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VOICES director Bruce Blythe, speaking on behalf of the 200 claimants, said a decision by the men was likely by the end of the week, but he did not want to comment on the negotiations taking place in any way because they were at a delicate stage.
Archbishop Hickey, responding directly to last Monday's Four Corners programme which claimed the Church was evading its responsibility in the matter of sexual abuse of children, said the public's perception of the leaders of the Church was that they had not always acted as wisely as they should have.
"And therefore we must accept criticism when it is valid and learn from it," he said.
He said the Church office at Victoria Square in the city had received a large number of phone calls from viewers after the programme's airing on Tuesday night.
Archbishop Hickey said people were disturbed at the programme's report that in one State (not WA) priests had been sent from parish to parish when accused; that the Church did not appear to be facing up to the facts; that it should not appear to be playing legal games to avoid financial responsibility; and that priests should live in such a way that people could turn to them in times of trouble.
"I must say that I accept all these comments as true. I don't believe they all apply to the Archdiocese of Perth but to the extent that any of them does I regret that very much, Archbishop Hickey said.
"I think that criticisms, while hurtful, often teach us wisdom. We must, as a group throughout Australia be better in future."
Clarifying comments on the programme about his relationship to the case currently being heard in the NSW Supreme Court, he said that as Archbishop he was responsible for the actions of all the diocese's priests but because of the autonomy of religious congregations it was the superior of the congregation who was responsible for the actions of its members.
This distinction was sometimes misunderstood both within and out [side] the Church, but people had to understand this reality, he added.
The Four Corners programme, entitled Twice Betrayed, was highly critical of the handling by senior Church figures, especially bishops, of allegations concerning sexual abuse of children by priests and Religious going back over six decades.
The programme detailed known cases and new allegations of abuse including at least one where a priest who was eventually imprisoned for sexual abuse of boys had been transferred through a number of parishes over several decades despite Church authorities knowing of his crimes.
The programme dealt mainly with the dioceses of Ballarat and Melbourne in Victoria. It was not broadcast in that State for legal reasons.
Canada's experience - Page 11 [Pictures: Br Tony Shanahan; Archbishop Barry Hickey]
-- The Record, Perth Catholic newspaper, "Archbishop at risk of more legal action," by Peter Rosengren, p 1, [May 30, 1996]
• The shameful tale of our child migrants
Australian Reader's Digest, editors.au@ readersdigest. com , pp 52-58, issue of October 1996
2000: Top Benedictines told again in Rome of priests molesting nuns: ROME: In the year 2000 Benedictine abbots meeting in Rome were told by Benedictine Sister Esther Fangman, president of an organisation of 24 North American monasteries, about priests sexually molesting nuns. (See 1994, 1995, 1998, and 2001 x 2).
2000: England and Wales: CARDIFF, Wales: R.C. Archbishop John Ward of Cardiff was exposed for ignoring warnings from a fellow bishop in ordaining as priest Joe Jordan, subsequently gaoled for indecent assaults on children. See April 18 2001 item "England and Wales, child-abuse representatives ..."
2000: [Californian bishop Ziemann covers up theft by priest, begins sex with him.] [1990s-2000s]
The Press Democrat (Sonoma County, California), "Crowd backs calls to jail Ziemann," www.press democrat. com/ever green/ diocese/ 020200_ jail.html , Feb. 2, 2000
UKIAH: [The congregation meeting San Francisco Archbishop William Levada backs calls to jail Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann and Vicar General Thomas Keys, and clean up after years of sexual and financial mismanagement, including $30m woes.]
"I will no longer contribute to this diocese until the people who made this mess start paying for it," said Mary Shepherd of Fort Bragg.
Sister Jane Kelly, a Ukiah nun, wagged her finger at Levada as she demanded to know what he had done about new reports she turned over to him of alleged misconduct among three current parish priests within the diocese. [...]
... the Ukiah church has been center of discontent since disclosure a year ago of Ziemann's cover-up of a 1996 theft of church money by the Rev. Jorge Hume Salas.
Ziemann later admitted that for the next two years he engaged in a sexual relationship with the priest, who contends he was coerced in return for the bishop's silence. Ziemann has contended the sex was consensual.
[Some parishioners challenged celibacy and the way the church selects its bishops.]
2000: Australian R.C. bishops' apology about sex abuse, and abuse of authority. SYDNEY: On March 7 2000 Cardinal Clancy released a statement of repentance on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference which included: "... When confronted with sexual abuse, and abuse of authority generally, we did not always respond appropriately, and many people suffered serious harm. ..." Reported by J.R.Lilburne on Roman Rite .Com http://www.romanrite.com/j070602.html Mar 7, 2000
2000: U.S. Presbyterian missionaries in Congo accused of abuse: WASHINGTON, D.C. - The executive committee of the General Assembly Council agreed during a meeting here last week to create an Independent Panel of Inquiry (ICI) to look into allegations of physical and sexual abuse of children by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) missionaries in Africa between 1945 and 1978. The Rev . Marion McClure, director of the Worldwide Ministries Division (WMD), discussed the church's response to claims from about 20 people concerning child sexual abuse and physical abuse by the late Rev. William Pruitt and others in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire, once Belgian Congo) between 1945 and 1978. The action comes one year after Grace Presbytery launched an investigation into charges by eight women who told of sexual abuse by Pruitt when they were missionary children in Congo. Pruitt, who served in Congo between 1945 and 1978, died last year before the investigation was completed. All of the other alleged perpetrators are also deceased. Archived by Worldwide Faith News archives www.wfn.org/2000/05/msg00006.html from PCUSA NEWS, "Independent Panel Established to Investigate Child Abuse," by John Filiatreau, May 1 00
2000: Bishop overrode doctors and his own orders, and allowed abuser Hill to corrupt more altar boys. LONDON: One of the most senior figures in the Catholic Church in England and Wales has defended his decision to allow a known paedophile to continue working as a priest, despite warnings he would re-offend. A BBC investigation found evidence suggesting Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor ignored the advice of doctors and therapists that Father Michael Hill would carry on assaulting children. In 1985, the archbishop - then Bishop of Arundel in West Sussex - had allowed Hill back to work after earlier revoking his licence to work in a parish. Hill went on to indecently assault more altar boys and was jailed in 1997. But the archbishop said he had been acting on advice from professionals at a time when the behaviour of child abusers was not as well understood as at present. After a trial period, Hill had convinced the Church he was a reformed character, and he was returned to pastoral duties. He later became chaplain at Gatwick Airport where he abused a boy with learning difficulties. (includes picture of the archbishop in vestments, and a poor picture of Mr Hill) -- BBC, "Archbishop defends paedophile move," http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/840594.stm Wed Jul 19 00
[COMMENT: Not as well understood as at present? Guess what book contains this statement: "He will guide you into all truth." Yes, the Gospel of John 16:13. What went wrong? Isn't Murphy-O'Connor a cardinal, who will have a vote to select the next pope? Heaven help us! END of COMMENT.]
