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  • MacKillop banished after uncovering sex abuse

    09/25/2010 12:11:42 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Mary MacKillop, the nun who will soon be Australia's first saint, was excommunicated by the Catholic Church because she discovered children were being abused by a priest and went public, the ABC's Compass program can reveal. In 1871, after only four years as a nun, she was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church and turned out onto the street with no money and nowhere to go. MacKillop's cause for sainthood began in 1925 and has had the tireless backing of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, the order she founded. On October 17, MacKillop's canonisation by Pope...
  • Police: Charge Rabbi Elon With Sexual Abuse

    08/17/2010 6:14:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    YNet News ^ | 8/8/10 | Eli Senyor
    Police say there is enough evidence to indict Religious-Zionist leader, half a year after religious forum charged with handling sexual harassment cases announces he violated agreement barring him from rabbinical activityThe police announced on Sunday that there is enough evidence against Rabbi Mordechai (Motty) Elon, who is suspected of committing indecent acts by force against two minors, to put him on trial. The investigation material was handed over to the Jerusalem District Prosecution, which is slated to hold a hearing prior to submitting an indictment against Elon. In February, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein asked that a police investigation be launched...
  • Episcopal Church reinstates Diocese head after abuse cover-up case

    08/11/2010 4:36:43 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 13 replies ^ | Aug 11 2010 | DAVID O'REILLY
    Nearly three years after the Episcopal Church suspended him for covering up his brother's sexual abuse of a minor girl, Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr. has been restored as head of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. In a ruling released Thursday, a church appeals panel reversed a lower church court's 2008 order that Bennison be defrocked and permanently removed from the helm of the 55,000-member diocese, comprising Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester Counties. Although Bennison badly mishandled his brother's prolonged sexual abuse of a teenager in his California parish during the 1970s, the appeals court concluded, the church's statute of...
  • Vatican revises its rules on clerical sex abuse

    07/15/2010 2:04:38 PM PDT · by jackspyder · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 15, 2010 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY – The Vatican revised its in-house rules to deal with clerical sex abuse cases Thursday, targeting priests who molest the mentally disabled as well as children and doubling the statute of limitations for such crimes. Abuse victims said the rules are little more than administrative housekeeping since they made few substantive changes to current practice, and what is needed are bold new rules to punish bishops who shield pedophiles. Women's ordination groups criticized the new rules because they included the attempted ordination of women as a "grave crime" subject to the same set of procedures and punishments meted...
  • Catholics angry as church puts female ordination on par with sex abuse

    07/15/2010 1:19:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 07/15/2010 | John Hooper in Rome
    It was meant to be the document that put a lid on the clerical sex abuse scandals that have swept the Roman Catholic world. But instead of quelling fury from within and without the church, the Vatican stoked the anger of liberal Catholics and women's groups by including a provision in its revised decree that made the "attempted ordination" of women one of the gravest crimes in ecclesiastical law. The change put the "offence" on a par with the sex abuse of minors. Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, called the document "one of the most insulting and...
  • Bishop admits ignoring abuse cases [Germany's senior Roman Catholic bishop Robert Zollitsch]

    07/09/2010 12:56:14 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 1 replies ^ | July 9 2010 |
    Germany's senior Roman Catholic bishop Robert Zollitsch has admitted his mistakes in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse against an alleged pedophile priest. The Archbishop of Freiburg and head of the German Bishops Conference said on Friday that he should have probed more intensely the sexual abuse accusations laid against a priest, who is believed to have molested boys when he worked in the town of Oberharmersbach from 1968 to 1991, AP reported. "I was shocked about the unfathomable extent of the abuse in Oberharmersbach, which has become apparent only in recent months," said Zollitsch, who was diocese staff manager...
  • Belgian Church Raids Compared to Babylonian Chastisement

    06/30/2010 11:50:14 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 2 replies ^ | June 28, 2010 | Hilary White
    Tuesday June 29, 2010 Belgian Church Raids Compared to Babylonian Chastisement By Hilary WhiteBRUSSELS, June 28, 2010 ( – A police raid, the detaining of bishops and the confiscation of files on priestly sexual abuse can be seen as a form of chastisement for decades of open dissent from Catholic teaching by Church authorities in Belgium, a prominent pro-life leader has said. Brussels police raided the offices of the Brussels Archdiocese on Thursday, searched the cathedral and seized computers and files from the residences of both the current archbishop of Brussels and Cardinal Godfreed Daneels who retired as the head...
  • When Will Time Magazine Be Consistent: Catholics Fair Game, Kinsey Not, re Sexual Abuse of Children

