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April 30, 2018

Cardinal George Pell pleads not guilty to historical sexual offence charges after being committed to stand trial

ABC News

May 1, 2018

By court reporter Emma Younger

Australia's most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell has pleaded not guilty to multiple historical sexual offence charges after being committed to stand trial.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington committed Cardinal Pell to stand trial on some counts, but she has discharged more than half the original charges, including the most serious allegations.

Cardinal Pell was escorted into the Melbourne Magistrates' Court under police guard.

He has strenuously denied the accusations.

Today's ruling follows a month-long committal hearing in March.

Cardinal Pell ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges

BBC News

Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will stand trial on historical sexual assault charges, a court has ruled.

Cardinal Pell formally pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

An Australian magistrate ruled on Tuesday that there was enough evidence for the case to proceed to a trial on some charges, but not on others.

Cardinal Pell is Australia's most senior Catholic and one of the most powerful officials in the Vatican.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington read out her decision on each charge individually in a Melbourne court, following a month-long hearing.

Scottsdale church hires private firm to examine sex abuse claims


Uriel J. Garcia, The Republic | azcentral.com

April 30, 2018

A Scottsdale church has hired a private firm to investigate sexual misconduct allegations levied against a pastor who has resigned from his most recent post last week, according to a statement on the church's web site.

Les Hughey, 64, who is the founder of the Highlands Community Church in north Scottsdale and has since stepped down as executive pastor, has been accused by women of sexual abuse during his time as youth pastor at Scottsdale Bible Church in the 1980s and '90s.

Scottsdale Bible Church said in its statement that church leaders hired a firm called Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment, also known as GRACE, to conduct an independent investigation.

Why the Cardinal Pell Case Has Been So Secretive

New York Times


APRIL 30, 2018

Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s third-highest ranking official will stand trial on several charge of sexual abuse from multiple complainants, an Australian court ruled on Tuesday.

The slow-moving case — charges were filed in June — has been a test of both Australia’s justice system and the Vatican’s efforts to hold clerics accountable after decades of abuse scandals.

It is occurring in a country where where defamation law favors plaintiffs, where criminal law protects defendants more than it does in many other countries, and where a number of legal standards restrict reporters’ ability to publish information related to criminal cases.

Here’s a guide to why many of the details of Cardinal Pell’s case may remain obscured, and to what we know about the cardinal and the case so far.

Why can’t the public know more?

Australian criminal law tends to be more favorable to defendants, and its proceedings more secretive, than in the United States.

The country’s contempt standards prohibit reporting — after charges have been filed, and before a verdict has been reached — that might be seen as prejudicial against, or for, a defendant.

Cardinal George Pell to stand trial over historical sex offences


May 1, 2018


THE most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis has been ordered to stand trial.

Cardinal George Pell arrived at Australian court on Tuesday surrounded by police and media to learn whether he must stand trial on charges that he sexually abused multiple victims decades ago.

Melbourne magistrate Belinda Wallington found there is evidence of sufficient weight on one of multiple charges against Pope Francis’ closest aide for him to stand trial. Some other charges against 76-year-old Pell were struck out.

Pell arrived by car in front of the downtown court where more than 40 uniformed police officers were waiting to maintain order as media jostled on the crowded sidewalk to videotape and photograph him.

Pell climbed the stairs to court accompanied by his lawyer Robert Richter about 45 minutes before the hearing was to begin. Some protesters shouted as he arrived.

Vatican treasurer Cardinal Pell to face trial on historical abuse charges


By Lucie Morris-Marr and Ben Westcott, CNN

April 30, 2018

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will face trial on charges of historical sexual abuse, a Melbourne magistrate announced on Tuesday.

While several of the more serious charges against Pell were dropped, Magistrate Belinda Wallington announced the cardinal would still be committed to trial.

The 76-year-old cardinal was facing multiple charges of historical sex assault offenses from a number of complainants. He has vigorously denied all charges.

The magistrate's decision is still being read with the possibility of additional charges.

One of the country's most senior Catholic figures, Pell arrived at Melbourne Magistrate's Court early Tuesday, accompanied by his lead barrister, Robert Richter QC, as dozens of police sought to keep media and protesters at bay.

Cardinal Pell to stand trial on sex abuse, but some charges dismissed


John L. Allen Jr.

May 1, 2018

Following a four-week committal hearing last month, an Australian magistrate on Tuesday dismissed some of the most serious charges of “historical sexual offenses” against Cardinal George Pell but also ruled that the 76-year-old prelate will stand trial on at least three different complaints.

It’s not clear at this point when that trial will take place, though sources in Australia say that criminal procedures of this sort often can last one year to 18 months. Pell has denied the charges vigorously since police first filed them last summer.

He is expected to face a directions hearing in Melbourne’s County Court in the future, when a trial date will be set.

Pell is currently on a leave of absence from his post as the Vatican’s Secretary for the Economy, and he becomes the most senior Church official ever to face criminal charges of sexual abuse in a civil court of law.

His committal hearing is believed to have been one of the longest ever in the Australian state of Victoria, the capital of which is the city of Melbourne where Pell’s legal proceedings have unfolded. The first 10 days of the hearing were heard in closed session, when Pell’s accusers were questioned.

Cardinal George Pell to Stand Trial on ‘Historical’ Sex Offenses

New York Times


APRIL 30, 2018

MELBOURNE, Australia — Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s third-highest-ranking official, must stand trial on at least three charges of sexual abuse, an Australian court ruled on Tuesday, promising to prolong a case that has already dragged on for months, and which many see as a moment of reckoning for a church racked by scandal.

Belinda Wallington, a Melbourne magistrate, found there was sufficient evidence for prosecutors to bring the cardinal’s case to trial, ending a two-month pretrial hearing, in which witnesses described abuse they said took place decades ago.

Cardinal Pell, 76, is the most senior Roman Catholic official to be charged with crimes of sexual abuse. As the Vatican’s de facto finance chief, he was granted leave by the pope to return to Australia to conduct his defense.

The cardinal has been accused of “historical sexual offenses,” meaning they took place decades ago, but the details of the criminal complaint, including the identities of his accusers, have not been made public. Such cases are subject to Australia’s strict contempt standards, and other legal restrictions, which prohibit journalists from reporting on details of criminal allegations.

Robert Richter, the cardinal’s lawyer, said last year there was “voluminous” evidence to prove that “what was alleged is impossible.”

Richard Garcia, bishop of the Monterey Diocese, is diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Mercury County Weekly

April 30, 2018

Sara Rubin

Since Pope Benedict XI appointed Richard Garcia as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Monterey in 2006, he has been the spiritual leader of tens of thousands of parishioners at dozens of churches in a region that spans from Santa Cruz to Hollister to San Luis Obispo.

On April 27, the diocese announced Garcia, 71, has been diagnosed with an early stage of Alzheimer's disease, following several weeks of not feeling well.

“This news is difficult to learn, but Bishop Garcia has great faith and a deep spiritual life to assist him in facing this diagnosis,” a diocese statement says.

"This news has taken some time for bishop to adjust to as it has only been in the last few weeks that signs of this disease have become more pronounced and evident to him."

According to the statement, no decisions about future leadership have yet been made. ...

Garcia also made news when came under scrutiny for failure to take action against a priest accused of sexually abusing boys despite receiving letters from parents alerting him to the abuse. Instead, Fr. Edward Fitz-Henry was moved from parish to parish, and continued to contact with youth, until he was eventually removed from the priesthood.

Catholic Charities falls behind on Appeal

Buffalo Business First

By Tracey Drury – Reporter, Buffalo Business First

With two months until the close of its annual fundraising appeal, Catholic Charities of Buffalo is stressing to potential donors that their dollars will not go toward settlements to abuse victims.

Although the agency is affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, it remains an independent 501(c)(3) that serves people of all faiths with a range of human services including emergency assistance, mental health counseling and treatment, help with job training and education and specialized services for older adults.

The Diocese has been in the spotlight for several months regarding a growing number of priests acknowledged to have sexually abused children and teens in past decades. That’s led to the creation of an Independent Reconciliation & Compensation Fund, which the bishop of Buffalo has said will be paid from insurance, self-insurance liability, investment fund reserves and the sale of property - not from the Appeal or the Fund for the Faith, which provides funds to the Diocese at the discretion of the bishop.

Msgr. John C. Allard

Curtis J. Holt's Sons Funeral Home


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APRIL 27, 2018

Monsignor John C. Allard, 68, of Lake Washington, Chepachet, a retired priest of the Diocese of Providence, died April 27, 2018, in Landmark Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Normand and Laurette (Chevalier) Allard, he attended Holy Family School, Woonsocket, and Our Lady of Providence Preparatory High School in Providence.

In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary, Warwick and St. John Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts. He was ordained to the priesthood on September 19, 1975 at St. Cecilia Church, Pawtucket, by Bishop Louis E. Gelineau.

He served as assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish, Cranston (1975-84); Assistant Director (1984-86) and Director (1986-96) of the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry; Vicar of the Diocesan Office of Evangelization and Spirituality (1986-2001); pastor of Our Lady of Good Help Parish, Mapleville (1986-96); St. Agatha Parish, Woonsocket (1996-2013); and Precious Blood Parish, Woonsocket (2006-13). Fr. John was appointed Monsignor in 1997, while serving St. Agatha's Parish.

Decision day has arrived for George Pell, as magistrate weighs options

Sydney Morning Herald

By Adam Cooper

30 April 2018

His has been a path no other Australian Catholic has taken, all the way to the powerful inner workings of the Vatican, until he became the church's most senior leader in modern times to be charged with sexual assault offences.

On Tuesday George Pell will learn if he is to forge even more new ground, and be committed to stand trial in front of a jury on allegations of sexual assault dating back more than 20 years.

In a ruling that will be heard throughout the religious world, magistrate Belinda Wallington will announce whether Cardinal Pell will stand trial on some or all of the charges, or whether they are to be struck out. If committed to trial it will most likely be in the County Court before a judge and 12 jurors.

Three hours have been set aside in Melbourne Magistrates Court for Ms Wallington to deliver her ruling on a number of charges. The hearing will be held in the building's biggest court room, and Cardinal Pell must attend.

The 76-year-old faces multiple charges of sexual offences involving multiple accusers. Details of the charges have not been revealed.

First week of major child abuse inquiry will be held at Trent Bridge, it has been confirmed

Nottingham Post

By David Whitfield Digital Content Editor

30 APR 2018

The first five days of a major inquiry into historical child sex abuse in Nottinghamshire will be held at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, it has been confirmed.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) will spend three weeks looking into the extent of the sexual abuse of children in the care of Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils.

It will also look at how institutions including those councils and the police responded to any abuse claims.

The hearing was originally due to take place in Southwark, London, but the Nottinghamshire Child Sexual Abuse Survivors Group has asked for some of the sessions to take place locally.

Clergy abuse survivors grateful after private meetings with pope

National Catholic Reporter

Apr 30, 2018

by Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — After private meetings with Pope Francis, three survivors of clergy sexual abuse from Chile said they felt they had been heard and were hopeful for changes in the way the Catholic Church handles accusations of abuse.

"I spoke for more than two and a half hours alone with Francis. He listened to me with great respect, affection and closeness, like a father. We talked about many subjects. Today, I have more hope in the future of our church. Even though the task is enormous," Juan Carlos Cruz tweeted April 29 after meeting with the pope.

Francis had invited Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo to stay at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican residence where he lives, and to meet with him individually April 27-29. The three were to meet with the pope again as a group April 30.

Although the three survivors tweeted after their private meetings, Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, said Francis "expressly wished" that no official statements would be released by the Vatican regarding his discussions with the survivors.

The Justice Principle - Part 2


25 Apr 2018

Concluding the story of Dassi Erlich and her two sisters, who are fighting to extradite their former headmistress from Israel to face sexual abuse charges.

After the alleged abuse against the three sisters came to light in 2008, principal Malka Leifer was stood down by the Adass Israel school which facilitated her immediate departure to Israel.

Although Australian authorities have been trying to extradite her for several years Malka Leifer convinced the Israeli courts she was too mentally unwell to face a hearing.

That prompted an undercover operation to prove her mental fitness which recently resulted in Malka Leifer’s return to jail.

For Dassi and her two sisters — Nicole and Elly — justice finally seems closer than ever before.

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ABC News feature | Inside the insular Jewish community where school headmistress alleged preyed on girls

Producer profile | A brief bio about the producer of The Justice Principle, Belinda Hawkins


INTTRODUCTION,TED BAILLIEU: Hi, I’m Ted Baillieu, former premier of Victoria. Tonight, we continue the dramatic story of Dassi Erlich and her sisters and their long battle to bring their former principal to justice.

For the past decade, Dassi, Nicole and Elly have been seeking extradition for Malka Leifer from Israel to face allegations of abuse. Now, Israeli undercover surveillance has brought them one step closer to their goal. But first, a recap.


DASSI ERLICH: We grew up in Melbourne, in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, called Adass.

ELLY SAPPER, YOUNGEST SISTER: It's not like the wider Jewish community. It's very insulated, very close You don't have TV. You don't have internet.

NICOLE MEYER, OLDER SISTER: My sisters and I went to the Adass school/the most religious, strictly orthodox school in Melbourne.

DASSI ERLICH: When I was in year 8 Malka Leifer became the new principal.

SHARON SWIATLO, FORMER ADASS ISRAEL SCHOOL TEACHER: She was a woman who exuded confidence She was well liked. One of the girls was always doing this for Mrs Leifer or that for Mrs Leifer.

ELLY SAPPER: We were all hearing, "This is good for you. What I'm doing is helping you and I'm giving you love."

DASSI ERLICH: I had no words to describe what was happening or absolutely any understanding of how it wasn’t right.

NICOLE MEYER: In 2008, Dassi somehow let out to a social worker/therapist, that Malka Leifer had abused her.

The Justice Principle - Part 1


April 18, 2018

Introduced by Ted Baillieu, former Premier of Victoria.

Dassi Erlich and her two sisters are a formidable force.

Their ongoing battle to extradite former headmistress Malka Leifer from Israel to face sexual abuse allegations in Australia has made headlines across the globe.

But despite the public attention, the personal stories of the three sisters have remained largely private.

In the first program of a two-part special, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper give their first Australian interviews and, together with Dassi, speak candidly about their time at the Adass Israel school in Melbourne.

The program also features extracts from Dassi Erlich’s teenage diary which provide a haunting account of her traumatic childhood.

Related links
Support information | 1800 Respect National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence counselling service - www.1800respect.org.au 1800 737 732

ABC News feature | Inside the insular Jewish community where school headmistress alleged preyed on girls

Overseas viewers | Watch 'The Justice Principle' part 1 on ABC News Youtube

Producer profile | A brief bio about the producer of The Justice Principle, Belinda Hawkins


INTRODUCTION: Hi, I’m Ted Baillieu, former Premier of Victoria. Tonight’s story is one in which I and others have had a huge interest.

For years, Dassi Erlich and her two sisters harboured a chilling secret about their former principal, Malka Leifer. When they finally exposed her, it would spark a decade long legal battle to bring her back to Australia.

Tonight, Dassi and her sisters reveal the deeply personal story behind their very public campaign.

DASSI ERLICH: If I looked in a looking glass 10 years ago, when I was 20 years old, I would have never in my wildest dreams imagined that this is where I would be today. We really had no interaction with the outside world. And even if I imagined a different life, lobbying for justice was never a part of it.

Pt 1: Inside insular Jewish community where headmistress Malka Leifer allegedly preyed on girls


Part 2

ABC News (Australia)

Published on Apr 23, 2018

Mother-of-eight Malka Leifer looked like the perfect school principal until she was accused of being a sexual predator. This is the Australian Story of three sisters' battle to bring their alleged abuser to justice amid the Adass Israel community in Melbourne that encouraged silence.


Jerusalem Post


APRIL 29, 2018

The Jerusalem District Court has sentenced a haredi man to 17 months imprisonment and levied NIS 900,000 of asset forfeitures against him for defrauding the state of NIS 2.2 million by forging student enrollment in his yeshivas.

Pinchas Zidman pleaded guilty and was convicted on charges of aggravated fraud, false registration of documents and money laundering.

From 2012 to 2015, Zidman established several institutions of Torah learning which were registered as non-profit organizations.

The institutions did indeed exist, but Zidman doubled the amount of students registered there to obtain larger grants from the Education Ministry by falsely registering foreign citizens who did not actually study there.

Having secured these funds, Zidman and his associates sought to hide, disguise and obscure how they used the money, who was making use of the funds and where it was being used.

NZ bishops reflect on children of priests issue

NZ Catholic

April 30, 2018

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have discussed and reflected upon the issue of children of Catholic priests who have promised celibacy.

In a message to Coping International’s Vincent Doyle sent last month, New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference communications advisor Amanda Gregan noted that the bishops “firmly believe that the rights and sensitivities of the child and the mother should be respected and that being the father of a child carries with it particular responsibilities”.

The bishops also referred to civic guidelines and policies in New Zealand concerning a child’s right to know his or her natural parents, adding they (the bishops) would be guided by this practice.

Mr Doyle, an Irish psychotherapist whose own father was a Catholic priest, had previously worked with Ireland’s Catholic bishops in developing a set of “principles of responsibility” regarding priests who father children while in ministry. Five principles were developed and the second states that “the needs of the child should be given first consideration”.

Brooklyn, NY - Hikind: Employee Fired After Preying On Students At Prominent Girls’ School In BP; Administration Turned Blind Eye

Voz IZ Neias

April 29, 2018

By: Sandy Eller

Brooklyn, NY - A Brooklyn girls’ school has found itself in a difficult position after numerous reports have surfaced alleging that an employee had been interacting with girls inappropriately for several years and that the school’s administration was reportedly aware of the behavior but did nothing to protect students.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind said that he had been contacted by multiple parents whose daughters attend the Bais Sarah school in Borough Park reporting the alleged behavior.

According to Hikind, parents told the school’s owner and principal, Rabbi Nuchem Klein, about the alleged abuse perpetrated by a non-Jewish employee who goes by the nickname Spikey, but no action was taken.

Hikind took to Twitter on Friday morning, asking parents who had knowledge of any abuse taking place at Bais Sarah to contact his office and reached out to Rabbi Klein to discuss the matter.

Pope Francis meets victims of Chilean paedophile priest in bid to quell sex abuse scandal

First Post


Apr 30, 2018

Vatican City: Three victims of a Chilean paedophile priest have held private meetings with Pope Francis, as the Vatican tries to quell a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in Chile.

File image of Pope Francis. APFile image of Pope Francis. AP
The men, all victims of the paedophile priest Fernando Karadima, were in Vatican City at the personal invitation of the Pope, who in April admitted "grave mistakes" in his handling of the abuse controversy in Chile.

Juan Carlos Cruz said his meeting with Francis on Sunday, which lasted more than two hours, was wide-ranging and gave him "more hope for our Church, even though the task is enormous". "I am moved, he listened to me with great respect, affection and closeness, like a father," Cruz said on Twitter.

The Vatican had said last week that Francis would seek to "ask for their forgiveness, share their hurt and the shame they have suffered". Jose Andres Murillo said he told Francis in his audience late Friday how important it was to understand that sexual abuse was "abuse of power", and "the need to take responsibility... not just forgiveness".

Chilean abuse victims say talks with Pope Francis have been 'enormously constructive'

Christian Today

James Macintyre

30 Apr 2018

Several men who were sexually abused by a priest in Chile have described private talks they have held with Pope Francis at the Vatican over the weekend as very helpful and respectful.

James Hamilton, one of three clergy abuse survivors whom the pope invited to Italy, wrote on Twitter that his conversation with Francis, which lasted more than two hours, was 'enormously constructive'.

A second survivor, Jose Andres Murillo, tweeted that he had stressed the importance of understanding sexual abuse as 'abuse of power' during his time with the pope.

The third victim, Juan Carlos Cruz, wrote: 'I spoke for more than two and a half hours alone with Pope Francis. He listened to me with great respect, affection and closeness, like a father. We talked about many subjects. Today I have more hope in the future of our church... Even though the task is enormous.'

Juror on Cosby retrial speaks about guilty verdict


A juror on the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial case is speaking out exclusively to ABC News.

The juror, Harrison Snyder, revealed that it may have been Cosby's own words that sealed his fate.

"What was the evidence that made you sure beyond a reasonable doubt that he was guilty?" ABC News reporter Linsey Davis asked.

"I think it was his deposition, really. Mr. Cosby admitted to giving these Quaaludes to women, young women, in order to have sex with them," Snyder said.

Snyder, who was juror number 1, says when he first entered the jury room, he was not sure Cosby was guilty.

Queensland commits $550 million to National Redress Scheme for survivors of sexual abuse

ABC News

April 30, 2018

By Chris O'Brien and Josh Bavas

Queensland will pay $550 million to the national redress scheme for survivors of sexual abuse in government-run institutions.

The state had delayed committing to the scheme, partly because an earlier Queensland scheme existed following the 1999 Forde Inquiry.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said 5,000 Queenslanders were expected to be eligible.

An additional 5,000 people who were abused in privately run institutions could also be eligible, but Ms Palaszczuk said that funding should come from churches and other organisations.

"What you are seeing now is an almost national consensus across the board," she said.

Queensland promises $550m to redress scheme for sexual abuse survivors

The Guardian

Australian Associated Press

30 Apr 2018

Annastacia Palaszczuk

The Queensland government has signed up to the national redress scheme that ensures compensation for the survivors of historical child sexual abuse in state institutions.

The premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, on Monday announced her Labor government would provide $550m towards the federally managed fund.

Queensland joins New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory in following the key recommendation of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

“There have been a lot of people who have been on this journey and it took a lot of courage for people to go towards the royal commission and say things that would have been very, very difficult to say,” Palaszczuk said. “It made us as a nation take note of the historical abuse, the appalling abuse that had happened to thousands of people across our nation.”

3 new clergy abuse lawsuits against Cepeda, Brouillard

Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com

April 30, 2018

Three new clergy sex abuse lawsuits were filed on Monday in local and federal courts, two of them alleging abuse by former priest Louis Brouillard in the late 1960s, and one alleging abuse by the now deceased former priest Raymond Cepeda in the mid 1980s.

Brouillard, starting around 1968, sexually abused an altar boy at the Malojloj Parish on a regular basis for about four years while also abusing other boys, including taking Polaroids of those who were swimming naked during Boy Scouts outings, states a lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of Guam by a plaintiff identified only as J.C.M.

J.C.M., represented by attorney Michael Berman, said in his $10 million lawsuit that Brouillard sexually abused him on church grounds and at Boy Scouts outings, starting when he was about 11. Brouillard was a scoutmaster for decades.

The lawsuit states Brouillard would hold down J.C.M. when he was alone with the priest in his room at the Malojloj church and abuse him "several times."

Call for churches to be included in state abuse inquiry

Newstalk ZB

30 April 2018

A last-ditch call for the royal inquiry into abuse in state care to be expanded to include churches.

The terms that govern the inquiry haven't been decided, with public submissions closing at midnight.

Both the Catholic and Anglican churches want to be included in the inquiry, but the Government's indicated they won't be.

Victim and survivor John says he was sexually abused when he was 14-years-old at the Catholic school he went to.

Australian Mining Town Breaks Its Silence About Grim Past of Sexual Abuse


APRIL 29, 2018

BALLARAT, Australia — Rob Walsh was outside Melbourne Magistrates’ Court recently awaiting a pretrial hearing for Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s third-highest-ranking official, when, he said, he unexpectedly walked into the cardinal himself.

The encounter wasn’t their first. They both were raised in the same old mining town, which could be why the cardinal extended his hand, inviting Mr. Walsh to shake it. Mr. Walsh declined — a gesture that signified the lasting impact of a decades-long sexual abuse scandal that has rocked this town, Ballarat, and sent shock waves around the world.

“The ripple is still on the lake and it’s still occurring,” Mr. Walsh said from his home in Ballarat, referring to the lingering effects from that scandal, in which priests preyed on children, including Mr. Walsh, during the 1960s and 1970s.

“It’s gone through families and generations.”

This town, officially a city of about 100,000 people, was once the center of Australia’s gold rush, but is now better known as the epicenter of that pedophile ring, in which Catholic clergy preyed on those who depended on them the most — children from Ballarat’s poor, blue-collar neighborhoods.

Press release from Paige Patterson

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminarh

By Paige Patterson on Apr 29, 2018

For the past several months, my life and the lives of my family have been subjected to rigorous misrepresentation. Even had I done some hideous wrong of which I am accused, my wife, children, and grandchildren have not and do not deserve such mischaracterization.

For the record, I have never been abusive to any woman. I have never counseled or condoned abuse of any kind. I will never be a party to any position other than that of the defense of any weaker party when subjected to the threat of a stronger party. This certainly includes women and children. Any physical or sexual abuse of anyone should be reported immediately to the appropriate authorities, as I have always done.

I have also said that I have never recommended or prescribed divorce. How could I as a minister of the Gospel? The Bible makes clear the way in which God views divorce. I have on more than one occasion counseled and aided women in leaving an abusive husband. So much is this the case that on an occasion during my New Orleans pastorate, my own life was threatened by an abusive husband because I counseled his wife, and assisted her, in departing their home to seek protection. In short, I have no sympathies at all for cowardly acts of abuse toward women.

Southern Baptist leader pushes back after comments leak urging abused women to pray and avoid divorce

Washington Post

Michelle Boorstein

April 29. 2018

The leader of a major Southern Baptist seminary issued a statement Sunday pushing back after a 2000 tape surfaced purporting to quote him saying that abused women should focus on praying and “be submissive in every way that you can” and not seek divorce.

Paige Patterson is president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Fort Worth school whose Web site says it is one of the largest seminaries in the world. About 15 million people are part of Southern Baptist churches, the largest Protestant group in the United States. Patterson is slated to deliver the primary sermon — a high-profile honor — in June at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas.

Patterson, who declined to comment Sunday, is heard on an audiotape being interviewed in 2000 about what he recommends for women “who are undergoing genuine physical abuse from their husbands, and the husband says they should submit.”

“It depends on the level of abuse, to some degree,” Patterson says. “I have never in my ministry counseled anyone to seek a divorce and that’s always wrong counsel.” Only on an occasion or two in his career, he says, when the level of abuse “was serious enough, dangerous enough, immoral enough,” has he recommended a temporary separation and the seeking of help.

3 women file reports against former Highlands Pastor Les Hughey, Scottsdale police say


Bree Burkitt, The Republic | azcentral.com

April 29, 2018

At least three of the women whose sexual-abuse allegations led to the resignation of a prominent Scottsdale pastor last week have filed reports with police.

Les Hughey stepped down as executive pastor of Highlands Community Church on Wednesday after being accused of victimizing teenage girls at California and Arizona churches from the 1970s through 1990s.

The complaints filed with Scottsdale police last week detail incidents women say occurred during Hughey's time as a Scottsdale Bible Church youth pastor, from 1985 to 1996, according to Sgt. Ben Hoster.

Two of the women reported that Hughey groped their breasts or genitals during full-body massages, Hoster said. The third reported that Hughey asked her for a massage but did not assault her, he said.

Australian judge to rule on whether cardinal stands trial

Associated Press

April 30, 2018


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis will return to an Australian court on Tuesday to learn whether he must stand trial on charges that he sexually abused multiple victims decades ago.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington will rule in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on whether the prosecution’s case against Australian Cardinal George Pell is strong enough to warrant a trial by jury.

Lawyers for Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic argued during a four-week preliminary hearing in March that the accusations were untrue and should be dismissed. Pell has said through his lawyers that he will plead not guilty if the magistrate decides against dismissing the charges.

Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, was charged last June with sexually abusing multiple people in his Australian home state of Victoria. The details of the allegations against the 76-year-old have yet to be released to the public, though police have described the charges as “historical” sexual assault offenses — meaning the crimes allegedly occurred decades ago.

Pope receives victims of Chilean paedophile priest


April 30, 2018

Vatican City (AFP) - Three victims of a Chilean paedophile priest have held private meetings with Pope Francis, as the Vatican tries to quell a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in Chile.

The men, all victims of the paedophile priest Fernando Karadima, were in Vatican City at the personal invitation of the pope, who in April admitted "grave mistakes" in his handling of the abuse controversy in Chile.

Juan Carlos Cruz said his meeting with Francis on Sunday, which lasted more than two hours, was wide-ranging and gave him "more hope for our Church, even though the task is enormous".

"I am moved, he listened to me with great respect, affection and closeness, like a father," Cruz said on Twitter.

April 29, 2018

Ex seminarista de Osorno sugiere que hay más abusos sexuales al interior de la Iglesia Católica

Ausralo Osorno

[Former seminarian from Osorno suggests that there are more sexual abuse within the Catholic Church
27.04.2018 "It seems to me that there are more people who are abused, that they talk in the most intimate way and that they do not look for the media," said José Manuel Rozas, from the Community of Christian Faithfuls, who says "manage files".]

27.04.2018“Me parece que hay más gente abusada, que lo conversa en lo más íntimo y que no busca los medios de prensa”, aseguró José Manuel Rozas, de la Comunidad de Fieles Cristianos, quien dice “manejar archivos”.

En el marco de la expectación por la inédita reunión que sostendrán este fin de semana tresdenunciantesdel caso Karadima con el Papa Francisco en El Vaticano, a propósito de las acusaciones de supuesto encubrimiento de parte del obispo de Osorno, monseñor Juan Barros; diversas voces ligadas a la Iglesia Católica en dicha ciudad salieron a comentar la situación.Uno de ellos es José Manuel Rozas, vocero de la Comunidad de Fieles Cristianos Católicos de Osorno (que buscan desmarcarse de los laicos detractores de Barros), para quien esta cita es una demostración de “la prueba de la blancura por parte de la jerarquía de la iglesia” frente a los casos de abusos, pero donde no se incluye a otros que también sufrieron.Según el ex seminarista (incluso fue secretario de un obispo), “la información que manejo de la mayoría de los obispos de Chile es relevante. Yo manejaba archivos que por amor a la Iglesia no voy a andar revelando. Pero a mi me parece que hay más gente abusada, que lo conversa en lo más íntimo y que no busca los medios de prensa”.Respecto a las acciones que esperan que tome el Papa luego de las reuniones, señaló que “si va a pedir la renuncia a Barros, pídasela y acéptesela”, además solicitó que exista menos “farándula eclesiástica”; según publica este viernesEl Austral, donde puedes leer más reacciones.

¿Cuándo hablarán las mujeres víctimas de abusos en la Iglesia?

El Mostrador

[When will women who are victims of abuse in the Church speak? We have to think about the precariousness in which the ex-religious live when their congregation did not support them and they had to leave because of their attempt to denounce.]


28 abril, 2018

enemos que pensar en la precariedad en la que viven las ex religiosas cuando su congregación no las apoyó y se tuvieron que salir producto de su intento de denunciar. La precariedad es un factor no despreciable de disuasión a la denuncia, considerando que muchas congregaciones no contemplan un reconocimiento civil a la formación que reciben las religiosas. ¿Hay garantías de libertad de conciencia para decir las cosas por su nombre? La Iglesia tiene que prepararse para escuchar a las mujeres víctimas.

Benito Baranda: “Esta señal del Papa es demoledora para lo que va a venir después con los obispos”

La Tercera

["It is a very big step for the Church, particularly for the Chilean one, which for some decades has been carrying this serious problem that happened to us, and that the ecclesiastical authorities here were not able to face with truth, honesty, diligence and rigorousness that was needed. "

Direct. This is how Benito Baranda thinks about the meaning that, in his opinion, has the presence, at this time, of three Karadima victims in the Vatican, invited by Pope Francis himself.]

29 APR 2018

Autor: Sergio Rodríguez

El laico analiza la importancia y alcances que tiene el encuentro, en el Vaticano, del Pontífice con Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton y José Andrés Murillo, víctimas de los abusos de Karadima, a quienes el propio Francisco invitó.

“Es un paso muy grande para la Iglesia, particularmente para la chilena, que desde hace algunas décadas viene cargando con este grave problema que nos sucedió, y que las autoridades eclesiásticas de aquí no fueron capaces de enfrentar con la verdad, honestidad, diligencia y rigurosidad que se necesitaba”.

Directo. Así se plantea Benito Baranda respecto del significado que, a su juicio, tiene la presencia, en estos momentos, de tres víctimas de Karadima en el Vaticano, invitados por el propio Papa Francisco.

Desde el viernes y hasta hoy, Juan Carlos Cruz, José Andrés Murillo y James Hamilton alojan en la residencia vaticana de Santa Marta. Allí están sosteniendo reuniones personales con el Pontífice, en las cuales este les “pedirá perdón por lo que sufrieron” -según explicó el director de prensa de la Santa Sede, Greg Burke-, y escuchará su testimonio respecto del ex párroco de El Bosque y de cómo fueron tratados por el clero local.

Assembly Dems attempting again to pass Child Victims Act as standalone bill

New York Daily News


Sunday, April 29, 2018

ALBANY — Assembly Democrats this week will vote on a bill to make it easier for child sex abuse survivors to seek justice as a adults — pressuring Senate Republicans who have long blocked the measure.

“We must take action to protect victims of childhood sexual abuse and ensure access to justice for survivors,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) told the Daily News.

"The Assembly majority has long led the way on this important issue and I hope that it can finally become law this year."

The bill, likely to be voted Tuesday, will let prosecutors bring criminal cases any time up to a victim’s 23rd birthday, and allow civil lawsuits against abusers any time up to a victim’s 50th birthday.

Public institutions would be treated the same as private institutions under the law. Currently, child victims have 90 days from the time of an incident to file notices of claim against school districts and other local or state government entities.

Disgraced Bishop resurfaces for confirmation season … again

The Worthy Adversary

April 29, 2018

Joelle Casteix

It’s the Sacrament of Confirmation season in the Catholic Church, and that means one thing: trouble.

Why? For the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, it’s time to dust off disgraced, abuse-enabling bishops and force them on innocent Catholic teens, adults and parishes.

I’ve already received numerous complaints from two Los Angeles parishes: St. Timothy’s in West Los Angeles and St. Monica’s in Santa Monica. Both parishes are celebrating confirmations this coming weekend, and both are stuck with Bishop Thomas Curry as the celebrant.

Think of it as having your faith “sealed” by Pennywise the Clown.

The Enabler

Curry’s fall from grace was quick.

In 2013, when thousands of pages of LA Archdiocese sex abuse and cover-up documents were finally made public (after years of legal wrangling), we learned that Curry, as Vicar for Priests, had a direct hand in the cover-up of sex abuse. He felt that the Archdiocese was not legally responsible for its priests. He allowed molesting priests to stay in ministry without alerting authorities or parishes, allegedly interfered with police investigations, and helped some priests evade civil prosecution.

As a result, he resigned from all public duties in January 2013 … almost.

Except for those pesky confirmations.

Every year since 2013, I have received calls from angry parishioners, asking that Curry (and sometimes Cardinal Roger Mahony himself) be removed as confirmation celebrants.

It’s safer for parishioners to call me than to complain internally. When some parishioners and employees have complained to their pastors in the past about Curry, they alleged they were harassed and/or demoted in response.

Four priests accused of sexual abuse served at one Buffalo-area parish

Buffalo News

By Jay Tokasz

April 29, 2018

Members of Most Precious Blood Church in Angola were as stunned as any Catholics – and maybe more so – when the Diocese of Buffalo in March publicly named 42 priests who had been accused of child sex abuse.

The list released by Bishop Richard J. Malone included not just one priest who served in the village parish, but four. Parishioners had no idea.

"The sticker shock was the number, not that it had happened," said longtime member Karen A. Erickson. "The sticker shock of so many in your community was what had people talking."

What also set Most Precious Blood apart from other parishes was the span in which one accused priest after another worked in the parish for nearly 30 consecutive years.

The Rev. Fred G. Fingerle was assigned as an associate pastor there from 1967 to 1977, except for one year at another parish in 1970. Fingerle was succeeded by the Rev. John P. Hajduk from 1977 to 1982. And Hajduk was followed by Monsignor J. Grant Higgins, who served as pastor from 1983 until 1997.

Part 4 - Riverdale Sexual Abuse

The Total CIO | Andy (Avraham) Blumenthal

APRIL 28, 2018

So this part 4 of my posts about the sexual misconduct inflicted on the children in Riverdale.

This is a follow-on to my post of January 10 regarding a message from Salanter Akiba of Riverdale (SAR) Academy about the exploits of one of its former teachers and administrators who "pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree child molestation."

I agreed to be interviewed by the SAR investigator about my experience as a 7th-grade child who had been lured for a Shabbat to this monsters home.

Rabbi Rosenfeld was never my teacher, and I would have never ended up at his home for Shabbat if not for this person, who invited me there, drove me there, and listened to my cries in the next room.

It was extremely painful to recount in detail the childhood memories of sexual assault as she asked me question after question about every detail, and without malice, but basically forced me to relive the events of so long ago.

Chile victims of clergy sex abuse praise talks with pope

Associated Press

April 29, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Men who were sexually abused by a priest in Chile are describing as helpful the private talks they’ve had with Pope Francis.

James Hamilton, one of three men staying at the Vatican hotel as the pope’s guests, tweeted that his more than two hours of conversation with Francis were “enormously constructive.”

Jose Andres Murillo tweeted that the importance of understanding sexual abuse as “abuse of power” was stressed during his time with the pope.

The third man, Juan Carlos Cruz, was due to meet with Francis on Sunday.

During a January visit to Chile, Francis discredited the men’s claims that a bishop covered up their abuse. Francis has requested the Holy See not to reveal the content of his talks with them because his priority is listening and asking forgiveness.

Chile Sex Abuse Victims Deliver Mixed Verdicts on Papal Talks


28 April 2018

After two hours with the head of the Catholic church, abuse victim Jose Andres Murillo said the pope's apology was "not enough."

The much-anticipated meeting with Pope Francis received mixed reviews Saturday from a group of victims who were sexually abused by a Chilean priest.

One of the three victims, James Hamilton, said he was "very satisfied" with the dialogue with the head of the Catholic church, which he described as "sincere, welcoming and enormously constructive."

Prior to the meeting, Vatican Spokesman Greg Burke said: "Their priority is to listen to the victims, ask their forgiveness and respect the confidentiality of these conversations."

Another victim, Jose Andres Murillo, wrote on his Twitter account: "I spoke with the Pope for two hours. In a very respectful and frank way, I expressed the importance of understanding abuse as an abuse of power and the need to take responsibility, attention and not just forgiveness."

However, after two hours with the Catholic leader, Murillo said the pope's apology was "not enough."

Caution: The Pope is Beefing-up his State Department

The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody

Posted on April 29, 2018 by Betty Clermont

Because Pope Francis is willing to sacrifice the freedom of Chinese and Ukrainians for his own personal ambition, and his support and encouragement of right-wing governments to deny women and LGBTQ persons’ human rights, we have ample reason for concern.

The Vatican’s Secretariat of State is like the State Departments of other countries. It advises the pope and represents the Holy See – i.e. the government of both the Vatican City State and the global Roman Catholic Church – in international affairs and foreign policy issues.

The Holy See has diplomatic relations with 183 sovereign states in which it maintains a nunciature (embassy). It also has official diplomatic relations with countries where there are no resident nuncios (ambassadors) and formal contacts with others without official diplomatic relations.

The Holy See has concordats (treaties) with over 200 countries. A concordat “can set up a theological fiefdom where certain human rights do not apply – and where they can never again be reintroduced without the consent of the Catholic Church. This is why concordats represent a fundamental threat to both democracy and human rights.”

Turning 90, former Bishop Gelineau says ‘God has been good to me’

Providence Journal

By Mark Patinkin
Journal Columnist

Posted Apr 28, 2018

Long-retired leader of Providence Diocese sits down to discuss his career, continued religious work, and the Church’s handling of a long-running sexual-abuse scandal.

Retired Bishop Louis Gelineau greeted me with a firm handshake while keeping his other hand on his walker.

I’d learned he turns 90 on Thursday, so I had come to see him at the Villa at St. Antoine in North Smithfield, the assisted-living facility that’s now his home.

I’d covered Gelineau a few times years ago and remembered his proper public persona. But I’d never sat with him and was struck by his openness, even about difficult matters like the church sex-abuse scandal. ...

“We had parishes with two or three priests,” Gelineau said. “You don’t see that anymore.”

Then I asked about the impact of the church sex-abuse scandals.

“That was harmful to us, yes,” Gelineau said. “I was in office when that came to us.”

I reminded him the Providence Diocese in 2002 paid $14 million to settle dozens of cases, many from during his years, and lawyers claimed a pattern of covering up abuse.

“That was the whole question against Cardinal Law,” said Gelineau of the Boston bishop who resigned in 2002. “He had a lot going on and didn’t take the steps he should have.”

And Gelineau?

“As soon as I knew — we set up an office for handling that. And it’s still there to reveal the truth.”

Monsignor Frappier headed that committee and he said one of their first actions was hiring a retired Massachusetts state trooper to investigate by the book.

I pressed the bishop, pointing out that lawyers representing three men who sued for abuse claimed that documents show Gelineau transferred one accused priest to a new church where he abused again.

The bishop said the truth wasn’t clear at first.

April 28, 2018


Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery, Inc. – P.O. Box 279, Livingston, New Jersey 07039 – 862-368-2800

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, recently turned over the administration of all Catholic parishes in the City of Port Chester, New York, to the Salesians of Don Bosco religious order despite the Salesians’ documented horrific history of sexual abuse of children worldwide, and the New York Salesians’ refusal to reasonably settle a childhood sexual abuse case against a serial pedophile priest, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB

The Salesians of Don Bosco, based in Rome, Italy, but with regional headquarters in New Rochelle, New York, were a central focus of concern by Australian government officials who concluded recently that 21.9% of Salesian Priests and Brothers sexually abused children in Australia between the years 1960 and 2010. The Salesians in the United States have sexually abused scores of children as well.

The USA Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco, led by Fr. Timothy Zak, who was a pastor in Port Chester, New York, has failed to reasonably settle a case against Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, a serial pedophile priest, who sexually abused a child of approximately 10 years of age in a Salesian school in Indiana many years ago

Despite the Salesians’ extensive and sordid history of sexual abuse of children, Cardinal Dolan summarily handed over to the Salesians of Don Bosco the administration of all Catholic parishes in the City of Port Chester, New York, which is populated by scores of immigrant families with young children

A press conference demanding that the Salesians of Don Bosco, who recently were given the administration of ALL Catholic parishes in the City of Port Chester, New York, reasonably settle all claims of childhood sexual abuse against Salesian priests and brothers, including a case that they have refused to settle with “John Doe” who was abused as a child by Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, at a Salesian school in Indiana. The Salesians must settle all cases of childhood sexual abuse against their members so that the victims may heal and gain a degree of closure.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 11:30 AM

On the public sidewalk outside Our Lady of Mercy Church, 260 Westchester Avenue, Port Chester, New York 10573

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, and advocate for “John Doe”

See above

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – mgarabedian@garabedianlaw.com
(portrayed in the 2016 Academy Award-winning Best Picture, “Spotlight”)


Church Militant

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant.com • April 28, 2018

SAGINAW, Mich. (ChurchMilitant.com) - The second day of preliminary examinations for accused priest Fr. Robert DeLand brought further emotional testimony from victims.

The 71-year-old Saginaw priest is being accused of sexually assaulting three young men, two of them minors at the time of the alleged abuse. Two victims testified in Wednesday's hearings, and a third took the stand Friday.

Father DeLand seemed in high spirits as he entered the court room, chatting, smiling and even laughing with friends, who remained in the room throughout the duration of the exams.

Judge orders house arrest for Bill Cosby, says he must wear GPS tracking device


Apr 27, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Bill Cosby's team blasted his sexual-assault trial as a "public lynching" Friday and began looking ahead to an appeal as the judge ordered house arrest for the 80-year-old comedian and said he would be outfitted with a GPS ankle monitoring device.

Cosby's appeal seems certain to focus on the judge's decision to let a parade of women testify that they, too, were abused by the former TV star.

Defense allegations of a biased juror and the admission of Cosby's explosive testimony about drugs and sex are among other possible avenues of appeal as he tries to avoid a sentence that could keep him in prison for the rest of his days.

Cosby remains free on $1 million bail while he awaits sentencing, probably within three months.

Contingency Fee : Key To the Courthouse and Justice From the Church

Legal Examiner

Posted by Mike Bryant

April 28, 2018

I read with interest, and a bit of anger, Professor Hank Shea’s Star Tribune editorial suggesting, “Attorneys for the archdiocese and plaintiffs could waive part of their fees, a major sacrifice that would make more money available for victims.”

Mr. Shea’s seemingly simple solution: Lawyers: Work for less to get the deal done. If each side gives, that will make everything all right.

But like many simple solutions, his ignores the underlying root cause of the problem. Obviously, this scandal started when priests abused children but was made horrible when the church protected the priests and covered it up. The church consistently ignored and denied initial rumors and claims, then quietly moved priests around the country, often without regard to the new crop of children they were sending the tainted priest to. The church lied to parishioners, and pressured them not sue, often with social pressures, often with their very religious beliefs. The survivors suffered through the trauma, and then having to live with these lies. The Church suffered nothing.

Sometimes there were bumps, fits and starts of action. Priests were questioned by prosecutors occasionally, but the church dealt with this by sending perpetrators to so-called “Alcohol treatment.”

Sexual abuse scandals deepen Chile mistrust in Catholic church



April 28, 2018

Santiago (AFP) - Despite a strong Catholic tradition, Chile is witnessing a growing rift between the people and the church, sharpened by a string of sexual abuse scandals that until recently had been ignored by the pope.

The extent of the rift became clear in January when Pope Francis visited Chile and sparked outrage by hugging Juan Barros, a controversial bishop who has been accused of covering up abuses by another priest in the 1980s and '90s.

Questioned by journalists, Francis responded abruptly, saying there was "not a single piece of proof" against Barros in remarks that caused widespread anger among those who had been abused by the other priest, Fernando Karadima.

But the pontiff apologized and quickly moved to dispatch the Vatican's top abuse investigator to collect evidence, later acknowledging he had made "grave mistakes" in his handling of the scandal.

And he also pledged to meet with the victims, inviting three of them to the Vatican to discuss the extent of abuse within the church in Chile.

Woman’s head smashed against radiator while at Aberdeen Catholic orphanage

Evening Express


Three sisters were beaten until they bled and called derogatory names on their first day at an Aberdeen orphanage, an inquiry has heard.

The claims were made by a woman in her 60s, who cannot be named, who lived at Nazareth House in Claremont Street from 1967.

Speaking at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, she told how nuns at the Catholic-run home put on a pretence of niceness when the sisters were dropped off by a social worker, but this changed as soon as they left.

The witness, who was the eldest and aged 10 at the time, while the youngest was a toddler, said: “We got up to the second floor and it just started, really quite severe.

“Hitting, punching, hitting you on your ears. We were Glasgow tinks, we were whores, we were sluts.”

The witness added that they were “battered” until they were left bleeding all over their bodies.

Sisters beaten 'until foaming at the mouth', inquiry hears

Herald Scotland

27th April, 2018

A WOMAN has revealed how nuns beat her so badly she began "foaming at the mouth" while another was told she would be "dead by midnight", an inquiry has heard.

The claims were made by a woman in her 60s, who cannot be named, who lived at Nazareth House in Aberdeen from 1967.

Speaking at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, she told how nuns at the Catholic-run home put on a pretence of niceness when the sisters were dropped off by a social worker, but this changed as soon as they left.

The witness, who was the eldest and aged 10 at the time, while the youngest was a toddler, said: "We got up to the second floor and it just started, really quite severe.

"Hitting, punching, hitting you on your ears.

"We were Glasgow tinks, we were whores, we were sluts."

Tom Brokaw Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By Ex-NBC Reporter Linda Vester, 2nd Woman

CBS New York

April 27, 2018

NEW YORK (CBS News) — Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is pushing back against sexual misconduct allegations.

Brokaw, in a note to colleagues on Friday, compared the accusations to a “drive by shooting,” saying he was “ambushed and perp walked.”

“I was groped and assaulted by Tom Brokaw,” said Linda Vester, a former NBC News correspondent.

In interviews with Variety magazine and The Washington Post, Vester described two “unwanted advances” from Tom Brokaw in the mid 1990s, including one in which she says he invited himself into her hotel room.

“He leans over with his index finger and puts it on my mouth to silence me and says, ‘This is our compact,'” Vester said. “And at that point, he took the same hand, reached behind my head and tried to force me to kiss him.”

Tom Brokaw, in Email, Angrily Denies Harassment Claim

New York Times


APRIL 27, 2018

Tom Brokaw, the longtime NBC News anchor, issued a pointed rebuke on Friday to a former colleague who has accused him of groping and harassing her during the 1990s, describing himself as “angry, hurt and unmoored from what I thought would be the final passage of my life and career.”

In a lengthy email message — written, by his account, at 4 a.m. — Mr. Brokaw angrily rejected the claims of the woman, Linda Vester, a former correspondent at NBC News and Fox News. “I was ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety,” Mr. Brokaw wrote, referring to the news organizations that on Thursday night published Ms. Vester’s account.

He added, of his accuser, “Hard to believe it wasn’t much more Look At Me than Me:Too.”

In the news reports, Ms. Vester described Mr. Brokaw tickling her in a conference room, asking her to drinks and, on two occasions in New York and London, inviting himself to her hotel room. There, she said, he grabbed her and tried to force her to kiss him.

Christian radio station asks for prayers after one of their DJs is arrested for repeatedly raping a minor

Raw Story


27 APR 2018

Christian radio DJ in Pennsylvania has been arrested for repeatedly sexually assaulting a teen girl when she was between the ages of 15 and 18.

Lancaster Online reported Friday that DJ Phil Smith, a radio personality with Christian radio station WJTL-FM, was arrested on 18 counts related to the forcible rape and sexual assaults of the girl that began in 2013 and continued for years after.