2000: Catholic leaders not taking child corruption seriously enough. LONDON: The police are investigating evidence that a known paedophile returned to work as a priest in 1985. It is the latest in a long line of abuse cases to tarnish the Catholic Church's image. Religious affairs commentator Andrew Brown says revelations that Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor - then a bishop - allowed a known paedophile to continue working as a priest, will damage the church's reputation in the UK. John Wilkins, editor of Catholic weekly The Tablet, says the image of the church has been tarnished "appallingly" by paedophile priests around the world. "It has done enormous damage to priests themselves - their morale is very low. They feel depressed and defensive. "It has been appalling for church - there is mistrust between parishioners and their priest, the general public and priests." In October 1999, Pope John Paul II sacked Father John Lloyd, who raped a 16-year-old girl and indecently assaulted two altar boys in south Wales - the first such dismissal of a British priest in recent history. The Pope dismissed American three priests in 1998, and sacked two diocesan priests in Ireland in recent years. Yet Mr Wilkins questions whether those at the top of the church hierarchy take the issue seriously enough. The Pope has twice received the former archbishop of Vienna, Hans Hermann Groer, at the Vatican, despite allegations that he had sexually molested young clergymen. [Admission of his successor reported Jun 20 98.] (includes picture of Archbishop Murphy-O'Connor.) -- BBC, "Paedophile cases haunt the church," http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/840742.stm , by Megan Lane, Wed Jul 19 00
2000: Nun convicted of cruelty [to 1980]. ABERDEEN (Scotland): R.C. Sister Alphonso, a.k.a. Sr Marie Docherty, was found guilty of four charges of cruelty against young girls at Nazareth House childrens' homes in Aberdeen and Midlothian, Scotland, between 1965 and 1980. (NETWORK ONLY) Sister Marie had denied all 23 charges. The convictions related to a girl being struck against a radiator and punched and slapped repeatedly, another the same and being force-fed and hit with a hair brush, another was also hit with a hair brush and force-fed, and the fourth the same plus force-fed and had soiled underwear thrown at her. There are more than 411 former inmates who will be suing the Sisters of Nazareth for several million pounds, according to solicitor Cameron Fyfe. -- British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), "Nun convicted of cruelty," Google archive , 17:22 GMT 18:22 UK, Tuesday, 19 September, 2000
2000: Abuse inquiry at top English Catholic school attended by PM Blair's two sons. LONDON: The inquiry focuses on a former chaplain and governor at the London Oratory School in Fulham, south-west London, who died of a suspected AIDS-related illness, several newspapers have reported. Police and social services were alerted after pupils wrote letters about Scots-born Father David Martin to Childline. Some suspect the accusations are part of an anti-Blair move. Archive, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Tuesday, 5 December, 2000
2000: Ireland has 38 priest child-abuse convictions so far. DUBLIN: There have been 38 convictions already and new cases are being investigated as ever more victims of abuse dare to come forward. -- BBC, "'Celtic Tiger' or Lamb of God?" http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/crossing_continents/europe/392324.stm , by Rosie Goldsmith, Tue Dec 5 00
2001, NEW MILLENNIUM, BUT OLD HABITS DIE HARD
• Hare Krishna child sex and general abuse [to 1986]. A study of child abuse and neglect in ISKCON's boarding schools or ashram-based gurukulas from 1971 to 1986, when they ceased to operate, largely due to the exposure of these problems. Sex abuse was included. A 22-part article, complete with references to theoretical literature. -- Cultic Studies Review, C/S Vol. 1, No. 1, 2001 "Child Abuse in the Hare Krishna Movement:1971-1986," http://www.cultsandsociety.com/ csissueidx/toc2001. 1/grprept2001. 1_harekrishna/ grprept_hk_childabuse/ rochford_burke_ heinlein_p1.htm , by E. Burke Rochford, Jr., and Jennifer Heinlein, 2001
• Australia's Leading Catholic Conservative Archbishop Gets a Promotion; SYDNEY: Appointment of George Pell to Sydney archdiocese comes as surprise to Melbourne parishioners—and to Pell himself. Some say his appointment will cause an exodus from the Church, and others that it will lead a major revival. Layman Chris Sidoti, a former member of the federal government's Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission, told the ABC, that the appointment would take the Church back to medieval times. "More authoritarian, less tolerant, not permissive of differences of views." Paul Collins, a theologian, broadcaster, and author who two weeks ago resigned from the Catholic priesthood, told ENI that Archbishop Pell was an authoritarian, and part of the movement in the Church that was turning Catholicism into a sect. -- Christianity Today, www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2001/114/26.0.html , by Margaret Simons in Sydney, posted Mar 4 2001
• World: Priests raping and seducing nuns exposed: UNITED STATES: The National Catholic Reporter www.natcath.org in the U.S.A. uncovered shocking reports written by senior members of women's religious orders and an American priest asserting that sexual abuse and rape of nuns by priests is a serious problem around the world. (After this the Call to Accountability Campaign was formed.) (See 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, and 2001 x 2). March 16, 2001
