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  • [Catholic] Ex-Christian brother Paul Davey faces fresh jail term for child abuse

    10/13/2014 9:25:02 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies
    A former Christian Brother at a Merseyside school was today again jailed for abusing a young boy. Paul Davey, who served as head of music at the De La Salle school in Croxteth, between 1983 and 1989, was jailed for 16 months for sexually assaulting a former pupil. Liverpool Crown Court heard that the 58-year-old was jailed for two and a half years in 1996 of abusing four boys from the school in the late 80s.
  • St Francis Boys' Home abuse inquiry: Police identify new suspect

    10/12/2014 10:36:07 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | Nic Rigby
    The senior investigator looking into claims of physical and sexual abuse at a former Catholic orphanage says a new suspect has been identified. *snip* Mr Ross said 80 "potential victims" had been identified and 35 statements taken in a worldwide investigation.
  • Pro-Abortion Group Compares Pro-Life People to Sexual Abusers

    10/08/2014 9:59:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | Cortney O'Brien
    We’ve seen some shameful and misleading ads this election cycle, but has the pro-abortion organization NARAL crossed the line?In an ad buy that cost over five figures, the group’s new video in North Carolina criticizes the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List for endorsing Republican Thom Tillis and his anti-abortion agenda. That’s the predictable part. What is shocking, however, is an image the NARAL ad uses at the end of the video for comparison: a man sexually molesting a woman. Watch the ad if you don’t believe me: naral12By including this disturbing picture (right) in the ad, NARAL is shamefully...
  • Simon Burke on Devil's Playground: 'We couldn't avoid tackling sexual abuse'

    09/09/2014 3:15:40 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 6 replies
    Unsettling new Foxtel drama makes for tough watching as it unflinchingly faces child sex abuse within the Catholic church. You’ve read reports about how the Catholic church covered up evidence involving paedophile priests. You’ve followed the hearings of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, established by Julia Gillard in 2012 following the shocking allegations of a cover-up in NSW. But nothing can prepare you for watching the grooming and abuse of an innocent 12-year-old boy by a respected school chaplain as it plays out dramatically in front of you.
  • Marianist order focus of abuse probe with heavy ties to North Catholic High School

    09/09/2014 12:20:01 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies ^ | 9/6/2014 | Bill Zlatos and Bobby Kerlik
    From the former North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh's Troy Hill to Australia, 157 victims have accused 31 members of the Marianist order of sexual abuse, records show. Watchdog groups, victims and their attorneys say officials with the religious order failed to stop the abuse or to adequately supervise those accused. Experts say such abuse went on for decades in part because of a culture that granted members of religious groups more credibility than children. A spokeswoman for the St. Louis-based Marianist Province of the United States did not respond to questions about how many members have been accused of...
  • Irish Catholic leader apologises for child abuse as he steps down

    09/09/2014 10:08:58 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 6 replies
    AFP via ^ | 9/8/2014 | Conor Barrins
    Dublin (AFP) - Cardinal Sean Brady, who was criticised over his handling of abuse scandals, stepped down as leader of the Irish Catholic Church on Monday with an emotional plea for forgiveness. "I too need to say sorry and to ask forgiveness and I do so again today," Brady told the faithful at a mass in Armagh in Northern Ireland. Brady, who played a key role in the peace process after being appointed in 1996, had tendered his resignation to the Vatican last month after turning 75, the normal retirement age for senior clergy
  • When Child Sex Abuse Isn't News

    09/05/2014 6:46:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | September 5, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Five years ago, Pope Benedict arrived in London to erupting controversy. Around 10,000 people took to the capital's streets for a rally against the Holy Father's "intolerance," and as the Guardian reported, against "the child abuse scandal for which so many hold the pontiff personally responsible, for both accelerating it and then covering it up." The abuse in question centered for the most part on incidents that were 40 years old or more. Nevertheless, CBS reporter Mark Phillips described the trip as "A test of whether Pope Benedict can get his message across over the background noise of the Church's...
  • Abolish Vatican statehood

