area

  - RCC/
   WFMZ [with video], ~ July 14, 2008
   PENNSYLVANIA -- Many Catholics in the Lehigh Valley attended Mass in their churches for the last time Sunday. Nearly 50 churches have been scheduled to close by the Allentown diocese. Our Lady of Pompeii and St. Joseph's in Bethlehem were among those that held their last Mass. WFMZ's Jackie Shutack spoke with parishioners as they watched the doors close for the last time. As the priest performs the final rituals of Catholic Mass, lifelong parishioners at Saint Joseph's Church in Bethlehem snap photos…for the last time.

Pope Arrives in Australia without Indigenous Welcome

  - RCC told lies.      
   Mathaba News Network, Monday, Jul.14, 2008
   AUSTRALIA (mathaba.net) -- After a 20-hour flight and good sleep in his special Alitalia aircraft bed, and a stop over in Darwin, the Roman Catholic Pope landed in Sydney, Australia.
   He was received by the settler-colonial regime's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the unpopular new South Wales premier Morris Iemma, the leading Catholic elite and other alien dignitaries.
   The world's oldest people, the Australian Aboriginals, and original inhabitants of Australia, were absent from the reception. The Catholic Church was responsible for much of the abuse experienced by black Australians.
   The Pope arrived amid renewed uproar over lies told by the Church's local elite concerning knowledge of homosexual abuse of children by a Catholic priest in Australia.

Ex-priest accused of stealing from 2 Va. parishes

  [Rodis]  
   Daily Press The Associated Press July 14, 2008
   LOUISA, VA. - A former Roman Catholic priest convicted on federal charges of embezzling from two Louisa County churches is facing 13 state charges.
   Rodney Rodis is scheduled to appear in Louisa Circuit Court on Monday to be arraigned the state charges. The 52-year-old is serving a 63-month term in federal prison in North Carolina

As Pope Benedict arrives in Australia he is told: An apology for priest sex abuse scandal is 'not e

       
   Daily Mail (United Kingdom) By Daily Mail Reporter, Last updated at 12:58 PM on July 14, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The Pope's apology to victims of sex abuse by priests in Australia was dismissed today as not going far enough.
   Benedict XVI told journalists that he wanted to make 'a statement of sorrow' as he arrived to attend a gathering of hundreds of thousands of Catholic pilgrims.
   Activists in Australia said that as well as making a formal statement, he should go further and stop the Church's opposition to compensation claims.
   Bernard Barrett, a spokesman for the Australian victims' group Broken Rites, said: 'He made some general remarks about regret to reporters and that's not good enough. We want action, not words. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2008 8:35 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon July 14, 2008
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue July 15, 2008 edition:


Catholic School Principal Caught In Gay Orgy

  [2008, July 13 - Mr De Jesus -NEW*] - RCC. Romping naked. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WCBS, http:// wcbstv.com/ watercooler/ gabriel. dejesus. catholic.2. 771245.html , By JEFF CAPELLINI & LEE KUSHNIR, CBS 2 HD News, July 15, 2008
   GREENBURGH, N.Y. (CBS) ? A Westchester County Catholic school principal is in serious trouble after he was arrested for allegedly going on a naked sexual romp with two other men in the backyard of a vacant home in the Orchard Hill section of town on Sunday.
   Gabriel De Jesus, 41, of Ossining told police he was the principal of Sacred Heart School for the Arts, a Catholic elementary school at 71 Sharpe Blvd. in Mount Vernon.
   DeJesus was still running the elementary school Monday when he was reached for comment. He would only say he made a mistake.
   Authorities say DeJesus, Francesco Autera, 31, of Thornwood and another man met online. The trio allegedly picked the backyard of a vacant Abbeyville Lane home to conduct their group sex. An alert neighbor called 911 after noticing something suspicious.

'Dwelling crankily' on sex abuse case: bishop

  [2008 Bp Fisher (NSW) -NEW*] - RCC. Blames those publicising the seduction scandals. [1988-93 O'Donnell (Vic.)] - 2 girls.        
   Sydney Morning Herald, www.smh.com.au/news/world-youth-day/bishop-puts-foot-in-it/2008/07/16/1216162910430.html ; by Jano Gibson, 10:31AM, July 16, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The co-ordinator of World Youth Day, Bishop Anthony Fisher, today responded to a question about Cardinal George Pell's handling of a sexual abuse case by saying people are "dwelling crankily … on old wounds".
   His comments came after ABC's Lateline last night reported on Anthony Foster, whose daughters were raped by Melbourne priest Kevin O'Donnell when they were in primary school.
   Mr Foster alleged Cardinal Pell stalled the family's compensation claim against the Catholic Church when he was archbishop of Melbourne.
   Asked about the broadcast, Bishop Fisher told this morning's World Youth Day press conference: "The cardinal and I were otherwise occupied last night enjoying the youth festival so we didn't see the Lateline story.

World Youth Day Opens in Sydney

  - RCC. Taxpayers pay A$150m.      
   The New York Times, By TIM JOHNSTON, Published: July 16, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), Australia – World Youth Day, the event the Roman Catholic church describes as the largest gathering of young people on the planet, began Tuesday, with 100,000 people attending a mass on a disused wharf overlooking the sparkling waters of Sydney harbor.
   It was the formal beginning of six days of celebrations which will culminate on Sunday with a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI before a predicted 500,000 worshipers. …
   In an attempt to ensure that the event ran smoothly, the state government in New South Wales passed a law banning people from "annoying" pilgrims, sparking protests that it was an infringement on civil liberties.
   A federal court Tuesday struck down the law, paving the way for demonstrators to hand out condoms and coat hangers, references to the Catholic Church’s opposition to birth control and abortions they say are the inevitable result.
   Many Australians are also uncomfortable that the local and federal governments are subsidizing the event with more than 150 million Australian dollars. Although Australia does not have the same constitutional separation of church and state as the United States, some people are unhappy that the Catholic Church, to which a quarter of Australians belong, appears to be receiving preferential treatment.