The girl that accused Smith of the assaults told police that the DJ “committed sexual offenses against her about 10 times” at a house in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and that he raped her after she turned 18. Charges against Smith include “forcible rape, two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16, aggravated indecent assault of a person under 16, sexual assault and 13 other offenses,” the report noted.

In a statement published after Smith’s arrest, WJTL asked listeners to “join us in praying for all those involved and that truth and justice will prevail.”

Victim reveals his abuse by priest during confession at Newry school

Belfast Telegraph

By Stewart Robson

April 28 2018

A man has told how he was sexually abused as a child by a priest under the guise of him conducting confessions.

In an emotional interview, the victim, who used the name Paul, said he was abused by Father Seamus Reid at St Joseph's Boys' High School in Newry.

He said the sustained weekly abuse lasted for more than three years.

Paul, now 68, was only 11 when his ordeal began. He described events on Radio Ulster's Stephen Nolan Show.

"I remember being sent out to confession in a store room and there were older boys there, and they were pushing us in rather than going in themselves, and I remember very vividly the first time I went in," he said. "There was bright sunlight streaming through the window and he was sitting with his back to the window, but the glare of the sun made him look like a silhouette to me."

Teens testify Catholic priest sexually assaulted them in school, church


Apr 27, 2018

By Cole Waterman cwaterma@mlive.com

SAGINAW, MI -- For the second time this week, a 17-year-old boy testified the Rev. Robert J. "Father Bob" Deland sexually assaulted him.

A teen who had testified Wednesday in a separate matter against DeLand retook the witness stand the afternoon of Friday, April 27, during two preliminary examinations. DeLand, 71, is a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

On Friday, the teen testified he had known DeLand as a hall monitor at his high school. In 2017, the teen had pleaded guilty to a charge of minor in possession of alcohol and was court-ordered to perform 25 hours of community service, with DeLand supervising.

The teen said on Nov. 16, DeLand took him out of class, something atypical of a hall monitor. DeLand took him to another room and gave him $20 and hugged him, the witness testified.

"As we were walking out of the room, he put his hand on my back and slid his hand down to my butt," he said, adding he felt, "very uncomfortable and very angry. I wanted to punch him in the face."

Vatican Financial Information Authority releases annual report

Vatican News

The president and director of the Financial Information Authority held a press conference on Friday

The President of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF), René Brulhart, has released the latest annual report, showing significant progress towards consolidating a “robust reporting system”.

The report was presented to journalists in the Holy See press office on Friday morning.

It shows that there has been a progressive decline in the number of Suspicious Activity Reports, alongside a growing international cooperation and exchange of information, aimed at combatting money laundering and the financing of terrorist activities.

A complete list of the 60 Bill Cosby accusers and their reactions to the guilty verdict

USA Today

Carly Mallenbaum,Patrick Ryan and Maria Puente, USA TODAY

April 27, 2018

The news that Bill Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday was a win for the Me Too movement, for victims whose stories have been dismissed and specifically for women who have long alleged that Cosby mistreated them.

Here's a look at Cosby's accusers, many of whom are celebrating now, and how they're reacting to the verdict.

1. Pamela Abeyta

In 1979, when she was 25 and an aspiring model, she says in a statement that a producer introduced her to Cosby, who met her in Vegas, paid for her $2,500 outfit and brought her to a show. She thinks someone put something in her drink, because later in the night she says she blacked out but remembers seeing that she was in Cosby’s bed with two other naked people.

2. Jewel Allison

A writer, Allison says she was asked by her agent to meet Cosby for dinner around the late 1980s or early 1990. She says she went to dinner, where she was the only guest, and felt sick upon sipping her drink. She says she remembers waking up, seeing semen and becoming nauseous, and that Cosby later put her hand on his genitals.

3. Janice Baker-Kinney

A former bartender who testified against Cosby in court this month, alleging that the comedian drugged and raped her at a house party in Reno in 1982. She was one of the five accusers permitted to testify at the trial.

"I am overwhelmed with joy, relief and gratitude," Baker-Kinney wrote in a statement posted to Twitter following the verdict. "This may be the end for Mr. Cosby, but this victory is just the beginning for many of us, to fight for justice, to do the right thing and support every person who has ever been shamed and humiliated and blamed."

How Churches Can Stand for Survivors, Not the Accused



By Jenna Barnett


Twice this year, standing ovations have knocked the wind out of me. The first one came after Andy Savage, a pastor of Highpoint church at the time, tearfully and vaguely admitted to what he called “an incident” — and what the law calls “an abuse” — of Jules Woodson, a teenager in his youth group when the assault occurred. The Memphis congregation responded with applause.

The second ovation came after Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church, announced that, in light of allegations of sexual harassment by several women in his congregation, he would be stepping down as senior pastor six months ahead of schedule. He denied all allegations and Willow Creek came to their feet in applause.

Standing ovations in these situations create a false narrative of forgiveness and consensus. They convey:

We prioritize those who are accused over those who are calling out for justice and healing.

We offer hasty forgiveness without confession or accountability.

I reject these messages. I also believe that these messages reflect neither the message of Jesus nor the actual feelings and perspectives of many at Willow Creek, High Point, and beyond.

Inevitably, several people in these churches stayed seated. Several members of Willow Creek stood because of the peer pressure intrinsic to standing ovations. And certainly, several members of both congregations left their sanctuary long ago, whether from personal experiences of harassment or disappointment in a church unwilling to prioritize the voices of survivors.

Catholic priest ordered to trial on 3 additional charges

Associated Press

April 27, 2018

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A Catholic priest in the Saginaw area has been ordered to trial on sexual abuse charges involving two teenagers.

The Rev. Robert DeLand was bound over Friday on charges of criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct and distributing an imitation controlled substance.

The Saginaw News reports a 17-year-old youth testified the 71-year-old DeLand last year slid a hand down his back to his buttocks during a conversation at his high school and later offered him a fake drug that police provided.

An 18-year-old testified DeLand tried to grab his crotch during an event at a church.

'57 years of a living hell:' Now a pastor, priest abuse victim shares his story


April 27, 2018

BUFFALO, NY — His name is Charlie Pero, and after 57 years, he's coming forward publicly now to talk about being sexually abused by two Catholic priests to let other victims know it's OK. To let them know they should not be ashamed or afraid to talk about it anymore.

Charlie says that he has been in a living hell for 57 years, until his daughter Kelly recently asked him when it was that his life took a spiral down. It was that moment that Charlie realized that God was about to heal him after decades of pain.

"It blew my mind, because it was right between the eyes, didn't think... I know exactly what it was, and when it was," Charlie said.

Charlie grew up during the 50s and 60s, the oldest of four children. His parents were strict disciplinarians and the local Catholic church Saint Joseph — where he was an altar boy — was a huge part of his parents' lives, both spiritually and socially.

They got to know the priests in the church extremely well, very close, they would be at our house more so than the rectory... they just liked coming over and socializing with my parents" Charlie said.

Ontario jury sets record punitive award against Catholic Church over priest’s abuse

Globe and Mail


APRIL 27, 2018

A jury has awarded $500,000 in punitive damages against a Roman Catholic religious order over a priest’s abuse of a schoolboy, accusing it of betraying the community’s trust by covering up abuse and moving a serial predator along to new posts.

Rob Talach, a lawyer who represented the victim, Rod MacLeod, now 68, said the case represents the largest punitive award by a civil jury in a sexual-abuse case against the Catholic Church in Canada. Over all, the jury award in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice amounted to $2.5-million, which includes money for lost wages, suffering and lost enjoyment of life.

Punitive damages are reserved for particularly egregious conduct, and are meant to deter such conduct in the future.

“I think that the public, as expressed through the jury, is fed up. They want to see more action by institutions,” Mr. Talach said in an interview. “We are moving in a more positive direction. MeToo is part of that. The Cosby conviction is part of that.” (U.S. entertainer Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual offences this week in Pennsylvania.)

Roman Catholic Church to pay $2.6M in landmark sex abuse case

London Free Press


April 27, 2018

By the time Rev. William Hodgson Marshall was sexually abusing Rod MacLeod at a Sudbury high school, he’d already been shuttled away from three previous complaints.

That was the solution to the Marshall problem by the Basilian Fathers of Toronto, who moved the priest from place to place and away from the young people he victimized.

Those decisions helped shape what is believed to be the largest civil award in Canada given to a victim of priest abuse.

Included in the $2.57-million judgment decided on by a Toronto jury this week is $500,000 in punitive damages against the Roman Catholic church, an amount that has far exceeded any previous amount in Canada.

Mom of Former Presentation High Student Says School Failed to Call Police after Teacher Caught Kissing her Daughter

NBC Bay Area

By Vicky Nguyen, Michael Bott, and Mark Villarreal

Apr 27, 2018

The mother of a former Presentation High School student is now accusing the principal of the Catholic school for girls of failing to call police when a theater teacher was caught kissing her 16-year-old-daughter. She is speaking out now after the teacher moved on to another school where he was convicted of possessing child porn on his computer and exchanging sexual texts with a 14 year old. Linda, who requested not to reveal her last name to protect her daughter's identity, says former Presentation theater teacher Jefferey Hicks was able to victimize at least one other child because the school opted to cover up the incident with her daughter rather than report it to authorities back in 2004.

Hicks was allowed to quietly leave Presentation after admitting to the inappropriate relationship, she says, but the school left him in charge of a theater camp that summer for which the school had already collected $65,000 from parents. The teacher eventually landed at Stanbridge Academy, a private school for children with learning disabilities, and was convicted in 2014 of possessing child pornography and annoying or molesting a minor. A spokesperson for Presentation said the school could not comment on the specific allegations.

“He was 26 at the time and he was the head of the performing arts department and our daughter had just turned 16,” Linda said.

Linda said in May of 2004 she received a concerning phone call from Principal Mary Miller asking her to get to the school as soon as possible. Linda says she arrived with her husband to find Miller and one of the school’s vice principals looking somber.

Former Niagara Priest convicted of sexual abuse has been released from prison early


April 27, 2018

Despite fierce opposition from the victims of Donald Grecco, the former Catholic priest was released 6 months into an 18 month sentence for molesting three boys in 1970’s and 1980’s.

William O’Sullivan, one of Grecco’s victims, has publicly opposed his early release. It was at St. Kevin’s church in Welland at the age of 9 that O’Sullivan was first abused by Grecco. That abuse would continue until he was 12. The two other victims submitted written statements to the board, saying that Grecco’s early release would re-traumatize them.

In a report the parole board wrote that while they recognize their decision to “grant early release would be painful for the victims and their families.” Ultimately they must “base their decision on whether the applicant poses a risk of re-offending while on parole”. Adding that Grecco, at 78 years old and in poor health, poses little risk of re-offending.

Vatican financial reforms well rooted, more vetting of donations, report shows


April 28, 2018

Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Financial reforms in the Vatican designed to end decades of scandals are now well rooted, with the number of suspicious activity reports and freezing of funds falling significantly, a report showed on Friday.

The annual report by the Vatican’s independent Financial Information Authority (AIF) says the regulator is now able to turn more of its attention to vetting the transparency and accountability of donations made by outsiders for institutional and charitable purposes.

“The domestic regulatory framework is comprehensive and in line with the relevant international standards,” said the report. “A robust Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) system is in place.”

The regulator made a two-month on-site inspection of the Vatican bank, officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), on management of assets with charitable purposes. No significant shortcomings were found, it said.

Vatican finance watchdog reports ongoing progress in oversight

National Catholic Reporter

Apr 27, 2018

by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's financial watchdog agency has reported continued progress in oversight, reporting and cooperation in its efforts to prevent suspected money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

In its annual report for 2017, the Financial Intelligence Authority confirmed a "robust reporting system and an effective application of the regulatory framework of the Holy See and the Vatican City State."

The agency, which oversees transactions made through the Vatican bank, also continued a "pro-active approach to cooperate and exchange information with its foreign counterparts to fight illicit financial activities," it said in its report, released to the public April 27.

However, as the agency continues to hand over reports of suspicious activity to the required authorities, very few cases have led to indictments and prosecutions by the office of the promoter of justice at the Vatican City State's tribunal.

Vatican aims to keep charities, donations clean with new law

Associated Press

April 27, 2018


VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s financial watchdog has taken on responsibility for evaluating suspicious donations to Vatican-based charities and foundations, an assignment that marks a new phase of Pope Francis’ financial reforms.

An annual report released by the Financial Information Authority on Friday showed a progressive consolidation of efforts to bring the Vatican into compliance with international norms for fighting money laundering and terrorist financing.

For its dual job of supervising the Vatican bank and serving as the Holy See’s financial intelligence unit, the AIF, as the agency is known, collects and evaluates reports of suspicious transactions. In recent years, the bulk of those reports have come from the bank, the Institute for Religious Works, but also other Holy See offices.

In its annual report, the agency noted a law that took effect in November requiring all Vatican-registered charities and foundations to report suspicious transactions to AIF or face sanctions of up to 20,000 euros. That law was a response to a recommendation from the Council of Europe’s Moneyval process, which the Vatican joined in a bid to shed its image as a loosely regulated offshore tax haven.

Second person comes forward to accuse former Redondo Beach priest of sexual abuse

Daily Breeze


April 27, 2018

A second accuser has come forward alleging sexual abuse by former Rev. Chris Cunningham while he served at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach from 1998 to 2001.

The man, now 30, contacted attorney Anthony DeMarco after reading media reports about DeMarco’s representation of a different accuser at St. Lawrence during the same time period. The attorney reached out to the Southern California News Group Thursday.

The man alleges when he was between ages 10 and 13 he was sexually molested by Cunningham both on and off church grounds. No further details were offered in court papers and DeMarco declined to make the accuser or witnesses available for an interview.

A church official at St. Lawrence could not be reached for comment late Friday about the latest allegation. Previously, Monsignor Paul Dotson said that he was sorry for any alleged wrongdoing. Dotson, who arrived at St. Lawrence in 2002, said he was not aware of any claims of abuse prior to these allegations.

Still No Action Taken Against Honduran Bishop Accused of Sexual Abuse

National Catholic Register

APR. 27, 2018

Auxiliary Bishop Juan Jose Pineda, who also faces allegations of financial corruption, remains protected by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga who continues to face financial questions of his own.

Edward Pentin

Despite serious allegations involving abuse of seminarians and financial misconduct leveled against him, Honduran Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle of Tegucigalpa remains in position, and put in charge of the archdiocese during the frequent times Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga is away.

Sources in the Honduran capital have told the Register that no action has been taken against Bishop Pineda, even though a papal investigation last year contained accounts of sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by Bishop Pineda against priests and seminarians, as well as allegations of extensive financial misconduct and corruption.

The head of the investigation, retired Argentine Bishop Alcides Jorge Pedro Casaretto, was reportedly shocked by the testimonies, taken from more than 50 witnesses, including diocesan staff members and priests. The Register obtained affidavits from two of the seminarians who accused Bishop Pineda of sexual abuse, and published them last month.

“Everything is kept silent and so everything continues as it always has,” an informed Honduran source told the Register. “Unfortunately, nothing has changed, only threats have been made against those who have revealed themselves.”

More than 20 colleges rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degrees

Asbury Park Press

Associated Press

April 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Temple University, where Bill Cosby long served as a leading public face and key fundraiser, said Friday it will rescind the honorary doctorate it awarded to the comedian in 1991 because he was convicted of sexually assaulting a former employee.

The Philadelphia university said its board of trustees accepted a recommendation Friday to rescind the degree, citing Thursday’s jury verdict finding him guilty of drugging and molesting a woman who managed the school’s women’s basketball team in 2004.

Cosby received a bachelor’s from Temple, which was among relatively few that waited to pull honors from Cosby until after the verdict.

Temple Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor previously said he would recuse himself from discussions on the honorary degree. O’Connor represented Cosby in 2005 when he first faced allegations of sexual assault.

Vatican: Pope meets Chile victims in climate of ‘reparation’

Associated Press

April 27, 2918


VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened several days of talks Friday with Chilean sex abuse survivors in what the Vatican said was a climate of “reparation for suffering,” after the pope deeply wounded them by discrediting their claims of abuse cover-up by a bishop.

The three men — Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo — are staying at the Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel as guests of Francis. Their VIP treatment is evidence of the complete about-face that Francis has made after admitting he made “serious errors of judgment” in the case of Bishop Juan Barros.

Over the coming days, the men are to meet individually and collectively with the pope, though the Vatican said Friday there are no fixed schedules or pre-established agenda items.

In a statement, spokesman Greg Burke said Francis himself asked that the Vatican release no information about the content of the encounters because “his priority is to listen to the victims, ask their forgiveness and respect the confidentiality of these talks.”

“In this climate of confidence and reparation for suffering, Pope Francis’ desire is to let his guests speak for as long as necessary,” Burke said.

Former Sudbury student wins $2.5M settlement

Sudbury Star

April 28, 2018

A man who was abused by a priest in Sudbury five decades ago has won a $2.5-million settlement against the Basilian Fathers of Toronto.

“I hope this outcome will cause the Basilians to rethink their position on how they treat sex abuse victims; stop listening to their legal experts and listen to their hearts and the teachings of Jesus Christ,” Rod MacLeod, now 68, said in a statement.

A Toronto civil jury awarded the damages, believed to be the largest civil award in Canada given to a victim of priest abuse.

MacLeod said he never fully overcame the psychological damaged Father William Hodgson Marshall caused so many years ago.

José Andrés Murillo tras su reunión con el Papa Francisco: "Solo espero que sea útil"

Radio Agricultura

[José Andrés Murillo after his meeting with Pope Francisco: "I just hope it's useful"]

Abril 28, 2918

Por María Eugenia Noriega

Este viernes se vivió la primera entrevista personal entre el Papa Francisco con las víctimas de Fernando Karadima.

El primero en reunirse con el Sumo Pontífice fue José Andrés Murillo en la residencia del líder católico en el Vaticano. Este sábado será el turno de James Hamilton y finalmente hará lo propio Juan Carlos Cruz.

Si bien señalaron que no emitirán declaraciones hasta que se hayan realizado los tres encuentros, Murillo ocupó su cuenta de Twitter para referirse sobre la reunión.

El escalofriante relato de uno de los abusados chilenos que será recibido por el papa Francisco


[The Center for Journalistic Research (CIPER) of Chile published a long interview with Cruz , taken from the book The Secrets of the Karadima Empire , where he gives details of the events that took place in the 80s in the religious school where he studied.
Juan Carlos arrived at the El Bosque parish in 1980. "He was 16 years old and in third grade, although Karadima says that he met us when he was a university student, the truth is that he went to my graduation and we even took a picture of him. In that photo I'm with the school tie, unfortunately it was so much that I was distressed to see it, that I broke it, but he went to my house for my high school graduation, and accompanied by several young people.].

25 de abril de 2018

Juan Carlos Cruz es uno de los estudiantes que acusó al cura chileno Fernando Karadima, suspendido de por vida después de que se dieron a conocer una serie de denuncias en su contra por abusos sexuales, en 2010.

En los próximas días, Cruz será recibido por el papa Francisco en el Vaticano junto con otras dos víctimas de Karadima.

El Centro de Investigación Periodística (CIPER) de Chile publicó una larga entrevista a Cruz, extraída del libro Los secretos del imperio de Karadima, donde da detalles de los hechos que sucedieron en los años 80 en la escuela religiosa donde estudiaba.

Pope Francis begins to meet Chilean abuse victims

Vatican News

April 27, 2018

The Vatican releases a statement saying that Pope Francis has begun meeting with victims of priest sexual abuse in Chile.

The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, released a statement in Spanish on Friday regarding Pope Francis’ meetings with victims of priest sexual abuse in Chile.

Greg Burke says that Friday afternoon Pope Francis began his “personal meetings with the victims of abuse committed in Chile”.

By the “express desire of the Pope”, there will be no official communication regarding these meetings.

The Pope’s priority is “to listen to the victims, ask them pardon and to respect the confidentiality” of these meetings.

Greg Burke characterizes the climate the Pope is creating as one of “trust and of reparation for suffering”. He then repeats what was communicated in Wednesday’s statement that Pope Francis will allow each of those invited to take “as much time necessary”. Therefore, there are no “fixed appointments” or “pre-established topics” to cover.

April 27, 2018

Will Cardinal Pell face a trial by jury in sex abuse case?


Gerard O’Connell
April 27, 2018

On May 1, Cardinal George Pell will know whether he has to stand trial to face allegations of historical sexual offenses or not. On that day, the Australian magistrate, Belinda Wallington, who heard the case, will announce her verdict.

She will do so after having listened to the case during four weeks of committal hearings in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in March and April, almost half of which were held behind closed doors, as is normal in such cases. She will decide whether there is enough evidence to warrant a trial by jury or whether to dismiss the case. If she decides to send him for trial, she is also likely to announce the charges.

The names of the complainants, the details of the allegations and evidence, as well as the charges against the cardinal are not known publicly, and the Australian press and other media have been prohibited by law from publishing either.

The media could only report what happened in the public sessions when the cardinal’s defense lawyer, Robert Richter, arguably Australia’s foremost defense counsel, cross-examined witnesses who were not the accusers. From the open court sessions, however, it is evident the prosecution has suffered some major setbacks: One of its witnesses has died, another withdrew from the case for reasons of serious illness, while a third made a fresh statement to the police and so his case will now be considered separately as part of a new investigation. The prosecutors also withdrew some potential charges but indicated that they are likely to resubmit them at a later date, which would seem to suggest another trial.

Nazareth House orphanage sisters 'beaten until they bled'

BBC News

Three sisters were beaten until they bled and called derogatory names on their first day at an orphanage, an inquiry has heard.

The claims were made by a woman in her 60s, who cannot be named, who lived at Nazareth House in Aberdeen from 1967.

She told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry how nuns at the Catholic-run home put on a show of "niceness" when the sisters arrived.

But they became violent as soon as their social worker left the building

Megachurch Pulls Out of Willow Creek's Global Leadership Summit Over Bill Hybels

Christian Post

By Leonardo Blair , Christian Post Reporter | Apr 27, 2018

Citing the event's "high identification" with Willow Creek Community Church founder Bill Hybels, who has been accused by several women of sexual misconduct, an Illinois megachurch pastor announced that his church will no longer serve as a host site for Willow Creek Association's annual Global Leadership Summit set for this summer.

In a statement cited by the Daily Herald, Daniel D. Meyer, senior pastor of the multi-campus Christ Church Oak Brook and Downers Grove, said the church was "taking a purposeful pause" from the two-day leadership-building event set to attract nearly 500,000 participants globally, as a result of the multiple allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct that forced Hybels into early retirement this month.

"Both the Christian and the American traditions have seen the value of stopping normal activities to observe a moment of silence ... or to lower a flag to half-staff ... or to issue a collective cry of lament — in the face of significant crisis, turmoil, or loss," Meyer said in his statement.

"We believe that the stories of the women that are now being told are deserving of this pause to listen, reflect and change," he continued. "We feel that unless we stop to listen, some stories that need to be heard will not be told and we as a community will lose the opportunity those voices can give us to become more compassionate, just and holy."

Vatican: Pope meets Chile victims in climate of 'reparation'

Associated Press

April 27, 2018[


VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened several days of talks Friday with Chilean sex abuse survivors in what the Vatican said was a climate of “reparation for suffering,” after the pope deeply wounded them by discrediting their claims of abuse cover-up by a bishop.

The three men — Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo — are staying at the Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel as guests of Francis. Their VIP treatment is evidence of the complete about-face that Francis has made after admitting he made “serious errors of judgment” in the case of Bishop Juan Barros.

Over the coming days, the men are to meet individually and collectively with the pope, though the Vatican said Friday there are no fixed schedules or pre-established agenda items.

In a statement, spokesman Greg Burke said Francis himself asked that the Vatican release no information about the content of the encounters because “his priority is to listen to the victims, ask their forgiveness and respect the confidentiality of these talks.”

Pope Francis begins personal meetings with Chilean abuse victims


Gerard O’Connell
April 27, 2018

Pope Francis has begun his face-to-face, “personal encounters” with the three Chilean abuse victims that accepted his invitation to come and talk with him, the Vatican announced this Friday evening, April 27.

The three victims—Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andrés Murillo—are staying in Santa Marta, the Vatican guest house where the pope lives. He will first meet each of them individually, one or more times, and when they have said all they want to say, Francis will meet them as a group.

In a statement issued this evening, the director of the Vatican Press Office Greg Burke said Pope Francis’ “priority” is “to listen to the victims, ask pardon and respect the confidentiality of these conversations,” and so at his expressed wish “no official communique of the content of these [personal encounters] is envisaged.” Francis wants to emphasize that this is serious business, not a public relations exercise.

The statement said that “in this climate of trust and of reparation for the suffering [of the victims], Pope Francis wishes to let those invited speak for all the time that is necessary, in such a way that there are no fixed times nor pre-established contents [for the conversations].


Tamaki Law Offices

April 27, 2018

April 27, 2018
Vito de la Cruz vito@tamakilaw.com cell (509) 952-7271
Bryan G. Smith bsmith@tamakilaw.com cell (509) 307-7197
Blaine L. Tamaki btamaki@tamakilaw.com cell (509) 307-5804

The Diocese of Great Falls/Billings has agreed to settle 86 sexual abuse claims for $20
million, ending a lawsuit that began in 2011. The lawsuit alleges that multiple priests
and nuns working for the diocese sexually abused children from the 1950s through the

The Diocese filed for bankruptcy in March of 2017, just months before the first of many
jury trials were scheduled to begin. The cases that would have been tried first involved
Fr. Joseph Heretick. In that case Plaintiffs alleged that the Diocese knew that Fr.
Heretick was a danger to children, ignoring complaints from parents about his conduct
around children.

Documents produced in the lawsuit revealed that the Bishop of the Great Falls Diocese sent Fr. Heretick to a treatment center for pedophile priests in the 1980s and that the treatment center recommended that Heretick not be put back in the ministry. Plaintiffs alleged that the Bishop ignored these recommendations.

Settlement discussions continued throughout the bankruptcy and resulted in a settlement on April 24, 2018, after a mediation before the Honorable Gregory Zive, a bankruptcy judge who agreed to serve as mediator in the case.

Tamaki Law Offices represents 38 of the 86 plaintiffs, more than any other law firm in the case, and was lead counsel on the first cases set for trial. Tamaki Law attorneys also served as lead counsel in the bankruptcy case, representing 4 of the 8 members of the Creditor’s Committee (comprised of abuse survivors) who negotiated the final settlement with the Diocese.

This is the 15th bankruptcy filed by a Catholic Diocese in the U.S., and follows a bankruptcy filed by the Diocese of Helena (covering Western Montana) in 2012.

According to Tamaki Law attorney Vito de la Cruz, “the abuse my clients suffered at the hands of Diocesan and religious order priests and nuns has caused profound suffering, hardship, and despair over their entire lives.

However, after seven years of litigation,and facing the prospect of trying 86 separate jury trials which would have taken years if not decades, my clients are hopeful that this small measure of justice and accountability will bring peace and healing to the abuse survivors who had the courage to come forward and tell their story.”

According to Tamaki Law Attorney Bryan G. Smith, “Our clients have carried the weight of sexual abuse and betrayal at the hands of trusted clergy for decades. While no amount of money can make up for the anguish they have endured over the years, this payment by the Diocese of Great Falls Billings is an acknowledgment of wrongdoing,which is an important part of the healing process for my clients. It is through this type of acknowledgment and accountability that positive changes are made, which results in safer environments for children.”

According to Blaine L. Tamaki, the founder of Tamaki Law, who was also lead counsel in the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province bankruptcy which resulted in a recordbreaking settlement of $167 million, “Every abuse survivor in this case should be commended for their courage to come forward and tell their story. They suffered in silence for so long, thinking they were alone, but through this case they were able to have a voice and be heard, acknowledged, and validated, which is such an important part of the healing process.”

For Interviews and more information contact:
Vito de la Cruz vito@tamakilaw.com cell (509) 952-7271
Bryan G. Smith bsmith@tamakilaw.com cell (509) 307-7197
Blaine L. Tamaki btamaki@tamakilaw.com cell (509) 307-5804

Montana Diocese reaches $20M settlement with Catholic sex abuse victims

Billings Gazette

April 27, 2018

By PHOEBE TOLLEFSON ptollefson@billingsgazette.com

After six years of litigation and three attempts at mediation, victims of Catholic clergy sex abuse in Eastern Montana have reached a settlement with the church.

The tentative $20 million agreement between victims and the Great Falls-Billings Diocese was announced in a press release on Friday issued by attorneys for the victims.

The claims cover allegations of sexual abuse between the 1940s and the 1980s at ministries throughout the eastern half of the state, from the St. Labre Indian School on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation to the small town of Absarokee.

Daniel Fasy, a Seattle-based attorney representing some of the claimants, applauded his clients in a prepared statement.

“Justice is long overdue, and the survivors have shown a tremendous amount of resilience and courage throughout this process. They stood up and spoke truth to power, and their efforts will no doubt lead to the protection of future generations of children,” Fasy said.

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings settles sexual abuse claims for $20 million


Apr 27, 2018

BILLINGS - The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings has agreed to pay $20 million to settle 86 sexual abuse claims.

The law firms representing the victims issued a press release Friday morning announcing the settlement.

The claims, initially filed in 2011, alleges priests and nuns working for the diocese sexually abused children for four decades beginning in the 1950s.

The settlement was reached on Tuesday following mediation.

According to the press release, The Diocese filed for bankruptcy in March 2017, just months before the first of many jury trials were scheduled to begin.

The Diocese later asked to dismiss the bankruptcy action.

Great Falls-Billings Diocese reaches settlement terms with sex abuse victims for $20 million

Great Falls Tribune

Seaborn Larson, slarson@greatfallstribune.com

April 27, 2018

Attorneys for the 86 sex abuse victims who filed claims against the Great Falls-Billings Diocese announced on Friday the parties have reached a settlement of $20 million dollars.

The announcement comes just over a year after the diocese filed for federal bankruptcy in order to reorganize its finances to reach such a deaL.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jim Papas has yet to approve the deal, but Missoula attorney for a group of victims, Molly Howard, said diocese officials have approved the financial terms of the settlement. The only remaining details yet to be approved by the church are the non-financial terms.

In a statement released Friday, Bishop Michael Warfel said a substantial amount of the settlement would come from the diocese's insurer, Catholic Mutual, and the diocese with "additional financial assistance from other members of the Catholic community within the Diocese."

"This is part of our continuing efforts to reconcile with survivors of childhood sex abuse while carrying on with the essential mission of the Chruch," Warfel said. "We are hopefuly that this settlemetn without the necessity of yeras of future litigation will continue the healing process with the abuse survivors."

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings settles sexual abuse lawsuit for $20 million


Apr 27, 2018

The following is a Press Release from TAMAKI LAW OFFICES.

The Diocese of Great Falls/Billings has agreed to settle 86 sexual abuse claims for $20 million, ending a lawsuit that began in 2011. The lawsuit alleges that multiple priests and nuns working for the diocese sexually abused children from the 1950s through the 1990s.

The Diocese filed for bankruptcy in March of 2017, just months before the first of many jury trials were scheduled to begin. The cases that would have been tried first involved Fr. Joseph Heretick. In that case, Plaintiffs alleged that the Diocese knew that Fr. Heretick was a danger to children, ignoring complaints from parents about his conduct around children. Documents produced in the lawsuit revealed that the Bishop of the Great Falls Diocese sent Fr. Heretick to a treatment center for pedophile priests in the 1980s and that the treatment center recommended that Heretick not be put back in the ministry. Plaintiffs alleged that the Bishop ignored these recommendations.

Settlement discussions continued throughout the bankruptcy and resulted in a settlement on April 24, 2018, after a mediation before the Honorable Gregory Zive, a bankruptcy judge who agreed to serve as the mediator in the case.

Tamaki Law Offices represents 38 of the 86 plaintiffs, more than any other law firm in the case, and was lead counsel on the first cases set for trial. Tamaki Law attorneys also served as lead counsel in the bankruptcy case, representing 4 of the 8 members of the Creditor’s Committee (comprised of abuse survivors) who negotiated the final settlement with the Diocese.

This is the 15th bankruptcy filed by a Catholic Diocese in the U.S. and follows a bankruptcy filed by the Diocese of Helena (covering Western Montana) in 2012.

Pope holds first meeting with sex abuse survivors from Chile


Inés San Martín

Apr 27, 2018

ROME - Pope Francis’s encounters with three victims of clerical sexual abuse from Chile, whom he once accused of “calumny,” began in the Vatican on Friday. The conversations will take place at different times throughout the weekend and on Monday.

The three survivors, Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Andres Murillo, have been invited by Francis to stay in the Santa Marta residence within Vatican grounds where he’s lived since the beginning of his pontificate.

According to a statement released Friday by Vatican spokesman Greg Burke, at the pope’s request and in an effort to respect “the confidentiality of the conversations,” no official comment on the substance of conversations Francis will have with the victims of abuser priest Fernando Karadima will be released.

“[The pope’s] priority is to listen to the victims, to ask for their forgiveness and to respect the confidentiality of these conversations,” the statement said, which was issued in Spanish.

Men say LI priest who led singing group abused them in mid-1970s


By Bart Jones

April 27, 2018

Eight men who were members of a popular youth folk group at a Catholic church in St. James in the 1970s have filed reports with the Suffolk County district attorney saying they were sexually abused as boys by the charismatic priest who ran the group.

The men filed the accusations as part of the second phase of a program established by the Diocese of Rockville Centre to compensate clergy sex-abuse victims, according to Manhattan-based attorney Michael Reck, who is representing them.

Phase Two of the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program is for people who never previously filed complaints with the diocese or law enforcement agencies.

All eight were members of the PJ Folksingers group at Saints Philip and James Roman Catholic Church. They allege the Rev. Peter Charland, who died in 2004 at 58, abused them as the group soared in popularity, packing churches, cutting an album and even going on a three-week tour of Romania.

The folk group grew from about 10 members to 160 in just three years, according to people who belonged to it.

Bye Bye Bill Cosby

Times of Israel

APRIL 27, 2018

Michael J. Salamon

ill Cosby finally had his day in court and he lost. I remember the first time I heard about Bill Cosby. He had recently released a comedy album that a friend had purchased. My friend played the album for our group and Cosby’s Noah routine was hilarious.

Cosby was a cool spy on an early TV show and I even remember occasionally watching him as the kindly family man and caring doctor on a television show. And, I also remember seeing him at Radio City Music Hall with a group of friends doing his one man show. His act was both humorous and brilliant.

Cosby is intelligent. Johnny Carson the late-night talk show and comedian used to introduce him as someone with a doctorate in education, which he received from University of Massachusetts. His thesis was based on using Fat Albert, a cartoon creation of his, as a teaching tool. He was a smart well rounded highly successful family man. Or was he?

Fifty-eight women accused Cosby of sexual assault ranging over a period of 50 years. I heard rumors about him and his predatory behaviors at least 15 years ago. It is hard to believe that this icon, this model of intellect, humor and apparent concern for others actually was, is, a now convicted sexual predator. But in reality, it is not that incomprehensible.

Pushing for passage

Manhattan Times

April 26, 2018

Survivors of child sex abuse recently have made themselves heard across New York in recent weeks, as they push for passage of the state’s Child Victims Act (CVA), legislation that would increase both the criminal and civil statute of limitations on sex abuse cases.

In March, rape survivor and CVA Kat Sullivan unveiled three digital billboards, calling out her rapist and New York’s outdated laws on child sex abuse.

Currently, child survivors in New York have until the age of 23 to bring their abusers to court. After their 23rd birthday, they have no legal recourse.

If passed, the CVA would raise the statute of limitations for survivors of child sex abuse in New York and provide a one-year look back window for survivors of any age to bring their abusers to court.

St Thomas pastor on sexual assault rap to appear in court May 11

Jamaica Observer

April 26, 2018

ST THOMAS, Jamaica — A St Thomas pastor who was arrested in March and charged with several sexual related crimes, is scheduled to appear in the St Thomas Parish Court on May 11.

According to police reports, 21-year-old Ricardo Brown, who is from Cottage Pen, Morant Bay in St Thomas, was charged with five counts of abduction, rape, assault at common-law, grievous sexually assault, abduction of child under 16, robbery with aggravation and unlawful wounding.

Lawmen added that detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) are currently carrying out further probes.

Former Mansfield pastor sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually abusing child

Dallas Morning News

April 27, 2918

Claire Z. Cardona, Breaking News Producer

A former Mansfield pastor convicted of sexual abuse of a child and indecency was sentenced to half a century in prison Thursday, officials announced.

Jose Luis Pizarro, 42, was sentenced to 50 years on a 2016 charge of sexual abuse of a child younger than 14 and eight years on an indecency charge, the Tarrant County district attorney's office said.

The sentences will run concurrently, DA's spokeswoman Samantha K. Jordan said.

Pizarro, the pastor of Iglesia de Dios Nuevo Amanecer, was arrested in July 2016 on accusations that he inappropriately touched an 8-year-old girl at church.

Scottsdale Pastor Les Hughey resigns from Highlands Church after sex abuse allegations


Bree Burkitt, The Republic | azcentral.com

April 26, 2018

A Scottsdale pastor accused of sexually abusing multiple teenage girls while working at churches in both California and Arizona resigned Wednesday, according to Highlands Community Church officials.

Les Hughey, who is the founder of north Scottsdale church, has been on a leave of absence since Sunday after four women told The Modesto Bee he had victimized them while he was working as a youth pastor at a Modesto, Calif., church in the 1970s.

Two more women later came forward and told The Arizona Republic Hughey sexually assaulted them when he served as youth pastor at Scottsdale Bible Church in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In a written statement provided to The Republic Wednesday night, Brendan Anderson, associate pastor of worship and communication at Highlands, said Hughey's resignation was effective immediately.

Franciscan University Highlights Assault Allegation Policies Following Criticism

National CatholicRegister

APR. 25, 2018

Mary Rezac/CNA/EWTN News

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Franciscan University in Steubenville has said it is committed to reporting and investigating all allegations of abuse in alignment with Title IX requirements and the school’s Catholic identity, following claims that it has mishandled abuse cases in the past.

“While many schools provide Title IX training that meets requirements, here, we hold our students to a higher standard,” David Schmiesing, vice president of student life, told CNA in email comments.

“We frame our Title IX training within the context of a Catholic understanding of human sexuality and the dignity of the human person. For example, during Orientation Weekend for all new students and parents, we provide a talk on the truth and beauty of human sexuality that sets the stage for our online training on the specifics of our sexual-misconduct policy,” Schmiesing said.

Schools that receive federal funding are obliged to comply with Title IX, a federal law that requires schools to have appropriate reporting procedures in place for allegations of sexual harassment and abuse.

The long, winding path to Bill Cosby's guilty verdict


By Eric Levenson, CNN

April 27, 2018

(CNN)Bill Cosby was done being quiet.

The TV icon did not testify in his criminal trial in a Norristown, Pennsylvania courthouse, and he sat silently through more than two weeks of emotional testimony from witnesses and fierce cross-examination from his attorneys.

He didn't visibly react when the jury found him guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. But minutes later, prosecutors asked the judge to revoke Cosby's bail because, they said, he had a private plane and might skip town. Cosby erupted.

"He doesn't have a plane, you asshole," Cosby boomed, referring to himself in the 3rd person.
The outburst punctuated a stunning day in history -- or "herstory," as attorney Gloria Allred put it. The trial ended with the first, second and third guilty verdict against a celebrity accused of sexual assault since the start of the #MeToo movement, signaling the movement's power inside the courtroom.


Care Appointments

27 April 2018

Written by Hilary Duncanson

A man stripped and beat a boy "black and blue" in an assault at a children's home, an inquiry has heard.

A witness at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry said the man "battered hell" out of him at Nazareth House in Aberdeen (pictured) in the 1960s when he was 11 years old.

He told the inquiry: "I thought my time was up."

The witness said the nuns who ran the home would have been aware of the incident but did not come to see how he was.

Bishop Sentenced To 12 Years For Raping, Impregnating Daughter


Chester Makana
News 24

April 27, 2018

A Limpopo bishop has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by the Limpopo High Court in Thohoyandou for raping and impregnating his daughter.

The 65-year-old bishop of a local church in Tshilavulu village, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the daughter, pled guilty to the charge.

When handing down judgment in the High Court in Thohoyandou on Wednesday, Judge Khami Makhafola said that he had no option but to punish the man, as society and the bishop's church would expect the culprit to be punished.

Makhafola added that the bishop needed to pay for his sins and be rehabilitated. The only place he could be rehabilitated was in a correctional facility.

The case of a fallen mission president: When the Mormon church promptly removed a leader who ‘deceived and victimized’ young female missionaries

Salt Lake Tribune

April 26, 2018

By Peggy Fletcher Stack

Philander Knox Smartt III arrived in Puerto Rico on July 1, 2013, as an energetic 43-year-old, and expected to preside over Mormon missionaries serving in that collection of islands for three years.

Ten months later, however, Smartt was dismissed as mission president and booted from the church for unspecified misconduct with multiple young female missionaries.

The victims, all older than 18, “chose not to pursue criminal charges,” LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement in response to Salt Lake Tribune questions about the episode, and the Utah-based faith provided “ecclesiastical and emotional counseling” to the sister missionaries “who had been deceived and victimized.”

Hawkins noted Wednesday that “no police report was requested by the victims,” but added that “without question, these actions were reprehensible, immoral and against the laws of God and the standards of the church.”

Diocese had warnings about lay group accused of abuse for 40-plus years


Claire Giangravè

Apr 27, 2018

CATANIA, Italy - Documents obtained by Crux show that both the Diocese of Acireale on the Italian island of Sicily and the Vatican were aware since the mid-1970s that a powerful lay organization whose leaders today stand accused of sexual abuse of minor girls was suspected of “deviations of a doctrinal and moral character” and “true scandals.”

Those charged with abuse are currently awaiting trial, and have strongly denied the accusations through their attorney.

Despite several failed attempts in the late 1970s to impose discipline, documents and interviews show the group continued to enjoy loose approval from a string of bishops in Acireale until criminal charges were lodged by civil prosecutors in August 2017.

Among other things, those documents, 79 pages in all, show that the “Catholic Culture and Environment Association,” formerly known as the “Community of Lavina,” was supposed to be barred from meeting on church grounds since February 1976, but it was allowed to continue doing so openly until last year when the charges were filed.

The documents, mostly correspondence among bishops, clergy, members of the group and Vatican officials, do not indicate any specific knowledge by Church authorities of charges of sexual abuse within the group.

British National And Retired Priest Leaves India Weeks After Being Sentenced For Child Sex Abuse


Apr 27 2018

Jonathan Robinson, a 76-year old British National and retired priest who served in churches across London, Surrey and Bath and was recently awarded a jail term for child sexual abuse has left India, reports DNA. Robinson was awarded a jail term for three years by a court in Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu on 13 April.

Robinson was named a fuguitve and a non-bailable warrant was issued in his name back in 2011 when he left the country for Wales. Soon after this, the police issued a Red Corner notice to him. However, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court asked the police to recall the notice and also had the non-bailable warrant dropped in order to give him a chance to defend himself in court.

Subsequently, he came back to India in 2015 and surrendered before the judicial magistrate in Valliyoor. He was then convicted and handed a jail term along with a fine of Rs 6,000.

Robinson had filed an appeal against the lower court and informed the police that he would be leaving the country as per his bail conditions. The Valliyoor police station has stated that they are not aware if he has fled the country or not.

EXCLUSIVE: Campaigners slam Essex Council as it hides details of alleged child sex abuse and corruption, including Shoebury paedophile ring

Yellow Advertiser

26 April 2018

by Charles Thomson - Chief Reporter

The YA's front page last month, when Essex Council refused to release the 'Kenward Report'.
ESSEX Council has refused to answer basic questions about an inquiry linking some of its former employees to alleged child sex abuse.

For the second time this year, County Hall has refused to release details of the ’Kenward Report’, commissioned in the late 1990s to probe allegations that child protection staff abused kids in care.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance described the council’s refusal to answer basic questions as ’ludicrous’, whilst the founder of a leading child abuse charity said the ongoing secrecy gave the impression that the council ’have something to hide’.

The ’Kenward Report’ was penned by independent child protection expert Helen Kenward, who had conducted high profile abuse inquiries for other local authorities.

University Statement: Revoking Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree

Carnegie Mellon University

April 26, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University has long had a clear and unwavering commitment: The university will not tolerate sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking or sexual harassment. These acts are against the law and violate our core values.

In order to fulfill that commitment and in light of Bill Cosby’s criminal conviction for aggravated indecent assault, Carnegie Mellon University has decided to revoke an honorary degree it awarded to Mr. Cosby in 2007.

'Rabbi Berland is a cult leader'

Arutz Sheva

Tzvi Lev, 26/04/18

The Israel Police is attempting to prevent prominent hassidic leader and convicted felon Rabbi Eliezer Berland from lighting the traditional Lag Baomer bonfire at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron next week.

According to Haredim 10, police fear that the rabbi's appearance will cause scuffles and disturbances between his supporters and detractors and intend to seek a restraining order in the coming days to prevent Rabbi Berland from arriving at Meron on Lag Baomer.

The Israeli Center for Cult Victims has also appealed to the Chief Rabbi of Meron asking him to prevent Berland from lighting a bonfire in order to prevent him from recruiting new members. "Such an event may cause new people to be exposed to the sect, and those who are later liable to be the next victims," wrote the center."

CEO Rachel Lichtenstein added that Berland would attempt to use the main Lag Baomer event as a way to regain legitimacy from the haredi community: "Berland tries to hold meetings with rabbis in each city and makes sure that his followers will photograph these meetings in order to publish the pictures and try to regain the status of the righteous rabbi. In general, this will lead to blasphemy and contempt for Judaism and the Torah," she wrote.

There’s no separating Cosby’s legacy as a symbol of unity and the face of evil

Boston Glob


APRIL 27, 2018

It isn’t he said/she said (and she said and she said) anymore. It is legal fact. A jury found Bill Cosby guilty on Thursday of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand in January 2004, and his crimes against women can no longer be dismissed as “allegations.” Pending his attorneys’ stated intention to appeal, Cosby, 80, is likely going to prison. It’s very possible he’ll end his days there. His career was already over. Now it’s over and out.

So what do we do with his legacy?

Forget about watching episodes of “The Cosby Show,” or listening to the comedy albums, or watching reruns of the old “Fat Albert” cartoons as anything approaching entertainment. Even Jell-O is looking a little sketchy at the moment, and don’t think about Pudding Pops. You cannot be entertained by what has been so profoundly tainted (or if you can, many of us don’t want to know you). But there’s a resume of social and cultural accomplishment that somehow has to be squared with the most profound personal evil.

We’re a species that likes to divide people into heroes and villains and we get extremely uncomfortable when the lines are blurred. Unfortunately, that is where life often happens — somewhere in the middle.

Former priest found guilty of raping 13-year-old girl who confided in him she was abused by father

ABC News

April 27, 2018

By Elizabeth Byrne

Former Anglican priest John Philip Aitchison, 67, has been found guilty of five charges of rape and eight acts of indecency against a 13-year-old girl in Canberra in the 1980s.

Aitchison sat with his eyes closed in the ACT Supreme Court as the jury delivered their verdicts.

The victim had given graphic evidence of a series of assaults, including the first that occurred in a Canberra church after she had finished violin practice.

The woman said Aitcheson had urged her to look into the corner and pray that she might see her pet dog that had died.

She said during the assault he had repeatedly muttered "please God forgive me".

April 26, 2018

House chaplain forced out by Ryan

The Hill



House Chaplain Patrick Conroy’s sudden resignation has sparked a furor on Capitol Hill, with sources in both parties saying he was pushed out by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Conroy’s own resignation announcement stated that it was done at Ryan’s request.

“As you have requested, I hereby offer my resignation as the 60th Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives,” the April 15 letter to Ryan, obtained by The Hill, states.
Through his office, Conroy, who has served as chaplain since 2011, declined to comment on Thursday. His resignation is effective May 24....

Conroy’s arrival on Capitol Hill was also marked with some controversy. The Jesuit priest was nominated by former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in May 2011, but Pelosi urged additional vetting of the pick after learning that Conroy was then working for a Catholic religious order — the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus — that had agreed just months earlier to pay $166 million to victims of sexual abuse going back decades.

There was no evidence that Conroy was involved in the scandal, nor did Pelosi suggest that was the case. After further questioning, she endorsed his nomination.

Will the New York State Senate protect child victims or powerful predators?

Altamonte Enterprise

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Richard Tollner told us how, when he was at the tender age of 15 and 16, he was sexually molested by a priest he had trusted at the seminary he attended.

“It affected who I was; it affected my confidence; it affected my opinion of people. It affected my sexuality. I wasn’t sure — was this my problem?” he told us.

When Tollner was 17, his father died in a car crash. He realized then that he had to take care of himself, he said, and soon after reported the abuse three times — to another priest, to a teacher, to the head of the seminary. Nothing happened.

It was the mid-1970s, before The Boston Globe’s exposé on priests abusing children, before such matters were openly discussed.

Tollner says he came to realize, “I’m not the bad guy. I never was the bad guy.”

Power of words: Listening must lead to action, abuse survivors say

National Catholic Reporter

Apr 26, 2018

by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' planned meeting with abuse survivors from Chile could mark a turning point in how the Catholic Church deals not just with prevention, but especially with how it responds to accusations.

The pope has said he wants the four days of meetings in April to be his chance to ask for forgiveness and express his "pain and shame" for what they have suffered.

And Pope Francis, who emphasizes the importance of listening and learning, also sees this as a chance to hear survivors' suggestions for how to avoid repeating "such reprehensible acts," the Vatican said April 25.

But this meeting is different from his other meetings with survivors. This time he is not only acknowledging and apologizing for abuses perpetrated by others, he himself caused shock and pain when he repeatedly discounted claims there was evidence Chilean Bishop Juan Barros knew of abuse against minors. Pope Francis went so far as to label such claims as "calumny" in remarks to reporters in January.