    09/03/2014 8:35:47 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 57 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 9/1/2014 | James Carroll
    This contradiction was laid bare recently when the Holy See, acting in secret, threw the protective cloak of diplomatic immunity over Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski — the papal nuncio in the Dominican Republic and an alleged serial abuser of minors. In a show of toughness, church officials defrocked Wesolowski and promised to try him according to the laws of Vatican City. In effect, though, church officials once again shielded a predator priest from civil jurisdiction.
  • Church bailed out abusive priest Wilfred Baker by paying his rent

    08/28/2014 1:53:21 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 7 replies
    The Herald Sun ^ | 8/27/2014 | Shannon Deery
    THE Catholic Church paid more than $40,000 in rent for a convicted paedophile priest who molested at least eight young boys and was set to stand trial on a string of new charges before he died earlier this year. Wilfred Baker’s crimes against children were so horrific he was placed on administrative leave in 1997 and never again worked as a priest, and was officially laicised in September 2012. But the Herald Sun can reveal the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne paid Baker’s rent for at least four years until his death in February, despite his sickening record of abuse on...
  • South Africa extradites German priest on sex abuse charges

    08/01/2014 9:20:54 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies ^ | 7/31/2014 | Agence France-Presse
    JOHANNESBURG - A German Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse of children in his native country and in South Africa has been extradited to Germany, police said Wednesday. Georg Kerkhoff, who is in his 50s, was put on a plane to Germany on Tuesday night, South African police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini told AFP. "We took him to the airport and handed him over to the German police. He will face trial in Germany," he said.
  • Minnesota archbishop won’t resign amid criticism

    07/30/2014 1:41:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 3:56 PM EDT
    The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he won’t resign despite criticism over the archdiocese’s handling of sexual abuse claims involving priests. Archbishop John Nienstedt made his comments in in a column that will appear in Thursday’s archdiocese newspaper, The Catholic Spirit. He says he’s bound to stay in office as long as Pope Francis wants. …
  • Church lawyer details cover-up claims on sex abuse

    07/16/2014 9:01:12 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 13 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 7/15/2014 | Rachel Zoll
    A canon lawyer alleging a widespread cover-up of clergy sex misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has made her most detailed claims yet, accusing archbishops and their top staff of lying to the public and of ignoring the U.S. bishops' pledge to have no tolerance of priests who abuse.
  • Exposing [Catholic] abusers must give victims new hope

    07/14/2014 10:19:31 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 2 replies
    Bedfordshire News (UK) ^ | 7/13/2014 | Steve Lowe
    AT long last there could be hope for those historically abused at a former Catholic boys home. The Government, under pressure itself, is setting up an inquiry into historic abuse. And the current Pope has also promised to listen and act on allegations of abuse by Catholic priests. St Francis Home, in Shefford, took boys from across the county and wider, where, instead of being cared for, they were systematically abused, both physically and sexually.
  • Second Opinion: The Catholic Church still does not get child abuse

    07/11/2014 8:38:58 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 50 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jacky Jones
    The conviction of Rolf Harris is a reminder that child abuse is an abuse of power. The crime persists because perpetrators are not challenged and dealt with speedily by the criminal justice system. Children are still abused in Ireland every day.
  • Pope Francis must do more than apologize

    07/10/2014 2:34:13 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 58 replies ^ | 7/10/2014 | Editorial
    True reconciliation only begins with an apology. It takes more than saying one is sorry to heal the wounds that come from hurting others. That takes justice — a commitment to make things right, to change whatever actions have caused harm, and to hold those responsible for that harm accountable for their actions. Pope Francis on Monday met with a group of Roman Catholics who had suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy, and he offered a sweeping apology to them for the wrongs done against them when they were children.
  • Recent Utah sex abuse cases involving teachers, leaders [20 cases involving educators since 2009]