Abuse complaints didn't go to city police: Leduc

  - RCC. [1980s Deslauriers] - Young men. [> 1980s RC authorities] - Did not tell police.  
   Standard-Freeholder, By TREVOR PRITCHARD, ~ July 15, 2008
   CANADA -- A church committee that investigated sexual abuse complaints involving a city priest in the mid-1980s didn't recommend turning over those allegations to police, the Cornwall Public Inquiry heard yesterday.
   Former diocesan lawyer Jacques Leduc said the decision not to tell either the Cornwall Police Service or the Children's Aid Society about the accusations against Rev. Gilles Deslauriers was based largely on the fact the victims were adults when they came forward.
   "I am fairly certain that that is the reason why," said Leduc, 57.
   Leduc, who began testifying at the inquiry Monday, was one of three people the Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese appointed in early 1986 to look into claims Deslauriers was abusing young men. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2008 8:05 AM]

Norwich Diocese To Close 4 Missions And Parishes

  - RCC.  
   The Day, By Michael Naughton, Published on July13/2008
   CONNECTICUT -- Four missions and parishes in the Diocese of Norwich will close and 13 other parishes will share their resources and pastors in an effort to ease the strain of a shortage of priests, diocese officials announced Saturday.
   The realignment of the missions and parishes, all located in the Putnam Deanery in the Northeast part of the state, will take effect Sept. 1, said Bishop Michael R. Cote in a letter to parishioners.
   "Until the present decline in priestly vocations is stemmed, we have no other course," Cote said in the letter.
   St. Joseph Mission Church in Sterling, St. Ignatius Parish in Rogers, Our Lady of Peace Mission Church in Killingly and Sacred Heart Mission Church in Thompson will close. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2008 9:10 PM]

Judgment reserved in priest's rape appeal

  [1984-85 Daniel Doherty] - RCC. 7yr sentence. Teenager.  
   Irish Independent, By Tim Healy, Tuesday July 15, 2008
   IRELAND -- JUDGMENT has been reserved in an appeal brought by a priest against his conviction and seven-year prison sentence for raping a teenage parishioner in a church sacristy more than 20 years ago.
   The appeal was brought by Fr Daniel Doherty (49), of Derriscleigh, Carrigart, Co Donegal, against his conviction on two charges each of rape and indecent assault.
   The Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) was yesterday told certain evidence put before the jury in his trial should not have been included as it was highly predjudicial to the defence.

Church suspends bishop indicted on sex assault charges

  [? 2007-08 Bp Carter*] - Methodist Episcopal. Man.  
   Star-Telegram, By MAX B. BAKER, maxbaker@star-telegram.com , ~ July 15, 2008
   FORT WORTH (TX) – Christian Methodist Episcopal Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter has been suspended by the church until his criminal case is resolved.
   Carter, 51, was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury last month on sexual assault charges involving a 46-year-old Dallas County man. The man was applying for a job as the bishop’s driver and says he was assaulted at Carter’s home in Arlington. Carter was released on $10,000 bail last week.
   The CME’s College of Bishops made the decision to suspend Carter with pay during a special meeting last week. Under the suspension, Carter is barred from performing sacramental duties.

Court dumps 'annoy' law

  - RCC. "Annoy" regulation dumped.      
   Sydney Morning Herald, by Malcolm Brown, 3:51PM, July 15, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Two Sydney activists have won a Federal Court challenge to special World Youth Day laws that carry $5500 fines for annoying pilgrims.
   The NoToPope Coalition scored the victory when the Federal Court ruled that legislation that would have prevented its members from handing out leaflets and other items was invalid in law.
   The court, comprising Justices French, Branson and Stone, said that part of the World Youth Day Act, passed by the NSW Parliament to keep order during the World Youth Day events, "should not be interpreted as conferring powers that are repugnant to fundamental rights and freedoms at common law in the absence of clear authority from Parliament".

Court backs WYD activists' right to annoy

 
   ABC News July 15, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Two student activists have won a court challenge to special World Youth Day laws that allowed police to detain people or fine them $5,500 for annoying or inconveniencing Catholic pilgrims.
   No To Pope Coalition members Amber Pike and Rachel Evans took the New South Wales Government to the Federal Court, arguing the laws were unconstitutional because they would make their peaceful protest illegal.
   The Government passed the rules two weeks ago without discussion or debate.
   The Full Bench of the Federal Court ruled the definition of 'annoyance' was too broad and the scope of the laws was uncertain.

Australia Court Throws Out Laws to Limit 'Annoyance'

 
   Voice of America (United States) By Phil Mercer Sydney July 15, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Australia's federal court was asked to rule on special regulations that banned behavior that caused annoyance or inconvenience to participants of World Youth Day. Those found guilty could have been fined up to $5,300.
   The new laws were brought in recently by the New South Wales state leader Morris Iemma, in an attempt to limit protests against the pope's visit during the festival. The state government passed them without discussion or debate.

Anti-Pope protesters overturn Australia's pilgrim 'annoyance laws'

 
   Telegraph (United Kingdom) By Bonnie Malkin in Sydney Last Updated 12:14PM BST, July 15, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Anti-pope protesters have been given the green light to annoy World Youth Day pilgrims, after Australia's Federal Court struck down laws created to protect the Catholic worshippers from unwanted attention.
   The temporary regulations, which gave police the right to issue on the spot fines of $5500 (£2,700) to anyone handing out "annoying" leaflets or condoms to pilgrims, were ruled invalid by the court.
   The decision is a victory for the NoToPope coalition, which mounted a challenge to the laws in the Federal Court on Tuesday, arguing the new powers were unconstitutional because they made peaceful protest illegal.

Anti-pope activists given legal right to 'annoy' Catholic pilgrims

 
   The Times (United Kingdom) Roy Eccleston, Adelaide, ~ July 15, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Australian anti-pope activists have won the right to "annoy" Catholic pilgrims at the week-long World Youth Day celebrations in Sydney after a court struck down a new law and backed their right to hand out condoms and coat-hangers.
   The decision by three judges in the Federal Court embarrassed the New South Wales Government, which introduced the new regulations this month, providing a fine of up to $5500 for anyone causing "annoyance" to the estimated 225,000 pilgrims who have flocked to Sydney to celebrate with Pope Benedict XVI.
   Immediately after the victory, Rachel Evans, one of two ‘No To Pope’ protesters who took the case to court, started handing out condoms to pilgrims. One threw them on the ground and some were affronted, but Ms Evans said several took them.

Australia pope protest laws "unconstitutional": court

 
   IT Business Net By Michael Perry, ~ July 15, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), Australia (Reuters) - Anti-protest laws imposed for Pope Benedict's visit to Sydney this week, which could see protesters arrested for annoying Catholic pilgrims, were unconstitutional, a court ruled on Tuesday.
   Under the laws, protesters could be arrested or fined A$5,500 (US$5,340) for wearing anti-Catholic T-shirts or for handing out condoms in protest at church doctrine on sex and marriage.
   Civil liberties leaders said the laws stifled freedom of speech and were open to abuse by police who were mounting an Olympic-style security operation for the papal visit.
   The Federal Court in Sydney ruled on Tuesday that the law relating to annoying and inconveniencing pilgrims went beyond the intention of the local state parliament.

