First it was Catholic Charities of Rockford, Illinois. Now both Peoria and Joliet Catholic Charities have followed suit in reaction to new policiesA designed toA accommodate civil unions.A They have written letters to the Department of Children and Family Services explaining that it was against their practice to place children with unmarried ...Full Story
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37. In one case, Mother Teresa successfully persuaded the church to return a suspected pedophile priest to duty because he was a friend of hers . Eight additional complaints of child abuse were later lodged against him.
38. In yet another case, they appointed a priest with a history of child molestation to a board that advises the church on what to do when they get reports of priests molesting children.
39. And after all this, they've had the audacity to plead for money and ask parishioners to pick up the tab for legal costs and settlements .
40. They abducted tens of thousands of babies from unwed mothers who gave birth in Catholic-run hospitals all over the world throughout the 20th century, forcing drugged or helpless women to give their newborn children up for adoption against their will.
41. They tried to have the Indian skeptic Sanal Edamuruku charged with blasphemy and imprisoned for debunking a claim of a miraculous weeping statue.
42. They publicly supported the Russian Orthodox church's decision to have the punk band Pussy Riot charged and imprisoned for blasphemy.
43. Their finances are a disorganized mess, lacking strong accounting controls and clear internal separations , which means parishioners who give to the church can have no assurance of what the money will be used for. According to an investigation by the Economist, funds meant for hospitals, cemeteries and priests' pensions have been raided to pay legal fees and settlements in several diocesan bankruptcies.
44. They've said in public that the sexist prohibition on women priests is an infallible part of Catholic dogma , and hence can never be changed.
45. They've silenced priests who call for the ordination of women and other desperately needed reforms , exhorting them to instead show "the radicalism of obedience."
46. They've excommunicated at least one priest for advocating the ordination of women .
47. They lifted the excommunication of an anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying bishop who also thinks women shouldn't attend college or wear pants.
48. When it comes to the question of who's financially responsible for compensating the victims of sex abuse, they argue that priests aren't employees and therefore the church bears no responsibility for anything they do .
49. They canonized Mother Teresa for doing little more than offering a squalid place for people to die. Outside observers who visited her "Home for the Dying" reported that medical care was substandard and dangerous, limited to aspirin and unsterilized needles rinsed in tap water, administered by untrained volunteers. The millions of dollars collected by Mother Teresa and her order, enough to build many advanced clinics and hospitals, remain unaccounted for.
50. They announced that voluntary end-of-life measures, such as terminal patients' directives for when they wish to have a feeding tube removed, won't be respected at Catholic hospitals.
Alter/net, by Adam Lee
#421 Dec 9, 2012
GERMANY'S Roman Catholic church has revealed that at least 66 clergy had been accused of sexually abusing children and adults during a 10-year period, with most of the victims male.
The findings were part of a scientific study ordered after the church was thrown into crisis two years ago when hundreds came forward alleging they had been abused as minors between the 1950s and 80s.
Based on dozens of expert appraisals of Catholic clergy from between 2000 and 2010 submitted by 21 of Germany's 27 dioceses, it said the clergy had been accused of 576 cases of sexual abuse.
Three-quarters of the 265 alleged targets of abuse were male, the German Bishops' Conference said, on Friday releasing the report drawn up by three forensic centres for research.
Most of the cases took place between the 1960s and 90s "in a period when a different social awareness and a lower sensitivity to the theme of sexual acts on children and youths still prevailed", Norbert Leygraf, of the Institute of Forensic Psychiatry at Duisburg-Essen University, said in a statement.
"Understanding has changed in the course of the years both within the Catholic church as well as in society as a whole - today the focus is the greatest possible transparency and effort for quick clarification of cases of abuse," he said.
The study said "only in few cases" was the alleged abuse the result of an abnormal psychological condition, such as paedophilia, and cases largely reflected the rate of the problem in society at large.
"In particular a sexual preference disorder as defined by paedophilia or hebephilia was only diagnosed in a minority of clergy," Leygraf said.
"In this regard this is not significantly different from the prevalence in the overall German population," he added.