    07/05/2014 5:40:52 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 28, 2014 | Whitney Evans
    SALT LAKE CITY — Since 2009, Utah has seen more than 20 cases of teachers and others in positions of authority accused of having some type of sexual contact with a minor. Below is a list of some of those who were prosecuted and the status of their cases...
  • Former part-time BYU instructor charged with sexual abuse

    07/05/2014 5:14:44 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | May 28, 2014 | Dallin Morris
    An arraignment hearing has been set for a former BYU-UVU part-time faculty member charged with sexual abuse. Michio Zushi, 55, is set to appear on July 14 on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child after the victim recently came forward to talk to investigators. According to 4th District Court records, Zushi inappropriately touched her beneath her clothing. The incidents occurred between August 2010 and August 2011, and police arrested Zushi in March. Zushi taught Japanese calligraphy at both BYU and UVU but is no longer employed by either university following his arrest. If he is convicted, the presumptive...
  • Provo High teacher accused of sexual abuse headed to trial

    07/05/2014 5:09:12 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 9 replies
    Provo Daily Herald ^ | July 3, 2014 | Paige Fieldsted
    PROVO – A trial date has been set for a Provo High School teacher accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old student. Donald Bills, 54, has been charged with one count of forcible sodomy and three counts of object rape, all first-degree felonies; and two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. During a court hearing Thursday afternoon, a five-day trial was scheduled for December. Bills was arrested and charged in January after he and the teen were interviewed. Provo police said in January that someone viewed a text between Bills and the student and reported it to school officials,...
  • Wife-killing Mormon doctor Martin MacNeill found guilty of sexually assaulting daughter

    07/05/2014 5:04:31 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 1 replies
    The Daily Float ^ | July 4, 2014
    A Provo, Utah jury found MacNeill guilty Thursday of assaulting his daughter Alexis Somers in 2007. Read more here:
  • Sex abuse lawsuit filed against Mormon church [allegations re: Lds missionary & cover-up]

    06/27/2014 9:09:58 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 34 replies
    Palm Springs Desert Sun ^ | May 2, 2014 | Reza Gostar
    Lawsuit claims teen girl was repeatedly abused by Mormon missionary in 1985 in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert.PALM SPRINGS – A lawsuit filed Friday against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a church bishop and a missionary, claims a woman was repeatedly sexually abused when she was a teenager in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert, and it was covered up. The lawsuit, which was filed in Riverside County Superior Court in Palm Springs, contends that from July to November 1985, Jacqueline Tyler, then 13, was repeatedly abused by a missionary and that after a church bishop learned of...
  • Predator Priest On The Run In Southern California

    06/25/2014 8:56:55 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 65 replies
    KSWB-TV via Yahoo! ^ | 6/25/2014 | Salvador Rivera
    Priest Jeffrey Newell has been suspended by the Catholic Church for sexually abusing children in Tijuana. This is the second time Newell has been sanctioned for his actions.
  • [Catholic] Bishop urged to help find 2 priests

    06/24/2014 11:08:32 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 24 replies
    The Journal Gazette (Ft. Wayne, IN) ^ | 6/20/2014 | Rosa Salter Rodriguez
    FORT WAYNE – Two representatives of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests on Thursday urged the bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese to account for the whereabouts of two priests removed from ministry after credible sexual abuse allegations. Judy Jones, SNAP’s Midwest region associate director, said the group wants Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades to post the information on the diocese’s website, as 30 other U.S. bishops have done. “If they are too dangerous to work in a parish somewhere,” she said, “they are too dangerous to be out amongst other places where they have access to...
  • Mexico's Catholic Church suspends 7 priests in Tijuana pending sexual abuse probe

    06/23/2014 2:00:04 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 16 replies
    AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 6/20/2014 | E. Edward Castillo
    MEXICO CITY — The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico confirmed on Friday that it has suspended seven priests, including one accused of abuse while serving in Los Angeles, from its diocese in the border city of Tijuana pending an investigation into alleged sexual harassment and abuse. The Archdiocese of Tijuana didn't reveal the names of the priests but it did confirm to The Associated Press that Rev. Jeffrey Newell was among them. Newell was first mentioned as being a part of the priests under investigation in a statement by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which is the...
  • More claim abuse at North Catholic