• Dr Pell's transfer criticised by Cardinal. SYDNEY: The outgoing Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy, has accused the Vatican of failing to understand Australia's sense of egalitarianism. Australia had "an openness, a sense of inner freedom" that was not found to the same extent in other countries, Cardinal Clancy said last night. "It is sometimes misrepresented as a disrespect for authority, which it is not," he said. Cardinal Clancy's comments, made on ABC Radio, come just days after the appointment of his successor, the conservative Archbishop George Pell of Melbourne. In the interview, Cardinal Clancy said that after a 1999 meeting between bishops from Australia and members of the Roman Curia, he had come away "feeling our brethren in Rome didn't fully understand the situation in real life as have it here". -- The Age www.theage.com.au/news/2001/04/02/FFXASECOZKC.html , "Outgoing cardinal criticises Vatican," By Malcolm Brown, SMH, Monday April 2 2001
• European Parliament condemns Vatican over nun abuse. EUROPE: Read www.thelinkup.com/nuns.html#euro [Seek elsewhere] (see 1994 and various years onwards). Zenit, April 6 2001
• England and Wales, child-abuse representatives required in each R.C. parish and religious house: "Crackdown on abuse by priests;" LONDON: The Roman Catholic Church in the U.K. was told yesterday [April 17, 2001] that it must appoint child protection representatives in every parish in England and Wales to head off the wave of criticism that has broken over the Church after a series of high-profile abuse cases involving clergy. Even enclosed orders will be asked to do the same, as part of a 50-point strategy recommended by an independent committee headed by Lord Nolan. The review is intended to supersede guidelines in place since 1994, which proved ineffective. They were brought into question last year when Archbishop John Ward of Cardiff was seen to have ignored warnings from a fellow bishop in ordaining a priest, Father Joe Jordan, who was subsequently jailed for eight years for indecent assaults against children. -- click http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,474428,00.html , The Guardian, Britain, "Crackdown on abuse by priests," Stephen Bates, April 18, 2001
• "Quite exceptional depravity" by Christian Brothers, says parliamentary inquiry: CANBERRA, Australia: "Quite exceptional depravity" by Christian Brothers against boys at Bindoon, Castledare, Clontarf and Tardun migrant hostels and orphanages in Western Australia, period 1938 to late 1960s, (AND some other aspects about the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of child migrants from the British Isles and Malta) in chapter 4 of "Lost Innocents: Righting the Record," click http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/clac_ctte/child_migrat/c04.doc , Senate Community Affairs References Committee, Australia, Aug 2001, pp 76-77
• Christopher Reardon (U.S.), a lay worker at St. Agnes Catholic Church in MIDDLETON, Massachusetts, was convicted of molesting 29 boys, sentenced to a prison term of 40 to 50 years. Testimony in that case revealed that Boston Cardinal Bernard Law's attorneys had encouraged various parishioners to withhold information from investigators, fearing that the case would prompt new lawsuits against the archdiocese. Despite that sworn evidence, an editorial in the Catholic newspaper Pilot of August 24 insisted that "The accusations that the cardinal ignored, was indifferent to, or refused to address the scandalous behavior of any priest is, at best, ignorant." The same editorial went on to claim that "no one has suffered more than Cardinal Law" from priestly sexual abuse of children in the Archdiocese of Boston. -- The Crime Library, "Father James Porter: Pedophile Priest," Michael Newton, www.crimelibrary.com/serial11/porter/ , Conviction date August 17, 2001.
• Confidentiality agreement signed, in spite of being banned since year 2000. BALLARAT (Vic.) Australia: "The Ballarat diocese made a compensation payout of conditional on the victim's silence in September 2001. This is according to an article on page 6 of The Australian newspaper by Nicole Strahan. The bishop of the Ballarat diocese is the Most Reverend Peter Connors." From RomanRite.com of Tue 11 Jun 02 at www.romanrite.com/j110602.html , September 2001
• Boston Phoenix "Failure to Act" exposé: BOSTON: "They [the U.S. Catholic bishops] did not do anything to protect victims," says Sylvia Demerest, the Dallas attorney who represented three of the 11 plaintiffs in the Kos case. Demerest speaks for many detractors when she suggests that, early on, the Catholic Church knew more about the psychological profile of a serial child molester than any other organized group in the United States that worked extensively with children -- including the schools. Still, thousands of children were repeatedly placed in harm's way.
"This has been a consistent problem within the Church," Demerest says. And yet, unconscionably, Church leaders continue to claim that they did not have enough knowledge to protect young parishioners. "These people knew they were sitting on a powder keg," says Demerest. "They knew priests were doing unspeakable things to kids. They chose to ignore it."
Tom Economus puts it. "Church officials will say anything to get themselves off the hook."
In the end, it might not really matter what the Church knew or didn't know about sexual misconduct among clergy in 1970 or 1980 or 1990. For centuries, it understood one crucial piece of information: such conduct is a moral crime. As Doyle says, "We may not have known how the sexual disorder develops, or how to care for our priests. But we knew about the harm. We knew priests were running loose on our kids." See Kristen Lombardi, "Failure to Act," part 3, The Phoenix, Boston, http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/top/features/documents/01847613.htm October 4 - 11, 2001
• Brothers of St John of God not prosecuted, not apologising, for full-on male-male sex. MELBOURNE (Victoria) Australia: Taxpayers' money is still flowing in, the hush-up continues, and no one has been charged, years after allegations that the Brothers of St John bu..ered some young males entrusted to their care. The allegations concern residential facilities for people with intellectual disabilities. A dormitory supervisor found suspicious behaviour in 1985.