The study, which was launched in April last year, was conducted from expert reports on 78 Catholic clergy and found that, in most cases, the clergy had come into contact with the victim through the church congregation.
Leygraf noted the fact that there were more male victims than female could be due to girls having rarely acted as altar girls until the 1980s.
Bishop Stephan Ackermann, appointed by the Bishops' Conference for handling issues surrounding claims of sexual abuse of minors, said in a statement that the study was an "important building block".
He said he hoped it would help towards improving preventive measures. adelaidenow, 12-8-12
#422 Dec 17, 2012
BAILED: Former Catholic brother and convicted sex offender Bernard McGrath leaves the Christchurch courthouse after being bailed.
Catholic brother faces new charges
Nearly three weeks after his return to New Zealand, a former Catholic brother and convicted sex offender has decided to fight extradition to Australia on 252 fresh charges.
Bernard Kevin McGrath, a former brother of the order of St John of God, has already served prison time in New Zealand for offending against boys.
He was in Sri Lanka last month when the Australian police laid charges alleging he repeatedly raped, molested and abused dozens of young boys at church-run institutions in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese over several decades.
He returned voluntarily to New Zealand and was arrested the next day on the Australian charges.
When he made his court appearance on December 3, bail was granted for him to live with his sister in Christchurch while he considered what to do about the extradition bid.
He made a remand appearance today in the Christchurch District Court, where defence counsel Phillip Allan said he had just filed a notice of opposition to the extradition application.
Paperwork opposing the extradition must be filed by January 21, and the case will be called again in court on January 28 for a date to be set for the hearing.
Crown prosecutor Mark Zarifeh said that could involve witnesses being sent to New Zealand by the applicant, the Commonwealth of Australia.
Judge David Saunders remanded McGrath, 65, on continued bail.
He was critical of the media for pursuing McGrath down the street after his court appearance two weeks ago and said he had given permission for in-court filming today so that the matter could be dealt with in a dignified way.
He was concerned when Allan said the scene outside the courthouse had been even worse today.
"It is not proper for this man or any others to be chased along the street with cameras and microphones being thrust in their face," Judge Saunders said.
"I would hope these comments have been taken on board." The Press, 12-17-12
#423 Dec 25, 2012
Roman Catholic deacon faces child porn charges
MONTREAL — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Dec. 23 2012, 9:45 PM EST
Last updated Sunday, Dec. 23 2012, 9:52 PM EST
A once-prominent spokesman for Roman Catholic bishops in Canada who helped organize World Youth Day in Toronto is being accused of producing and distributing child pornography.
William Kokesch, a deacon at a church in the Montreal suburb of Beaconsfield who served as communications director for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be in Montreal court Monday to face the charges.
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Montreal police say they searched Mr. Kokesch’s home acting on a complaint from a citizen and found some 2,000 pornographic images and messages left on Internet forums.
A police spokesman would not add any details about how the material was produced or whether any victims were related to the 65-year-old’s church work.
Mr. Kokesch, who worked in radio and television in Montreal in the 1980s, is a well-known figure in Montreal’s West Island, where he served as deacon at the St-Edmund of Canterbury church.
The news stunned civic leaders and churchgoers.
Bob Benedetti, the former mayor of Beaconsfield who has known Mr. Kokesch for 30 years, says the deacon is married with five grown children and was “a nice guy.”
When Mr. Benedetti was mayor, from 2005 to 2009, the two men met frequently at events and would often have lunch.
“He was a very popular figure, a very big leadership figure in the Catholic community, which is huge in Beaconsfield,” Mr. Benedetti said.
The Archdiocese of Montreal released a statement saying it has relieved Mr. Kokesch of all duties.
“The diocese is profoundly upset. Child pornography is an affront to human dignity, and our first concern rests with those who are its victims,” the statement said.
Mr. Kokesch was front-and-centre for the Catholic bishops on a number of burning issues in the early 2000s.
As the bishops debated how to handle sexual-abuse allegations in 2002, Mr. Kokesch was quoted in newspapers and television reports saying how reconciliation and healing take time.
