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• [Heat on Catholic Archbishop, out of depth, contradicting himself, to step down; Church fails to reply on request to bring Mons. Philip Green back.]  - Roman Catholic Church (RCC)    
   The Mercury, Hobart, "Heat on Doyle to step down," http://­www.­themercury.news.com.au/­common/­story_p­age/0,5­936,773­2378%25­5E346­2,00.html , By Ellen Whinnett, Chief Reporter, November 1, 2003
   HOBART (Tasmania) Australia: Pressure continued to mount yesterday on Archbishop of Hobart Adrian Doyle to resign over his mishandling of complaints of sex abuse.
   The crisis engulfing the Catholic Church intensified after it was revealed more complaints had been made against senior clergyman Monsignor Philip Green.
   Archbishop Doyle, the first Tasmanian to be appointed an archbishop in the Catholic Church in Australia, was standing firm yesterday.
   He again made public apologies for failing to stand down Monsignor Green from active ministry immediately, despite Monsignor Green abusing two boys.
   He would not comment last night, but is expected to make a statement or hold a press conference today.
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   Archbishop Doyle was shown on the national television show A Current Affair last night denying there were any other complaints against Monsignor Green -- although he already knew Monsignor Green had admitted assaulting another boy.
   In other developments revealed yesterday:
• Two more people complained to the church about actions of Monsignor Green.
• The church has failed to respond to a request by Hobart CIB detectives for Monsignor Green to be returned to Tasmania from Sydney to be interviewed, despite police lodging the request two months ago.
• Archbishop Doyle approached victim Drew Murray's father Patrick on August 22, checking to see if Monsignor Green's confession was still a secret.
• Mr Murray has sworn a statutory declaration that the Archbishop approached him three days after the interview was filmed by A Current Affair. asking if "Drew would keep to his undertaking of confidentiality".
• The Archbishop wrote to senior executives at the Nine Network including Ray Martin, attempting to hose down A Current Affair's story before it first went to air in August.
   Senior Catholic layman and retired barrister Peter Roach, one of the senior advisers to the church, repeated his call last night for Archbishop Doyle to resign.
   He said Archbishop Doyle was a good man, who was completely out of his depth and suffering the consequences of being unable to recognise good advice.
   "The greatest problem for the Catholic community and the community at large is the failure of some bishops to deal effectively with the problems caused by the offences of priests and religious which they attempt to cover up," Mr Roach said.
   (By courtesy of Broken Rites, Australia) [Nov 1 2003]
• [Polish mountain priest hugged, kissed girls.]  [1991-2001] - ? RCC. Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   WARSAW: A Polish village priest charged with sexually abusing young girls has acknowledged at his trial's opening that he hugged and kissed the children. But the Rev. Michal Moswa, 64, denied that he did so for sexual pleasure. The parish priest for about 400 people in the remote mountain village of Tylawa for 18 years is charged with six counts of sexual abuse of children between 1991 and 2001. He could face 10 years in prison. -- The West Australian, "Priest child sex counts," p 36, Sat Nov 1 03
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• Abuse Victim Meets With Archbishop. - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   (LOUISVILLE (KY), October 31st, 2003, 5 p.m.) -- The Archbishop's door is now open to abuse victims from the $25.7 million settlement. Louisville's Archdiocese made the offer months ago, but says legalities often got in the way. On Friday, the first victim to file was pleasantly surprised in the first private meeting with Archbishop Thomas Kelly. WAVE 3's David McArthur reports. Two people once divided have now met face to face. And Mike Turner, the first person to file a lawsuit against the Archdiocese, says "it was a very good meeting." Turner says "Archbishop Kelly couldn't be more receptive and a pleasure to talk to." (Posted by Kathy Shaw, Poynteronline) -- WAVE 3, "Abuse Victim Meets With Archbishop," (http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?S=1506320&nav=0RZFIqta) By David McArthur, October 31, 2003
• St. Mary's starts fund to aid not-yet-born child [2003]. - RCC.
   LEE (MA): The Springfield Catholic Diocese announced yesterday that St. Mary's Church has created a special fund to provide financial assistance for the expected child of former St. Mary's housekeeper Josephine Dizoglio, who says St. Mary's vicar, the Rev. Paul LaFlamme, is the father. LaFlamme was suspended from the ministry two weeks ago after admitting to having sex with Dizoglio twice in April 2003. Dizoglio's child is due Jan. 17. The paternity of the child has not yet been determined. According to a written statement from the diocese, the Rev. Gary Dailey sent a letter to parishioners Oct. 30 that read, "I feel [the fund] will begin the healing needed, and at the same time make a statement to everyone that St. Mary's Parish is living the Gospel message of life and love. "In the past couple of weeks, we have swirling all around us accusations, untruths, angry words, media hype and so many other things, and we have not heard much said, if anything, about the possible 'child' in this story," continued the letter. "Regardless of our opinions and feelings, there appears to be a baby that did not do anything wrong and needs our prayer and attention. Jesus would certainly be concerned about the life of the baby." -- Berkshire Eagle, ( http://www.berkshireeagle.com/Stories/0,1413,101~7514~1737649,00.html ), By Stefanie Cohen, ~ November 1, 2003
• Parish fund to aid ex-worker's baby. - RCC.
   LEE (MA): Two weeks after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield hedged over financial aid for a former rectory housekeeper who said her unborn child was fathered by a priest, the parish council at the church where she worked has set up a trust fund for the baby. Spokesman Malcolm J. Chisholm, a Lee lawyer and parish council member at St. Mary Mother of God Church, said the council voted unanimously to set up "St. Mary's Infant Fund." He said the council voted on a recommendation by the pastor, the Rev. Gary M. Dailey. "The fund is not intended for the mother, it's for a live baby," Chisholm said, adding that if anything happened to the baby, the money would go to a pro-life charity in Berkshire County. Josephine DiZoglio disclosed to church officials months ago that she had sexual relations with the Rev. Paul LaFlamme, a priest at the church who was suspended after admitting the relationship. DiZoglio said LaFlamme is the father, and accused Dailey of implying she should have an abortion, a charge which Dailey has denied. -- The Republican, (http://www.masslive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-3/106767990046382.xml> ?nnae), By Stephanie Barry, sbarry@repub.com , ~ November 1, 2003
• Croteau file ruling affirmed.