Watertown Pastor Faces New Charges

   
   Keloland [with video], ~ July 15, 2008
   SOUTH DAKOTA -- The Watertown pastor accused of inappropriately touching a young boy in Minnesota faces new charges.
   KELOLAND News learned Monday afternoon, the Codington County States Attorney filed charges against 67-year-old Dennis Hayes.
   Hayes faces five counts of child pornography in Watertown after police searched the pastor's home and took his computer and several computer disks and CD's. Investigators found five pictures on Hayes' computer containing child porn. Those charges are on top of the three counts of sexual contact with a minor Hayes faces in Rock County, Minnesota. Hayes made his first court appearance on those charges in Luverne Monday.

In All Things

         
   America, Author: James Martin, S.J., Posted at 22:31:00.0, July 14, 2008
   As he had on his trip to the United States in April, Pope Benedict XVI addressed reporters on his recent flight to Sydney, Australia, about the sex abuse crisis in the country that he is about to visit. Once again, even before landing, he takes up the issue–of particular import as he begins the celebration of World Youth Day. The Associated Press reported: "The leader of the church told reporters during a 20-hour flight to Australia for a nine-day visit starting Sunday that he would do everything possible to achieve ‘healing and reconciliation with the victims’ of maltreatment by priests….’just as I did in the United States.’"
   Not surprisingly, his comments raised expectations that he may meet with victims. (His extraordinary meeting, arranged by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, with victims of abuse in the Boston archdiocese, remain for many the most powerful moment of a momentous trip.) Also, in response to his comments, victims advocates in have called for "action, not words," as AP reports.
   All this points out that the sexual abuse crisis is not "over," as some have said, and as some have hoped. A wound so deep will take many years, perhaps even decades, to heal, and like any deep wound there will be a scar. And the first step in the process of forgiveness means that someone must apologize. Benedict seems to understand this better than some bishops, who were slow to apologize, and some who still believe that the crisis was largely a media creation, or a manifestation of "anti-Catholicism." Of course, as victims rights group say, actions must follow the apologies, and the bishops have taken steps to do so, beginning with their meeting in Dallas in 2002.

Cardinal Stritch University to buy Cousins Center

   
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel By TOM HEINEN theinen@journalsentinel.com Posted: July 15, 2008
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- Cardinal Stritch University has reached an agreement with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to buy the 415,000-square-foot Cousins Center and its approximately 44-acre site in St. Francis, university officials announced Monday.
   The purchase would enable Stritch to expand beyond its largely landlocked 38-acre main campus, which straddles the Fox Point/Glendale border at 6801 N. Yates Road.
   One of the university’s goals is to increase its number of traditional-age college students, who are not now in the majority. Under one scenario, those students might be taught at the St. Francis site, and the current campus primarily would focus on graduate students and on older undergraduates, many of whom have full-time jobs.

Church panel didn't share tales of sex abuse

  [Deslauriers]  
   Ottawa Citizen by Neco Cockburn , Published: Monday, July 14, 2008
   CORNWALL, CANADA - A church committee set up in the mid-80s to look into allegations of historical sexual abuse by a priest did not recommend that outside agencies be notified about the complaints, a public inquiry heard yesterday.
   Jacques Leduc, a Cornwall lawyer who acted for the Alexandria-Cornwall Catholic diocese "from time-to-time" between 1978 and 1994, was on an ad hoc three-member committee that, in May 1986, made six recommendations in a case involving Rev. Gilles Deslauriers.
   The recommendations included suspending the priest and barring him from public ministry, the inquiry into the institutional response to allegations of systemic historical sexual abuse heard yesterday.
   But there was no suggestion that other agencies, such as the police, should be told about information received by the committee. Commission counsel Karen Jones asked Mr. Leduc whether that stemmed from the allegations being historical in nature, with the alleged victims being adults when the complaints were received.

Papal Bull-False Promises to Clergy Sex Victims From Benedict XVI

     
   The Huffington Post www. huffingtonpost. com/edward- lozzi/papal- bull-false- promises_ b_112975. html , by Edward Lozzi, July 15, 2008
   "Pope Benedict said that during the 10-day visit to Australia he would work for "healing and reconciliation with the victims" of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy there "just as I did in the United States" earlier this year." - Reported by The Associated Press - Sunday July 13, 2008
   Pope Benedict is en route to Australia and apparently about to pull the same media stunt of faux concern for the victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy that he pulled in the United States in April of this year. A carefully-orchestrated media strategy that led many US commentators to hail what appeared to them to be the Pope's courage and decency in meeting with five U.S. victims of clergy sex abuse.
   In June, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the US representative of the Pope was asked about the Pope's April visit and its impact on the sex abuse issue. Sambi claimed that the idea that the Vatican had not understood the gravity of the sex abuse issue had disappeared. "The Pope has shown the way to finally overcome this humiliating conduct."
   This is all Papal Bull. […]
   Ultimately that April meeting was just a publicity stunt by Benedict. A faux show of concern for the media. Three months later, not one of his promises has been acted upon. It is as if the meeting never happened.
   Before being elected Pope, Benedict was "Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger" - the number two man in the Vatican during the reign of Pope John Paul. It was he who convinced the Pope to never meet with the American victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy because it would lead to "bad press". […] [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2008 9:48 PM]

Judge Lets Lawsuit Against Diocese Proceed… for Now

   
   WISCONSIN WBAY ~ July 15, 2008
   Tuesday an Outagamie County judge said a fraud case against the Green Bay Catholic Diocese will go on -- at least for now.
   Brothers Todd and Troy Merryfield are suing the diocese, alleging it covered up Father John Patrick Feeney's sexual abuse of children.
   Feeney was convicted in 2004 of molesting the Merryfields in the 1970s when they were 12 and 14 years old, when he was a priest in Freedom.

Wheels of Justice Stalled in Kanawha County?

  [Cook]  
   WSAZ [with video], ~ July 15, 2008
   CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It has been ten months after a Kanawha County pastor was arrested and charged with sexually abusing teenage boys in the early 1990s. The case against Sandy Cook still has yet to go to trial.
   One man who claims he's a victim says a slow-moving court system is victimizing him all over again.
   David Mullins says he's not afraid or ashamed anymore to share his past of sexual abuse. He says it was at the hands of Pastor Sandy Cook eighteen years ago.