Bill Cosby verdict draws tears of joy, sense of relief from accusers and survivors

New York Daily News


April 26, 2018

Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault Thursday, sparking a flurry of celebratory reactions from those who felt the longtime alleged predator had finally gotten his due.

The 80-year-old disgraced comedian and “Cosby Show” star was on trial for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

For many disheartened by last year’s mistrial, the verdict brought a sense of relief.

"It's just wonderful. I feel like every one of us has been vindicated. I'm in tears," Cosby accuser Sunni Welles told the Daily News after hearing the verdict.

"I'm just so thrilled he's likely going to spend some time in jail. I don't even care if it's only a short sentence. He just needs to go to jail," she said.

The Cosby Verdict: Did the #MeToo Movement Sway the Jury?

New York Times


APRIL 26, 2018

The trial of Bill Cosby provides what social scientists might call a natural experiment. In the spring of 2017, a jury could not agree on whether Mr. Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, setting the stage for a retrial.

But between that trial and this one came the revelations over Harvey Weinstein and a cascade of other powerful men that invigorated the #MeToo movement. The big question: would it make any difference?

It well may have. The jury deliberated not even two days — compared with six days the first time around — before finding Mr. Cosby guilty on all counts.

There were other key differences: Jurors saw a new defense witness, who testified that Ms. Constand had said it would be easy to use fabricated abuse claims to extort a celebrity.

And they saw more evidence of a pattern of predatory behavior that extended beyond Ms. Constand: The judge allowed five of Mr. Cosby’s more than 50 accusers to testify, compared with one at the first trial. But some have suggested that the judge’s decision was also a response to shifting social views after #MeToo.

The Latest: DA: Cosby showed his true colors with outburst

Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):

3:55 p.m.

A prosecutor says Bill Cosby showed his true colors when he went on an expletive-laced tirade after his conviction on sexual assault charges.

Cosby called District Attorney Kevin Steele an “a--hole” in court after Steele asked the judge to revoke the 80-year-old comedian’s bail and send him to jail. Cosby remains free.

Steele tells reporters Thursday the outburst showed that Cosby’s good-guy persona was just an act, and “we got to see who he really was.”

Cosby was convicted of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Constand’s lawyer, Dolores Troiani, thanked prosecutors and investigators for their diligence and praised Constand for her courage. She says, “Although justice was delayed, it was not denied.”

3:35 p.m.

A TV network says it is yanking all reruns of “The Cosby Show” after Bill Cosby’s conviction on sexual assault charges.

Bounce TV said Thursday it is pulling the show from its schedule.

“The Cosby Show” aired on the network as recently as Thursday morning.

Bill Cosby curses at district attorney after years of shaming others for their language

New York Daily News


Thursday, April 26, 2018

America's Dad" has repeatedly lectured and shamed people for their inappropriate language but had no issue hurling his own off-color remarks in the middle of a courtroom Thursday afternoon.

A Pennsylvania jury found 80-year-old Bill Cosby guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University basketball coach Andrea Constand inside his Philadelphia home in 2004. Following the verdict, District Attorney Kevin Steele called for the disgraced funnyman's bail to be revoked, posing that he is a flight risk given his access to a private plane.

"He doesn't have a plane you a--hole," Cosby snapped back.

The quip stands in stark contrast to the fatherly persona he’s cultivated for himself as well as his repeated critiques of harsh language.

Freundel victims notified of wrong release date

Washington Jewish Week

APRIL 26, 2018


Victims of convicted voyeur Barry Freundel received an email Wednesday saying he will be released two years early. But that email was wrong, Freundel’s attorney, Jeffrey Harris, said today.

The District of Columbia Department of Corrections incorrectly informed victims that Freundel’s release date had been moved up to Aug. 21, 2018.

Today, the same people received another email saying that Freundel will be released on the same date in 2020, Harris said.

Freundel, former rabbi of Kesher Israel, an Orthodox congregation in Georgetown, pleaded guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism and was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison in 2015. He was arrested in 2014 for videotaping naked women undergoing conversion to Judaism while he was in charge of the National Capital Mikvah.

Harris said he received both emails and believes the incorrect date was a clerical error by the Department of Corrections. The department has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

Hate group preacher, treasurer accused of embezzling $5.3M


By Thomas Moriarty tmoriarty@njadvancemedia.com,
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

A Mercedes-Benz van, trips to Disneyland and private school tuition were just some of the gifts Jermaine Grant lavished on his family -- all ostensibly paid for with income from his entertainment company.

In reality, the U.S. Attorney's Office has alleged, all were ill-gotten gains of a scheme by Grant, 43, and Lincoln Warrington, 48, to siphon millions from the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ. The New York-based religious organization is part of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, which believes black people are among the lost tribes of Israel.

Grant, who has led the organization under the name "Chief High Priest Tazadaqyah," has preached that a black Jesus will return to earth to enslave and kill white people. The Southern Poverty Law Center has previously cited his comments in classifying the church as a black nationalist hate group.

Both men were arrested Wednesday on a grand jury indictment charging them with conspiring to defraud the United States, and Grant with an additional five counts of personal income tax evasion.

Chicago Press Conference Thursday - Former Students Sue Lake Bluff School District for Sexual Abuse

Jeff Anderson and Associates


Former Students Sue Lake Bluff School District for Sexual Abuse

Lawsuits allege school superintendent knew teacher Charles Ritz was sexually inappropriate with children for over 10 years prior to Ritz’s resignation

Courageous survivor John Bollman to speak openly about Ritz abuse and his efforts to get schools to act

Charles Ritz Photo
Charles Ritz Timeline
Doe 593 v. Lake Bluff School District
Doe 594 v. Lake Bluff School District
Edward Higginson v. Lake Bluff School District
John Bollman v. Lake Bluff School District
Joseph Lombardi v. Lake Bluff School District

WHAT: At a news conference today in Chicago, a sexual abuse survivor and his attorneys Jeff Anderson and Marc Pearlman will:

• Speak publicly about sexual abuse by now-convicted former Lake Bluff teacher Charles Ritz while they were students at Lake Bluff Junior High;
• Announce the filing of five lawsuits, including a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging that Lake Bluff District officials knew that Ritz was sexually abusing boys, and then let him quietly resign from his job. Ritz went on to sexually abuse children in Southern California where he worked as a teacher for 30 years.
• Discuss how Ritz’s victims came together using social media and gathered information about their abuse to help law enforcement investigate, arrest, and charge Ritz, resulting in a guilty plea late last year.
• Encourage other survivors of Ritz to come forward confidentially.

WHEN: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 1:00PM CT

WHERE: 222 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60601

NOTES: Watch the event live on our website www.andersonadvocates.com and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AndersonAdvocates/

Contact Marc Pearlman: Office/312.261.4550 Mobile/773.368.0142
Contact Jeff Anderson: Office/651.964.3473 Mobile/612.817.8665
Contact Trusha Goffe: Office/651.964.3473 Mobile/612.760.4985

Bishops push back on planned House of Commons motion seeking Papal apology for residential schools

CBC News

Jorge Barrera · CBC News

Apr 17, 2018

The organization representing Catholic bishops in Canada is pushing back against a motion expected to be debated in the House of Commons this week calling on Pope Francis to apologize for residential schools.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) sent a mass email to parliamentarians on Monday afternoon outlining what it believes to be "misunderstandings and errors" behind the move to introduce the motion.

The motion, which could be debated as early as Wednesday, calls on the CCCB to invite the Pope to Canada to apologize to residential school survivors.

Pope Francis has said through the CCCB that he does not plan to apologize.

Police files, historical documents show link between Catholic hierarchy and residential schools

CBC News

Jorge Barrera · CBC News

Apr 25, 2018

When the Ontario Provincial Police raided the Oblates of Mary Immaculate offices in Ottawa in 1995, they seized a number of documents including a file containing a memo written in Latin and addressed to the order's leadership in Rome.

The memo concerned a member of the order who was associated with St. Anne's residential school in Fort Albany, Ont.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has claimed in recent weeks, in defence of a statement that Pope Francis could not "personally respond" to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's request for an apology for residential schools, that the Catholic Church itself could not be blamed for the abuses committed at the institutions.

The conference says the schools were run by 16 dioceses and about 36 orders independent of the direction or responsibility of Catholic Church, represented by the Pope in the Vatican.

Yet, the OPP records along with historical files reveal that the Catholic hierarchy in Canada, from the cardinal level down to the bishop, were deeply involved with residential schools and their fingerprints are even found in the Indian Act.

'Finally some justice': Hollywood weighs in on Cosby verdict

Los Angeles Times

APR 26, 2018

Bill Cosby was found guilty Thursday on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, and many in Hollywood immediately celebrated the news on social media.

The verdict came, after the jury's 13 hours of deliberation, less than a year after a previous panel was unable to reach consensus on the charges.

The accusations against Cosby, from dozens of women who say the comedian drugged and assaulted them, started long before the dawn of the #MeToo revolution. But many in Hollywood credit the movement with opening people's eyes to the reality of improper behavior and abuse of power.

As reactions to the verdict continue to pour in, here are a few thoughts from celebrities.

Cosby is guilty. I’m sorry if you loved a lie. His victims can now exhale. Thank you judge and jury. Thank you society for waking up.

— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) April 26, 2018

The state of America is this- Even with dozens of accusers we were all afraid Bill Cosby would walk.

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) April 26, 2018

As prosecutor seeks to revoke his bail, Cosby curses at him


By Darran Simon, CNN

April 26, 2018

(CNN)After the jury announced the guilty verdict on Thursday against Bill Cosby, the TV icon shouted at the prosecutor in the courtroom.

The 80-year-old comedian's outburst, which happened after the jury was dismissed, came in response to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, District Attorney Kevin Steele's argument that Cosby's $1 million bail should be revoked, because, Steele said, Cosby might flee anywhere in the world.

Steele said Cosby had a private plane and that no dollar amount would be able to ensure his appearance.

Cosby stood up at one point and yelled at Steele: "He doesn't have a private plane, you asshole."
Judge Steven O'Neill did not revoke the bail, and cited Cosby's age and his appearance at every hearing for the past 2½ years as reasons.

Good riddance, Bill Cosby; sex crimes aren't funny

George Diaz
Orlando Sentinel

April 26, 2918

Bill Cosby lashed out at an attorney after Cosby’s conviction Thursday afternoon.

"I'm sick of him!" Cosby screamed at District Attorney Kevin Steele after Cosby’s conviction of drugging and molesting a woman.

Guess what Mr. Pudding Pops? We are sick of you.

We are sick of your predatory disguise.

We are sick of you using your position of power to grope, fondle and assault women.

We are sick of your fake persona, all mom and apple pie and America’s Dad when you were nothing but a Super Freak.

No sympathy for the devil Billy Boy, even though we can give you credit for becoming the naughty celebrity poster boy of the #MeToo movement.

Bill Cosby convicted on three counts of sexual assault

Washington Post

By Manuel Roig-Franzia

April 26

NORRISTOWN, PA — Iconic entertainer Bill Cosby was convicted on three counts of sexual assault, a decision that punctuates one of the most thundering falls from grace in American cultural history. Cosby faces a maximum of 10 years for each count of assault. No sentencing date has been set. The conviction comes in a retrial of a 2017 case in which a mistrial was declared.

As the foreperson of the jury, a slender woman with long graying hair and glasses, said those three words — guilty, guilty, guilty — the courtroom rocked with emotion. Two women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault but did not testify at the trial, burst out in loud sobs from their seats in one of the back rows of the cramped and tension-filed courtroom.

They were escorted from the courtroom by security officials. But their tears — tears of joy, sadness and exhaustion after a frustrating years-long struggle — still filtered into the courtroom through the heavy closed wooden doors. Their tears became the soundtrack for the next few moments of courtroom drama, an off-stage symphony of relief, release and pain.

Ruth Krall, "Reflections Vis-à-vis Today’s SNAP": A Guest Posting — "Onus Is on the Newly Configured SNAP Board to Move into Transparency with All of Its Members"


William D. Lindsey

As longtime Bilgrimage readers will know, I've been a longtime supporter of the group Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). I've persistently defended SNAP when some of its detractors came to this site to attack the organization and its leaders and work. Like Ruth (but not to such a great extent, I suspect, as in Ruth's case), I've contributed financially to SNAP. I've also very gladly assisted in SNAP's work in a variety of ways, when I have been called on to do so.

I'm publishing Ruth's fine essay about what has happened recently at SNAP because I very much agree with what she says — and because I want to see SNAP remain a viable organization addressing the needs of abuse survivors. A chilling line from Ruth's essay that stands out to me: [As I tried to obtain information about what had happened to split SNAP's leadership], "[i]t was like, I felt, encountering the silence of the Catholic bishops in obvious situations of injustice vis-à-vis abuse victims."

An organzation calling on church leaders to be transparent has to be transparent itself, if it's to be taken seriously when it issues that call. This is why I'm publishing Ruth's essay now — the essay follows.

Reflections Vis-à-vis Today's SNAP

Silence Implies Consent

There is an ancient principle I learned in my early childhood: if you disagree with something, the onus is on you to say so. In my birth family, pouting and passive-aggressive acting out simply were not tolerated. To have integrity, one needed to speak one’s own truth to the best of one’s ability. On one memorable occasion when I was eight or nine years old, my father took me aside and said something like this: The way you are behaving — this rudeness towards your mother, your pouting and your anger — is not acceptable in this family. Say what you have to say but say it politely. Do not treat your family in this mean and rude way. If you disagree, tell us why you disagree. I promise you I will listen to you and hear you out. But right now in your life your mother and I have the final say about what you are allowed to do. The short form of this message was that I was not expected to agree with all of the day-to-day parental decisions and I could argue for another outcome. But mean-spiritedness and rudeness towards others would not be tolerated. In my family, at least, these rude behaviors were counter-productive. Power struggles with my mother about expected behavior did not yield a desirable end. In fact, I both could and did get grounded for intra-family rudeness and general bitchy disagreeableness.

Bill Cosby retrial verdict: Guilty on all 3 counts of aggravated indecent assault

USA Today

Maria Puente,Gene Sloan and Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY

April 26, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Comedian and TV icon Bill Cosby has been convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault at his sexual-assault retrial here Thursday, on the second day of deliberations.

After the verdict was delivered, Judge Steven O'Neill thanked the jurors for their service, and then warned jurors about interactions with the media.

"You have sacrificed much, but you have sacrificed in the service of justice and in this country and this Commonwealth and this county," O'Neill said. "That is important."

After the jury left the room, O'Neill said the $1 million bail Cosby posted was sufficient for him to remain free until sentencing. That set off a heated argument with Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele who wanted Cosby's bail revoked as an alleged flight risk.

The judge questioned this, citing Cosby's age, health and the fact that he showed up for every court proceeding over two years. "I am not going to simply lock him up because of this," O'Neill said. A sentencing date was not set.

Bill Cosby's verdict is a rare moment of justice in a long, uphill battle

The Guardian (UK)

Jessica Valenti

After years of rumors, accusations, and finally criminal charges - entertainer Bill Cosby has been found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand 14 years ago. The 80 year old, most famous for playing beloved television dad Cliff Huxtable, could face 15 to 30 years in prison. His first trial ended in a deadlocked jury last summer.

Cosby, who has been accused of multiple sexual assaults and rapes by nearly 60 women spanning decades, has maintained his innocence - with his lawyers smearing his accusers as liars and promiscuous.

While I hope that this verdict brings his many victims some measure of peace - as much as it can after years of their accusations being ignored - I can’t help but be reminded of one important piece of information: of all crowing we have heard over the past year about men’s lives supposedly being ruined by #MeToo, Cosby’s verdict is actually the first time we’re seeing just one of these men being held to criminal account.

For the most part, all of the outed abusers have been living their lives as they normally would, in mansions and with cushy exit deals. In fact, just this week that we found out that a handful of the men who lost their jobs as part of the #MeToo reckoning are planning their career comebacks. (Already, and seemingly all at once.)

Bill Cosby Convicted of Sexual Assault by Jury

Hollywood Reporter

APRIL 26, 2018

by Ashley Cullins, Eriq Gardne

After 14 hours of deliberation, the second jury to hear the comedian's case has found him guilty.

Bill Cosby has been found guilty of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand in 2004. On Thursday, a Pennsylvania jury returned a verdict after 14 hours of deliberation and held him responsible for rape on all three counts brought by prosecutors.

The development comes in the retrial of Cosby, 80, once the nation's most popular entertainer with the highest-rated series on television before a downfall when several dozen women came forward to accuse him of being a serial rapist.

After the guilty verdict was read and jurors left the courtroom, Cosby launched an expletive-ridden tirade and called the District Attorney Kevin Steele an "asshole." As Steele argued to revoke bail, Cosby stood up and shouted, "I'm sick of him!"

Meanwhile, outside the courthouse, attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference with many Cosby accusers. She cried out, "Justice!" All of the women raised their hands in celebration and relief.

Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault in retrial

NBC News

by Meredith Mandell, Adam Reiss and Daniella Silva


NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby, who once embodied the idealized American father on a wildly popular sitcom, was convicted of sexual assault on Thursday in a high-stakes retrial after a half-dozen women testified that the famed comedian drugged and assaulted them.

The jury found Cosby guilty on all three counts of Thursday afternoon, drawing an emotional reaction from his accusers. Cosby remains free on bail until sentencing.

Upon reading of the first guilty verdict several of Cosby's alleged prior victims sobbed and shook with joy. Cosby's head was bent slightly, eyes shut.

Cosby lashed out at the prosecution when discussing whether to revoke his bail.

Prosecutor Kevin Steele said Cosby had a plane and noted his wealth in giving concerns over his bail.

"He doesn't have a plane you asshole! I'm sick of it you asshole!" he exclaimed.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor argued with the judge.

Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault After Years of Accusations

New York Times


APRIL 26, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A jury found Bill Cosby guilty Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home near here 14 years ago, capping the downfall of one of the world’s best-known entertainers, and offering a measure of satisfaction to the dozens of women who for years have accused him of similar assaults against them.

On the second day of its deliberations at the Montgomery County Courthouse in this town northwest of Philadelphia, the jury returned to convict Mr. Cosby of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, at the time a Temple University employee he had mentored.

The three counts — penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant — are felonies, each punishable by up to 10 years in state prison, though the sentences could be served concurrently.

It was the second time a jury had considered Mr. Cosby’s fate. His first trial last summer ended with a deadlocked jury after six days of deliberations.

Mr. Cosby sat back in his chair after the verdict was announced and quietly stared down. Several women who have accused Mr. Cosby of abusing them, and attended the trial each day, briefly cheered, then fell silent. Judge Steven T. O’Neill praised the jurors, calling it “an extraordinarily difficult case” and adding, “You have sacrificed much, but you have sacrificed in the service of justice.”

The long road to recovery after sexual abuse


Charlie Specht

Apr 26, 2018

David Husted first encountered Father James Spielman in the principal’s office of Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean in 1979.

The skinny freshman was in trouble when the young, charismatic priest with the dark mustache walked in.

“He came in the room and he said, ‘Hi, what’s your name? What’s going on?’” Husted recalled. “I told him and he started to befriend me. He asked me to come talk to him after school, and you know, I did. He was a priest, he’s a teacher. I thought he was [there] to help me.”

But Father James Spielman wasn’t there to help Husted. He was there to groom him for years of sexual abuse — and Husted says, a lifetime of pain.

“He was thought of as a God,” Husted said. “He was thought of as do no wrong, such a wonderful person. He was so good at what he did, in grooming.”

The grooming of Husted, now in his 50s and living in Texas, started in his Olean home, where the charismatic priest was a regular dinner guest. It continued, Husted said, at a cabin in Scio he nicknamed “The Hill,” and also on a mission trip to Hawaii — a trip that would prove fateful to all involved.

Pennsylvania is national leader in aggressively going after institutional child sex predators


April 26, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus idejesus@pennlive.com

More than any other state, Pennsylvania is aggressively going after child sex predators.

From multiple grand jury investigations into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, a similar grand jury probe into the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, the prosecution of Jerry Sandusky and the investigation into systemic sex abuse of students at a New Hope private school, state prosecutors have positioned the state as arguably the most aggressive in the nation against child sex crimes.

A pending grand jury investigation into six Roman Catholic dioceses in the state is poised to further ratchet up the scope of that outlook. The probe ostensibly will provide a complete look into clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania.

"Pennsylvania is to be commended for pursuing these criminal matters," said Mitchell Garabedian, an attorney who specializes in sexual abuse cases and represented hundreds for victims in lawsuits against the Catholic Church. "In a way they are showing many states the great need for criminal actions to be pursued with regard to clergy sex abuse and sex abuse of children."

Garabedian was featured prominently -- as portrayed by Stanley Tucci -- in the film "Spotlight," which disseminated to a global audience the story of decades of abuse and cover-up in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Former Modesto Pastor On Leave Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations

CBS 13

By Shirin Rajaee

April 25, 2018

MODESTO (CBS13) — More women are coming forward with sexual abuse allegations against a former Modesto youth pastor

Pastor Les Hughey’s alleged crimes date back to the 1970s. His accusers span from Modesto to his current church in Arizona that has now placed him on leave as they launch a thorough investigation.

“It would be a tearful episode after each time,” said Tracy Epler.

Epler is one of the now seven women who have come forward in interviews with The Modesto Bee.

“It would start very innocent, from dinner or a youth group meeting. Then one girl would be invited to stay, and as the evening would wind down, his wife would go to bed, and then the back rubs would start, and then the back rubs would go further,” said Epler.

Teen testifies he went undercover to get recordings of priest accused of sexual assault


Apr 25, 2018

By Cole Waterman cwaterma@mlive.com

SAGINAW, MI -- A teenager testified in court he reluctantly agreed to go undercover to gather evidence against a Roman Catholic priest as he didn't want others to be harassed by him.

Two preliminary examinations for the Rev. Robert J. "Father Bob" DeLand, 71, were held Wednesday, April 25, before Saginaw County District Judge David D. Hoffman, each related to a separate victim. The first hearing saw a 22-year-old man testify DeLand, a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, had sexually assaulted him on Aug. 7 inside DeLand's Saginaw Township condo. It ended with Hoffman binding DeLand over to Circuit Court for trial on charges of attempted second-degree criminal sexual conduct and gross indecency between males.

"The next thing I know, he grabbed my face and started making out with me."

After a break, the second hearing began with Saginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Melissa Hoover calling a 17-year-old male to the witness stand. The teen said in 2017 he had pleaded guilty to a charge of minor in possession of alcohol and was court-ordered to perform 25 hours of community service.

Penn hosts first of its kind symposium on athletes and abuse

Daily Pennsylvanian

By William Snow

In the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal in USA Gymnastics, Penn hosted a symposium on Wednesday on athletes and abuse. The day-long event featured panels discussing the sexual abuse of athletes from children to Olympians and every level in between.

Penn partnered with CHILD USA and the Ortner Center on Violence and Abuse in Relationships to bring in a number of high-profile speakers to share their perspectives on the subject. Among those speaking at the first symposium of its kind were Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, former NFL player and current Wharton MBA student Justin Tuck, and Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu.

Many of the speakers throughout the day tended to echo similar points — namely, that the issue of the abuse of athletes is a pressing one that must be addressed head-on with open and honest dialogue. Many also added thoughts on their distaste for the stigmatization of speaking about sexual assault.

“This is an issue that thrives in darkness,” Chris Newlin of the National Children’s Advocacy Center said during one session.

Larry Nassar’s ex-boss allegedly paid students $100-an-hour for nude medical exams

New York Post

By Chris Perez

April 26, 2018

The former boss of convicted USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar, would often pay medical students up to $100-an-hour for nude modeling sessions and invasive practice exams — which included breast and pelvic inspections, according to prosecutors.

The new allegations were revealed Wednesday in a court motion filed by Attorney General Bill Schuette’s Office.

William Strampel, ex-Dean of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, has already been accused of molesting and harassing female students. He was arrested in late March and charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Five women have come forward and accused Strampel of acting inappropriately and sexually assaulting them. The motion filed Wednesday outlines new allegations from two more women, who claim to have been hired as exam models, WOOD-TV reports.

Expert says abuse of power at root of sexual abuse crisis in Church


Filipe Domingues

Apr 26, 2018

ROME - Probably the most influential institute on the issue of sexual abuse in the Church is the Centre for Child Protection at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University.

The president of the center, Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, is a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, created by Pope Francis in 2014 to advise him on child protection policies.

The center works closely with the Vatican on developing polices to deal with sexual abuse and hosts numerous workshops for Church leaders from around the world.

Which is why Dalla parte dei piccoli [“On the side of the small ones”] is sure to be discussed when it’s released in May.

The book is by Angela Rinaldi, a 28-year-old Italian research assistant at the Center for Child Protection, and she argues the problem of sexual abuse in the Church “is a question of abuse of power.”

The Latest: Cosby jury focuses on star defense witness

Washington Post

By Associated Press

April 25. 2918

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

Jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial appear to be focused on the testimony of a woman who claims his chief accuser spoke of framing a prominent person for the money.

The jury asked to rehear testimony from star defense witness Marguerite Jackson, a former Temple University colleague of Andrea Constand’s.

Jackson testified that Constand told her she could fabricate sexual assault allegations and “get that money” from a lawsuit, bolstering Cosby’s efforts to show Constand made up the allegations against him to extort a big civil settlement.

Police watchdog launches 36 new investigations into Rotherham abuse

Rotherham Advertiser

By Michael Upton | 25/04/2018

THE police watchdog says its inquiry into police misconduct over child grooming and abuse in Rotherham has grown by more than half within a year.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct is now conducting 98 investigations into possible wrongdoing compared to 62 a year ago.

Forty-five investigation reports have been completed under Operation Linden and 33 current and former police officers remain under notice that they are being investigated.

Among the investigations is one into whether former South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright committed perjury when giving evidence to the home affairs select committee in 2014.

Rotherham inquiry: IOPC finds 'potential police misconduct'

BBC News

An ongoing investigation into South Yorkshire Police's response to child sex abuse allegations in Rotherham has identified "potential misconduct".

In 2014, the Jay Report revealed 1,400 girls had been sexually exploited in the town and local authorities had failed to take the issue seriously.

An inquiry by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has grown to almost 100 separate investigations.

It had aimed to finish by April, but the investigation remains active.

Children’s home workers should be professionally registered like social workers, abuse inquiry says

Community Care

by Luke Stevenson on April 26, 2018

Children’s home workers should face the same professional registration requirements as social workers, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has said.

The inquiry’s interim report said it was “very concerned by the absence of professional registration for those working in care roles in children’s homes in England”.

It said children in residential settings were “particularly vulnerable to abuse by adults” working in them, yet in England social workers are the only staff working in residential homes who must be registered.

In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland children’s home workers must be professionally registered.

April 25, 2018

Child abuse inquiry: Victims must be offered more legal support

Sky News

April 25, 2018

By Ian Woods, Senior News Correspondent

The long running inquiry into child sexual abuse has recommended that victims be offered more legal support, and the rules be changed on claiming compensation.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in England and Wales is midway through its work, but has issued an interim report based on its findings so far.

Its 18 recommendations include better training for senior police officers in dealing with cases, and that the Ministry of Justice should offer the same protection to victims pursuing civil cases as those who are witnesses in criminal court cases.

The IICSA also says the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority should not dismiss applications just because a victim has a criminal record, or lives under the same roof as their abuser.

Rabbi Freundel wins early release; will walk free Aug. 21

Washington Jewish Week


Rabbi Barry Freundel, who pleaded guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism and was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison in 2015, will be released Aug. 21, according to social media reports.

A tweet one of Freundel’s victims, Lauren Landau, showed a screenshot of a text message that said “This notification is from the District of Columbia Department of Corrections. The offender for whom you registered, BERNARD FREUNDEL, with the DCDC number 346271, is scheduled for release from the Correctional Treatment Facility on 8/21/2018.”

“Barry Freundel was supposed to get out in 2021,” tweeted Landau, an assistant producer of fundraising for NPR.

Freundel was rabbi of Kesher Israel, an Orthodox congregation in Georgetown, when he was arrested in 2014 for videotaping naked women undergoing the conversion process while he was in charge of the National Capital Mikvah. He had appealed the sentence twice according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, but was denied in both cases.

WBZ reporter Lana Jones, a familiar voice in Worcester, dies at 62

Telegram & Gazette

By Kim Ring
Telegram & Gazette Staff

WORCESTER - Longtime WBZ News Radio reporter Lana Jones is being mourned after she died Wednesday morning at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

The station announced her death Wednesday morning and said, “She was an outstanding journalist who will be severely missed by her colleagues and friends in the Boston media.”

Ms. Jones, 62, was also well known in Worcester for her coverage of the priest sex abuse scandal and her coverage of the Worcester Cold Storage fire. In the 1980s, she worked at WAAF, where she anchored the news and hosted a weekly talk show covering youth issues.

Nuns sent 11-year-old Scottish boy to Australia

Edinburgh News


25 April 2018

A nun told a boy “your family doesn’t want you, your country doesn’t want you” as she informed him he was to be sent from Scotland to Australia.

A witness told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry hearing in Edinburgh he was 11 when he was forced to migrate overseas in the 1950s.

He was then sexually abused by priests at the care home he was moved to in Tasmania, the inquiry was told.

The man accused the British government at the time of robbing him of a family, a country and an education.

Nun told boy in her care he was 'garbage'

BBC News

A nun told a boy he was "garbage" and was being sent to Australia from Scotland because "your family doesn't want you, your country doesn't want you", an inquiry has heard.

A witness told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry he was 11 when he was forced to emigrate in the 1950s.

He was then sexually abused by priests at a care home in Tasmania.

The man accused the British government at the time of robbing him of a family, a country and an education.

The evidence was heard as the inquiry in Edinburgh continues examining children's homes, no longer operating, which were run by the Catholic order the Sisters of Nazareth in Scotland.

Man gives emotional testimony claiming Saginaw priest sexually assaulted him


April 25, 2018

By Cole Waterman cwaterma@mlive.com

SAGINAW, MI -- When the Rev. Robert J. "Father Bob" DeLand Jr. first appeared in court on sexual assault charges, he asked a judge when he'd find out who his accusers were. Two months later, the 71-year-old Catholic priest heard testimony from two of the three males who say he molested them.

The witnesses testified during two of DeLand's preliminary examinations held the morning of April 25 before Saginaw County District Judge David D. Hoffman.

The first witness, a 22-year-old man, spoke in a soft voice as he answered questions posed to him by Saginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Melissa Hoover.

He said he met DeLand, a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, in the summer of 2017, when the priest patronized a Saginaw Township restaurant where the witness worked. DeLand had been at a table with several others.

Briefing of the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, on the 24th Meeting of the Council of Cardinals with the Holy Father Francis, 25.04.2018

Vatican Information Service - Bolletino

At 13.00 today, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, held a briefing on the 24th meeting of the Council of Cardinals with the Holy Father Francis.

The Council of Cardinals met for three days: Monday 23, Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 April. All the members were present, apart from His Eminence Cardinal George Pell. His Eminence Cardinal Reinhard Marx was absent on Monday. The Holy Father was not present this morning due to the general audience.

The sessions took place in the morning from 9.00 to 12.30 and in the afternoon from 16.30 to 19.00. The majority of the Council’s work was dedicated to the rereading of the draft of the new Apostolic Constitution of the Roman Curia. At the end of the drafting process, which will require a little more time, the Cardinals will approve the text to be submitted to the Holy Father for his further considerations and for his final approval.

Among the various themes that will form the new document, many of which have already been extensively covered in the previous sessions of the Council of Cardinals, some of particular importance were highlighted:

- the Roman Curia in the service of the Holy Father and of the particular Churches;

- the pastoral nature of curial activities;

- the institution and formation of the Third Section of the Secretariat of State;

- the proclamation of the Gospel and the missionary spirit as a perspective that characterizes the activity of all the Curia.

His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley updated the Council participants on the many efforts that have been made throughout the world for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults. During the recent plenary meeting, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors heard the testimonies of the newly-appointed members from Brazil, Ethiopia, Australia and Italy. In addition, a group from the United Kingdom, the “Survivor Advisory Panel”, was heard. The Cardinal highlighted the profuse commitment and great competence of the Members of the Commission who represent very well the variety of cultures of the world. He also reiterated the priority of having to start out from lived experience, continuing the work of listening to the victims and receiving their experiences.

The Cardinals heard Msgr. Lucio A. Ruiz, secretary of the Secretariat for Communication, who updated the Council on the current state of the reforms of the Vatican communication system.

The next meeting of the Council of Cardinals will take place on the days 11, 12 and 13 June 2018.

Independent Inquiry publishes Interim Report

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

April 25, 2018

Welsh translation

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published its Interim Report, setting out the work of the Inquiry and progress to date.

The Inquiry has so far held five public hearings and seven seminars and published reports setting out the findings from two public hearings and nine research reports. Over 1,000 people have taken part in the Inquiry’s Truth Project.

Using comprehensive research analysis, the report identifies our reluctance as a society to discuss child sexual abuse openly and frankly and calls for this to be addressed. It also identifies the lack of transparency by some leaders on the failure of their institutions to protect children from sexual abuse. This issue was highlighted in the recent Inquiry reports into the child migration programmes and specific institutions in Rochdale and has been raised by many victims and survivors participating in the Truth Project.

Using specific contributions of victims and survivors, the report provides clear accounts of child sexual abuse and the profound and lifelong impact it has on them.

The Chair and Panel have identified steps which they consider will better protect children from sexual abuse and have made 18 new recommendations to government, the police and others.

Alexis Jay inquiry finds police chiefs need better training to deal with child sex abuse


Patrick Sawer, senior reporter

25 APRIL 2018

Police officers should be required to have experience of dealing with major child abuse cases before being promoted to the most senior ranks in the force, an official report has concluded.

The interim report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), says officers should not be allowed to rise to chief officer rank unless they have already acquired an operational knowledge of abuse cases and have received proper training in dealing with child exploitation issues.

Professor Alexis Jay, the chairwoman of the inquiry, yesterday urged the Home Office to amend its entry entry requirements for chief police officers and called on the College of Policing to develop the necessary training for senior officers.

Her recommendations follow what the IICSA found were years of institutional failures over the issue of child sex abuse, with political leaders all too frequently willing to place their own reputations ahead of protecting its victims.

Child abuse inquiry: Institutions need change of culture - interim report

BBC News

A "change in culture" is needed within institutions and government if children are to be properly safeguarded, an interim report by the independent child sexual abuse inquiry has said.

It said "all too often" organisations put the reputation of their leaders and staff before the welfare of children and tackling abuse.

It called for society to have an "open and frank" conversation on the issue.

Some 13 investigations, each a part of the inquiry, are still to be completed.

The inquiry was set up in 2014 to investigate historical allegations of child abuse, as well as claims that authorities, including the police, failed to properly investigate these allegations.

British institutions 'prioritise reputation of political leaders over children', warns child sex abuse inquiry


April 25, 2018

Lizzie Dearden Home Affairs Correspondent @lizziedearden

British institutions are prioritising the reputation of political leaders and their staff over the sexual abuse of children, an inquiry has found.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which was started in 2014 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, has heard evidence of horrific crimes linked to children’s homes, schools, the Catholic and Anglican churches and government migration programmes.

“The inquiry considers that all too often institutions are prioritising the reputation of political leaders or the reputation of their staff, or avoiding legal liability, claims or insurance implications, over the welfare of children and tackling child sexual abuse,” an interim report concluded.

“Government must demonstrate the priority and importance of tackling child sexual abuse through its actions.”

One survivor described being abused by an unnamed “pillar of the local establishment”, who had powerful friends and considerable influence.

New book alleges sex abuse, coverups by Springfield bishops


By Ray Kelly rkelly@repub.com

"Death of an Altar Boy," a new book exploring the unsolved 1972 murder of Danny Croteau, 13, of Springfield, paints a damning portrait of then Springfield bishop Christopher J. Weldon as man who obstructed justice and may have sexually abused a young boy in the 1950s.

Drawing on more than 10,000 pages of police and court records and interviews with Croteau's family, friends, fellow abuse victims and church officials, author E.J. Fleming ("Tread Softly: Bullying and the Death of Phoebe Prince") looks at the killing and the only publicly named suspect -- Richard R. Lavigne, a since defrocked priest who has been the subject of claims from 40 alleged victims of sexual abuse.

Weldon is characterized as a "despotic ruler with connections to politicians, police and newspapermen," who covered up sexual abuse by priests.

Fleming includes the accusations of Texas inmate William Burnett, who says his uncle, a priest, had molested him as a child and "handed him off to five other priests from 1950 through 1959." One of the five was Weldon claimed Burnett, who is serving time for killing a man in a Houston motel. Burnett reportedly passed two polygraph tests regarding his accusations against Weldon.

"Death of an Altar Boy" alleges an unholy alliance between Weldon and then Hampden County District Attorney Matthew J. Ryan. It speculates that the DA did not pursue the Croteau murder at the urging of Weldon, who in exchange helped keep Ryan from facing political challengers.

Bill Cosby retrial, Day 13: Jurors begin deliberations, send out their first question

USA Today

Maria Puente,Gene Sloan and Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY

April 25, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial began deliberating Wednesday. Less than 90 minutes later, they sent out a notice they had a question.

After court was reconvened with Judge Steven O'Neill, the lawyers and the jury in the room, the judge said the jurors had asked for the legal definition of consent. But he told the jurors that question could not be answered.

“You have the legal definition of the crime. If that definition does not contain the definition of consent, then the jury will decide what consent means to them,” he said.

The jury's question might be a sign of a repeat at the retrial of what happened at Cosby's first trial, which ended in a hung jury last summer after that jury repeatedly asked O'Neill questions about definitions and asked to have portions of testimony read back to them. In the end, despite days of deliberations, that jury was unable to reach a unanimous vote on any count and O'Neill declared a mistrial.

Religion Publishers Suspend Publication of Accused Pastor’s Books

Publishers Weekly

By Emma Wenner | Apr 25, 2018

In light of sexual misconduct allegations against pastor and author Bill Hybels, publishers are halting the printing of his front and backlist titles.

Hybels, the founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, which is outside of Chicago, denied, in March, accusations that he be behaved inappropriately with women in his congregation. After more allegations surfaced, and following Hybels’ resignation from Willow Creek, the church in South Barrington, Ill., is now investigating the situation. The church is looking into accusations from six women who reported being the subject of unwanted sexual comments and advances from the pastor.

As a result of the investigation, Tyndale House Publishers has suspended the publication of Hybels’ Everyone Wins When a Leader Gets Better, which was set to be released in August.

“We will make a final decision regarding potential publication after we absorb the facts and implications related to these allegations,” the publisher told PW. “We take allegations of misconduct seriously, and we are deeply concerned for all involved, both those who have brought forth these allegations, as well as the Hybels family.”

‘These Are Not Usual Days’: Cuomo Urges Felder to Rejoin Democrats

New York Times


APRIL 25, 2018

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday sent a strongly worded letter to Senator Simcha Felder, the lone legislator preventing Democrats from regaining control of the State Senate, warning that his unique influence in Albany might not last past the November elections.

“Let me say that the Democratic conference will not need you in November the way they need you now,” the governor wrote. “I believe there will be additional Democrats who win and are seated for the next Legislature. You have said that you act in the best interest of your constituents. For their benefit, now is the time that matters.”

Mr. Felder, a Democrat who represents a large Orthodox Jewish population in Brooklyn, has long embodied some of the perplexing horse-trading and politicking that are hallmarks of Albany. Because he caucuses with the Republicans, Mr. Felder has helped to give the Senate Republicans control of the chamber, even though the Democrats now hold a majority on paper.

Mr. Felder, who crossed party lines just days after he was elected in 2012, was not the only Democrat to stray. The Independent Democratic Conference, a group of renegade Democrats who collaborated with the Republicans, also helped to wrest control from the mainline Democrats.

Survivor hopes papal meeting will bring end to 'culture of abuse'

Catholic News Service

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A survivor of clergy sexual abuse in Chile said he hopes his meeting with Pope Francis will be an opportunity to make a difference and bring an end to a culture within the Catholic Church that disparages victims and makes them feel guilty for coming forward.

"I hope that it is not just about me. I hope I can convey the pain of thousands of people who are still suffering, and that this is the beginning of the end of this culture of abuse and this culture of cover-up among bishops," Juan Carlos Cruz said in a telephone interview with Catholic News Service April 25.

In a statement released by the Vatican April 25, Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, said Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo will meet individually with Pope Francis and will stay at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican residence where the pope lives. The pope's individual meetings with the men will take place April 27-29 and then he will meet them as a group April 30.

"The pope thanks them for accepting his invitation," Burke said. "During these days of personal and brotherly encounter, the pope wants to ask their forgiveness, share his pain and shame for what they have suffered and, above all, listen to all suggestions that can be made to avoid the repetition of such reprehensible acts."

Independent commission to review Nassar sex abuse case

Detroit News

April 25, 2918

Philadelphia – A 16-member commission will examine responses that USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University and others had to claims of sexual abuse by girls and women treated by disgraced sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar.

University of Pennsylvania-based nonprofit CHILD USA is announcing the “Game Over: Commission to Protect Young Athletes” Wednesday at the university.

The panel of child sex abuse experts will look at facts surrounding the Nassar case, and hold hearings about what went wrong with reporting the sexual abuse. The commission’s report is expected to be released in 2020.

The Foundation for Global Sports Development is helping fund the effort with $300,000.

A review of the 37 bills legislators have introduced in response to Larry Nassar scandal

Michigan Radio


The Larry Nassar scandal will shape Michigan’s laws for decades to come.

Nassar is the former Olympics and Michigan State University sports doctor who was convicted of sexually assaulting young girls under the guise of treatment. He’ll likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

The state Legislature has more than 30 bills on its plate aimed at curbing sexual assault in the state and preventing another case like Nassar’s from happening again.

A committee in the state House of Representatives is working on bills introduced in the House and Senate in response to the Nassar situation. The plan is to spend weeks taking testimony and debating the bills. The committee could make changes before it sends the bills to the state House for a floor vote.

Pope Francis will host Chilean sex abuse survivors at his residence this weekend


Gerard O’Connell

April 25, 2018

Pope Francis will host three Chilean victims of clerical sex abuse at Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican guesthouse where he lives, this weekend and will meet them “individually” and “let each one of them speak for all the time necessary.”

The Vatican announced this news on Wednesday morning and named the victims who will be his guests: Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andrés Murillo.

All three were victims of the infamous Chilean priest predator, the Rev. Ferdinando Karadima, who was found guilty by the Vatican in 2011 of the abuse of minors in the 1970s and 1980s and was sentenced to a life of prayer and penance.

The Vatican statement, issued by Greg Burke, director of the Holy See’s Press Office, said, “The Pope will thank them for having accepted his invitation...[and] during these days of personal and fraternal encounter, he desires to ask their forgiveness, share their sorrow and their shame for what they suffered and, above all, listen to all their suggestions so as to avoid that such reprehensible facts be repeated.”

Pope to Host 3 Chilean Victims of Sexual Abuse to Ask Their Forgiveness

New York Times


APRIL 25, 2018

ROME — Pope Francis will host three victims of Chile’s sexual abuse scandal this weekend at the Vatican hotel where he lives, to ask their forgiveness and listen to their suggestions, the Vatican announced on Wednesday, as he tries to make amends for voicing doubts about their accusations.

The three men, Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and José Andrés Murillo, have been among the most vocal survivors of abuse by priests in Chile. In a statement, the Vatican said that the pope would meet with each man individually, “allowing each one to speak for as long as they wish.”

Though the past three popes have apologized to victims of sexual abuse in many countries, the situation in Chile had become especially venomous, forcing Pope Francis to reverse his public stance on specific accusations.

Until recently, the pope had defended Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, who victims say witnessed and covered up abuse by the Rev. Fernando Karadima, the country’s most notorious pedophile priest. In 2011, a Vatican tribunal convicted Father Karadima and sentenced him to a life of prayer and penitence.

You asked, we answered: Why aren't accused priests in jail?

Buffalo News

By Qina Liu

April 25, 2018

It's been two months since The Buffalo News first reported that a retired priest from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo admitted that he sexually abused "probably dozens" of teenage boys in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Since then, The News also has published more than 30 stories related to the sexual abuse scandal within the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Among The News' findings:

* Catholic parishioners are indirectly funding sexual abuse settlement claims.
At least eight priests accused of sexually abusing children live within walking distance of elementary and middle schools.

* At least 58 Buffalo priests have been linked to sexual allegations in recent decades, according to News archives, public records and recent reporting by The News. The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo in March released a list of 42 priests accused of sexual misconduct with minors.

* Earlier this week, two Buffalo-area priests were suspended and put on administrative leave because of child sexual abuse allegations.

* Bishop Richard J. Malone announced April 17 that his residence at 77 Oakland Place will be sold to help pay victims of clergy abuse. The diocese has created a new program to compensate victims of clergy sex abuse who reported accusations before March 1.

Readers had questions about our ongoing coverage on the sex abuse scandal, so we caught up with reporter Jay Tokasz and editor Mike McAndrew.

Bill Cosby's indecent assault trial goes to the jury


By Eric Levenson and Aaron Cooper, CNN

April 25, 2018

(CNN)Bill Cosby's trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault is now in the hands of the 12-person jury.

Jurors received the case Wednesday shortly after 11 a.m.

The case against Cosby centers on testimony from Andrea Constand, a former employee with Temple University women's basketball team. She testified that Cosby, a powerful trustee at Temple, drugged her and sexually assaulted her when she visited his home to ask for career advice in a Philadelphia suburb in January 2004.

Cosby's defense team has argued that their interaction was consensual. Constand is a con artist, they argued, who wanted a piece of Cosby's fortune.

Child rights body to suggest measures against child sexual abuse

Business Standard

April 25, 2018


Child rights body National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) will soon recommend to the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry potent and effective measures to prevent sexual abuse of children, an official said on Wednesday.

The NCPCR will be holding a consultation on "Preventive Strategy on Child Sexual Abuse" on Thursday to arrive at holistic solutions to various issues relating to sexual abuse of children.

The official said that the recommendations suggested by the NCPCR would be then considered by the ministry and then necessary steps would be taken.

Last year, the NCPCR had included changes in law and the issue of compensation to the victims, based on suggestions from various stakeholders.

Meanwhile, Change.org has also come up with a petition filed by filmmaker Insia Dariwala, who had brought up the issue of male survivors of child sexual abuse.

Cuomo makes public plea to Sen. Felder

Times Union

By Rachel Silberstein on April 25, 2018

Gov. Andrew Cuomo “strongly urged” Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who caucuses with the Senate Republican conference, to rejoin the Democratic fold Wednesday in light of Tuesday’s twin Democratic victories in the Bronx and Westchester.

Noting that the Senate Democrats may not need Felder’s vote in November — provided the Democrats pick up more Senate seats in the general election — Cuomo said, “now is the time” for the Brooklyn Senator to provide the critical 32nd vote Democrats need to pass legislation in the 63-member chamber. After Tuesday’s special election, the Senate Democratic conference has grown to 31 members, just shy of a functional majority.

“I believe there will be additional Democrats who win and are seated for the next legislature. You have said that you act in the best interest of your constituents. For their benefit, now is the time that matters. I know what you said yesterday, but this morning brings a new reality,” said Cuomo.

Outside the Senate chamber on Monday, Felder told reporters Wednesday that “nothing has changed.”

The full letter can be read below:

Dear Senator Felder,

Given Shelley Mayer’s victory in yesterday’s Senate special election, your decision on Senate leadership is now pivotal. There are now 32 registered Democratic Senators forming a majority Democratic Conference. The IDC has unified, and while I understand that you conference as a Republican and run on multiple lines, you are registered as a Democrat. I strongly urge you to join the 31 other registered Democrats so we can enact meaningful legislation that will continue our state’s progress at this most critical political time.


First Things

by Aimee Byrd
4 . 25 . 18

The multiple recent allegations of sexual impropriety lodged against megachurch pastor Bill Hybels are provoking heated discussion about how churches should respond to allegations of sexual abuse and how Christian men and women should relate to one another. Christianity Today quotes words of vague assurance from the elders of Willow Creek Community Church, who promise to “walk alongside Bill in stewarding his season of reflection” and profess their commitment “to working together on appropriate next steps with him.” I’ve never before heard the consequences of sexual misconduct charges described as a “season of reflection.” This language downplays the accusations, as though pastoral abuse of women were just part of Hybels’s spiritual journey.

In his response, Hybels presents himself as a victim of circumstance. “I placed myself in situations that would have been far wiser to avoid,” he said. “I was naïve about the dynamics those situations created. I’m sorry for the lack of wisdom on my part. I commit to never putting myself in similar situations again.” He repents of being too generous, too liberal, too trusting of women in a working friendship. Given that at least seven women have come forward with complaints of misconduct, his self-evaluation needs to go deeper than logistics.

It’s true that Bill Hybels should avoid the women. But what about the sin?

How do we evaluate the condition of the church today, with #ChurchToo stories of sexual abuse shared by victims on social media sounding as sinister as the #MeToo movement that first gave women a voice? What do these accounts reveal about the church’s message about men and women made in the image of God?

Pope to meet Chile abuse survivors this weekend

The Tablet

25 April 2018 | by Ruth Gledhill

A man who as a youth was sexually abused by the notorious Chilean paedophile priest, Fr Fernando Karadima, is to visit Pope Francis this weekend.

Juan Carolos Cruz, along with two other survivors, Jimmy Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo, will stay in the Santa Marta residence in Rome, where the Pope has cleared his diary on Sunday so they can share with him the full story of what was done to them.

The Vatican confirmed the meeting today.

In response to journalists' questions, Greg Burke, head of the Holy See press office, said: declares the following: "The next weekend, the Holy Father will welcome to Casa Santa Marta three victims of abuses committed by the Clergy in Chile: respectively Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andrés Murillo. The Pope thanks them for accepting his invitation: during these days of personal and fraternal encounter, he wants to ask them for forgiveness, to share their pain and his shame for what they have suffered and, above all, to listen to all their suggestions in order to avoid that these reprehensible facts are repeated."

