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Clergy Child Molesters (181) – March 2011


• Cardinal puts 21 priests on leave  [Roman Catholic Church (R.C.C.)]  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
The World

Cardinal puts 21 priests on leave

   The Record (Perth, W. Australia, R.C. weekly newspaper), BY MATTHEW GAMBINO, Catholic News Service, p 14, Wednesday, March 16, 2011
   PHILADELPHIA – Continuing his response to the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, Cardinal Justin Kigali placed 21 priests on administrative leave from their clerical assignments on 7 March.
   Parishes where the priests had been assigned were to be informed of the action at Masses on Ash Wednesday, and again at Masses the following weekend.
   The priests' placement on leave is not a final determination, according to a press release issued by the Archdiocesan communications office.  The action follows "an initial examination of files looking at both the substance of allegations and the process by which those allegations were reviewed," the statement said.
   Each case will be subject to a further review in a "thorough, independent investigation."
   Cardinal Kigali emphasised the nature of his action on 8 March.
   "I want to be clear," he said in a statement.  "These administrative leaves are interim measures.  They are not in any way final determinations or judgements."
   Among the 21 Philadelphia prints suspended because of sex abuse charges, only seven had their cases brought to the attention of an independent review board, the head of that panel has disclosed.
   The unprecedented step to remove such a large group of priests responds to the Philadelphia grand jury's 10 February report that called for the Archdiocese to "review all of the old allegations against currently active priests and to remove from ministry all of the priests with credible allegations against them."
   Cardinal Kigali described the turmoil existing among Catholics in the Archdiocese since the grand jury's report.  He said the weeks since have been "difficult most of all for victims of sexual abuse, but also for all Catholics and for everyone in the community."
  [Picture] Cardinal Justin Rigali.    PHOTO: CNS / NANCY WIECHEC  
   Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams called the action "commendable," saying it reflects Cardinal Kigali's "concern for the physical and spiritual wellbeing of those in his care."
   Williams said his office appreciates that "the Archdiocese has acknowledged the value of the report, and seen fit to take some of the steps called for by the grand jury."
   He called on the Archdiocese to "take the necessary and proper steps to protect children for whom they are responsible, as they have done here."
   The grand jury report had cited 37 priests as continuing in ministry in the Philadelphia Archdiocese despite credible allegations of sex abuse against them.
   In addition to the 21, the Archdiocese's statement noted, three priests were placed on administrative leave after the 10 February release of the report.  Of five other cases that would have been subject to the same action, one priest was already on leave, two were "incapacitated" and not in ministry, and two others no longer serve in the Archdiocese.
   Both of the latter two cases concern Religious Order priests, and their Religious superiors plus the Bishops of the dioceses in which they reside have been notified, the statement said.  Another eight priests will not be placed on leave, the statement said.  "The initial independent examination of these cases," it said, "found no further investigation is warranted."
   Gina Maisto Smith, the veteran child abuse prosecutor hired by the Archdiocese on 16 February to lead the intensive re-examination of all the cases cited by the grand jury, recommended the actions to Cardinal Rigali after completing her initial review.
   To re-examine the cases, Smith referred to Pennsylvania child protection law, guidelines from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" and the Archdiocese's "Standards for Ministerial Behaviour and Boundaries."
   The cases concerned allegations ranging from child sexual abuse to other incidents of what the Archdiocese terms "boundary issues" - discussions or behaviour by a clergyman that might indicate a pattern leading to later abuse.
   Cardinal Kigali's statement acknowledged his "responsibility to respond to this report transparently," and pledged continued cooperation with the district attorney's office.  He said he shared with the office and the grand jury "the desire to deal definitively with the concerns noted in the report."
   The Cardinal also addressed the morale of Catholics in the Philadelphia Archdiocese as a result of the scandal.  He said for many people, "their trust in the Church has been shaken."
   "I pray that the efforts of the Archdiocese to address these cases of concern and to re-evaluate our way of handling allegations will help build that trust in truth and justice," he said.
   Cardinal Rigali reiterated his "sorrow for the sexual abuse of minors committed by any member of the Church, especially clergy," he said.  "I am truly sorry for the harm done to the victims of sexual abuse, as well as to the members of our community who suffer as a result of this great evil and crime." #

   [RECAPITULATION: The unprecedented step to remove such a large group of priests responds to the Philadelphia grand jury's 10 February report that called for the Archdiocese to "review all of the old allegations against currently active priests and to remove from ministry all of the priests with credible allegations against them." … The grand jury report had cited 37 priests as continuing in ministry in the Philadelphia Archdiocese despite credible allegations of sex abuse against them. … Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams … said his office appreciates that "the Archdiocese has acknowledged the value of the report, and seen fit to take some of the steps called for by the grand jury." ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: These cases had been on the Roman Catholic diocese's books probably for years, and possibly also recorded in the world headquarters, Vatican City.  Note that it was really the grand jury's exposure of this that caused the Cardinal, about four weeks later, to do SOME of what he and his predecessor/s ought to have done as soon as the evidence was received months or years earlier.  These suspected priests are still being paid their stipend, and are still eligible for their pensions.
   In other words, the Cardinal and the RC system are dragging their feet, "enabling" the child sex offenders to keep on offending and stay out of prison.  Centuries have gone by as this conniving method has evolved, and it is only when active prosecutors ferret for evidence that, slowly and grudgingly, the Church leaders make half-hearted attempts to look as if they are doing something.  Justice is not being done, and in spite of the headline, the Cardinal really should not be taking credit for suspending some of the sinning clergy, and he is NOT cleaning up his archdiocese's nests of predators.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [LEADERSHIP, MEDITATION: One Bible text gives the lead: Remove the wicked from among yourselves. - (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)  ENDS.]
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Clergy Child Molesters (181) – April 2011


• Priest paid for escorts  [Fr Kevin Gray (65). Roman Catholic (RCC). US $920k gone. 3yrs prison. Male companions, luxuries.]  

Priest paid for escorts.

   The Weekend West, www.thewest.com.au , letters § wanews com au , p 42, April 30 - May 1, 2011
   A Catholic priest in the US State of Connecticut has been sentenced to three years jail after pleading no contest to stealing more than $920,000 in church money and spending it on male escorts and a lavish lifestyle.
   The plea was entered on behalf of Kevin Gray, 65, former pastor at Sacred Heart / Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury, meaning he did not admit guilt but a conviction for theft was recorded. #

http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#priest-paid-for
[Apr 30 - May 1, 2011]

Clergy Child Molesters (181) – May 2011


• Bishop goes after six requests to quit.     
The Nation: Flashpoint for a secular nation

Bishop goes after six requests to quit

   The Record (R.C. Perth, W. Australia, weekly), www.therecord.com.au , cathrec § iinet net au , By ANTHONY BARICH, p 6, May 18, 2011
   TOOWOOMBA Bishop William M Morris was asked to resign six times by three Vatican dicasteries and Pope Benedict XVI himself before the Pontiff finally insisted that he leave office on 2 May, leaked documents have revealed.
   It has also been revealed that Bishop Morris asked Vatican dicasteries for more time to resign as he was dealing with a protracted case involving sexual abuse.
   Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Brian V Finnigan, whom the Pope appointed as the Toowoomba diocese's apostolic administrator on 2 May, praised Bishop Morris' handling of the sexual abuse of 13 young girls at the hand of a former Catholic primary school teacher in the Toowoomba diocese during 2007 and 2008.
   "The scourge of sexual abuse has confronted the diocese," Bishop Finnigan told Australian Associated Press on 3 May.
   "The good work that Bishop Morris has done to address the needs of the victims will continue into the future."
   The former teacher, 61, admitted last year to the abuse. Bishop Morris accepted legal liability for the abuse immediately and the Church entered into mediation with the victims.
   Pope Benedict's removal of Bishop Morris, 67, came after more than a decade of conflict between the prelate and the Vatican, documents obtained by The Record reveal.
   The document - prepared by Fr Peter Schultz, Toowoombas judicial vicar, and Fr Peter Dorfield, former vicar general of the diocese - entitled Summary History of Bishop Morris' dispute with the Roman Dicasteries, is an addendum to a seven-page defence of the prelate sent on 29 April to priests, leaders and the head of Christian denominations in the Toowoomba region.
  [Picture] Bishop William Morris    PHOTO: DIOCESE OF TOOWOOMBA  
   It reveals that the conflict originally stemmed from Bishop Morris establishing guidelines for the use of General Absolution within the celebration of Communal Rites of Reconciliation, which were in conflict with papal guidelines.
   Retired Auxiliary Bishop Geoffrey Robinson of Sydney said on ABC Radio on 1 May that the issue of General Absolution was the original source of the rift between Rome and Bishop Morris.
   Bishop Morris "felt the Third Rite was doing an immense amount of good, and was loath to abandon it. In fact, he said he wouldn't," Bishop Robinson said.
   Pope John Paul II's 2002 apostolic letter Misericordia Dei ("The Mercy of God"), warned that there are "some places" where there has been "a tendency to abandon individual confession and wrongly resort to 'general' or 'communal' absolution.'
   Sources in Toowoomba told The Record that General Absolution had been provided in the diocese several years prior to Misericordia Dei, commencing shortly after Bishop Morris was ordained as Bishop of the diocese on 10 February 1993.
   The issue of General Absolution led to a dispute between the prelate and Cardinal Francis Arinze, then-Prefect of the Congregation for Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
  [Picture] Pope Benedict XVI    PHOTO: CNS  
   "For a number of years, Bishop Morris had been in regular and difficult discussions with the Congregation (Cardinal Arinze) over our pastoral use of General Absolution in the Communal Rite of Reconciliation," the Toowoomba College of Consultors' document said.
   "His position on this sacramental matter was seen as defiant and ongoing opposition to the position of the Congregation."
   Then, in his 2006 Advent Pastoral Letter, Bishop Morris stated that, "if Rome would allow it", he would be prepared to ordain married priests and women priests. He also said that due to an ageing clergy, the Church should be open to recognising the validity of Anglican, Lutheran and Uniting Church Orders.
   "Given our deeply held belief in the primacy of Eucharist for the identity, continuity and life of each parish community, we may well need to be much more open towards other options for ensuring that Eucharist may be celebrated," Bishop Morris said in the 2006 Advent Pastoral letter.
   "As has been discussed internationally, nationally and locally, the ideas of ordaining married, single or widowed men who are chosen and endorsed by their local parish community; welcoming former priests, married or single, back to active ministry (and) ordaining women, married or single."
  [Picture] Cardinal Francis Arinze    PHOTO: CNS  
   This, and a failed attempt to bring Bishop Morris to Rome to meet Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, then-prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Arinze and Cardinal William J Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, led to Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput's apostolic visitation from 24-27 April 2007.
   This visit included an interview with Bishop Morris and many other people throughout the diocese.
   A memorandum dated 28 June 2007 from the Congregation for Bishops arrived in Toowoomba in September that year requesting Bishop Morris' resignation.
   He replied on 17 September that he would "reflect" on it and reply after his October holidays.
   This prompted a 6 November 2007 letter from the congregation stating the request for his resignation was being made "in the name of the Holy Father".
   Bishop Morris asked the three Cardinals in a meeting on 19 January 2008 in Rome if he could speak to the Pope but was told "this would only be permitted after he had resigned", the document said.
   The Bishop told Cardinal Re in a letter on 24 January 2008 that "he felt unable to resign", which was followed by another letter from the Cardinal on 13 February 2008 again calling on the prelate to resign.
  [Picture] Cardinal William Levada    PHOTO: CNS  
   After a failed request by Bishop Morris to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura seeking advice in defending his position, Cardinal Re again demanded Bishop Morris resign by the end of November 2008 in a letter dated 23 October 2008 that also stated that if the resignation was not forthcoming the Bishop would be removed.
   This letter cited the report of Archbishop Chaput that "the general theological climate of the diocese, priests and people was considered to be in theological and disciplinary decline".
   Bishop Morris replied on 19 December 2008, saying that "in conscience, he could not resign."
   He then wrote to the Pope on 24 December 2008, and met with him on 4 June 2009 where the Pontiff "reiterated the demands of the three Cardinals and indicated that the Bishop's talents lay elsewhere than as the Bishop of a diocese".
   "The Pope urged Archbishop (Philip) Wilson (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president, who accompanied the prelate in the meeting) to work with Bishop Morris to find him a suitable position in the Australian Church," the document said.
   Cardinal Re again asked for Bishop Morris' resignation in a 9 July 2009 letter, prompting him to write to the Pope clarifying his position that "in conscience, he could not resign from office".
   Pope Benedict replied on 22 December 2009, requesting that Bishop Morris resign from office, reminding him there is no appeal from papal decisions. #