Lawsuit alleges sex abuse at Loveland church

 
   Loveland Connection By Douglas Crowl, July 15, 2008
   LOVELAND (CO) -- A victims advocate group Tuesday announced a lawsuit has been filed against the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver for an alleged sexual molestation at Loveland’s St. Johns the Evangelist Church in 1969 and 1970.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests had a press conference this morning outside the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception to discuss the lawsuit.
   A press release announcing the press conference said the victim in Loveland was allegedly molested as a "youngster" while a member of the church in 1969 and 1970.

Annoy the pope? Sure, but, where?

       
   GetReligion ~ July 15, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- As you would expect, Pope Benedict XVI’s trip down under for World Youth Day is getting quite a bit of ink, although – perhaps in the age of tight newspaper budgets and high air fares – there is very little American coverage other than wire services (unless I am missing some stories online). Click here for a Google News collection of what is up at the moment. …
   There is, however, a very important story unfolding down in Australia, one pitting the pope’s right to say what he has to say with the rights of his critics to say what they have to say – with megaphones and other symbolic forms of speech. Australia’s Federal Court has ruled that protesters have a right to annoy – love that word – the pope and his followers during his visit.
   Here’s a key chunk of Bonnie Malkin’s report in the Telegraph back in England.
   Anti-pope protesters have been given the green light to annoy World Youth Day pilgrims, after Australia’s Federal Court struck down laws created to protect the Catholic worshippers from unwanted attention.

Australia court declares protest annoyance law unconstitutional

 
   JURIST, [with link to the court's decision] posted by Deirdre Jurand at 10:04 AM ET Tuesday, July 15, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- [JURIST] The Australian Federal Court ruled [opinion] Tuesday that a law giving police regulatory powers over potentially "annoying" behavior during World Youth Day (WYD) [official website] was unconstitutional and possibly exceeded legislative intent. Section 7(1)(b) of the World Youth Day Amendment Regulation 2008 [text, PDF], designed to amend and supplement Section 58 of the original World Youth Day Act 2006 [text], allowed officials to fine those who failed to comply with police orders up to $5,500 AUD. Activists from the NoToPope Coalition (NTPC) [organization website] who planned to protest some of Pope Benedict XVI's social viewpoints during his WYD visit sued [NTPC press release], saying the law abridged their freedom of communication and overstepped legislative intent. In its opinion, the court agreed that freedoms could only be so limited through clear legislative intent, and wrote that :
   [T]he conduct regulated by cl 7(1)(b) so far as it relates to "annoyance" may extend to expressions of opinion which neither disrupt nor interfere with the freedoms of others, nor are objectively offensive in the sense traditionally used in State criminal statutes. Breach of this provision as drafted affects freedom of speech in a way that, in our opinion, is not supported by the statutory power conferred by s 58 properly cons d. Moreover there is no intelligible boundary within which the "causes annoyance" limb of s 7 can be read down to save it as a valid expression of the regulating power.

Man claims infamous Catholic priest also molested him

   
   The Denver Post By Kirk Mitchell Article Last Updated 01:03:01 PM MDT July/15/2008
   DENVER (CO) -- A man who was a 14-year-old altar boy in 1969 is the latest of more than 20 men and women to claim former Catholic priest Robert White molested them when they were children.
   In a news conference this morning outside Denver's Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 1530 Logan St., a support group for victims of priest abuse said the man claimed White assaulted him in 1969 and 1970 while he was a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist in Loveland.
   "We are here today to urge those who have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to speak up, get help and call police," said Jeb Barrett, leader of Denver's Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests or SNAP.

Denver Archdiocese faces another sex abuse lawsuit

 
   Rocky Mountain News Associated Press 10:50 a.m., July 15, 2008
   DENVER (CO) -- Victim advocates say another lawsuit is being filed against the Denver Archdiocese alleging sexual abuse by a former priest who died in 2006.
   Jeb Barrett, the Colorado leader of a group called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says the case will be filed today and formally announced at a news conference.
   Barrett says it involves allegations against the late Harold Robert White, who was removed from ministry in 1993.

Former Gladewater pastor pleads guilty in sexual assault of a child trial

  [Jackson] - Guilty plea.
   News-Journal By RANDY ROSS Tuesday, July 15, 2008
   TEXAS -- A former Gladewater pastor pleaded guilty in court Tuesday morning to two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
   Larry Jackson, 55, of Kilgore was arrested on the charges in October. Jackson could face between 5 years and life in prison for each charge. Testimony continued Tuesday in the sentencing phase of his trial.
   In her opening statement, Assistant District Attorney Jenny Huckle said Jackson molested two sisters under the age of 14 in the late 1990s. The oldest girl is now a sophomore in college, and the youngest girl will soon be a college freshman.

Another priest-abuse lawsuit announced

  [1969-70 Unnamed suspect] - RCC. Child.
   The Denver Post 10:23:48 AM MDT July/15/2008
   DENVER (CO) -- Church abuse lawsuits settledA press conference has been called today to announce a new lawsuit against the The Catholic Archdiocese of Denver.
   SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said in a news release that they will "disclose and discuss a new child molestation and cover up lawsuit."
   The victim was molested in 1969-1970 while he was a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist in Loveland, the group said.
   Earlier this month the Archdiocese announced a $5.5 million settlement of 18 cases of sexual abuse by three priests against young parishioners between 1954 and 1981.

Beg us for forgiveness, grieving father to tell Pell

  - RCC. [2003-08 Pell*] - Denied justice to one, approval for the other. [1988-93 O'Donnell (Vic.)] - 2 girls.          
   The Canberra Times, By TOM ARUP, 12:14:38 AM, for July 16, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- THE parents of two girls who were repeatedly raped by a Melbourne priest are flying to Sydney from London to face Cardinal George Pell in time for Sunday's World Youth Day final Mass.
   Anthony Foster, whose daughters were raped by Kevin O'Donnell when they were in primary school, alleges Cardinal Pell stalled the family's compensation claim against the Catholic Church when he was archbishop of Melbourne.
   Earlier this year, the eldest daughter, Emma, took her own life after a long battle with drug addiction, which Mr Foster attributed directly to her rape as a schoolgirl. His second daughter, Katherine, who developed a heavy drinking habit, was hit by a drunk driver in 1999 and left physically and mentally disabled and requiring 24-hour care.