Declaration of the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, 25.04.2018

Vatican Information Service - Bolletino

In response to questions from journalists on the meeting of the Holy Father Francis with some victims of abuse in Chile, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, has issued the following statement:

“Next weekend, the Holy Father will receive at the Casa Santa Marta three victims of abuse committed by the clergy in Chile: respectively Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andrés Murillo.

The Pope thanks them for accepting his invitation: during these days of personal and fraternal encounter, he wishes to ask their forgiveness, share their pain and his shame for what they have suffered and, above all, listen to their suggestions so as to avoid a repetition of these reprehensible facts.

The Pope will receive the victims individually, allowing each one of them all the time necessary to speak.

The Holy Father asks for prayers for the Church in Chile in this painful moment, in the hope that these meetings may take place in an atmosphere of serene trust and be a fundamental step to remedy and forever avoid abuses of conscience and power and, in particular, sexual abuse within the Church.

Burke names Chilean abuse survivors attending papal meeting

Vatican News

The Holy See press spokesman on Wednesday gave details of the sex abuse victims who will meet with Pope Francis in the Vatican

Responding to journalists’ questions about Pope Francis’ meeting with Chilean abuse victims, the head of the Holy See press office, Greg Burke, said that the three men will be welcomed at the weekend by the Pope to his residence in the Vatican, the Casa Santa Marta.

Burke named the three survivors as Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton e Jose Andrés Murillo, adding that the Pope is grateful they have accepted the invitation.

He said that during the personal encounters, Pope Francis “wishes to ask them for forgiveness, to share their pain and his shame for what they have suffered and, above all, to listen to all their suggestions so that such reprehensible acts do not happen again”.

Burke said that the Holy Father will meet each survivor individually, allowing them as much time as they wish to talk.

Lawmakers Vote to Lift Veil of Secrecy About Physician Sexual Assault & Other Doctor Misconduct Causing Patient Harm, Reports Consumer Watchdog

PR Newswire

Consumer Watchdog

Apr 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Doctors on probation for sexually assaulting their patients and for other serious misconduct causing patient harm would be required to disclose this to their patients under SB 1448 (Hill), which passed out of the Senate Business and Professions Committee on Monday with bipartisan support.

"It's time to lift the veil of secrecy around physician sexual assault and other serious patient harm. Only a small number of the most egregious cases of misconduct result in a doctor being placed on probation every year. Patients have a right to know so they can make informed medical decisions and be able to protect themselves. We applaud the Senators for placing patient safety above protecting doctors," said Carmen Balber, executive director of Consumer Watchdog.

An average of 124 doctors are placed on probation every year in California, for reasons ranging from sexual assault, to overprescribing narcotics to gross negligence that causes a patient death. Doctors are required to tell their insurance company and the hospital or clinic where they work when their conduct lands them on probation, but their patients are kept in the dark. Although California mandates that doctor disciplinary information be disclosed online, the requirement is meaningless to patients who don't know they should look, said Consumer Watchdog.

St. Mary Academy ‘saddened’ by McSally’s allegations

Providence Journal

By Linda Borg
Journal Staff Writer

Apr 24, 2018

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Martha McSally, the Arizona congresswoman who has accused a high school coach of sexual abuse, has never shied away from controversy.

McSally told the Wall Street Journal that her track coach at St. Mary Academy, Bay View, allegedly abused her when she was 17, which she didn’t reveal to family or friends until a decade later.

On Tuesday, Bay View, a Catholic girls’ school in Riverside, issued a statement that said, ”... We have a special obligation to address matters of sexual violence. Yesterday, we learned of allegations made by U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, ’84, who reported to the Wall Street Journal she had been sexually abused by her track and field coach during her senior year at St. Mary’s Academy-Bay View.

Arizona lawmaker claims sexual abuse by coach at RI school

Turn to 10

April 24, 2018

An Arizona congresswoman claims she was sexually abused by a track coach at a Catholic school in Rhode Island.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Rep. Martha McSally, a native of Warwick, said she was abused by her track coach at St. Mary Academy - Bay View in East Providence in the early 1980s when she was 17.

The WSJ identified the coach as Jack Dwyer and said he denied the allegations.

"We are saddened by these allegations, and we are committed to confronting issues of misconduct and abuse, irrespective of when the incident occurred. Nothing is more important than the safety of our students," Bay View said in a statement released Tuesday.

"As a Mercy school committed to the empowerment, safety, and well-being of our students, both past, and present, we have a special obligation to address matters of sexual violence," the school said.

Search warrant says parents feared priest was 'grooming' their son


Apr 23, 2018

By Bob Johnson bob_johnson@mlive.com

SAGINAW, MI -- A search warrant served on two residences of a local priest reveals new details into the investigation of the clergyman.

The Rev. Robert DeLand, commonly known as Father Bob, is facing sexual assault and drug charges relating to a teen and at least one other male in Freeland.

A search warrant for the St. Agnes Church Rectory, 335, Johnson, in Freeland, and DeLand's condominium, 29 Mallard Cove, was made public by law on April 22, which was 56 days after DeLand's February arrest.

According to the search warrant, on Nov. 2, 2017, the teen boy's parents came to police with concerns that there was suspicious and inappropriate behavior toward their son by DeLand.

The parents said their son was assigned to do community service under DeLand for a minor-in-possession charge he faced. According to the parents, DeLand seemed to be stalking their son, according to the warrant.

On a volcanic day of closing arguments, Bill Cosby laughs in a prosecutor's face at his retrial

Straits Times (Singapore)

April 25. 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (Washington Post) - On Day 12 of his sex-assault trial, deep into a prosecutor's heated closing argument, Bill Cosby was laughing.

Some in the jam-packed courtroom might have missed it, but his chuckles and his ear-to-ear smile caught the eye of Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden on the opposite side of the room.

And she exploded. "He's laughing like it's funny!" Feden said Tuesday (April 24) in a booming voice, stalking towards the comic legend and extending a long, slender, accusatory forefinger. "But there's absolutely nothing funny about stripping a woman of her capacity to consent."

Cosby stared right back, unblinking, a smile etched on his face. He kept laughing - his demeanour belittling Feden's argument that he'd engaged in a decades-long pattern of drugging and sexual assault.

The extraordinary confrontation - a stare-down between the 80-year-old pioneering African-American entertainer and a much younger African-American prosecutor - punctuated a volcanic day of closing arguments that sent the jury into deliberations with vastly contrasting portraits.

Archbishop: It takes time to rebuild trust in church after abuse scandal

Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com

April 24, 2018

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes on Tuesday said it takes time to win back peoples' trust in the Catholic Church after the clergy sex abuse scandal broke, but he said the Archdiocese of Agana has been making headway in trying to bring a measure of justice to more than 160 victims and in preventing more abuse from happening.

Byrnes, who was appointed coadjutor archbishop in October 2016, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Tumon Bay's weekly meeting Tuesday at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa.

His predecessor, former Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, is one of dozens of Guam clergy members who have been accused of sexually abusing minors decades ago, in more than 160 lawsuits filed in local and federal courts. A Vatican tribunal in March found Apuron guilty of some accusations in a case that includes child sex abuse allegations.

Easy to lose, hard to win back trust

Byrnes said the sex abuse scandal shook peoples' trust in the institution. Some 85 percent of Guam's population is Catholic.

"It's easy to lose trust. It's hard to win it back. We're doing our best to try to win it back but it just takes a lot of time," Byrnes said during a question-and-answer with club members

Abuse survivor praises papal panel for hearing victims’ ‘pain and anger’


Inés San Martín

Apr 25, 2018

ROME - A Canadian victim of clerical sexual abuse who describes herself as a “prayer warrior and encourager” for reform says a recent meeting with Pope Francis’s main anti-abuse panel “provided a lot of closure” for victims and praised the group for listening to them, many of whom, she said, experience a great deal of “pain and anger.”

Last week, Francis’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and Young Adults met for the first time since half of its members were changed this February, after the term of the original group expired last December. According to a statement from the commission, members encountered the pope, discussed abuse prevention education and policy, and ways the Church might work more closely with abuse survivors.

The commission dedicated the first day of its plenary session to hearing the testimony of people abused by priests.

Among them was Deborah Kloos, a Canadian from Windsor, Ontario, who’s long advocated for the Catholic Church to publicly pray for, and with, survivors, and who describes herself as the commission’s “prayer warrior and encourager.”

Latest sex abuse lawsuit names deceased priest

Pacific News Center

By Melissa Leon Guerrero

April 25, 2018

Guam – Another sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed against the Archdiocese of Agana.

The plaintiff, known only by the initials “C.A.” names the late Father Daniel Cristobal, who was a capuchin priest, in his lawsuit. This is the first time Father Daniel has been named in a lawsuit.

Court documents state the alleged abuse began in 1979 when C.A. was about 8 years old, immediately after he became an altar boy at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Rita.

At that time, documents say Cristobal told C.A. he was so happy he was an altar boy, then told him to “come here.” At this point, it’s alleged that Cristobal asked CA to stand in front of him and that he was going to “bless” him.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry told Nun said girl had 'the devil inside her' as she was beaten

Evening Times

April 25. 2018

Holly Lennon

Police in Scotland have received more than 300 complaints of alleged abuses over a 50 year period at children's homes run by a Catholic congregation, an inquiry has heard.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard that officers have received 308 complaints about 194 people associated with institutions run by the Sisters of Nazareth from the 1930s to 1980s.

The figure emerged as witnesses recounted a number of incidents of abuse they said they suffered at the order's home in Aberdeen around the 1940s and 1950s.

They included claims of beatings at the hands of nuns, force-feeding to the point of vomiting, being locked in a dark cupboard as punishment and being made to bathe in water containing household disinfectant.

Children were also told that nobody wanted them, the inquiry heard, while one witness said she was told "the devil was inside me" as a nun hit her.

On Chile abuse crisis, who led Pope Francis to make ‘serious errors’?


Inés San Martín

Apr 25, 2018

ROME - In the wake of Pope Francis’s remarkable acknowledgement of having made “serious errors of assessment and perception” in handling a sexual abuse crisis in Chile, at this stage we’re left with more questions than answers - what actually happened, and who’s responsible for the pontiff’s initially stout defense of a bishop accused of cover-up.

On April 28-30, Francis will meet with three victims of Chile’s most infamous pedophile priest, Father Fernado Karadima. They are Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Andres Murillo. He’s asked them to come to Rome and they will be staying in the Santa Marta, the residence on Vatican grounds where he lives.

Two weeks later, May 14-17, Francis will be receiving the 32 Chilean bishops who are still on active duty. Among them, four were heavily influenced by Karadima and have been accused by the survivors of covering up for their former mentor.

Francis summoned the prelates to Rome in a letter he sent to them after reviewing a 2,300 page report by Archbishop Charles Scicluna.

Archbishop Conti accused of calling child abuse victims ‘the opposition’



Wednesday 25 April 2018

A senior figure in the Catholic Church has been accused of orchestrating a “hostile rejection” of claims nuns were involved in the abuse of children.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is currently hearing evidence relating to alleged abuse at four former children’s homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth.

Yesterday a lawyer for the victims said Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti had dismissed the allegations at Nazareth House in Aberdeen while bishop in the city, even allegedly referring to survivors as “the opposition”.

The inquiry also heard the congregation had previously denied there had been volunteers working in its establishments, despite the conviction earlier this year of a man who sexually abused three children at a home in Glasgow in the 1980s while working as a volunteer.

The Sisters of Nazareth ran children’s homes in Aberdeen, Cardonald in Glasgow, Lasswade near Edinburgh and Kilmarnock in Ayrshire until their closure in the 1980s.

Will Theresa May’s child abuse inquiry explain how so many abuse survivors’ records have disappeared?

London Economic

April 24, 2018

Ben Gelblum

Paul Sinclair shows me a small scar above his left ear.

As a child in care, there is evidence that brain experiments were conducted on him and others with no consent.

Paul’s history in care was marked by shocking abuse and violence from the staff entrusted with his childhood.

Paul and other survivors in the approved schools and care homes he attended reported psychological drugs being tested on them.

In his case and others, survivors believe an experimental brain operation was carried out too on trouble makers deemed to have violent tendencies.

Paul piles file after file onto the desk, they contain a record of his childhood in care, including a recorded 11 night stay in hospital when he awoke from the procedure, the top of his head bandaged.

Care abuse survivors asked to help develop a memorial

Jersey Evening Post

April 25. 2018

ABUSE survivors failed by Jersey’s child care system are being invited to help develop a memorial remembering those that suffered in care

As part of recommendations made by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry last year, it was suggested that a permanent memorial be installed in Jersey to ‘acknowledge the realities of the past and speak to the future aspirations of the Island’.

The memorial will be designed to serve as a reminder and ‘public acknowledgement’ of the hundreds of young people who suffered in the Island’s care system over a number of decades.

Those chosen to join the group to take part in the project will work with a panel of experts before developing their ideas for an appropriate memorial. This could be anything from a garden, sculpture or fountain to a bursary scheme.

April 24, 2018

Jury in Bill Cosby case to begin deliberating on Wednesday

Associated Press


April 24, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual-assault retrial will begin deliberating Wednesday after a searing day of closing arguments in which the comedian was variously portrayed as a calculating predator who is finally being brought to justice, or the victim of a multimillion-dollar frame-up by a “pathological liar.”

The judge sent the seven men and five women back to their hotel Tuesday evening after the jurors indicated they were exhausted from listening to 5½ hours of arguments.

“I want you well rested. I think you have collectively made a wise decision,” Judge Steven O’Neill said.

The first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era pits Cosby, the 80-year-old former TV star whose career and good-guy reputation were destroyed by a barrage of allegations involving drugs and sex, against Andrea Constand, a former Temple University women’s basketball administrator who testified that he drugged and sexually violated her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago.

Five other women got on the witness stand and testified the same thing had happened to them.

Bill Cosby Yelled At By Prosecutor During Closing Argument For Apparently Laughing

CBS PhIladelphia

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — There were fireworks in the courtroom on Tuesday as the prosecution and defense delivered closing arguments in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial.

Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden yelled at Bill Cosby during her closing argument, as she scolded him for apparently laughing.

“There’s nothing funny about it, Mr. Cosby,” said Feden, her voice raised.

All-day symposium in Philadelphia hopes to further discussion on sex abuse in sports

New York Daily News


April 24, 2018

Penn State University avoided having its Division-I football program shut down in 2012 — what is referred to as the "death penalty" — after the NCAA leveled the school with severe sanctions. The punishment followed the release of the results from an independent investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

But Marci Hamilton, the chief executive officer of CHILD USA, a think tank devoted to preventing child abuse and neglect, says that Michigan State University's athletics department should receive that level of discipline after one of its former employees, disgraced physician Larry Nassar, carried out years-long sexual abuse of gymnasts both at MSU and in USA Gymnastics. Nassar has already received a sentence of 40 to 175 years in prison for sex abuse charges in a Michigan state case, and he was sentenced to 60 years in jail on federal child pornography charges last year.

"I think it should be the appropriate response," Hamilton said. "And I think the U.S. Olympic Committee should be disbanded and reformulated by Congress. There are so many bad actors here."

CHILD USA will sponsor an "Athletes & Abuse" all-day symposium Wednesday in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania's Class of 1949 Auditorium starting at 8:30 am. Among the speakers scheduled to appear is 1996 Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu, who has gone public with her claims of abuse by husband and wife USA Gymnastics coaches, Bela and Marta/Martha Karolyi. Nassar is tied to the Karolyis since he was a USA Gymnastics team physician and worked at the Karolyi Texas ranch, a gymnastics training center.

NY – Two Buffalo area priests suspended, victims respond

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Statement by Tim Lennon of Tucson, Volunteer President of SNAP’s Board of Directors, 415-312-5820,tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org

[Buffalo News]

This past weekend two priests in the Diocese of Buffalo were suspended from ministry. Fathers Samuel J. Venne and Arthur S. Smith were put on leave while allegations of childhood sexual

We applaud Bishop Richard J. Malone for announcing these suspensions to parishioners. However, the bishop should also report these allegations to the police, if he has not already done so. Investigations of criminal behavior are best handled by unbiased professionals.

Bishop Malone should also take the next step and implore any victim harmed by a priest or anyone serving on behalf of the Church in the Diocese of Buffalo to contact law enforcement immediately. Despite New York’s predator friendly statute of limitations, crimes should still be reported, no matter how long ago the abuse may have occurred. Speaking up is a chance victims to begin healing, expose the truth, and protect others.

Stopping Sexual Abuse by Ecclesiastical Leaders with Mary Dispenza and Judy Larson

The Exponent


APRIL 19, 2018

In this episode of the Religious Feminism interview series, Mary Dispenza and Judy Larson, two leaders of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the activist organization made famous by the Academy Award-winning movie, Spotlight, discuss best practices to stop sexual abuse by ecclesiastical leaders and support sexual assault survivors. You can find episode notes for the Religious Feminism Podcast here at the Exponent website: http://www.the-exponent.com/tag/religious-feminism-podcast/

Cosby smirks as prosecutors argue he’s a serial predator

Page Six

By Emily Saul

April 24, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — ​Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby smiled Tuesday during prosecutor’s closings in his sex assault case, invoking the wrath of a plucky prosecutor who noticed the smirk.

“He’s laughing like it’s funny,” Montgomery County prosecutor Kristen Feden ​said, gesturing to Cosby as his grin slipped from his face. “There’s nothing funny about stripping a women of her capacity to consent.

“There’s nothing funny about that, Mr. Cosby,” Feden bellowed at the 80-year-old as he sunk into his chair.

The ​former pudding pitchman’s ill-timed expression came after the assistant DA told jurors Cosby repeatedly manipulated his role as “America’s Dad” to gain the trust of unsuspecting women in order to drug and sexually assault them.

Prosecutors say Bill Cosby is the real 'con man' in closing of criminal trial


By Eric Levenson and Aaron Cooper, CNN

April 24, 2018

(CNN)Bill Cosby's defense attorneys have spent his trial aggressively attacking the woman who says he drugged and assaulted her. They called Andrea Constand a "con artist" and a liar who made up the story to swindle his money.

But in closing arguments, prosecutors flipped that script and said Cosby was the true con man in this story. He used his iconic, transcendent TV persona, prosecutors said, to trick women into taking pills that he knew would make them unable to resist his sexual advances.

"He is nothing like the image that he plays on TV," prosecutor Kristen Feden said in court on Tuesday. "In fact, he utilized that image and cloaked himself so that he was able to gain the trust, gain the confidence of these young women so he could strip them of their ability to say no, administering an intoxicant the same way he administered an intoxicant to Andrea Constand."

"She is not the con," Feden added. "He is."

Brooklyn Senator Stays With The GOP, Denies Democrats A Ruling Majority


April 24, 2018

By Karen DeWitt

ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Even before the results of two special elections Tuesday in the State Senate were decided, the lone Democratic Senator who caucuses with the Republicans says he’s sticking with the GOP. That means Democrats will likely not control the Senate any time this year.

Senator Simcha Felder said in a statement that, with only 25 days remaining in this year’s legislative session, he wants to do what’s best for his constituents.

“Political gamesmanship must not be allowed to jeopardize the leadership, committee structure and staff of the New York State Senate and push this institution into turmoil,” Felder said. Felder added that he fears if some of the races are close, it might lead to weeks of court battles, further paralyzing the Senate.

Democrats had hoped that if Felder decided to go back to their party that might mean that a number of progressive measures could be approved in New York this session, including, early voting , the child victims act to allow survivors of childhood sexual abuse their day in court, and campaign finance reform.


The Runner

APRIL 24, 2018

by Alyssa Laube

Many were shocked to hear that Pope Francis—widely celebrated as one of history’s most progressive pontiffs—refused to apologize to victims of Canadian residential schools when asked to do so by Justin Trudeau, on behalf of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Little explanation for this decision was offered to the public despite the debate that now enshrouds it. According to Bishop Lionel Gendron, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Pope carefully considered the request, and discussed it with the Catholic Bishops of Canada, before figuring that “he could not personally respond.”

National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations has personally written to the Pope to invite him to Canada for a meeting with Indigenous people here. So far, the Pope hasn’t responded, and while it can be safely assumed that he won’t be knocking down our door anytime soon, there’s no better time than the present to evaluate the implications of this curious move by the Catholic Church.

It is curious because, in recent years, the church hasn’t shied away from apologizing for similar wrongdoings it was involved in. In 2010, Pope Benedict offered an apology to Irish victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by members of the church, and in 2015, Pope Francis himself apologized to Indigenous Americans for the harm caused by its part in colonialism.

Suspended sentence for priest who assaulted two girls at first confession

RTE News

24 Apr 2018

A former priest who indecently assaulted two young girls as they made their first confession was given an 18-month suspended sentence at Cork Circuit Criminal Court today.

John Calnan, 79, now living at the Presbytery, Roman Street, Co Cork, sexually abused each girl as they went into a room alone with him to make their confession.

The girls were aged between six and seven years old at the time of the assaults which took place in the mid to late 1970s.

The former priest was also charged with sexually abusing a third girl during confession when she was 10 years old.

Chilean clerical sex abuse victim urges pope to fire "toxic" bishops



By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A Chilean man who was sexually abused by a priest as a boy will urge Pope Francis to sack “toxic” bishops who covered up the assaults, he said on Tuesday ahead of a face-to-face meeting with the leader of the Catholic Church.

Juan Carlos Cruz, who has become a symbol of the Church’s abuse crisis, will spend several days in the Vatican as a guest of the pope in the residence where he lives. Strong papal action in Chile would send a long-overdue message to the entire Church, he told Reuters in an interview.

“I would say ‘hold these bishops accountable, fire a few of them, if not many of them, but fire them and not give them a cushy job here at the Vatican,’” Cruz said.

“Like in a company (I would say) ‘you need to be preparing your resumé’. That’s what I would say to these bishops.”

Cruz and two other victims, Jimmy Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo, are each due to spend several hours with the pope on a visit that follows an extraordinary April 11 letter in which Francis acknowledged he had made “grave mistakes” in handling the sexual abuse crisis in Chile.

Cosby’s lawyers plead with jury to acquit

Page Six

By Emily Saul

April 24, 2018

NORRI​​STOWN, Pa. — ​Defense attorneys for embattled funnyman Bill Cosby implored jurors​ in his sex assault retrial​ to clear their client Tuesday, casting the decision as “one of the most important” the​y will ​ever ​make.

“Acquit, acquit Mr. Cosby,” lawyer Kathleen Bliss pleaded. “You’re about to make one of the most important decisions you will have ever made in your lives. You will decide the fate of Mr. Cosby.”

In a stunning closing, Bliss blended nods to #MeToo with attacks on Cosby’s main accuser and the five additional women ​accusers ​who took the stand against him.

At one point, she shocked the courtroom by turning to Montgomery County DA Kevin Steele and, hand on her hip, accusing ​​him of sex assault.

“I could say Mr. Steele sexually assaulted me last year. It’s my word against his word,” Bliss shrugged as the DA’s mouth fell open.

In closing, defense calls Cosby accuser ‘pathological liar’

Associated Press


April 24, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s lawyers urged a jury Tuesday to acquit the 80-year-old comedian of sexual assault charges they said were based on “flimsy, silly, ridiculous evidence,” arguing he was falsely accused by a “pathological liar” scheming for a big payday.

The first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era was nearly in the hands of a jury after the defense declared that Cosby himself was the victim of an elaborate frame-up.

Lawyers Tom Mesereau and Kathleen Bliss said in their closing argument that chief accuser Andrea Constand consented to a sexual encounter at Cosby’s home in suburban Philadelphia, then leveled false accusations against the “Cosby Show” star so she could sue him and extract a big settlement.

“You’re dealing with a pathological liar, members of the jury,” Mesereau said. “You are.”

Prosecutors were to deliver their closing argument next. The jury was expected to get the case later in the day.

The former TV star was accompanied Tuesday for the first time in the trial by his wife of 54 years, who sat in the gallery as his lawyers pleaded with the jury to clear him. Camille Cosby, 74, had been absent from the courtroom as the prosecution built its case that Cosby maintained a sordid double life that involved preying on women sexually.

Abuse survivor: Forgiveness, positive outlook key to healing

Catholic News Agency

By Elise Harris

Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2018 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the age of 16, Deborah Kloos was a distraught young woman who turned to the Church in hopes of finding solace, peace, and a reprieve from a “dysfunctional” and complicated family life.

She attended Mass often and sought comfort in the Eucharist. But she was sexually abused by a parish priest in Ontario.

After years of living with anger, sadness, and guilt, Kloos made her way back to the Church and was able to find healing through the sacraments. Now, she wants the Church to make praying for abuse survivors a priority.

She believes the Church has made progress on the abuse front, and has said that for real healing to happen, learning to forgive is key, as is keeping a positive attitude about the concrete efforts the Church is making.

Brooklyn state Sen. Simcha Felder decides to stay with Republicans

New York Daily News


APR 24, 2018

ALBANY — A Brooklyn state senator who could have helped flip the Senate to the Democrats has decided to stay with the Republicans, sources with knowledge of his decision said.

Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who has caucused with the GOP, has told both sides he is not going back at least until after the November elections, the sources said.

Democrats were hoping that if the party wins Tuesday's special election in Westchester County between Dem Shelley Mayer and Republican Julie Killian, Felder would agree to return to the fold, giving them the needed 32 votes to form a majority.

But win or lose, Felder is not going anywhere for the rest of the legislative session that is set to end in June, sources said.

Until last week, Felder was one of nine breakaway Democrats aligned with the GOP. The other eight, who did not caucus with the Republicans but were in a leadership coalition with them, returned to the fold.

Police launch probe into abuse at Cardonald children's home

Glasgow Live

Officers have received 308 complaints about 194 people associated with institutions run by the Sisters of Nazareth over a 50-year period.

By Hilary Duncanson

24 APR 2018

A Glasgow care home run by a Catholic order is to be investigated as part of an inquiry into alleged abuses.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was told that officers have received 308 complaints about 194 people associated with institutions run by the Sisters of Nazareth over a 50-year period.

The inquiry has begun hearing evidence about homes run by the order in four locations -Cardonald, Aberdeen, Lasswade near Edinburgh and Kilmarnock in Ayrshire - all of which ceased operating as care homes for children in the 1980s.

In opening remarks at the hearing in Edinburgh, Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen, representing the Scottish force, told chair Lady Smith that officers have been working to identify, retrieve, assess and catalogue all of the public protection investigation files it holds which are relevant to the inquiry's terms of reference.

Accuser tells her story of abuse and manipulation by the ‘Archangel’


Claire Giangravè

Apr 24, 2018

CATANIA, Italy - His followers called him the Archangel.

People would come from far and wide to see him, to speak to him, to touch him. The word of Piero Alfio Capuana, the 70-year-old leader of the “Catholic Culture and Environment Association,” or ACCA, a lay movement in the Church, was law.

In 2013, when Capuana called “Maria,” at the time only 11, into his study, she says she followed. When he locked the door behind her, she says she stayed. When he told her to sit on the desk in front of him, she says she sat, and when he ordered her to take off her shirt, she says, eventually, in tears, she obeyed.

“He had my life in his hand. Him. Everything. He had power over everything about me,” Maria, using a false name to protect her identity, told Crux in an April 22 interview.

“For me, he was important. He had that personality, that thing inside, that wasn’t human. When he would tell me, ‘Do this because it’s right,’ I would do it. Or when he said, ‘Don’t do this thing because it’s wrong,’ I’d obey without batting an eyelash,” she said.

Police receive more than 300 abuse complaints over Sisters of Nazareth children’s homes

Sunday Post

Author: Hilary Duncanson, 24 April 2018

MORE than 300 complaints have been made to police in Scotland about alleged abuses at children’s homes run by a Catholic order, an inquiry has heard.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was told that officers have received 308 complaints about 194 people associated with institutions run by the Sisters of Nazareth over a 50-year period.

The inquiry has begun hearing evidence about homes run by the order in four locations – Aberdeen, Cardonald (or Glasgow), Lasswade near Edinburgh and Kilmarnock in Ayrshire – all of which ceased operating as care homes for children in the 1980s.

In opening remarks at the hearing in Edinburgh, Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen, representing the Scottish force, told chair Lady Smith that officers have been working to identify, retrieve, assess and catalogue all of the public protection investigation files it holds which are relevant to the inquiry’s terms of reference.

So far, more than 220,000 files have been reviewed, she said.

Hundreds of Sisters of Nazareth Catholic order complaints received

BBC News

Police have received complaints from more than 300 people against the Sisters of Nazareth Catholic order which ran children's homes in Scotland until the 1980s.

The Scottish child abuse inquiry has begun hearing evidence in connection with the homes they ran in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Ayrshire.

Police received 308 complaints against the Sisters of Nazareth.

They related to their child care homes between 1934 and 1984.

The complaints are about 194 people associated with institutions run by the Sisters of Nazareth.

'Never loved'

The first witness to give evidence during the latest phase of the inquiry told how nuns at Nazareth House in Aberdeen would nip her skin, beat the children and make them play in the playground with no shoes on.

"We were never loved, ever, by any of them," she said.

Priest 'blessed' altar boy victim, lawsuit states

Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post

April 24, 2018

A former altar boy alleges he endured two years of sexual abuse at the hands of his parish priest when he served as an altar boy in 1979.

C.A., who used initials to protect his identity, filed a civil complaint Tuesday in the District Court of Guam against the Archdiocese of Agana and the Capuchin Franciscans.

The lawsuit names Daniel Cristobal, a now-deceased Capuchin priest, as the perpetrator.

When he was 8 years old, C.A. became an altar server at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Rita, serving Mass almost daily.

Soon after joining as an altar boy, C.A. was praised by Cristobal for his decision and the priest instructed the boy to stand in front of him, so he could bless him. The priest unzipped the boy's pants, did the sign of the cross and kissed the minor's genitals and then sexually abused the boy, the lawsuit states.

Notice of Press Conference, 24.04.2018

Vatican Information Service

On Friday 27 April 2018, at 11.00, in the Holy See Press Office, Via della Conciliazione 54, a press conference will be held to present the Annual Report of the Financial Information Authority (Autorità di Informazione Finanziaria - AIF) of the Holy See and the Vatican City on the activity of supervision and financial intelligence for the prevention and countering of money laundering and financing of terrorism as well as prudential supervision. Year VI, 2017.

The speakers will be:

- René Brülhart, president of the AIF;

- Tommaso Di Ruzza, director of the AI

Former Salvation Army members jailed for Blackpool child sex abuse

BBC News

Three men who were members of the Salvation Army - including a father and son - have been jailed for sexually abusing young girls.

Trevor Worthington, 88, his son Philip Worthington, 64, and William Tomkinson, 70, were convicted of charges including indecent assault and attempted rape.

The assaults against two victims took place between 1971 and 1991, their trial at Preston Crown Court heard.

Another man, Derek Smith, 68, was handed a suspended prison sentence.

At an earlier hearing, he admitted indecent assault.

Hearing for legislation after Nassar abuse scheduled for today


Apr 24, 2018

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Survivors of Larry Nassar's abuse could speak before a state house committee who are considering legislation designed to protect Michigan children from sexual predators.

The House Law and Justice Committee heard testimony last week , along with pushback from doctors who say they're worried the bills would over-regulate doctors, who they say, the vast majority are innocent.

The meetings will take place at the House Office Building in room 521 on
Tuesday, April 24, at 9 a.m. and again on Wednesday, April 25, at approx. 2 p.m. (after House session).

State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the committee, will continue an open discussion on Nassar-related bills, seeking more testimony from medical professionals, educators, private citizens and Nassar victims.

AP Interview: Chile abuse whistleblower has message for pope

Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The key whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse scandal has arrived in Rome for an audience with Pope Francis and says he will urge him to get rid of the “toxic” bishops and cardinals who have defamed and discredited abuse survivors around the world.

In an interview Tuesday in St. Peter’s Square, Juan Carlos Cruz said he was honored that the pope wanted to personally apologize for having himself discredited victims. But he said he wanted to also hear Francis’ explanation for having seemingly not realized that victims had accused a bishop of covering up for their abuser.

Cruz said: “He’s not a pope from Ukraine. He’s from Buenos Aires. ... So it’s really difficult to understand that this was an unknown. But I want to hear him.”

New priest named in latest clergy sex abuse lawsuit


Apr 24, 2018

By Krystal Paco

A former Santa Rita altar boy was told he'd be blessed. The abuse starting when he was only eight years old. Instead, he was sexually abused and molested by his parish priest, on a weekly, for a two-year period.

This is the first time Capuchin priest Father Daniel Cristobal has been accused. Cristobal died in 2010 at 79 years old.

Only identified by his initials to protect his privacy, 46-year-old C.A. says the priest unzipped the boy's pants, did the sign of the cross, and kissed his penis before masturbating and performing oral sex on him. When he was done, he said "You are blessed" and proceeded to tell C.A. he was his favorite altar boy.

Though the boy would avoid being alone with Father Cristobal, the priest managed to grope him daily in the sacristy, even in front of other altar boys. In one incident, the priest told him to come to the rectory and lock the door behind him. That's where C.A. was shown a pornographic magazine. He was then given instructions on how to masturbate and again, molested by the priest.

Another priest, Father Daniel Cristobal, named in sex abuse lawsuit

Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com

April 24, 2018

A now deceased Capuchin priest, Father Daniel Cristobal, has been named for the first time in a Guam clergy sex abuse lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in federal court.

The plaintiff, identified in court documents only as C.A. to protect his privacy, said in his lawsuit that Cristobal repeatedly sexually molested and abused him immediately after C.A. became an altar boy in or about 1979 at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Santa Rita.

C.A. said in his lawsuit that the abuses occurred "several times a week for about a two-year period" and they included fondling, groping, masturbation and oral copulation.

C.A., now 46, said he was about 8 years old when the priest abused him repeatedly.

'You are blessed'

The first incident occurred before Mass at the Santa Rita parish, the lawsuit says. The priest pulled up a chair to sit down, instructed C.A. to stand in front of him and then abused the boy after telling him he's happy that he's now an altar boy.

Breaking down the Michigan bills intended to stop the next Larry Nassar


April 24, 2018

Written by: Riley Beggin

It’s been three months since Larry Nassar was sent to spend the rest of his life in prison for criminal sexual conduct, after more than 200 women and girls said he sexually abused them. Now, representatives in Michigan’s state House are considering bills they hope will prevent other predators from following in his footsteps.

There are more than 30 bills total, which range from more rigorous medical practice requirements to extending the statute of limitations on criminal sexual conduct prosecutions and lawsuits. Most have bipartisan sponsorship.

Among the bills being considered, some would have far-reaching impact. One would greatly expand or even eliminate the statute of limitations on criminal sexual conduct cases. Another would create a system to track the reasons for firing school employees and ensure that future prospective employers know why. Yet another would give the governor more power to impeach a member of the State Board of Education or a university board of regents for neglect of duty or corruption.

The House bills are being reviewed by that chamber’s Law and Justice committee, which held two hearings last week and expect to hold at least two more this week, said Chair Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Twp.

Volleyball coach named in sexual abuse lawsuit has metro Detroit camp scheduled


Scott Anderson

Apr 23, 2018

BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - A Browntown Township sport center is coming under fire for hosting a influential volleyball camp, whose owner is accused of sexually abusing young girls.

The controversy surrounds Sports Performance out of Illinois and its owner Rick Butler, who is named in a sexual abuse lawsuit.

The allegations in the lawsuit date back to the early 1980s, where five of the then teenaged victims describing being raped.

The allegations have some in the volleyball community concerned and parents may not know who they are paying to send their teens to see.

Megachurch pastor admits he 'sinned' after four women accuse him of sexual abuse and forcing them into full-body massages when they were teenagers more than four decades ago

Daily Mail (UK)

Thomas Burrows for MailOnline

, 23 April 2018

A pastor has been placed on leave after allegations surfaced from multiple women who claimed he sexually molested them more than 40 years ago.

Les Hughey is accused of exploiting his position to abuse four women while he was working as a youth pastor at a church in Modesto, in California, in the 1970s.

In response to the report that appeared in the Modesto Bee, Hughey issued a statement saying he had 'sinned' during his time at First Baptist Church.

But he claimed he'd only had 'consensual relations with fellow college-aged staff.'

Calls for abuse inquiry to include faith-based

Otagl Daily Times

24 April 2018

Chris Morris

A Royal Commission on historic abuse in state care will ``fail'' survivors - including those still suffering in Otago - unless faith-based institutions are included, a campaigner says.

The call came from Liz Tonks, the head of a support network for survivors of abuse in faith-based institutions, as consultation on the draft terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care entered its final week.

But Ms Tonks, who met Royal Commission chairman Sir Anand Satyanand yesterday to discuss her submission, said there was no sign of a ``significant'' change in the scope of the inquiry.

The draft terms limited the inquiry to a 50-year period, from 1950 to the end of 1999, and circumstances where the state directly ran institutions or outsourced care to non-state institutions.

Rep. McSally accuses high school coach of sexual abuse

The Hill



Arizona Rep. Martha McSally (R) said she was sexually abused by a coach while in high school, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“It took a while for me to come to a place where I understood what the hell I had been through,” McSally told the Journal. “At the time, I was so afraid. I now understand — like many girls and boys who are abused by people in authority over them — there’s a lot of fear and manipulation and shame.”

McSally, who is running for the Senate in the upcoming midterm election, said she did not tell her family or friends about the abuse she experienced when she was 17 until a decade later. The congresswoman has spoken out in the past about being sexually harassed during her 26 years in the Air Force.

The abuse occurred during McSally’s senior year of high school at an all-girls Catholic school in Rhode Island.

Arizona Congresswoman Alleges Sexual Abuse By High School Coach



By Doha Madani

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), the first American woman to fly in combat, has gone public with a charge that she was sexually abused by an adult while in high school.

In a Wall Street Journal interview, McSally alleges that her high-school track coach pressured her into having sex with him when she was 17 years old. The congresswoman said she wasn’t physically forced to comply, but accused the coach of using “emotional manipulation” and employing psychological tactics to keep her silent.

McSally, 52, said the alleged abuse occurred during her senior year an all-girls Catholic school in Riverside, Rhode Island. She said she told two adults of situation at the time, but didn’t mention the abuse to friends or family until about a decade later.

“It took a while for me to come to a place where I understood what the hell I had been through,” the two-term House member told the Journal. “At the time, I was so afraid. I now understand — like many girls and boys who are abused by people in authority over them — there’s a lot of fear and manipulation and shame.”

Gymnastics Australia responds to Larry Nassar abuse scandal with child safety measures

Radio Australia

24 April 2018

By Lily Mayers

Gymnastics Australia unveils new child safety guidelines in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal in the US, but says there is no evidence of child abuse in the sport in this country.

New child safety guidelines have been announced by Gymnastics Australia in the wake of the USA Gymnastics scandal.

Gymnastics Australia said a National Child Safety Commitment Statement had been created to protect the 91 per cent of members under 12 years old.

A child safety coordinator has been appointed and a National Child Safety Working Group is being formed to ensure children are safe while training and touring.

Willow Creek responds to new allegations against former pastor Hybels

Sight Magazine

24 April 2018


As the allegations against former Willow Creek Community Church senior pastor Bill Hybels mount, his congregation is trying to cope - spiritually and practically.

During services on Sunday, Steve Carter, the church’s lead teaching pastor, recalled standing onstage less than two weeks ago with church elders and praying over Rev Hybels, who has denied several accusations of misconduct with women.

Rev Carter told the congregation how he watched the founding pastor of the Chicago-area megachurch walk offstage afterward — and keep going.

This past Sunday, Rev Carter, standing on that same stage, his voice breaking at times, delivered a message about Joshua, who, in the Bible, succeeded Moses to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land.

Rev Carter said he felt a “profound sense of sadness” because “we were supposed to enter the Promised Land together. There was more work to be done.”

Pope's abuse prevention commission prioritizes survivors, education

Catholic News Service

By Elise Harris

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' commission for the protection of minors met in Rome last week to listen to survivors of clerical sexual abuse, and to discuss abuse prevention education and policy, and ways the Church might work more closely with abuse survivors.

According to an April 22 communique from the commission, the first day of their plenary was dedicated to hearing thoughts and testimonies from survivors of clerical sexual abuse, many of them members of the Survivor Advisory Panel (SAP) of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission of England and Wales.

Those who attended voiced appreciation for being listened to, and described the encounter as “empowering.”

One of the survivors, according to the communique, voiced hope that their visit would help the commission “develop a wider network of survivors who are willing to advise and support” the commission's work in a similar manner.

Testimony on Nassar-inspired bill package to continue on Tuesday

Slate News

By Maxwell Evans maxwell.evans@statenews.com

April 24, 2018 f

The Michigan House Law and Justice Committee will continue to hear testimony this week on sexual assault legislation crafted in response to ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's crimes.

Testimony is scheduled to continue at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Room 521 of the House Office Building, located at 124 N. Capitol Ave. in Lansing. There will be another meeting in the same location on Wednesday at 2 p.m., or whenever the House gets out of session.

Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, is the chair of the committee and is seeking testimony from medical professionals, educators, private citizens and Nassar victims in an effort to continue crafting the bill package.

​At last Tuesday's meeting, senators heard testimony from Dr. Rose Ramirez, a family practitioner at Jupiter Family Medicine in Belmont, Michigan.

Priest abuse ruling appealed

Altoona Mirror

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The state Superior Court is being asked to review a Blair County judicial ruling in December that halted a civil court lawsuit by a woman who alleges she was sexually molested by her priest while growing up in Altoona.

Renee A. Rice should have her day in court, Altoona attorney Richard Serbin said Monday when asked about the appeal that he and co-counsel, Alan H. Perer of Pittsburgh, have filed with the appellate court.

Together, the attorneys are challenging former Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva’s conclusion that Rice cannot pursue her claims in court because the statute of limitations has expired.

Rice and her sister, Cheryl Haun, filed their lawsuits in June 2016, against Father Charles Bodziak, the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese, the retired Bishop Joseph Adamec and Monsignor Michael E. Servinsky, executor of the estate of Bishop James Hogan.

Tasmanian Anglican Bishop confirms asset sales won't all go to victims of sex abuse

ABC News

By Georgie Burgess

The Anglican Church will keep three quarters of the proceeds from its property sales, in an effort to "keep the people of God doing their ministry" in Tasmanian communities.

The church has plans to sell about 80 churches across the state, as well as halls, land and residential properties.

All up, the 120 properties earmarked for sale make up half the church's assets in the state.

Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, the Right Reverend Richard Condie, said the move was to fund redress for survivors of child sexual abuse, which he estimates will cost $8 million.

But only one quarter of the proceeds of the sales will go to redress, with three quarters going back into parishes.

Police drop sex abuse investigation into Bishop Bell

Chichester Observerj


23 April 2018

The latest investigation into Bishop George Bell has been dropped by Sussex Police.

A new investigation into the deceased former Chichester Bishop began this year when a fresh allegation was made against him.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “On Tuesday, January 30 this year we received information from the Church of England concerning an allegation made against the late Bishop George Bell.

“The information was assessed and a proportionate investigation has been carried out to clarify the circumstances. “This was done thoroughly and sensitively, although of course further police investigation or action is not possible as Bishop Bell died 60 years ago.

“The investigation was completed in March 2018.

Bill Cosby retrial set to go to jury today


By Ray Kelly rkelly@repub.com

Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial is slated to go to a Pennsylvania jury on today.

Jurors will be asked to weigh the prosecution's portrayal of the comedian as a sexual predator against the defense's contention that his accuser fabricated drugging and molestation allegations to score a big payday.

The defense rested on Monday after the 80-year-old comedian declined to testify, echoing his decision at his first trial, which ended in a hung jury last year.

"You now have all of the evidence," Judge Steven O'Neill told the 12 primary and six alternate jurors, according to ABC News. "Try to relax, so that you're on your game tomorrow."

Jurors at Cosby's first trial deliberated for five days without reaching a verdict on three related counts of aggravated indecent assault. Each carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

He Forced the Vatican to Investigate Sex Abuse. Now He’s Meeting With Pope Francis

New York Times


APRIL 24, 2018

When I first interviewed Juan Carlos Cruz eight years ago, he was so ashamed about what had happened to him that he was not sure he wanted his name to be public. In his youth in Chile, he had been sexually abused by the Rev. Fernando Karadima, one of Chile’s most prominent priests. The Vatican eventually found the priest guilty and removed him from his post.

This week, Mr. Cruz and two other victims of Father Karadima’s will stay at the Vatican in an extended visit with Pope Francis, who issued an extraordinary apology this month for “grave errors” in the handling of sexual abuse cases in Chile. Pope Francis had long defended a Chilean bishop who Father Karadima’s victims said had witnessed and covered up the abuse. After Francis accused the victims of “calumny,” his comments caused an international uproar, and he ordered an investigation. On seeing the results, he apologized to the three Karadima victims, Mr. Cruz, Dr. James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo.

I spoke with Mr. Cruz, who now lives in Philadelphia, ahead of his trip. This interview has been edited and condensed.

Do you accept Pope Francis’ apology?

I don’t think that this is a P.R. exercise. I’m looking forward to speaking to him with an open heart, and hearing what he has to say. I am being told he wants me to be completely honest with him.

April 23, 2018

Willow Creek Elders Admit Failure in Holding Bill Hybels 'Accountable,' Will Examine New Allegations

Christian Post

By Leonardo Blair, Christian Post Reporter

Apr 23, 2018

The elder board of the storied Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago asked for grace this past weekend as they admitted to failing to hold the church's founder, Bill Hybels, "accountable to specific boundaries" as more women alleged he behaved improperly around them.

Responding to newer allegations that were not previously investigated, the elder board revealed that they have engaged in deep introspection and now realized how they could have responded better as the claims were first made against Hybels.

"Over the last several weeks, we have been in a process of deep learning, seeking clarity, and building a path toward reconciliation. Even though Bill is no longer in his role, our work to resolve any shadow of doubt in the trustworthiness of Willow Creek Community Church and its Elders is not done," the elders said in a letter to the Willow Creek church community Saturday. "As a board, we unanimously agree there are several areas where we could have served you better."

Previewing state Senate special elections in the Bronx, Westchester


By Zack Fink

April 23, 2018

After Tuesday, the new makeup of the New York state Senate could pave the way for a Democratic takeover.

But the party needs two races to go its way.

Democrat Shelley Mayer is running for an open seat in Westchester County, and Luis Sepulveda is the Democrat running for the open seat in the Bronx.

"Well, I mean, never too confident. Remember what happened with Hillary Clinton and other electeds? We've worked like we are behind in the polls," Sepulveda said. "We've worked this community for a long time, so it's been a great ride. I love community service."

"It's important to me that a lot of issues have been unresolved since the budget passed, things like the Child Victims Act — which is important to me — things like criminal justice reform," Sepulveda said.

End Doesn’t Justify the Means


APRIL 23, 2018

by Susan Matthews

Abused by a priest as a kid, Thomas (not his real name) spent much of his adulthood embroiled in a grand jury investigation. The grueling emotional process cut fresh wounds into his already scarred psyche. Suicide attempts and subsequent hospitalization made it clear that self preservation meant stepping away from it all. It was the right decision for him and his family. Thomas is working, married and surviving.

But now, his hard-won and tenuous stability is threatened. Lawyers prosecuting a civil case against the Philadelphia archdiocese on behalf of another victim asked him to testify. Thomas explained why he couldn’t – how it might cost him his life. They responded with a subpoena.

Cornered and forced to do something horrific as child, Thomas is once again cornered and being forced to do something terrifying as an adult. The subpoena compels him to appear in court or he’ll be held in contempt and fined. Yet, the price he’ll pay for testifying is far worse.

Civil and criminal cases have been the best means of gaining public awareness, preventing abuse and offering an opportunity for justice. But the end does not justify the means when a survivor is re-victimized.

'Protect Our Children: Sexual Abuse, The Law & Justice'



Monday, April 23, 2018 0

NEW YORK -- "PROTECT OUR CHILDREN: SEXUAL ABUSE, THE LAW, & JUSTICE" is hosted by Eyewitness News Anchor Diana Williams and addresses child sexual abuse and alarming statistics that reveal the fact that in this country, one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of eighteen. It is a scourge that is propped up by denial and deficient laws.

Watch our special here:

Part 1:

Kiwi’s three years on Pope’s commission


Michael Otto

April 24, 2018

Bill Kilgallon is looking back on his three years as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors with sense of achievement, alongside a certain sense of frustration.

Mr Kilgallon’s three years term on the commission came to an end last year, and he was not reappointed to a second term, an outcome he had anticipated.

When asked to point to the achievements by the commission in its first term, he pointed first to the establishment of the body itself, which involved the bringing together of people from different professional backgrounds from all around the world to work as a team.

The commission did its work by way of working groups and Mr Kilgallon chaired the group dealing with guidelines — starting with those for the prevention of and response to sexual abuse in the Church.

He described the completion of templates for guidelines to assist bishops’ conferences around the world to use as “a very significant piece of work”.


Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery, Inc. – P.O. Box 279, Livingston, New Jersey 07039 – 862-368-2800


A Jesuit priest, Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, stationed at Boston College High School from approximately 1951-1967, repeatedly sexually abused a minor child, Ronald Edward Casey, from approximately 1956 through 1957 when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11 to 13 years of age

Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, was not only a Jesuit priest and teacher at Boston College High School, but Fr. Pollard held himself out as a Boy Scout chaplain and took Ronald Edward Casey on Boy Scout trips to Camp Loon Pond in Lakeville, MA, where Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, repeatedly sexually abused minor child Ronald Edward Casey from approximately 1956 through 1957

The Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus, which includes Boston College High School, continue to re-victimize childhood sexual abuse victim Ronald Edward Casey by not reasonably and fairly settling the claim of sexual abuse of a minor child by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ

A press conference by Ronald Edward Casey, a 73 year-old San Francisco resident and childhood sexual abuse victim of a Jesuit priest from Boston College High School, Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ. Ronald Edward Casey continues to suffer from the effects of sexual abuse by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11:30 am

On the public sidewalk outside Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

Ronald Edward Casey, childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ; and Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Ronald Edward Casey was born in 1944 and grew up in a large family in South Boston, MA. His older brother, Bill Casey, was being counseled by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, who was assigned to Boston College High School, and endeared himself to the Casey family which he visited frequently. Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, endeared himself in particular to Ronald Edward Casey who was approximately 11 years of age in 1956-1957. Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, took Ronald Edward Casey to Boy Scout Camp Loon Pond in Lakeville, MA, where he was forced to sleep in the same cabin as Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, and was sexually abused repeatedly between approximately 1956 and 1957. Ronald Edward Casey will describe the sexual abuse he experienced as a child and call on Boston College High School and the Jesuits of the Northeast Province to do the right thing and reasonably and fairly settle his claim

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA - 617-523-6250 – mgarabedian@garabedianlaw.com
(portrayed in the 2016 Academy Award-winning Best Picture, “Spotlight”)

Ignored, humiliated: How Japan is accused of failing survivors of sexual abuse


By Anna Stewart, Euan McKirdy and Junko Ogura, CNN

n April 22, 2018

Tokyo (CNN)At first, it had seemed to Shiori Ito like a dream opportunity.

As an aspiring young reporter, she says a prominent journalist had taken an interest in her career, and invited her out to dinner.

The invitation was made while they were both in the US, but it wasn't until they had both returned to Tokyo that the meeting took place. According to Ito, they went for sushi, and at some point in the evening she went to the bathroom. It would be the last thing she remembered from the restaurant.

"The last thing I remember is being in the bathroom. I woke up with this intense pain and he was on top of me," she recounted to CNN.

"I had no memory how I got there, why, and I (had) never lost my memory like before.
"So, yeah, he was raping me."

Bill Cosby won’t take the stand

Page Six

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby will not be taking the stand in his own defense, he told the judge overseeing his sex assault retrial Monday before his lawyers rested their case.

Cosby, 80, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the alleged drugging and molestation of former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004.

The aged entertainer, wearing a tweed suit, remained seated as he confirmed to Judge Steven O’Neill that he had no intention of testifying, before his lawyers rested their defense.

“Yes, your honor,” he boomed as O’Neill reminded him of his right to either take or avoid the stand.

Bill Cosby retrial, Day 11: Defense rests; closing arguments to begin Tuesday

CBS 19

Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY

April 23, 2018

The defense in Bill Cosby's sexual-assault retrial rested its case Monday. With the two sides set to give closing arguments Tuesday morning, it's possible the jury could be deliberating by lunchtime.

As was the case in the first trial, the comedian opted not to take the stand in his own defense; that trial, ended in a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict after five days of deliberation after just over a week of testimony. The retrial, which is in its 11th day, has already outlasted the original.

Cosby, 80, is charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, a former staffer with the women's basketball team at Temple University, at his house near Philadelphia in 2004. He says it was consensual.

The Latest: Prosecutors downplay Cosby travel records

New York Daily News

April 23, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

Prosecutors are highlighting gaps in Bill Cosby's travel records.

Defense lawyers say the travel records prove he wasn't at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004 — the month his chief accuser alleges he drugged and molested her there.

But prosecutors say there are multiple stretches of time that month when the comedian wasn't aboard his private jet or performing around the country. And District Attorney Kevin Steele noted in court Monday that the records reflect only jet travel, not other modes of transportation.

Roslyn Yarbrough, a former secretary for Cosby's agent, says Cosby spent most of his time at his Massachusetts estate and New York City townhouse, and was "very rarely" at the suburban Philadelphia mansion.

NDP to force debate Thursday on Papal apology for residential schools


By Rachel Gilmore.

Apr 23, 2018

This Thursday, MPs will debate and vote on an NDP motion calling on Parliament to, among other things, request a long-awaited Papal apology for the Catholic Church’s role in the residential school system.

“This is saying we need to do the right thing here. This is a moral call about moral leadership,” said NDP MP Charlie Angus.

“We’re calling to the church to say it’s time to fess up, to close this chapter and be part of the true process of reconciliation.”

The New Democrats have dedicated their opposition day to the motion, which invites the Pope to issue a formal apology for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools. It also asks the church to pay monies owed to residential school survivors — to the tune of roughly $23 million, according to Angus — and to turn over any relevant documents or historical records dealing with residential schools.

A Pope Given to Apologies Has Nothing for Indigenous Canada

New York Times


APRIL 23, 2018

OTTAWA — The past three popes have invested deeply in the forgiveness-begging business, offering official apologies for the church’s sins against Jews during World War II and Indigenous people in Bolivia, among others.

But Canada’s Roman Catholic bishops said late last month that Pope Francis would not apologize in the foreseeable future for the boarding schools where, for more than a century and a half, more than 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend in an effort to obliterate their cultures and languages.

About 70 percent of children went to schools operated by the church.

Now, the Canadian House of Commons is poised to consider a motion to ask those bishops to return to Rome to seek a papal apology, fulfilling a specific recommendation for healing the rift between Canada and its Indigenous people by a national Truth and Reconciliation Commission that documented the abuses at the schools.

2 priests placed on leave by Bishop Malone amid investigation


[with video]

By: Evan Anstey

: Apr 23, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - On Monday morning, the Diocese of Buffalo announced that Bishop Malone placed two priests on administrative leave.

Father Arthur S. Smith, of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Depew and Father Samuel J. Venne, a retired priest serving at St. Stephen's Parish on Grand Island, were the men named by the diocese.

Smith was placed on leave due to an investigation, and Venne was placed on leave following a complaint of abuse.

Child Sexual Abuse in U.S. Costs Up to $1.5 Million Per Child Death

Georgia State University

MARCH 28, 2018

ATLANTA—Child sexual abuse in the United States is costly, with an average lifetime cost of $1.1 million per death of female victims and $1.5 million per death of male victims, according to a new study.

Researchers measured the economic costs of child sexual abuse by calculating health care costs, productivity losses, child welfare costs, violence/crime costs, special education costs and suicide death costs.

They estimated the total lifetime economic burden of child sexual abuse in the United States to be $9.3 billion, based on child sexual abuse data from 2015. For nonfatal cases of child sexual abuse, the estimated lifetime cost is $282,734 per female victim. There was insufficient information on productivity losses for male victims, which contributed to a lower estimated lifetime cost of $74,691. The findings are published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect.

“This study reveals that the economic burden of child sexual abuse is substantial and signifies recognition that reducing children’s vulnerability will positively and directly impact the nation’s economic and social well-being and development,” said Dr. Xiangming Fang, associate professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. “We hope our research will bring attention to the need for increased prevention efforts for child sexual abuse.”

Two priests suspended amid probe of sexual abuse allegations

Buffalo News

By Jay Tokasz

April 23, 2018

Two Buffalo-area priests were put on leave this past weekend as the Diocese of Buffalo investigates complaints of childhood sexual abuse.

Bishop Richard J. Malone suspended the Rev. Samuel J. Venne and the Rev. Arthur S. Smith from ministry due to allegations that the priests behaved inappropriately with minors.

Venne, who is retired, regularly celebrated Masses at St. Stephen Church on Grand Island. His administrative leave was announced to parishioners at Masses this past weekend.

Smith was working at Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta parish in Depew. Parishioners there also were informed at Masses this past weekend in a letter from the bishop that was read to them.

Diocesan spokesman George Richert confirmed the leaves Monday. Richert did not say when the diocese learned of the allegations. He also wouldn't specify when the alleged incidents involving the priests happened, other than to say they were not recent.

Pope meets his advisory commission on child protection

National Catholic Reporter

April 23, 2018

by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

ATICAN CITY — In its efforts to help advise the pope, the Roman Curia, bishops' conferences and local churches on protecting minors from abuse, a Vatican commission listened to abuse survivors from Great Britain and discussed the results of Australia's public inquiry into its country's institutional responses to abuse.

The plenary assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) April 20-22 was the first gathering with a group of new members appointed in February.

Pope Francis met with the commission members in a private audience April 21 and had met the day before with Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, who is president of the 17-member commission. The commission secretary is U.S. Msgr. Robert Oliver, a Boston priest, canon lawyer and former promotor of justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The pope said he wanted to confirm the commission's statutes, which were issued April 21, 2015, "ad experimentum" for a period of three years, according to a press statement by the commission April 22.

During their meeting, according to the statement, members "heard presentations on 'The outcome of the Australian Royal Commission,' on 'The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child,' and on 'The role of faith communities in overcoming abuse trauma.' "

Arrested ex-deacon in Pittsburgh has Steubenville roots


April 20, 2018

by David Singer

A deacon with the Pittsburgh Diocese who has been arrested on underage sex charges has a connection to Steubenville.

73-year-old Rosendo Dacal was arrested for exchanging sexually explicit messages and photos with a police detective posing as a young boy.

In Friday’s edition of the Diocese's Steubenville Register, NEWS9 learned Deacon Dacal taught at Steubenville Catholic Central High School in the 1960s and 70s.

Now, the Diocese wants anyone who may have been a victim or anyone potentially harmed by the former Spanish teacher to come forward.

Editorial: Evidence of honorable intent

Buffalo News

April 19, 2018

It’s anyone’s guess whether it will be enough, but no one can say Bishop Richard J. Malone isn’t putting his money where his mouth is: With the announcement that the Diocese of Buffalo is putting the bishop’s mansion up for sale, it seems clear that the local Catholic Church is serious about securing the money in needs to settle claims of sexual abuse by priests.

Malone announced the plan this week after hinting at it weeks ago when, as new accusations of abuse were being made public, the church announced creation of a fund to compensate victims. No properties would be off limits, he pledged – even the bishop’s stately mansion on Oakland Place in Buffalo. Plainly, he meant it.

It’s an encouraging step in what has previously been a disastrous policy in dealing with self-created crisis that ruined thousands of lives around the world and created a grave threat for the church. That threat will continue for as long as abusive priests go unidentified and their victims suffer what can be lifelong consequences of having put their innocent trust in a priest.

What the church can do now is to get right with the victims of its abusive priests and the policies that enabled them. That includes both acknowledging the fullness of its guilt and compensating, as best as possible, those whose lives were contaminated by those priests and the church’s attempts to shield them. Malone’s announcement is a welcome step in that direction.

'Death penalty will only silence victims of child sexual abuse'

The Week

Namita Kohli

April 23, 2018

“How many times must a three-and-a-half-year-old recount the trauma she went through? Our system is such that a child who barely knows what she ate yesterday is asked what she went through six months ago... after all those months, defense lawyers ask her 'where did the uncle touch', 'where did it hurt',” an emotional father, a daily wager in Delhi, said, while recounting his ordeal in getting justice for his minor daughter, a victim of child sexual abuse.

“Death penalty is not a solution. That would be too easy an end,” the father said at a presser organised by civil society members who are opposing the ordinance allowing death penalty for those convicted of raping children under 12 years of age.

The ordinance has come in the backdrop of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.

In cases of child sexual abuse, the victim's father implored, convicts must be given “life imprisonment, and made to suffer”.

POSCO Act: Parents of minor rape victims are against death penalty, urge government to strengthen judiciary

Free Express Journal

Apr 23, 2018

New Delhi: Not just child right activists, even parents of minor victims today came out against the Union government’s ordinance providing the death penalty to child rapists, saying it could lead to victims being killed by perpetrators. At a programme in New Delhi, three parents, whose children were raped, urged the central government to instead strengthen the judicial mechanism to support the children, who have to deal with the crimes and struggle in their aftermath.

“My child was 3.5 years old when she was raped in her playschool days after the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case. She was still breast-feeding,” a father, whose testimonial moved those present at the programme to tears, said. “We sat in the police station with her from 9am to 9:30pm to register an FIR and she was asked where she was touched and how much pain she experienced. She was made to repeat her statement again and again for months. I want to ask everyone if I was wrong to ask for justice for my daughter,” he said.

The Union Cabinet, two days ago, cleared the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2018, which proposes stringent punishments, ranging from a minimum of 20 years to life term or death, for raping girls below the age of 12. President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the ordinance. The ordinance was brought after a nationwide outrage over cases of sexual assault and killing of minors in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, in Gujarat’s Surat, and the rape of a girl in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

Child rights groups reiterated that the real deterrent in such cases is the implementation of the laws and the certainty of punishment, rather than the death penalty. They said the ordinance was “reactionary, impractical in terms of procedural changes brought in and disproportionate with regards to sentencing.”

I-TEAM: Two more Diocese of Buffalo priests suspended amid abuse allegations


Charlie Specht

Apr 23, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Two more active priests in the Diocese of Buffalo have been suspended for allegations of child sexual abuse, the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team has learned.

Fr. Samuel Venne of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church on Grand Island and Fr. Art Smith of Blessed Mother of Calcutta Catholic Church in Depew have been put on administrative leave, diocesan spokesman George Richert confirmed.

"After receiving an abuse complaint against Rev. Samuel J. Venne, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Venne on administrative leave as an investigation continues," according to a written statement released by the diocese. "Please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint."

The diocese released an identical statement regarding Father Smith.

Father Venne is listed on the St. Stephen website as "priest in residence," a term often used for retired priests who help staff weekend Masses. He previously served at St. Martin of Tours in South Buffalo.

Father Smith is also listed as a priest in residence at Blessed Mother of Calcutta. He previously served at parishes in South Buffalo and Hamburg.

Father Smith and Father Venne placed on administrative leave

Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

Mon, Apr 23rd 2018

After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Arthur S. Smith, of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Depew, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Smith on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Bishop Malone has also placed Father Samuel J. Venne on administrative leave after receiving an abuse complaint. Father Venne is a retired priest serving at St. Stephen's Parsih on Grand Island.

In both cases, please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.

Buffalo Catholic Diocese places 2 priests on administrative leave


April 23, 2018

BUFFALO, NY-- The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has confirmed to 2 On Your Side they have placed two priests on administrative leave following accusations of abuse.

Father Samuel Venne, a retired priest from St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church on Grand Island, has been placed on administrative leave after an accusation of past abuse.

Father Art Smith has also been placed on administrative leave. Father Smith is a priest at Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Depew.

The Diocese says placing the priests on administrative leave is part of the investigation. It does not indicate if the claim is true or false at this time.

While acknowledging that these are challenging times for the Diocese, Bishop Malone said last month the recent release of names of priests allegedly involved in abuse cases, “brings to light what has been in darkness for too long.” Bishop Malone says releasing the names was the right thing to do and encourages more victims that may be out there to come forward.

Cosby Defense Blocked From Using Deposition

Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

The judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial won’t allow his lawyers to introduce testimony they say would shed light on the possible motivation of the comedian’s chief accuser.

The defense wanted jurors to hear deposition testimony from Andrea Constand’s friend, Sheri Williams. Cosby’s lawyers said Williams hasn’t responded to subpoenas. They wanted Williams’ testimony to rebut Constand’s claims that she was unaware Cosby was romantically interested in her. They said Williams would show Constand “could not have been the unwitting victim” prosecutors have portrayed.

Judge Steven O’Neill rejected the defense request Monday as the trial entered its third week.

Priest in India arrested over alleged lewd text to teen

UCA News

Saji Thomas, Bhopal

India April 23, 2018

A Catholic priest in India has been arrested and remanded to judicial custody for allegedly sending an obscene text message to a female student who attends a church-run school where he is the vice-principal.

Father Georgeish Britto was arrested at his St. Anselm's Senior Secondary School in Alwar town in the western state of Rajasthan. Father Britto has been remanded to custody while investigations take place until May 5, said his vicar general Father Edward Oliveira of Jaipur.

The priest's arrest followed a complaint being made by the parents of a grade nine student who accused the priest of sending her an obscene message. The parents also accuse the priest of harassing their daughter and for attempting to convert her to Christianity.

"Church officials said the complaint and arrest are part of an attempt to tarnish the image of the church-run institution in the state," said Father Oliveira.

St William's School abuse campaigner 'angry' over payout delays

BBC News

April 23, 2018

Delays in compensation payouts to victims of abuse at a Catholic school have left campaigners "angry and frustrated".

More than 240 men have made claims over abuse at St William's residential school in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire in the 1970s and 80s.

The De La Salle Order, which ran the school, put aside £7.7m for compensation, in 2015.

Church bosses say ongoing legal action out of its control is causing delays.

More on this and other East Yorkshire stories

"The strategy and management of the St Williams claims has been entirely in the control of the Diocese of Middlesbrough's insurers and the insurer's solicitors," the De La Salle Order said.

Jury in Cosby sexual assault retrial to hear final arguments


April 23. 2018

David DeKok

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Prosecutors and comedian Bill Cosby’s defense team were each set to deliver closing arguments in his sexual assault retrial on Monday, taking a final shot at convincing a jury he is innocent or guilty of charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a former friend.

The defense could call two final witnesses to testify before the arguments begin, wrapping up testimony that began on April 9 at Montgomery County Courthouse outside Philadelphia.Cosby, 80, a stand-up comedian who went on to star in a number of hit television series including “The Cosby Show” in the 1980s, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand, 45, in December 2004.

He stood trial on the same charges last year, when the deadlocked jury was unable to reach a verdict, leading prosecutors to try him again.

But this time the jury heard evidence that Judge Steven O’Neill barred from the first trial.

The prosecution called to the witness stand five other women who accused Cosby of similar sexual attacks, whereas only one such witness was allow to testify in the first trial, to show that the 2004 incident fit a pattern of criminal behavior.

Altoona woman attempts to revive sexual abuse lawsuit against diocese

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

APR 23, 2018

An Altoona, Pa., woman who says the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown covered up years of abuse by a known pedophile has asked the state Superior Court to reinstate her lawsuit.

Renee A. Rice, 50, filed a complaint in Blair County Common Pleas Court in June 2016 and amended it months later. She named as defendants the Rev. Charles F. Bodziak, who she said abused her, as well as the diocese; retired Bishop Joseph Adamec; and Monsignor Michael E. Servinsky, who is the executor of the estate of the late Bishop James Hogan.

Her complaint includes claims for fraud, constructive fraud and conspiracy. She is seeking punitive damages.

However, her lawsuit was dismissed in December by Blair County Judge Jolene Grubb Kopriva, who found that, based on controlling case law, Ms. Rice’s claims are barred by the statute of limitations.

“At times, we reach that point in the law, owing either to binding precedent or statutory authority, where a wrong may regrettably have no redress,” the judge wrote. “The appellate courts or legislature retain the power to alter that situation if they so choose beyond the [precedential] dictates of the trial court.”

Priest held for sexually abusing four-year-old girl inside temple in Chennai

New Indian Express

CHENNAI: A temple priest was arrested on Saturday on the charge of sexually abusing a four-year-old girl inside a temple at Choolaimedu.

Police said the child, who had come to a relative's house near the temple, used to play in the streets when V Udhayakumar (40) was reported to have taken her inside the temple and misbehaved with her.

The parents of the child were shocked when she told them how Udhayakumar used to touch her inappropriately.

"The family members were just playing with the child when she casually said the temple priest has often done certain things to her. When they spoke to the child further, they sensed that the priest had touched the girl inappropriately," said a police officer investigating the case.

Scottsdale pastor placed on leave after sex-abuse allegations


Bree Burkitt and Ryan Santistevan, The Republic

April 22, 2018

A Scottsdale pastor has been placed on leave following allegations that he sexually abused teenage girls under his supervision at a California church decades ago.

The allegations surfaced Saturday after multiple women told the Modesto Bee that Les Hughey — who founded Highlands Community Church in north Scottsdale — victimized them while he was working as a youth pastor at a Modesto, California church in the 1970s.

In response to the report, Hughey issued a statement saying he had "sinned" during his time at First Baptist Church. But he said he had only had "consensual relations with fellow college-aged staff."

"Because the allegations are from more than 40 years ago, it will take some time to get a clear picture," Doug Milligan, a Highlands Community Church official, said in a statement Sunday. "We are concerned about the well-being of all people affected by these events."

Diocese postpones another healing service for abuse survivors

Gallup Independent

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., March 16, 2018

Byf Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent

GALLUP – Once again officials with the Diocese of Gallup are postponing a healing service for survivors of clergy sex abuse, and once again it is because church officials failed to notify the public at least 30 days before the service.

The 30-day requirement was mandated in the nonmonetary provisions of the Diocese of Gallup’s Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

The postponed healing service was supposed to be held Saturday at Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Snowflake, Arizona. The new date is now Sunday, April 29.

“In the wake of Fr. Bob Mathieu’s passing, we were not able to verify that all the notices were posted or sent out locally, so to make sure that we are fulfilling our obligations to survivors and to the Chapter 11 terms, we have rescheduled the service,” Suzanne Hammons, the diocese’s communication director, said in an email Wednesday.

The Rev.Robert E. Mathieu had been the pastor at the Snowflake parish until his death in an auto accident in Albuquerque Feb. 16. Because the healing service was scheduled a month later on March 17, officials with the Gallup Diocese were responsible for notifying the public.

This is the second time the healing service in Snowflake has been postponed. The service was originally scheduled for July 22, 2017, but Bishop James S. Wall postponed the service so he could attend the annual Tekakwitha Conference in South Dakota. Wall ended up canceling his appearance at the conference because of ill health.

Here is the most current schedule of healing services, all featuring new dates and times:

Tuesday, April 3, 5 p.m: Our Lady of the Assumption in Overgaard, Arizona.
Tuesday, April 10, 5 p.m: Our Lady of Fatima, Chinle, Arizona.
Tuesday, April 24, 5 p.m: St. Francis of Assisi in Lumberton.
Sunday, April 29, noon: Our Lady of the Snows, Snowflake, Arizona.

Diné judge to rule on sex abuse cases

Gallup Independent

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., April 10, 2018

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola

WINDOW ROCK – A Navajo Nation judge will decide the fate of a motion seeking to dismiss five childhood sex abuse lawsuits filed against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

After listening to oral arguments during a motion hearing Monday, Window Rock District Judge Carol Perry is slated to rule if the abuse lawsuits can proceed in the Navajo Nation courts as the Navajo plaintiffs are requesting or whether the cases will be dismissed as attorneys for the Mormon Church are arguing.

The lawsuits were filed in the tribal courts as personal injury complaints alleging the sexual abuse of Native children enrolled in the LDS Church’s now defunct Indian Student Placement Program. However, jurisdictional issues have plagued the cases as they have bounced back between the tribal court and a Utah federal court.

In the words of Gallup attorney William R. Keeler to Perry on Monday, a key phrase in the litigation might be described as, “Location, location, location.”

Jurisdictional dispute

The first law suit was filed in March 2016, on behalf of two adult siblings, a brother and sister identified only as RJ and MM, who claimed they had been sexually molested as students in the church placement program. Over the next 18 months, five more Navajo plaintiffs filed similar lawsuits.

RJ, MM and at least one other plaintiff attended Monday’s hearing. RJ’s case is still pending; however, MM and another plaintiff agreed to a settlement with the LDS Church in 2017 after mediation discussions. According to Keeler, an additional abuse survivor agreed to a settlement, without filing a lawsuit. The remaining civil complaints were consolidated.

In comments before Perry, attorneys for both sides agreed the alleged sexual abuse of the Navajo plaintiffs took place in off-reservation communities, either in Utah or Arizona.

A point of disagreement, however, concerns whether the conduct of LDS Indian Student Placement Program officials who worked on the Navajo Nation provides the Navajo Nation courts the necessary legal jurisdiction over the cases.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs, Craig Vernon of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, and Keeler, argue the conduct of those placement program officials place the jurisdiction under the Navajo courts. Attorneys for the Mormon Church, David J. Jordan of Salt Lake City, and Lynn Isaacson of Gallup, argue the conduct – and sometimes the“non-conduct” – of those placement program officials place the cases outside of jurisdiction of the Navajo courts.

Legal arguments

During Monday’s court hearing, attorneys for both sides faced off in Perry’s small courtroom,while awkwardly sitting shoulder to shoulder at a shared table. Two additional church attorneys had to sit in the courtroom gallery because of lack of space at the table.

Legal arguments during the nearly two-hour hearing dissected provisions of the Navajo Nation’s Treaty of 1868, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Montana v. United States, and the Navajo Nation’s Supreme Court’s ruling in the John Doe BF v.Diocese of Gallup clergy sex abuse case.

Jordan,whose arguments dominated the majority of the nearly two-hour hearing,repeatedly advised Perry that Navajo courts lack subject-matter jurisdiction because the alleged “tortious conduct,” or wrongful conduct, occurred off the Navajo Reservation. Jordan pointed to the John Doe BF court decision as providing a good explanation of how subject-matter jurisdiction works on the Navajo Nation.

Jordan also argued that LDS Church placement program officials on the Navajo Reservation who did not disclose reports of sexual abuse were not guilty of tortious conduct.

“Non-conduct is not conduct,” Jordan said. “Failing to do something is not conduct.”

In response, Keeler pointed back to the decision of U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby who rejected LDS Church jurisdictional arguments in November 2016. Instead, Shelby ruled the church “must first exhaust their remedies” in the Navajo Nation courts before seeking redress in the federal courts.

“What the judge was saying was you have to look to Montana to figure this out,” Keeler said, referring to the Montana v. United States decision.

Keeler and Vernon argued their clients’ cases meet the exceptions outlined in the Montana case and requested Perry allow the cases to move forward.

Vernon disputed Jordan’s assertion that placement decisions regarding Native students occurred off-reservation, explaining placement decisions were made on the reservation, particularly at an LDS office in Chinle, Arizona. Vernon told Perry that some student disclosures of abuse happened on the Navajo Reservation, and some negligent conduct of placement program officials also took place on the reservation.

Frustration and anger

After the hearing concluded, two plaintiffs expressed frustration and anger toward LDS church officials and their attorneys. Keeler allowed them to make brief remarks in his presence.

RJ, the plaintiff who filed the first lawsuit, had responded with visible anger during the court hearing, particularly when Jordan made a number of assertions,including one about RJ’s complaint.

“The Mormon Church did actually do this to me,” RJ said, adding he was willing to swear “on a stack of Bibles” or his mother’s grave.

“I have my witnesses as well,” he said, explaining he was not afraid to testify on the witness stand. In his lawsuit, RJ stated he had disclosed his abuse to a number of LDS officials, who are listed by name in the complaint.

“What is a child’s innocence worth to people?” he asked. “Not all the money in the world will replace my innocence.”

The second person, a woman identified as plaintiff BN, explained she is still a member of the LDS Church. She said Mormon officials teach church members the importance of loving and understanding one another, believing in Christ, praying, fasting and looking to the Holy Spirit for guidance. However, BN said, she doesn’t believe LDS Church officials have demonstrated these same faith actions in their response to the Navajo plaintiffs in these abuse cases.

“When have they done this?” she said.

Instead,BN said, the LDS Church sends “pit bull” attorneys from Utah to “eke away at Navajo Nation sovereignty” and attack Navajo victims “as if we are the ones who are liars.”

BN expressed frustration with the focus on legal jurisdiction during the hearing rather than on the “rape and molestation” the plaintiffs endured.

“God does not care about location. God knows it happened,” BN said. “It’s pitiful. It’s a tragedy.”

BN said she has a question for the LDS Church’s president and 12 Apostles. “Have you fasted and prayed about my case?” she said.

Editorial: Diocese’s healing services reflect a slipshod bishop

Gallup Independent

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., April 20, 2018

The Diocese of Gallup’s series of healing services for survivors of clergy sex abuse is coming to an end this month. The series, which began 18 months ago, has been held at nearly 40 Catholic parishes across the diocese in Arizona and New Mexico – wherever a church sex abuser molested an innocent child or wherever he had a “ministry”assignment.

This month also marks the 9th anniversary of Bishop James S. Wall’s tenure in the Gallup Diocese. In many ways, the healing services are a reflection of ongoing problems created by Bishop Wall’s slipshod leadership skills and lack of transparency and accountability.

The healing services were a result of the Diocese of Gallup filing for bankruptcy protection. As part of the Chapter 11 reorganization, the diocese had to agree to 17 non-monetary provisions in an effort to make amends to the untold numbers of victims of clergy sexual abuse. Provision No. 8 required Bishop Wall to visit each operating Catholic parish or school and “provide a forum/discussion during his visit to address questions and comments.” That did not happen. Instead, the bishop offered religious services, followed by private meetings with interested abuse survivors.

Before we offer further criticism,let us be clear: The healing services were helpful for some survivors of clergy sex abuse. Those individuals have said they found the scriptural readings and the bishop’s words to be healing. They have appreciated speaking with the bishop after the service, and they found him to act responsive and caring.

However, the services have only provided healing for a small number of abuse survivors. The bishop and his staff have failed many other abuse survivors, the Catholic laity and the general public through their lack of courage, shortage of empathy and pervasive incompetence. Many abuse survivors never attended a healing service because they can’t emotionally bring themselves to step through the doors of a Catholic Church. Others refused to attend because they are still angry over the many years the diocese fought abuse survivors with hardball legal tactics. Most of the Catholic laity and the general public never attended because they realized no real answers about clergy sex abuse would be forthcoming.

First, it is a sad state of affairs when a U.S. bankruptcy court has to order a Catholic bishop to visit his own parishes and offer an apology for the sexual abuse of children.

Secondly, Bishop Wall should have had the moral courage to offer a “forum/discussion” at each parish and school as described in the non-monetary provisions. Would church members and the general public ask difficult questions? Yes, of course. Would there have been anger, tears and emotional outbursts from abuse survivors and their families?Yes, but that is a necessary step to healing trauma. Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester had the courage to offer five such public panel discussions and they did include difficult questions, anger, tears and emotional outbursts.Unfortunately, Bishop Wall doesn’t have that kind of moral courage.

Thirdly, the manner in which many of the healing services were postponed – some of them were postponed twice – is an example of the lack of competence and empathy of the bishop and his staff. They postponed one service because they had scheduled it the same day as the bishop’s all important Mardi Gras fundraiser celebration. Doesn’t the chancery keep a calendar of the bishop’s schedule? And what should be more important to a supposed representative of Jesus Christ – ministering to abuse survivors or raising money for church coffers? Bishop Wall gave us his predictable answer:Money.

Other healing services were postponed so the bishop could travel. Still, others were postponed on such short notice that abuse survivors were left uninformed. One survivor drove to the isolated church in Lumberton, New Mexico, only to learn the diocese had postponed the service without adequate public notice. Abuse survivors and their family members deserve better treatment.

And what about truthful information and honest answers? That has been in short supply since Wall became bishop. For example, in 2009, the Gallup Independent reported the Rev. Diego Mazon, O.F.M.had been removed from ministry because of a clergy sex abuse lawsuit and a credible allegation of abuse. Yet, it took the Diocese of Gallup eight more years of foot dragging to admit to this fact. Through the years, the Independent has reported on other accused Gallup clergy, yet the Gallup Diocese continues to drag its feet and fail to provide answers.

The Catholic laity and the general public also deserve better than this. Unfortunately, with Bishop Wall at the helm, foot dragging and stonewalling of information and answers is all we’ll probably get.

In this space only does the opinion of the Gallup Independent Editorial Board appear.

The silent lives of childhood sexual abuse survivors in America’s South Asian diaspora

The Lily

Samira Sadeque

December 19, 2017

Editor’s note: This story contains sensitive stories about childhood sexual abuse. Some of the women who came forward in this story could face negative repercussions within their communities for sharing their experiences. The Lily has chosen to protect their identities by not using their real or full names.

Bina really believed Samiha was going to come home that night.

It was a cold Wednesday evening in November 2016. Bina* had just gotten off the phone with her 23-year-old cousin, Samiha Khan, who assured her that she was on her way home.

“I told her what I always tell her when she’s upset,” Bina said. “You live in a house full of people who love you, and we’re waiting for you. So, come home.”

She was still suspicious. She had offered to call Samiha an Uber, but Samiha insisted she would take the subway.

Instead, she threw herself in front of one.

Four Gallup clerics included in sex claim

Gallup Independent

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., April 9, 2018

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent

ALBUQUERQUE – A new clergy sex abuse lawsuit, filed against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Thursday, alleges the archdiocese failed to include more than 40 credibly accused sex abusers on its list of abusers, including four Catholic clerics who worked in the Diocese of Gallup.

Levi A. Monagle, an attorney with the Law Offices of Brad D. Hall in Albuquerque, filed the lawsuit Thursday in New Mexico’s Second Judicial District Court on behalf of “John Doe 80,” a man who alleges he was sexually abused as a child by the Rev. Robert Galli at St. Anne’s Parish in southwest Albuquerque.

The law firm released the names of 43 clerics in both the lawsuit and a news release issued Friday. The firm alleges the 43 names were omitted from the list of 74 credibly accused sex abusers that Archbishop John C. Wester publicly released in September 2017, “despite being credibly accused of abuse and spending significant time in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe – often at Servants of the Paraclete treatment facilities in Jemez Springs and Albuquerque.” The law firm also claims a number of the men had ministry assignments in the archdiocese.

“The Archdiocese continues to present the people of New Mexico with half-truths masquerading as transparency, particularly with respect to the vast number of abusive priests brought into the state by the Servants of the Paraclete,” Monagle said in the news release. Although the law firm stated it did not include the names of accused clerics primarily affiliated with the Diocese of Las Cruces or the Diocese of Gallup, its list does include the names of the following four men who had ministry assignments in the Gallup Diocese, including one Franciscan friar not on Gallup’s list of credibly accused abusers.

-William G. Allison: Originally from the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana, Allison was accused of abuse while working in Flagstaff, Arizona, which was once part of the Diocese of Gallup. Allison received treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs. The Gallup Diocese includes Allison on its list of credibly accused abusers.

-Crispin Butz: This Franciscan friar was named as an accused abuser by a claimant in the Diocese of Gallup’s bankruptcy case. However, Butz and four other clerics named as alleged abusers in the bankruptcy case have yet to be added to the Diocese of Gallup’s abuser list. According to the new lawsuit, Butz received treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility.

-Mark Schornack: According to records released in a recent clergy sex abuse lawsuit in Flagstaff, Arizona, this Franciscan brother was admitted to the Franciscan order while he was a patient of the Servants of the Paraclete. Although he spent much of his life working at Catholic missions on the Navajo Nation, Schornack had at least one ministry assignment in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, at Jemez Pueblo. The Gallup Diocese includes Schornack on its list of credibly accused abusers.

-John Thomas Sullivan: Originally from the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, this notorious serial abuser worked in several Arizona parishes in the Diocese of Gallup. Sullivan received treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs.

An internet search of the 43 names indicates that all have been accused of sex abuse and many have been named as credibly accused abusers by other Catholic dioceses or religious orders. Some were even arrested and imprisoned. Added to Wester’s earlier list of 74 credibly accused abusers, the new names would total 117 abusers associated with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

Names of 43 accused clerics

Andrew Christian Anderson
William G. Allison
Thomas Behnke
Gustavo Benson
Robert Brouillette, aka Robert Sullivan
Crispin Butz
Joseph L. Clauss
Daniel Calabrese
John H. Dawson
Louis E. Douglas
John F. Fitzpatrick
Ronald L. Fontenot, aka Jean Paul Fontenot
James A. Forsythe
John J. Fallon
Peter E. Garcia
Charles J. Gormley
Richard Galdon
John F. Harrold
Mel W. Hermanns
Stanley D. Idziak
Rudy Kos
David J. Kelley
James Walter Lent
Gale Leifeld
Joseph P. Lessard
Lawrence Joseph Lovell
Gordon MacRae
Francis Xavier Markey
Tom McConnell
John B. Modica
Peter B. Murphy
Robert Daniel Nikliborc
John G. Pisarcik
Franz Robier
David Roll
John R. Russell
Mark Schornack, aka Mark Schomack
Carmen Sita, aka Gerald Howard
John Slown
Michael John Stevens
John Thomas Sullivan
Joseph Theisen
Michael Trainor

Church elders renew probe of founder’s alleged misconduct

Associated Press

April 22, 2918

SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of a Chicago-area evangelical church that became one of the largest in the nation say they will renew their examination of the church’s former pastor.

The Rev. Bill Hybels retired from Willow Creek Community Church earlier this month after allegations he touched and made lewd comments to female congregants. The elders say they are acting after new accusations against Hybels surfaced.

The new allegations were published Saturday in Christianity Today. Hybels couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The elders and an outside investigator cleared Hybels of any wrongdoing in a previous inquiry.

Temple priest held for sexual abuse of child

Times of India

Apr 23, 2018

CHENNAI: The city police on Saturday arrested a priest at a temple in Choolaimedu, for sexually abusing a three-year-old girl on temple premises.

According to the police, the victim had accompanied her grandmother to the temple. Udayakumar, 40, an assistant to a priest, took the child to an isolated place after convincing her grandmother that he would take care of the child until she is done with her prayers.

On returning home, the child told her relatives and friends about the incident. An angry mob immediately gathered at the temple, dragged Udayakumar out and filed a complaint against him at the Choolaimedu police station, said the police.

The case was later transferred to the Thousand Lights all-women police station.

An investigating officer said that preliminary interrogation had been completed and they had booked Udayakumar under Section 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

Pope Francis appoints new members to Commission for Protection of Minors

Vatican News

17 February 2018

By Christopher Wells

Pope Francis has renewed the membership of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM), confirming Cardinal Seán O’Malley as President of the Commission, and adding nine new members to the advisory body. Seven more nominees are returning to the Commission after their terms had expired in December.

During his recent trip to South America, Pope Francis addressed concerns about the expiry of the Commission’s mandate, saying the time taken to nominate members to the body was normal. “Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has given much prayerful consideration in nominating these members,” Cardinal O’Malley said in a press release. “The newly appointed members will add to the Commission’s global perspective in the protection of minors and vulnerable adults. The Holy Father has ensured continuity in the work of our Commission, which is to assist local churches throughout the world in their efforts to safeguard all children, young people, and vulnerable adults from harm.”

Among the new members are several experts from English-speaking countries: the Hon. Neville Owen from Australia; Sr Jane Bertelsen, FMDM, from the UK; and Ms. Teresa Kettelkamp from the United States.

The Commission’s press release noted that the eight men and eight women who form the membership of the Commission were chosen “from a multi-disciplinary field of international experts in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults from the crime of sexual abuse.” The members come from several different countries, “reflecting the global reach of the Church and the challenge of creating safeguarding structures in diverse cultural contexts.”

According to the press release, several of the members of the Commission are themselves victims of clerical sexual abuse. However, it is the practice of the PCPM to respect the privacy of abuse victims, and those named today have chosen not speak publicly about their experiences.

Commission for Protection of Minors holds Plenary Assembly

Vatican News

22 April 2018

By Christopher Wells

Pope Francis received members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) in a private audience on Saturday. A press release from the Commission said that at the meeting, the Holy Father “stated his intention to definitively confirm the Commission’s statutes.”

The Commission was meeting in Rome for its Plenary Assembly, the first since Pope Francis appointed new members to the body in February.

At the Audience with the Pope, the members of the Commission explained their priorities, which they said, “are reflected in the following Working Groups: working with survivors; education and formation; and safeguarding guidelines and norms.”

Earlier in the week, at the beginning of their Plenary Assembly, the Commission heard from members of the Survivor Advisory Panel of the National Safeguarding Commission from England and Wales. “The gathering was part of the PCPM’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that the thoughts and contributions of people who have been abused inform all aspects of the Commission’s work,” according to the press release.

'Dateline' airs exclusive interview with Karolyis


APR 23RD, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — In an exclusive interview that aired Sunday night on NBC's Dateline, famed gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi deny knowing disgraced national team doctor, Larry Nassar was sexually abusing the girls were training at their camps.

"No way," said Martha. "Everybody said Larry Nassar is a good doctor, Larry Nassar is a good guy."

The Karolyis also denied verbally abusing the girls and creating a culture of fear, as well as denying accounts of creating a culture where Nassar was able to prey on young girls, saying is just not true.

"I feel extremely bad," said Martha. "I don't feel responsible, but I feel extremely hurt that this can happen, and it happened everywhere, but it happened here also."

The Karolyis instead pointed the finger at Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics.

Tasmania leads the way on redress



Redress for survivors of sexual abuse by church leaders, not the sale of nearly half their church property is the story Tasmanian Anglican leaders want Australians to hear.

“An estimated liability of around $8 million in new and additional payments to survivors, it will require decisive action and significant sacrifice for everyone across our Diocese (region),” Richard Condie, the Bishop of Tasmania announced on the weekend.

The Tasmanian statement was headlined “Anglican Church in Tasmania sacrifices to fund redress.” The ABC report was headed “Tasmanian Anglican churches could be sold to fund abuse survivors redress”, a subtle shift of emphasis.

Eternity understands that some 55 Tasmanian survivors have already received payments from an existing local redress fund and these may need to be increased. In addition the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has identified more claimants. A national average payment of $78,000 with a cap of $150,000 is expected.

Tasmanian Bishop - please buy our churches

ABC - On Mornings

April 23, 2018


On Mornings with Leon Compton

Tasmania's Anglican Bishop Richard Condie says he hopes local communities will pitch in to buy the more than 120 properties, including churches, halls and houses, up for sale to pay redress for survivors of child sexual abuse. The Bishop tells Leon Compton the Church needs to sell just under half of its Tasmanian properties to cover an estimated $8 million of liability in additional payments to survivors.

Police drop the sex abuse inquiry into an ex-bishop who was allegedly smeared by Justin Welby

Daily Mail


22 April 2018

Police have dropped a controversial inquiry into an ex-bishop allegedly smeared by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Sussex Police said it is no longer investigating an allegation of child sex abuse against the late George Bell, former bishop of Chichester, referred to them earlier this year.

A spokesman said the investigation had been completed last month.

Claims against Dr Bell – who was widely respected for speaking out against Nazi atrocities and saving Jews from persecution – surfaced in 2012, but were dismissed over a lack of evidence.

Justin Welby was heavily criticised for trashing the reputation of Dr Bell – who died in 1958 – after he ‘rushed’ to accept claims the bishop was a paedophile. An independent review by Lord Carlile last year said the Church of England had ‘hung him out to dry’ on the say-so of a woman who alleged more than 50 years after he died that Dr Bell abused her as a child.

April 22, 2018

6 News wins variety of journalism awards


[Nassar coverage]

Apr 22, 2018

6 News won nine awards from the Associated Press on Sunday, including awards for the station's coverage of the Larry Nassar scandal and for weather.

The station was also recognized with an "Outstanding News Operation" award.

WLNS-TV won four first place awards, including:

* Best Investigative Coverage, Alexandra Ilitch, "The Larry Nassar Saga"

* Best Continuing Coverage, Alexandra Ilitch, "The Larry Nassar Scandal"

Police to stop taking victims' word for it: Dramatic plan could mean officers do not automatically believe claims of crimes due to flawed inquiries based on false allegations

Daily Mail

By Martin Beckford for The Mail on Sunday

22 April 2018

Police are to drop their controversial policy of automatically believing anyone who reports a crime, it can be revealed.

A top-level report obtained by The Mail on Sunday says official guidance should be changed to tell detectives they must listen to victims and take them seriously – but not automatically assume they are telling the truth.

The dramatic move follows a series of flawed inquiries based on false allegations that left dozens of innocent people's lives and reputations destroyed, including high-profile figures such as pop legend Sir Cliff Richard and DJ Paul Gambaccini.

In the most notorious case, Scotland Yard wrongly described as 'credible and true' a fantasist's lurid claims of a VIP sex abuse ring in Westminster involving former Home Secretary Lord Brittan, war hero Lord Bramall and ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor.

The U-turn has been drawn up by the College of Policing, which sets national standards, and after being considered by chief constables last week it will be sent to Home Office Ministers to become official policy.

The causes of paedophilia and child sexual abuse are more complex than the public believes

The Conversation

April 22, 2018

Kelly Richards
Senior lecturer, Queensland University of Technology

The public often feels intense loathing and anger towards paedophiles and those who sexually abuse children. A raft of sex offender policies such as Western Australia’s publicly accessible register of “dangerous and high risk offenders” has been introduced globally to appease an increasingly hostile, punitive and vocal community.

What the public thinks about the causes of child sexual abuse is important, because what people think causes a problem informs what they believe should be done.

My recent research examined what the public think causes paedophilia and child sexual abuse. I found there were four common causal explanations, and while each had some truth to them, they ultimately missed the complexity of the actual causes.

‘Born that way’ or cycle of abuse?

I analysed nearly 800 comments posted by members of the public to four online forums created following the announcement of a new program for reintegrating sex offenders in South Australia.

The forums are a rich source of data on public views about causality, particularly since people’s comments are “off the cuff” rather than telling the researcher what they want to hear.

People posting on the forum put forward four causal explanations for paedophilia and child sexual abuse.

McKayla Maroney says she tried to raise sex abuse alarm in 2011

NBC News

by Sarah Fitzpatrick and Tracy Connor


Larry Nassar had done "the treatment" on gymnast McKayla Maroney before, but nothing prepared her for what happened in a Tokyo hotel room in October 2011.

"That was the scariest night," Maroney told NBC News in her first-ever interview about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Nassar, the former Olympic doctor now at the center of an ever-widening scandal.

"He went, like, overboard that night."

Maroney is one of more than 265 girls and women — including a half-dozen Olympians — who say Nassar molested them under the guise of medical procedures.

She told her story as part of a months-long Dateline investigation, airing Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET, into allegations that USA Gymnastics could have stopped Nassar earlier and tried to silence his victims when they finally spoke up — accusations the organization denies.

A letter from the Elders

Willow Creek Community Church

April 21, 2018

Dear Willow Family,

We have been diligently praying and processing how to best respond to recent events. Last night, we had another productive and encouraging Elder Meeting. We are unified and seeking God’s direction on next steps, and we felt it was important to communicate with you.

This has been such a difficult time. Our church has been facing one of the most challenging seasons in our history. In the midst of this time, you have been responding with love, grace, and an openness to engage in dialogue. We are so proud of you. You are living the Gospel. We are also especially proud of the staff. Not only have you gracefully demonstrated strength, you have also joyfully assumed additional responsibilities due to an accelerated transition of leadership.

Over the last several weeks, we have been in a process of deep learning, seeking clarity, and building a path toward reconciliation. Even though Bill is no longer in his role, our work to resolve any shadow of doubt in the trustworthiness of Willow Creek Community Church and its Elders is not done.

With the benefit of hindsight, we see several aspects of our past work that we would have handled differently, and we have identified several areas of learning. Moving forward, we have a renewed commitment to engaging well, listening deeply, and further developing a culture of transparency and accountability.

Church elders renew probe of founder’s alleged misconduct

Associated Press

SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of a Chicago-area evangelical church that became one of the largest in the nation say they will renew their examination of the church’s former pastor.

The Rev. Bill Hybels retired from Willow Creek Community Church earlier this month after allegations he touched and made lewd comments to female congregants. The elders say they are acting after new accusations against Hybels surfaced.

The new allegations were published Saturday in Christianity Today. Hybels couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The elders and an outside investigator cleared Hybels of any wrongdoing in a previous inquiry.

Catholic priests take a vow of celibacy when they’re ordained. But when they break that vow, their children are left to live a lie

Toronto Star

By MARY ORMSBY Feature Writer

Tues., April 17, 2018

On a winter afternoon in 2016, Michelle Raftis’s long search brought her to the steps of St. Michael’s Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto. She was nervous, and had carefully prepared what she would say to Cardinal Tom Collins.

She was done with secrets and lies.

Raftis is the daughter of a Catholic priest, a truth the 55-year-old had to hide most of her life. She wanted to know why the church she was raised in allowed a priest to abandon his child.

“I wanted a written apology from the church,” Raftis says.

In Canada and around the world, children of priests have emerged from the shadows to press the Vatican — and their local dioceses — to recognize they exist.

The Vatican appears to have no data on the number of clergy who break their vows of celibacy and father children. But with more than 400,000 Roman Catholic priests ministering to 1.1 billion Catholics, offspring are likely to be found across the globe, says Bill Kilgallon, who recently finished a three-year term as a leading member of Pope Francis’s Commission for the Protection of Minors.

In Canada alone, about 20 sons and daughters of priests have personally contacted Coping International, a recently formed online support group out of Ireland that is pushing the Roman Catholic Church and its priests to acknowledge parental responsibilities.

Dioceses won’t name sex offenders

Weirton Daily Times

WHEELING — The Roman Catholic dioceses of Wheeling-Charleston and Steubenville don’t plan to issue any lists of alleged sexual offenders as dioceses in neighboring states have done in recent weeks.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York, released lists of clergy and laity identified as being sexual abusers. The lists contained the names of living and deceased subjects.

But that won’t happen here, church officials have said.

“The diocese does not currently have any plan to do what the Diocese of Erie is doing,” said Tim Bishop, a spokesman for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

Dino Orsatti, director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, also said that diocese isn’t planning to issue a list of alleged sexual offenders. Still, it won’t hide any allegations.

Bishop George Bell investigation dropped by Sussex Police


Olivia Rudgard, religious affairs correspondent

22 APRIL 2018

A police investigation into former bishop of Chichester George Bell has been dropped amid criticism of the Archbishop of Canterbury for smearing his name.

Sussex Police told the Daily Telegraph that they were no longer investigating a new allegation which was referred to them earlier this year.

A spokesman said the the investigation "was completed in March 2018" and added "of course further police investigation or action is not possible as Bishop Bell died 60 years ago".

An independent review released last year by Lord Carlile found that Bishop Bell had been besmirched by the church in 2015 when officials released a statement formally apologising over allegations of abuse made by a woman who is now in her seventies.

It also paid out £16,800 to the woman, known as Carol, for the alleged sexual abuse over a period of four years, beginning when she was five years old.

Telford sex scandal shock as social services chief is one of THREE councillors exposed as paedophiles


ByGeraldine McKelvie
Nick Sommerlad

22 APR 2018

Three politicians are today exposed as convicted child sex offenders in “mind-blowing and disgraceful” revelations that will further rock Telford.

Relatives of murdered abuse victim Lucy Lowe, 16, were left reeling after learning one of the politicians had been jailed and two others had admitted their guilt.

Anglican vicar the Rev Michael Keen, 78, who sat on a Police Authority board, got 15 months for two assaults on a boy aged 15.