   [RECAPITULATION: … praised Bishop Morris' handling of the sexual abuse of 13 young girls at the hand of a former Catholic primary school teacher in the Toowoomba diocese during 2007 and 2008. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: In 2007-08.  So, bang goes the claims of people like the United States apologists Bill Donohue and Jeff Field of The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 450 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10123; Tel. 212-371-3191, Fax 212-371-3394; catalyst § catholicleague org .  The Catholic League issues regular news releases claiming that most of the sex abuse allegations against Catholic Church workers happened decades ago, and were a result of the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s and 1970s.
   However, a recent case is of a priest ordained in 2000, committing sex seductions after that, and already a suicide victim.  A book has been written covering clergy sex seductions for hundreds of years.  When charges are made, the Church usually hushes the matter up and transfers the clergy, brothers, or sisters to another place.
   People who make donations to Churches are entitled to ask how on earth can a group that claims to have heavenly powers fail to detect offenders before they offend, or at least soon after they offend, and fail to realise that they must be removed from office, not just moved to a new office or location. ENDS.]
   [ADDITIONAL NEWSITEMS: Page 6: "Bishops affirm Pope's Petrine role in difficult decision."
   Page 7: "New priests showing the way forward."
   "Parochial attitudes contribute to decline in faith."
   Page 14: "Bishops ordered to draw up new abuse guidelines," by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service. VATICAN CITY. … Barbara Dorris … Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests … SNAP … on 16 May that … "Bishops ignore and conceal child sex crimes because they can." ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#bishop-goes-after
[May 18, 2011]

Clergy Child Molesters (181) – June 2011


• Oranges and Sunshine.     

Oranges and Sunshine

   Disassociated.com , (the website and online notepad of Sydney based blogger John Lampard), <http://www.disassociated.com/­2011/06/10/oranges-and-sunshine/>, posted by John Lampard at 11:04 am on Friday, 10 June, 2011
4 stars
The premise
   Oranges and Sunshine, movie Oranges and Sunshine (trailer), a drama set in 1986, is the debut feature of British TV producer Jim Loach, and is based on the book Empty Cradles by British social worker Margaret Humphreys, which chronicles her efforts to expose the British government’s child migrants program of the 1950s and 60s, where over 130,000 children were forcibly sent overseas.
   Many of these children – who came from struggling, or single-parent families, and were sent to Australia, and other former British colonies – were under the impression their parents were dead, and that a happier life awaited them elsewhere.  The reality was usually far harsher, many were abused by their new carers, or became child labourers.
The play
   Humphreys (Emily Watson) is a Nottingham social worker caring for orphaned children.  She first becomes aware British children were sent overseas when a woman from Australia [in 1986] asks for help tracing her mother.  During this investigation though Humphreys uncovers numerous instances of children being sent overseas.
   After learning that Nicky (Lorraine Ashbourne), a woman in a support group she convenes, has a brother Jack (Hugo Weaving), who was sent overseas as a child, Humphreys travels to Australia where she soon meets many hundreds of others who were taken from their families, including Len (David Wenham), who is trying to find his mother.
   It soon becomes apparent that it wasn’t just the children who were lied to, and as Humphreys continues to reunite now adult children with their families, she learns the parents, whose children were often forcibly removed from their custody, were also lied to, often being told they had been adopted locally, not sent overseas.
   Humphreys’ work however is an uphill battle that takes a physical and emotional toll on her.  The British and Australian governments are unhelpful, while the charity and church groups who took the children in are angered by the allegations of abuse levelled at them, resulting in threats against her from their supporters.
The wrap
   “Oranges and Sunshine” is an intimate and personal portrayal of an historical episode that culminated with the 2009 apology by then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, to the British child migrants, or Forgotten Australians as they are also known, an action that was followed by his British counterpart, Gordon Brown, in 2010.
   A compassionately made film that is neither sentimental or sensationalistic, “Oranges and Sunshine” is a moving, harrowing, and emotional drama that lifts the lid on a government policy that aimed simply to save money – care for children was cheaper in Australia than Britain – and one that had no regard at all for those it purported to be helping. #

   [OTHER LINK/S: <http://­www.abc.net.au/­atthemovies/txt­/s3230720.htm>, <http://­www.imdb.com/­title/tt1438216/>, and <http://­www.sixteenfilms.co.uk/­films/film/oranges_­and_sunshine/>. ENDS.]
   [MORE READING: The West Australian, Tuesday, June 14, 2011, Today section page 8, "Pain of empty cradles" by Lucy Gibson, the story of "Oranges and Sunshine" star Emily Watson who plays the Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys, and "Into the heart of darkness," a review of the film, some of which focussed on Bindoon in Western Australia. 
   Margaret Humphreys, who wrote Empty Cradles about what we now call the "Forgotten Children," is quoted as saying that more than 150,000 children were shipped to the outer reaches of the British Commonwealth.  The film is now screening in Perth, Western Australia. ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#oranges-and-sunshine
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/carnalbooks.htm#oranges-and-sunshine
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/religion/religchron5.htm#oranges-and-sunshine
[Jun 10, 2011]

• Untruths in Record editorial.
  [Bishop William Morris denies supporting married male clergy, female clergy, and taking in other Churches' ministers.]     

Untruths in Record editorial

 
   The Record (R.C. Perth, W. Australia, weekly), Letter to The Editor, from William M. Morris, D.D., Emeritus Bishop of Toowoomba (Queensland, Australia), p 8, Wednesday, June 15, 2011
   After reading the editorial (p 80)[sic] and article (p 6) of the 18 May 2011 edition of The Record, I would make the following comments.
   I believe Catholic publications and the journalists who write for them must be held to the highest standards of ethics, one of which is ensuring that what is reported is the truth.  There are a number of untruths in the article and editorial.
   At no time was the "Third Rite" of Reconciliation used in the diocese.  What was used was a Second Rite with a full set of readings, homily, and an examination of conscience and, on occasions, according to the Liturgical and Canonical Guidelines laid down by the diocese, general absolution was given.
   These guidelines changed after the diocesan submission was examined by the Dicastery for Liturgy at a meeting in March 2004.  These celebrations were prayerful and dignified.
   The article says, "in his 2006 Advent Pastoral Letter, Bishop Morris stated that, 'if Rome would allow it,' he would be prepared to ordain married priests and women priests.  He also said that, due to an ageing clergy, the Church should be open to recognising the validity of Anglican, Lutheran, and Uniting Church Orders."
   At no time in my Pastoral letter of 2006 did I make such statements.  I acknowledged that there are discussions of these issues in places around the world which is not saying that I actively support them or promote them but simply a statement of fact.  The editorial said that I had canvassed these ideas which is also wrong.
   The editorial says that I was "on the side of changing Church teaching."  I have served the Church and taught faithfully its beliefs since I was ordained.  I have never promoted explicitly or implicitly the changing of Church teaching.
   After my 2006 Pastoral Letter was misquoted and, I believe, misinterpreted deliberately in certain circumstances, I publicly said I would not ordain women or married men while these actions were forbidden by the Church.
   Beyond its errors of fact the editorial steps over the line in that in many places it is a personal attack rather than a reflection on the story.  I firmly believe that such tabloid journalism has no place in a Catholic publication.
   It seems to me that a retraction of the errors needs to be published with an apology for the personal attack undertaken by the editor.  I thank you in anticipation for your attention to these matters.
William M Morris, DD, Emeritus Bishop of Toowoomba
Ed. - No further correspondence on the issue will be published. #

http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#untruths-in-record
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/religion/religchron5.htm#untruths-in-record
[June 15, 2011]

Clergy Child Molesters (181) – July 2011

Clergy Child Molesters (181) – August 2011


• Former school music teacher on sex charge.  [1980s. Dr Lindsay Hutchinson (61) -NEW*. Anglican link. Student teenager.]     

Former school music teacher on sex charge

   The West Australian, <www.thewest.com.au>, By ALANA BUCKLEY-CARR and GABRIELLE KNOWLES, p 3, Monday, August 22, 2011
   A former Perth music teacher, extradited from Victoria at the weekend to face accusations of sexually assaulting a student in the mid-1980s, is a world-renowned organist who has worked in Australia and New Zealand.
   Lindsay Hutchinson, 61, is due to face Perth Magistrate's Court today charged with 15 offences including unlawful carnal knowledge, inciting indecent dealing and inciting indecent assault.
   It is alleged the offences occurred against a teenage student at Christ Church Grammar School in Claremont in the mid-80s.
   Dr Hutchinson, a former organist at St George's Cathedral, was arrested at his Melbourne home before WA Police applied for his extradition to Perth.
   It is believed the complaint was lodged with WA Police in January last year.
   A brief was given to the Director of Public Prosecutions in October but it was not until last month that police were given the go-ahead to lay charges.
   Christ Church headmaster Garth Wynne alerted former students in an email to the school's old boys association.
   Dr Hutchinson, who is married with two children, worked recently at Melbourne University college of divinity as a research coordinator.
   He has continued his work as an adjudicator at musical eisteddfods. #

   [RECAPITULATION: It is believed the complaint was lodged with WA Police in January last year.   A brief was given to the Director of Public Prosecutions in October but it was not until last month that police were given the go-ahead to lay charges. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: We mustn't rush these things, must we !  ENDS.]
   [LINKS: <http://­home.vicnet.net.au/­~muslov/LindsayHu­tchinson.html>
   <http://­www.musicaustralia.org/­apps/MA?function=­searchResults&term1=­Hutchinson,%20Lindsay.­&scope=scope¶m­eter1=phrase&locati­on1=Anywhere> ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#former-school-music
[Aug 22, 2011]

• Former priest jailed for sexual assault  [1980s; Fr Michael Aulsebrook; RCC. 2yrs prison. Student (12).]       

Former priest jailed for sexual assault

   774 ABC Melbourne, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, <http://­www.abc.net.au/­news/­2011-08-24/­priest-sunbury-­sex-student/­2853712/?­site=melb­ourne>, by Alice McKinnon, Updated 12:28:10, August 24, 2011
   A former Port Pirie priest who was stood down as principal of Saint Mark's College has been jailed for two years in Victoria for indecent assault.
   Michael Aulsebrook, 55, had pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault against a 12-year-old student in the early 1980s.
   Aulsebrook had been teaching at a school at Sunbury on Melbourne's outskirts.
   He will serve only nine months of his sentence as the remaining 15 months has been suspended.
   Staff at Saint Mark's College says Aulsebrook was stood down in 2004 when the sexual abuse allegations arose.
   He left Port Pirie in South Australia and later resigned from the priesthood. #

   [LINKS: "Salesian principal faces abuse claim," The Age, By Martin Daly, July 15, 2004, <http://­www.theage.com.au/­articles/­2004/07/14/­108969442­8263.html>, with picture.
   "Salesian priest jailed for less than a year over sex abuse of student," Herald Sun, Norrie Ross, 1:30PM, August 22, 2011, <http://­www.heraldsun.com.au/­news/­more-news/­salesian-pries­t-jailed-for-less-than-a-year-over-sex-abuse-of-student/story-fn7x8me2-1226119669684>, with picture. ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#former-priest-jailed
[Aug 24, 2011]

• Rome opens file on sex abuser's case  [1965; Fr Andrew Ronan (deceased) (Servite); RCC. Boy.]      