E-mail will alert state residents when sex offenders move nearby

  - General community.  
   The News Tribune, By JOSEPH TURNER; joe.turner@thenewstribune.com , Published 01:00 AM, July 14, 2008 | Updated 06:19 AM, July 14, 2008
   WASHINGTON -- Washington residents will soon be notified by e-mail if they want to know when a sex offender moves into their neighborhood. As part of an overhaul of the statewide sex offender registry, the state is setting up a system that features real-time updates for newly registered offenders and lets residents sign up to be notified if an offender moves nearby.
   Meanwhile, Pierce County will be getting $437,000 of the $5 million the Legislature is giving to local authorities to verify that sex offenders really are living where they say they are when they register with local sheriff’s departments.
   The changes to the registry and the address verification program were among recommendations made late last year by Gov. Chris Gregoire’s task force on sex offenders. The task force was created after the kidnapping and killing of 12-year-old Zina Linnik in Tacoma last July by a sex offender.

Independent Catholics to launch parish in Waukegan

  - Homosexual clergyman leads divergent flock.
   Lake County News-Sun, By JUDY MASTERSON, jmasterson@scn1.com , July 15, 2008
   WAUKEGAN (IL) -- The Rev. Tim Ward, who on July 20, will celebrate his first Mass as pastor of the newly founded St. Therese the Little Flower parish in Waukegan, is not your typical Catholic priest.
   First, he is openly gay. Second, he sees no sin in either his sexual orientation or in homosexual union. Third, the denomination he helps to shepherd upholds just two rules: love God and love your neighbor.
   more info: Visit www.iccwest.com. Those three realities guarantee that Ward, and whatever flock he leads in the future, will continue to worship at the fringe of mainline religion, a fact that does not deter him.
   "We hope to minister to all of the people who have been judged unworthy by other churches, whether that's homosexuals, the divorced and remarried, or anyone who might just be a little too liberal on some issues," Ward said.

Youth Pastor sues accusers for slander after charges against him dismissed

  [~ 2000s Ms Debra Johnson and daughter] - Their charges dismissed.
   WHAS, 07:52 AM EDT, Tuesday, July 15, 2008
   KENTUCKY -- The youth pastor once charged with sex abuse is sharing his story. It’s the first time he’s said anything publically since the charge was dismissed in court.
   Clayton Pruett says he’s been fighting to get his name and reputation back. He says he knows it won’t be the same, but he is out to prove that he did nothing wrong.
   His family is behind him and he wants people to know how serious it is when allegations of sex abuse are brought to police.

Ex-pastor's trial for sex abuse set for August

 
   KATC, ~ July 15, 2008
   AMITE, La. -- The former pastor of the defunct Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula will not face charges that he sexually abused a 2-year-old girl at his upcoming aggravated rape trial, a prosecutor said.
   The case involving the girl will be severed from the rape charges involving Louis D. Lamonica's two sons, ages 11 and younger at the time of the alleged abuse, on which Lamonica will be tried next month.
   Lamonica is among the seven members of the former Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula indicted in 2005 in the abuse of the three children. His trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 18.

Bishop-elect embodies humility

  - RCC.  
   The News Journal By GARY SOULSMAN, July 13, 2008
   DELAWARE -- Jesus told the apostles he would send them out like sheep amid wolves to preach.
   That was the Scripture for Friday Mass at the light-filled Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore, the nation's first cathedral.
   During his homily, Bishop Francis Malooly joked that it was not the best verse for a man hoping to make a good impression on the 230,000 Catholics in Delaware and the nine Eastern Shore counties of Maryland that he will soon lead as bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington. …
   Since 2002, the sex-abuse crisis has been a subject of enormous importance, as leaders in the nation's largest faith have admitted that children were not adequately protected in decades past. The fallout is causing churches and diocese around the country to cut budgets and services. Belt-tightening is going on in the Wilmington diocese, too, Cocucci said.
   The almost 300 bishops have committed themselves to healing past mistakes -- and should continue to do so, the pope said during his visit to the United States in April.
   Healing continues In Delaware, this issue is an open wound, given that the Legislature approved a two-year window for the filing of civil suits dealing with past abuse. Those filings continue to make headlines, said the Rev. Tom Flowers of St. Polycarp in Smyrna.
   "We still need prayers and healing and apologies," he said.
   Some priests say it's not possible for this diocese to move on while cases are still being filed. In more than a dozen interviews last week with priests and laity, people said they are encouraged because they believe Malooly understands this.

Abuse victims' dad vows to confront Pope

  [1988-93 O'Donnell (Vic.)] - 2 girls.        
   Ninemsn, 23:51 AEST Tue Jul 15, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The parents of two girls who were sexually abused by a Melbourne priest say they will not accept the Pope's apology to clergy abuse victims unless it is backed up by action.
   Anthony and Christine Foster were travelling back to Australia from Europe after vowing to confront the Pope and Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell during World Youth Day celebrations over the Church's approach to abuse victims.
   Mr Foster's daughter Emma ended her own life this year at the age of 26, after struggling to come to terms with the abuse she suffered at primary school at the hands of Father Kevin O'Donnell.
   O'Donnell, who died in 1997 after serving time in jail for multiple sex offences, also abused Emma's sister Katie, who turned to alcohol in her teens and was involved in an accident which left her brain-damaged and in need of constant care. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2008 10:18 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue July 15, 2008
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont150.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Sexual abuse allegations not first at county home

  [~ 2008 Ms Hatcher -NEW*] - Adult carer (25) had affair with boy (16), pregnant. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Dayton Daily News, www.dayton dailynews. com/n/ content/oh/ story/news/ local/ 2008/07/15/ ddn071608 hatcherfolo. html ; Staff Report, Wednesday, July 16, 2008
   OHIO -- For the third time in eight years, an employee at a church group home faces allegations of having sex with a Butler County child living at the home in southern Warren County.
   On Monday, July 14, Carolynn K. Hatcher, 25, was indicted by a grand jury in Lebanon on six counts of sexual battery. She is pregnant after reportedly having a two-month-long affair with a 16-year-old Middletown boy sent by Butler County Childrens Services to Mid-Western Children's Home in Pleasant Plain, according to police and court records.
   "I think she thought she was in love with him," Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said Tuesday, July 15.