   SPRINGFIELD (MA): Sealed documents from the investigation of the 1972 murder of Springfield altar boy Daniel Croteau, 13, may be made public next week. Hampden Superior Court Judge Peter A. Velis yesterday refused to halt release of the documents as the Hampden County district attorney's office requested. The Rev. Richard R. Lavigne of Chicopee, named in the mid-1990s as a key suspect, also tried to prevent the documents' release, stating it would cause him irreparable injury. In his ruling, Velis said Lavigne failed to prove he would suffer harm, and that Lavigne and the district attorney failed to show good cause for continuing the impoundment. Velis said the public and a man suing Lavigne and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield under the name John Doe, have "a right and a compelling interest" in the materials. John J. Stobierski, a Greenfield lawyer representing John Doe and 20 others who are also suing the diocese, said he will call the Hampden Superior Court clerk's office Monday to find out when he can see the documents. The Republican joined Stobierski in asking for release of the documents. -- The Republican, www.masslive.com , By Marla A. Goldberg, mgoldberg@repub.com , ~ November 1, 2003
• Priest refuses to testify in Cape killing. BARNSTABLE (MA): The embattled priest pal of accused killer Paul Nolin stood firm yesterday in his refusal to testify in the case, claiming their dealings are protected as spiritual guidance, his lawyer said. "I've advised him to assert whatever privileges and immunities are available under the law," said Frank O'Boy, attorney for the Rev. Bernard Kelly. Kelly, who employed Nolin as a handyman at St. Joseph's Church, refused to testify this week before a grand jury probing the Sept. 20 killing of 20-year-old Jonathan Wessner. Authorities say Nolin, a convicted child rapist, met the aspiring golf pro at a late-night party, stabbed him in a Woods Hole boathouse and dumped his body on a rocky shoreline. Kelly, 70, claims his conversations with Nolin are protected under a state law shielding statements made to priests by defendants "seeking religious or spiritual advice or comfort." -- Boston Herald, (http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/local_regional/cape11012003.htm) by Dave Wedge, Saturday, November 1, 2003
• Pastor of small sect tried to seduce foster-daughter. DALTON, Ga. (AP) -- A 43-year-old pastor has been found guilty of sexually abusing his foster daughter. Robert Lewis Prather, the pastor of New Convenant Deliverance Tabernacle, was convicted Monday of aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery. He was acquitted on rape and aggravated assault charges. "We're very pleased," said Bert Poston, chief assistant district attorney. "(The jury) obviously believed the victim that she was touched against her will." Prather was accused of raping his then-17-year-old foster daughter while they were watching TV. Prosecutors claimed Prather tried to have sex with her again after she ran to the bathroom and her bedroom. -- First Coast News, "Pastor found guilty of sex abuse," (http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/georgia/news-article.aspx?storyid=9956)
• Keeping accountability in church. FORT WAYNE (IN): The Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catholic diocese can take satisfaction from an independent audit showing the diocese fulfilling promises to curb sexual abuse of children by priests and others. But church leaders have more work to do in ensuring the success of new rules created to protect children from sexually deviant adults. The audit's findings add to the record Bishop John D'Arcy has compiled as one of the leading bishops in the church's campaign to prevent more child abuse scandals like those that have jolted Boston, Los Angeles and other highly visible American dioceses in recent years. D'Arcy described the Boston-based Gavin Group's findings in its report on his diocese as "excellent" and "fully in compliance" with new rules adopted by American bishops in June. The audit is one of many conducted nationwide to instill accountability among dioceses in following the rules. The efforts in the diocese include introducing background checks among staff and volunteers and organizing meetings of priests, teachers, pastoral ministers and others to discuss how to protect children from molesters. -- Journal Gazette, (http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/7158344.htm)
• Judge mulls clergy claim of privilege. BARNSTABLE (MA): A Superior Court judge will decide by next week whether a Roman Catholic priest can refuse to tell a grand jury what he knows about the murder of a Falmouth man. Judge Richard Connon spent about 90 minutes in a closed courtroom yesterday listening to arguments from attorneys on both sides of the issue. Connon closed the hearing to the public because the material discussed was part of an on-going grand jury proceeding investigating the murder of Jonathan Wessner, 20. Grand jury proceedings are secret. Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe was expected to argue yesterday that conversations between Wessner's accused killer, Paul R. Nolin, 39 of Falmouth, and the Rev. Bernard Kelly do not fall under the category of privileged speech between clergy and penitent. He was expected to argue that Kelly and Nolin had a social relationship that falls outside the purview of that protection and therefore Kelly must tell investigators what he knows about Wessner's murder. -- Cape Cod Times, (http://www.capecodonline.com/cctimes/judgemulls1.htm) By Karen Jeffrey
• Brothers' move flies in face of public contrition. IRELAND: The Christian Brothers' statement signals a new determination to engage in a public battle with those who allege they were abused, writes Mary Raftery In their recent statement, the Christian Brothers ask us to believe that child abuse was not widespread in their institutions. They also seek to imply that many of the allegations of abuse have no basis in fact, and are actually false. These are serious charges, and are quite properly the territory of the Laffoy (now Ryan) Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. However, the Christian Brothers have also sought to severely curtail the ability of that commission to fully enquire into the extent of abuse, both physical and sexual, in childcare institutions in this State. While unsuccessful in their High Court challenge to limit the remit of the child abuse commission, it is likely that the Brothers will continue to limit its activities. Their recent statement signals a new determination to engage in a public battle with those who allege they were abused as children by members of the congregation. -- One in Four, (http://oneinfour.org/news/news2003/brotherscon/) Irish Times article by Mary Rafferty (http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/front/2003/1028/)
• Abuse in institutions. IRELAND: The sooner the Government reactivates investigations by the former Laffoy Commission into childhood abuse in religious institutions, the better. The victims of abuse must be provided with an independent forum in which they can tell their stories and seek redress. Only about 40 cases, out of an estimated 1,700, were dealt with by Ms Justice Laffoy before she resigned in protest against obstruction by the Department of Education and by some religious institutions. A statement from the Christian Brothers at the weekend, in which the organisation acknowledged that "some abuse had taken place", while rejecting the "perception that there was widespread, systematic sexual abuse in their residential institutions" has caused considerable controversy. The organisation said the vast majority of brothers and former brothers against whom allegations had been made, rejected them and strongly protested their innocence. And it added that complaints had been made against named people who did not correspond with any person who worked with the residential institutions or who had been a member of the Christian Brothers. - One in Four, (http://oneinfour.org/news/news2003/abuseinstitutions/) Irish Times Opinion
• Abuse Victim Counseling. DUBUQUE (IA): The Archdiocese of Dubuque is reaching out to victims of sexual abuse who are no longer a part of the church. The program was started earlier this year, now the church is advertising in newspapers. The program offers pastoral services to those abused by clergy. Joan Hoffman with the Victim Assistance Program says, "I assist them to make report to the civil authorities and to the church authorities and then things like helping them arrange counseling, reading materials, spiritual advisors et cetera." Information on how sexual assault victims can get help can be found on the hotlinks section of this website, www.kwwl.dot.com . -- KWWL, (http://www.kwwl.com/Global/story.asp?S=1506795)
• Listen to them, Bishop. FALL RIVER (MA): Bishop George Coleman, who leads the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River, would do well to meet with members of Voice of the Faithful [VOTF]. Although he promised "inclusion" as a hallmark of his episcopacy, Bishop Coleman refuses to join in even a polite discussion with Voice of the Faithful, a group of lay Catholics whose stated aim is to help the church heal from the scandal of sexual abuse by priests. The group recently paid to print an advertisement in The (New Bedford) Standard-Times, asking for open dialogue with the bishop. No response. Several letters to the bishop since June have also gone unanswered. Voice of the Faithful's goals, as set down in the advertisement, are: support of the abuse victims; more support for priests of integrity; greater lay participation in shaping the church's culture; and improved education of the laity. This platform seems sufficiently reasonable to warrant dialogue. Perhaps the bishop believes his public posture is proper; some, however, are left with the uncomfortable feeling that arrogance may be involved. In a May 22 letter to the diocese's priests, Bishop Coleman expressed "strong reservations" about Voice of the Faithful as a new lay advisory group. Parish councils of lay parishioners already played an advisory role, he wrote. Yet a recent survey shows that 60 percent of Fall River Diocese parishes do not even have parish councils (an indication of their popularity with priests). -- Providence Journal, (http://www.projo.com/opinion/editorials/content/projo_20031101_01bish.a29> 4f.html)
• Group to launch celibacy petition. MILWAUKEE (WI): Call to Action, one of the country's largest and oldest Catholic reform organizations, will launch a nationwide petition and education campaign in support of optional celibacy for priests at its convention in Milwaukee next week.