He also boasted that the Canadian bishops adopted a zero-tolerance policy on sexual abuse 10 years before their American counterparts.
Mr. Kokesch organized the Canadian delegation to World Youth Day celebrations in Germany in 2005, and was quoted in The Globe and Mail about the importance of harnessing youthful energy in the wake of the 2002 event in Toronto.
News of the arrest came just before victims of church sexual abuse held a protest outside a Montreal church Sunday to call on the faithful to hold back on donations to collection trays during midnight mass until the church settles outstanding claims from abuse victims.
The protesters were supporters of 64 plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against a church-run school for the deaf who say they were abused over decades. The Globe and Mail, 12-23-12
#424 Jan 10, 2013
PRIESTS REMOVED AFTER SEX ABUSE ALLEGATIONS
MONCTON, N.B.- Two Roman Catholic priests in New Brunswick have been removed from working for any ministry following allegations of sexual abuse involving children.
The Archdiocese of Moncton says it made the decision after it became aware of the accusations during a reconciliation and compensation process for alleged victims of sexual abuse.
The archdiocese says on its website that Rev. Yvon Arsenault was removed from the ministry on July 4, 2012, as was Rev. Irois Despres, who has been retired since 1992.
The archdiocese, which made the announcement on the weekend, did not say why it took six months to inform the public of its decision nor whether it has referred the matter to police.
No one from the archdiocese was available for comment and Arseneault and Despres could not be reached.
RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah says she can't confirm if anyone is being investigated unless a charge is laid.
In its statement, the archdiocese says Archbishop Valery Vienneau asked for forgiveness from the complainants and their families. The Canadian Press, 1-3-13
#425 Jan 24, 2013
Mahony and top advisor 'plotted to conceal child molestation by priests'
Documents ordered released from the sexual abuse files of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles are starting to get out. Today's LA Times lede is a grabber: "Fifteen years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and a top advisor plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement, including keeping them out of California to avoid prosecution..."
The archdiocese's failure to purge pedophile clergy and reluctance to cooperate with law enforcement has previously been known. But the memos written in 1986 and 1987 by Mahony and Msgr. Thomas J. Curry, then the archdiocese's chief advisor on sex abuse cases, offer the strongest evidence yet of a concerted effort by officials in the nation's largest Catholic diocese to shield abusers from police. The newly released records, which the archdiocese fought for years to keep secret, reveal in church leaders' own words a desire to keep authorities from discovering that children were being molested.
In the confidential letters, filed this month as evidence in a civil court case, Curry proposed strategies to prevent police from investigating three priests who had admitted to church officials that they abused young boys. Curry suggested to Mahony that they prevent them from seeing therapists who might alert authorities and that they give the priests out-of-state assignments to avoid criminal investigators.
LA Times story and files, Associated Press, New York Times
Cardinal Mahony is currently the retired Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles. Curry is the archdiocese's auxiliary bishop for Santa Barbara, the Times says. Mahony issued a statement Monday that repeats his apology for the years of sexual abuse by priests and says he prays every day for the victims.
With the upcoming release of priests’ personnel files in the Archdiocese’s long struggle with the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, my thoughts and prayers turn toward the victims of this sinful abuse.
Various steps toward safeguarding all children in the Church began here in 1987 and progressed year by year as we learned more about those who abused and the ineffectiveness of so-called “treatments” at the time. Nonetheless, even as we began to confront the problem, I remained naïve myself about the full and lasting impact these horrible acts would have on the lives of those who were abused by men who were supposed to be their spiritual guides. That fuller awareness came for me when I began visiting personally with victims. During 2006, 2007 and 2008, I held personal visits with some 90 such victims.
Those visits were heart-wrenching experiences for me as I listened to the victims describe how they had their childhood and innocence stolen from them by clergy and by the Church. At times we cried together, we prayed together, we spent quiet moments in remembrance of their dreadful experience; at times the victims vented their pent up anger and frustration against me and the Church.