Accused child molester heads to preliminary hearing

  [~ 2000s Mr Belant -NEW*] - Presbyterian. 4 boys.
   The Eureka Reporter, By KAREN WILKINSON, Last Updated 12:25 AM, July 16, 2008
   CALIFORNIA -- Andrew Belant, accused of child molestation, is headed for a preliminary hearing again, after 26 charges filed against him were dropped Tuesday and a new complaint alleging 22 counts was filed by the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.
   At what was scheduled to be a hearing on Attorney Patrik Griego’s motion to dismiss six of the 26 charges, Belant instead pleaded not guilty to each new felony charge and was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 7.
   The 22 charges allege 11 counts of lewd or lascivious acts, five counts of oral copulation upon a child under 14 and six counts of participating in oral copulation with a child under 14. The dismissed complaint alleged 16 counts of lewd or lascivious acts, eight counts of oral copulation upon a child under 14 and one count of misdemeanor destroying evidence. The four alleged male victims are between 9 and 13 years old, and no new victims were alleged in the new complaint.
   Belant, 25, knew the alleged victims through his role as a junior youth pastor at the Eureka First Presbyterian Church and from local schools like Lafayette Elementary School and Jacoby Creek Elementary School. He was arrested March 1 and has been in the Humboldt County jail since on $300,000 bail.

Bali arrest of Australian child sex suspect

  [Mr Callahan -NEW*] - Christian. Child. [1977-94 Barnett -NEW*] - Christian. 6 boys.      
   NEWS.com.au (Australia), By Karen Michelmore in Jakarta, Indonesia 02:51pm, July 16, 2008
   INDONESIA -- AN Australian man who fled the country after being accused of child sex abuse has been detained on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
   Paul Francis Callahan, 47, was arrested in the tourist precinct of Kuta on Saturday following a request from Australian authorities, Bali police said today. …
   Former South Australian priest Charles Alfred Barnett, 67, remains in police detention in Jakarta waiting to be sent home to face charges over alleged sexual offences against six boys between 1977 and 1994. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 16, 2008 8:04 AM]

Former Pastor Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault

  [1980s Toro -NEW*] - Christian. Boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WEAU, (with video), Reporter: Mary Rinzel, mary.rinzel@weau.com , ~ July 16, 2008
   WISCONSIN -- A former Rice Lake pastor is in jail Tuesday night after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a teenager. Prosecutors say the attack happened more than 20 years ago.
   Angel Toro pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of forth degree sexual assault. He was originally charged with four counts of third degree sexual assault and two counts of exposing himself. Those are all felonies. A jury trial was also set for this month.
   Tuesday his victim says he's just glad it's over.

Father questions Bishop's credibility

  [2008 Bp Fisher*] - RCC. Blames those publicising the seduction scandals.        
   The Age, 11:17AM, July 17, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- The father of two girls repeatedly raped by a Melbourne priest has questioned the credibility of Bishop Anthony Fisher and his role in the Catholic church and World Youth Day (WYD).
   Bishop Fisher, who is WYD coordinator, on Wednesday said media attention paid to the abuse of sisters Emma and Katherine Foster was detracting from the positivity of the massive Catholic youth festival under way in Sydney.
   "I think most of Australia was enjoying, delighting in the beauty and goodness of these young people … rather than dwelling crankily, as a few people are doing, on old wounds," he said. …
   Mr Foster said the fact Bishop Fisher's comments came in direct response to questions about his family took them "from outrageous to disgusting, given that our daughter only died six months ago".
   "It's incredibly insensitive," he told AAP.
   "I really wonder about the credibility of the man to hold the position he does both in the church and in World Youth Day."

I am a Catholic Boy

  - Paedophiles become priests. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Sentinel By Brian J. Karem, ~ July 16, 2008
   MARYLAND -- I'm redeemed through pain and not through joy.
   At least according to the Jim Carroll Band and their song "Catholic Boy" that's the fate of those raised Catholic.
   It seems appropriate considering the news of late.
   It's not that we of the Catholic faith must once again moan as allegations of abuse are made against a priest - such as the recent allegations in Germantown. It isn't that the archdiocese didn't know about the priest, nor is it the fact that it appears the priest was shuffled from parish to parish across the country. …
   One day I found myself walking in lower Manhattan with a lobbyist for NAMBLA - the North American Man/Boy Love Association who was trying to convince me that the age of consent laws should be lowered so he could legally engage in physical relations with extremely young children.
   I cringe almost as much now thinking about it as I did then when I interviewed the man. In retrospect it may have been one of the most important interviews I ever conducted.
   Why? Because I came to learn something the Catholic Church should know and something we all should remember. Priests do not become pedophiles.
   Pedophiles become priests. They also become teachers and coaches and anything else that will put them in close contact with our children.

Accounts of victims heard in abuse case

  [1977-88 Paul Evans*) - RCC. 20 charges. Was reported to school. 7 institution boys.      
   The Manly Daily, for July 17, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A TEENAGER burned down his house and had to live on the streets after his father laughed at claims he was sexually abused by a former Collaroy Plateau priest, a court has heard.
   Paul Raymond Evans, a former priest at St Rose of Lima church at Collaroy Plateau, has pleaded not guilty to 20 serious child sex charges allegedly committed against seven boys in his care.
   During a five-week trial the Sydney District Court has heard the alleged abuse occurred during the '70s and '80s while they were pupils at Boys' Town at Engadine.

Accused chaplain, priest have ties to same church

  [Knight]
   WCNC, [with video], By MARIO ROLDAN / WCNC E-mail Mario: MRoldan@WCNC.com , July 16, 2008
   CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A former Boy Scouts chaplain accused of child pornography spent time at the same south Charlotte church where a former priest is accused of molesting a teen.
   "How much contact the two may have had is impossible for me to say," said David Haines with the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.
   Charles Knight, 62, is accused of having child porn on his home computer.
   "I'm a gentle person. Please let's not make this any worse," said Knight Tuesday while denying the charges against him.

Youth Day coordinator 'misspoke on abuse'

  [2008 Bp Fisher*] - RCC. Blames those publicising the seduction scandals. [1988-93 O'Donnell (Vic.)] - 2 girls.        
   ABC News, [with video and audio], ~ July 16, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- World Youth Day organisers say comments made by the event's coordinator about victims of sexual abuse do not represent his attitude, as the Vatican casts doubt on whether the Pope will offer them a full apology.
   Bishop Anthony Fisher yesterday said some people were "dwelling crankily on old wounds", in response to fresh criticism about how the Catholic Church handles abuse by the clergy.
   The remarks enraged advocates for sex abuse victims.
   Bishop Fisher was referring to the case of two sisters who were repeatedly raped by abusive priest Father Kevin O'Donnell in Melbourne while they were in primary school.