Rome opens file on sex abuser’s case

   The Record (R.C. weekly, Perth, W. Australia), by Cindy Wooden, CNS, p 14, Wednesday, August 24, 2011
   VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has published online more than 70 pages of documents which, it says prove it had no knowledge of a priest's sexual misconduct until he and his religious order petitioned for his laicisation.
   The case involves the late Andrew Ronan, a former Servite priest who was laicised in 1966.  A man who says he was abused by Ronan in the US state of Oregon in 1965 has taken the Vatican to court, claiming Ronan was a Vatican employee.
   In a statement, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said:  "While most of the case has been dismissed, two accusations made by [the] plaintiff's attorneys have persisted and have been repeatedly reported in the press:  that the Holy See knew that Ronan was an abuser, and that the Holy See transferred Ronan from one place to another with that knowledge.
   "Those would, of course, be very serious accusations - if true," Fr Lombardi said. "But, as we are learning with the development of the case, the accusations are decidedly not true."
   The Vatican spokesman said that "to assist those in the public who wish to study the matter carefully, and to assist the United States court in resolving the remaining issues in the case", the Holy See was releasing documents relating to Ronan's dismissal from the clerical state.
   The documents include a formal request made by the Servite order in 1953 asking the Vatican to set aside the age requirement so that Ronan, then only 27 years old, could be appointed master of novices at the Servite convent in Benburb, Ireland.
   The letter described Ronan as "a youth with optimal qualities" and the then-Vatican Congregation for Religious granted the permission.
   But the documents also say Ronan was removed from the position "because of homosexuality with the students", according to a letter from the US provincial who transferred Ronan to St Philip's High School in Chicago.
   The provincial wrote to the order's superior general in 1963 after the superior asked Ronan if he wanted to serve as master of the order's international seminary in Rome.
   Written on the letterhead of the provincial superior of the Chicago-based Our Lady of Sorrows Province, the letter said:  "I am very sorry to have to tell you that he must not be elected master."
   The provincial, whose signature is illegible, said Ronan asked him not to tell, but "I feel and know I must do so".
   He said:  "I removed him from Benburb because of homosexuality with the students, which he freely admitted and confessed when the fact had been brought to the prior by one of the students."
   "We lost vocations as a result of this in Ireland, and we are most fortunate that more scandal did not come," the provincial said adding that putting Ronan back in a seminary would be "contrary to all prescripts of the church and to common sense".
   The 1963 letter was part of documentation the Servites submitted to the Vatican in 1966 to support the request to laicise Ronan quickly.
   Clearly the Vatican did not have this letter at the time of the initial reports about Ronan's abusive activity, Fr Lombardi told CNS.
   The published documents also include Ronan's request for laicisation "based on my repeated, admitted, documented homo­sexual tendencies and acts against the vow of chasity (sic) and celebacy (sic) of the priesthood".  [Misspelt "chastity" and "celibacy."]
   In June 2010, the US Supreme Court left standing a lower court ruling that Ronan's victim could try to hold the Vatican financially responsible for his sexual abuse by Ronan if he could persuade the court that the priest was an employee of the Holy See.  CNS #

http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#rome-opens-file
[Aug 24, 2011]

• Breaking the Silence.  [1954 to 1958, 1954 to 1974. Rosminian brethren *. R.C.C. Boys.]    

Breaking the Silence

   Compass, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, <http://­www.abc.net.au/­compass/s3294906.htm>, Sunday, August 28, 2011
   Summary
How the internet brought together a group of men from around the world to mount a landmark civil class-action against the Catholic Church.
   In 2009, over a hundred former pupils from two Catholic prep schools in England and Tanzania were reunited via social networking.  Chatting in cyberspace, they discovered they had all suffered terrible abuse by priests at school:  mental, physical and, in some cases, sexual.
   As young children they were frightened into silence by their abusers and thought they were the 'only one'.  Now, as men in their fifties and sixties, and strengthened by the group, they want justice and the truth to come out.
   But half a century has passed, and their abusers are now elderly.  What will it take to repair the damage, and for the victims to feel free to move on?
   More Info
   After this program screened in Britain, Fr David Myers, Leader of the Rosminian brethren in the UK, issued this statement. <http://­www.rosmini.org/­UK/index.html>
   To enquire about obtaining a copy of this program please contact ABC Program Sales <http://­www.abc.net.au/­programsales>, 1300 650 587, or <progsales § abc net au>
   Story
   Please note we are only able to provide transcripts for programs produced by the ABC Religion and Ethics department. #

   Statement from Fr David Myers
(Leader of the Rosminian brethren in the UK)

   I apologise without reservation on behalf of the Rosminian brethren in the UK to all those who have suffered.  Such abuse was a grievous breach of trust to them and to their families.  We are appalled by what was done to them.
   I and all my brethren are deeply shocked at what has happened and acknowledge our inadequate response. We are committed to the pastoral care and support of those who have suffered abuse and to the procedures laid down by the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission. <http://­www.catholicsafeguar­ding.org.uk/> #

   In response to the BBC documentary programme "Abused: Breaking the Silence" some points should be clarified.
   From the very beginning, attempts were made to be open and transparent.  Apologies were offered, without reservation on behalf of my brethren to those who suffered.  Such abuse was a grievous breach of trust to them and their families.  We are appalled by what was done to them.  We accept that we have moral and pastoral responsibility to the survivors for the harm done to them.
   When these instances of abuse were brought, the police, the hierarchy and Church safeguarding officials in the risk management of the accused were immediately informed.  Information came to light in September 2009, of abuse at Grace Dieu dating from 1954 to 1958 and Soni from 1954 to 1974.  Representatives of the survivors' group were invited to a meeting.  They said that they wanted an acknowledgment of what was done to them and an apology, and not publicity.
   Regarding the following specific issues raised by the programme:
   Fr Bernard Collins. After an extensive and thorough investigation, we have found no evidence in our records that Fr Collins was moved to Soni in the knowledge that he had abused boys at Grace Dieu.  Indeed, the records indicate that it was a long planned move.
   Fr Kit Cunningham. On 8th February 2010, writing to all those who had contacted me about abuse, the email concluded, saying that if they wanted to issue a press release, it was "their call".
   In response, one of the leaders of the survivors' group said explicitly that they did not want any press involvement.  This position had not changed when Fr. Kit Cunningham died in December 2010.
   When obituaries were being written about Fr Cunningham I responded truthfully to those journalists who contacted me who had heard the story that he had returned his MBE.  I confirmed that he had, and the reasons why.
   However, the newspapers concerned chose not to publicise this. #

22/06/2011
  RC England and Wales response: A statement from the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission following last night's BBC1 documentary 'Abused: Breaking the Silence'. Press release, Issued by the CBCEW, June 22, 2011
   The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission acknowledge with deep concern and regret the hurt and damage caused to so many by certain members of the Rosminian Congregation. We would want to encourage victims of any form of abuse from within the Church to come forward and seek to have their stories heard and understood.
   The Order is now working to ensure their Safeguarding practices are fully in line with the Church's policies and procedures. #
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[Aug 28, 2011]

• Boston Cardinal names accused clergy.  [Decades; 159 of 250 Church people; Roman Catholic Church (R.C.C.).]  

Boston Cardinal names accused clergy

  The Record (R.C. Perth, W. Australia, weekly), www.therecord.com.au , cathrec § iinet net au , p 7, Wednesday, August 31, 2011
   BOSTON – Cardinal Sean O'Malley has released the names of 159 of 250 archdiocesan priests or deacons accused of sexually abusing a minor, including 22 whose cases have not been resolved canonically.
   In a letter to the people of his archdiocese, the Cardinal said the decision represented "one more step forward in our efforts to assume responsibility for our past failures and reaffirm our commitment to assure that our present-day standards protect the children of our community".
   The 91 names not released by the Cardinal included 62 dead priests for whom allegations were not fully investigated and whose names had not been made public earlier; 22 priests against whom allegations could not be substantiated; four priests or former priests not in active ministry for whom a preliminary investigation has not been completed; and three who had already been laicised or dismissed before they were accused.
   "I hope that other dioceses and religious orders will review our new policy and consider making similar information available to the public to the extent they have not already done so," he said.
   The Cardinal said he had attempted to "balance several considerations" in drawing up the revised policy which include a need for the Church "to be open about clergy accused of crimes against children in order to help foster the process of healing and restoration of trust", as well as the fact that former priests or deacons who have been laicised or dismissed are "no longer under the authority of the archdiocese" but could "pose an ongoing risk to children."
   But the policy also takes into account that "in the present environment, a priest who is accused of sexually abusing a minor may never be able to fully restore his reputation even if cleared after civil or canonical proceedings" and the fact that a priest accused years after his death would have "no opportunity to address the accusations".
   "I believe that, to the extent possible, our revised policy addresses the concerns and views that have been expressed, is consistent with if not more expansive than civil law, and best balance the considerations mentioned above", Cardinal O'Malley said.
   He also wrote separate letters to archdiocesan priests and the survivors of sexual abuse. "It is not easy for us to face the realities of the terrible betrayal of children and criminal acts perpetrated by some of our brethren," he told priests.
   "With the commitment to serve the people entrusted to our care, let us go forward to continue the work of renewing the Church. No matter how frequently expressions of apology and remorse are offered, it is never enough" he said.

   [RECAPITULATION: "I hope that other dioceses and religious orders will review our new policy and consider making similar information available to the public to the extent they have not already done so," he said. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: What, from a centuries-old secrecy and cover-up mentality to a frank anti-criminal stance in less than ten years !  I'd like to see that !  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [SECRECY RULES: Click The Crime of Solicitation, Crimen Sollicitationis, 1962: http://­www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/­ethics/crimineenglish.htm .  ENDS.]
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[Aug 31, 2011]

• Irish priest defends role in scandal.  [R.C.C.]  

Irish priest defends role in scandal

  The Record (R.C. Perth, W. Australia, weekly), www.therecord.com.au , cathrec § iinet net au , p 7, Wednesday, August 31, 2011
   DUBLIN – The Irish priest blamed in an official report for his failure to report cases of alleged clerical abuse to the authorities has defended his actions but also said he should have resigned from his position.
   Monsignor Denis O'Callaghan, the former vicar general of the diocese of Cloyne, said he still didn't agree with the Irish Catholic Church's 1996 guidelines, that made the reporting of such alleged abuse cases mandatory, and should have resigned in protest against them.
   "For most of those priests accused in Cloyne, the complaints alleged incidents dating back over 30 or 40 years. Of those priests, some would now be terminally ill while others would be under constant medical care," said Mgr O'Callaghan in a letter to the Irish Catholic.
   A judicial inquiry has blamed him for failing to report nine cases of alleged abuse made between 1996 and 2005. The Monsignor was charged with child safety by Bishop John Magee.
   Bishop Magee resigned his office last year, while Mgr O'Callaghan retired this year.
   The Monsignor said he argued against the 1996 guidelines when they were being drafted because the "form of mandatory reporting" compromised his "Christian duty of pastoral care." CNA #

   [RECAPITULATION: "Christian duty of pastoral care." ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Rather, he did not want to breach Vatican man-made rules that the authorities are NOT to be told. ENDS.]
   [TEACHING: Remove the wicked from among yourselves†. (1 Cor. 5:9-13)   †  Similar to Deuteronomy 13:5 / 13:6 .  ENDS.]
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[Aug 31, 2011]

Clergy Child Molesters (181) – September 2011


• Vatican nods to its failures over abuse.  [RCC]     

Vatican nods to its failures over abuse

   The West Australian, <www.thewest.com.au>, <letters § wanews com au>, from Agence France-Presse, p 24, Monday, September 05, 2011
   ROME – The Vatican has acknowledged "grave failures" over the handling of a child sex abuse scandal involving priests in Ireland, but denied it tried to block investigations.
   In a long-awaited response to an official report that had sparked outrage in Ireland, the Vatican expressed deep concern at its findings and "abhorrence" for the crimes committed.
   "The Holy See is deeply concerned at the findings of the commission of inquiry concerning grave failures in the ecclesiastical governance of the diocese of Cloyne," it said.
   The Vatican also "wishes to state its abhorrence for the crimes of sexual abuse which took place in that diocese", it added.
   Ettore Balestrero, the under-secretary for relations with states, handed over the response on Saturday to Helena Keleher, Ireland's deputy ambassador to the Holy See.
   The publication in July of the report into more than a decade of abuse by priests in Cloyne, in county Cork, triggered an unprecedented attack by Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who called the Catholic Church's behaviour "absolutely disgraceful".
   While Pope Benedict last year wrote a letter to Irish Catholics expressing shame and remorse over the abuse of children by members of the clergy, campaigners say the Church is guilty of a cover-up.
   In its statement, the Vatican denied it had tried to block inquiries by the Irish authorities.
   "The Holy See wishes to make it quite clear that it in no way hampered or sought to interfere in any inquiry into child sexual abuse in the diocese of Cloyne," it said.
   The report condemned the Church's handling of abuse claims against 19 clerics in Cloyne between 1996 and 2009, saying it was "inadequate and inappropriate".
   The report was strongly critical of the failures of the former bishop of Cloyne, John Magee, who quit last year and was private secretary to three successive popes – Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II.
   It said Bishop Magee had "to a certain extent detached himself from the day-to-day management of child abuse cases". AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE #

   [COMMENT: The Vatican letter counselling against reporting to the authorities has been reported by the news media previously.  A thorough clean-up seems as far away as ever. COMMENT ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#vatican-nods-to
[Sep 05, 2011]

• Rome answers Cloyne report.  [> 10yrs. Church people in Cloyne, County Cork. RCC]     

Rome answers Cloyne report

   The Record (R.C. Perth, W. Australia, weekly), www.therecord.com.au , BY CINDY WOODEN, CNS, p 7, Wednesday, September 7, 2011
   VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has forcefully denied undermining Irish bishops' efforts to protect children from sexual abuse and characterised as "unfounded" claims it tried to interfere in government investigations regarding Church handling of sex abuse cases in Ireland.
   The Vatican recognised "the seriousness of the crimes" detailed in a government report about cases in Cloyne, in Ireland's south, and "has sought to respond comprehensively," it said in a communique which accompanied a formal response to the Cloyne Report, statements made by Irish Prime Minister Kenny and motions passed by both houses of the Irish Parliament concerning the report and the Vatican's involvement in how cases were handled.
   The report said then-Bishop John Magee of Cloyne paid "little or no attention" to safeguarding children as recently as 2008.  The report also accused the Vatican of being "entirely unhelpful" to Irish bishops who wanted to implement stronger norms for dealing with accusations and protecting children.
   The Vatican took the unusual step of recalling its nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, saying it signalled how seriously it took the criticisms and a response was drafted by the Vatican whose spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, said the point of departure was "the recognition of the reality of what occurred, the gravity and amount of abuse committed" and the "deplorable" lack of serious action on the part of the bishop and diocesan officials: "The seriousness and importance of these failures is not overlooked."
   The Vatican's response emphasised three points.
   First, the Congregation for Clergy's observations about potential problems in the Irish bishops' 1996 child protection guidelines did not nullify the guidelines or prevent local bishops from adopting them in their dioceses.
   Second, Church officials were required to follow their nation's civil laws regarding mandatory reporting of crimes and were free to report crimes to police even when not required by law to do so.
   Third, the sexual abuse of children was a crime both in civil law and in Church law.
   The Vatican said it "understands and shares the depth of public anger and frustration at the findings of the Cloyne Report," saying those feelings were reflected in Kenny's speech, although it did take issue with some points he made.
   "In this regard, the Holy See wishes to make it quite clear that it in no way hampered or interfered in the inquiry into child sexual abuse cases in the Diocese of Cloyne.  At no stage did it seek to interfere with Irish civil law or impede civil authority" the response said.
   In fact, it said, the Cloyne Report contains "no evidence to suggest that the Holy See meddled in the internal affairs of the Irish state or, for that matter, was involved in the day-to-day management of Irish dioceses or religious congregations with respect to sexual abuse issues."
   "The basic difficulty with regard to child protection" in Cloyne, it said, stemmed "from the fact that, while the diocese claimed to follow the guidelines, in reality it did not."  CNS #

   [COMMENT: In the newsitem "Vatican nods to its failures over abuse" of Sep 5, the second-last paragraph included the words "the former bishop of Cloyne, John Magee … was private secretary to three successive popes."  Old saying: The rot starts at the top.
   The Pope's instruction of March 16, 1962, Crimen Sollicitationis ("The Crime of Solicitation") first came to public notice, it seems, in a newsitem by Kathleen Shaw in the Telegram & Gazette (U.S.A.) of July 29, 2003, and in another newspaper of the same date.
   Section 11 of the 1962 instruction has words including "perpetual silence," "strictest secret," "a secret of the Holy Office," and "to observe (this secrecy) inviolably,"  Section 23 has the words "observing the secret," Section 33 "to observe its secret nature," and Section 70 "under the secret of the Holy Office."
   Apologists ever since the July 29, 2003 revelation have been trying to deny that it causes R.C. Churchmen to keep Church sex seductions secret, but the wording is plain about the secrecy requirement for them and for crimes of bestiality (Section 73).
   A summary of the exposure of the secret instruction, and the attempted denials, may be found in a webpage giving an English translation, "The Crime of Solicitation, Crimen Sollicitationis" at <crimineenglish.htm>, in a section entitled "How the secrecy document became public, and denials disproved."
   It has been revealed in recent months that since at least 1922 there has been a secrecy instruction from the Vatican.  COMMENT ENDS.]
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[Sep 7, 2011]

• Church, leader at odds over rape claim.  [12yrs. Monsignor - NEW*. RCC. Teenage male to young adult.]     

Church, leader at odds over rape claim

   The Advertiser (daily, Adelaide, S. Australia), <http://­www.adelaidenow.com.au/­church-leader-at-odds-over-rape-claim/­story-e6frea6u-122613­4322858>, by Sarah Martin, From: The Advertiser, (Last updated: September 13, 2011), September 12, 2011
  [Picture] Archbishop John Hepworth at the old St Francis Xavier Seminary, Magill SA.  Picture: James Elsby.  Source: The Australian  
   ADELAIDE'S Catholic Archdiocese has hit back at claims by an archbishop it failed to investigate sexual abuse.
   Retiring Social Inclusion Commissioner Monsignor David Cappo and Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson were informed in 2007 of the abuse allegedly suffered by Archbishop John Hepworth, some of which relate to a Catholic priest who still runs an Adelaide parish.  The priest has not been stood down despite an investigation being underway.
   Archbishop Hepworth has alleged that he was raped repeatedly for a 12-year period by two priests, and a fellow seminary student, who was later ordained, at St Francis Xavier Seminary.
   Yesterday, the Adelaide diocese released a statement prepared by its lawyers rejecting suggestions that Archbishop Hepworth's allegations had not been investigated.
   It said that any delay was the fault of Archbishop Hepworth.
   "An investigation has been on foot since 2007 … when Archbishop Hepworth first notified the Archdiocese of these matters," the statement says.
   "However, at the specific request of Archbishop Hepworth, the church took no steps to progress the matter until he decided he was ready to formalise his complaints (in February 2011).
   "If there has been any delay, therefore, it is because Archbishop Hepworth specifically chose not to deal with the matter until then."
   The Archdiocese said the Archbishop, who revealed his plight to The Australian newspaper on Saturday, had consistently refused to inform police of the rape allegations.
   "The Archdiocese of Adelaide is not critical of why it has taken so long for Archbishop Hepworth to make up his mind about these matters. However, it is wrong to suggest that any delay has been other than at the request of Archbishop Hepworth himself."
   The Adelaide priest at the centre of the investigations remains in his position, and the Archdiocese said yesterday the priest, who cannot be named, had categorically denied the allegations.
   The church said it was using the services of Adelaide barrister, Michael Abbott, QC, to examine the evidence found as part of its investigations before a report was released. #

   [ORIGINAL TEACHING: [Jesus said:] If your brother sins, reprove him … if he does not listen take along with you one or two more … if he does not listen … tell the Church … if he does not listen even to the Church, let him be to you as the Gentiles and the tax-collectors. (Matthew 18:15-17).
   [Jesus said:] If your brother sins, rebuke him … (Luke 17:3)
   Withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.  … But if anyone is not obedient to our word through this letter, keep this one marked not to associate with him, in order that he might become ashamed. (2 Thessalonians 3: 6 and 14).
   Reprove before all onlookers people who practise sin.  I solemnly call on you to keep these rules impartially and never to be influenced by favouritism. (1 Timothy 5:20-21).
   Also read Matthew 7:15, 16, 17, 19; 1 Corinthians 5:11; and 2 Timothy 3:5. DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [DEEPER STUDY: For more study of original doctrines, click Non-Marital and Fathers. ENDS.]
   [FOLLOW-UP: In the Australian Senate on September 13, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon (South Australia), his noon deadline having passed, named the alleged molester as Monsignor Ian Dempsey of Brighton Parish in South Australia. <http://­www.brightonparish.com.au/­parishCou­ncil.html>
   Also visit: <http://­au.news.yahoo.com/­thewest/a/-/wo­rld/10252244/a­ustralian-senator-names-sex-claim-priest/> and <http://­thehiberniatimes.com/­2011/09/13/­australian-senator-names-sex-claim-priest/9274>. ENDS.]
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[Sep 12, 2011]

• Senator Nick Xenophon names priest who is claimed to be at the centre of rape allegations.  [12yrs. Monsignor*. RCC. Teenage male to young adult.]     

Senator Nick Xenophon names priest who is claimed to be at the centre of rape allegations

   News.com.au, <http://­www.news.com.au/­national/­senator-nick-xenophon-names-priest-who-is-claimed-to-be-at-the-centre-of-rape-allegations/­sto­ry-e6fr­fkvr-1226­1362­58814>, By Catherine Hockley, From Herald Sun, September 14, 2011
  [Picture] Senator Nick Xenophon has named a Catholic priest who is at the centre of rape allegations. Picture: AdelaideNow  
   SENATOR Nick Xenophon is at war with the South Australian Catholic Church over its handling of sex abuse claims.
   The independent SA Senator on Tuesday night lobbed a grenade at the Adelaide archdiocese, naming a respected local priest that he claims is at the centre of rape allegations, the Herald Sun reported.
   Senator Xenophon said the church only "has itself to blame".
   Naming the priest in the Senate on Tuesday night, he said: "This creates a serious moral dilemma for me. It has put me as a representative of the people of SA in a situation where I have privileged information.
   "And the problem with privileged information is that it can be misused to benefit only a select few.
   "The question is do the people that attend this priest's parish have a right to know that serious allegations of sexual assault have been levelled at their priest?
   "If my family attended this church and if church leadership had refused to stand this priest down pending a proper investigation would I believe I had a right to know?'
   Senate president John Hogg warned Senator Xenophon about the purposes of parliamentary privilege before he spoke. Senator Xenophon said: "I don't provide this information to the Senate lightly.
   "But ultimately I believe given the inaction of the Catholic Church in SA, by not setting up a proper process or standing the priest down, they have created a situation where an appropriate duty of care has not been shown to the parish."
   The South Australian Catholic Church had earlier asked Mr Xenophon not to name the priest.
   "The priest concerned has categorically denied the allegations and has been a person of good standing in the archdiocese for a very long time," the church said in a statement. #
   Read more: <http://­www.news.com.au/­national/senator-nick-xenophon-names-priest-who-is-claimed-to-be-at-the-centre-of-rape-allegatio­ns/story-e6frfkvr-122613­6258­814­#ixzz1X­tWEmJGa>

   [OTHER LINK/S: Catholic priest named by Senator Nick Xenophon denies sex abuse allegations, <http://­www.adelaidenow.com.au/act-on-claims-or-ill-go-public-xenophon/story-e6frea6u-1226135­177100> Catherine Hockley in Canberra, From The Advertiser, 11:32am, September 14, 2011
   [***] The Senator also questioned the Federal Government's appointment of Monsignor David Cappo to its mental health reform commission.
   Yesterday, a spokeswoman for Mental Health Minister Mark Butler said Monsignor Cappo's background and expertise made him "the obvious choice to lead the Mental Health Commission".  ENDS.]
   [MORE READING: Xenophon accused navy priest of rape, The West Australian, p 14, Wednesday, September 14, 2011.  ENDS.]
   [TRADITIONALISTS VOTE: Australia's traditional Anglicans vote to convert to Catholicism.
   The Telegraph, <http://­www.telegraph.co.uk/­news/religio­n/7249374/Au­stralias-traditional-Anglicans-vote-to-convert-to-Catholicism.html>, By Bonnie Malkin, in Sydney and Martin Beckford, 10:00PM GMT, 16 Feb 2010
   Traditionalist Anglicans in Australia have become the first to vote in favour of leaving their national church and converting to Roman Catholicism.
   Forward in Faith Australia, part of the Anglo-Catholic group that also has members in Britain and America, is setting up a working party guided by a Catholic bishop to work out how its followers can cross over to Rome. [***]
   [BACKGROUND: An archbishop alleges that as a teenager, studying as a Roman Catholic, and more as a Roman Catholic, he was molested by Roman Catholic clergy.  In spite of this, he completed his training as a Roman Catholic priest.  Later he left the RC Church, joined the Anglican Church, and became a clergyman in that Church.
   He became an archbishop, the leader of a group in Australia called the Traditionalist Anglicans, or Anglo-Catholics, or Orthodox Anglicans, (see <http://­www.virtueonline.org/­portal/index.php> perhaps) and is leading them in their move to join the Roman Catholic Church.
   Readers, can you spot the two "U-turns," or are there three ?  ENDS.]
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[Sep 14, 2011]

• Adelaide archdiocese rejects abuse inquiry claim.  [From age 15 to 27, up to 1969. Monsignor* accused. RCC. From teenage male into adulthood.]      