    06/19/2014 5:57:46 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 25 replies
    Trib Live News ^ | 6/18/2014 | Bobby Kerlik
    The sexual abuse scandal at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School has widened to at least 22 alleged victims, as the Diocese of Pittsburgh said on Wednesday that three more have come forward. The latest allegations implicate Marianist Brother William Kiefer, who was at the school from 1956 to 1962 and is now deceased, said diocese spokesman the Rev. Ron Lengwin. The number of accused Marianists is now nine, he said. The oldest allegation dates to the 1940s, Lengwin has said. Read more: Follow us: @triblive on Twitter | triblive on Facebook
  • Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse in Mexico Vanishes

    06/11/2014 1:57:20 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 10 replies
    VICE NEWS ^ | 6/10/2014 | Alasdair Baverstock
    A Catholic priest in northern Mexico is still nowhere to be found after 19 people filed a sexual abuse criminal complaint against him with authorities late last month. Eduardo Córdova, a clergyman and legal representative for the church in the state of San Luis Potosi, is accused of using his clout to prey upon minors over the course of his 30-year career.
  • St. Louis priest in court on abuse allegations

    06/03/2014 8:24:27 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 56 replies
    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Catholic priest from St. Louis is facing a court hearing on charges that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy. The Rev. Joseph Jiang faces two counts of statutory sodomy. Jiang worked at the Cathedral Basilica and is accused of sexually abusing a student at St. Louis Cathedral School. His lawyer has said Jiang denies the allegations.
  • Anti-gay group calls for boycott of Harvey Milk stamp

    06/01/2014 8:52:31 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 29, 2014 | Emma Margolin
    Calling slain civil rights hero Harvey Milk a “predator” on its website this week, the fundamentalist Christian group American Family Association (AFA) urged members to refuse any mail postmarked with a recently-released commemorative stamp featuring the late San Francisco supervisor. “Harvey Milk was a very disreputable man and used his charm and power to prey on young boys with emotional problems and drug addiction,” reads the AFA’s press release. “He is the last person we should be featuring on a stamp.”
  • Vatican names two bishops being investigated in connection with abuse

    05/30/2014 8:58:12 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 15 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 5/29/2014 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis told reporters on Tuesday that “three bishops are under investigation” for misdeeds related to the sexual abuse of minors and that “one has already been condemned and his penalty is being studied.” The Pope’s statement during the news conference aboard his flight from Israel back to Italy came after he was asked what he would do if a bishop did not observe church norms regarding a moral, and often legal, obligation to report allegations of sexual abuse against a member of the clergy.
  • No Bail for Defrocked Priest Following New Sex Abuse Charges

    05/28/2014 11:28:07 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 20 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 5/22/2014
    A defrocked Catholic priest and convicted child molester was held without bail Thursday after being arrested in Chicago a day earlier for a sex crime that authorities say occurred in 2005. Officials said in court Thursday a 10-year-old victim was attending an after school program at St. Agatha's church, where McCormack was a priest. Prosecutors allege that McCormack took the boy to a White Sox game, and after the game hugged the boy and reached into his pants and fondled him, ordering him not to tell anyone. Source: Follow us: @nbcchicago on Twitter | nbcchicago on Facebook
  • Six arrested in investigation into alleged abuse at Fife [Catholic] school

    05/22/2014 10:47:46 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 2 replies ^ | 5/21/2014 | Michael Alexnder
    Six men with links to a notorious Irish Catholic brotherhood have been arrested and charged in connection with multiple allegations of child abuse at a residential school in Fife during the 1970s and 1980s. The six men, now aged between 60 and 76, were spoken to by police as part of an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse, beatings and mental torture at the former St Ninian’s School in Falkland.
  • Innocence Stolen and Unbridled Abuse