    06/30/2010 6:31:02 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 1 replies ^ | June 30, 2010 | Eileen Griffin
    EDITOR'S NOTE: Recently, Time magazine featured a cover story critical of the past sexual abuses of children within the Catholic Church. The following open letter to the Editor of Time magazine appeals for consistency in their reporting on the sexual abuse of children and asks why the issue of Indiana University's research conducted by Alfred Kinsey has not been addressed. An Open Letter to Time Magazine June 2010 Regarding: Priest Sex Abuse Stories Dear Editor: Considering your recent stories on priest sex abuse and your "enthusiasm" for protecting minors, when can we expect a story about the pedophiles that Alfred...
  • Priest Arrested in Brazil on Charges of Sexually Abusing Boy {Priest had erotic dungeon}

    05/24/2010 6:00:39 AM PDT · by TSgt · 20 replies · 850+ views
    SÃO PAULO, Brazil — The authorities in Rio de Janeiro said Sunday that they had arrested a Polish priest and charged him with sexually abusing a 16-year-old former altar boy. The judge who issued the arrest warrant said the priest, Father Marcin Michael Strachanowski, 44, had used his parish’s rectory as an “erotic dungeon” to carry out sex acts with boys. The police in Rio de Janeiro State said that Father Strachanowski, who was arrested late Friday, was being held at a police station awaiting court proceedings. He is accused of handcuffing the 16-year-old to a bed “to satisfy his...
  • Settlement in 26 Vermont priest sex abuse cases

    05/13/2010 2:21:47 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies · 465+ views
    hosted. ^ | May 13 | LISA RATHKE
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Dozens of former altar boys who sued Vermont's Catholic church over alleged sexual abuse by priests will share in a nearly $18 million settlement of their cases.
  • If celibacy causes abuse ....

    05/08/2010 3:45:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies · 504+ views
    Splendor of Truth ^ | March 7, 2010 | Jeff Miller
    Because of the priestly abuse scandals we so often hear that the problem is priestly celibacy. That not having sex causes you to abuse children and teens. That it is unhealthy and unnatural for us not to have sex.Well if they truly believed this then we need a whole new set of laws.For example what about socially awkward and extremely shy men? Obviously their unwanted state of celibacy will cause them to abuse children. How about marriages that have grown to be sexless because of one spouse being tired of sex? They too will look for children to abuse...
  • Fr. Maciel guilty, 'profound' revision of Legion needed, report Apostolic Visitors [Cath Caucus]

    05/01/2010 2:34:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 321+ views
    cna ^ | May 1, 2010
    Vatican City, May 1, 2010 / 08:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Maciel guilty, revision of Legion needed, report Apostolic VisitorsApostolic Visitors to the Legion of Christ condemned the "very serious and objectively immoral acts" of its founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel, in a statement on Saturday. The results of meetings from the last two days include the call for a "profound revision" of the life and structure of the congregation.The Holy See has released a statement from the meetings which took place between April 30 and May 1 at the Vatican. In addition to the five bishops involved in the...
  • Boy Scouts ordered to pay Oregon man Kerry Lewis $18.5M in sex abuse case

    04/25/2010 10:02:27 AM PDT · by SZonian · 21 replies · 581+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 24 April, 2010 | AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- An Oregon jury's decision to award a man $18.5 million in punitive damages in his case against the Boy Scouts of America will likely be the first of many financial hits the Scouts will take as it prepares to defend itself against a series of sex abuse lawsuits. The jury on Friday ordered the Scouts to make the payment to Kerry Lewis, the victim of sex abuse by a former assistant Scoutmaster in Portland in the early 1980s. The case was the first of six filed against the Boy Scouts in the same court in Oregon, with...
  • Another Undercover Video Shows Kentucky Abortuary Failing to Report Child Sex Abuse