Adelaide archdiocese rejects abuse inquiry claim

   The Record (R.C. Perth, W. Australia, weekly), <www.therecord.com.au>, BY TIM WALLACE, pages One and 4, Wednesday, September 14, 2011
   THE ARCHDIOCESE of Adelaide has denied allegations by the global head of the Traditional Anglican Communion that Adelaide's Archbishop Philip Wilson and vicar-general Monsignor David Cappo failed to investigate a 2008 written complaint itemising a decade of sexually abusive behaviour by three Catholic priests - including one still running an Adelaide parish.
   Archbishop John Hepworth, the head of an estimated 400,000 traditional Anglicans who split from the Anglican Communion in 1991 and who in 2007 expressed a desire to reunite with the Catholic Church, began his clerical career as a Catholic priest, being ordained in Adelaide in 1968.
   In revelations published by The Weekend Australian, Archbishop Hepworth said his decision to leave the Catholic Church in 1972 and become an Anglican had been driven by more than a decade of sexual exploitation by older seminarians and priests that began with his grooming for homosexual sex at the age of 15 at Adelaide's St Francis Xavier Seminary; the abuse continued, he said, until he decided to leave Australia and the Catholic priesthood at the age of 27.
   In written statements provided to the archdiocese in 2008, Archbishop Hepworth details his youthful feelings of deep confusion and guilt over "sexual experiences that fed at the same time my need for friendship and acceptance" as well as his sense of "being trapped" by warnings from superiors that any talk of sexual experiences would disqualify him from the priesthood.
   The statements name three priests who sexually abused him. Two of them are now dead: Fr John Stockdale, who died on New Year's Eve in 1995 in a cubicle at a notorious "men-only" club in Melbourne; and Fr Ronald Pickering, who avoided prosecution for sexually abusing a string of teenage boys by fleeing to Britain. In 2001, the head of the Melbourne archdiocese's Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse, Peter O'Callaghan, QC, wrote that Pickering "had a proclivity for child abuse".
   The third, according to Hepworth's statement, one night in 1969 during a walk wrestled him to the ground and forced him into sex, and remains a senior cleric in the Adelaide archdiocese.
   The archdiocese said in its statement that an investigation into the allegations had been "on foot" since 2007 when Archbishop Hepworth first notified the archdiocese.

Archdiocese rejects abuse inquiry was delayed

   "However, at the specific request of Archbishop Hepworth, the Church took no steps to progress the matter until he decided he was ready to formalise his complaints."
   That decision was only made by Archbishop Hepworth in February, the statement said, "and ever since that time the matter has progressed in an orderly way".
   "If there has been any delay, therefore, it is because Archbishop Hepworth specifically chose not to deal with the matter until then. It would have been irresponsible, and contrary to Church practices, to ignore Archbishop Hepworth's wishes in this regard … it is wrong to suggest that any delay has been other than at the request of Archbishop Hepworth himself."
   The report in The Weekend Australian contrasted the alleged tardiness of the Adelaide response to that in Melbourne, where Mr O'Callaghan processed Archbishop Hepworth's complaint against Pickering in just over 12 months.
   However, the Adelaide archdiocese's statement said it was not appropriate to compare the responses, since in Melbourne the accused were already dead.
   "It is important to recall that these events are said to have occurred almost 50 years ago and that alone makes an investigation of this sort very complicated. As well, unlike the Melbourne investigation, there is an obligation on the Archdiocese of Adelaide to accord all parties concerned with natural justice and procedural fairness. Further, the priest concerned has categorically denied the allegations and therefore all of the issues need to be examined carefully."
   The Hepworth statements mention two of Archbishop Wilson's episcopal predecessors in Adelaide: Auxiliary Bishop Philip Kennedy, who "warned me that if any of his friends were implicated, I would be destroyed", and a meeting at which-Archbishop James Gleeson told him to leave the archbishop's office.
[Bishops are human, make mistakes]
   At a March 2010 Mass for the Adelaide diocese's deceased bishops, including James Gleeson and Philip Kennedy, Archbishop Wilson noted in his homily that bishops, being human, made mistakes.
   "You know, becoming a bishop is a very dangerous thing, because in discipleship bishops have the responsibility for governance.
   That means they have to make decisions, and that means they have to give to the church what is the closest element of their lives, their total dedication and their love," he said.
   "And there is the danger, because it is always possible to make a mistake and because bishops are human, they do make mistakes. They have to ask the forgiveness of the Lord, they have to move forward and sometimes have to ask the forgiveness of people, because of the way in which they failed in their responsibilities."
   "But this extraordinary role which is given to them is one that comes to them not because of their worthiness, but because of their discipleship of the Lord and their willingness to be co-operators with the Lord in the care of God's people. It is all about love, and so in their humanity with their limitations, bishops are meant to be the ones who stand as the icon of Christ, the shepherd the lover of his people in the midst of the local church which is committed to God, committed by God to their care." #

   [RECAPITULATION: … his grooming for homosexual sex at the age of 15 at Adelaide's St Francis Xavier Seminary; the abuse continued, he said, until he decided to leave Australia and the Catholic priesthood at the age of 27. […]
   The Hepworth statements mention two of Archbishop Wilson's episcopal predecessors in Adelaide: Auxiliary Bishop Philip Kennedy, who "warned me that if any of his friends were implicated, I would be destroyed", and a meeting at which Archbishop James Gleeson told him to leave the archbishop's office. ENDS.]
   [LATER: Monsignor David Cappo, who had been criticised for being tardy, resigned from his appointment to lead the Federal Government's mental health reform commission, the electronic news media reported on Sep 15, 2011. ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#adelaide-archdiocese-rejects
[Sep 14, 2011]

• Hostel kids abused 'for decades'.  [~ 1970s-80s. Dennis McKenna (65). Government students' hostel, Katanning. Several boys. Not a religious group's hostel.]     

Hostel kids abused ‘for decades’

   The West Australian, By GEORGIA LONEY, p 11, Friday, September 16, 2011
   A parent raised the alarm 30 years ago that children were being sexually abused at a Great Southern hostel but was reassured "everything is lovely", it emerged yesterday.
   Convicted paedophile Dennis McKenna, 65, pleaded guilty last month to sexually abusing several boys at St Andrew's Boarding Hostel in Katanning, where he was warden in the 1970s and 80s.
   Retired farmer Bruce Carmichael said he raised concerns with the hostel after he heard reports from his children of McKenna's behaviour towards boys.
   Mr Carmichael said he was reassured "everything is lovely", but later withdrew his children from the hostel.
   "Our (children) came home and told us of things that were supposedly going on," he said.
   "There were stories about what was happening with boys in Dennis' room late at night."
   Mr Carmichael said that he was told the concerns would be examined.
   "Then (the hostel) came back to me to say 'everything in the garden was lovely' and there wasn't a ripple in the water," he said.
   Lawyer John Hammond, who is seeking ex gratia payments for 10 of McKenna's victims, wants an inquiry into the abuse at the government-run hostel.
   Mr Hammond said the state Government should have known about the abuse.
   "People must have turned a blind eye to what can only be called suspicious circumstances … and because the children were in fear," he said.
   Mr Hammond said that if anyone did complain, they were removed from the hostel.  "One of the questions that has to be put forward to the inquirer is why was this allowed to go on for two decades, possibly three, without anything happening," he said.
   Victim Darryl Stephens told The West Australian last month that McKenna's abuse had destroyed his victims' childhoods.
   "It has just snowballed through the rest of our lives," he said.
   Mr Hammond said his clients had been offered "paltry" sums through Redress and he was now seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation.
   A spokeswoman for Attorney-General Christian Porter said the Government would consider all ex gratia applications on their merits "if and when" they were received. #

http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#hostel-kids-abused
[p 11, Sep 16, 2011]

• Music teacher on sex assault charges bailed.  [1980s. Dr Lindsay Hutchinson* (61). Anglican. Student teenager.]           

Music teacher on sex assault charges bailed

   The West Australian, <www.thewest.com.au>, <letters§wanews com au>, By KATE CAMPBELL and AAP, p 17, Friday, September 16, 2011
   A former Perth music teacher accused of sexually assaulting a teenage student in the mid-1980s was freed on bail to live interstate yesterday.
   Lindsay Hutchinson, 61, was extradited from Melbourne last month and faces charges dating back to his time as a teacher at Christ Church Grammar School in Claremont.
   In Perth Magistrate's Court yesterday, police opposed Mr Hutchinson being granted bail, but Magistrate Jacqueline Musk imposed strict conditions, including a $50,000 personal undertaking with similar surety and ordered that he live with his sister in Tasmania.
   He was also barred from being unsupervised around children and adjudicating any choral or music competitions or concerts involving children.
   Mr Hutchinson, a world-renowned organist, has been charged with 15 offences including unlawful carnal knowledge, inciting indecent dealing and inciting indecent assault.
   The prosecution told the court they had a strong case against Mr Hutchinson, including evidence from other students who also claimed to have been indecently assaulted.
   Det-Sgt Rob Witt said none of the former students had or would press charges but would give evidence to demonstrate Mr Hutchinson had a propensity to offend. He told the court one former student would testify that he was masturbated twice in the deanery at Perth's St George's Cathedral in the mid-1980s.
   Another two men, who had been students at the same school, would give evidence that they were photographed by Mr Hutchinson wearing little clothing and with their genitals exposed, he said.
   Mr Hutchinson's only conviction was in 1997 when he pleaded guilty to one sexual offence charge against a 13-year-old boy in Adelaide as a result of a deal with the prosecution.
   All other charges relating to that offence were dropped as a result of a hung jury.
   Mr Hutchinson's lawyer, Mara Barone, said her client's employer, the Melbourne College of Divinity, was aware of the legal situation.
   Mr Hutchinson's next court appearance will be in Perth on December 9. #

   [RECAPITULATION: He told the court one former student would testify that he was masturbated twice in the deanery at Perth's St George's Cathedral in the mid-1980s. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Christ Church Grammar School, and St George's Cathedral, are Anglican, that is, in the Church of England / Episcopalian Communion.  COMMENT ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#music-teacher-on
[p 17, Sep 16, 2011]

• Case casts cloud over Adelaide process.  [From age 15 to 27, up to 1969. Monsignor Ian Dempsey* accused. RCC. From teenage male into adulthood.]       