Now Melbourne law firm Slater and Gordon are preparing a class action involving a dozen people with intellectual disabilities, all clients of the Order. The action will allege sexual abuse during 30 years. Melbourne lawyer David Forster estimates that there have been 60 to 70 civil actions nationally involving the Order. All the agreements had confidentiality clauses. A man had been awarded $54,000 compensation in May. Victorian Owen Swallow is understood to have received about $30,000 in 1996 in a confidential agreement. His statement to police alleged abuse including an.l penetration by five brothers at Cheltenham and Yarra View between 1957 and 1974. The criminal justice system has failed the residents and their families. It is four years since the layman running the Order's Victorian services, David Armstrong, first referred allegations to the police, and still no charges have been laid.
While police inquiries have continued, in the past two years federal and state funding for the Victorian operation rose from $7.5 million to $12.7m. Broken Rites president Chris MacIsaac said: ". . . how can the government continue to use them as a major service provider . . . ?" The police detective first assigned to the investigations reportedly had no car. Lawyer Sue Tait, who was involved in the early allegations surrounding Yarra View, says: "I think St John of God is a particularly appalling example . . . There has to be some change . . ."
Two weeks ago the Vatican apologised for sexual abuse by clergy and religious orders in Oceania. The Pope's statement said the Church was developing "open and just" procedures to handle allegations. The Order, however, demands confidentiality clauses from the staff, obedience from its members and the residents, and is trying to bring the Victoria Police to heel with an action in the NSW Supreme Court to suppress documents obtained by police from Encompass, a Sydney sexual counselling agency.
Abuse by brothers has been established regarding their Cheltenham home in the 1950s. In the early '90s, a lay manager at the Order wrote to the Victorian Department of Community Services raising concerns about a brother's behaviour. The brother denied the abuse to the department, and the manager was reprimanded. A year later, the newly appointed chief executive of St John of God Services Victoria, Heath Lyon, spoke up. No action was taken. The following year Geoff Summers, manager of a nursery, reported inappropriate behaviour, but was reprimanded. He left in 1997.
The nursery was made to pay $60,000 a year to the Hospitaller Order of St John of God in Sydney, the parent company. Because the nursery received $9000 Commonwealth grant for each employee, Summers felt that the money ought to stay in the nursery. Parents who had helped raise money to buy the Yarra View Farm were upset that when it was sold in 1994 for $2.7 million, the bothers used $650,000 of the proceeds to buy the nursery, and the rest went to Sydney.
The 2001 financial reports show that the Victorian operation had $1.5m cash surplus, of which $1m was transferred to Sydney. The parents ask why the Order had been charging each resident $344 a month to live in houses that had been 80 per cent Commonwealth funded. Former Victorian Government ministers had "no memory" or did not reply to questions. The present minister said that reviews had found to reason to cut off funds. The department provided about $9m a year to the Victorian operations, which received total funds of $16m. -- The Weekend Australian, Weekend Inquirer, email@example.com , "House of Horror," by Richard Yallop, Dec 8-9 01, pp 17 and 22.
• Lifelong pain of brotherly abuse. MELBOURNE: Owen Swallow is still waiting for an apology from the Order of St John of God, 43 years after he was sexually abused from childhood in the care of the brothers. He asked for an apology from the then Archbishop George Pell. In October 1996 Melbourne vicar-general Denis Hart (later promoted to archbishop) wrote that he and the archbishop (Pell) felt deeply for the pain he had suffered. The recent Vatican apology has not quelled the anger that Swallow feels at being violated from the age of 11 until his late 20s. [Picture of Mr Swallow in front of a tree. Wording: "Owed an apology: Swallow says he hates the church because of its lack of action. Picture: Colin Murty."] -- The Weekend Australian, Weekend Inquirer, "Lifelong pain of brotherly abuse," Dec 8-9 01, p 22.
2002 CATHOLIC CARDINAL LAW (AGAIN) and ANGLICAN G-G HOLLINGWORTH, BEING CRITICISED
• Father John Geoghan trial. UNITED STATES: gaoled for years-long child sex abuse in U.S., January-February 2002
• Church allowed abuse by priest for years; Aware of Geoghan record, archdiocese still shuttled him from parish to parish.
• [Molesting priest Hill given rent-free Church flat.]
LONDON: A paedophile priest who abused nine boys is living rent-free in a flat owned by the Roman Catholic Church, the BBC has discovered.
One of Father Michael Hill's victims said he was "sickened" to learn the disgraced priest was being helped by the Church, 14 months after his release from prison.
The Catholic diocese of Arundel and Brighton, which had employed Hill as chaplain to Gatwick Airport in 1985 even though he had had his licence revoked, said it had a duty to house him.
The Church, which has paid compensation to the victims, said it arranged his accommodation in the £100,000 flat, three minutes walk from a primary school, at the request of the probation authorities to help ensure he was properly supervised. Hill had served three years of a five-year sentence.
He had been jailed for abusing boys, including a child with learning difficulties, whom he met through his work with the Church. (includes pictures of Mr Hill and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who as the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton in the 1980s had allowed him to continue working.)