    04/22/2010 10:31:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 386+ views
    Life Site News ^ | April 21, 1010
    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, April  21, 2010 ( – Undercover pro-life journalists have released another hard-hitting exposé showing an abortion facility not only hiding child sexual abuse, but offering to circumvent parental consent laws in order to keep a minor’s abortion secret from her parents.The student-led pro-life group Live Action released footage Wednesday showing an employee at Kentucky’s only abortion provider, EMW Women’s Surgical Center, an affiliate of the National Abortion Federation, freely volunteering to violate Kentucky law, which requires those with evidence of suspected child abuse to inform law enforcement. Kentucky defines sex between an adult 21 years of age and...
  • Pope ‘prays and weeps’ with Malta sex abuse victims

    04/18/2010 1:56:25 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 397+ views
    timesonline. ^ | April 18, 2010
    Victims of clerical sex abuse in Malta have described how they wept as they prayed with the Pope today after he agreed to meet them on his trip to the island. They said that the Pope also had “tears in his eyes”. The eight victims, who were abused systematically at an orphanage in Malta in the 1980s and 1990s, have long campaigned for the Church authorities to recognise their suffering in the face of decades of cover-ups from the Vatican downwards. Vatican officials said that the Pope, who the Vatican claims has “done more than anyone” to clean up the...
  • Mean Men [Media Falsely Portraying Catholic Sex Abuse Issue]

    04/13/2010 8:20:46 AM PDT · by freespirited · 2 replies · 262+ views
    Newsweak ^ | 04/08/10 | Pat Wingert
    The Catholic sex-abuse stories emerging every day suggest that Catholics have a much bigger problem with child molestation than other denominations and the general population. Many point to peculiarities of the Catholic Church (its celibacy rules for priests, its insular hierarchy, its exclusion of women) to infer that there's something particularly pernicious about Catholic clerics that predisposes them to these horrific acts. It's no wonder that, back in 2002—when the last Catholic sex-abuse scandal was making headlines—a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll found that 64 percent of those queried thought Catholic priests "frequently'' abused children. Yet experts say there's simply...
  • What Went Wrong

    04/07/2010 8:23:33 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies · 414+ views
    Newsweak ^ | 4/3/2010 | George Weigel
    Don't blame celibacy. To fight the plague of sexual abuse, the church needs to become more Catholic, not less.Throughout what U.S. Catholics called the "Long Lent" of 2002, when every week seemed to bring revelations of clerical sexual abuse and its mishandling by the church's bishops, some observers suggested that this crisis was the byproduct of some distinctive features of Catholic life: a celibate priesthood, a church governed by male bishops, a demanding sexual ethic. "Modernize" the church by changing all that, they argued, and these horrible problems would abate, even disappear.Sexual abuse is indeed horrible, but there is no...
  • Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal and Cover-Up Fully Exposed and Explained

    04/01/2010 7:18:52 PM PDT · by grand wazoo · 28 replies · 735+ views
    The Catholic Knight ^ | March 24, 2010 | The Catholic Knight
    There is a cover-up underway. It's HUGE! It's the biggest scandal ever! And it's not what you think. You may want to sit down for this...WORCESTER, MA. A former pastor Andrew J. Bierkan, 54, at the First Congregational Church of Sutton who now heads a church in Ohio has been indicted here on charges of unnatural rape of a child and posing a child in a state of nudity. He is now pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Cincinnati, according to Worcester District Attorney John J. Conte. (Worcester Telegram & Gazette, August 13, 2003) Ex-Sutton pastor charged...
  • It's wrong to point finger at Pope in sex abuse scandals [it was Weakland]

    04/01/2010 5:16:20 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 2 replies · 307+ views
    The Calgary Herald ^ | 3/30/2010 | Bishop Fred Henry
    (This is a pastoral letter that was sent to all of Calgary's Catholic parishes). (excerpted) These are not easy times. Priests and people feel battered and scattered by the seemingly relentless media campaign about child sexual abuse in the Church. We, too, have entered into the dark regions of our fallen world. This is a painful, emptying and humbling experience. Pope Benedict XVI, in his Pastoral Letter to Catholics in Ireland, ... addressing the victims of abuse first of all, he acknowledges the grievous betrayal they have suffered and he tells them how sorry he is over what they have...
  • NY archbishop defends pope against sex abuse furor

    03/28/2010 11:33:54 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 210+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 28
    NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was greeted with applause after finishing Palm Sunday Mass by defending Pope Benedict XVI against suggestions he aided coverups of reports of child abuse. The standing-room-only crowd at St. Patrick's Cathedral applauded for 20 seconds after Dolan read a statement calling the pope the "leader in purification, reform and renewal that the church so very much needs."