Case casts cloud over Adelaide process

   The Record (R.C. Perth, W. Australia, weekly), <www.therecord.com.au>, BY TIM WALLACE, Pages One and 4, Wednesday, September 21, 2011
   IT BEGAN as one man's mission to make peace with his past and reconcile with the bride he deserted but still loved.
   Now the personal story of John Hepworth, the global primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion who says he abandoned the Catholic Church in the 1970s due to a decade of systemic sexual, psychological and spiritual abuse as a seminarian and priest in the archdiocese of Adelaide, has become a crucible for wider issues.
   Archbishop Hepworth's allegations of byzantine delays by the Archdiocese of Adelaide in acting on his complaints of sexual abuse, first raised in 2007, against two priests now dead and one still alive and running an Adelaide parish, have ignited a media firestorm.
   Contradictory versions of events proffered by Archbishop Hepworth and the Archdiocese of Adelaide have put on the line the credibility of a leading figure in the most significant rapprochement of Protestants with the Catholic Church since the Reformation and the presiding head of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
   The issue that will vex the archdiocese is not why it took four years to begin a formal investigation but its alacrity since the complaint was formalised in February, given the back history and the complainant's role in the reunion of Anglicans to the Catholic communion.
   On the periphery conspiratorial theories circulate. These involve the revelations' timing, on the eve of the Australian bishops' five-yearly "ad limina" trip to report to the Vatican; the breaking of the story by reporter Tess Livingstone (biographer of George Cardinal Pell); and the contrast of Adelaide's response to that in the Melbourne archdiocese, where Archbishop Hepworth's complaints against two dead Victorian priests were upheld.
   Melbourne's protocol to handle abuse complaints, established by the then Archbishop Pell, predates the 1996 adoption of national "Towards Healing" guidelines.
   In a statement intepreted by some as implicit criticism of the Adelaide archdiocese's response, Cardinal Pell said: "More information seems to be needed to explain further to the the public any unusual delays in acting on this complaint, and the decision not to stand aside the person who has been accused."
   Yet he also noted that: "Towards Healing procedures are genuine, adequate and work well."
   Differences between the so-called "Melbourne Response" and Towards Healing were about procedure, said the executive officer [of] the Australian bishops' National Committee for Professional Standards, Sr Angela Ryan CSB.
   Melbourne directed complaints to an independent commissioner, Peter O'Callaghan QC, who assessed their validity and then, if appropriate, referred them on to a compensation panel.
   Under Towards Healing, a contact report was first prepared by the relevant Church authority. If an investigation was necessary, professional assessors were appointed.
   The Adelaide archdiocese has adhered rigorously to the guidelines before proceeding to an assessment.
   Section 37.3 of Towards Healing stipulate a complainant not wishing to go to the police must sign a statement before the Church takes any action. 
Sex abuse case casts cloud over Adelaide
That statement notes that the Church has "strongly urged" the complainant to take the matter to the police or other civil authorities, and that it has been carefully explained that any Church process will not have the same power to investigate the matter as the courts.  "Aware of these limitations, I still state that I do not wish to take my complaint to the police or other civil authority at this time and I ask that a Church process be established," it concludes.
   An Adelaide archdiocesan statement on September 11 said Archbishop Hepworth had decided only in February to formalise his complaint. Since then "the matter has progressed in an orderly way".
   In a follow-up statement, Archbishop Wilson said his vicar-general, Mgr David Cappo, had on multiple occasions since 2007 urged Archbishop Hepworth to give his permission to proceed with an investigation. "On each occasion Archbishop Hepworth declined, indicating that he was not in a proper emotional state to deal with an investigation. Sensitive as we must be to the needs of complainants, we adhered to his request."
   Archbishop Hepworth said he was offered a statement to sign conforming to Section 37.3 of the Towards Healing guidelines in early 2010, but in the context of Monsignor Cappo proposing a face-to-face meeting to confront the priest he accused of raping him.  He refused to sign, he said, because. he objected to that course of action.
   He told The Record, that about six weeks ago, when he informed the vicar-general of the results of his complaint to the Melbourne archdiocese, Monsignor Cappo told him Adelaide's investigation was still at a "preliminary stage".
   Where the investigation is now remains unclear. A spokeswoman for the archdiocese confirmed the accused priest was informed in March of the complaint against him, which he had denied.
   Under the Towards Healing guidelines, in cases where the facts of a complaint are disputed the diocese's director of professional standards shall appoint one or two professional assessors "as soon as is practicable" to investigate.
   In its September 11 statement, the Adelaide archdiocese said: "The investigation into the allegations is proceeding and is in its closing stages. Whilst evidence is still being gathered, prominent Adelaide barrister Michael Abbott QC has been retained to examine the evidence once it has been collated."
   In a statement three days later Archbishop Wilson said: "The process is well under way and we are currently waiting to speak with the priest accused, to obtain his detailed response to the allegations."
   He said the process was subject to Archbishop Hepworth supplying a list of people who might be able to assist in investigations. He would then have Mr Abbott "become involved in the process and assess all the evidence and documentation and give me his opinion in law".
   A spokeswoman for the Adelaide archdiocese was unable to elaborate on how archdiocesan statements squared with the process laid down in the Towards Healing guidelines, or how the archdiocese's investigation could be "well under way" and "in its closing stages" when it did not yet appear to have reached the assessment stage. She said she would need to consult the archdio- [Yes, that is how it ends] #

   [RECAPITULATION: A spokeswoman for the Adelaide archdiocese was unable to elaborate on how archdiocesan statements squared with the process laid down in the Towards Healing guidelines, or how the archdiocese's investigation could be "well under way" and "in its closing stages" when it did not yet appear to have reached the assessment stage. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Quite so.  The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Adelaide, it seems, follows the Greek saying "God's mill grinds slow but sure."  On the other hand, it would seem that the ex-RC priest, now a Traditional Anglican primate, (who wants to lead his global flock to Rome), has an unorthodox idea of the Lord's justice, and has not pushed hard for the truth to be revealed.  He needs to heed the Latin saying "Let justice be done, though heaven fall."  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [FIRST SENTENCE: The first sentence's phrase "... reconcile with the bride he deserted but still loved" would seem to be poetic language, with the "bride" meaning the Roman Catholic Church which was the Revd Mr Hepworth's early faith. ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#case-casts-cloud
[Sep 21, 2011]

• [RCC continues irresponsible seduction and parenthood policies.]         

[RCC continues irresponsible seduction and parenthood policies.]

   The Record (R.C. Perth, W. Australia, weekly), <www.therecord.com.au>, p 8, Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Pope transfers Irish nuncio after report
   IRELAND – Pope Benedict has named Italian Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza to be the new nuncio to the Czech Republic, transferring him from his post as ambassador to Ireland.
   The Vatican announced the change which had been rumoured for months.
   Archbishop Leanza had been nuncio to Ireland since February 2008 and was temporarily called back to the Vatican in late July after Irish government officials publicly criticised the Vatican.
   The diplomatic incident erupted after the publication of the government's Cloyne Report, examining how the Diocese of Cloyne mishandled accusations of clerical sexual abuse.
   The report also accused the Vatican of being "entirely unhelpful" to Irish bishops seeking to implement robust abuse policies.
Catholic paper queries abuse response
   POLAND – A Catholic journal has criticised the Polish Church's handling of sexual abuse by priests, following repeated claims that local Church leaders failed to confront the problem."
   The harm caused by sexual molestation of children is unquestionable, but the evil is much greater when paedophilia occurs in the community of faith, and when, in a falsely conceived defence of the Church, authorities hide the facts, conceal the perpetrators and ignore the suffering victims," the Wlez bimonthly said in an editorial in its August-September edition, dedicated to clergy sexual abuse.
   The journal questioned whether the Polish Church's handling of abuse claims complied with Vatican instructions and whether the good of the Church meant "the good name of clergy or the good of the weakest."
US prelates mobilise laity on health reform
   UNITED STATES – US bishops are working to mobilise Catholics across the country to tell the Obama administration that contraception and sterilisation do not constitute preventive care for women and must not be mandated as part of health reform.
   Through a new website at <www.usccb.org/conscience>, bishops hope to generate thousands of comments to the Department of Health and Human Services about its proposal to require nearly all employers to provide sterilisation and all PDA-approved contraceptives, including some that can cause an abortion, at no cost to women covered by their health insurance plans.
   But time is of the essence, because the 60-day comment period on the HHS proposal closes on 30 September.

   [COMMENT: The Vatican removed the papal diplomat from Ireland in a show of displeasure that the Irish government objected to the RCC's child seduction practices.  That newsitem and the Polish one show a continuation of the trend towards Catholic countries repudiating the dishonest secretive stance of the Roman Catholic leaders regarding sexual seduction of children.  The last newsitem shows that the United States RC bishops are still fighting for the policy of irresponsible parenthood.  COMMENT ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#rcc-continues-irresponsible
[Sep 21, 2011]

• Sex abuse claim traps church in tangled web  [From age 15 to 27, up to 1969. Monsignor Ian Dempsey* accused. RCC. From teenage male into adulthood.]       

Sex abuse claim traps church in tangled web

   The West Australian, <letters§wanews com au>, By GAVIN SIMPSON, p 20, Monday, September 26, 2011
   It is unlikely that Pope Benedict XVI could have envisaged just what lay ahead when he issued an historic invitation to disaffected Anglicans to embrace Rome while keeping some of their own traditions.
   The move to set up quasi-dioceses within the Catholic fold for Anglican converts has become a tangled web.
   It involves a twice-married, one-time Adelaide Catholic priest who became an Anglican but then joined a breakaway group opposed to liberal moves, such as the ordination of women.
   Rising to become the Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, Archbishop John Hepworth led negotiations with Rome which could result in his return to the papal fold, taking many of his group's 400,000 members with him.
   But controversy has erupted over the archbishop's claims he was sexually abused by fellow Catholic priests when he was a young man.
   Two of those priests are now dead.
   He has also alleged another priest, who is now in charge of an Adelaide parish, also abused him when he was a young priest.
   The mess became very public when crusading independent South Australian senator Nick Xenophon used parliamentary privilege to name Monsignor lan Dempsey as that priest.
   Senator Xenophon's move has caused widespread concern as well as some heartache for Archbishop Hepworth, who apparently has yet to make any formal complaint to police about the allegation against Monsignor Dempsey, who has categorically denied it.
   Senator Xenophon has been accused of acting irresponsibly, knowing that the allegation could possibly destroy Monsignor Dempsey's life without any legal processes having been undertaken.
   Archbishop Hepworth has noted that the Traditional Anglican Communion's bid for unity is deeply intertwined with his own personal circumstances.
   It is, he says, why he wants the allegations regarding the abuse resolved, and not to become a distraction to the process.
   He claims the abuse began when he was a seminary student and also took place after he had been ordained.
   He also claims that after having been warned by one of the group who preyed on him not to reveal what had happened, he went to see the Archbishop of Adelaide, a visit which led to his leaving the church and eventually joining the Anglicans.
   "I began to tell him my story," he said in a recent ABC radio interview.
   "He said to me, 'If that's what you've come here to talk about, get up and go now.'  And I just got straight up and walked out."
   Several decades later, he decided to approach the Archdiocese of Adelaide again, and also Melbourne, as the deceased priests had been based in Victoria, with his story.
   He has mixed feelings about his story then being taken up in the way it has by Senator Xenophon.
   "I'm not happy with the way things have turned out," he told the ABC.
   "I've always upheld the South Australian law that prevents naming people until they're either charged or come to court or convicted. I made this clear to Nick Xenophon.
   But I also made clear that he was a senator and he had his own conscience and his own set of rules and he had to be true to that."
   The controversy has caused Adelaide's high-profile vicar-general, Monsignor David Cappo, to resign as chairman of the national Mental Health Commission, amid claims he failed to appropriately deal with the abuse allegations.
   Monsignor Cappo has, however, rejected any suggestion that he or the church handled the complaint with anything other than due diligence.
   The saga has taken another twist with claims that the real reason Archbishop Hepworth left the Catholic Church was because he had been accused of financial mismanagement in the affluent parish of Glenelg in Adelaide.
   And reports have surfaced of action in a Ballarat court over misusing the funds of an Anglican parish after he joined the Ballarat diocese.
   Archbishop Hepworth has acknowledged the Ballarat story and says he regrets his action which was the result of his "going to pieces" as a result of a marriage break-up.
   "I had paid a personal account from the church fund in an act of desperation," he told the ABC. "And there was a court case. And there was no conviction. But yes, I did that."
   But he denies the allegations relating to his time in the Glenelg parish and says they are "a continued repetition of the stuff used to blackmail me".
   As the process for unity with Rome continues, conspiracy theories are circulating.
   One is that the episode is being used by Catholic conservatives as a way to attack dioceses and bishops they regard as under liberal influences, such as Adelaide.
   The theory goes that they want to paint Adelaide as unable to resolve the sex abuse allegations in an attempt to show the church needs firm, uncompromisingly conservative control.
   Liberal Catholics who regard groups such as the Traditional Anglican Communion as ultra-conservative malcontents, point to the whole controversy as an example of why the idea of absorbing a big group of conservative converts disaffected from their own church is a bad one.
   In the sometimes ruthless world of church politics, it is difficult to know who is right and wrong about possible power plays.
   But with personal reputations at stake, the situation certainly needs to be resolved soon. #

   [RECAPITULATION: The saga has taken another twist with claims that the real reason Archbishop Hepworth left the Catholic Church was because he had been accused of financial mismanagement in the affluent parish of Glenelg in Adelaide.
   And reports have surfaced of action in a Ballarat court over misusing the funds of an Anglican parish after he joined the Ballarat diocese.
   Archbishop Hepworth has acknowledged the Ballarat story and says he regrets his action which was the result of his "going to pieces" as a result of a marriage break-up.
   "I had paid a personal account from the church fund in an act of desperation," he told the ABC. "And there was a court case. And there was no conviction. But yes, I did that."
   But he denies the allegations relating to his time in the Glenelg parish and says they are "a continued repetition of the stuff used to blackmail me". ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: If the Roman Catholic leaders can't sort out the money missing claim, and preying on a student and a later sexual encounter as an adult priest, why on earth is The Revd John Hepworth trying to lead 400,000 people to join the Roman Catholic Church ?  The traditional prayer "May the Divine assistance remain always with us" does not seem to have been answered in relation to such matters in the R.C.C., nor in the Anglican / Church of England / Episcopalian communion. COMMENT ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#sex-abuse-claim
[Sep 26, 2011]

• Church denies disabled kids' sex abuse cover-up.     