    05/22/2014 7:04:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | May 22, 2014 | Michael Reagan
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Jerome Elam.Behind the green curtain is where my world began to end. It was where my innocence was forever washed away in a porcelain pan filled with developer. Grainy images brought into strong relief on white paper that would become forever etched on my soul. It all began at the age of eight when my mother enrolled me in an after school program. My parents were divorced at that time, both with demanding careers, and the time we spent together was subject to the requirements of their jobs. An after school counselor began...
  • Puerto Rican priest arrested; faces abuse, trafficking charges

    05/21/2014 10:41:30 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 10 replies
    Catholic Sentinel ^ | 5/19/2014 | Catholic News Service
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A suspended priest of the Diocese of Caguas, Puerto Rico, was arrested May 13 by federal authorities for allegedly transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and sexual trafficking of minors. Father Israel Berrios, 58, was arrested at his home in Naranjito without incident, according to a May 14 press release by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit, which conducted the investigation. The Associated Press reported that Father Berrios has been accused of sexually abusing an altar boy from the time he was about 8 until he...
  • Suits allege St. John's Abbey monk abused 2 'cabin kids'

    05/20/2014 4:09:12 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies
    The Star Tribune ^ | 5/19/2014 | Jean Hopfensperger
    The clergy sex abuse lawsuit against the Twin Cities archdiocese headed northwest Monday, when documents related to child abuse by five monks at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., were released and a lawsuit was filed to pry open the abbey’s files. The letters and internal memos were among the thousands of pages of documents the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis provided to attorneys as part of a lawsuit. They covered five monks previously identified as abusers — including the Rev. Richard Eckroth, who brought hundreds of students to an abbey cabin for overnight trips.
  • Media Yawn at Hollywood Child Abuse

    05/09/2014 5:07:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | May 9, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    In August of 2011, the former child actor Corey Feldman made a stunning assertion to ABC News: "I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That's the biggest problem for children in this industry ... It's the big secret." The rest of the media said nothing. Almost three years later, it's happening again. The Los Angeles Times reported on April 18 that "X-Men" director Bryan Singer "has been accused in a federal lawsuit of drugging and sexually assaulting an aspiring teenage actor in the 1990s." Michael Egan III...
  • More Accusations of Rape Against Hollywood Director

    05/05/2014 6:37:46 PM PDT · by crusader71 · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 5/4/14 | Tim Teeman
    Bryan Singer, director of X-Men and other Hollywood blockbusters, has been hit by another legal suit alleging he sexually assaulted a minor, The Daily Beast can reveal. Singer was already accused by the lawyer for Michael Egan, 31, of allegedly sexually assaulting and physically abusing Egan in a series of incidents in Hawaii and California as a teenager. The new lawsuit filed by Egan’s attorney, Jeff Herman, alleges that Singer and Broadway producer Gary Goddard sexually assaulted a British teenager. He is known in the lawsuit as “John Doe No. 117,” fearing “further psychological injury” if his name is disclosed.

    04/21/2014 4:28:20 PM PDT · by bkopto · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | John Nolte
    Lawsuits alleging the sexual abuse of minors in a Hollywood pedophilia ring were filed in Hawaii Monday against three prominent Hollywood executives: David Neuman, Gary Goddard, and Garth Ancier. The suits were announced at the Four Seasons Hotel by Jeff Herman, the attorney representing Michael Egan, the man who alleges he was sexually abused by "X-Men" director Bryan Singer as a teen. Variety reports that: Ancier is the former president of BBC Worldwide America and headed the Fox entertainment group while Neuman is the former president of Disney TV. Goddard heads a design firm in Los Angeles which has created...
  • 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer accused of sexually abusing 15-year-old boy at California mansion

    04/17/2014 12:05:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 04/17/2014 | BY DAREH GREGORIAN , TIM O’CONNOR
    Famous Hollywood director Bryan Singer has been accused in a new federal lawsuit of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy. The suit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Hawaii, accused the 48-year-old “X-Men” filmmaker of first preying on the 15-year-old aspiring actor at a party at a California mansion where underage boys were plied with drugs and alcohol and taken advantage of. “The stories that I’ve heard of what went on at the estate are truly despicable,” the accuser’s lawyer, Miami attorney Jeff Herman, told the Daily News Wednesday night. Herman identified the accuser as Michael Egan III. Egan, who is...
  • Swift action needed from Pope Francis on child sex abuse