   Conducted jointly with the FutureChurch reform group, the 18-month campaign will build on the debate that was sparked this year when 169 priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee took the unusual step of sending letters advocating optional celibacy as a solution to the priest shortage to Bishop Wilton Gregory, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops president.
   That's just one of the hot topics that will be up for discussion as nearly 3,000 members of the group gather at the Midwest Airlines Center from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9.
   Illinois Appeals Court Justice Anne Burke, acting chairwoman of the National Review Board that the U.S. bishops established to oversee the cleanup of clergy sexual abuse, will speak on those efforts.
   Kathy Kelly, co-founder of the Chicago-based Voices in the Wilderness, will get Call to Action's 2003 Leadership Award for bringing the suffering of the Iraqi people to world attention since 1991. She also will lead a workshop, "Baghdad Under the Bombs: A View From the Iraq Peace Team."
   Founded in the late 1970s, the predominantly lay group includes priests, nuns and religious brothers among its 25,000 members.
  . . . Some high-profile workshop presenters will include Donald Cozzens, author of "The Changing Face of the Priesthood: A Reflection on the Priest's Crisis of Soul," speaking on "Shaping a New Vision for the Church," and Sister Jeannine Gramick, whose long ministry to gays and lesbians was shut down by the Vatican, speaking on "Scapegoating Gay Priests."
   Garry Wills, a Northwestern University history professor and author, will speak on why he is a Catholic. He won a Pulitzer Prize for "Lincoln at Gettysburg" and wrote "Papal Sin" and "Why I Am a Catholic."
   James M. Lawson Jr., who demonstrated with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will talk on "God's Gift of Infinite Potential: Tending the Seeds of Compassion, Justice and Non-violence in the Global Community." For conference details, call (773) 404-0004, Ext. 221, or log on to www.cta-usa.org .
-- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, (http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/oct03/181677.asp) By Tom Heinen, theinen@journalsentinel.com , Nov 1 03
   [FOOTNOTES: 1. A Petition form for USA use (first collection deadline June 13, 2004), titled "Corpus Christi Campaign for Optional Celibacy," in PDF format, is at: http://www.futurechurch.org/fpm/corpus/Optcelpetition.pdf .
PDF requires Adobe® Acrobat® Reader™, which is a free download.
2. FutureChurch's e-mail info@futurechurch.org
3. Call to Action's (CTA's) e-mail cta@cta-usa.org
4. CTA is a different organisation, it seems, to The National Call to Action, an organisation to end child abuse and neglect in general, also based in the USA, at http://www.nationalcalltoaction.com/ , info@nationalcalltoaction.com .
5. Petition forms (3 kinds) suiting Australia, from Faith Purification Programme, in computer-friendly RTF format, 22kb, obtainable by browsing from http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/ethics/make.htm FOOTNOTES END.] Nov 1 03
• New sex charges filed against former priest [2000]. BELVIDERE (IL): A former Belvidere priest has been charged with sexually assaulting a second girl while he served at a Catholic high school in Aurora. Mark A. Campobello was relieved of his duties at St. James Parish in Belvidere after his arrest Dec. 3 on charges that he sexually abused a then-14-year-old girl between January and May 1999. That case is still wending its way through Kane County Court. On Friday, an Oct. 14 indictment was unsealed in court, charging Campobello with three additional counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. The acts were said to have occurred between November 1999 and March 2000 involving a different female. "The defendant was serving as a teacher and priest at Aurora Central Catholic High School ... and held a position of trust, authority or supervision in relation to the minor during the time of the allegations," according to a release from the Kane County state's attorney. Campobello, 38, pleaded not guilty to the three new charges and posted a bond of $5,000 cash. Bail had been set at $50,000. -- Rockford Register Star, (http://www.rrstar.com/localnews/your_community/belvidere /20031101-29720.shtml) By Geri Nikolai
• Priest faces more sex assault charges [2000]. ILLINOIS: A former Geneva priest faces additional charges that he abused a girl while he was a teacher and priest at an Aurora high school. A grand jury earlier this month indicted Mark Campobello, 38, of Belvidere, on three counts of criminal sexual abuse after a second girl came forward claiming Campobello improperly touched her. The girl, now 20, contacted prosecutors following media reports of the initial charges against Campobello last year, Assistant State's Attorney Jody Gleason said. According to the indictment, which was unsealed Friday in court, Campobello is accused of abusing the girl - who was 16 and 17 years of age at the time - on three separate occasions between Nov. 1, 1999 and March 31, 2000. He faces three additional charges of criminal sexual abuse based on the allegations. Gleason declined to give details on where the abuse may have taken place or if the girl was a student at Aurora Central Catholic High School when the abuse occurred. However, the indictment, which was unsealed Friday, charges that Campobello "held a position of trust, authority or supervision" in relation to the girl. -- Daily Herald, (http://www.dailyherald.com/cook/main_story.asp?intID=379266) By Alicia Fabbre, Posted Saturday, November 01, 2003; Friday, October 31, 2003
• Houma diocese call for cooperation with authorities. HOUMA (LA) (AP) A new policy for dealing with sexual-abuse allegations within the Catholic Church's Diocese of Houma Thibodaux calls for unprecedented openness and cooperation with authorities, a spokesman says. Bishop Sam G. Jacobs ordered a week ago that the new policy, modeled closely on principles adopted by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops last year, take immediate effect. The policy eliminates the long-standing practice of confidentiality agreements between the diocese and complainants, except in those cases where victims or parents request them and even then only under restricted circumstance. The policy also calls for the naming of a coordinator to help with spirtual care of any victims, an independent review board to review actions by the diocese and reporting allegations to police. "The policy will be published in booklet form and given to all clergy, seminarians, religious, lay employees and volunteer workers" diocese spokesman Louis Aguirre said. -- The Times-Picayune, www.nola.com , The Associated Press, Oct 31 2003