The same lad was assaulted by former councillor Graham Bould, 60, chair of Shropshire County Council’s social services from 1993 -1998 – when Telford’s child grooming epidemic began to spiral.

The Sunday Mirror revealed last month how up to 1,000 girls are feared to have been groomed and abused by mainly Asian paedophile gangs.

Social services chief is one of three politicians exposed as paedophiles as Telford child sex grooming scandal grows

Daily Mail

By Phoebe Southworth For Mailonline

22 April 2018

A social services chief is among three politicians exposed as paedophiles as the Telford grooming scandal continues to spiral.

The shocking revelation comes just a week after authorities in the Shropshire town voted to commission an independent inquiry into child abuse after years of inaction.

Up to 1,000 children are feared to have been groomed and abused by predominantly Asian paedophile gangs.

Victim Lucy Lowe, 16, was murdered by her abuser who set fire to her house in 2000. The blaze also killed her sister and mother.

She had been made pregnant by the same man when she was 14.

Now it has emerged that former county councillor Graham Bould groomed a 15-year-old boy in the early 1980s after meeting him at a church group.

Child abuse investigation to look into claims at former Aberdeen children’s home

Evening Express


A national child abuse investigation will turn its focus on events at a former Aberdeen children’s home from next week.

Former residents and other witnesses connected to Nazareth House on the city’s Claremont Street, are expected to give evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

The facility was founded by six women from the Sisters of Nazareth in London in 1862 and it was once home to more than 300 children, but the home was dogged by allegations of historical abuse by the nuns for over two decades, with more than 40 complaints being made by former residents during a police investigation in 1997.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was launched in October 2015 and is one of the most wide-ranging public inquiries ever held in Scotland.

Lawyer rapped over child abuse evidence

Press and Journal

by Jon Hebditch

April 19, 2018

A lawyer representing a group of nuns under investigation by a national child abuse probe has been rapped by one of Scotland’s top judges for attempting to prevent the sisters from giving evidence.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will next week look at establishments run by the Sisters of Nazareth order in Aberdeen, Cardonald, Kilmarnock and Lasswade following hearings regarding facilities run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul in January.

The Aberdeen facility Nazareth House, on Aberdeen’s Claremont Street, was founded by six women from the order in 1862 and was once home to more than 300 children.

However, the nuns from the children’s home have been dogged by allegations of historical abuse.

During a police investigation in 1997, more than 40 complaints were made by former residents – one woman claimed she had been beaten so hard she lost her hearing, and another said he had been submerged in near-boiling water by the sisters.

Phase 2 Hearings - Sisters of Nazareth

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

24 April 2018

During Phase 2 the Inquiry will continue to examine evidence it has ingathered, researched and analysed relating to residential child care establishments run by Catholic Orders. This phase will resume with a case study about residential child care establishments run by the Sisters of Nazareth. Hearings are expected to begin on 24 April 2018 and continue into early Summer.


Representatives of the Sisters of Nazareth.

Individuals who were resident in Nazareth House in Aberdeen, Cardonald, Kilmarnock and Lasswade.

Please note that the names in brackets is a pseudonym of the witness who has chosen to give evidence anonymously.

Tuesday 24 April

Opening submissions

Witness LCO – (Rose)

Jim Buckley

*Witness LBO – (Elizabeth) - the statement of this witness will be read in, in whole or part.

*Witness LCK – (Lucy) - the statement of this witness will be read in, in whole or part.

Wednesday 25 April

Witness LBK - (Christopher)

Witness LBL – (John)

*Witness LCI – (Michael) - the statement of this witness will be read in, in whole or part.

*Witness LCM – (Terence) - the statement of this witness will be read in, in whole or part.

Thursday 26 April

Witness LCN – (John)

Joseph Currie

*Witness LBZ – (Jack) - the statement of this witness will be read in, in whole or part.

Friday 27 April

Witness LBA - (Alan)

Witness LBR – (Jill)

*Witness LCP – (Margaret) - the statement of this witness will be read in, in whole or part.


The case study into residential child care establishments run by Catholic Orders will resume with a case study on establishments run by the Sisters of Nazareth, with a particular focus on:

Nazareth House in Aberdeen
Nazareth House in Cardonald
Nazareth House in Kilmarnock
Nazareth House in Lasswade

Sisters of Nazareth: Nuns held to account for decades of CHILD ABUSE



Apr 22, 2018

A CATHOLIC order has been accused of lacking compassion after complaining of a “difficult year” as they are finally held to account for decades of child abuse.

The second phase of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will begin examining the shameful history of the Sisters of Nazareth on Tuesday, with hearings expected to continue until the early summer.

Hundreds of survivors have come forward to give evidence about beatings, cruelty and sexual assaults at the order’s four Scottish orphanages in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Kilmarnock.

The scandal was first exposed more than 20 years ago but legal red tape and a lack of political will led to an extraordinary delay in bringing the abuse to a public hearing. While the Sisters of Nazareth have consistently refused to apologise or pay compensation, many of the victims have died or suffered ongoing hardships over this period.

Child Victims Act left behind in state’s budget, kept alive by survivors

Altamont Enterprise

Thursday, April 19, 2018

by Elizabeth Floyd Mair

ALBANY COUNTY — The state budget left out the Child Victims Act — a bill supported by the governor and the State Assembly — that would have extended the statute of limitations for child victims of sexual assault, but adult survivors are not giving up.

The bill never made it to the State Senate floor, so the GOP majority leader is the focus of upcoming efforts.

Meanwhile, a group called Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse released a document entitled “Hidden Disgrace III” on March 29, listing all of the priests who have worked for the Albany Diocese and have been accused of sexual abuse, what they are alleged to have done, and all the places they have worked.

Attorney Jerry Kristal of Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse told The Enterprise that the statute of limitations in these cases should be extended by passing the Child Victims Act, and that the Albany Diocese should create an independent reconciliation compensation program that would allow people alleging sexual abuse to get some “recognition that this really happened and some measure of the church taking responsibility.”

Tas Anglicans to sell property for redress


April 22, 2018

Kaitlyn Offer

Tasmania's Anglican Diocese will sell off scores of churches and other properties to find $8 million to redress survivors of child sexual abuse.

Bishop Richard Condie announced the sale of churches, halls, houses and land on Sunday, saying the diocese hopes to be a part of a national scheme.

"With an estimated liability of around $8 million in new and additional payments to survivors, it will require decisive action and significant sacrifice for everyone across our diocese," he said in a statement.

"We intend to raise these funds from a proportion of Parish and Diocesan investments, through selling Parish properties, and by direct Parish contributions."

Every parish in the state will be affected and at the June meeting of all parish representatives, it will be suggested more than 120 properties be sold - nearly half of all of the church's real estate.

Tasmanian Anglican churches could be sold to fund abuse survivors redress

ABC News

April 22, 2018

By Emily Street

Tasmania's Anglican Diocese is proposing to sell more than 120 properties, including churches, halls, houses and vacant land, to fund redress for survivors of child sexual abuse.

The church said it would need to sell just under half of its Tasmanian properties to cover an estimated $8 million of liability in additional payments to survivors.

It has been lobbying for the State Government to sign up to the National Redress Scheme for survivors, due to start on July 1 as a result of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Tasmanian Diocese also agreed to increase the payment cap for its own Pastoral Support and Assistance Scheme from $75,000 to $150,000 per claim.

Previous claimants will be entitled to have their claims reassessed, which may result in extra payments.

Male abuse victims seek place


April 22, 2018

DAVID CRARY | Associated Press

For some male victims of sexual assault and abuse, #MeToo can feel more like #WhatAboutMe?

They admire the women speaking out about traumatic experiences as assault and harassment victims, while wondering whether men with similar scars will ever receive a comparable level of public empathy and understanding.

Chris Brown, a University of Minnesota music professor, was among several men who in December accused renowned conductor James Levine of abusing them as teens several decades ago, leading to Levine's recent firing by the Metropolitan Opera Company.

“Men are historically considered the bad guys,” suggested Brown . “If some men abuse women, then we all are abusers ourselves ... so therefore when it comes to our being abused, we deserve it.”

Brown's sense of distance from the #MeToo movement is shared by other abused men – some of whom have been using a #MenToo hashtag on Twitter.

Willow Creek Promises Investigation Amid New Allegations Against Bill Hybels

Christianity Today


APRIL 21, 2018

Last night, Willow Creek Community Church made a promise to its members following the early departure of its founder and senior pastor, Bill Hybels.

“Even though Bill is no longer in his role, our work to resolve any shadow of doubt in the trustworthiness of [Willow] is not done,” the church’s board of elders told members in a Friday evening letter. “With the benefit of hindsight, we see several aspects of our past work that we would have handled differently, and we have identified several areas of learning.”

Last week, Hybels retired six months early after 40 years as leader of Willow Creek, calling recent allegations against him a distraction for the megachurch and its ministries. Hybels denied any wrongdoing. He did admit regretting that he first responded to the allegations with anger.

Yesterday, the elders similarly expressed regret in the way the church handled the allegations.

Back rubs with teen girls evolved into sex; another former Modesto pastor accused

Modesto Bee


April 21, 2018

The founder of a popular megachurch in Arizona admits having sex with girls in his charge when he was a married youth pastor at a prominent Modesto church four decades ago.

"I sinned and harmed the most important relationships in my life," Les Hughey said in a statement issued after being contacted by The Modesto Bee. "Unfortunately, it's impossible to undo what happened, so I instead accept and live with the consequences."

His victims came forward soon after The Bee's February report on Brad Tebbutt, who like Hughey was a youth pastor at Modesto's First Baptist Church.

DA Controversy Causes Sentencing Delay in Love-Triangle Homicide Involving Hindu Priest

Fox 40

APRIL 21, 2018


SACRAMENTO -- Three convictions for first degree murder, one for manslaughter -- that's the curious reduction in an eventual conviction of one Sacramento murder defendant that may change the outcome of a hotly-contested District Attorney's race in the county.

Sentencing was supposed to happen in connection with the death of Ashok Kumar Friday, instead there are pleads for a new trial.

It's been scandalous from the beginning with Kumar robbed, beaten and strangled in the doorway of his own Sacramento home.

Then, a Hindu priest who assisted at Kumar's funeral - convicted of killing him along with Kumar's wife, the woman that priest Raghua Sharma had been having an affair with.

Birthright Israel and #MeToo

Jewish Currents

April 18, 2018

Sarah Seltzer

Jewish Currents spoke with more than 50 Birthright Israel participants and staffers about their experiences with the often-fraught sexual and gender dynamics on the famous free trip to Israel. Here is what we found.

This article was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, with support from the Puffin Foundation.

If you have information that you would like to share, on this topic or any other, please email tips@jewishcurrents.org


The day after Julia Peck says she was sexually assaulted by an Israeli soldier on her trip with Birthright Israel, she had thoughts of jumping in front of a bus. Wracked by pain and guilt as she arrived at the Western Wall, she says she slipped a note between the stones. The note read, “I’m Sorry.”

Peck, then a sophomore, arrived back at Columbia University during a heated campus discussion of consent, alcohol and coercion. She steeled herself and filed a report about her incident. Her fresh trauma and distress didn’t stop her from being scrupulous; she gathered two comprehensive witness accounts from her Birthright roommates, and even included the screenshot of an apology text from the alleged perpetrator. Encouraged by campus Hillel staff, the central location for Jewish life on many campuses that also ran and organized her Birthright trip, she filed a report.

April 21, 2018

An abuse of trust

The Mountaineer

By Kyle Perrotti

April 18, 2018

White hid behind his charm

Howard White is now seen by some as a wolf in sheep's clothing, the devil in a white robe.

But between 1984 and 2006, many in Haywood County only saw the former Episcopal priest as the beloved rector of Waynesville's Grace Church in the Mountains.

Since then, much has changed for White, 76, who has been convicted of child sexual abuse in New England, and now faces abuse charges in Haywood County dating back to 1985.

White, who preferred the affectionate, disarming nickname "Howdy," has been indicted by a Haywood County Grand Jury on charges that he abused one boy and one girl during his time in Haywood.

He is facing one count of first-degree forcible rape, one count of second-degree forcible rape, one count of first-degree forcible sex offense, four counts of second-degree forcible sex offense, and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Before White can be arraigned in North Carolina, he must be moved from Boston, where he is serving an 18-month sentence in a county correctional facility after pleading guilty to five counts of assault and battery.

Officials: Child abuse allegations swamping state investigators

Sharon Herald


Apr 20, 2018

HARRISBURG — Advocates and county officials await a promised action plan from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale for fixing the state’s struggling child protection system.

Susan Woods, a spokesperson for the auditor general, said those recommendations are expected in mid-May.

The system is challenged by the state’s push to make sure abuse doesn’t get ignored in the wake of the molestation scandal that put former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in prison.

That push has left county caseworkers swamped with tips, said Brian Bornman, executive director of the Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators.

While the number of cases of suspected child abuse has spiked in the wake of law changes intended to help better protect kids, the number of cases of actual abuse verified by investigators hasn’t increased nearly as much, Bornman said.

Elkhart child abuse cases decline while state rates rise


By Travis Robinson

Apr 20, 2018

Children at Elkhart's Beardsley Elementary left an assembly today with an important message...That people care about them.

"The percentage of children entering the system in Elkhart County is lower than it is throughout the rest of the state and throughout much of the country," Elkhart County Juvenile court Magistrate Deborah Domine told a crowded gym of students.

Impressive statements were met with blank stares from the audience. To be fair, that information was probably a little more suited for adults.

"Do you think they really got the point?" Our reporter asked.

"Probably not." Domine answered.

How prevalent is child abuse in Arizona?

12 News

Author: Takira Jackson

April 19, 2018

Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse, and we are responsible for protecting them. You may be a child’s only advocate at the time you report. Many Arizona residents are not aware of just how prevalent child abuse and neglect are within our state.

According to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Arizona and the Arizona Child Fatality Review (CFR) Program:

* More than 24,000 calls received by the Arizona Child Abuse Hotline between April and September 2016 met the statutory criteria to prompt a DCS report.

* Approximately 18,000 children were being cared for by the foster care system between April to September 2016 due to some child abuse and neglect.

* In 2015, 87 children died as a result of abuse or neglect, accounting for more than 10 percent of all child fatalities in the state of Arizona.

* In cases of child death due to maltreatment, the perpetrator was the child’s mother or father 79 percent of the time.

* Alcohol, drug, or substance use contributed to more than 60 percent of child maltreatment fatalities in 2015.

Arizona child abuse laws criminalize physical, emotional, or sexual abuse of minors and also require certain third parties with knowledge of the abuse to report it to the authorities.

Alaska Man's Revelation Shine A Light On Sex Abuse In The State



April 21, 20187:

Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday

Alaska has a sexual assault rate 3 times the national average and a child sex assault rate 6 times. NPR's Scott Simon discusses that with Alexander Hirsch of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

Lawyers descend on Buffalo for clergy sex abuse cases

Buffalo News

By Phil Fairbanks

April 21, 2018

In the Oscar-winning movie "Spotlight," Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian talks openly about the priest who abused his clients and the power of the Catholic Church to keep the scandal a secret.

"I'm not crazy. I'm not paranoid. I'm experienced," Garabedian, played by actor Stanley Tucci, says of the church. "You'll see. They control everything. Everything."

That scene was from 17 years ago, but Garabedian's anger with the Catholic Church is still front and center, an important part of his message as he brings his high profile to Buffalo in search of sexual abuse clients here.

Garabedian is one part, a big part, of the out-of-town legal presence that arrived here when the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced a compensation fund for victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Leaked church minutes over defrocked priest linked to succession game, says bishop

Cyprus Mail

APRIL 21ST, 2018


The minutes of a 2015 meeting of the Holy Synod on whether a priest who had served a prison sentence for the sexual assault of a girl he had fostered should be defrocked were leaked because of power games within the church over who the next archbishop will be, said one of the bishops at the centre of the row.

Elena Frantzi, 34, was found dead in her home last month after her foster father – Father Stylianos, a priest in Ergates village in the Nicosia district – had been reinstated as a priest after serving 18 months for sexually harassing her.

Bishop Nikiforos of Kykkos and Tylliria, Nikiforos said that the way the leaked minutes had been reported by the media made him look like he was defending Sylianos when that was not the case.

At the meeting of the Holy Synod on Wednesday where the decision to defrock Stylianos was taken in the wake of the uproar surrounding Frantzi’s death, Nikiforos gave the rest of the bishops a letter complaining about the leakage and calling for a probe into who was behind it.

In wake of abuse scandal, bishops of Chile talk resignation


Inés San Martín

Apr 21, 2018

ROME - As the date for their upcoming meeting with Pope Francis approaches, several of the 32 Chilean bishops who will be in Rome to meet the pontiff May 14-17 are speaking up, some ready to resign, and others ready to demand the resignation of a bishop accused of covering up clerical sexual abuse.

Bishop Juan Barros, accused by three victims of a Chilean pedophile priest of having covered up for his mentor, Father Fernando Karadima, should “without a doubt,” take “a step to the side,” according to Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago.

“I’m not a judge” to say if Barros in fact covered up or not, Ezzati said during a press conference on Thursday, but “the good of the people of God asks for his availability,” just as he himself “should be available to it” if the people of God were to ask the cardinal for his resignation.

Ezzati is 76 years old, so he technically presented his resignation to Francis last year, as is mandatory for bishops to do when they turn 75. However, it’s up to the pope to decide if he accepts the resignation, and so far, no announcement has been made.

Her brothers were molested by a priest as kids. Now she’s trying to reconcile with the Catholic Church


By DEEPA BHARATH | dbharath@scng.com | Orange County Register

April 20, 2018

For Jennifer Wortham, the process of reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church began with a six-page letter to Pope Francis.

Wortham’s two younger brothers were molested by their parish priest more than three decades ago.

In December 2016, the Rancho Mirage resident and healthcare executive faxed the letter to Francis talking about how his acknowledgement of the church’s transgressions touched her deeply.

“I recently came to terms with what happened to my family so many years ago, and I have forgiven those in the Church who were involved in perpetuating and covering up these devastating events,” Wortham wrote.

“If we do not open our hearts and forgive all of those who have transgressed against us, we will never experience the joy of grace.”

April 20, 2018

Bela and Martha Karolyi, Former Gymnastics Coaches, Deny Knowing About Nassar’s Abuse

New York Times


APRIL 20, 2018

Bela and Martha Karolyi, the former coordinators and coaches of the United States women’s gymnastics team, said that they were not aware of the widespread sexual abuse of gymnasts by Lawrence G. Nassar, the former team doctor.

In their first interview since the allegations surfaced about Dr. Nassar, who is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison, Ms. Karolyi said that even parents who were in the same room with their children did not notice the abuse, which her husband said affected the sport “like an explosion.”

Excerpts from the interview were released on Friday ahead of its full broadcast on NBC’s “Dateline” on Sunday. It will also feature the program’s full interview with McKayla Maroney, the Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast, who spoke about the “hundreds” of times she was molested, according to excerpts.

Crece la agitación en la Iglesia chilena tras la carta del Papa

La Nacion

[SANTIAGO, Chile.- The letter that Francisco sent to the Chilean bishops in which he admits "having made serious errors of appraisal" in a case of sexual abuse generated enormous agitation in the local Church, which increased even more yesterday after that the archbishop of Santiago asked for the resignation of a controversial bishop.]

Victor García SEGUIR

20 de abril de 2018

SANTIAGO, Chile.- La carta que Francisco les envió a los obispos chilenos en la que reconoce "haber incurrido en graves errores de valoración" en un caso de abusos sexuales generó una enorme agitación en la Iglesia local, que aumentó aún más ayer luego de que el arzobispo de Santiago pidiera la renuncia de un polémico obispo.

Aquel lastre se provocó luego de que el Papa desoyera las acusaciones de las víctimas de abuso sexual del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, que culparon al obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros, de encubrir los vejámenes que sufrieron. Francisco se quejó de "falta de información veraz y equilibrada" que lo llevaron a manifestar en enero, durante su visita a Chile, "que no hay una sola prueba contra Barros".

El informe de Charles Scicluna, arzobispo de Malta que encabezó la investigación al respecto, cambió su postura.

Varadkar: Survivors will get redress ‘without delay’

Irish Examiner

Thursday, April 19, 2018

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that women wrongly excluded from the Magdalene Laundries redress scheme will be receive redress payments “without delay”.

Last November, the Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, published a scathing a report into the scheme, which found that the Department of Justice had wrongly refused some Magdalene laundry survivors access to redress payments.

He made four recommendations, principle among these that the department fully reconsider, with a view to accepting, the applications of women who worked in one of the listed Magdalene Laundries but who were registered on the books of a training centre or industrial school in the same building attached to, or located on, the grounds of the laundry.

Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that this review would take place but made a commitment that all of these women would be included in the scheme and receive redress.

This will happen within three months.

Bill Cosby retrial, Day 10: Defense argues comedian was out of town at time of assault

USA Today

Maria Puente and Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY

April 20, 2018

As Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial went on for a 10th day Friday, testimony is nearing completion and Judge Steven O'Neill says jurors should get the case next week.

O'Neill said in court Thursday there are only a few more days of testimony left in the case. Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Andrea Constand, at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004.

Here are the latest developments from the courtroom:

Defense: Cosby's travel schedule puts him out of town at time of 2004 assault

Jurors were Bill Cosby’s travel records as his lawyers made the case that he never visited his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004, the month he’s accused of drugging and molesting a woman there.

Bill Cosby’s defense expert’s only credential is a driver’s license

Page Six

By Emily Saul

April 19, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa.– Two experts were expected to face off in Bill Cosby‘s sex assault retrial Thursday — but instead the defense produced a wannabe author better versed in Viagra and cancer than drug-facilitated molestation.

Dr. Harry A. Milman was allowed to testify as an expert in toxicology and pharmacology by judge Steven O’Neill following a painful voir dire by prosecutor Stewart Ryan, during which Milman was forced to repeatedly admit his lack of credentialing.

When asked if he held any licenses, the doctor croaked: “I hold a driver’s license.”

Cosby, 80, faces three charges of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University administrator Andrea Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004. Cosby maintains he offered Constand Benadryl to help her “relax.”

La Iglesia deberá "pagar" por sus pecados: la encrucijada ante la petición de indemnizaciones

El Mostrador

[In the coming weeks, the Court of Appeals will review the case in which the victims of Karadima accused protection of the Archbishopric of Santiago and requested compensation of $ 450 million pesos.]


20 abril, 2018

En las próximas semanas, la Corte de Apelaciones revisará la causa en la que las víctimas de Karadima acusaron protección del Arzobispado de Santiago y pidieron por ello una compensación de $450 millones de pesos. Los afectados por los maristas tampoco descartan echar mano a esa figura cuando resuelvan el aspecto penal. Como en otros países de Latinoamérica y Europa, el escenario más probable para la Iglesia chilena es comenzar a pagar indemnizaciones. Pero la institución no está sola, pues detrás de ella se encuentra Claro y Cía., uno de los bufetes más importantes de la plaza, que ha tenido entre sus clientes al propio Pinochet.

Obispado de Osorno informa que Juan Barros se encuentra “con alguna dificultad en su salud”

La Tercera

[With a brief statement, the Bishopric of Osorno reported this afternoon that the ecclesiastical authority of that city, Juan Barros, is "with some difficulty in his health".]

Abril 19, 2918

"Se agradece la comprensión y oraciones", dice un comunicado de la agrupación de esa ciudad. Hoy Ezzati sostuvo que el prelado "debiera dar un paso al costado".

Con un breve comunicado, el Obispado de Osorno informó esta tarde que la autoridad eclesiástica de esa ciudad, Juan Barros, se encuentra “con alguna dificultad en su salud”.

“Se agradece la comprensión y oraciones”, dice el texto, y añade: “Reitera su permanente disponibilidad a las orientaciones del Santo Padre”.

Durante esta jornada, el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, señaló que Barros, cuestionado por su presunto encubrimiento en los abusos que cometió Fernando Karadima, debería renunciar “sin duda alguna”. “Yo no soy juez para decir si encubrió o no, pero por el bien del pueblo de Dios y de la Iglesia, el obispo Barros debiera dar un paso al costado”, dijo el cardenal.

Ezzati critica permanencia de Barros como obispo: “Por el bien de la Iglesia, debiera dar un paso al costado”

La Tercera

[Ezzati criticizes the permanence of Barros as bishop: "For the good of the Church, should take a step to the side"]

Abril 19, 2018

Autor: Claudia Soto

La máxima autoridad de la Iglesia chilena aseguró que el Pontífice fue "engañado" sobre la información que recibió por el supuesto encubrimiento de Barros a Fernando Karadima.

Una dura conferencia de prensa ofreció hoy el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, en la que cuestionó la permanencia del obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros, como líder de la Iglesia de esa ciudad, luego de ser acusado por víctimas de abuso sexual y de la comunidad laica de haber encubierto los crímenes cometidos por Fernando Karadima.

Tras una asamblea extraordinaria con el clero chileno, la máxima autoridad eclesiástica rompió el silencio a días de haber recibido la carta que el Papa Francisco envió a los obispos en la que pide perdón a las víctimas y señala que recibió información poco clara sobre Barros. Consultado sobre la materia, Ezzati sostuvo que “yo no soy juez para decir si encubrió o no, pero por el bien del pueblo de Dios y de la Iglesia, el obispo Barros debiera dar un paso al costado”.

Convicted priest remains free despite failing drug tests

Associated Press

April 19, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut priest convicted of selling methamphetamine won’t be sent back to prison despite failing drug tests while on parole.

WVIT-TV reports that federal Judge Alfred Covello decided Thursday that Kevin Wallin, a former pastor at St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport, will remain on supervised release rather than return to prison.

Wallin, dubbed “Monsignor Meth” in some media reports, had been convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and sentenced to 65 months in prison.

He was released in 2016 but failed a number of required drug tests, prompting his parole officer and prosecutors to recommend revoking his parole.

Aisha Sultan: Priest sex abuse survivor says trauma lingers

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

April 20, 2018

Aisha Sultan

Chris O’Leary started to sweat in church as he moved up the line of parents and kids waiting for a turn at the confessional. When they got to the head of the line, O’Leary was crying and trying not to pass out.

O’Leary’s panic attack hit as his son made his first confession.

He wasn’t sure why, but he wondered if it had something to do with hazy memories from his childhood confessions. Three years later, in 2005, his daughter made her first confession. He had another panic attack.

O’Leary had talked to church officials in 2002 when the New York Times broke a story involving sexual abuse allegations against Father Leroy Valentine, who had been a priest in O’Leary’s childhood parish. The story revealed that in the late 1990s the St. Louis Archdiocese had settled with three brothers who had accused Valentine of sexual abuse, paying them $20,000 each.

O’Leary wasn’t sure if his vague, uncomfortable memories with Valentine meant something inappropriate had also happened to him. He says then-Bishop Timothy Dolan reassured him back in 2002 that he was misreading the situations from decades ago.

Priest Philip Murphy spared jail after court hears of Skype chats about child abuse fantasies

ABC News

By court reporter Emma Younger

An Anglican priest who was caught having online chats about raping boys as young as two, and who once said he wanted to watch a man sexually abuse his own son while in a "pedo mood", has avoided jail.

Melbourne priest Philip Murphy, 54, pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to transmit child pornography over a series of explicit discussions he engaged in over Skype between December 2016 and February 2017.

Murphy, who worked in Sunshine in Melbourne's west, told police he used his position as a priest to gain the trust of the men he was chatting to online, sending them photos of his clerical collar.

Under the name 'pervert', he used the gay dating app Grindr to find other men who wanted to chat about sexually abusing children.

Chilean cardinal says bishop should resign over abuse crisis


APRIL 19, 2018

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The head of Chile’s Catholic Church said on Thursday that a Chilean bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse should resign, little more than a week after Pope Frances said he had made mistakes in handling Chile’s sexual abuse crisis.

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati told reporters that Juan Barros, a Chilean bishop who allegedly concealed abuse of minors by his mentor Father Fernando Karadima, should resign “without a doubt,” while adding he would not judge “whether or not [Barros] had covered up” the incidents.

Barros did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The Chilean Church’s call for his resignation follows a letter from Pope Francis earlier this month in which the Argentine pontiff said he had made “grave mistakes” in handling a sexual abuse crisis that has long racked the South American country.

Wife leaves antigay preacher as more child sex abuse charges start piling up

LGBT Nation

By Alex Bollinger

April 18, 2018

Acton Bowen, a well-known youth pastor from Hoover, Alabama, was arrested last week on charges related to his sexual molestation of a teen boy. Now more victims have come forward.

Bowen was arrested after a six-month investigation into accusations from a teen boy whose family considered Bowen a “friend.”

Now four more individuals have come come forward to say that Bowen sexually abused them when they were between the ages of 12 and 17. Several of the victims are adults now.

“When we met with the first victim, our worst fear was that there could be more young boys who had been molested and preyed upon by Acton Bowen,” said Hoover police Captain Gregg Rector. “It appears our worst fears are now becoming reality. Sadly, this case continues to mushroom with each passing day.”

Acton Bowen seeks bond change for sex offense charges

Gadsden Times

By Donna Thornton / Times Staff Writer

Posted Apr 18, 2018

Attorneys for Acton Bowen are seeking a change in bond set for the youth evangelist charged with multiple sex offenses against children in two counties — including Etowah.

Bowen was arrested Tuesday on four felony sex charges — two counts of second-degree sodomy and two counts of second-degree enticing a child to enter a vehicle or room with the intent of sexual contact — and three misdemeanor charges of second-degree sexual abuse. The alleged offenses, involving four victims, occurred as long ago as 2006 and as recently as the first four months of this year.

His bond on the charges totaled $500,000 cash; attorneys Richard Jaffe, Michael Whisonant Jr. and John D. Floyd filed a petition for habeas corpus Wednesday asking, basically, that it be changed to a surety bond.

Three years' jail for Catholic priest who abused boys, then moved on

The Age

20 April 2018

A Catholic brother who was moved by his order to other schools interstate after he sexually abused students at De La Salle College in Malvern has been jailed for at least three years.

Former De La Salle brother Frank Terrence Keating, 75, was on Friday sentenced to five years and three months in jail for indecently assaulting eight students between 1969 and 1977.

Those crimes mean he has now been jailed for sexually abusing 26 children in total in Victoria and Queensland from the late 1960s to early 1980s.

County Court Judge Gregory Lyon said Keating's "audacious" offending included sexually assaulting one boy in the child's bed, after Keating had been invited to the family home for a dancing night; and molesting another boy during a drive, after which the Catholic brother had a cup of tea with his victim's parents.

April 19, 2018

Women from 'The Keepers' discuss experience at Baltimore conference on child sexual abuse prevention

The Baltimore Sun

Alison Knezevich
The Baltimore Sun

April 19, 2018

Three women featured in the documentary “The Keepers” renewed calls Thursday for the Archdiocese of Baltimore to release its files on the priest at the center of the Netflix series.

“Open your books, release your records,” Abbie Schaub said at a conference at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Schaub, along with Lil Hughes Knipp and Teresa Lancaster, was featured in a panel at the annual symposium of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, which is part of the public health school.

They questioned why the archdiocese won’t release its files on the late priest A. Joseph Maskell, who was accused of sexual abuse by multiple people, including Knipp and Lancaster.

“The Keepers” documentary focused on sexual abuse allegations at Archbishop Keough High School in the 1960s and 1970s and the unsolved 1969 killing of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, who taught there. It examined the theory that Cesnik was murdered because she knew about abuse committed by Maskell, who was the school chaplain and psychologist.

Priest Could Be Sent Back to Prison After Failing Drug Tests

Associated Press

April 19, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut priest convicted of selling methamphetamine is facing the possibility of being sent back to prison after failing his drug tests.

The Hartford Courant reports a federal judge will decide the fate of Kevin Wallin, a former pastor at St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport, on Thursday.

Wallin, dubbed “Monsignor Meth” in some media reports, had been convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and sentenced to 65 months in prison.

He was released in 2016 but failed a number of required drug tests, prompting his parole officer to seek to revoke his parole. Thursday’s hearing will determine if Wallin should be sent back to prison.

Quaaludes, Benadryl in Spotlight at Cosby Sex Assault Retrial

US News

April 19, 2018


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Bill Cosby's sex assault trial on Thursday focused on the drugs he is accused of giving a then-friend before raping her, with a toxicologist saying the pills could have left the comedian's alleged victim feeling incapacitated or even paralyzed.

Andrea Constand, 45, contends the former star of "The Cosby Show" gave her three little blue pills he said would help her relax and then sexually assaulted her at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.

Timothy Rohrig, a forensic toxicologist from Wichita, Kansas called as a prosecution witness, testified about the effects of Benadryl and Quaaludes, which Cosby, now 80, in a 2005 deposition said he used to seduce women.

Constand testified last week that after swallowing the pills she experienced double vision, slurred her words, had dry mouth, and her legs felt "rubbery," even paralyzed.

Cosby Accuser Talked of Framing a Celebrity, Witness Says

New York Times


APRIL 18, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby’s star defense witness, a veteran academic adviser who works at his alma mater, Temple University, testified here Wednesday that the woman who has accused Mr. Cosby of sexual assault had once remarked to her how it would be easy to fabricate such a charge to frame a celebrity and get money.

The adviser, Marguerite Jackson, said Andrea Constand, who was once the director of operations for Temple’s women’s basketball team, made the comment while they were watching television in a hotel room they shared on a trip by the team for a game in Rhode Island.

“She said it did not happen,” Ms. Jackson told the jury at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Ms. Constand testified this week that while Ms. Jackson’s name sounded familiar, she had always roomed alone on trips.

7 more women file lawsuit against MSU, USA Gymnastics over Larry Nassar's sexual abuse

Lansing State Journal

RJ Wolcott, Lansing State Journal

April 18, 2018

EAST LANSING - Seven more women have filed a civil lawsuit alleging sexual abuse at the hands of former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, alleges the plaintiffs are among the hundreds of women and girls who were sexually assaulted by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment. Their lawsuit adds to the more than 260 people suing MSU, USAG and others for failing to prevent Nassar’s abuses.

The lawsuit names as defendants MSU, its Board of Trustees, Nassar, USAG, and several current and former MSU employees, including former College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel and former MSU gymnastics coach Kathie Klages.The majority of the woman in the latest lawsuit were abused as minors, according to the complaint.

"Defendant Nassar used his position of trust and confidence in an abusive manner causing Plaintiffs to suffer a variety of injuries including shock, humiliation, emotional distress and related physical manifestations thereof, embarrassment, loss of self-esteem, disgrace, and loss of enjoyment of life," according to the complaint.

Conservative MP opposes motion calling on Pope to apologize for residential schools

CBC News

Jorge Barrera · CBC News

Apr 18, 2018

A lone Conservative MP's voice of dissent scuttled the quick adoption of a motion in the House of Commons Wednesday calling on Pope Francis to apologize for residential schools.

The NDP motion was opposed by Conservative MP Garnett Genuis whose voice broke the unanimous consent needed to adopt the motion. It will now go to debate and a standing vote.

Genuis, who represents the Alberta riding of Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, had telegraphed his position in a tweet posted about two hours before the motion was read out in the House of Commons.

"I believe very much in religious freedom and in the importance of separation of church and state," Genuis told reporters after voicing his dissent.

Ex-St. George’s chaplain Howard White charged with child sex abuse in N.C.

Providence Journal

By Tom Mooney
Journal Staff Writer

Apr 18, 2018

Howard W. White Jr., the former associate chaplain at St. George’s School, in Middletown, now behind bars in Massachusetts for raping a prep school student in the 1970s, is facing numerous similar charges in North Carolina.

White, 76, who was stripped of his Episcopal priesthood last fall, faces nine counts alleging various sexual abuse of a juvenile boy and a girl back in the 1980s while he worked at Grace Church in the Mountains, in Waynesville, North Carolina.

The charges, filed after his formal indictment this month by the Haywood County Grand jury, are: one count of rape; four counts of second-degree sexual offense (described as other forms of penetration); one count of second-degree rape; one count of first-degree forcible sex offense; and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

The charges come weeks before White is scheduled to be released from the Suffolk County House of Corrections. North Carolina law enforcement officials are working to extradite him when his sentence expires.

Alleged clergy sex abuse victim: "I am angry with God"


By: Marissa Perlman

Apr 18, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - - James Faluszczak says every time he learns something new about the sexual abuse scandal with the Catholic Diocese, he feels shocked and angry.

In a candid conversation, Faluszczak tells News 4 how he's coping, and how these past few months have shaped his faith.

"Think the catholic church is the biggest organized crime syndicate in the world," he said.

It's been a month since James Faluszczak decided to tell go public and tell his story of abuse.

For him, it's painful to to see how many people have since come out with a similar story, just like his.

Olympians blame 'adults' for not stopping Nassar abuse

Detroit News

Melissa Nann Burke, Detroit News Washington Bureau

April 18, 2018

Washington — Olympic gymnastic stars Jordyn Wieber and Jamie Dantzcher told a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday that their abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar would not have occurred had the "adults" at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University "done their job."

"They are still refusing to admit what the problem really is and that they’re accountable for it,” Wieber, a DeWitt native, said about MSU, which employed Nassar through the London 2012 Olympics.

Asked by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, how Interim MSU President John Engler is doing in his new role, Wieber replied: "He’s almost trying to fight the survivors, rather than trying to work with us," adding that he hasn't reached out to her.

"Why still is reputation of the university and money more important than the lives of hundreds of girls and women who were abused under their responsibility?" she said.

Wieber and Dantzcher, a 2000 Olympic bronze medalist, and other athletes asked the senators to hold the organizations accountable.

Athletes testify sexual abuse 'a much bigger problem than just' Larry Nassar

USA Today

Christine Brennan, USA TODAY

April 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – It has now been more than 20 months since the USA Gymnastics sex abuse story broke right before the Rio Olympic Games in the summer of 2016. In that time, tangible results to combat the abuse of young American athletes have been few and far between.

To be sure, there has been progress. More than 150 gymnasts spoke out in January to ensure that former gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar will spend the rest of his life in jail. Other athletes in other sports, some inspired by the courage of the gymnasts, have turned the spotlight to athlete abuse in taekwondo, swimming and figure skating. Who knows what’s next, although logic tells us there will definitely be a next.

In February, President Trump signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act, which requires adults who interact with amateur athletes to report suspected abuse to law enforcement within 24 hours. And yet, ask those athletes who have suffered abuse if they think their sports are still rife with it, and you’ll often get an affirmative answer.

So, where do we stand in the midst of the most horrifying scandal in U.S. Olympic history?

In a second-floor conference room of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, with four elite athletes telling their difficult stories to members of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security.

Youth pastor had sex with 15-year-old. Asks her to say it was her idea, report says

Wichita Eagle


Updated April 17, 2018

A Wichita youth pastor began having sex with a church member right after she turned 15 and asked her to say she was older when it started and “that she had come on to him,” says an affidavit filed by a sheriff’s detective.

The criminal case against 48-year-old Chauncey Walker began this past August with a tip to the Wichita Police Department’s Facebook page. Detective Daniel Ribble, with the Exploited and Missing Child Unit, learned that the tipster obtained a taped admission from Walker, says the affidavit, received by The Eagle late Tuesday through a court record request.

The Eagle has previously reported on the taped admission after receiving a copy from an attorney for the alleged victim. Now 20, she is suing Word of Life Ministries and Schools Inc., senior minister Robert Rotola Sr. and his son, church school administrator Robert Rotola Jr. The lawsuit alleges that the church and the Rotolas neglected to supervise Walker, failed to fully investigate concerns about him and tried to cover up the allegations. In a court document, the church and the Rotolas have denied the allegations.

Walker has been charged with aggravated indecent liberties and two counts of criminal sodomy against the woman when she was 15. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond and faces a June 4 trial. Walker’s defense attorney has declined to comment other than to say that they are working with authorities.

Sexual abuse by pastor lasted months, years, alleged victims claim

ABC 3340

April 19, 2018

Acton Bowen's alleged victims claim the pastor sexually abused them for months or years in complaints which date back from 2006 to as recently as last week according to court records revealed Wednesday morning.

For three years beginning in 2006, Bowen engaged in a deviate sexual relationship with a teenager, an arrest warrant states. A separate warrant claims Bowen had a three-year sexual relationship with a teenager from 2014-2017. The most recent complaint alleges Bowen propositioned a teenager during a period beginning in January 2018 until just last week.

Bowen was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Etowah County Jail with two counts of second degree sodomy, two counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes - all felonies - and three counts of second degree sexual abuse, which is a misdemeanor.

The Etowah County Sheriff's Office says the charges are based off the alleged sexual abuse of four juveniles between the ages of 12-17. Some of the alleged abuse occurred a decade ago. Those alleged victims are now adults.

Glendale Pastor Accused of Sexually Assaulting Preteen Pleads Not Guilty

NBC Los Angeles

April 19, 2018

By City News Service

A pastor from a Glendale church pleaded not guilty Wednesday to committing a lewd act on an 11-year-old girl, who was visiting from China, in a Covina hotel room.

Douglas Rivera, 40, of Baldwin Park, is charged with one felony count each of a lewd act on a child and first-degree burglary with a person present, along with a misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.

He could face up to 15 years to life in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration if convicted as charged, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors say Rivera drove to the Vanllee Hotel and Suites, at 1211 E. Garvey St., and parked his truck in front of a room where two young girls were staying on Feb. 7. Prosecutors allege he exposed himself to the girls before entering the hotel room and inappropriately touching one of them.

Pastor Accused of Sexually Assaulting Girl at Covina Hotel Pleads Not Guilty


APRIL 18, 2018


A pastor accused of sexually assaulting a girl in a Covina hotel pleaded not guilty, officials announced on Wednesday.

Douglas Rivera, 40, was charged with lewd act upon a child, first-degree burglary and indecent exposure, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Rivera allegedly drove to the Vanllee Hotel and Suites on Feb. 7 and parked his vehicle in front of a room where a 10- and 12-year-old were staying. The children were part of a Chinese tourist group, officials said.

Authorities said Rivera masturbated in his truck before going to the room, where he inappropriately touched one of the girls.

The Covina Police Department released surveillance images from the hotel on Feb. 9 and later named Rivera—apparently a pastor at God's Gypsy Christian Church in Glendale—as a suspect.

Pastor charged with lewd act on child in Covina back in custody


By Melissa MacBride and ABC7.com staff

April 18, 2018

COVINA, Calif. (KABC) -- A Glendale pastor charged with committing a lewd act on a child at a Covina hotel is back behind bars, the Los Angeles County district attorney said Wednesday.

Douglas Rivera, 40, was charged with three counts: lewd act upon a child, first-degree burglary and indecent exposure. He was arraigned in a Pomona courthouse, where the district attorney added a special enhancement, alleging the burglary was committed in order to commit lewd conduct or a sexual crime.

According to police, Rivera was caught on surveillance video lurking outside of a hotel room in Covina, touching himself and watching two young girls alone inside a room. Investigators described the girls as being between the ages of 10 and 12.

Rivera is then said to have forced his way into the room, assaulted one of the minors and fled in his truck, authorities said.

New Court Date Set for Former Priest Fernando Sayasaya


April 18, 2018

Danielle Church

FARGO, N.D. — Fernando Sayasaya, the former Fargo Catholic priest accused of molesting two underage boys, made his second appearance in court this morning.

During a hearing in Cass County court in Fargo, Sayasaya’s attorney asked for more time. The judge agreed and set his next court date for May 17. Sayasaya pleaded not guilty in February to charges of molesting two brothers between 1995 and 1998.

He fled to the Philippines around Christmas of 1998 and was returned to Fargo last year. If convicted, Sayasaya could serve up to 20 years in prison.

Abusive priest defrocked in first for Cyprus's Orthodox Church

Premier (UK)

Thu 19 Apr 2018
By Press Association

Cyprus's Orthodox Christian Church has defrocked a priest for sexually abusing his stepdaughter when she was a child.

Kykkos Bishop Nikiforos said on Wednesday the Holy Synod's decision, a first for the Cyprus church, was unanimous.

The case shocked the conservative east-Mediterranean island nation after the 29-year-old victim was found dead in her home last month.

Priest prayed for forgiveness while raping girl, court told

ABC News

By Stephanie Dalzell

April 19, 2018

An Anglican priest prayed to God for forgiveness while he allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in a church, the ACT Supreme Court has heard.

The 67-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial for 18 charges of rape and acts of indecency allegedly committed against the girl in the 1980s, which started when she was 13.

The former priest has pleaded not guilty.

The alleged victim, who is now 44, broke down in tears as she gave a graphic account of the alleged sexual assault.

She alleged he first raped her in a Canberra church after she had finished violin practice.

April 18, 2018

High profile Canadian held on paedophilia charge

Himalayan News Service

Published: April 09, 2018

Kathmandu, April 8

The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police arrested a 60-year-old Canadian national on the charge of paedophilia and rescued two minors from his clutches yesterday.

A special team deployed from the CIB raided a private house in Mandan Deupur Municipality of Kavre and apprehended Peter John Dalglish of Ontario, Canada, while he was molesting under-age Nepali boys.

Deputy Inspector General Pushkar Karki, who is CIB director, said Dalglish lured children with money, better education and foreign visit. He even took their guardians into confidence, telling them that he did social and community work through his Kathmandu-based organisation, Himalayan Community Foundation.

Kavre District Court today remanded Dalglish to five-day judicial custody for further investigation.

According to a CIB report, Dalglish was appointed the chief technical adviser for the UN’s child labour programme in Nepal in 2002. Between 2006 and 2010, he served as the executive director of the South Asia Children’s Fund, which promotes quality education for profoundly disadvantaged children in the region. Dalglish served as a senior adviser and deputy chief of party for UN-Habitat in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2014 and its chief of party until the end of July 2015.

Man files lawsuit, accuses Bristol priest of sexual abuse


Apr 18, 2018

The Archdiocese of Hartford is facing a lawsuit from a man who says a priest in Bristol sexually abused him for years.

Matthew Cornell filed the suit in New Haven Superior Court on Wednesday.

In the lawsuit, he accuses Father Gregory Altermatt, who was a priest at St. Matthew Church in Bristol, of sexually abusing him between 1976 and 1985.

Cornell says in the lawsuit that the abuse began when he was in grade school, and continued into the 1980s after his mother died and he spent more time with the priest.

Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Connecticut Priest Accused of Child Sex Abuse

NBC Connecticut

April 18. 2018

By Justin Schecker

A man who says he was sexually abused by a priest while growing up in Bristol is taking his case to court.

A civil lawsuit filed in New Haven Superior Court names the priest, Reverend Gregory Altermatt, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford. It claims sexual abuse dating back to the 1970s and 1980s when the plaintiff, now in his 40s, was 7 to 15 years old.

Altermatt has not been charged with any crimes.

The lawsuit states the church should have known that Altermatt posed a danger to minors with whom he had contact.

Wieber, Other Athletes Testify on Systemic Abuse in Sports
“It’s not unusual that at this time of life an abuse victim finally says I can’t take this anymore,” Attorney Thomas McNamara said of his client, Matthew Cornell.

Archdiocese of Hartford, retired priest sued again for alleged child sex abuse


By: Mario Boone
Apr 18, 2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - The Archdiocese of Hartford and retired priest Fr. Gregory Altermatt are both facing damning allegations of sexual abuse in a new lawsuit.

Attorney Tom McNamara has successfully sued this Archdiocese before.

He made the latest claims during a Wednesday morning news conference in downtown New Haven announcing the legal action.

"The sexual abuse actually started in the home in Bristol," McNamara said, referring to the alleged victim, Matthew Cornell. Then, he went on to lay out the shocking claims.

"The two counts against the Hartford Archdiocese are negligence and wanton conduct; and there are four counts against Gregory Altermatt, including intentional sexual assault, reckless and wanton sexual assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy,"

Retired Boise priest accused of crimes misses eviction deadline, church says

Idaho Statesman


April 18, 2018

In mid-February, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise gave Rev. W. Thomas Faucher 60 days to get out of the house he’s been leasing from the diocese.

The 72-year-old retired priest, charged with 24 crimes including sharing child pornography and drug possession, was served with an eviction notice on Feb. 13, according to court documents.

The deadline for Faucher to leave the home has passed — but he has not had all of his belongings moved out of the house at Hill Road and Holly Hill Drive in northwest Boise, a complaint filed by the diocese Monday shows.

Faucher has been at the Ada County Jail for more than a month, after a hearing at which his bail was raised to $1 million. A magistrate judge found cause to raise bail from $250,000 to $1 million when additional charges were filed.

Athletes critical of USOC, sports federations in failing to prevent, stop sexual abuse

USA Today

Rachel Axon, USA TODAY

April 18, 2018

For years, survivors of sexual abuse in Olympic sport have called for accountability for those who harmed them and officials who let it happen.

On Wednesday, four former athletes echoed those calls in a hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security.

Testifying before the subcommittee, former gymnasts Jordyn Wieber and Jamie Dantzscher, former speedskater Bridie Farrell and former figure skater Craig Maurizi criticized the national governing bodies for their sport as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee and others for failing to prevent and stop sexual abuse.

The hearing was the latest since the Olympic movement came under scrutiny for its handling of sexual abuse cases following revelations that longtime USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar abused hundreds of women, including Olympic champions Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas and Wieber.

Catholic Whistleblowers want 'substantial revisions' to church's sex abuse policies

National Catholic Reporter

One request is to extend zero tolerance coverage, including bishops

Apr 18, 2018

by Brian Roewe

A Catholic watchdog group is challenging the U.S. bishops to make "substantial revisions" to their nearly two-decade-old policies regarding sexual abuse of minors, and to include abuse survivors and the laity in the process.

Among seven reforms to the guiding documents — the 2002 Charter for the Protection of Young People, or the Dallas Charter, and the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons — proposed by the Catholic Whistleblowers are:

* extending its zero tolerance policy regarding sexual abuse to any cleric, religious or church employee, including bishops complicit with abuse;

* posting to diocesan websites the names of any person affiliated with a diocese with substantial abuse allegations against them;

* and working with state legislators in every state to reform statutes of limitations laws.