Pope Benedict XVI praises Australia's 'courage' for apologizing to Aborigines for past wrongs

  - RCC.    
   International Herald Tribune (France) The Associated Press Published: July 17, 2008
   SYDNEY, Australia: Pope Benedict XVI praised the Australian government Thursday for its "courageous' apology to the country's indigenous Aborigines for past injustices, saying it offered hope to all the world's disadvantaged peoples.
   The remarks came in the pope's first public appearance on a 10-day visit to Australia to lead the Roman Catholic church's youth festival, which has drawn more than 200,000 pilgrims to Sydney from across the world.
[COMMENT: Will he be apologising for the part the Churches played in all this, like the Canadian RCs have done?]

Abuse comments were 'aimed at media'

  [2008 Bp Fisher* (Dominican, NSW)] - RCC. Blames those "crankily" publicising the seduction scandals. [1988-93 O'Donnell (Vic.)] - 2 girls.        
   NEWS.com.au , 10:08am, July 17, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A CATHOLIC bishop accused of making insensitive comments about sex abuse victims was referring to the media, not victims, when he said some people were "dwelling crankily … on old wounds", World Youth Day organisers say.
   WYD coordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher, questioned yesterday about the case of two girls raped by a priest, criticised those "dwelling crankily….on old wounds".
   The remarks angered sex abuse victims groups and the parents of Emma and Katherine Foster, who were sexually assaulted by a Melbourne priest while in primary school.

Yes, the Vatican Is Still Scarred By The Sex-Abuse Scandals

  - RCC. "Scarred," or "scared"?      
   Digital Journal (Canada), ~ July 16, 2008
   After several months since Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the United States, the Vatican is still plagued with the scars of the sex-abuse scandals.
   For the early part of 2008, the Vatican has been scarred with the reports of sex abuse within the American Catholic clergy. During his first-ever visit to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI spent the time to meet with the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of the clergy.
   Benedict explained that such scandals have hurt the Catholic Church. Even though this was several months ago, the Vatican is still plagued with those scandals. It is safe to say that the Catholic Church will be scarred for a very long time. The scars are so great that they were resent at its World Youth Day celebration.

Jury out in priest's rape trial

  [1977-88 Paul Evans* (Salesian)) - RCC. 20 charges. Was reported to school. 7 institution boys.      
   NEWS.com.au , 11:21am, for July 17, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A JURY has retired to consider its verdict at the trial of a Catholic priest and dormitory master accused of raping and indecently assaulting boys.
   Father Paul Raymond Evans has pleaded not guilty in the New South Wales District Court to 20 charges involving seven boys between 1977 and 1988.
   Father Evans, a member of the Catholic order the Salesians of Don Bosco, is accused of 10 counts of homosexual intercourse by a teacher, eight counts of indecent assault and two acts of i*de*en*y. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 16, 2008 10:59 PM]

Fisher cranky over critics

  [2008 Bp Fisher* (Dominican, NSW)] - RCC. Blames those "crankily" publicising the seduction scandals. [1988-93 O'Donnell (Vic.)] - 2 girls.        
   CathNews, Published: July 17, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- WYD Coordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher has stirred up a hornet's nest with comments criticising people concerned with clerical abuse for "dwelling crankily on old wounds".
   The Age reports Bishop Fisher, made the remarks in response to questions about two Melbourne women who were repeatedly raped by priest Kevin O'Donnell when they were pupils at Sacred Heart Primary School in Oakleigh from 1988 to 1993.
   The case was detailed on ABC's Lateline on Tuesday, but Bishop Fisher told the World Youth Day daily media briefing that he had not seen the program. …
   Meanwhile, The Sydney Morning Herald reports Bishop Geoffrey Robinson who set up the Church's Towards Healing system for helping sexual abuse victims said Bishop Fisher would be "deeply regretting having said those words by [this] morning … if he actually said them."

First Nations leader says Pope might eventually apologize to Cdn natives

  - RCC.  
   The Canadian Press, ~ July 16, 2008
   QUEBEC, Canada – The head of the Assembly of First Nations says there is a possibility the Pope could eventually apologize for the poor treatment of aboriginals in residential schools in Canada.
   The schools, which were run by religious orders, were federally funded and aimed at assimilating natives. AFN chief Phil Fontaine admits such an apology would not be easy for Pope Benedict XVI to make.
   Speaking to reporters in Quebec City, he said work would first have to be done with the clergy across the country to determine if such action is possible.

The Church Feels The Crunch

  - Various Churches.  
   Forbes by Javier Espinoza, 4:00 PM ET July.16.08,
   The credit crunch has so far affected every walk of life from shop keepers to buyers. And now churches of all denominations seem to be the latest victims of the economic downturn, with some dedicating special prayers to people anxious about debt.
   While the Vatican is posting a loss due to a weaker dollar, the Church of England is riding the economic downturn pretty well. But other denominations, like the Evangelical church in Spain, are being affected directly by the weak greenback.
   The Vatican blamed a weak dollar for pushing its first loss in four years, with profits from donations falling 9.1 million euros ($14.4 million), according to figures released by the Holy See. The Catholic Church was particularly affected by the feeble currency as the US was the largest single contributor to Peter's Pence, the collection used by the church for charitable donations, with contributions reaching $19 million.
   The Church of England, however, is not doing as bad as the Pope but it still forecasts its dropdown in donations in the first five years and it attributes the fall to the credit crunch.

Australian media focus: will Pope apologize for abuse?

  - RCC.    
   Catholic World News, Jul. 16, 2008
   SYDNEY (NSW), Australia -- With Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) due to make his first appearance at the World Youth Day (WYD) celebration in Sydney on Thursday, the chief spokesman for the Vatican has done his best to tone down expectations that the Holy Father will issue an apology for sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
   In an exchange with reporters who accompanied him on the flight to Australia, Pope Benedict said that he would address the sex-abuse issue during his stay there, and call for proper training of priests and reconciliation with victims. "I think this is the essential content of what the word 'apologize' means," the Pope had said.