• Another Lawsuit Filed Against Local Priest. OHIO: Yet another lawsuit has been filed against a Tri-state priest accused of sexual abuse. A Tri-state man alleges that Rev. Lawrence Strittmatter sexually abused him when he was a server at Our Lady of Victory Church in Delhi in the 1980's. Twenty-five men have filed suits against Strittmatter and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Some of the alleged victims said Strittmatter abused them while he was principal at Elder High School. The latest lawsuit says church officials should have known he was a threat to children, and asks for at least $1 million. -- WCPO, (http://www.wcpo.com/news/2003/local/10/31/priest.html) Reported by: 9News, Web produced by: Liz Foreman, Photographed by: 9News Oct 31 03, 11:38:49 AM
• Romley, 3 lawyers sued over priest sex abuse scandal. PHOENIX (AZ): A lawyer for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix claims that Maricopa County's top prosecutor and two prominent attorneys conspired with a local weekly to destroy his reputation and sabotage the church amid a scandal that involved sexual abuse by priests. In a 63-page federal suit filed Thursday, diocesan attorney Gregory Leisse names County Attorney Rick Romley, Phoenix New Times, former state Bar President Ernesto Calderon and Phoenix lawyer Michael Manning among more than a dozen defendants. Leisse claims they undertook a "campaign of defamation, threats, intimidation, ridicule and disinformation" against him and Bishop Thomas O'Brien. Leisse said Thursday that the suit was not filed at the urging of, or with permission from, the diocese. "The suit is about me, and it was my decision to take this action," he said. He remains in-house counsel but has been stripped of legal duties involving sexual misconduct by diocese employees. Last year, Manning represented the diocese against Romley's criminal investigation of pedophile priests. Manning quit that job in December. Shortly thereafter, he and Calderon approached Romley as "concerned Catholics" in an attempt to resolve the case. Leisse accuses Manning of violating attorney-client privilege and plotting to force the bishop out of office. The bishop ultimately admitted that sexually abusive priests were shunted from parish to parish, and he agreed to reform the diocese's handling of clergy misconduct. O'Brien's tenure ended due to an unrelated scandal: his arrest in a fatal hit-and-run accident. Leisse contends that Manning betrayed the bishop, that prosecutors acted unlawfully, and that New Times published libelous news columns. Manning offered a one-sentence response: "It would be charitable not to comment." -- Arizona Republic, (http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1031campoy.html) by Dennis Wagner, Oct. 31, 2003
• Moynihan apologizes for abusive priests. SYRACUSE (NY): Syracuse's bishop got down on his knees at an Oswego church Thursday and apologized for the actions of at least six priests accused of sexually abusing minors. "I felt I've been remiss up until now," Bishop James Moynihan told about 150 people at St. Mary Church. "I'm very conscious of the fact it's been very difficult up here. If I didn't come sooner, it was my fault." The bishop's apology came at a "A Time of Healing," a solemn prayer service and informal reception at the church at 107 W. Seventh St. Moynihan's comments were his most public and direct ones about local priests accused of sexual abuse since the scandal began about two years ago. Since then, diocesan officials have confirmed that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse permanently removed eight priests from ministry because of credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. The diocese is investigating allegations against two other priests named in recent lawsuits. Officials also confirmed that the diocese paid two Oswego families a total of $475,000 to settle lawsuits that accused a 10th priest, the former Rev. Daniel Casey, of molesting three boys in the 1980s. Casey died in 2000. -- The Post-Standard, www.syracuse.com , By Renee K. Gadoua
• Probe urged of Orange diocese. CALIFORNIA: Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests asked the Orange County grand jury Thursday to investigate the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for "long-standing conspiracy to harbor, protect and cover up child molesters within and outside the diocese." SNAP members turned over to the grand jury a 6-inch stack of press clippings, a police report, a priest's psychological examination and sworn depositions from the civil trials of priests accused of molesting minors. -- Orange County Register, http://www2.ocregister.com ,
• Activist Group Calls On Church To Remove All Images Of Former Bishop. KNOXVILLE (TN): Some Catholic activists in Knoxville are calling on the church to remove all images of a former Knoxville bishop who admitted to molesting boys. Members of the "Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests" or SNAP, say the picture of Bishop Anthony O'Connell on a wall at Knoxville Catholic High School is offensive and should come down. Susan Vance, a co-director of SNAP and parent of a child who attends Knoxville Catholic says, "I'm sorry but when you rape boys, you leave yourself open to be not honored in ways you probably should have been had you been an upright person. The school principal and other Catholic church leaders say that photo is among a group of pictures of priests and bishops who've had a significant impact on the school's growth. Father Vann Johnston, the Chancellor of Knoxville Diocese says the picture of Bishop O'Connell "is not a judgment of what type of job he did or value judgment on him. It's simply a recognition that in a certain period of our history, he was the bishop here." The principal of Knoxville Catholic High says she's heard no complaints except from the members of SNAP. She says the school in no way glorifies Bishop O'Connell. "I think we should do exactly what we are doing at Knoxville Catholic," says the principal, Dr. Aurelia Montgomery. "And that is having Bishop O'Connell be a part of the history of our school." "That's not what Knoxville Catholic is about," says SNAP co-director and parent, Mary Monroe-Ellis. "We should have more respect for the victims and children and the public than that. SNAP would also like to see a bust of Bishop O'Connell in a hallway in the Diocese removed, but as of now, there are no plans by the current bishop remove either of the images. -- WBIR TV, (http://www.wbir.com/News/news.asp?ID=15317) Reporter: Mark Schnyder Oct 30 2003 6:20:35 PM (Posted by Ann Brentwood, Poynteronline)