-- BBC, "Child abuse priest housed by Church," http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1810527.stm
Sat , Feb 9 02
• PERTH: Vigil for paedophile appeal; the mother of a victim of Stephen Ray Hough plans to bring a sleeping bag and pillow and stay on the steps of Perth's Parliament House until the appeal against the leniency of the sentence passed on the perpetrator is in the court. -- The West Australian, Monday February 11 2002, p 5
• Hollingworth fears plot to undermine his office. CANBERRA: Taking advice from former Liberal Party federal director Tony Eggleton; People's Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse leader Ms Hetty Johnston repeats call for Hollingworth to resign. -- The Weekend Australian, Richard Yallop, Kate Legge, February 16-17 2002, p 1
• G-G 'failed to act' on priest, reports say, but his office denies this and gives details of his inquiries into two allegations. AUSTRALIA: -- The Weekend Australian, Richard Yallop, Kate Legge, February 16-17 2002, p 8
• BRISBANE, Australia: Brisbane Anglican Church tackles sex abuse past, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall catching up with backlog of abuse complaints, has problem with paying $400,000 exemplary damages for Church's wrong handling of the Toowoomba Preparatory School scandal. -- The Weekend Australian, Leisa Scott, February 16-17 2002, p 8
• Non-marital carnal activity of Church workers: -- Guidelines for handling child-abuse clergy, etc.; written at the time of strong publicity about the former Australian Anglican Archbishop, now Governor-General, Dr Peter Hollingworth, plus the longstanding child sex-abuse problems in the Catholic Church; distributed in its initial short form at the second Rally for Marriage and Children, Perth, see www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/nonmarital.htm , February 19 2002
• Governor-General under siege -- Listeners' responses. AUSTRALIA: The position of Governor-General is embroiled in the greatest controversy since Sir John Kerr held the office more than 25 years ago. Peter Hollingworth continues to face claims that he did not adequately deal with allegations of sexual abuse within the Anglican church while he was Archbishop of Brisbane. Amid calls for his resignation or an inquiry to clear the air, Dr Hollingworth says he intends to complete his term as Governor-General. Meanwhile, he continues to enjoy the crucial support of the Prime Minister. -- ABC News Online, "Governor-General under siege," http://www.abc.net.au/news/indepth/featureitems/s485028.htm , Tuesday, February 19, 2002 .
• BOSTON R. C. Diocese reports 87 clergy; The Record, February 21 2002, p 11
• BUNBURY: Priest in sex case hit in Bunbury court (Rev Adrian Richard Van Klooster); by Kevin Andrusiak, The West Australian, Tuesday February 26 2002, p 3
• New Rabbi Joins Clergy Child Sex Show; Is it too late to suggest God fire His Personnel Director? What is it about clergy guys makes them lust for the little ones? [2000-01 Marcovitz] - Judaist.
USA Jewish News, www.usajewish.com , February 17, 2002
NEW RABBI JOINS CLERGY CHILD SEX SHOW
Is it too late to suggest God fire His Personnel Director? What is it about clergy guys makes them lust for the little ones?
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Pope may sack Polish prelate in sex scandal
Mass. OKs Child Abuse Reporting Bill
By Leslie Miller
BOSTON -- Amid the biggest child-molestation scandal to rock the nation's Roman Catholic Church, the Massachusetts state House approved legislation Tuesday requiring clergy to report evidence of sexual abuse of children to authorities. Clergy would not have to report anything they learned in confession or other usually privileged conversations if their religion forbids it. A version of the bill passed the Senate in January; the legislation must go back to the Senate for consideration of House amendments. The measure, approved overwhelmingly in a voice vote by the House, extends to members of the clergy the mandatory reporting law that applies to teachers, social workers and other professionals in Massachusetts. "This is about protecting kids," said Rep. Antonio Cabral.
Gets 18 Months for Molestation
WAUSAU, Wis. -- A Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to 18 months in jail and 20 years probation after pleading guilty to molesting and exposing himself to teen-age boys under his care at two churches. The Rev. Timothy E. Svea, 39, was convicted Monday of second-degree sexual assault of a child under 16 and several counts of exposing himself to a child. Svea also pleaded guilty to charges of false imprisonment. "I've hurt these young men and I've hurt their families," Svea told Marathon County Circuit Judge Patrick Brady. "I've hurt the church and I've offended my God."
District Attorney Jill Falstad said Svea had shown remorse and cooperated with authorities, but he abused his position as a religious leader, abusing the boys and giving them sleeping pills and alcohol. "Father Svea's crimes quite simply are reprehensible," she said.
IS JERSEY RABBI VICTIM OF CHILD-ABUSE MASS HYSTERIA?
While Catholic priests are getting caught for direct abuse of actual, flesh and blood children, this Jewish guy is being ruined for fantasying about it.
Former N.J. rabbi admits having child pornography
TRENTON, N.J. -- The former rabbi of a Morris County synagogue pleaded guilty Tuesday to having child pornography on his temple computer. Juda Mintz Jr., who now lives in Georgia, faces 27 to 33 months in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He remains free on $100,000 bond pending sentencing June 12 by U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper. Cooper barred Mintz from having a computer with Internet access in his home. She also ordered him to continue mental health treatment and have no contact with minors unless another adult is present.
Mintz, 59, of Dunwoody, Ga., was rabbi for about 18 months at the Mount Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph before leaving in September 2000, Assistant U.S. Attorney Donna A. Krappa said. Mintz admitted that at that time he had at least 10 computer files containing photographs of minors engaging in sexual activity, including some images of children under 12.
The synagogue said it cooperated with authorities. "We deplore his actions and, indeed, relieved him of his duties because of them," according to a statement released by synagogue vice president Jonathan Ramsfelder. "During his tenure, (Rabbi Mintz) was viewed by many congregants as a warm, generous and dynamic rabbi and teacher. This was a loss." (Newsday)
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BOOSTING ALIYAH PROGRAM WITH SEX ABUSERS
There's an untapped population that could turn Israel's demographics around. Give me your criminal, your insane, your loser, your violent sociopath...