Church denies disabled kids' sex abuse cover-up

   Australian Broadcasting Corporation, <http://­www.abc.net.au/­news/2011-09-26/­four-corners-child-abuse-claims/2942602>, "Four Corners," First posted 12:18:00, Updated 23:08:06, Monday, September 26, 2011
   New evidence has emerged indicating that the Catholic Church in Adelaide sought to cover up a police investigation into abuse of intellectually disabled children at one of its schools.
   Twenty-year-old documents have revealed the church received legal advice telling it to avoid mentioning in writing charges of sexual abuse against a volunteer bus driver at St Ann's Special School in Adelaide.
   The documents show that the church was advised by lawyers to quarantine the then-archbishop – Dr Leonard Faulkner, who was also chairman of the school’s board of governors – from knowledge of the allegations.
   The documents support comments from the then-school principal in interviews with Four Corners that he received instructions to maintain confidentiality.
   As a result, knowledge of the allegations was contained and no attempt was made by the school or the Catholic Education Office to pursue police investigations, which stalled.
   However, current Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has told Four Corners he doesn’t think the letters indicate there was a cover-up.
   "I don't think there was any intent to cover it up. I think that people were offering legal advice about these matters in the context in which they did; that is a context that no longer applies now," he said.
   The bus driver, Brian Bertram Morris Perkins, worked at the school from 1986 to 1991 and not only abused students himself but introduced them into a ring of paedophiles.
   The legal letters refer to allegations against Perkins first raised in 1991, when police found pornographic photos he had taken of children from the school.
   Days after police visited the school with photos of three students, the Catholic Education Office sought legal advice on how to deal with Perkins.
   The legal advice says a severance letter to Perkins should be "neutral".
   "In the event that the letter were for some reason to fall into media hands at some future time, it allows the Archbishop (Faulkner) to deal with the matter without being compromised by any previous correspondence," the advice says.
   The draft severance letter to the bus driver tells him that there will be no need for him to attend the school premises, but there is no mention or suggestion why his services are no longer needed.
   It also says his "contribution as a volunteer bus driver for disabled students has been appreciated".
   One of the families involved has confirmed to Four Corners that they were told not to discuss the case with anyone, and no other parents of children at the school, apart from those identified in the photos, were told.
   Four Corners uncovered the documents in a two-month investigation of the St Ann’s case.
   The silence was maintained for a decade until 2001, when a group of parents discovered the abuse and pushed for answers. They discovered Perkins had been charged but skipped bail and had been living in Queensland. He was finally extradited, a decade after the allegations were first made, and convicted in 2003.
   A number of parents are still in the process of suing the church, arguing that if they had known their children had possibly been abused, they may have been able to receive proper treatment and avoided long-term and continuing behavioural problems.
   The documents undermine church claims – then and now – that there had been no cover-up.
   Current Archbishop Philip Wilson was installed in his position just as the events came to light in 2001.
   A report into the church's role in the handling of the abuse matter released in 2004 did not mention the letters.
   The Sunday after the report was delivered, parish priests across the archdiocese were instructed to read a statement saying there had been no deliberate cover-up of the abuse.
   Archbishop Wilson has told Four Corners he does not think the letters should have come out in the inquiry.
   "I don't think it had any major role to play in the way that we responded to these issues in the time that I became Archbishop," he says. #
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#church-denies-disabled
[Sep 26, 2011]

• Catholic Church denies sex cover-up at St Ann's Special School     

Catholic Church denies sex cover-up at St Ann’s Special School

   News.com.au , <http://­www.news.com.au/­catholic-church-denies-sex-cover-up-at-st-anns-special-school/story-e6frea83-1226147­134035>, From AAP, 6:19PM, September 26, 2011
  [Picture] Archbishop Philip Wilson at Archbishop House. Pic: Sarah Reed. Source: AdelaideNow  
   THE Catholic Church has again denied a cover-up of sex abuse at a school for disabled children in Adelaide, despite new material uncovered by an ABC investigation.
   The Four Corners program to air tonight said the church was given legal advice not to mention sex abuse charges when it sacked a bus driver at the St Ann's Special School in 1991.
   The former principal of St Ann's has also told the program that he received instructions to maintain confidentiality on the issue when Brian Perkins was dismissed.
   Perkins worked as a paid and later volunteer driver at the school from 1986 to 1991 and was charged with sex offences when police uncovered pornographic photos of children in his possession.
   He was granted granted bail and fled to Queensland, stalling the case, with nothing more happening until 2001 when a group of parents discovered the abuse and demanded answers.
   Perkins was subsequently extradited to Adelaide and in September 2003 was jailed for 10 years and six months with a non-parole period of six years.
   He pleaded guilty to five offences involving unlawful sexual conduct with three students from St Ann's, even though the abuse involved 36 intellectually disabled students.
   Perkins died in jail in 2009.
   The Catholic Church also conducted an investigation into the abuse which found it failed to conduct a background check on Perkins, who had previous sex offences, and that the church and its agencies had also failed to properly exercise their duties in other areas.
   Archbishop Philip Wilson said he was satisfied there was no deliberate cover-up of the abuse.
   "It shows clearly that we made terrible errors of judgment and we need to make sure they can never happen again," he said in 2004 when the findings were released.
   "People made wrong decisions, they did not see or respect the urgency and seriousness of the matter and failed to carry out proper processes to protect the children and the needs of the families involved."
   But Four Corners said it had now uncovered documents that appeared to undermine those claims.
   The program said the documents showed that the church was advised by lawyers to quarantine the then-archbishop - Leonard Faulkner - from knowledge of the abuse allegations.
   The documents also supported claims from the principal at the time that he received instructions to maintain confidentiality and revealed that lawyers called for a severance letter to Perkins to be neutral.
   Four Corners said the draft letter told the driver that there would be no need for him to attend the school premises, but made no mention of why his services were no longer needed.
   It also said his contribution as a volunteer bus driver for disabled students had been appreciated.
   Responding to the latest information Archbishop Wilson said he did not believe the letters indicated there was a cover-up.
   "I don't think there was any intent to cover it up," he told Four Corners.
   "I think that people were offering legal advice about these matters in the context in which they did; that is a context that no longer applies now." #

http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont181.htm#catholic-church-denies
[Sep 26, 2011]

Clergy Child Molesters (181) – October 2011


• Imam found guilty of abusing young girls.  [Mohammedan = Muslim]   

Imam found guilty of abusing young girls

   Swindon Advertiser (England), <http://­www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/­news/9307850.I­mam_found_guil­ty_of_abusing_y­oung_girls/>, By Scott D'Arcy, 9:40am Saturday 15th October 2011
   A 'DESPICABLE' paedophile who abused three girls when he was an Imam at a town centre mosque has been convicted by a jury.
   Ebrahim Yusuf Kazi, 67, was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault on three girls aged under the age of 13.
   The offences took place between 1979 and 1986 at Broad Street Mosque, where Kazi was an Imam before moving to Gloucester.
   The victims have been praised by the police for their bravery in coming forward and one victim told the Adver she will come face-to-face with him at court next month to see him sentenced.
   Kazi's crimes were only revealed after one young victim contacted Wiltshire Police.
   PC Dawn Simmonds, the investigating officer, said that Kazi had abused his position to commit his crimes.
   She said: "Ebrahim Yusuf Kazi was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault on three girls aged under the age of 13.
   "The offences took place in the 1980s when Kazi was the Imam at the Broad Street Mosque in Swindon. As an Imam, Kazi was in a position of responsibility and trust, a position which he abused for his own gratification.
   "Not only did he subject these children to these despicable acts but he has shown no remorse for his actions, having now also put them through the ordeal of a trial.
   "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the victims who have shown great courage in coming forward. Without their continued assistance, this trial would not have been possible.
   "We encourage anyone, child or adult, who has been the victim of a sexual assault to tell someone.
   "If you don't want to report it to police, you can tell a trusted adult who can report it on your behalf, not only so that the offender can be identified but to ensure that you are provided with the appropriate help and support.
   "Sexual abuse has an enormous impact on victims and their families. We hope that the outcome of the trial will offer these three women some piece [peace] of mind."
   Kazi is set to be sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on November 2. #

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[Oct 15, 2011]

Clergy Child Molesters (181) – November 2011


• Hickey defends Bropho service.  [Aboriginal predator.]     

Hickey defends Bropho service

   The West Australian, <http://­www.thewest.com.au>, <http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/news/11577037/hickey-defends-bropho-service/>, By COLLEEN EGAN, 6:01 am, November 11, 2011
   The Catholic Archbishop of Perth, Barry Hickey, has defended his decision to conduct the funeral service of disgraced former Nyoongar leader Robert Bropho.
   Bropho died two weeks ago while serving a six-year jail term for sex offences at the Swan Valley Nyoongar Community Camp in Lockridge.
   The State Government this week reversed a decision to allow the funeral to be held today at the camp, closed by the Gallop government in 2003 after an inquest into the death of 15-year-old Susan Taylor, who was found hanged on the property in 1999.
   Archbishop Hickey said he agreed to conduct the service as a friend of the family.
   "It is nothing to do with my office as Archbishop nor does it mean I approve of his serious crimes," he said.
   "Since the family was evicted from the Lockridge camp, I have come to know many members of the Bropho family.
   "I have already conducted five funerals for members of the Bropho family. They asked me to do Robert's as well.
   "As a kindness to his daughter and her family, I will say prayers at his graveside. There will be no church service."
   When he was convicted in 2008, Bropho was described by the court as a predator.
   His victim had testified that from about the age of 11 until she was 22, Bropho had sex with her regularly.
   Before that case, Bropho was jailed for 12 months in 2005 by a District Court judge on two charges of indecently dealing with a girl under 16 at the camp.
   He was previously acquitted of similar charges because of a deficiency in the DNA evidence. #

   [COMMENT: This newsitem led to a letter criticising him, which resulted in about three letters supporting his actions in giving public respect to a sex abuser.  The RC problem is among the laypeople, too !  COMMENT ENDS.]
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Clergy Child Molesters (181) – December 2011


• Put religion back into classrooms, says Hickey.   
SPIRITUAL CRISIS

Put religion back into classrooms, says Hickey

   The West Australian, <http://­www.thewest.com.au>, <letters § wanews com au>, <http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/news/12380641/put-religion-back-into-classrooms-says-hickey/>, by Phoebe Wearne, Page One, Saturday-Sunday, December 17-18, 2011
   Perth risks becoming a city without a soul as people turn away from religion and towards a culture of violence, drug use and broken families, Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey says.
   On the eve of his last Christmas as head of the Church in WA, Archbishop Hickey said non-compulsory religious education should be reinstated in State schools to instil in children the values needed to help them avoid "unhealthy influences" in Perth as they grew up.
   He said the Church, which has recently begun using social media to target lapsed Catholics and non-believers, regretted the sidelining of religion from public life and said society was worse off because children were not being taught the values inherent in faith.
   He said increasing violence, the spread of online pornography and a growing drug culture were some of the negative influences forcing people to take a different direction and "ruin" their lives.
   "These are influences that have happened because religion has not been as strong a force as it used to be," he said.
   "We find it hard to prevent those things from happening.  It just represents a new challenge that we must rise to."
   Archbishop Hickey, who expects to step down by Easter next year after tendering his resignation in April, blamed the incursion of negative influences on public life on religion's gradual loss of its historic place in society.
   "Exposing children to the values inherent in faith has been there for centuries so I regret its disappearance and I think we are all the poorer for it," he said. WA Primary Principals Association president Stephen Breen said there were ample opportunities for students at State schools to be taught scripture and religion and all students were taught values such as respect for others, manners and civic responsibility. #

   [COMMENT: This seems to have been a comment on news reports of how young West Australians were becoming more lawless and violent.  Unfortunately for his plea, the Dutch part of the Roman Catholic Church was reported in the paper's same issue as having 10 per cent child pollution by the RCC there. COMMENT ENDS.]
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• Thousands abused at Catholic institutions. (Printed)  Dutch church sexually abused thousands-commission. (Internet).  [1945-2010. 800 alleged perpetrators. Roman Catholic Church. 10 per cent of Dutch RC children.]   