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• Anger as child sex trial stopped [CURRENT, No religion mentioned]. ADELAIDE, S. Australia: Parents of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl allegedly sexually assaulted in the Mid North are shattered the matter appears unlikely to proceed to a full trial. District Court Judge Andrea Simpson, sitting in Port Augusta, ruled last week she could not accept the child's evidence, made to her grandmother and parents after the alleged incident, effectively ending any prosecution. Judge Simpson said the girl's evidence could not be verified and she was too young to be a witness. The Department of Public Prosecutions entered a nolle prosequi, which means they are unwilling to prosecute. But it also leaves the way for the accused to face trial at a later date. A man, 39, was charged with a sexual offence against a minor in January and pleaded not guilty. Court documents say he was a family friend. Stuart MP Graham Gunn has asked Attorney-General Michael Atkinson to review the case and a country policeman involved in the investigation intends pushing for urgent changes to child evidence laws through SAPOL's legal branch. The parents, who have since moved to Adelaide, say they will lobby MPs for changes to admissable evidence laws. The family is angry the accused will not face a trial and says there was enough evidence to proceed. "What a kid tells its parents should be able to be used as evidence in a court case, especially when it's got to do with a young child," the father said. Attorney General Michael Atkinson said: "I think there is everything right about a law that says if a child does not understand the difference between truth and a lie, his or her evidence should not be accepted or relied upon by a court". "In cases like this the family of the child is often upset and disappointed with this result." The parents were devastated by Wednesday's court decision. "It's not only affected (my daughter), it's affected the whole family," the mother said. "How many other families have gone through this?" Court documents show the alleged assault took place at a country oval after the former accused took the girl and her brother for a routine run and bike ride. The children were being minded by their grandmother at the time. When they returned the girl was in pain, according to the documents, and after the accused left told her grandmother about the alleged attack. She suffered no other injury or bruising to her body and had to be sedated at hospital. A doctor diagnosed internal trauma. The girl allegedly repeated the assault allegation in more detail to her parents the next day. Summing up, Judge Simpson said the child's age made "fabrication of a complaint of sexual interference less likely". However "it would be difficult, if not impossible" to verify the child's exact complaint to family members, she said, ruling out her evidence. Judge Simpson said it was sometimes hard for young children to separate truth from lies. (By courtesy of MAKO Australia www.mako.org.au ) -- The Advertiser, www.theadvertiser.news.com.au , Adelaide, "Anger as child sex trial stopped." Nov 2 03
   [ACTION IDEA: SA Premier Mike Rann's contact page: http://www.ministers.sa.gov.au/Minister/Contact_frame.asp?Field=6&MinisterID=2 . ACTION IDEA SECTION ENDS.]
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• Child sex industry thriving in Mexico. MEXICO: The man in the Franciscan monk's robe strode across Acapulco's main square one night last spring, wearing a footlong image of Christ around his neck and carrying a black plastic bag. There is the man who abused us, the young witnesses cried to police. There. The man in the Franciscan monk's robe strode across Acapulco's main square one night last spring, wearing a footlong image of Christ around his neck and carrying a black plastic bag. There is the man who abused us, the young witnesses cried to police. There. Officers found photos of naked boys in Jose Borja's bag and arrested him, capping a series of busts that started in the United States six years ago, led to the unmasking of a Mexican inn for pedophiles and shut down a children's home. These loosely linked cases spotlight Mexico's booming child sex industry, which features everything from pornography and prostitution to sex tourism and human trafficking. In Mexico City, for example, as many as 7 percent of the street kids served by one charity are estimated to be HIV positive; many have worked in the sex trade. Down near the border with Guatemala, the city of Tapachula has become notorious for brothels that offer girls brought in from Central America. In far northern Mexico, procurers offer children as young as 10 to men walking the streets of downtown Nogales. -- The Dallas Morning News (http://www.dallasnews.com/latestnews/stories/110203dnprosexring.adf1f.html) By Brooks Egerton and Brendan M. Case (Posted by Kathy Shaw, Poynteronline)
• Government criticised by Appogg CEO for ignoring children. MALTA: "We've enacted laws protecting animals but we still don't have laws protecting children's rights; it's a shame." The Chief Executive of the government's social work agency Appogg, Joe Gerada, hit out at politicians and the media in an interview with The Malta Independent on Sunday, calling on whoever says children are a priority to be held accountable. "It's time to enact the Children's Act and put our money where our mouth is," Mr Gerada said. Speaking in the wake of the St Joseph's Institute paedophilia scandal that surfaced a few weeks ago, Mr Gerada said all child care professionals had been calling on the government to introduce much-needed protection measures for children for years, in particular the Children's Act. "I'm afraid this is not a priority for our politicians, and you journalists are partly to blame," Mr Gerada said. "You should be discussing these problems on your front pages. You haven't yet created the awareness on the huge problems we're facing regarding children's rights. I 'm fed up of reading about Malta Drydocks, the Maghtab rubbish dump and so on. Are our children less important than the Maghtab dump and the drydocks?" -- The Malta Independent, (http://www.independent.com.mt/daily/newsview.asp?id=21868) by Karl Schembri
• Doyle says he won't quit. AUSTRALIA: The Catholic Archbishop of Hobart Adrian Doyle says he will not resign over his mishandling of sexual-abuse complaints against a senior cleric. He again acknowledged he should have stood Monsignor Philip Green down immediately after his admission in August last year that he had abused two boys. "I will not resign over this matter, because to do so would almost be taking the easy way out," Archbishop Doyle said yesterday. "I am determined to learn from the mistakes that have been made and to ensure that any future complaints are dealt with immediately and transparently." His comments were sparked by the Nine Network's A Current Affair on Friday night, when he was shown denying there were any other complaints against Monsignor Green -- although he knew Monsignor Green had admitted assaulting another boy. -- The Mercury, www.themercury.news.com.au , By Margaretta Pos, Nov 2 03