Prisoner activist aims to bring Lanner here
By Haim Shapiro
JERUSALEM (February 27) - Herut Lapid, the kibbutznik who has spearheaded the rehabilitation of hundreds of prisoners, is to travel to New York in an attempt to bring Rabbi Baruch Lanner, who has been accused of sexual abuse of teenagers under his care, here. The case has been a source of scandal for the American Orthodox community since it was publicized by The New York Jewish Week. Lanner was first a top official of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth and later the principal of a Hebrew day school. In March, a Monmouth County grand jury indicted him on two counts each of aggravated criminal sexual conduct, criminal sexual conduct, and endangering the welfare of a child. (Jerusalem Post)
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!!!: [Fr Kelly's escape to Belgium stymied by 77 more charges], (Rev James Kelly, of IRELAND). -- The West Australian, "Priest goes back to jail", Associated Press, p 23, Thursday February 28 2002
• Age cuts jail term for sex offender who raped daughter from age 5; by Pamela Magill, The West Australian, Friday March 1 2002, p 33
• PERTH: Gallop 'no' to free vote on homosexual law reversals, The West Australian, Friday March 1 2002, p 34
• "Rage reflects need for strong policy." CANBERRA: Senator Andrew Murray wants all Churches to address their long history of concealing criminals who sexually and physically abused children. Immediate mandatory reporting must become the norm, with penalties that hurt. A French bishop has been sentenced for failing to step in to prevent the assaults. -- Canberra Times, March 2 2002, p 3
• PERTH: Eight years for paedophile Stephen Hough following public outcry after he had walked free in February with a suspended sentence by Judge Bill Groves, The West Australian, Saturday March 2 2002, p 5
• Viceroy says sorry to abused woman. AUSTRALIA: He had said that when she was aged 14 she had initiated sex acts with Anglican (later Bishop) Donald Shearman in the 1950s. -- The West Australian, by Alan Thornhill, Saturday March 2 2002, p 8
• References, (Chronology, Further Reading), first on WWW Mar 2 02
• Senator Bill Heffernan a man possessed: CANBERRA: PM John Howard's man leads child sex vendetta; by Kate Legge and Richard Yallop, The Weekend Australian, "Heffernan a man possessed," March 2-3 2002, pages 1 and 4
FOUR CANADIAN CHURCHES FACE A BILLION DOLLARS FOR MALTREATING INDIGENOUS CHILDREN YEARS AGO
• Paying for sins of the fathers; Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian, and United Churches in Canada face sex and physical abuse compensation of $C1000m for mistreating indigenous children in orphanages years ago, and Australian Anglican dioceses facing ruin; by Kate Legge and Richard Yallop, The Weekend Australian, "Inquirer," March 2-3 02, p23
• PERTH: Lesbian teacher gets $10,000 from I.R.C. because Penrhos (Uniting Church) dismissed her, by Kim Macdonald, The Sunday Times March 3 2002, p 5
• Paedophile wanted to be legendary, Stephen Hough; by Gary Adshead The Sunday Times March 3 2002, p 8
• G-G quits another charity, (Barnardos), The Sunday Times March 3 2002, p 8
• Fathers would make the best "Fathers"; How to select candidates for the divine ministry who are less likely to corrupt and scandalise the young, or protect clergy offenders, http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/fathers.htm Mar 4 02
• Resign, U.S. R.C. priests in abuse (sexual and physical) cases are told, and New Zealand Anglicans face compensation for events at university hostel. -- The West Australian, Tuesday March 5 2002, p 19
• Hoopmann, Lutheran Pastor, denies Queensland sex charge. AUSTRALIA. -- The West Australian, Wednesday March 6 2002, p 36
• John Geoghan - Deal close on Church sex payout for UNITED STATES priest of up to $60m, Rudolph Kos having already cost $50m in 1998. -- The West Australian, Thur Mar 7 02, p27
• Feeding frenzy on the GG. AUSTRALIA: Letter to editor saying that the Governor-General does not deserve to be persecuted regarding child abuse, and those baying for his blood support abortion. -- By Mrs Patricia Halligan, Mandurah; The Record, March 7 2002 p 7
• U.S. bishops act on sex problem. UNITED STATES: In the mid-1980s the public had been giving focused attention to paedophilia; Fr James Porter case of 1992 described; picture of front cover of Newsweek of March 4 2002 showing Cardinal Bernard Law and the words "Sex, shame and the Catholic Church;" the article ends with the claim that the Church was fully alert to the problem, "a page has been turned and a new chapter begun." By Bishop John Kinney, former chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse, U.S. National Conference of Catholic Bishops. -- The Record, March 7 2002 p 11
• Protest plan for G-G to resign. AUSTRALIA: March to be held April 14. -- The West Australian, Friday March 8 2002, p 9
!!!: U.S. Catholic seminary director abused trainee who asked counsel for clerical sex abuse! UNITED STATES: "Bishop admits abuse, resigns," Palm Beach, Florida, Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell resigned after admitting he sexually abused a seminary student more than 25 years ago. The Rev. O'Connell says he sexually abused a student at a Missouri seminary where he was serving as the school director. The ex-student says he had been abused by another priest and had turned to O'Connell for counseling. [and see March 14 and 21 entries.] www.sptimes.com/2002/03/09/State/Bishop_admits_abuse__.shtml St. Petersburg Times Mar 9 02
• Adelaide's Archbishop Wilson defends Vatican guidelines. AUSTRALIA: -- The Record, March 14 2002 p 3
• Claims false, absurd: Judge Michael Kirby. AUSTRALIA: -- The West Australian, by Karen Middleton, Thursday March 14 2002 p 5