The Catholic Whistleblowers, a group of priests, religious and laypeople who support abuse survivors and in several cases reported instances of abuse, outlined their requests in a letter dated April 1, Easter Sunday, and addressed to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Copies of the letter were also sent to Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the U.S., and all American bishops, both active and retired.

Gymnast Wieber tells Senate panel Nassar abuse began at age 14

Detroit Free Press

Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

April 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medal gymnast Jordyn Wieber, a Lansing-area native, on Wednesday described for a U.S. Senate panel the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of sports doctor Larry Nassar beginning at age 14, saying she believed if she raised concerns at the time it might have hurt her future goals.

"I knew that if I questioned his treatment I risked my chance at making the Olympic team or being chosen to compete internationally," said Wieber, who has testified in court against the imprisoned former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor and who this week filed a lawsuit against him in a California court.

Wieber's comments were part of a prepared statement she delivered to a U.S. Senate subcommittee investigating abuse against Olympic athletes and whether there need to be additional safeguards to prevent it from happening again. At least two other congressional committees are said to be investigating as well.

The abuses suffered by athletes by Nassar were revealed in a series of stories first reported by the Indianapolis Star.

As Buffalo Bishop sells mansion to pay for sex abuse claims, the symbolism is striking


April 17, 2018

By Charlie Specht

But victims say he needs to release priest docs

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone is selling his house.

The palatial mansion on Oakland Place -- home to Buffalo's bishops since 1952 -- will soon be sold, possibly for upwards of $1 million, to help pay victims of sexually abusive Catholic priests in Buffalo.

“So it's an important day, kind of a historic day, but I feel good about it,” Malone said in an afternoon news conference. “We do have some resources for that already, but we know we'll need more, so we decided to put the house on the market.”

Abuse victims say the symbolism -- the bishop will live in a vacant convent at St. Stanislaus Church on Buffalo’s East Side -- is striking.

The Latest: Cosby’s star witness says accuser spoke of plot

Associated Press

April 18, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

A key defense witness says the chief accuser at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial talked about framing a celebrity before going to police with her allegations in 2005.

Marguerite Jackson is testifying Wednesday at Cosby’s retrial in suburban Philadelphia. She says Andrea Constand spoke of the plot while they were rooming together on a road trip to Rhode Island with the Temple University women’s basketball team. Both women worked at Temple.

Jackson says Constand told her she’d been assaulted, then switched gears and said she could fabricate an account to “sue and get that money.”

Constand has accused Cosby of drugging and molesting her in 2004. His lawyers say she made up the story to extort a big civil settlement.

Key Defense Witness to Take Stand at Bill Cosby Retrial


April 18, 2018

By Emilie Lounsberry

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The defense in the sexual assault retrial of Bill Cosby began its case on Wednesday morning and is poised to call a witness it hopes will cast a giant hole in the credibility of the woman who has testified that the comedian drugged and molested her back in 2004.

Just before the lunch break at Cosby’s retrial outside of Philadelphia, defense lawyer Kathleen Bliss announced that Margo Jackson, a key defense witness, will take the stand.

The defense has said in court papers that Jackson has told the defense team that Andrea Constand, the woman at the center of the criminal case against the entertainer, once remarked that she could say she had been sexually assaulted by someone famous in order to get a big financial settlement.

The prosecution, meanwhile, essentially wrapped up its case on Wednesday morning, although the jury is expected to hear from both a prosecution toxicology expert and a defense toxicology expert on Thursday.

The prosecution ended its case with more testimony about what Cosby said in a deposition in the civil lawsuit brought by Constand, including the entertainer’s admission that he used to give quaaludes to women before sex. Constand ultimately received a financial settlement of nearly $3.4 million from Cosby.

Publisher Killed Rape Allegation Against Cosby in Model’s 2002 Memoir

The Daily Beast


NORRISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA—Famed book publisher Judith Regan took the stand at Bill Cosby’s criminal trial Wednesday morning to confirm that she told model Janice Dickinson she couldn’t include her account of being drugged and raped by Cosby in her memoir due to potential legal issues.

“I remember at one point she told me she’d been raped by Mr. Cosby, drugged and raped, and she wanted to include that in the book,” Regan told the jury. “And at that time I told her…after conversations with the legal department, without corroboration those sorts of stories would be impossible to publish because of potential legal problems.”

And by corroboration, Reagan said she meant “a witness.” She also said she believed Dickinson, calling her account “credible because of the way she told it, with great emotion.”

Dickinson was not happy with the decision and was “insistent and angry” about including it, Regan said.

Cosby Accuser Wanted Rape Charge in Memoir, Publisher Says

New York Times


APRIL 18, 2018

The editor and publisher Judith Regan at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., where she testified on Wednesday at the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial. Credit Pool photo by Corey Perrine

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Judith Regan, the publisher of a 2002 memoir by one of Bill Cosby’s accusers, testified on Wednesday that the author had told her about being drugged and raped by Mr. Cosby, but her company’s legal department would not allow publication of the accusation because it was not corroborated.

The author, Janice Dickinson, had told the jury last week that her efforts to publish the accusation had been blocked by the publisher of her book, “No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel.”

Ms. Regan confirmed that account on the eighth day of Mr. Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges.

“She wanted the rape story in the book, and she was insistent and angry that we wouldn’t include it,” she said.

Pressed by Mr. Cosby’s lead attorney, Thomas A. Mesereau, on why she had not included the story in the book, Ms. Regan said, referring to the company’s legal department: “They objected to our including a story like this without a witness.”

Former teacher at orthodox Jewish school faces five years in jail for abusing pupils

Dutch News

April 18, 2018

A former teacher at an orthodox Jewish school in Amsterdam should be jailed for five years for sexually abusing six boys, the public prosecution department said on Wednesday.

Ephraim S, who denies the charges, is said to have carried out the assaults between 2011 and 2012 at the Cheider school in Buitenveldert on boys aged between 12 and 16.

The school authorities initially declined to press charges after holding an internal investigation and only reported the matter to police several months later after the education minister intervened.

S fled to Israel when the allegations first came to light, but was extradited to the Netherlands in 2016. He has since been held in custody.

Jurors hear Bill Cosby’s testimony about quaaludes, sex

Associated Press

April 18, 2018[


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — As prosecutors wound down their case, jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial Wednesday heard the comedian’s explosive testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex — an old admission that’s taken on new significance after a half-dozen women testified that he drugged and violated them.

A police detective read a transcript of the 2005 testimony as prosecutors saved for the very end of their case Cosby’s own words about using the 1970s party drug “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.’”

Cosby, now 80, is being retried on charges he drugged and molested chief accuser Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He says their encounter was consensual.

The defense was expected to begin its case Wednesday afternoon. Cosby’s lawyer told the jury in his opening statement last week that Constand was a “con artist” who leveled false allegations of sexual assault in hopes of getting a financial windfall from the comedian.

Olympian Jordyn Wieber to testify on Nassar abuse to Senate panel

Detroit Free Press

Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

April 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — Michigan-born gymnast and Olympic gold medal winner Jordyn Wieber will testify before a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday afternoon a day after filing a lawsuit over sexual abuse involving former Michigan State sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Wieber on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in a California state court against Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and others involving abuse at the hands of Nassar, who had been a renowned sports doctor for gymnasts.

A native of DeWitt, Wieber is set to talk Wednesday afternoon to a Senate subcommittee at a hearing entitled “Olympic Abuse: The Role of National Governing Bodies in Protecting Our Athletes.” The hearing in Washington will also be streamed live at www.commerce.senate.gov.

Another Olympic gymnast who says she was abused by Nassar, Jamie Dantzscher, is set to testify as well.

Women and children endure grave sexual abuses in ISIS refugee camps, study says

USA Today

Hannah Wiley, USA TODAY

April 17, 2018

Women and children in Iraq connected to Islamic State militants are being placed in refugee camps, where they are subjected to sexual abuse and denied basic needs like food and water, said an Amnesty International report released Tuesday.

Researchers believe the sustained mistreatment could lead to a new generation of supporters of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

"These women and children have such a deep sense of injustice, and the women kept telling us this will lead to a next cycle of violence and the next generation of ISIS," said Nicolette Waldman, co-author of the report and Iraq researcher at Amnesty International. "These violations could very well lead to ISIS 2.0 and then it will be back to square one fighting another war in Iraq."

ISIS began seizing Iraqi territories in February 2014 and swiftly extended its control throughout Iraq and into Syria and Libya. After four years of United States' intervention in the region, Iraq claimed victory over ISIS in late 2017. But the cleanup efforts have only just begun, starting with arresting and putting to death suspected ISIS militants, and placing women and children connected to fighters in camps.

Journalists and humanitarian workers at the camp are worried about long-term implications from the sexual abuse, including pregnancies, unsafe abortions and sexually transmitted diseases.

Cyprus church defrocks priest for 1st time over sex offense

Associated Press

April 18, 2019

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A senior cleric says Cyprus’ Orthodox Christian Church has for the first time defrocked a priest for sexually abusing his step-daughter when she was a child.

Kykkos Bishop Nikiforos said Wednesday the Holy Synod’s decision was unanimous.

The case shocked the conservative east-Mediterranean island nation after the 29-year-old victim was found dead in her home last month.

Many were outraged when local media revealed that the priest kept his job after a criminal court jailed him in 2013 for the same crime, which took place in the ’90s. His conviction was upheld on appeal.

Priest Sex-Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Hartford Archdiocese

Hartford Courant

Dave Altimari

April 18, 2018

A lawsuit has been filed against the Hartford Archdiocese alleging that in the 1970s a priest assigned to churches in Bristol and Waterbury sexually abused a boy whose mother had died.

The lawsuit filed in New Haven Superior Court on behalf of Matthew Cornell names the Rev. Gregory M. Altermatt as the alleged abuser.

Cornell’s attorney, Thomas McNamara, held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the lawsuit. He said that Cornell didn’t want to file the lawsuit under a pseudonym because “he wanted (the church) to know who he was.”

McNamara said that the abuse started while Altermatt was a priest at St. Matthew Church in Bristol, which was his first assignment after being ordained as a priest in 1976.

Retired Hong Kong priest accused of indecently assaulting at least two church-goers

South China Morning Post

18 April, 2018

Danny Mok
Clifford Lo

Hong Kong police were on Tuesday night looking into claims that a retired Anglican minister indecently assaulted at least two male church-goers more than a decade ago.

This came after the Hong Kong Anglican Church told police of one alleged assault, and a story by online news outlet HK01 disclosed two separate alleged crimes in 2004 and 2007.

The Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (HKSKH), as the church is known locally, is one of the largest and most influential denominations in the city, with 40,000 followers. It expressed its “deep concern” over the report in a statement on Tuesday.

“To safeguard all parties involved, the HKSKH has made a report to police,” the church said.

Child Abuse Hotline Teams Up With Pediatricians

Western Slope Now

Camila Barco

Apr 17, 2018

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Health care professionals around the Grand Valley are taking an extra step to help in the fight against child abuse and neglect.

In a single day Mesa County Department of Human Services answers an average of 30 phone calls.

"Locally we have four dedicated call takers that are on the phone," said Nicci Surad, part of the Child Welfare Receiving & Outreach Team, picking up calls placed to the organizations Child Abuse Hotline --to help out children who are or have been victims of child abuse and neglect.

"Children are our smallest, most precious community members and they deserve to be protected. They don't have voices of their own."

The hotline is for someone to report when a child is being abused and is used as a guide to gather information about the parents or caretakers --whether it be positive or negative.

Paedophiles are using ad industry tricks to spread child sexual abuse


April 17, 2018


Paedophiles have a powerful and worrying new tool to help them find images and videos of child sexual abuse: the humble website redirect. And it’s causing a major headache for those leading the global fight against abuse.

“It works in same way as advertising referrers work,” says Fred Langford, deputy CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation, a UK-based charity that last year found and removed 78,589 images or videos of child sexual abuse. For Langford and his small team, the so-called “disguised website” technique is the latest salvo in the evade and detection arms race.

Here’s how it works: when a paedophile visits a bulletin board or online forum to find images and videos of sexual abuse, they click on a link. When they do, they enter a convoluted redirection system. As they pass from redirect to redirect, they are handed session cookies that confirm the route they’ve taken. Without going down this elaborate path, the site at the end of the redirect displays legal content. But with the right session cookie, that exact same URL displays child sexual abuse content.

For paedophiles, it means images and videos stay online for longer. For law enforcement, it makes finding and removing such content significantly more difficult. “If you did a Google search and clicked on it you'd just get the legal content,” says Langford. “If you came from a bulletin board that is used by paedophiles then this system just seamlessly passes people through. It's exactly the same page.” The IWF was the to first detect the disguised website technique and saw an 86 per cent year-on-year increase in its use in 2017. In total, the IWF found 2,909 disguised websites last year. And many more likely still evade detection. “It's getting worse and worse,” says Langford.

Child abuse images increasingly hidden on adult pornography sites

The Guardian

David Batty
Tue 17 Apr 2018 1

There has been a sharp rise in paedophiles and organised criminals hiding child abuse images on apparently legal commercial adult pornography websites, the Internet Watch Foundation has warned.

In the past year the number of such disguised websites, which provide a secret route to child sexual abuse content, had risen by 86%, said Fred Langford, the chief executive of the UK charity. The IWF uncovered 2,909 such websites in 2017, compared with 1,572 in 2016.

Langford said the technique of hiding illegal content, which involves using a shortened URL that directs the user through a back door to child abuse images and videos, has become increasingly popular with criminals because some international police forces and internet watchdogs still did not know how to identify such sites or take them down.

“The content is remaining live for longer, which is driving their popularity,” he said.

Pope Francis’ Apology for Abuse in Chile Would Once Have Been Unthinkable


By Mathew Schmalz, The Conversation 4-17-2018

In a letter on April 11 to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis asked forgiveness for his “serious errors of assessment and perception.” His apologies were directed to the victims of Fr. Fernando Karadima, whose abuse of at least three men when they were children was witnessed and covered up by Chilean Bishop Juan Barros. Until recently, Pope Francis had maintained that Bishop Barros was actually the victim of “slander.” In 2011, the then 80-year-old Fr. Karadina was found guilty by a Vatican tribunal, and sentenced to a life of “prayer and penance.”

In times past, a personal apology from the pope would have been close to unthinkable.

Popes can make mistakes

Catholics believe the pope is the successor to the Apostle Peter, one of the first followers of Jesus. But Peter was a flawed human being: When confronted by a crowd, he denied his association with Jesus three times. Afterwards, according to the Gospel of Matthew, Peter “wept bitterly.”

For Catholics, Peter’s experience shows that even those specially chosen by God have deep-seated weaknesses for which they must show sorrow.

Popes are not always right in what they do, but their errors have been admitted only years – sometimes centuries – later. In 1992, for example, John Paul II apologized for the Catholic Church’s condemnation of Galileo that happened over 350 years earlier.

'Biggest obstacle to the Catholic Church is itself', claims bishop

BBC News

17 April 2018

One of Scotland's top bishops claims the Catholic Church may be its own worst enemy in spreading its beliefs.

The Bishop of Galloway has released a letter suggesting: "It could be argued that the greatest obstacle to preaching the gospel today in Scotland is the Catholic Church itself."

The clergyman's letter came just days after a priest from his diocese was jailed for child sex abuse.

He said negative publicity was "embarrassing" to Catholics.

The pastoral letter from Bishop William Nolan said recent sexual abuse scandals involving clergy called into question the trust parishioners have in their priests.

Bishop of Galloway says abuse scandal ‘blackens good name’ of Church



18 April 2018

A Catholic bishop has said the case of a paedophile priest has “poisoned relationships” within the clergy and helped undermine the work of the Church.

The Bishop of Galloway used a pastoral letter to express his concerns at the crimes of Father Paul Moore.

Fr Moore, 82, was last week jailed for nine years for sexually abusing three children and a student priest over a 20-year period.

Bishop William Nolan said the trial had been “embarrassing” for Catholics and called into question “the trust they have in their priests”.

GOP candidate in SD 37 refutes robocall, vows to vote for CVA

Legislative Gazette

Written by MARIA ENEA, Gazette staff writer on April 16, 2018

Despite a robo call that suggests otherwise, the Republican candidate in the 37th Senate District, Julie Killian, is adamant she will vote in favor of the Child Victims Act with a one-year “look-back” window allowing victims to file lawsuits for sexual assault crimes committed decades ago.

Killian is running for senator against Democrat Shelley Mayer in a special election on April 24 to fill the seat of George Latimer who is now the Westchester County Executive. The district covers the communities of White Plains, New Rochelle, Harrison, Rye, Mamaroneck, North Castle and Bedford.

The robo call, which was activated last week, was recorded by Asher Lovy of ZA’A’KAH, an organization that visits Orthodox Jewish communities to help raise awareness about child sexual abuse.

The message states: “Because of Republican obstruction, thousands of hidden predators walk free and unidentified every year in New York leaving our children in danger. Now, these same Republicans are spending millions of dollars to elect Julie Killian to the state Senate.”

87-year-old woman abused by nun as teen joins NYC protest to support Child Victims Act

New York Daily News

Thursday, April 12, 2018

An 87-year-old woman abused by a nun when she was a teenager rallied Thursday with other sex abuse survivors for legislation that would let them seek justice as adults.

Cecilia Springer said she was abused by her high school principal at St. Ursula, which runs the Notre Dame School of Manhattan — a private, Catholic secondary school for girls in the city.

Springer said her abuser was transferred to a different school at the end of that school year.

“I never told anyone so she was never reported,” Springer said. “I know of other people that she attempted to abuse.”

Diocese: Local clergy removed from ministry because of credible sex allegations

Midland Daily News


April 16, 2018

Five former priests, including three with local connections, were removed from ministry because of credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors, it was announced by the Diocese of Saginaw.

They are:

• John E. Hammer (former priest, associate pastor, Blessed Sacrament, 1991-1995)

• Jack E. Leipert (former priest, temporary administrator St. Philip Neri, Coleman, and St. Anne, Edenville, 1978, and Sacred Heart, Bad Axe, 1990-2001 )

• Leonard F. Wilkuski (former priest, assistant pastor, St. Brigid of Kildare, Midland, 1963-1965 and pastor, 1990-1999)

• Stanislaus A. Bur (former priest – deceased)

• Richard L Howard (former deacon)

Full assignment histories of the priests can be found here.

In addition, two priests are currently on administrative leave related to allegations under investigation. They are: Robert J. DeLand and Ronald J. Dombrowski

DeLand of Freeland was charged Feb. 26 with criminal sexual conduct for allegedly assaulting two males, ages 21 and 17. The 71-year-old DeLand has pleaded not guilty.

Convicted of sexually abusing boys, ex-priest granted parole: The Wolf in Priest’s clothing followup

The Standard

April 18, 2018[

by Grant LaFleche

William O'Sullivan arrived at Penetanguishene, Ont, Friday expecting the worst but hoping he was wrong.

He wasn't.

Donald Grecco, the former Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing O'Sullivan as a boy, will soon be a free man.

After deliberating for more than four hours Friday, Ontario parole board members at the Central North Correctional Centre voted to grant Grecco's request for early release after serving six months of an 18-month sentence.

Law firm renews call for Catholic Diocese to release information on accused Priests


By: Marissa Perlman

Apr 17, 2018

WIVB, N.Y. (WIVB) - - The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has come up with a way to help pay settlements to victims who were sexually abused by priests.

The Buffalo Diocese says it's going to put the Bishop's mansion on Oakland place on the market.

This comes on the same day a law firm that represents sexual abuse victims released new details about 42 accused former Buffalo Priests.

This has been the Bishop of Buffalo's home since 1952.

And Bishop Malone is the sixth out of 14 to have lived there. But faced with this sex abuse scandal,
The Bishop says the Diocese needs all of the resources it can get.

Law firm releases more details on priest abuse

Union=-Sun and Journal

April 19, 2918

By Philip Gambini and Rick Pfeiffer philip.gambini@lockportjournal.com

Attorney Mike Reck returned to Buffalo on Tuesday to again demand the Catholic Diocese release a comprehensive list of clerics within its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual assaults against children or other abuses.

It is the second call Reck and his firm, Jeff Anderson and Associates, P.A., have made in as many months. The first occurred in March, when Reck’s firm released a list of 13 priests accused of committing sexual crimes against minors while serving in Western New York.

A subsequent disclosure by the diocese added 30 priests that the religious institution said had “credible” allegations of abuse brought against them.

The second batch of information released by the law firm on Tuesday included details about where the 42 named clergymen were assigned, while laying out a hierarchy of church leaders who oversaw the diocese between 1945 and 2017. They are individuals Reck said are “responsible for the current crisis.”

April 17, 2018

As billboard arrives in Albany, survivor says it's time to pass Child Victims Act

Spectrum News

By Jaclyn Cangro | April 16, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. -- On a rainy day in Albany, sexual assault survivor Kat Sullivan unveiled her latest message.

A new billboard on the side of I-787 reads, "90% of NY supports the Child Victims Act. Senator Amedore, why don't you?" She got the idea from Oscar-winning movie "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

If the act is passed, minors will have no statute of limitations in bringing felony cases against someone who sexually abused them.

"We're starting here, and there's going to be more billboards going up," says Sullivan.

Senator George Amedore has seen the billboard and calls it unfortunate. He disagrees with it, saying he supports child victims. To him, the problem is finding a bill the assembly, senate and governor all agree on.

Advocates press Amedore to clarify view on Child Victims Act

Times Union

By Rachel Silberstein

April 16, 2018

ALBANY — Standing in the pouring rain in front of a billboard bearing the face of state Sen. George Amedore, activist Kat Sullivan called out the Republican and his legislative colleagues Monday for impeding the passage of a bill that would lift the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sex abuse.

The sign, which reads "90% of New Yorkers support the Child Victims Act. Why don't you, Senator Amedore?" is one of three paid for by Sullivan, who says she was sexually abused and raped by a teacher during her time at Troy's Emma Willard School 20 years ago.

The press conference at a junction off I-787 was followed by a sit-in at the state Capitol organized by Sullivan and fellow survivors from the Capitol Region, including Bridie Farrell, a champion speed skater from Saratoga who says she was abused by a teammate, and Mary Ellen O'Loughlin, of Perth.

Advocates have been targeting Republican senators in their districts, including Amedore, warning constituents of the lack of recourse for victims of childhood abuse, which they say allows predators to continue preying on children.

Children's own 'sex selfies' fuelling rise in child abuse images


Olivia Rudgard, social affairs correspondent
18 APRIL 2018

Almost one in three reported child abuse images are now taken by the children themselves, new figures from the Internet Watch Foundation show.

Children are increasingly filming or photographing themselves in explicit situations and sharing the footage, which then ends up on adult pornography sites or shared by paedophiles, the foundation's annual report found.

The report shows that there were 78,589 confirmed child sexual abuse URLs found in 2017, up from 57,335 in 2016.

A growing number of images discovered by the foundation’s staff were those which children had taken themselves as photos or via livestreaming apps.

The number of cases which involved "self-generated" content rose from 349 in January 2017 to 1,717 a year later, rising from six per cent of the total in January 2017 to 26 per cent in January 2018.

Steep rise in child abuse images online, charity reports

BBC News

April 18, 2018

The Internet Watch Foundation says it is finding more images of child sexual abuse online than ever before, according to its annual report.

It found over 78,000 website addresses containing child sexual abuse in 2017, up from more than 57,000 in 2016.

The charity actively seeks and removes these images from the net as well as responding to reports it receives from the public.

It said it had also processed over 80,000 reports of confirmed abuse.

Additionally, there was a rise in "disguised" websites, which are on the open web, where illegal content is shown only to people who access them via a particular pathway.

Editorial: Local senators block help for child victims

Times Record-Herald

April 17, 2018

So what will it be, Sens. John Bonacic and Bill Larkin?

Protect the victims of abuse or instead protect the insurance companies and the institutions, most notably the Catholic Church, that are more worried about what they might have to pay?

That’s what it comes down to in these final weeks of the legislative session as a series of bills long held hostage in the state Senate awaits yet another chance for passage.

The legislation is known as the Child Victims Act and it would have become law years ago had it not been for the opposition of the Senate Republican majority which has refused to even bring it up for a vote.

The facts have not changed. As yet another report said yet again last week, New York has some of the worst laws in the nation when it comes to the rights of victims of child molestation. Other states used to have similar laws. In fact, 39 have changed them since the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church received national publicity from the 2002 investigation by the Boston Globe, a story made even more prominent by the movie “Spotlight.”

Still, New York Republican senators resist.

Press Conference-On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian


Civil Complaint Filed in New Haven Superior Court against Fr. Gregory M. Altermatt and The Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation (The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford).
A press conference discussing a Civil Complaint Filed in Superior Court alleging sexual abuse of a minor by Fr. Gregory M. Altermatt: Matthew Cornell v. The Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation and Fr. Gregory M. Altermatt.

The suit alleges that in approximately 1976 Altermatt became a close friend of the plaintiff’s family who were parishioners at St. Matthew Church in Bristol, Connecticut. The suit alleges counts of negligence and reckless and wanton conduct against the Hartford Archdiocese and a number of counts of intentional acts against Altermatt. The alleged abuse occurred between approximately 1976 and 1985. The acts intensified after the death of the plaintiff’s mother in 1979 after Altermatt offered to help the plaintiff’s father as a part time caretaker and babysitter, who now had to raise the plaintiff by himself as well as a disabled daughter. The suit claims compensation for psychological damages.

Thomas M. McNamara, Esq. and Mitchell Garabedian, Esq.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

New Haven Hotel, Executive Boardroom, 229 George Street, New Haven, CT

Thomas M. McNamara, Esq., 203.782.9241 (tmacesq@gmail.com) Attorney for Plaintiff
Mitchell Garabedian, Esq. 617.388.5252 (mgarabedian@garabedianlaw.com) Counsel to Matthew Cornell

The Truth about Hasidic Education

The Tablet

April 16, 2018

By Frieda Vizel

Earlier this month, the New York State budget passed with new language that would somewhat relax the government education requirements for Yeshivas. Following this change, activists who left Hasidism and are fighting to enforce more secular education were quick to denounce the law. Shulem Deen wrote in the The New York Times “Why does New York Condone illiteracy?” and Hasidim took to Twitter to fight back. My Facebook feed is filled with outcries against corruption and uneducated children.

When Hasidic education is in the news, I bite my tongue. While I too was educated in the Hasidic community, I am a woman, and women are said to get more education, which is to say I learned more English. I left the Hasidic community when my son was five and still in Kindergarten in the Satmar community. But most of all, I find it hard to say anything because this conversation is so often reduced to moral absolutism. This is a fight in which both sides have set themselves up as the saviors of the children, the heroes to the victims, and anything besides heroism will get shouted down by indignant advocates whose work is here to save the day.

I understand their positions. On the one hand, Hasidic men like my father, still traumatized by the memory of the Holocaust, see their way of life as perpetually threatened, always on the verge of extinction. It’s why the language they use to discuss this issue includes words like meshimed, or a Jew who seeks to hurt his own people, or gezeyrah, an evil decree by the government, both loaded and theological. Comparisons to the persecutors of old abound, and the same old solutions are offered: Hunker down, do not give an inch, and quietly use political emissaries to overturn decrees. A modern day Rabbinic miracle is when political power saves the day from governmental villains.

Lexington pastor may have used job at church to sexually assault women, police say

The State


April 16, 2018

A former associate pastor at a Lexington church was arrested Thursday and charged with criminal sexual conduct, according to a statement from Lexington police.

Eduardo Elias Cornejo, 34 and a former pastor at Columbia First Seventh-Day Adventist Church, turned himself into police after a victim came forward earlier this year to report a sexual assault, according to the statement.

The female, who spoke with police Feb. 22, said Cornejo assaulted her in January 2017. She said Cornejo met with her and "used persuasion and physical force" to have sex with her, according to the statement.

The woman said she was very clear she didn't want to have sex with Cornejo and repeatedly said no.

Former Pastor Gets 8 Years In Prison For Molesting Youths In Church

CBS SF Bay Area

April 16, 2018

REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) — A former pastor was sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting three victims between September 2011 and May 2015, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.

Victor Tax-Gomez, 50, also known as Ever Oliveros-Cano, was a pastor for Senor Justicia Nuestra Church in Menlo Park, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

When the victims were 13, 15 and 17, Tax-Gomez committed the crimes while claiming to be praying with or cleansing the victims at the church, prosecutors said. Two of the victims were sisters and a third was a friend.

Two years later, one of the victims told a therapist that the crime had happened and the therapist reported it to Menlo Park police.

Former pastor gets eight years for molestation

Daily Journal

April 16, 2018

A former pastor was sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting three victims between September 2011 and May 2015, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Victor Taxgomez, 50, also known as Ever Oliveros-Cano, was a pastor for Senor Justicia Nuestra Church in Menlo Park, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

When the victims were 13, 15 and 17, Taxgomez committed the crimes while claiming to be praying with or cleansing the victims at the church, prosecutors said. Two of the victims were sisters and a third was a friend.

Youth pastor at Clayton church charged with statutory sodomy


Author: Sam Clancy
April 16, 2018

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A youth pastor at a Clayton, Missouri, church is facing statutory sodomy charges after police said he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old.

Andrew Dickson, 30, was charged with two counts of statutory sodomy for an alleged sexual relationship with 15-year-old in March of 2018. He worked at Central Presbyterian Church but was fired when the church found out about the incident, a statement from the church said.

Charging documents said the relationship involved oral sex and fondling the male victim which took place at Dickson's University City home. After his arrest by the University City police, he admitted to the crimes, charging documents said.

He was charged with two counts of statutory sodomy and one count of child molestation. His bond was set at $150,000 and he was ordered not to contact the victim or the victim's family.

Youth pastor admitted to sexual relationship with teen, police say


Apr 16, 2018

A local youth pastor who had worked at a church in Clayton is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old.

Andrew Dickson, 30, of University City, is charged with child molestation and two counts of statutory sodomy.

Police say he admitted to engaging in a sexual relationship with the teen, which included oral sex and fondling.

The Central Presbyterian Church later released the following statement:

When Central Presbyterian Church learned of this deeply disturbing situation, we immediately reported it to the appropriate authorities and proceeded to terminate this individual from his position. We are fully cooperating with authorities investigating this matter. We are focused on caring for the victim and supporting our church community as we grieve and heal together. We are praying for all parties involved.

Ex-youth pastor at Clayton Presbyterian church charged with sodomy, child molestation

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

April 16, 2018

By Joel Currier St. Louis Post-Dispatch

UPDATED at 3:45 p.m. with statement from church and detail that the suspect was fired from his church job.

CLAYTON • A former youth pastor at the Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton has been charged with child molestation and statutory sodomy.

Andrew Dickson, 30, of the 800 block of McKnight Road in University City, was charged April 9 in St. Louis County Circuit Court with one count of child molestation and two counts of statutory sodomy.

Charging documents say that the crimes occurred between March 1 and April 1, and Dickson admitted to fondling and engaging in oral sex with a minor.

McKayla Maroney questions if gymnastics was worth it in first speech since Nassar abuse case


By Eric Levenson, CNN

April 17, 2018

(CNN)McKayla Maroney questioned whether or not her star gymnastics career "was really even worth it" because of the fallout from her sexual abuse at the hands of team doctor Larry Nassar, she said Tuesday.

"I wasn't listened to, cared about or believed, and all of those things need to be weeded out of society, because that's where things went wrong," she said.

The statements marked Maroney's first public remarks since she revealed on her Twitter account in October that Nassar had sexually abused her. Her comments Tuesday came during a luncheon for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children at The Pierre hotel in New York.


Buffalo News

By Jay Tokasz

April 17, 2018

Bishop Richard J. Malone mentioned in March that no Catholic Diocese of Buffalo properties would be off-limits from the possibility of being sold to help compensate childhood victims of clergy sexual abuse.

The sell-off started on Tuesday, with Malone's sudden announcement that he will put on the market his own residence, a palatial mansion on one of Buffalo's most exclusive streets that's been home to Buffalo bishops since 1952.

“This move underscores the importance we place on helping the victims of abuse to begin healing,” Malone said in a statement emailed to The News Tuesday afternoon.

The bishop's residence at 77 Oakland Place, assessed at $1.3 million, has nine bedrooms and six bathrooms in 11,050 square feet of space.

Diocese puts properties up for sale

Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

Tue, Apr 17th 2018

Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that the Bishop's Residence at 77 Oakland Place, Buffalo, will be placed on the market this summer and all proceeds from the sale of the property will be dedicated to the Diocese of Buffalo's Independent Reconciliation & Compensation Program to assist victims of past sexual abuse by priests.

"This move underscores the importance we place on helping the victims of abuse to begin healing," said Bishop Malone, noting that he consulted with the diocesan Finance Council, College of Consultors and the Presbyteral Council in making this decision.

The former convent at St. Stanislaus Parish on Townsend Street in Buffalo, will now serve as the Bishop's Residence and as a venue for small events. "I am proud to move to the heart of Buffalo's Polonia, especially as a way to be a small part of the renewal that is happening in so many ways in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood."

The Diocese of Buffalo will also be selling the Sheehan Residence for retired priests on Linwood Avenue, Buffalo. Proceeds from the sale of that property will be devoted to the Retired Diocesan Priests' Medical Benefits Fund. The three-story brick building at Linwood & Utica was originally built in 1928 as the rectory for what was then St. Joseph Cathedral on Delaware Avenue. The "New Cathedral" as it was known was demolished in the 1970's and the former rectory has been used ever since as a residence for retired priests. The building features 12 suite-style units. There are three other diocesan residences for retired priests which can accommodate those now living at the Sheehan residence.

Diocese of Buffalo to sell bishop's residence, retired priest residence


April 17, 2918


Two valuable properties, including an E.B. Green-designed mansion, will be put up for sale by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo to help fund two programs, including the one it recently launched to assist past sexual abuse victims, church officials announced Tuesday.

(This story is developing.)

The Bishop's Residence, located at 77 Oakland Place in Buffalo, will be put on the market this summer. So, too, will the Sheehan Residence for retired priests on at Linwood and Utica Avenues in Buffalo.

Proceeds from the sale of the Bishop's Residence will go toward the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, which was announced in March to aid victims who have previously come forward with accusations of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of clergy.

"This move underscores the importance we place on helping the victims of abuse to begin healing,” said Bishop Richard Malone in a prepared written statement. He noted that the decision comes after consultation with the Diocesan Finance Council, College of Consultors and the Presbyteral Council.

'Very dark and very evil things:' Bond reduction denied for Boise priest


Author: Katie Terhune
April 16, 2018

NOTE: This article contains graphic content that may be upsetting to some readers.

BOISE -- The retired Boise priest facing more than 20 child pornography charges mused online about the "journey that he has taken down the path to Satan" and his desire to hurt others before the end of his life, according to prosecutors.

"'Yes, I want to do something truly evil before I die,'" Prosecutor Kassandra Slaven recited in court Friday. "'The thought of killing someone does begin to excite me.'"

Slaven was quoting from online chat logs obtained by police after they raided Father W. Thomas Faucher's home in February. Investigators found more than 2,000 child pornography images and videos on Faucher's computer and cell phone, including files depicting the "extremely brutal rape and torture" of children as young as infants and toddlers, according to the prosecutor.

Friday's court hearing came after Faucher's lawyer, Mark Manweiler, filed a motion to reduce the priest's $1 million bond, decrying the amount as "excessive," "unnecessary," and ultimately unconstitutional.

"This case is what it is, it's a serious case," Manweiler argued. "A significant bond is certainly warranted, but not a million dollars - that's ridiculous."

Ex-Episcopal priest accused of child sex assaults in the North Carolina mountains

Charlotte Observer


April 16, 2018

An ex-Episcopal priest imprisoned in Massachusetts for decades-old child sex crimes is now accused of sexually assaulting two children in the North Carolina mountains.

A Haywood County grand jury has indicted 76-year-old Howard "Howdy" Willard White Jr. on sex assault charges involving a girl and a boy, The Mountaineer newspaper in Waynesville reported. White is accused of the assaults when he served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in the Mountains in Waynesville in the 1980s, according to the newspaper.

The Latest: Jurors hear from Cosby police statement

Associated Press

April 17, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the Bill Cosby’s sexual-assault retrial (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

Jurors are hearing from a police interview in which Bill Cosby acknowledged fondling his chief accuser’s breasts and genitals after giving her pills at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Authorities are reading a transcript of the January 26, 2005, interview to the jury Tuesday. The interview was conducted about two weeks after Andrea Constand went to police.

The 80-year-old “Cosby Show” star says he gave Constand 1½ tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax. He says she showed no ill effects from the pills and did not object when he touched her.

Cosby told investigators he had a social and romantic relationship with Constand.

Bill Cosby Retrial: Jury Hears What Entertainer Told Police in 2005


April 17, 2018

By Emilie Lounsberry

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby admitted to sexual contact with the woman who says that he molested her, but he told investigators back in 2005 that their “petting” was consensual and that she was not in any way incapacitated, the jury in his sexual assault retrial learned Tuesday morning.

Sgt. Richard Schaffer of the Cheltenham Township Police Department just outside of Philadelphia told the jury about Cosby’s January 2005 interview with him and several other investigators. It took place at a law office in Manhattan, he said, and Cosby described his relationship with Andrea Constand as a friendship that had become romantic.

“We were fully clothed. We were petting,” Schaffer quoted Cosby as having said, reading directly from the police report of that interview. “I enjoyed it.”

Cosby’s words underscore the he said, she said nature of the case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. William Henry Cosby Jr. – as the case against the entertainer is formally captioned.

UPDATED 4/17: PA State Grand Jury Investigates Six Catholic Dioceses: What you need to know

The Worthy Adversary

Joelle Casteix


Three Men to Watch: Wuerl, Persico, and Trautman
(and one to discount)

More rumors are circulating about who was called to testify and what the grand jury investigation will uncover. But one thing is clear:

There are three men to watch.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Wuerl, now the Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C., was Bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006. According to his Wikipedia page, one would think that he’s a champion for victims. Critics have called him the “Teflon Cardinal,” due to the fact that scandal seldom sticks to him. Outside of two known abusive priests that Wuerl did not warn parishioners about, what else will the grand jury investigation tell us?

I can only assume he was asked to testify. He was the bossman for 20 years.

Erie Bishops Lawrence Persico and Donald Trautman

The Diocese of Erie is in full protection mode. Earlier this month, officials there released a list of 34 priests and 17 lay people who have been credibly accused of abuse.

Yesterday, the boshop announced the expansion of the diocese’s child protection office.

If they were so concerned about such things (you know, exposing abuse and protecting kids), why didn’t they release these names before? Why not expand the Diocese of Erie child protection office in 2015 or in 2013?

They are getting ready for a bomb to drop.

Trautman was Erie’s bishop from 1990 to 2012. He retired at the mandatory age of 75. Persico took over in 2012.

And a man to discount: Nicholas Cafardi

Peter Smith at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote a great piece today about the upcoming grand jury report. He quotes Robert Hoatson, a wonderful advocate for victims, as well as some of the players mentioned below.

He also quotes Nick Cafardi, a former chairman of the US Bishops National Review Board for the protection of minors.

[Cafardi] said he doesn’t expect major surprises from Pittsburgh in the grand jury report.

This is the same Nicholas Cafardi who was general counsel for the Diocese of Pittsburgh itself.


He was their LAWYER. So let’s just scratch him off the “credible” list.

'God on Earth': Followers of Hasidic Rabbi Convicted of Sexual Assault Hail His 'Superhuman Powers'


By Aaron Rabinowitz

Apr 17, 2018

The invitation to the event explicitly states it will start at 9 P.M. But the hundreds of people gathered in the hall in the southern city of Kiryat Gat, during one of the intermediate days of the Passover holiday, were to endure a long wait. Only when the clock struck midnight did the music heralding the arrival of the star go off.

The “Holy Man” (Tzadik), the term used by Bratslav Hasidim for their rebbe, none other than Rabbi Eliezer Berland, had arrived. The excitement hit its peak. One of the followers ran to him and managed to touch the rabbi’s tallit (prayer shawl). The rest of the men pushed and shoved, climbed on chairs and even trampled those standing in the way between them and Berland. The few who succeeded returned to their seats beaming with excitement and with glazed eyes. A similar excitement could be seen looking up to the women’s section.

A full year has passed since Berland, the leader of the Shuvu Banim Hasidic sect, was released from prison. He had served a year of his 18-month sentence for sexual assault and indecent acts against two women before being released on parole – and returned to his eagerly awaiting flock of followers.

If anyone had thought that once released from prison, Berland would remain alone, unforgiven for the acts he had confessed to and bereft of followers – they were very wrong.

Law Firm to Release Full Histories and New Documents of 42 Buffalo Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse at Press Conference Today

Jeff Anderson and Associates

Attorney to host conversation regarding sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo

Cunningham Letter
Diocese of Buffalo Locations of Perpetrators Map
Fr. James H. Cotter Priest File
Officials of the Buffalo Diocese 1945-2018
Report Clerical Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo Vol. 2

(Buffalo, New York) – Today, Attorney Mike Reck and others will:

• Release a second report containing the identities, histories and information on 42 priests accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo;
• Invite the press to participate in an open conversation regarding sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo;
• Release additional files and materials regarding the Diocese of Buffalo and participate in a Q & A session;
• Encourage full disclosure by the diocese regarding the still secret identities of additional Diocese of Buffalo priests accused of sexual abuse.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 11:00AM ET

Lawyers make final remarks in Australian cardinal's sex case

Associated Press

April 17, 2018

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A lawyer for the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis told an Australian court on Tuesday that Cardinal George Pell could have been targeted with false accusations to punish him for the crimes of other clerics.

Defense and prosecution lawyers were making their final submissions in the Melbourne Magistrates Court in a hearing to determine whether the case against Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic was strong enough to warrant a trial by jury.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington will make her ruling on May 1 on whether Pell will stand trial.

Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, was charged last June with sexually abusing multiple people in his Australian home state of Victoria. The details of the allegations against the 76-year-old have yet to be released to the public, though police have described the charges as “historical” sexual assault offenses — meaning the crimes allegedly occurred decades ago.

Is Pell going to trial or not? We will find out in two weeks

The Courier

April 17, 2018

Cardinal George Pell's lawyers want the case against him thrown out, arguing the historical sexual offence allegations are impossible.

Defence barrister Robert Richter QC has also suggested the allegations may be motivated by a desire to punish Australia's most senior Catholic over the church's mishandling of sexual abuse by other priests.

Mr Richter said Pell should not have to stand trial on any of the charges, especially the more serious and "appalling" allegations.

"Their complaints ought to be regarded as impossible and ought to be discharged without batting an eyelid," he told Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Pell's QC argues many abuse allegations simply not possible

ABC - The World Today

April 17, 2918

By Samantha Donovan

On the final day of the committal hearing for Cardinal George Pell in Melbourne, the court has been told that many of the allegations against Cardinal George Pell are simply impossible.

Australia's most senior Catholic is facing multiple charges of historical sexual offences against multiple complainants, but he continues to vehemently deny all of them.

Cardinal Pell's QC also said that many of the complainants are not sufficiently credible witnesses to bring the cases to trial.

'The stuff of fantasy': Pell's barrister demands charges be thrown out

Sydney Morning Herald

By Adam Cooper

17 April 2018

Allegations of sexual abuse against George Pell were the stuff of fantasy, impossible and made by witnesses with no credibility, the cardinal's lawyer has told a court as he sought to have charges against Australia's most senior Catholic thrown out.

Defence counsel Robert Richter, QC, on Tuesday urged magistrate Belinda Wallington to discharge Cardinal Pell of multiple historic sexual abuse charges rather than commit him to stand trial, because, he said, there was no way a jury could find the charges proven.

Cardinal Pell must now wait a fortnight before learning whether he will front a jury in a higher court, as Ms Wallington takes time to consider written and oral submissions from the 76-year-old's defence team and prosecutors. Ms Wallington will announce her decision on May 1.

Rocking gently from side to side over almost two hours at the lectern in Melbourne Magistrates Court, Mr Richter expanded on a series of points as to why his client should not be sent to trial, focusing mainly on what he said were major flaws in the evidence of two accusers.

George Pell wants sex case thrown out


Jacqueline Le and Megan Neil
Australian Associated Press

APRIL 17, 2018

Cardinal George Pell's lawyers want the "impossible" sex offence case against him thrown out, arguing the allegations are potentially motivated by a desire to punish the Catholic Church.

Defence barrister Robert Richter QC said Pell had been targeted as Australia's most senior Catholic amid hatred and public furore over the church's response to clergy abuse.

"We say that Cardinal Pell, representing the face of the Catholic Church, a prominent person, had been the obvious target of allegations that are not true but are designed to punish him, almost, for not having prevented sexual abuse for many years."

Mr Richter suggested some of the allegations were the product of fantasy, mental problems or pure invention.

Cardinal George Pell targeted to punish Catholic church, defence lawyer says

The Guardian

Calla Wahlquist @callapilla
Mon 16 Apr 2018

Cardinal George Pell has been targeted with historic sexual abuse allegations in an attempt to punish the Catholic church for its failure to prevent other instances of child sexual abuse, his lawyer has argued.

Pell, 76, has been charged with multiple historic sexual offences. He has vehemently denied the charges. Further description of the charges against Pell cannot be given for legal reasons.

On the final day of a four-week committal hearing at the Melbourne magistrates’ court on Tuesday, the head of Pell’s defence team, Robert Richter QC, suggested the most serious complaints against him had been invented by “thwarted” people to punish the church.

Both the defence and the prosecution have made extensive written submissions but also oral closing statements. Pell was not required to attend and was not in court.

Vatican Treasurer Pell's lawyer says no grounds for trial, court to rule May 1


APRIL 17, 2018

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Vatican Treasurer George Pell’s lawyer told a court on Tuesday the Australian archbishop should not be sent to trial on any of the multiple charges of historical sexual offences against him.

In a final submission to the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court following a month of pre-trial hearings, Pell’s lawyer Robert Richter said “public time and money ought not to be wasted” on a trial. Evidence showed the worst of the alleged offences could not have occurred, he said.

“To the extent that it’s possible to demonstrate anything, their complaints ought to be regarded as impossible and ought to be discharged without batting an eyelid,” Richter told the court.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington will hand down her decision on whether to send Pell to trial on May 1.

Pell, 76, was not present in court on Tuesday. He is the highest ranking Catholic worldwide to face such charges, the details of which have not been made public.

Cardinal Pell's defense calls for historical abuse charges to be dropped


By Lucie Morris-Marr, CNN

Tue April 17, 2018

Melbourne (CNN)The lead barrister defending senior Vatican official Cardinal George Pell against historical abuse charges has argued for the case to be dropped because a trial would be a "waste of public money, time and effort."

Robert Richter QC made the arguments at a court in Melbourne Tuesday, on the final day of submissions before Magistrate Belinda Wallington.

Wallington will announce on May 1 whether the case will proceed to trial, after weeks of testimony from accusers and witnesses to the alleged abuse.

Pell, 76, was charged last June and given leave by Pope Francis from the Vatican to contest the charges in his native country. Pell vigorously denies all allegations.

Chilean abuse victims welcome pope's letter, call for zero tolerance

Catholic Courier

Jane Chambers / Catholic News Service | 04.16.2018

SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) -- Victims of clergy sexual abuse welcomed Pope Francis' letter in which he apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the crisis in Chile.

James Hamilton, Jose Andres Murillo and Juan Carlos Cruz, victims of Father Fernando Karadima, released a statement April 11 saying they appreciated the pope's letter and were "evaluating the possibilities" for meeting with the pope.

"The damage committed by the hierarchy of the Chilean church, to which the pope refers, has affected many people, not just us," the victims said.

"The purpose of all our actions has always been about recognition, forgiveness and reparation for what has been suffered, and will continue to be so, until zero tolerance against abuse and concealment in the church becomes a reality," they said.

Pope Francis' letter, released by the Vatican April 11, asked "forgiveness of all those I have offended" and said he hoped to "be able to do it personally in the coming weeks."

Sex-abuse report looms over Catholic dioceses

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

APR 16, 2018

Since July 2016, a grand jury seated in Pittsburgh has been quietly hearing testimony on alleged rape and sexual abuse of children by priests and others associated with the Roman Catholic Church.

The scope of the investigation spans seven decades and from one end of Pennsylvania to the other.

What is expected in the coming weeks is a report that could be the most comprehensive and geographically expansive official report ever produced in the United States on the enormity of the scandal.

The 40th Statewide Grand Jury had an 18-month term, extended by four months to the end of April, according to those familiar with its work.

April 16, 2018

Church class action

Gippsland Times

Julianne Langshaw

17 Apr 2018

THE Catholic Church in Gippsland is set to become embroiled in a landmark class action to be brought by alleged victims of child abuse, which could run into millions of dollars.

The proposed action relates to alleged historical child sex and physical abuse offences at St Patrick’s College, Sale, many of which are said to have occurred in the 1970s when the school housed boarders.

Two St Patrick’s cases have already been prosecuted in the criminal system, with another case against a Marist Brother, alleging multiple victims, set to go to trial later this year.

Another criminal case was unable to proceed after the accused lay teacher died.

Expert in diocesan finances has 'never seen' pension move like La Crosse's

National Catholic Reporter

Apr 16, 2018

by Peter Feuerherd

Jack Ruhl, an expert on diocesan finances, frequently wanders through the thicket of church financial disclosures, but has never seen anything like the dissolution of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, lay pension plan.

La Crosse lay diocesan retirees and employees received word about their pensions in a letter dated Feb. 27 from Bishop William Patrick Callahan, who has led the diocese since 2010. In the letter, retirees were told they could expect more than 90 percent of the value of their pensions in a lump-sum payment that will be distributed this summer.