• Local priest admits he has a child. TUCSON (AZ): A priest who ministers at St. Augustine Cathedral recently fathered a child and continued to work as a cleric. An independent review board of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson has opted not to remove the Rev. Salvador Cázares-Haro from ministry, even though he has clearly violated his vow of celibacy. Since his baby was born several months ago, Cázares-Haro has continued to work as a priest, a position he has held for three years, though he told parishioners Saturday that he is about to take a leave of absence to contemplate his future. Supporting the baby will be up to Cázares-Haro, not the diocese, said diocese spokesman Fred Allison. Cázares-Haro, 32, will review his commitment to the priesthood, including the implications of a charge of driving under the influence he faced in Tucson last year. Allison said the diocese has known about Cázares-Haro's situation for several months now, but the priest decided it was time to speak to parishioners because he wanted to clear up rumors. -- Arizona Daily Star, (http://www.dailystar.com/star/today/31102PRIEST.html) By Stephanie Innes
• Silenced voices. FALL RIVER (MA): Members of Voice of the Faithful [VOTF] in the Fall River Diocese said they are still hoping Bishop George W. Coleman will agree to meet with them for an open dialogue. On May 22, when he was still bishop-elect, Coleman sent a letter to diocesan priests asking them not to advertise Voice of the Faithful programs, not to appoint contact people to communicate with the group and not to provide the group with meeting space. Coleman, who became bishop in July, said in the letter that he would take time to study the implications of Voice of the Faithful and its affiliates, given that there are a number of consultative bodies already in the diocese. "It's still his position," said diocesan spokesman John Kearns. "He's still thinking about it. He said he needed time and he's taking time." Voice of the Faithful is an international organization founded in Boston in 2002 as a response to the widespread scandal of sexual abuse by priests in the archdiocese and the way the archdiocese covered it up. -- Herald News, www.heraldnews.com , by Kathleen Durand
• Church failed to monitor Turlick [CURRENT]. MASSACHUSETTS: In the 25 years since the Rev. Donald Turlick traded his priestly duties for those of a psychology professor and therapist to pedophiles and rapists, he received little, if any, supervision from Roman Catholic Church officials. In fact, Connecticut church officials could not explain why Turlick, on leave since 1978, remains a priest "in good standing" even though he hasn't functioned as a priest since then and hasn't been listed in the Official Catholic Directory since 1988. The directory contains the names and assignments of every priest in the United States, including those on leave. Turlick, 68, of Mashpee is the man who brought convicted child rapist Paul Nolin to live on the Cape after his release from prison in June 2000. Nolin, 39, is accused of the Sept. 20 kidnapping and murder of Jonathan Wessner, a 20-year-old aspiring golf pro. Turlick, one of Nolin's therapists a dozen years ago at the Massachusetts Treatment Center for the Sexually Dangerous in Bridgewater, helped Nolin get out of the center so he would be eligible for release when his prison sentence was served. Law enforcement sources allege that Turlick had a sexual relationship with Nolin and introduced Nolin and other young men to the Rev. Bernard Kelly, pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Woods Hole. Fall River Bishop George Coleman has placed Kelly on leave pending completion of the investigation. Nolin's attorney denies his client was having sex with Kelly, and Turlick's attorney said the three were just friends who often socialized. -- Cape Cod Times, (http://www.capecodonline.com/cctimes/churchfailed2.htm) By Sean Gonsalves, Saturday, November 1, 2003
• Voice of the Faithful starts here. HOUSTON (TX): It was not that Sheila McNulty had extra time on her hands to organize church meetings. But the clergy sex-abuse crisis in the U.S. Catholic Church fueled a desire to make time. "I don't feel good when I go to church now," said McNulty, 36, a Houston-based reporter for the Financial Times. "I feel angry. That is not the way it should be. There are a group of us who feel that way. Until we feel the church has accepted responsibility, I think all of us are going to feel that way." Despite a time crunch, McNulty decided to bring together a group of like-minded Houstonians and start a local chapter of Voice of the Faithful, the national organization of lay Catholics dedicated to change in the church. "I had watched this controversy for the past year and thought: Why didn't Houston have these meetings?" she asked. -- Houston Chronicle, (http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2194254) By Tara Dooley, Houston Chronicle Religion Writer (Posted by Kathy Shaw, Poynteronline)
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• Fury as Doyle digs in.
   The Mercury, Hobart, www.themercury.news.com.au , By Danny Rose, Nov 3 2003
   HOBART (Tas) Australia: The victim at the centre of the sex abuse case that has rocked Tasmania's Catholic Church reacted angrily yesterday to news that Archbishop Adrian Doyle would not stand down.
   Drew Murray, who was abused by high-ranking Tasmanian priest Monsignor Phillip Green, spoke from the United States where he is posted as a ship's captain.
   Captain Murray said the Archbishop had acknowledged he bungled the case in a two-page statement released on Saturday.
   Captain Murray also rejected the Archbishop's claim that confidentiality concerns prevented him acknowledging the case.[...]
   Meanwhile, senior Catholic layman and retired barrister Peter Roach yesterday said Tasmania's Catholic community was enduring a time of "great disquiet". Mr Roach has made repeated calls for Archbishop Doyle to resign and yesterday said parisioners statewide had contacted him to offer their support.
   "There is great disquiet in the church and particular concern for the faithful priests of the church," Mr Roach said.   . . .
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• B'klyn Rev. Hit With $5m Teen-sex Suit. [2000] BROOKLYN (NY): A 21-year-old born-again Christian from Brooklyn has sued her pastor and church for $5 million, saying he sexually abused her when she was 17. The woman charges in a six-page complaint filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court that the Rev. Luis Paniagua "molested, fondled [and] touched" her in an "unconsented, inappropriate, criminal" way while he was in a position of authority.
   "He grabbed everything he could," she told The Post. The woman - whose name is being withheld by The Post - said that Paniagua, a 44-year-old married father of three who serves as pastor of the Pentecostal Iglesia Cristiana Jesucristo El Libertador in Bushwick, befriended her in his role as youth counselor. She said that she confided in him her typical teenage problems and that from June to November 2000, he took her to his office in the Locust Street church. Paniagua declined to comment on the suit.