• The real enemy is abortion. AUSTRALIA: "... the hypocrisy of those who purport to express quite understandable revulsion at the sexual abuse of children, while remaining silent over the ultimate abuse which is abortion."; letter from Father Geoff Beyer, Attadale to The Record, March 14 2002 p 7
• Bunbury R.C. Bishop Gerard Holohan talks to parishioners of Leschenault and Brunswick. BUNBURY, W. Australia: Their parish priest Fr Adrian Van Klooster had faced a Bunbury court charged with sexual offences; [also see www.newmangrad.org.au/NewStories/AN170302.html] -- The Record, March 14 2002 p 11
• Sex scandal widens in U.S. UNITED STATES: Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell, of Palm Beach, Florida, resigned over sexual misconduct with a teenage seminarian more than 25 years ago; five priests removed from ministry; Bishop Donald W. Wuerl of Pittsburgh instituted a stricter policy; In Maine a pastor was alleged to have made improper sexual advances towards a young man who wanted to become a priest. -- The Record, March 14 2002 p 12
• Vatican guidelines on gays applying to become priests were completed last year. VATICAN CITY: -- The Record, March 14 2002 p 12
• "Four Corners" AUSTRALIA: Father Sean Fortune, an R.C. Irish sex abuser of boys; appearing were members of families of the survivors; his supervisor, Bishop Comiskey, went to the USA to be treated for alcohol addiction. Victims of rape were interviewed. A woman said the Church denied legal liability. --Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC), 14 March 02
• Howard on defensive over homosexuality. AUSTRALIA: Plus, Caring judge with a mission + Grey ghost reveals his agenda. -- The West Australian, Saturday March 16 2002, p4
• Anglican Church rejects call for inquiry. AUSTRALIA: -- The Sunday Times, by Nick Taylor, March 17 2002, p 22
• Sex and scandal in the nation's capital. CANBERRA, Australia: -- The Sunday Times, by Matt Price, March 17 2002, p 44
• Church says sorry to clergy's sex victims through Anglican Primate Carnley. AUSTRALIA: -- The West Australian, Mon Mar 18 02 p3
• Kirby row spreads to PM defence. AUSTRALIA: Tabling letters gives go-ahead for publication, The West Australian, Mon Mar 18 02 p 4
• U.S. 93,000 sex abuse all classes. Catholic Church often refuses to abide by civil laws. UNITED STATES: Although every state has laws requiring child sexual abuse to be reported, few cases involving members of the clergy are ever turned over to police by church officials -- and fewer still result in anyone going to jail. Partly this is because most of the laws are aimed at compelling professional groups such as teachers, doctors, and social workers to turn over information on molestation. They do not require church officials specifically to report such suspicions. Yet even in the states that do, religious authorities rarely end up passing on suspicions to law enforcement. In 1999, 2.9 million referrals for child abuse were filed nationwide, according to the US Department of Health & Human Services. Of those, 826,000 cases involved "substantiated" victims of maltreatment. Sexual abuse made up 11 percent of that group -- or some 93,000 victims. "The Catholic Church refuses to go outside their own authority, and therefore often refuses to abide by laws, because they feel above them, or that they feel they can get away with it," says Jeff Anderson a St. Paul, Minn., lawyer who has handled more than 600 civil sexual-abuse cases, most against the Catholic Church. [Picture: SEEKING JUSTICE: Kimberly Brown, mother of a victim of defrocked Catholic priest John Geoghan, reads an impact statement during Mr. Geoghan's sentencing in Cambridge, Mass, last month. TOM LANDERS/AP] -- The Christian Science Monitor "Why child abuse goes unreported," http://www.csmonitor.com/ 2002/0318/ p01s05-usju.html , By Mark Clayton, March 18 2002
• Kirby bungle: PM sacks Heffernan. AUSTRALIA: "As a result of some information that was given to me this afternoon, I've asked Senator Bill Heffernan to resign as a Parliamentary Secretary," Mr Howard said last night. "... he owes Mr Justice Kirby an unqualified apology ... he should apologise to the Senate." Key evidence had been fabricated. The Australian Financial Review, Tue Mar 19 02 p 1
• Church sex sorrow doubted. AUSTRALIA: Anglican Primate Carnley fears royal commission, says W.A. victims' group chief Norman Johnston. -- The West Australian, Tuesday March 19 2002, p 13
• Part of R.C. Church queries no-sex vow UNITED STATES: -- The West Australian, Tuesday March 19 2002, p 19
• Suing the Pope. IRELAND: The BBC 2 TV show about Father Sean Fortune's [suicided 1999] boy-abuse at Fethard-on-Sea in County Wexford, Irish Republic. The sex abuse of boys was permitted by the Bishop of Ferns, and by his successor, Dr Brendan Comiskey [who left his palace when the news became public, and was later to resign. A government inquiry was started later still.] Mr Colm O'Gorman, raped at 14 and abused for 2 1/2 years more, is suing Bishop Brendan Comiskey, the Papal Nuncio and the Pope. He was the first to report the crimes to the police. Mr Patrick Jackman was first abused aged about 15. With PHOTOS and clickable Transcript. -- BBC Two, "Suing the Pope," http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/correspondent/1879407.stm , Producer: Sarah MacDonald; Deputy Editor: Farah Durrani; Editor: Fiona Murch; Tuesday 19th March 2002
• I was wrong, Heffernan apology prompts new Government inquiry. -- West Australian, by Karen Middleton, Wed Mar 20 02 p1
• Hunt for author of fake Kirby records. AUSTRALIA: Government knew two years ago document was forged: Crean. -- The West Australian, by Karen Middleton, Wednesday March 20 2002, pp 6-7 < br> • WA Democrat Senator Greig presses homosexual discrimination bill. AUSTRALIA: -- The West Australian Wed Mar 20 02 p 6