Wisconsin justices reject priest abuse lawsuit

   
   Legal Newsline, BY CHRIS RIZO, ~ July 16, 2008
   MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline)- Five men who were abused by a Catholic school teacher cannot sue the Roman Catholic Church, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled.
   The men, abused in Kentucky, sued the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Archdiocese of Madison, claiming they covered up the teacher's abuse of dozens of children in the 1960s while he taught at Catholic schools in Madison and Milwaukee.
   The five men were among the 243 plaintiffs compensated under a $25.7 million church abuse settlement with the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Aussie bishop said insensitive to victims

  [2008 Bp Fisher* (Dominican, NSW)] - RCC. Blames those "crankily" publicising the seduction scandals. [1988-93 O'Donnell (Vic.)] - 2 girls.        
   United Press International, July 16, 2008
   SYDNEY, July 16 (UPI) -- Australian support groups Wednesday blasted comments by a Catholic bishop they say were insensitive to the victims of a 1990s priest sexual-abuse case.
   Efforts by the parents of the late Emma and Katherine Foster to set up a personal meeting with Pope Benedict XVI to discuss their children's case were criticized Tuesday by Bishop Anthony Fisher, who said the World Youth Day celebrations weren't the time to bring up "old wounds," The Australian reported.
   Courts found the Foster sisters were repeatedly raped by Melbourne priest Kevin O'Donnell when they were in grade school in the early 1990s. Both have since died. O'Donnell committed suicide in jail, the newspaper said.

HUMANAE VITAE 40TH ANNIVERSARY REMEMBERED TODAY IN AUSTRALIA WITH PROGRAM ON ABC

  - RCC's tunnel vision.  
   Voice from the Desert, ABC News (Australia), 7:53 AM, Wednesday, July 16, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- Stephen Crittenden: Welcome to the program.
   Next week, July 25th, marks the 40th anniversary of the single greatest catastrophe to befall the Catholic church since the Reformation, when Pope Paul VI published his encyclical banning the pill, Humanae Vitae, leading to a theological Stalingrad from which the church has been unable to recover.
   The overwhelming majority of Catholics have always rejected the basic principles about sexuality which the encyclical lays out, that sex should only take place within marriage, and that it should always be open to the procreation of children, and defending the encyclical has come at great cost. In fact it has contributed to the collapse of the sacrament of confession, the collapse of the priesthood, and the purging of a brilliant generation of liberal theologians.
   But above all, Humanae Vitae led to the collapse of the very papal authority it was designed to defend, because everybody knew that the Pope had been talked into rejecting the overwhelming majority advice of his own papal advisory commission.

Father's message to church: the wounds are still open

  [2008 Bp Fisher* (Dominican, NSW)] - RCC. Blames those "crankily" publicising the seduction scandals. [1988-93 O'Donnell (Vic.)] - 2 girls.        
   Sydney Morning Herald, by Joel Gibson, Jano Gibson and Erik Jensen, July 17, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A CENTREPIECE of the Pope's visit to Sydney - his slated apology to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy - is in danger of ringing hollow after an insensitive comment by the bishop in charge of World Youth Day, victims' groups and experts say.
   The World Youth Day co-ordinator, Bishop Anthony Fisher, said yesterday that some victims were "crankily dwelling … on old wounds" as pilgrims celebrated.
   He was responding to news that a Melbourne man, Anthony Foster, was returning from London this morning to confront Cardinal George Pell and Pope Benedict over the repeated rape of two of his daughters by Father Kevin O'Donnell at a primary school in Melbourne's Oakleigh parish.
   The Archbishop of Sydney refused to answer questions yesterday and gave no indication that he would meet Mr Foster, as he had requested. Cardinal Pell said his role in the case was limited. He described the case as "tragic".

Justices split on whether Milwaukee Archdiocese should have warned Kentucky

  [Kazmarek]  
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests CONTACT Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee), 414.429.7259; July 16, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- Statement by Mark Salmon of SNAP Milwaukee, sexually assaulted by Catholic school teacher Gary Kazmarek
   The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled today that employers, including churches, have a limited duty to warn others, including other churches and schools, that a former employee had been caught sexually assaulting children.
   The decision has no effect on the cases that have already been filed and will be filed in Wisconsin against bishops for committing fraud in reassigning known sex offender clergy. Yesterday, an Outagamie County judge ruled that fraud cases against the Green Bay diocese can proceed.
   Today's ruling involves a twice convicted sex offender, Gary Kazmarek, who sexually assaulted children in Catholic grade schools in Milwaukee, Madison and Louisville.

Catholic Bishop's 'old wounds' comments slammed

  [2008 Bp Fisher*] - RCC. Blames those publicising the seduction scandals.        
   ABC News, (with video and audio), ~ July 16, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- World Youth Day organiser Bishop Anthony Fisher has been criticised over the Church's response to a case of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest in Melbourne.
   During a news conference today, Bishop Fisher said people were "dwelling crankily on old wounds".
   His remark has enraged advocates for sex abuse victims.
   Last week the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, was hoping the issue of sexual abuse by Catholic priests would not overshadow World Youth Day celebrations.

Bishop Anthony Fisher under fire after dismissing sexual abuse case

  [2008 Bp Fisher*] - RCC. Blames those publicising the seduction scandals.
   ABC (PM), (with audio), Reporter: Emily Bourke, "PM," 18:30:00, Wednesday, 16 July, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- BRENDAN TREMBATH: Meanwhile World Youth Day organiser Bishop Anthony Fisher has been criticised over the Church's response to a case of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest in Melbourne. The story featured on the ABC's Lateline program last night.
   During a morning news conference, Bishop Fisher said people were "dwelling crankily on old wounds". His remark has enraged advocates for sex abuse victims. Emily Bourke reports.
   EMILY BOURKE: Last week the Archbishop of Sydney George Pell was hoping the issue of sexual abuse by Catholic priests wouldn't overshadow World Youth Day celebrations.
   But those hopes were dashed when World Youth Day organiser Bishop Anthony Fisher was questioned this morning about how the church handled the sexual abuse of two young sisters by their parish priest in Melbourne.

Catholics work to heal relationship with natives

  [Decades - RCC (and other Churches)] - Harming indigenous people. Apology from Pope requested.  
   Globe and Mail, By RHÉAL SÉGUIN, Globe and Mail Update, 3:57 PM EDT, July 16, 2008
   QUEBEC, Canada – The Catholic church is taking steps toward healing its relationship with the native community in Canada, something Phil Fontaine says is the first step toward a full apology for treatment of children in residential schools.
   The Assembly of First Nations' leader had breakfast with Most Reverend Pierre-André Fournier, Auxiliary Bishop of Quebec and Bishops Martin Veillette from Trois-Rivières and Eugène Tremblay from Amos, as well as The Most Reverend Gérard Pettipas, Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan.
   He said at a news conference following the breakfast, that at this time he doesn't expect an apology from the Pope, but it is something he'd eventually like to hear.

Tom Doyle Reviews Book on Irish Connection to Clerical Sex Abuse of Children