   Paniagua has been accused of similar behavior by two other teenage girls for incidents dating back to 1999, Criminal Court records show. Those accusers brought charges against him in November 2000, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. -- New York Post, (http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/9803.htm) By Denise Buffa, November 3, 2003 (Posted by Kathy Shaw, Poynter Abuse Tracker)
• Dillon Blasts Spota. LONG ISLAND (NY): In an unusual public rebuke, Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon yesterday accused his Suffolk counterpart of illegally releasing a scathing grand jury report on the Catholic Church sex scandal. Speaking to a crowd at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Oceanside, Dillon said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota violated laws that govern the release of such reports when no indictments are handed up. "There was no real practical reason for the district attorney to issue that salacious report," Dillon, a devout Catholic known for supporting traditional church doctrine, told about 150 people. The release "was not in accordance with the law." Dillon was invited by the men's spirituality group to discuss "the crisis in the Catholic Church and the call of the laity." The 182-page grand jury report, released by Spota in February, depicted in lurid detail how the hierarchy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre concealed alleged sexual abuse of children by some of its priests. -- Newsday, (http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/politics/ny-lidill033523819nov03,0,5971984.story?coll=ny-lipolitics-headlines) By Bart Jones and Andrew Smith, Staff Writers; Staff writer Dionne Searcey contributed to this story; November 3, 2003
• 2nd grand jury impaneled to investigate alleged sex-abuse by priests. PHILADELPHIA (PA): A second city grand jury has been impaneled to continue the investigation into alleged sexual abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The grand jury that was convened 18 months ago at the request of District Attorney Lynne Abraham ended its term on Sept. 29 and turned the results of its secret probe over to the new panel. Common Pleas Judge C. Darnell Jones supervised the first grand jury. The Daily News was unable to determine if he is supervising the second. It was not known how long the probe would continue. The life of a grand jury generally is one year, but the panel's service can be extended for six months, as happened with the just-dismissed panel. (Posted by Kathy Shaw 9:10:43 AM) -- Philadelphia Daily News, (http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/local/7169231.htm) By Joseph R. Daughen, daughej@phillynews.com , Sunday, November 2, 2003
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########## Poynteronline Abuse Tracker, www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=46, Tuesday, November 4, 2003 edition follows:-
• Answering The Boston Globe Magazine. UNITED STATES: Some of the Catholic blog sites are commenting on the recent Boston Globe Magazine's article called "The Crusaders." Today's CRISIS e-letter (see below) is Deal Hudson's response to this attack on faithful Catholics. He also addresses the charge that he doesn't like Fr. C. John McCloskey. -- Heart, Mind and Strength, (http://www.exceptionalmarriages.com/weblog/BlogDetail.asp?ID=10956) by Zoe Romanowsky, Nov 3 2003
• Priest resigns, puts blame on McCormack. NASHUA (NH): A priest who abruptly resigned Sunday said yesterday that he is leaving after 31 years because Catholic Bishop John McCormack has silenced and isolated priests who question his leadership. "He will meet with priests one on one, but he refuses to meet with groups of us because he is threatened," said the Rev. Gerard Desmarais of St. Joseph Church in Nashua. "Priests are terrified to speak out. I want to do the work of Jesus Christ, but I'll have to do it somewhere else." ... Several priests interviewed yesterday echoed Desmarais's frustrations with McCormack's leadership. They said McCormack has been so focused on defending his handling of clergy sexual abuse in Boston that he has lost sight of the church's future here. He rarely circulates among parishes and discourages questions or challenges when clergy meet for diocesan gatherings, they said. "I think we have stopped dead in our tracks," the Rev. Norman Simoneau, a retired priest from Hudson, said in a recent interview. "I think for the past two years we have been going about saving the bishop's face rather than moving forward. He's trying to get people to recognize him as a leader, but my sense is there are an awful lot of people who don't trust him." He said McCormack has not lived up to promises made in February to be more open with the state's Catholics. The diocese has delayed twice a financial report McCormack promised, and he has not assigned lay members to diocesan boards, Simoneau said. -- Concord Monitor, (http://www.cmonitor.com/stories/news/state2003/catholic_2003.shtml) By Annmarie Timmins
• Survey of priests finds some want celibacy talks. NEW YORK: A reform-minded organization says that more than two-thirds of Western New York priests responding to a recent survey support "open discussion" about whether the priesthood should be open to married men. The anonymous poll by Western New York Call to Action is the latest in a stream of recent efforts across the country questioning mandatory celibacy for priests - a practice that dates back to the sixth century. The group sent the questionnaire to 585 active and retired priests in the Diocese of Buffalo and received 160 responses. Sixty-six percent, or 106 respondents, said they want to see the celibacy requirement re-examined; 37 priests responded "no." Western New York Call to Action asked a single question: "Do you believe that an open discussion of the mandatory celibacy rule for diocesan priests would ultimately lead to a healthier Catholic Church?" The results were forwarded to Bishop Henry J. Mansell. In a brief statement, Mansell discounted the impact of the survey, saying it "did not receive a strong response from the priests." -- Buffalo News, (http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20031104/1045267.asp)
• Marist abuse allegations. The Examiner, (http://www.examiner.com.au/story.asp?id=203049), By Helen Kempton , Wednesday, 5 November 2003. AUSTRALIA: Former student claiming sexual assault by priest in 1970s Burnie's Marist Regional College is at the centre of more allegations of sexual abuse in the Tasmanian Catholic school system. Police are investigating allegations raised by a former student that he was sexually assaulted by a priest at the college in the 1970s. Yesterday Father Bill Ryder - who is also a former principal of Marist Regional College - said the Marist Fathers would cooperate with police investigations. "I don't know the details at this stage but if it is a police matter then I cannot say anything," Fr Ryder said from Sydney yesterday. Det-Sgt Kim Steven, of Burnie CIB, said a former student, now in his 40s, had made the allegation several months ago. "The allegations concern one particular priest and the incidents are alleged to have occurred in the early 1970s, but no one has been interviewed at this stage," Det-Sgt Steven said.