• Protestant establishment doesn't tolerate it like Catholic. UNITED STATES: Abuse of children and adolescents by Roman Catholic clergy is, sadly, turning out to be the religion story of the year. "There are absolutely no Protestant equivalents," Anson Shupe , an Indiana University-Purdue University sociologist who researches clergy misconduct and new religious movements, told The Boston Globe. "If I could find some spectacular cases, that would help my career, but I can't. You don't have rapacious serial predators, and the Protestant establishment doesn't tolerate it the way the Catholic establishment has." ... Both The Boston Globe and Boston Herald have special areas of their Web sites devoted to covering the clergy abuse scandals. (The article has quite a few links, and is well worth reading.) -- ChristianityToday.Com, "How the Clergy Sexual Abuse Scandal Affects Evangelical Churches: Sin and secrecy aren't limited to Roman Catholics, say pastors and scholars." http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2002/110/31.0.html , by Ted Olsen and Todd Hertz, week of March 18, posted March 20 2002
• School union bans viceroy. PERTH: PLUS, Teachers face tougher abuse reporting rules. -- The West Australian, Thur Mar 21 2002, p 11
• Homosexual legalisation bill set to go through. PERTH: -- The West Australian, Thursday March 21 2002, p 32
!!!: Florida has two sex-abuse R.C. bishops in a row, yet parisioners still support, UNITED STATES: [and see entries for March 9 and 14] Boston $15m to $30m extra for Father Geoghan abuse; The Record Mar 21 02, p 13
• CTA calls for uniform standards dealing with clergy child abuse. UNITED STATES: March 21, the day after the pope's only vague statement about child sex abuse by clergy, Call To Action issued its own press statement calling the papal response inadequate, and calling for uniform standards in dealing with allegations of child abuse.
Linda Pieczynski, CTA spokesperson and a former assistant state's attorney, said:
• Racketeers, Corrupt Organisation, U.S. lawyers claim; U.S. seminary students molested:
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 22 (UPI) -- A team of Minnesota lawyers filed a federal anti-racketeering suit against former Roman Catholic Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida., and three dioceses Friday charging sex abuse and coverups.
The Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as the RICO statute, is usually used in prosecutions of organized-crime cases. By filing that kind of suit, the lawyers are calling the Catholic Church a criminal enterprise.
It is the third allegation against O'Connell by seminarians at St. Thomas Aquinas Preparatory Seminary in Hannibal, Mo., made as a result of his 25 years as an instructor and teacher there.
Another suit was filed Monday in Missouri alleging similar acts by O'Connell who also as served as bishop in Knoxville, Tennessee.
-- Washington Times,
"RICO suit filed in bishop's sex abuse case ,"
March 22, 2002
HEFFERNAN CIRCUS, BUT ABUSE NEWS COMES IN FROM ALL OVER
• PM backs Heffernan to stay on. AUSTRALIA: -- The West Australian, Saturday March 23 2002, p 40
• Howard deaf to Heffernan questions. AUSTRALIA: Plus, PM silent on Heffernan future in Parliament. -- The West Australian, Monday March 25 2002, p 1 + p 6
• Pulpit blast for cardinal. UNITED STATES: Blast for Cardinal Law. -- The West Australian, Tuesday March 26 2002, p 21
• Hollingworth dumped again. AUSTRALIA: Charity removes Hollingworth's name, AND, John Elliott abused boys 10 to 13 before Anglican ordination. -- The West Australian, Mar 28 02 p 9
• Compensation in South Australian St Ann's abuse case [to 1991]. SOUTH AUSTRALIA: A bus driver sexually interfered with intellectually disabled children between 1986 and 1991, police fail to charge him. -- The Record, Perth, Mar 28 02 p4
• Commission for the Protection of Children meets. BOSTON: Commission to help Boston Cardinal Law. -- The Record, Mar 28 02 p 16
• Seminarians in Rome still committed in spite of sexual scandals. ROME: -- The Record, Mar 28 02 p 16
• Beg God for reawakening: Pope. VATICAN: Reports of abuse in France, Ireland $110m, Poland, and Oceania (abridged). -- The Record, CNS, Mar 28 02 p 20
!!!: What A Time For Catholic Institutions To Promote Pedophilia! UNITED STATES: One point still needs to be made on The Vagina Monologues. A lot of things could be said. But I offer here no criticism of the students who participated in the play or attended it, nor of the author and promoters. And if the play had been done for a class in a course, and not opened to others, including nonstudents, and publicized, there would be no objection.
The only issue I raise here is the judgment of the administration in permitting academic units to sponsor a public play which presents an act of pedophilia as a benefit to the child-victim. "Pedophilia," as commonly used today, includes adult-child sex, whether heterosexual, man-boy or woman-girl and whether or not the child is prepubescent. Each is an objective moral wrong because it is contrary to nature and the divine law of the Author of that nature. . . .
In any event, no amount of academic double-talk can justify this public presentation at a Catholic university, which is what Notre Dame claims to be.
This misjudgment by our leaders is very serious as well as inexcusable, especially in light of the pedophilia crisis in the Church and elsewhere. The university has a duty to rectify this blunder. That rectification would be advanced by the resignation of all those responsible from their administrative positions. -- The Wanderer, (U.S. independent Catholic newspaper), thewandererpress.com/a3-28-02.htm By Charles E. Rice, (Dr. Rice is a professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame Law School. This article first appeared in The Observer, Notre Dame's student newspaper.) Mar 28 2002
!!!: Polish archbishop quits. WARSAW: He was sneaking through a tunnel to a seminary dormitory for junior clerics. -- The West Australian Sat Mar 30 02 p32
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