Toward the end of our visits I would offer the victims my personal apology—and took full responsibility—for my own failure to protect fully the children and youth entrusted into my care. I apologized for all of us in the Church for the years when ignorance, bad decisions and moral failings resulted in the unintended consequences of more being done to protect the Church—and even the clergy perpetrators—than was done to protect our children.
I have a 3 x 5 card for every victim I met with on the altar of my small chapel. I pray for them every single day. As I thumb through those cards I often pause as I am reminded of each personal story and the anguish that accompanies that life story.
#426 Jan 24, 2013
The cards contain the name of each victim since each one is precious in God’s eyes and deserving of my own prayer and sacrifices for them. But I also list in parenthesis the name of the clergy perpetrator lest I forget that real priests created this appalling harm in the lives of innocent young people.
It remains my daily and fervent prayer that God’s grace will flood the heart and soul of each victim, and that their life-journey continues forward with ever greater healing.
I am sorry
Terence McKiernan of BishopAccountability.org called on local and federal prosecutors in Los Angeles to take action.
The long-awaited Los Angeles archdiocesan documents are beginning to appear. Already we see strong indications that Cardinal Mahony and his management team acted deliberately to prevent abusers from being apprehended by the police. We urge the U.S. Attorney and the Los Angeles County District Attorney to examine this evidence, and if Cardinal Mahony, Bishop Curry, and their associates conspired to obstruct justice, then indictments should follow. We urge prosecutors also to consider the evidence in the Aguilar files of international cooperation between bishops to help a known child molester evade criminal prosecution. These documents and other files that will be released in coming months offer a basis to determine whether priests were transferred in violation of federal law.
The Times reports Monday a statement from archdiocese lawyer J. Michael Hennigan, who says the archdiocese policy in the 1980s was to let victims decide whether to go to the police.
"Not surprisingly, the families of victims frequently did not wish to report to police and have their child become the center of a public prosecution," lawyer J. Michael Hennigan wrote.
He acknowledged memos written in those years "sometimes focused more on the needs of the perpetrator than on the serious harm that had been done to the victims."
"That is part of the past," Hennigan wrote. "We are embarrassed and at times ashamed by parts of the past. But we are proud of our progress, which is continuing."
SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said it would demonstrate outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels at 11 a.m. Tuesday and call for prosecutors to move against Mahony and "anyone who broke the law," and call on Archbishop José Horacio Gomez to publicly admonish Mahony. LA Observed, 1-21-13
#428 Jan 31, 2013
PRIEST, TEACHER CONVICTED IN PA. CHURCH ABUSE CASE
PHILADELPHIA (AP)- A jury on Wednesday convicted a priest and teacher in a pivotal church-abuse case that rocked the Philadelphia archdiocese and sent a church official to prison for child endangerment.
The verdict upholds the stunning account from a troubled 24-year-old policeman's son that he was sexually abused as a boy by two priests and his sixth-grade teacher. One priest took a plea deal before trial, while the jury convicted the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and former teacher Bernard Shero of all but one count.
The 2009 complaint describing the abuse led to the landmark conviction last year of Monsignor William Lynn, the longtime secretary for clergy in Philadelphia. Lynn is serving three to six years in prison for his role transferring an admitted pedophile priest to the accuser's northeast Philadelphia parish. A string of priest victims testified in Lynn's case, but none said they had been passed around like the policeman's son.
"I'm overjoyed that there was a conviction, mostly because of this victim. I really didn't expect it," said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, an active Catholic who revived efforts to prosecute the archdiocese after taking office three years ago.
The accuser, now a gaunt young man, has battled heroin abuse since his teens and still has a drug case pending. And details of his story changed frequently over the years, even about whether Shero raped him in the classroom or in a parked car.
"The victim was demonized, cross-examined,... dehumanized. I would understand how a jury could come to a different verdict," Williams said.
The accuser said the assaults began after Engelhardt caught him drinking altar wine in fifth grade. He said Engelhardt told fellow priest Edward Avery about their "session," prompting Avery to twice sexually assault the boy. And he testified that Shero raped him a year later, after driving him home after detention.