Ruhl, a professor of accountancy at Western Michigan University, has studied finance statements of U.S. dioceses since 2004, looking for the impact of sex abuse settlements and their effect on priest pension plans. That issue arose in the aftermath of the scandals that enveloped the Boston Archdiocese.

Meanwhile, he has also studied the impact of the crisis on lay pension plans. He has seen a number of examples, including massive transfer of funds to special independent projects, such as the building of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles, that protected diocesan funds from sex abuse settlements.  

Cosby lawyer to sex assault accuser - 'Did you fabricate a scheme?'


April 16, 2018

David DeKok

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Bill Cosby’s defence team on Monday sought to undercut the credibility of a woman accusing the comedian of sexual assault by pressing her about accusations she schemed to plant a false story of abuse to reap hush money.

Cosby, 80, is undergoing his second trial on charges that he drugged and raped Andrea Constand, 45, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2014. At the time, she was director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, the entertainer’s alma mater.

The former TV star’s first trial ended with the jury unable to reach a verdict.

Constand has accused Cosby of attacking her when she visited him to discuss leaving her job. After she consumed three blue pills that he said would relax her, she said she became immobilized and awoke to find Cosby touching her breasts and vagina and using her hand to stroke his penis.

Bill Cosby's Retrial For Sexual Assault Continues This Week


[with audio]

April 16, 2018

Heard on Morning Edition


The jury heard last week from six accusers, including Andrea Constand, who says Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 2004. Her accusations prompted the only criminal charges filed against Cosby.


The woman whose story prompted the only criminal charges ever filed against Bill Cosby is back on the witness stand today in Cosby's sexual assault retrial in Pennsylvania. Bobby Allyn of member station WHYY has the story.

BOBBY ALLYN, BYLINE: Andrea Constand has been here before. Last year, she testified over two days about what she says happened to her at Cosby's home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004. But a jury couldn't agree on a verdict, and the judge declared a mistrial, so she's doing it again. Before addressing the court, she sat with her eyes closed, silently meditating. She told jurors in the midst of a career crisis, Cosby invited her over. Quote, "these are your friends," she said Cosby said to her, handing her three pills. Quote, "they will take the edge off." Lawyer Gloria Allred represents several Cosby accusers and was in the courtroom.

GLORIA ALLRED: She trusted him. She had ingested the three blue pills that he gave her that he had gone upstairs to get.

Cosby smiles as Andrea Constand details alleged sex assault

Page Six

By Emily Saul

April 16, 2018

Fallen funnyman Bill Cosby appeared amused Monday as prosecutors forced his accuser to again relive that night in 2004 when she claims she was drugged and molested by ​him.

Cosby, 80, kept his eyes closed as Andrea Constand recounted, step-by-step, how her mentor allegedly “touched my breasts, placed his fingers inside my vagina, and placed his hand on my hand, and my hand on his penis.”

Leaning back in his chair, Cosby’s typically expressionless face perked up, and he smiled as Constand, 45, repeated her claims. The incident ostensibly occurred at the TV pioneer’s Cheltenham, Pa., estate in January 2004.

His face remained animated throughout the afternoon — growing wide-eyed at the mention of his own penis, shaking his head as lawyers quibbled and openly chuckling when judge Steven O’Neill allowed a question through, saying “it’s not that leading.”

Cosby Team Cites Phone Records as It Tries to Discredit Accuser

New York Times


APRIL 16, 2018

Defense lawyers for Bill Cosby hammered away at his main accuser’s account Monday, focusing on her cellphone records that they suggested contradicted her version of events.

The accuser, Andrea Constand, said she had called him as she drove up to his home on the night in January 2004 when she says he sexually assaulted her.

“Can you find one single call for the whole month of January to his Elkins Park number?” Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., a lawyer for Mr. Cosby asked Ms. Constand, as she reviewed the records.

“I might have been mistaken,” Ms. Constand replied.

Ms. Constand remained outwardly calm during two hours of cross-examination in the sexual assault retrial, fending off queries on a variety of topics that the defense brought forward to indicate she had converted a consensual sexual encounter with Mr. Cosby into a criminal assault in order to score a big payday.

Suspended Roman Catholic deacon waives right to preliminary hearing after undercover sting

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

APR 16, 2018

He came from Cuba to the United States as a young refugee, sang leading roles at European opera houses, studied linguistics, taught mathematics at Catholic schools, gave vocal lessons and worked as a lawyer before becoming a Roman Catholic deacon and jail chaplain.

But on Monday, a man described by his lawyer as a “Renaissance man” sat at the defense table in a tiny Washington County courtroom — charged with five felonies related to alleged child pornography and unlawful contact with a minor.

Rosendo “Ross” F. Dacal, 73, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and faces a court date next month in Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

Catholic Diocese of Erie expands child-protection office


By Ed Palattella

Posted Apr 16, 2018

Along with the release of list of accused priests and laypeople, revamping of diocesan office is a key element of bishop’s policy update.

The Catholic Diocese of Erie set precedent on April 6, when Bishop Lawrence Persico released a list of 51 priests and laypeople credibly accused of child sexual abuse or other misconduct with minors in the diocese since 1944.

Most Catholic dioceses in the United States have never named accused priests, and no diocese is known to have ever before released a list with the names of accused laypeople as well as clergy.

“I think it is a first,” said Terry McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, a nonprofit online resource that tracks abuse in the Roman Catholic Church worldwide. “To my knowledge, that hasn’t happened before.”

On a much more local scale, another first for the Catholic Diocese of Erie accompanied Persico’s release of the list on April 6.

Attorney to host conversation regarding sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo

Jeff Anderson and Associates


Law Firm to Release Full Histories and New Documents of 42 Buffalo Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

Attorney to host conversation regarding sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo

(Buffalo, New York) – On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Attorney Mike Reck and others will:

• Release a second report containing the identities, histories and information of 42 priests accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo;
• Invite the press to participate in an open conversation regarding sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo;
• Release additional files and materials regarding the Diocese of Buffalo and participate in a Q & A session;
• Encourage full disclosure by the diocese regarding the still secret identities of additional Diocese of Buffalo priests accused of sexual abuse.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 11:00AM ET

WHERE: Hyatt Regency – Ellicott Room
Two Fountain Plaza
Buffalo, New York 14202

• The press conference will be live-streamed at www.andersonadvocates.com and via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AndersonAdvocates/

Contact: Mike Reck: (714)742-6593; Office: (646)759-2551
Jeff Anderson: Cell: (612)817-8665; Office: (651)237-5143

How the Saginaw Catholic Diocese sex abuse investigation unfolded


By Heather Jordan | heather_jordan@mlive.com | Posted April 16, 2018

It was a busy week for the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw that culminated with an announcement of five additional priests who have been accused of sexual abuse and the naming of an independent delegate to oversee the ongoing investigation for the church.

On Friday, April 13, the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, announced that Michael Talbot, the chief judge at the Michigan Court of Appeals, would essentially serve as spokesman and point-person for the church with regards to the investigation.

Cistone hopes bringing Talbot on signals a "fresh start" for the diocese.

"It's my sincere hope that this will bring renewed courage to victims and their families to come forward with a fuller expectation of fairness, justice and healing," Cistone said during Friday's press conference.

Talbot is retiring April 25 after 40 years on the bench. He said he'll act independently in his new role, for which he will not take a salary.

"I don't need a salary and I will not take one," he said. "This is an opportunity to serve."

Watch a video of the full press conference here.

‘Sexual abuse’ draft law seeks harsh penalties for minors: University professor

Hurriyet Daily News

April 16 2018

İpek Özbey – ISTANBUL

A new draft law over cases of sexual abuse against children is problematic, as minors under the age of 15 could also receive a sentence of eight to 15 years for engaging in sexual acts with each other, according to Istanbul University Prof. Dr. Adem Sözüer.

The draft law was submitted to the Turkish Parliament last week.

“For example, there are two 14-year-olds and no force or threat is involved. Let’s say they have not had sexual intercourse. But, out of curiosity, they have engaged in some sexual behaviors with each other, such as kissing. [With the new draft law] the punishment for this could be a jail sentence of eight to 15 years,” Sözüer, who specializes in criminal law at the Istanbul University’s Faculty of Law, told daily Hürriyet.

The professor’s comments came after the government submitted a law on April 9 to hand down harsher penalties to those convicted of sexual offences against minors, proposing to increase the maximum limit of jail time from 20 years to 40 years and to introduce chemical castration as punishment for offenders.

Catholic priest accused of abusing seven children at Shenton Park in Perth about 40 years ago

Perth Now

April 16, 2018

A PRIEST has been accused of indecently assaulting seven children almost 40 years ago while he served at a Catholic Church in Perth.

It’s alleged the now 83-year-old abused boys and girls, aged between six and 12 at the time of the first offence, between 1979 and 1992 while he was a priest at a church in Shenton Park.

His charges include six counts of indecently dealing with a child, one count of indecently assaulting a male and two counts of assault.

Former Shenton Park priest charged with historic child sex offences

Sydney Morning Herald

April 16, 2018

An 83-year-old man has been charged with historic child sex abuse offences, allegedly committed while he was a priest at a Shenton Park Catholic church between 1979 and 1992.

Police allege the man physically and sexually assaulted seven children - boys and girls - who were aged between six and 12 years old at the time of the first offence.

The man has been charged with six counts of indecent dealing with a child under 14 years old, one count of unlawfully and indecently assaulting a male and two counts of unlawful assault. He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today.

Detectives are urging anyone with information on the alleged offences to come forward as the investigation is ongoing.

Catholic priest under investigation left suicide notes

Associated Press

April 15, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Investigators in Ohio say a Catholic priest under investigation for inappropriate texts with a teenager and misuse of church funds left at least two suicide notes before killing himself last December.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s report the Rev. James Csaszar denied sexual contact with any child or adult.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a 16-year-old boy denied there was a sexual relationship, but said he felt manipulated and threatened by the priest.

The Catholic Diocese of Columbus says there were inappropriate text messages between the two and referenced a nude photo of the boy.

The state began looking into Csaszar after the diocese learned of the allegations.

As diocese prepares to pay victims, its primary source of money: parishioners

Buffalo News

By Jay Tokasz

April 16, 2018

Bishop Richard J. Malone assures donors that no gifts to Catholic Charities will be used to settle clergy sexual abuse claims.

But area Catholics – one way or another – are paying.

To compensate sex abuse victims, Malone said the diocese will rely on insurance coverage, investment reserves and the possible sale of property, all of which trace back to the wallets and pocketbooks of people in the pews.

The diocese's self-insurance plan and its premiums for excess liability coverage are funded primarily by contributions from parishioners. Its investments grew out of parishioner gifts. And its buildings were constructed, purchased or donated thanks to the generosity of Catholic donors.

At most churches in the Buffalo Diocese, at least $20 of every $100 donated to an offertory collection goes directly to the diocese, according to a Buffalo News analysis of diocesan and parish annual financial statements. And for every $100 gift to the Catholic Charities appeal, about $35 goes into a fund controlled by the bishop.

Priest faces WA court on abuse charges

9 News

Apr 16, 2018

A man accused of sexually abusing seven children starting almost 40 years ago when he was a priest at a Catholic Church has appeared in a Perth court.

Patrick Holmes, now aged 83, allegedly abused boys and girls, aged between six and 12 at the time of the first offence, between 1979 and 1992 when he served at a Shenton Park church.

He appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday charged with nine offences, including indecently dealing with a child, and is due back in court on June 25.

Anglican priest admits he wanted to sexually abuse HUNDREDS of children as young as two as he pleads guilty to child porn charges

Daily Mail (UK)


16 April 2018

An Anglican priest admitted in court to participating in online chats about his own child sex abuse fantasies.

Melbourne Anglican priest and former Sunshine vicar Phillip John Murphy, 53, pleaded guilty in the Victorian County Court to transmitting child pornography, 9 News reported.

Murphy would use a carriage service to engage in the online conversation about child sex abuse fantasies he had during chats he had with other men between 2016 and 2017.

It was during one of these conversations that Murphy confided in another man that he had a fantasy to abuse hundreds of children.

Some of them as young as two-years-old.

When the man replied '...having some fun with a six-year-old boy with a slight handicap' Murphy replied said he wished he could join.

Vic 'pervert' priest admits sex abuse chat

9 News

Apr 16, 2018

A "pervert" Anglican priest who boasted online about his child sex abuse fantasies could avoid jail if a judge decides the man's community work outweighs his virtual crime.

Former Sunshine vicar Philip John Murphy, 53, on Monday pleaded guilty to transmitting child pornography using a carriage service over numerous sexually explicit online conversations he had with men in 2016 and 2017.

Under the username "Pervert", Murphy spent several months chatting to online pedophiles about child sex abuse fantasies involving young boys before police seized his computer in February 2017.

Murphy told one man that he wanted to sexually abuse hundreds of children as young as two years old, prosecutor Jessica Mackay told the Victorian County Court.

Anglican priest pleads guilty to sending child abuse images during online conversations

The Guardian

Australian Associated Press
Mon 16 Apr 2018

An Anglican priest who boasted online about his child abuse fantasies has pleaded guilty to transmitting child abuse images using a carriage service.

Former Sunshine vicar Philip John Murphy, 53, on Monday pleaded guilty to the offence, which was committed during numerous sexually explicit online conversations he had with men in 2016 and 2017.

Murphy spent several months chatting to paedophiles online about child abuse fantasies involving young boys before police seized his computer in February 2017.

Murphy told one man that he wanted to sexually abuse hundreds of children as young as two years old, prosecutor Jessica Mackay told the Victorian county court.

Philly Archdiocese – Transparent as a Black Trash Bag



Click here to read, “Downingtown pastor resigns after ‘inappropriate’ expenses, relationships” by David Gambacorta and John V. Smith


“Some curious parishioners began raising questions about McLoone’s absence more than a month ago on Catholics4Change.com, an independent accountability forum. “There were rampant rumors of financial problems,” said Kathy Kane, one of the website’s editors.

Kane said she contacted the archdiocese and was told that McLoone wasn’t under criminal investigation, but that a financial review was simply being conducted for the benefit of Msgr. Thomas Dunleavy, who replaced McLoone this year on an interim basis. But rumors of deeper problems persisted and she said she urged the archdiocese to address the matter with parishioners.”

Editor’s Note:

So when Kathy contacted the archdiocese for the facts on this, did the Director of Communications misrepresent the truth or is he only given information that the archdiocese is forced to communicate because of media attention, arrests or legal action? Either way, transparency is pure fiction.

Downingtown pastor resigns; financial improprieties probed

The Reporter

By Michael P. Rellahan, mrellahan@21st-centurymedia.com, @ChescoCourtNews on Twitter
POSTED: 04/15/18

DOWNINGTOWN >> Parishioners at St. Joseph’s Church in Downingtown were told Sunday that their popular pastor, Monsignor Joseph McLoone, had recently resigned his position after being placed on administrative leave by the Philadelphia Archdiocese following the discovery of alleged financial and personal improprieties.

The announcement, which was delivered to the faithful at the end of every Mass this weekend, was made by Monsignor Thomas J. Dunleavy, who had taken over leadership of the church on an interim basis in February when it was first announced that McLoone was taking a leave of absence.

Dunleavy told the crowded church that McLoone had offered his resignation after coming under investigation by archdiocese officials, and that it had been accepted by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

McLoone’s status now has been changed to being on administrative leave after his resignation.

Monsignor in Downingtown parish resigns, finances examined by Archdiocese

Fox 29

POSTED: APR 15 2018

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. (WTXF) - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia shared with parishioners at Saint Joseph Parish in Downingtown, Sunday, the news of the pastor, Monsignor Joseph McLoone, who had been on an official leave of absence since February, had submitted his resignation and that the notice of resignation had been accepted by the Archbishop.

Monsignor McLoone admitted to the Archdiocese that a bank account had been opened in the name of the parish in November 2011. This account was not on the parish books. Monsignor McLoone was the only person using the account.

The account was frozen in February 2018.

Monsignor McLoone was questioned by the Archdiocese and acknowledged he understood that the existence of the account was in violation of Archdiocese rules. Monsignor McLoone acknowledged that a portion of the funds in the account were used for personal expenses of an inappropriate nature.

Downingtown pastor resigns after 'inappropriate' expenses, relationships

Philadelphia Inquirer

APRIL 15, 2018

by David Gambacorta & John V. Smith - Staff Writers

Seven years ago, Msgr. Joseph McLoone was dispatched to Downingtown with a tall task: to try to stabilize St. Joseph Parish, a Catholic community left shell-shocked after its pastor was charged with protecting priests who preyed on children across the region.

In time, McLoone, a Philadelphia native, proved to be a popular figure at the church, which, with about 4,700 families, is among the largest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

But this weekend, St. Joseph parishioners learned that his tenure had come to a shocking end. The archdiocese announced that McLoone, 55, had resigned – less than two months after he went on an indefinite leave of absence – amid an investigation into financial improprieties and inappropriate “relationships with adults” that violated archdiocesan standards.

Ken Gavin, the archdiocese’s spokesman, said that in 2011, McLoone allegedly set up an off-the-books bank account in the parish’s name that only he could access. More than $110,000 worth of donations and “other revenue generated by the parish” was funneled into the account, although the archdiocese doesn’t believe the money came from Sunday collections, or school and tuition fees, he said.

April 15, 2018

PA State Grand Jury Investigates Six Catholic Dioceses: What you need to know

The Worthy Adversary

April 15, 2018

Joelle Casteix

Cease and desist letters, bully tactics, salacious rumors, lists of accused, Cardinal Roger Mahony and … Bill Cosby? They are all a part of the big picture surrounding the PA state grand jury investigation of six local Catholic dioceses.

If you live in or around Pennsylvania and are concerned with issues anywhere within the state’s borders (or the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal), you’ve probably heard about the statewide grand jury investigation of six Catholic dioceses across the state.

The result of the two-year investigation, which will be issued in report form, should be released in the beginning of May. The report may or may not include the presentation of criminal charges.

No one can predict exactly what the report is going to say. But we do know this: it is going to be ugly, just like a 2016 report of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese and three previous grand jury investigations in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The purpose of this post is to be the best press and public backgrounder around.

Hopefully, this will become the most comprehensive (and always expanding) list of the real players, the deep intel, links to research, the best sources, and data.

This is where you will be able to ask questions/make comments BEFORE the report drops.

Marie Collins, exintegrante de la Comisión Pontificia para la Protección de Menores: “Espero que quien engañó al Papa sea removido de su cargo”

La Tercera

[Marie Collins, former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors: "I hope that who deceived the Pope is removed from office."

The Pope said he did not receive accurate information. Who thinks he is responsible for that?

It is not possible to know with certainty, but reading the exchange of emails that leaked between Cardinals Ezzati and Errázuriz in 2014, you can see their hostile attitude towards Juan Carlos Cruz and his determination to discredit him. So, it is very possible that the information to the Pope came from that side, as well as from his representative in Chile, the nuncio, which I am sure was asked about his vision. ]

Autor: Juan Paulo Iglesias
DOM 15 ABR 2018

La activista contra el abuso sexual de menores confía en que lo sucedido con el obispo Juan Barros ayude a mejorar los mecanismos para evitar que esos hechos vuelvan a repetirse. “El Papa debe tomar ahora acciones correctas”, dice, y apunta al nuncio y a los cardenales Ezzati y Errázuriz por su eventual responsabilidad en informar mal al Papa.

En febrero, tras la polémica desatada por el caso del obispo Juan Barros durante el viaje del Papa a Chile, Marie Collins reveló que en abril de 2015 le había hecho llegar al Pontífice una carta de Juan Carlos Cruz, donde este detallaba las acusaciones contra el prelado. Si bien la exmiembro de la Comisión para la Protección de Menores del Vaticano no tiene claro si el Papa leyó o no la carta, está consciente de que sí se le hizo llegar información veraz sobre el tema. En esta entrevista, Collins analiza lo sucedido tras conocer el mensaje enviado por Francisco a los obispos chilenos.

¿Cuál fue su primera reacción tras conocer la carta del Papa?

Estuve encantada de que los sobrevivientes en Chile hayan sido reivindicados y estén por recibir justicia finalmente.

Alton pastor arrested on sexual assault charge

The Monitor

Apr 13, 2018

EDINBURG — An Alton pastor was arrested Wednesday after a woman reported that he sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious.

Melquisedec Chan, 52, was arraigned Thursday on aggravated sexual assault and practicing medicine without a license charges.

Chan and his wife, who live in Mission, founded Vida Abundante church in Alton nearly two decades ago, according to its website, which describes him as a surgeon in Mexico. He is not licensed, however, by the Texas Medical Board, and thus unable to legally practice medicine in the state.

His arrest came after a woman reported to police that Chan, a family doctor, allegedly sedated and then sexually assaulted her, according to a criminal complaint.

This Brazilian pastor said he was saving souls. Police say he ran a slave-labor ring.

Washington Post

By Anthony Faiola and Marina Lopes
April 14, 2018

MINDURI, Brazil — Welcome to Paradise Farm.

In the fertile hills of southeast Brazil, scores of Christian workers tend banana and citrus fields, rousing iridescent butterflies in the noonday sun. In the evenings, laborers come home to cement dorms, communal meals and prayer sessions far from the secular distractions of urban life.

“We are all Christians who follow the New Testament,” said Paulo Henrique da Silva, president of the cooperative that manages the farm. “We came together to live as one.”

Yet this picture of faith, Brazilian authorities say, is masking a darker truth. Officials describe the ranch as part of a sprawling slave labor and racketeering ring led by Pastor Cícero Vicente de Araújo, a former salesman. Federal police are calling it another in an unusual string of high-profile criminal cases tied to evangelical churches here in Latin America’s largest nation.

The dramatic surge of evangelical Christianity in Brazil in recent decades is giving the religious right an increasingly powerful political voice. But in a country where corruption and malfeasance have already infiltrated the highest levels of politics and business, opportunists are also muscling in on houses of worship.

Judge rejects retired Boise priest’s request for lower bail

Associated Press

April 14, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A judge has refused to reduce the $1 million bail set for a retired Boise priest facing child pornography charges.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the judge on Friday made the decision after hearing arguments that Rev. W. Thomas Faucher was role-playing with a fellow author in an online chatroom conversation.

Police say the chatroom conversation involved the 72-year-old Faucher saying he wanted to rape and kill children.

Faucher’s attorney, Mark Manweiler, says a man from Brazil contacted Faucher to get his help writing a book and they discussed all kinds of scenarios, including child abuse.

AP investigation: Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse

Associated Press

April 15.2018


WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time that Dr. Anthony Bianchi came onto a patient, California’s medical board alleged, the gynecologist placed a chair against the exam room door, put his fingers into the woman’s vagina and exposed his erect penis.

The second time, the board claimed, he told a patient that he couldn’t stop staring at her breasts and recounted a dream in which he performed oral sex on her in the office.

The third time, the board charged, he told a pregnant patient suffering from vaginal bleeding that she shouldn’t shave her pubic hair before her next visit, as he was getting too excited.

These episodes led to disciplinary actions by the state’s medical board in 2012 and in 2016. Bianchi agreed not contest the charges, and he held onto his medical license. Under a settlement with California’s medical board, he agreed to seek therapy and refrain from treating women during five years of probation.

Bianchi did not respond to telephone messages from The Associated Press left for him at the workers’ compensation clinic in Fresno, California, where he now evaluates occupational health claims.

In recent months, Hollywood moguls, elite journalists and top politicians have been pushed out of their jobs or resigned their posts in the wake allegations of sexual misconduct. In contrast, the world of medicine is often more forgiving, according to an AP investigation.

Saturday event seeks to raise awareness about child abuse

Daily Nonpareil

By Jon Leu

April 15, 2018

Some 50 residents of Council Bluffs and Omaha gathered in the Tom Hanafan Rivers Edge Park Pavilion on a cold, blustery and damp Saturday morning as the mayors of Council Bluffs, Omaha and Boys Town read proclamations establishing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Those attending were initially scheduled to meet at the center of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, but the session was moved to the pavilion because of the weather — a change of plans that pleased Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, who commented that the bridge tends to “sway a bit in the wind,” which, she quipped, is sometimes a “nauseating” condition.

In her proclamation, Stothert noted that the statistics tell a “terrible story.”

“Nearly four million cases of child maltreatment are reported each year in the United States; nearly five children die each day from abuse,” she said. “Over 50 percent of these children are under the age of three. Still, these estimates are known to be under-reported.”

State training academy proposed for overwhelmed child abuse workers

Star Tribune

By Chris Serres Star Tribune
APRIL 14, 2018

Spurred by recent breakdowns in Minnesota’s child protection system, legislators are pushing a project to train hundreds of workers each year on new methods for detecting and preventing child abuse.

The ambitious proposal would create the state’s first standardized curriculum and certification process for child protection workers and would correct what many child welfare advocates see as a long-standing gap in Minnesota’s decentralized system for protecting vulnerable children from maltreatment.

Proponents hope the enhanced training will help counties and Indian tribes increasingly overwhelmed by a flood of new child abuse and neglect cases in families ravaged by the opioid crisis. They also see it as a powerful tool for strengthening the front-line response to child maltreatment and preventing the sort of appalling violence and neglect that law enforcement officials recently discovered at a family’s house in south Minneapolis, which prosecutors have described as a “house of horrors.”

For a period of years, two girls with developmental disabilities were allegedly raped, beaten with bats and chained for days at a time without food by their father. Court records indicate that as far back as 2013, Hennepin County child protection workers knew of possible abuse of the twin girls, now 21, but did not remove the children from the home. The county’s handling of the case is now under review and has triggered calls for enhanced training for child welfare workers — a key recommendation of a 2015 task force appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton.

NO CONTACT Catholic Church apologise but yet to speak to sex abuse victims after Ayrshire beast priest jailed for nine years

Scottish Sun

By Laura Murray
14th April 2018,

SEX abuse victims have NOT been contacted by the Catholic Church after a paedophile priest was jailed for nine years.

Father Francis Moore, 82, repeatedly raped a five-year-old boy, abused other youths and a student priest between 1977 and 1996.

The church has apologised to victims Paul Smith and Andi Lavery but they haven’t been in touch with them since the Ayrshire beast was caged.

Father Tom Boyle, speaking on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland, said: “I can’t say for certain that we knew who Paul Smyth and Andi Lavery were.

“As far as I am aware there has been no contact, no. I would like to think that the Diocese of Galloway will now be I touch to see what help we can provide.

I’m A Hasidic Father And My Community Is Failing Our Children


April 13, 2018

This holy Passover eve, New York politics produced the most astonishing scene imaginable. As Josh Nathan-Kazis reported in the Forward, Cuomo Called The Rebbe. The Rebbe Prayed To God. The Budget Deal Got Done.. The state senator from South Brooklyn, perhaps the most powerful elected representative of Orthodox Jewry, exercised his well-honed kingmaking authority to ensure that the next generation of Hasidic kids remain as illiterate as their predecessors. The crowd Senator Simcha Felder jockeys for is not the kids or their parents, nor the average voting schmo on the street. As those initiated into New York politics know, the Hasidic vote is largely influenced by fixers, power brokers and sometimes rabbis who determine the representative that the bloc will support, as is evident from the fact that Felder typically runs unopposed — in both the Republican and Democratic lines.

Given all of this, we can understand whose bidding Senator Felder was doing when he insisted on quashing state oversight. But the question remains: why do so many Hasidic parents put up with this nonsense?

As a father and member of the Hasidic community Felder represents, I know our neighborhood is home to many caring parents. I talk to them in synagogue while I grab a coffee, in the mikvah while I rub my toes dry, at family get togethers when we forget which side of the latest Hasidic dynasty fight we stand for — darn it, I know because I am one of them!

Las esquirlas del paso de Scicluna sobre el círculo de hierro de Karadima


[They say that the intention of the Bishop of Osorno to leave the diocese is irrevocable and that, even, Pope Francis has his resignation letter on the table for the third time. But Juan Barros is not alone in this scenario. After the visit of the archbishop of Malta to Chile to assess their situation, the Vatican would also have in its sights the other bishops of the innermost circle of Karadima. Although the final decision is of the Pope, they, together with Barros, could be the protagonists of an earthquake unprecedented in the Chilean Church.]

DOM 8 ABR 2018

Autor: Carla Pía Ruiz

Dicen que la intención del obispo de Osorno de dejar la diócesis es irrevocable y que, incluso, el Papa Francisco tiene por tercera vez su carta de renuncia sobre la mesa. Pero Juan Barros no está solo en este escenario. Después de la visita del arzobispo de Malta a Chile para evaluar su situación, el Vaticano también tendría en la mira a los otros obispos del círculo más íntimo de Karadima. Aunque la decisión final es del Papa, ellos, junto a Barros, podrían ser los protagonistas de un terremoto sin precedentes en la Iglesia chilena.

Su sonrisa no permitía adivinar que la crisis era inminente. Cerca de las 10.30 horas del 16 de enero, ante las 400 mil personas que llegaron hasta el Parque O’Higgins, y los otros miles que seguían la transmisión por televisión abierta, con su sotana impecable y su mitra sobre la cabeza, el obispo Juan Barros apareció. Y se mantuvo así, cerca del Papa, durante toda su visita.

Pero el obispo no calculó que su presencia desataría un huracán al interior de la Iglesia Católica chilena. Barros, cercano a Fernando Karadima y fuertemente resistido en su diócesis, Osorno, por ese vínculo, se convirtió en el verdugo de una gira planificada con años de anticipación. No solo opacó al Papa en su primera visita a Chile. Se convirtió, además, en el detonador de la crisis que hoy remece a la institución y en el hombre que volvió a poner el foco en el controvertido caso Karadima.

April 14, 2018

Paedophile monk, 90, charged with abusing fourth young boy in Northern Ireland

Irish Post

BY: Aidan Lonergan
April 13, 2018

A 90-year-old former monk jailed for historic sex offences earlier this year has appeared in court in Northern Ireland charged with abusing yet another young boy.

Vincent Lewis, formerly of Brother Ambrose of Our Lady of Bethlehem Monastery in Co. Antrim, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years in January after pleading guilty to 57 child abuse offences against three boys over a 10-year period up to 1983.

The depraved pensioner is now accused of indecently assaulting another boy between 1983 and 1985.

He is also charged with committing an act of gross indecency.

Pope should apologize for Catholic church’s role in residential school system

Totonto Star

Sat., April 14, 2018

Apologies matter. I was taught this from my earliest years in Catholic schools and from the pulpit. The power of the apology is so central to the notion of healing and reconciliation in the Catholic tradition that it is given sacramental form in the rites of confession and penance.

It was Jesuit priests who taught me that the acts of apology and forgiveness cannot simply be personal. They must be systemic. This is how we make a broken world whole. The Church has a vital role to play by being rooted in justice through solidarity with the marginalized and oppressed.

And so I was shocked by the comments of Pope Francis — the first Jesuit Pope — that he is unwilling to make a public apology for the Church’s role in the horrors of the residential school system. The call for a formal apology from the Pope is one of the key calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report. And yet, following discussions with the Canadian bishops, Pope Francis has said that the Church is not ready to take this step.

All but one of the Christian denominations involved in the crimes of the residential schools have taken part in the process of reparations and reconciliation. Yet the Catholic Church, which played the largest role in this evil system, has been the most recalcitrant when it comes to repentance.

In 2015, the Catholic bishops used a legal loophole to walk away from their legal obligation to pay $25 million in compensation to support survivors of horrific physical and sexual abuse in Church-run schools. The various Catholic orders involved in this abuse have also proved to be unwilling partners for reconciliation when it comes to turning over documents and evidence relating to the crimes committed in these institutions. Traditionally, it is a country’s bishops — in Canada, assembled in the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops — who must undertake the process of inviting the Pope to apologize on behalf of the Church. They have decided against this.

Slowik: Religious orders should publicize names of those accused of sexual abuse, just like diocesan priests

Daily Southtown

Ted Slowik

On its website, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet publishes a document called, “List of Diocesan Priests With a Credible/Substantial Allegation.”

When I checked Friday, the list contained 35 names and was last updated in late 2016.

I’d like you to take note of the word “diocesan” in the document’s title.

In the Roman Catholic Church, there’s a difference between diocesan priests and members of religious orders. You may be familiar with the names of some religious orders. Franciscans, Jesuits, Benedictines, Dominicans and Carmelites rank among the more well-known.

There’s a notable distinction between the two types of clerics. Diocesan priests answer to their bishop, archbishop or cardinal. Members of religious orders answer to superiors who lead their congregation. The pope has authority over both types of Catholics.

The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma

New Yorker

By Junot Díaz

Last week I returned to Amherst. It’s been years since I was there, the time we met. I was hoping that you’d show up again; I even looked for you, but you didn’t appear. I remember you proudly repped N.Y.C. during the few minutes we spoke, so I suspect you’d moved back or maybe you were busy or you didn’t know I was in town. I have a distinct memory of you in the signing line, saying nothing to anyone, intense. I assumed you were going to ask me to read a manuscript or help you find an agent, but instead you asked me about the sexual abuse alluded to in my books. You asked, quietly, if it had happened to me.

You caught me completely by surprise.

I wish I had told you the truth then, but I was too scared in those days to say anything. Too scared, too committed to my mask. I responded with some evasive bullshit. And that was it. I signed your books. You thought I was going to say something, and when I didn’t you looked disappointed. But more than that you looked abandoned. I could have said anything but instead I turned to the next person in line and smiled. Out of the corner of my eye I watched you pick up your backpack, slowly put away your books, and leave. When the signing was over I couldn’t get the fuck away from Amherst, from you and your question, fast enough. I ran the way I’ve always run. Like death itself was chasing me. For a couple of days afterward I fretted; I worried that I’d given myself away. But then the old oblivion reflex took over. I pushed it all down. Buried it all. Like always.

But I never really did forget. Not our exchange or your disappointment. How you walked out of the auditorium with your shoulders hunched.

I know this is years too late, but I’m sorry I didn’t answer you. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you the truth. I’m sorry for you, and I’m sorry for me. We both could have used that truth, I’m thinking. It could have saved me (and maybe you) from so much. But I was afraid. I’m still afraid—my fear like continents and the ocean between—but I’m going to speak anyway, because, as Audre Lorde has taught us, my silence will not protect me.


Yes, it happened to me.

I was raped when I was eight years old. By a grownup that I truly trusted.

After he raped me, he told me I had to return the next day or I would be “in trouble.”

And because I was terrified, and confused, I went back the next day and was raped again.

I never told anyone what happened, but today I’m telling you.

And anyone else who cares to listen.

Parliament to ask Pope for residential-schools apology

The Globe and Mail


Canada’s Parliament will ask the Pope to reconsider his refusal to apologize to the Indigenous people who attended Catholic-run residential schools, and for the Catholic Church to make good on its financial obligations under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

A motion calling on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to invite Pope Francis to make the apology has been drafted by New Democrat MP Charlie Angus and revised slightly by the office of Carolyn Bennett, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations. It is expected to be debated in the House of Commons next week and to pass with the support of the majority Liberal government.

The New Democrats and the Liberals are now in discussions with the other parties in the Commons to determine whether they are willing to give the motion unanimous consent – a vote that would reinforce Canada’s interest in hearing the Pontiff acknowledge and regret the harm done by representatives of his church to generations of Indigenous children in this country.

Given the apology to the former students of Indian residential schools that was delivered by Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper in 2008, and also the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Mr. Angus said, “to have this passed without partisan division would send a very strong signal about Canada’s desire to have this issue dealt with so we can move on.”

Diocese Publishes Names of Clergy Previously Removed from Ministry Related to the Sexual Abuse of Minors

Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw

SAGINAW — At a news conference this morning, the Honorable Michael J. Talbot, the newly appointed special independent delegate for sexual abuse of minors and misconduct in the Diocese of Saginaw, stated names of former clerics removed from ministry related to the sexual abuse of minors would be made available today. Judge Talbot has been appointed by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, to assume full authority within the Diocese with regard to all matters involving the alleged sexual abuse of minors and sexual misconduct by clergy and diocesan representatives.

Since the adoption of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and Essential Norms by the Bishops of the United States in 2002, the following clerics were permanently removed from ministry due to credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. A listing of previous assignments for each may be found here.

* Stanislaus A. Bur (former priest – deceased)
* John E. Hammer (former priest)
* Richard L Howard (former deacon)
* Jack E. Leipert (former priest)
* Leonard F. Wilkuski (former priest)

In addition, two priests are currently on administrative leave related to allegations under investigation.

* Robert J. DeLand
*Ronald J. Dombrowski

The Diocese of Saginaw places no deadlines or time limits on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by clergy. To bring forward a complaint and/or to speak to the Victim Assistance Coordinator contact (989)797.6682 or jfulgenzi@dioceseofsaginaw.org. Victims are encouraged to contact civil authorities.

Diocese of Saginaw names 5 other church leaders accused of sexual abuse


By Bob Johnson bob_johnson@mlive.com

SAGINAW TWP., MI -- Amid a sex abuse probe, the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw has released the names of five former priest they claim were removed from ministry because of credible claims of alleged sex abuse of minors.

On Friday, April 13, The Most Rev. Bishop Joseph R. Cistone announced that Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Michael J. Talbot will serve as the diocese's independent delegate to review sexual misconduct.

The announcement of Talbot as an independent delegate comes nearly a month after Cistone's home, along with two diocese properties, were raided by police....

According to the diocese, since the the adoption of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and Essential Norms by the Bishops of the United States in 2002, the following clerics were permanently removed from ministry due to credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors:

Stanislaus A. Bur (former priest - deceased)
John E. Hammer (former priest)
Richard L Howard (former deacon)
Jack E. Leipert (former priest)
Leonard F. Wilkuski (former priest)

Each priest mentioned has been defrocked.

The Latest: Cops: Abuse victims should call us, not church

Associated Press

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the hiring of a judge to help the Saginaw Roman Catholic Diocese deal with allegations of sexual abuse (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Police investigating sexual abuse in the Saginaw Roman Catholic Diocese say people who believe they’re victims should contact law enforcement agencies — not church representatives.

The task force released a statement Friday after church officials announced the appointment of a judge to handle sexual abuse complaints. Investigators say the hiring of Michael Talbot appears to be a “positive thing.” But they also say the diocese “cannot and should not be used as a clearinghouse for the reporting of crimes.”

Talbot will help the diocese after he retires from the Michigan appeals court this month. During a news conference, he urged victims to step forward and promised to share information with police.

12:53 p.m.

A prominent judge who is retiring soon will help the Saginaw Roman Catholic Diocese deal with allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

Michael Talbot was introduced Friday by the Saginaw bishop. Talbot publicly urged victims to step forward and also pledged to share information with police whenever necessary.

Chile's Catholic Church calls for 'drastic solution' following abuse scandal

RTE News

By Joe Little
Religious & Social Affairs Correspondent

The leader of Chile's Catholic hierarchy has called for a "drastic solution" that could include bishops' resignations a day after Pope Francis acknowledged "grave mistakes" in his handling of a sexual abuse crisis.

At a landmark meeting of the church leadership in Chile, whose members the pope has summoned to Rome to discuss the scandal, the president of the country's episcopal conference said change was inevitable.

"It's possible that the pope will ask some (bishops) to leave their dioceses ... there must be a drastic solution, strong and decisive, that is for certain," Archbishop Santiago Silva told local radio station Cooperativa.

Yesterday, Irish clerical abuse survivor, Marie Collins, called on Pope Francis to call Chilean bishops to account.

Abuse Survivors Demand Concrete Action After Pope Admits His ‘Serious Errors’


By Carol Kuruvilla

Advocates say Pope Francis’ apology to Chilean sex abuse victims is a good “first step” ― but they’re expecting much more action from the pontiff on a scandal that has thoroughly rocked Chile’s Catholic Church.

In a letter published on Wednesday, the pope admitted that he made “serious errors” in handling Chile’s sex abuse scandal due to what he called a “lack of truthful and balanced information.” The pope has summoned all 32 members of Chile’s bishops conference to Rome in May to hear the results of an investigation into the crisis and to discuss short- and long-term changes. Francis is also planning to meet personally with abuse victims and ask for their forgiveness.

The Vatican said on Thursday that Pope Francis’ letter to Chilean bishops effectively declared a “spiritual state of emergency” for the country’s Catholic Church. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told The Associated Press that Francis is taking the situation seriously and assuring the victims that “Yes, we believe you, you have your place in the church.”

Tim Lennon, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), told HuffPost that he is waiting for the pope to take concrete action, and not just offer expressions of “thoughts and prayers.”

APNewsBreak: Chile victims meet pope April 28-29 at Vatican

Associated Press


VATICAN CITY (AP) — The three main protagonists in denouncing Chile’s sex abuse scandal will meet with Pope Francis on April 28-29 and will stay as his guests at the Vatican hotel where he lives, one of the men told The Associated Press.

Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of Chile’s most famous predator priest, said he and his colleagues had agreed to Francis’ invitation to come to Rome so the pope could personally apologize for having discredited them during his recent trip to Chile.

In a telephone interview, Cruz said the three men would not allow the meeting to become a public relations coup for the Vatican. He said he would tell Francis of the “horror of abuse and the horror of the cover-up” that church leaders have committed over decades, and how they have discredited and defamed victims who went public.

Francis himself “was on that path, unfortunately” when he accused victims of “calumny” for having repeatedly denounced the behavior of Chilean Bishop Juan Barros, Cruz said. But he said Francis appeared to have “opened his eyes to a reality ... about thousands of lives who have been crucified” by priests who rape and fondle children.

Catholic Church 'sorry' but yet to contact priest sex abuse victims

BBC News

The Catholic Church in Scotland has apologised to two victims of a priest jailed for sexual abuse but is yet to contact them.

Father Paul Moore committed the crimes in Ayrshire between 1977 and 1996.

Two of his victims, Paul Smyth and Andi Lavery, went public with their stories after waiving their right to anonymity.

The church has now apologised to both men, and all abuse victims, after Moore was sentenced to nine years in prison, but has not been in touch with them.

Father Tom Boyle told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme the police investigation process meant church officials had not previously known the identity of anyone involved in the Moore case.

Decision reserved in Archbishop Wilson case

The Tablet

Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide has joined Rome-based Australian Cardinal George Pell in being required to wait for Australian courts of law to determine their fates.

Magistrate Robert Stone in Newcastle Local Court, north of Sydney, reserved his decision on On 13 April, in Archbishop Wilson’s trial on a charge of concealing child sexual abuse by a fellow priest, Fr James Fletcher, when the Archbishop was an assistant priest in his home Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in the 1970s.

The 67-year-old prelate, who has been Archbishop of Adelaide since 2001 and is a former President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, faces up to two years in jail if convicted.

This week, he told the court that medication had helped his memory since he was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease late last year.

Archbishop accused of concealing abuse 'duck and wove' in trial

9 News

By Jarrad Brevi • Reporter

The trial of Adelaide’s Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson, who’s accused of concealing child sex abuse, came to end on Friday after eight days in a Newcastle court.

Following final submissions, magistrate Robert Stone told the court he won’t be able to deliver a verdict until next month.

It’s a verdict that could have wide-reaching implications.

During final submissions by the prosecution, the Archbishop was accused of being a "consummate Catholic politician" and a man who was part of "an entrenched toxic culture of covering things up".

April 13, 2018

Maybe I was wrong about Pope Francis

Boston Globe

By Kevin Cullen GLOBE STAFF APRIL 13, 2018

It’s hard to admit mistakes.

I’m lousy at it.

My wife is much better. Whenever we drive by St. Brigid’s in South Boston, where we were married, she just shakes her head and sighs, as if to say, “Big mistake.” ...

After I wrote what could charitably be called a pair of uncharitable columns about the pope, denouncing and dismissing him after he smeared survivors of clerical abuse in Chile who had credibly accused his protege Bishop Juan Barros of complicity in the serial abuse committed by another priest, I got some interesting feedback.

Besides the predictable finger-wagging, garment-rending rhetoric from holy rollers who dismissed and denounced me as a self-loathing, lapsed Catholic who had no business criticizing the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic church, much less its infallible leader, I got some really interesting, thoughtful responses from priests and nuns.

The nuns and priests said they understood my distress and especially the distress of those who had survived clerical sexual abuse. They said they were appalled by what the pope said. But they asked me to give the pope a chance. They believe that he is a good man who wants to move the church in the right direction.

They pointed out that the pope had dispatched the Vatican’s most dogged and reputable investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, to investigate the situation in Chile. Scicluna and his colleague, the Rev. Jordan Bertomeu, interviewed dozens of people and recently handed the pope a 2,300-page dossier on their findings.

Jimmy Patsos out as Siena basketball coach after five years

Times Union

Mark Singelais April 13, 2018

Siena men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos is out after five seasons.

Siena announced late Friday afternoon that it had come to an agreement where Patsos resigned and the school bought out the remaining three years of Patsos' contract after the Saints went 8-24 this year, tying the most losses in program history. That failure on the court was compounded by controversy away from it, as Patsos is under investigation by a law firm hired by the school after a student manager complained that the coach had verbally abused him.

Patsos was signed through the 2020-21 season with a base salary that was $369,943 in 2015-16, according to the most recent Internal Revenue Service Form 990 filed by Siena.

"Siena's founding Franciscan tradition calls upon us to honor the fundamental dignity of every person. Our core values demand compassion and help shape a community where all should feel welcomed, respected, and cherished. As we look forward to a new chapter in Siena men's basketball, our shared commitment to upholding these ideals will continue to guide us," said Br. Ed Coughlin, the college president.

Jimmy Patsos resigns as Siena coach after verbal abuse allegations surfaced from team manager

CBS Sports

by Matt Norlander

Jimmy Patsos resigned on Friday afternoon from his post as coach of the Siena Saints.

The resignation comes after news surfaced last week that Patsos was accused of verbally abusing a Siena team manager who lives with obsessive compulsive disorder. Last Friday, on April 6, Patsos held a press conference and defended himself, stating, "I never taunted, harassed or abused this young man. We did know that he had OCD. He was adamant that he wanted to be treated the same as anyone else."

A formal complaint was logged against Patsos in February, according to the Times Union of Albany. The alleged harassment of the team manager was not the only issue regarding Patsos.

Via the Times Union:

Extensive reporting by the Times Union revealed that the probe was expanded to look into whether Patsos or his staff improperly withheld per diem payments from players and team aides, and a charge Patsos shoved redshirt junior guard Kadeem Smithen out of his chair during a team film session. ...

Former Siena forward Jimmy Paige, who played for Siena from 2014-16, said abusive language from Patsos was among the reasons he transferred to Division II Virginia Union.

3 church sex abuse survivors to meet with Pope


By Rosa Flores, CNN

(CNN)After apologizing for "grave errors" in the handling of a Chilean sex abuse scandal, Pope Francis will be welcoming three survivors to the Vatican in two weeks, according to survivor Juan Carlos Cruz.

Cruz says the Vatican reached out to him last Saturday, inviting the three Chileans to be the Pope's guests from April 26 to May 1.

The survivors will spend time with Francis as a group on April 28 and 29, Cruz said, plus hold individual meetings with the Pope. He says he wants to make the meetings not just about them but all the survivors of church sex abuse worldwide.

"It's about the thousands of survivors who have gone through horrible things who have been disrespected, discredited. That culture has to change," Cruz said. "It has to be about every survivor. I hope that this is a sign that this will not be the norm."

APNewsBreak: Chile victims meet pope April 28-29 at Vatican

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By: NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press
Updated: Apr 13, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The three main protagonists in denouncing Chile's sex abuse scandal will meet with Pope Francis on April 28-29 and will stay as his guests at the Vatican hotel where he lives, one of the men told The Associated Press.

Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of Chile's most famous predator priest, said he and his colleagues had agreed to Francis' invitation to come to Rome so the pope could personally apologize for having discredited them during his recent trip to Chile.

In a telephone interview, Cruz said the three men would not allow the meeting to become a public relations coup for the Vatican. He said he would tell Francis of the "horror of abuse and the horror of the cover-up" that church leaders have committed over decades, and how they have discredited and defamed victims who went public.

Francis himself "was on that path, unfortunately" when he accused victims of "calumny" for having repeatedly denounced the behavior of Chilean Bishop Juan Barros, Cruz said. But he said Francis appeared to have "opened his eyes to a reality ... about thousands of lives who have been crucified" by priests who rape and fondle children.

Lakewood SCHI founder stole nearly $1 million, faces stiffer charge, AG says

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Stacey Barchenger, @sbarchenger

LAKEWOOD - The head of a controversial special education school here, already facing allegations of money laundering, has been charged with an additional, more severe corruption count, state officials said Friday.

The New Jersey attorney general says further investigation discovered Rabbi Osher Eisemann, the founder of the School for Children with Hidden Intelligence, wired $450,000 in public tuition funds from the school to "an entity in New York state owned by an associate." That money was then used by the "associate" to pay off past-due New Jersey taxes, according to the attorney general.

In a new indictment filed Friday, Eisemann is charged with first-degree corruption of public resources, a crime that could carry a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years prison if he is convicted. The school's fundraising foundation, Services for Hidden Intelligence, is also charged with the corruption count. Read the full indictment at the bottom of this story.

Eisemann, 61, was first charged in March 2017 for allegedly stealing $630,000 in public tuition money and faced five to 10 years in prison.

But the new indictment increases the sum Eisemann allegedly stole to $979,000. The attorney general says that includes:

Chilean abuse survivors welcome Pope’s letter

Catholic Herald

by Jane Chambers
posted Friday, 13 Apr 2018

They called for zero tolerance of abusers

Victims of clergy sexual abuse welcomed Pope Francis’s letter in which he apologised for underestimating the seriousness of the crisis in Chile.

James Hamilton, Jose Andres Murillo and Juan Carlos Cruz, victims of Father Fernando Karadima, released a statement on April 11 saying they appreciated the Pope’s letter and were “evaluating the possibilities” for meeting with the Pope.

“The damage committed by the hierarchy of the Chilean church, to which the Pope refers, has affected many people, not just us,” the victims said.

“The purpose of all our actions has always been about recognition, forgiveness and reparation for what has been suffered, and will continue to be so, until zero tolerance against abuse and concealment in the church becomes a reality,” they said.