• Diocese committed to healing wounds caused by abuse. FLORIDA: The article "Sex abuse program expanded," Oct. 26, omitted some facts regarding the Diocese of Venice’s care and concern for those it serves, particularly children. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, promulgated by the U.S. bishops and approved by the Vatican in 2002 requires that each diocese have an independent review board to investigate allegations against clergy; a victim outreach coordinator; background investigations of all church employees or volunteers working with children; published sexual abuse policies; training sessions on the policies and on sexual abuse prevention for employees, volunteers and parents; and age-appropriate training of children to recognize and say no to inappropriate behavior. Through the proactive leadership of Bishop John J. Nevins, the Venice Diocese has been addressing the problem of sexual misconduct by personnel since its founding in 1984. Beginning in 1984, the Venice Diocese has provided age-appropriate abuse awareness education to children in our elementary and high schools as well as in our parish-based religious education programs. Based on the number of children enrolled in these entities in 1984 and 2003, and the fact that the youth receive training as they advanced grade by grade, the Venice Diocese has provided safe environment programs, in one form or another, to 256,500 children over the past 19 years. In 1986 the Venice Diocese issued its first policy dealing with sexual abuse of minors by employees including clergy. The diocese hosted a conference on child sexual abuse and pedophilia that was attended by all priests of the diocese. Even at this early stage, the diocese identified the growing problem of child abuse and sexual molestation. -- News-Press, (http://www.news-press.com/news/opinion/031104guestop.html) by Gail M. McGrath, Guest opinion Published by news-press.com (http://www.news-press.com) on November 4, 2003
• Archdiocese Investigation. CLEVELAND (OH): Laure Quinlivan brings you a three-part series on how the Cincinnati Archdiocese handled recent allegations of past abuse. Part I (http://wcpo.com/wcpo/localshows/iteam/11032003.html) -- WCPO, (http://www.wcpo.com/) Posted by Kathy Shaw 9:05:31 AM
   Pastor on West Side accused of sex abuse[1970s]. CLEVELAND (OH): The pastor of SS. Philip and James Parish on Cleveland's West Side has been suspended amid allegations that he sexually abused several brothers in a family he befriended in the 1970s. The Rev. J. Brendan McNulty had taken voluntary leave two weeks ago while investigators for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland's lay review board interviewed the priest and members of the large West Park family, now in their 30s and 40s. The review board found the evidence to be credible and on Friday recommended to Bishop Anthony Pilla that McNulty be placed on administrative leave, said William Crosby, a lawyer for the family. Pilla's decision to suspend the pastor was announced to parishioners at Masses over the weekend. McNulty cooperated fully in the investigation, diocesan spokesman Bob Tayek said yesterday. The priest has moved out of the church's rectory and could not be reached for comment. -- Plain Dealer, (a href= "http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1067942041224710.xml">www.cleveland.com , by James F. McCarty
• Priest Suspended After Sex Abuse Allegations. CLEVELAND (OH): A Roman Catholic priest has been suspended over allegations that he sexually abused boys from a large churchgoing family in the 1970s. Rev. J. Brendan McNulty, pastor of SS. Philip and James Church in Cleveland, was the 17th priest of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese to be suspended under such circumstances and the second in as many months. A review board found the allegations to be credible and recommended to Bishop Anthony M. Pilla that McNulty be placed on administrative leave, said William Crosby, a lawyer for the family of the alleged victims. McNulty cooperated in the investigation, diocesan spokesman Bob Tayek said Monday. The priest, who has moved out of the church's rectory, could not be reached for comment. There is no phone listing for him at the church address. None of the cases involving suspended priests from the diocese has been resolved and none of the priests has returned to ministry. Pilla has said any priest who has committed even a single act of sexual abuse of a minor would be permanently removed from the ministry. -- NewsNet5, (http://www.newsnet5.com/news/2608703/detail.html)
• Nolin's bail denial opposed. FALMOUTH (MA): The attorney for accused murderer Paul Nolin wants to see all the evidence the district attorney has against his client. Yesterday, during a brief hearing in Falmouth District Court, Robert Nolan questioned whether the state had enough evidence to continue holding his client, Nolin, without bail. Nolan told Falmouth Judge Michael Creedon his client has been held without bail at the Barnstable County House of Correction for a month despite the fact that District Attorney Michael O'Keefe has provided Nolan little information about the charges. ... The Rev. Donald Turlick, 68, a priest and therapist to Nolin, will testify before the grand jury when he returns from an out-of-state conference later this month, according to his spokeswoman, Kathleen English. But it remains uncertain whether the Rev. Bernard Kelly, 70, will testify. Kelly was pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Woods Hole until he was placed on leave pending completion of the Wessner murder investigation. Nolin worked as a handyman around the church and socialized with Kelly and Turlick. -- Cape Cod Times, (http://www.capecodonline.com/cctimes/nolinzxsdenial4.htm) By Amanda Lehmert, Monday, November 3, 2003
• Time on side of abuse victims. ILLINOIS: By dramatically changing the way Illinois law looks at child sexual abuse and the nature of the harm it causes, a new statute has opened the door for many more civil suits against alleged abusers.
   The new law puts Illinois among the most lenient in how much time can pass before such a suit is filed, by essentially suspending the age limit for some accusers. The law now acknowledges the difference between unlocking a repressed memory of abuse and actually recognizing that it was harmful, giving accusers time for both realizations to happen before shutting the door to litigation.
   It may seem a subtle nuance, but the new law's language radically shifts the landscape for abuse victims, who experts say may take decades to realize the consequences of what happened to them.
   The change means everything for adults who were sexually abused as children, say victims and their advocates. Whereas before the new law almost no one older than 28 had any legal recourse, now anyone of any age could conceivably bring a lawsuit.
   "It became crystal clear to me only last year that I was harmed by this," said Ken Kaczmarz, 34, who is suing the priest who he says abused him when he was 11 and 12 as well as other boys at a Southwest Side church. "It took me that long to realize that my absolute distrust for authority, the anger that I have--these things are without a doubt related to the abuse I suffered at his hands. I'm only ready now to confront it." -- Chicago Tribune, (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0311020217nov02,1,7641202.story) By Christi Parsons, Published November 2, 2003
• The Crusaders. UNITED STATES: There is a glow to the priest when he talks. Something lights him up inside, and its intensity is increased by the mild way he says what he's saying. The words, harsh and unyielding, seem not so much a departure from the mainstream as they do a living refutation that there is any mainstream at all, not one to which the priest has to pay any mind, anyway.
   He is talking about a futuristic essay he wrote that rosily describes the aftermath of a "relatively bloodless" civil war that resulted in a Catholic Church purified of all dissent and the religious dismemberment of the United States of America. ...
   In his unobtrusive little bookstore in the nation's capital, John McCloskey is the hot, unyielding eye of a gathering storm. He is not the mainstream, not even among the conservative Catholics who are waging their secular influence in a way they never have before, but he's the logical end to what they all believe. During the almost two years since the clergy sexual abuse scandal broke in Boston, most of the attention has been drawn to groups like Boston-based Voice of the Faithful that sprang up in response to the grim stories that seemed to be breaking almost daily. Outraged laity took to the streets and rose up in the pews, withholding contributions, demanding meetings with bishops whose authority seemed to be evaporating by the hour.
   Obscured by all of this was the presence of an influential, deeply connected, and well-financed faction -- a counterreformation, to borrow a useful term from Roman Catholic history -- that was determined not only to prevent the scandal from being used as a Trojan horse for all manner of church reform but also to use its efforts within the church to affect the politics and culture outside of it.
   The conservative opposition is tied in to the elites of Washington, D.C. -- McCloskey's high-profile catechumens are hardly the only example -- and its magazines and think tanks are funded by the same foundations that have been the fountainhead of movement conservatism over the past three decades. And just as the clergy sexual abuse scandal energized the reformers, it energized the traditionalists.
   "That's where the leadership and the power of the church are right now, no question," says the Rev. Richard McBrien, a theologian at the University of Notre Dame. "These people have direct access to the papacy." -- Boston Globe, www.boston. com/news/globe/magazine/ articles/2003/11/ 02/the_crusaders , By Charles P. Pierce, Nov 2 2003 (Posted by Kathy Shaw, Poynter)
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