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  [ 2008 Archimandrite Karambis -NEW*] - Greek Orthodox. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Pokrov, http://pokrov. org/display. asp?ds= Article& id=869 , Announcement; Publication: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website; Date Published: Dec/29/2008
   Related Document: Letter to Annunciation Cathedral
   NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with profound sadness makes known the following information:
   On December 12, 2008, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver notified the Parish of the Annunciation Cathedral of Houston, TX, that he relieved the Very Rev. Archimandrite Gabriel Karambis of his duties as a pastor of the Cathedral and subsequently suspended him from all priestly duties.
   A Spiritual Court of the First Instance held at the Metropolis of Denver on December 23, 2008, reviewed the issues giving rise to this serious canonical disciplinary action and recommended the indefinite continuation of Fr. Karambis' suspension, and the reference of the matter to the Spiritual Court of the Second Instance (Eparchial Synod) for the ultimate disposition of the case. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on January 3, 2009 9:10 AM] (This is the first item of Abuse Chronology: http://www. multiline. com.au/~ johnm/ethics/ ethcont156. htm , and of the Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abusetracker , A Blog by Kathy Shaw, for Thursday, January 1, 2009. )
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Woman says she was sexually assaulted by priest

  [1980s Unnamed priest -NEW*] - Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Girl (15).  
   The Daily Jeffersonian, http://www. daily-jeff. com/news/ article/ 4496806 , by Rick Stillion / December 31, 2008
   OHIO -- A Cambridge woman is reportedly alleging she was sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest in the 1980s while she was a 15-year-old high school student.
   According to a press release issued by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, Lori Mercer recently came forward saying she was sexually assaulted by a priest who has since been suspended.

Former pastor imprisoned for touching young girl

  [2005-06 Bicknell*] - Christian. Girl.
   The Western News, By Keith Kinnaird, Hagadone News Network, 10:11:01 am MST, Thursday, Jan 01, 2009
   SANDPOINT, Idaho – A district judge declined to go along with a plea agreement which proposed a limited jail sentence for a former pastor who pleaded guilty to fondling a Priest Lake girl several years ago.
   Steven D. Bicknell's betrayal of the trust placed in him as a spiritual leader was cited as an aggravating factor when he was sentenced.
   "The violation of trust when you're in a position as a minister or pastor is even more damaging because those individuals are individuals that we need to be able to trust. We, as a society, must be able to have faith in people who are placed in trust of dealing with our souls, our development," said 1st District Judge Steve Verby. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM]
   [LOOK BACK: December 2008; Nov 22, '08; Oct 26, '08; Jul 26, '08. ENDS. ]

'Investigation going off the track, had derailed': HC

  [1992 Fr Kottur* / Kottoor, Fr Puthrukkayil* / Poothrikkayil, Sr Sephi* / Sephy] - RCC. Evidence burnt. Axe murder.  
   Press Trust of India, Jan 1, 2009
   KOCHI, India (PTI) -- In an embarrassment to the CBI, the Kerala High Court today granted bail to three accused in the Sister Abhaya case after observing that investigation in the 16-year-old case was going 'off the track and had derailed'.
   Justice K Hema, after going through the Case Diary and examining the materials placed by CBI, said the "the investigation is going off the track, and had derailed." Further detention of the three accused-- Father Thomas Kottur, Father Jose Puthrikayil and Sister Sephi, on the basis of materials placed, would result in gross 'miscarriage of justice', the court held while allowing their bail pleas.
   Observing that 'there is only a chase for the shadow, rather the object in this case', she said this case is only a 'futile exercise'. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM]

Priests, nun accused in Abhaya murder case given bail

  [1992 Fr Kottur* / Kottoor, Fr Puthrukkayil* / Poothrikkayil, Sr Sephi* / Sephy] - RCC. Evidence burnt. Axe murder.
   Thaindian News, 6:40 pm ICT by IANS, January 1, 2009
   KOCHI (Kerala), India, Jan 1 (IANS) The Kerala High Court Thursday freed on bail two priests and a nun, who are the accused in the sensational Sister Abhaya murder case. The body of Sister Abhaya, a resident of Pius X Hostel, was found in the well of the Kottayam convent March 27, 1992.
   The three accused were arrested Nov 19 by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team - the 13th after 12 earlier teams failed to crack the case.
   Jose Putarika is a former professor at the Kottayam College where Abhaya studied. Thomas M.Kottor was the Diocesan chancellor of the Catholic Church at Kottayam, and Sister Seffi was a resident of the convent when the incident took place.

Sister Abhaya murder: Kerala HC grants bail to accused

  [1992 Fr Kottur* / Kottoor, Fr Puthrukkayil* / Poothrikkayil, Sr Sephi* / Sephy] - RCC. Evidence burnt. Axe murder.
   The Times of India, ~ January 01, 2009
   KOCHI, INDIA : Imposing strict conditions, the Kerala High Court on Thursday granted bail to three accused– two Christian priests and a nun–in the Sister Abhaya murder case.
   Father Thomas Kottur, Father Jose Puthrikayil and Sister Sephi were directed by Justice K Hema to furnish a bail bond of Rs one lakh each and two solvent sureties for the like amount.
   The accused have been asked not to make or receive any telephone calls. If calls are made or received, their bail would be cancelled, the court held. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM]