    04/08/2014 8:42:43 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 12 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 4/4/2014 | Mary Dispenza
    A week ago, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, head of the Italian Episcopal Conference, defended the Vatican’s policy of not requiring clergy to report child sex abuse to the authorities. “The Vatican requires national laws to be respected, and we know that there is no such duty (to report abuse) under Italian law,” he told reporters. It was a disappointment because Pope Francis had just appointed a commission to advise him on sex-abuse policy. Bagnasco’s comments sounded like business as usual.
  • Abuse claims at four WA Christian Brothers’ school to be investigated by Royal Commission

    04/08/2014 8:21:31 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 3 replies
    Perth Now ^ | 4/6/2014 | Emily Moulton
    Claims of widespread child sex abuse at four Christian Brothers-run WA boarding schools will be investigated as part of a nationwide inquiry. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first WA public hearing at the end of this month. It will hear from dozens of former boarders who spent time as young boys at Castledare Junior Orphanage in Wilson, St Vincent’s Orphanage in Clontarf, St Mary’s Agricultural School in Tardun, and Bindoon Farm School.
  • Chicago) Archdiocese agrees to pay up to $2.1 mil. to settle sex abuse suit

    03/28/2014 8:59:34 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 2 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 3/26/2014 | Francine Knowles
    The Archdiocese of Chicago agreed to pay $1.68 million to $2.1 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged former priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack sexually abused a former fifth grade student at Our Lady of the Westside School, the plaintiff’s attorney announced Wednesday. The agreement settles a suit brought against the archdiocese and Cardinal Francis George in December, 2011. The suit was filed by a male Chicago plaintiff, now 23, who chose to remain anonymous and is identified as John Doe. It alleged that at various times in the 2000 to 2001 school year, McCormack “inappropriately sexually touched,...
  • Victims' groups want investigation into priests

    03/24/2014 9:46:53 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 30 replies ^ | 3/19/2014 | Daniel Tepfer
    Bishop Frank Caggiano has agreed to meet with representatives of national and local victim support groups who Wednesday called for him to hire an outside firm to investigate two priests who have been accused in the past of sex abuse -- one who admitted he hid more than 40 years of abuse complaints. But Barbara Blaine, president of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said although she is willing to meet with Caggiano, she would prefer to do so after he agrees to the investigation. "History has shown that meetings don't always bear fruit, but actions speak...
  • Priest jailed for 'systematic' sexual abuse of boy

    03/24/2014 7:43:33 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 24 replies
    RTE News ^ | 3/21/2014
    A 61-year-old Catholic priest has been jailed for seven years for systematically sexually abusing a boy in Co Wicklow over a five year period beginning in 2007 when the boy was 12. Denis Nolan, with an address at Carrigmore, Tinahely, pleaded guilty to sexual assault at that address between 1 January and 30 June 2007. He also pleaded guilty to a total of ten counts of defilement of a child between 1 July 2007 and 25 August 2011.
  • Abuse victims shocked by Pell's Vatican post

    02/26/2014 3:04:39 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 11 replies
    Newcastle Herald ^ | 2/25/2014 | Joanne McCarthy
    CARDINAL George Pell’s appointment to a top Vatican post is ‘‘unsettling’’, ‘‘disappointing’’ and ‘‘a deadset shocker’’, say victims of the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse crisis and their families. The cardinal’s move to Rome at the end of March after he gives evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse shocked people who campaigned for the historic inquiry.
  • 'Arrogant' Derby pervert priest Francis Paul Cullen worked for Tenerife newspaper