Thousands abused at Catholic institutions

   The Weekend West, <http://­www.thewest.com.au>, <http://­au.news.yahoo.com/­thewest/­a/-/world/­12381198/­dutch-church-sexually-abused-thousands-commiss­ion>, By Sara Webb and Gilbert Kreijger, Reuters (Internet version), p 38, Saturday-Sunday, December 17-18, 2011
   An independent report into child sex abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions in the Netherlands has identified tens of thousands of alleged victims and 800 alleged perpetrators.
   Tens of thousands of minors were exposed to "mild, severe or very severe sexual behaviour" by clergy or lay workers in the Dutch Catholic Church over a 65-year period between 1945 and 2010, the commission said in its final report.
   The independent commission said the abuse occurred in Catholic schools, seminaries and orphanages since World War II.
   "Based on 1,795 reports, the commission could find the names of 800 abusers who work or have worked for Roman Catholic bishops in The Netherlands," the report said.
   Most were priests, but the figure also includes lay workers. "Of these 800 people, at least 105 are still alive."
   "It's an absolutely enormous figure," said former education minister Wim Deetman, who chaired the six-person commission including a former judge, university professors and a psychologist that began its inquiry last year.
   Mr Deetman said it was up to prosecutors to decide if the surviving alleged abusers should face criminal charges.
   Claims of alleged sexual abuse examined by the inquiry went from "light physical contact to penetration," he said.
   Dutch bishops expressed their regrets and offered "sincere apologies" to the victims.
   "This episode fills us with shame and sorrow," the bishops conference said in a statement, adding that they were "shocked by the sexual abuse of minors and the practices detailed in this report".
   Based on an examination of Church archives, Mr Deetman said that the problem of sexual abuse had been "on the agenda of episcopal meetings" since the 1940s.
   "The Dutch Catholic Church knew what was happening and tried to resolve the problem," but the appropriate actions were never taken, Mr Deetman told a press conference in The Hague.
   A taboo on discussing sexuality in society until the 1960s and the Catholic Church's "closed" administrative structure were in part responsible for religious authorities' passive response to the problem, the commission said.
   "Then again, people simply could not believe that a religious person could do that," said Mr Deetman.
   The former minister said the inquiry came to no conclusion about a direct link between priestly celibacy and sexual abuse, but the commission's report said celibacy posed a risk and led to a "need for sexuality".
   Mr Deetman said the risk of sexual abuse was "twice as high" for minors attending boarding schools than for others, but he stressed that the problem also existed in non-Catholic boarding schools.
   The Dutch bishops conference said that "many more steps have to follow" in the wake of the report, including "clear codes of conduct and prevention programmes" in the training of priests.
Latest scandal
   The Catholic Church has been rocked by revelations of widespread sexual abuse of minors in several countries in recent years, including the United States, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and Austria.
   In 2004, a criminal inquiry established there were 4,400 paedophile priests in the United States between 1950 and 2002, putting the number of their child victims at 11,000.
   Ireland, one of the most staunchly Catholic countries in Europe, has seen a series of crises, leading Pope Benedict XVI to publicly rebuke its bishops for a "breakdown of trust".
   A total of 14,500 Irish children are reported to have been victims of abuse by clergy.
   In neighbouring Belgium, the Church was rocked in April 2010 with revelations that the bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, had abused a nephew for 13 years and then a Church-backed commission revealed hundreds of cases of alleged sexual abuse of minors by clergy and church workers, and 13 suicides by abuse victims.
   Dutch bishops decided in 2010 to open an inquiry after revelations of widespread abuse in the Netherlands were first reported in the national press
   In February, a Catholic order in the Netherlands said it would pay compensation to more than two dozen victims of sexual abuse committed by its priests.
   The Order of Salesians of Don Bosco reached a deal to make "generous" restitution to individuals who fell victim to sexual abuse by priests as pupils at its boarding schools between 1950 and 1971, a joint statement said.
   Estimates of the number of victims of child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church was based on a survey of more than 34,000 Dutch people aged 40 and over, representative of Dutch society.
   A committee set up to advise the Church on compensation reported last June that victims should receive up to 100,000 Euros, depending on the severity of the abuse.
ABC/wires #

   [PRINTED VERSION had five paragraphs.  The above is the Internet report, much fuller, which is similar to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's report.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [RECAPITULATION: An independent report into child sex abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions in the Netherlands has identified tens of thousands of alleged victims and 800 alleged perpetrators. ENDS.]
   [RECAPITULATION from the PRINTED NEWSITEM: Based on a survey of more than 34,000 people, the commission estimated that one in 10 Dutch children suffered some form of abuse. … The commission … said it had received about 1800 complainst of abuse at Catholic schools, seminaries [priest-training schools] and orphanages.;.  ENDS.]
   [EXPLANATION: It would seem that the commission had not "identified tens of thousands," but seems to have "estimated" based on a big survey.  There is an important difference.;.  ENDS.]
   [ANOTHER REPORT: "Thousands abused in Dutch Catholic institutions: commission," Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), By Europe correspondent Philip Williams, and wires, Posted December 17, 2011 12:20:24; <http://­www.abc.net.au/­news/­2011-12-17/­thousands-abused-in-dutch-catholic-institutions-commission/3736198>.  ENDS.]
   [LOOK FORWARD:  "Catholic Church had boys, men castrated," The West Australian, from Telegraph Group, London, p 32, Monday, March 21, 2012.;.  ENDS.]
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Adelaide archdiocese rejects abuse inquiry claim. ADELAIDE, S. Australia: RC archdiocese says alleged victim delayed claim. Sep 14, 2011
Bishop goes after six requests to quit.  TOOWOOMBA, Queensland, Australia: Roman Catholic Bishop William M Morris favoured general absolutions over private confession, married clergy, recognising the ordinations of other Christian sects as equal to RC priests, and ordaining women as priests.  In spite of his good work trying to recompense survivors from clergy seductions of 2007-08, the Vatican has dismissed him. May 18, 2011
Boston Cardinal names accused clergy. BOSTON (MA), U.S.A.: Decades; 159 of 250 Church operatives; R.C.C. Aug 31, 2011
Breaking the Silence. BRITAIN, and TANZANIA, Australia: Years. Rosminian brethren. R.C.C. Boys. Aug 28, 2011
Cardinal puts 21 priests on leave.   PHILADELPHIA (U.S.A.):  Cardinal Justin Kigali placed 21 priests on administrative leave from their clerical assignments on 7 March.  The action followed the Philadelphia grand jury's 10 February report calling for suspensions of clergy.  Three others had already been stood aside.  March 16, 2011
Case casts cloud over Adelaide process. S. AUSTRALIA: Revd John Hepworth case.  The Adelaide R.C. process is supposedly "in its closing stages," yet does not seem to be in the assessment stage. Sep 21, 2011
Catholic Church denies sex cover-up at St Ann's Special School. S. AUSTRALIA: Disabled children were sexually abused by bus driver. Sep 26, 2011
Church denies disabled kids' sex abuse cover-up. S. AUSTRALIA: Legal firm advised keeping it confidential. Sep 26, 2011
Church, leader at odds over rape claim. ADELAIDE, S. AUSTRALIA: Revd John Hepworth case.  Alleged victim won't tell police; RCC delays for months. Sep 12, 2011
Former priest jailed for sexual assault. MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia, and South Australia: Ex-Fr Michael Aulsebrook, 2yrs prison. Student. July 15, 2004
Former school music teacher on sex charge. WESTERN AUSTRALIA and VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA: Accusation arose from 1980s at Christ Church Grammar School, Anglican, Perth, West. Aust. Aug 22, 2011
Hickey defends Bropho service. PERTH (W. Australia): RC Archbishop Hickey holds graveside service for sex predator Bropho.  He was evicted from the Lockridge settlement because he, who had a remote-control of the gate, was sexually abusing girls.  The State Government closed the whole camp down !  If an elected Aboriginal body is corrupt, it is closed down.  If Aboriginals are sexually abusing, they are evicted.  HOWEVER, if Parliaments are corrupt they are not closed down.  And, if religious leaders are sexually-abusing, the religions are not closed down.  Nov 11, 2011
Hostel kids abused 'for decades'. W. AUSTRALIA: ~ 1970s-80s. Dennis McKenna (65). Government students' hostel, country town. Several boys. Sep 16, 2011
Imam found guilty of abusing young girls.  ENGLAND: Mosque leader Ebrahim Yusuf Kaz molested three girls under 13yrs.  Mohammedan = Muslim / Moslem.  Oct 15, 2011
Irish priest defends role in scandal. IRELAND: R.C.C. Aug 31, 2011
Music teacher on sex assault charges bailed.  W. AUSTRALIA: 1980s. Dr Lindsay Hutchinson(61). Anglican. Student teenager. Sep 16, 2011
Oranges and Sunshine.  BRITAIN and AUSTRALIA: MOVIE: Nottingham social worker Mrs Humphries was asked "Who am I," and after following that up, she helped introduce other government-kidnapped and deported children to their mothers.  Starring Emily Watson. Jun 10, 2011
Priest paid for escorts.  WATERBURY, Connecticut, U.S.A.:  An R.C. priest stole more than $920,000 and spent it on male escorts and a lavish lifestyle. Apr 30 - May 1, 2011
Put religion back into classrooms, says Hickey. PERTH (W. Australia): Archbishop Barry Hickey wants religion taught in schools.  (Page 1) Dec 17-18,2011
[RCC continues irresponsible seduction and parenthood policies.]  IRELAND, POLAND, and UNITED STATES. Sep 21, 2011
Rome answers Cloyne report. [RCC]   VATICAN states that it did not interfere with the Irish bishops' policy to report child sex abuse offenders to the civil authorities. Sep 7, 2011
Rome opens file on sex abuser's case: UNITED STATES: Fr Andrew Ronan (deceased) case of 1965. Aug 24, 2011
Senator Nick Xenophon names priest who is claimed to be at the centre of rape allegations. CANBERRA, Australia. Sep 14, 2011
Sex abuse claim traps church in tangled web. AUSTRALIA: Revelations of alleged financial improprieties of Abp John Hepworth, now Primate of the Rome-leaning Traditional Anglican Communion, in a Roman Catholic parish, and in an Anglican parish. Sep 26, 2011
Thousands abused at Catholic institutions. (Printed).  Dutch church sexually abused thousands-commission. (Internet). NETHERLANDS: 1945-2010. 800 alleged perpetrators. Roman Catholic Church. 10 per cent of Dutch RC children. P 38, Dec 17-18,2011
Untruths in Record editorial.  AUSTRALIA: Forced-out Bishop Morris denies RC paper's statements.  June 15, 2011
Vatican nods to its failures over abuse. VATICAN CITY: Papacy admits mishandling of clergy child sex abuse, but denies it had tried to block inquiries by the Irish authorities. Sep 05, 2011
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