Courts: Lawsuit accuses diocese of hiding sex abuse

  [Years - Thomas Shea] - RCC faces racketeering act. 16 girls (one in 1976).  
   Norwich Bulletin (NORWICH, CT), By GREG SMITH, Posted 05:00 AM, Jan 01, 2009
   NEW LONDON, Conn. – A New London lawyer has filed a federal racketeering lawsuit accusing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich in a conspiracy to cover up sexual abuse of children by priests.
   Attorney Robert Reardon filed the suit in November on behalf of a woman identified as Jane Doe in what may be the first of its kind in the state.
   Doe alleges in the suit that she was sexually abused by the late Rev. Thomas W. Shea in 1976, when she was 13 and he was assigned to St. Joseph Church in New London. The Norwich Diocese recently settled a similar suit filed by a woman who claims she was abused by Shea when he was at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Gales Ferry. Shea is at the center of other suits.
   Reardon is attempting to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, commonly referred to as RICO, for a conspiracy by the church to cover up the conduct of several priests. The act often is associated with gangsters, but Reardon said there have been similar suits in other states using the federal RICO statute.

Reardon accuses Norwich diocese of racketeering in sex-abuse case

  [Years - Thomas Shea] - RCC faces racketeering act. 16 girls (one in 1976).
   The Day, By Karen Florin, Published on Jan/1/2009
   NORWICH (CT) -- New London attorney Robert I. Reardon has sued the Catholic church several times for allegedly covering up priests' molestation of children, but now he is accusing the church of racketeering and "a widespread conspiracy."
   In a lawsuit filed on behalf of a southeastern Connecticut woman referred to only as "Jane M. Doe," Reardon alleges that the Catholic Diocese of Norwich, St. Joseph's Church of New London, former Bishop Daniel P. Reilly and Msgr. Thomas Bride conspired to cover up incidences of priest molestation, particularly those involving the late Rev. Thomas W. Shea and then 13-year-old Jane Doe.
   Shea was accused of molesting 16 girls in the 11 parishes in which he served in the Norwich diocese.
   Reardon filed the suit in November under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. !-- div -->

Robinson's appeal plea turned down

  [1980 Gerald Robinson]
   Toledo Blade, By ERICA BLAKE, January 01, 2009
   COLUMBUS, OHIO - Despite defense contentions that Toledo Catholic priest Gerald Robinson did not receive a fair trial because too much time had passed when he was convicted in 2006 for the 1980 murder of a nun, the Ohio Supreme Court yesterday said it would not consider his appeal.
   In a brief notation released yesterday, the high court listed the case under the heading "Appeals not accepted for review."
   The decision means the opinion of the Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals, which in July affirmed Robinson's conviction, stands.
   "Nothing is going to change the outcome of this case," Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates said in response to the recent decision. "The State of Ohio did its job, met its burden of proof, and justice prevailed."
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Exposure of abuse 'helps victims'

  - 60% family or neighbour.  
   Press Association, ~ January 01, 2009
   IRELAND -- The exposure of widespread clerical abuse in the Catholic Church has given victims of sexual violence in the home the strength to speak out, activists have claimed.
   Six out of ten men and women attending the One in Four charity were assaulted as a child by a trusted family member or neighbour. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:17 AM]

NM sect leader gets decade in prison, refuses food

  [Bent]   
   The Kansas City Star, The Associated Press, ~ January 01, 2009
   NEW MEXICO -- An apocalyptic religious sect leader has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexual misconduct with teenage female followers.
   Wayne Bent was sentenced to prison Tuesday for criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
   New Mexico prison officials say the 67-year-old Bent has refused to eat since his arrival Tuesday at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility at Los Lunas.

Leaked video of Alamo ministry child on Internet

  - Alamo Ministries
   Pine Bluff Commercial, By JON GAMBRELL, 5:46 PM CST, Wednesday, December 31, 2008
   LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS -- A teenage follower of jailed evangelist Tony Alamo described a life devoted to mission work, passing out tracts on mass suicides and seeing signs of the end times in natural disasters during a videotaped state interview leaked to the Internet. Over nearly two hours, she told a child welfare official that Alamo never touched her or had sex with underage girls -- acts only a "backslider" outside of the church would commit. Instead, she said his hands and words toward Heaven worked miracles.
   "Someone with AIDS in the church, he prayed over them, they were healed," the teen said. "For him to get an answer like that from God, you know he's not going to be sinning. I trust him. I believe everything he says."
   A video of her interview, conducted a day after FBI agents and Arkansas State Police raided Alamo's ministry in Fouke, found its way to the Internet late last month. Now, the state Department of Human Services wants the video removed as officials still look for children associated with the ministries. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 AM]

Legislature may rename Augusta's Curran bridge

  - RCC.
   Morning Sentinel, BY MATTHEW STONE, Jan/01/2009
   [For background, see also Scholarships Named for Curran Focus of Abuse Victim Advocates, by Matthew Stone, Morning Sentinel, May 24, 2008; and an op-ed by Rep. Patsy Crockett in the Kennebec Journal on August 5, 2008.]
   AUGUSTA (ME) -- Legislators will take up a bill this winter proposing to rename the city's Father John J. Curran Bridge.
   Under a proposal recently submitted by Rep. Patsy Crockett, D-Augusta, the downtown span would become the Calumet Bridge at Old Fort Western.
   The bid to rename the bridge, which connects downtown with the city's east side, gained momentum in July when Augusta city councilors unanimously backed a resolution urging legislators to rename the bridge.
   The move comes after a year in which the names of two scholarships named for Curran were changed within weeks of each other.
   The span is named for the Rev. John J. Curran, a St. Augustine Church priest who died in 1976 and was accused posthumously of having abused children sexually. Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland officials have said they would bar Curran from ministering if he were alive today and would request that the Vatican remove him from the priesthood.