    02/26/2014 8:59:01 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 4 replies
    Derby Telegraph ^ | 2/26/2014 | Martin Naylor
    PAEDOPHILE Derby priest Francis Cullen was “an arrogant man who thought he was better than others”, says a former work colleague. Les Barr worked with the now 85-year-old former Derby Catholic at a newspaper in Tenerife. He said Cullen was employed to sell advertising for the fortnightly Island Connections newspaper for English-speaking ex-pats and tourists on the holiday island. But unbeknown to him his colleague was on the run from the police and the courts and had a perverted past that has now been thrust into the spotlight.
  • Child officials told to protect [Catholic] Church

    02/25/2014 7:27:10 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 4 replies
    BRISBANE, Feb 21 – A culture of protecting the church existed in a diocese where a Catholic teacher raped and molested 13 girls, an inquiry has heard. Teachers were repeatedly told not to compromise the bishop, but the culture of protection wasn’t sinister, a former principal told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Brisbane. Two Catholic Education Office staff and the principal of a Toowoomba school learned of abuse claims against a teacher in 2007, but failed to act.
  • Four teens facing charges after allegedly torturing boy

    02/18/2014 9:39:25 AM PST · by massmike · 23 replies ^ | 02/18/2014 | Colin Miner
    Drugs and ignorance is not a good combination. That's the conclusion of several law enforcement sources after looking into the case of four teenagers facing kidnapping and assault charges after they allegedly lured another teen to a shed in Southeast Portland and tortured him for several hours. Those under arrest are three boys and a girl. The youngest is 14. Two of them are 15 and one is 17. They were arraigned Tuesday, and the grand jury started hearing the case on Thursday. The 14-year-old is described as the ring-leader. The target of the teens is a 14-year-old that they...
  • US archdiocese offers clergy abuse victims $4M

    02/13/2014 9:02:56 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 2/13/2014 | M.L. Johnson
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee said Wednesday that it was prepared to set aside $4 million in its bankruptcy reorganization plan to compensate clergy sexual abuse victims, an amount one victim called "obscene" in its stinginess. Milwaukee is one of 11 Roman Catholic dioceses nationwide to file for bankruptcy in the past decade. If approved by a judge, Milwaukee's reorganization plan would provide the smallest per-victim payments yet in these cases — roughly $32,000 each for 125 victims. The actual amount each victim receives would be based on individual circumstances.
  • Calif. [Catholic] diocese settles 2 abuse suits for $3.8M

    02/12/2014 11:14:20 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 28 replies
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.—A Southern California diocese has paid $3.8 million to settle two child-abuse lawsuits brought against a former Catholic priest. The Diocese of San Bernardino announced Sunday that payments settling the two civil cases involving Alejandro Castillo came from a combination of insurance and diocese funds.
  • No excuses for priestly child abuse

    02/12/2014 10:26:21 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 17 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/10/2014 | Jim Carroll
    ON THE QUESTION of how far papal authority extends, the canon law of the Catholic Church could not be clearer: “The vicar of Christ. . . possesses full, immediate, and universal ordinary power in the Church, which he is always able to exercise freely.” (Can. 331) Note that canon law does not say, “except in cases of priestly sex abuse of children.” Canon law does not say that priests and bishops are independent contractors. Canon law does not say that what happens in Catholic parishes and dioceses around the world has nothing to do with Rome. In fact, another canon...
  • Bankruptcy is a convenient solution for [catholic] church

    02/12/2014 8:37:15 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    Independent Record (Montana) ^ | 2/11/2014 | David Clohessy
    The Helena Catholic diocese is the third diocese in eight weeks to seek bankpruptcy protection, citing clergy sex abuse and cover up allegations. But don’t be confused. This is not about money. It’s about secrecy. The huge eruption in victims reporting clergy sexual abuse happened more than a decade ago. But these three dioceses are filing Chapter 11 because they’re smart, not broke. Bishops have learned that this is a shrewd way to save the reputations and careers of top Catholic officials by keeping a tight lid on their horrific complicity. Bankruptcy preserves secrecy by stopping all civil litigation, one...