The jury convicted Shero, 49, of Levittown, of rape, indecent sexual assault and other charges. They convicted Engelhardt, 66, of Wyndmoor, of charges including indecent assault of a child under 13, corruption of a minor and conspiracy with Avery. The jury deadlocked on one count, an indecent sexual assault count against Engelhardt, after deliberating since late Friday.
Lawyer Burton Rose described Shero after the verdict as "very distraught, very distraught." He had told jurors that his introverted, visually impaired client was an easy target for a false accuser.
Defense lawyers had argued that the accuser was simply hoping for a payout from his pending civil suit against the archdiocese. His story defied belief, they said.
He initially told a church social worker he'd been raped for five hours by Engelhardt after Mass; beaten and tied with sashes by defrocked priest Edward Avery; and raped by Shero at school. None of those details emerged in his trial testimony.
#429 Jan 31, 2013
"(He) is the walking, talking personification of reasonable doubt," argued defense lawyer Michael McGovern, representing Engelhardt, an Oblate of St. Francis.
The accuser's account got a boost when Avery entered a surprise guilty plea last year. But Avery startled the courtroom this month when he testified that he never touched the boy, but took the 2-1/2- to five-year deal to avoid a longer sentence at trial.
Williams called that turn of events something fit for a "Law and Order" episode.
"He pleaded because it was a good offer," Avery's lawyer, Michael Wallace, said Wednesday. "(Jurors) think that anybody who walks down the street with a collar is guilty."
Shero and Engelhardt were taken into immediate custody. They each face more than a decade in prison when they are sentenced in April. Their relatives were inconsolable.
The victim now lives in Florida and was not in court, although his parents were. He told jurors this month that he'd been clean for a year, after 23 stints in drug rehabilitation.
Thousands of people have accused priests around the country of abuse, but the complaints were routinely locked in secret church archives. Several states, including Pennsylvania, then extended the time limit for child sex-abuse victims to pursue criminal or civil action, although victim advocates want to see additional reforms.
Philadelphia prosecutors saw their chance to renew their exhaustive, but stalled, investigation into priest abuse with the policeman's son, whose claims were viable under the new statutes.
Williams decided to charge Monsignor Lynn because Avery had been transferred to the boy's parish even though he admitted to church officials that he had abused a teen in 1992. Lynn is appealing his conviction.
In September, Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn was convicted of a misdemeanor for failing to report a priest known to possess child pornography.
The victims' advocacy group Bishopaccountability.org recently began posting the secret church documents aired at the Lynn trial. And the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was forced to make many of their secret archives public.
"The Philadelphia archive will show why statutes of limitations must be reformed in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and why Lynn and Finn will not be the last church officials to be held accountable," Bishopaccountability officials said. Associated Press, 1-30-13
#431 Feb 2, 2013
I do not think its right to hate on people because their sexuallity is different than ours. This is simply their sexual orientation, and we should respect all people and their differences.
#432 Feb 3, 2013
Leading U.S. cardinal punished for role in abuse scandal
One of the most powerful Catholic leaders in the USA, Cardinal Mahony, has been relieved of his duties for failing to protect teens, children from abusive priests.
Cardinal Mahony was one of the top leaders in the U.S. church
Documents reveal that he knew about abusers and protected them
The leading victims group called the action a "meaningless gesture"
One of the most powerful Catholic leaders in the USA, Cardinal Roger Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles, has been relieved of his public roles for covering up for sexually abusive priests — a role the current archbishop called "evil."
Just hours after a court-ordered massive release of priest personnel files revealed the extent of Mahony's role in covering up for known sexual predators, Archbishop José Gómez announced Thursday night that he has relieved Mahony of his remaining duties.
A former top aide to Mahony also stepped down from his current post.
This is the first time since the massive abuse scandal exploded in 2002 hen there were direct repercussions for top church officials. In December 2002, Cardinal Bernard Law resigned his post as archbishop of Boston when protesters and priests called for him to step aside.
"I find these files to be brutal and painful reading," Gómez said in a statement, referring to the newly released files made public by the church Thursday night just hours after a judge's order. "The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children."
Gómez announced that he has "informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties."
"Gómez also said Thomas Curry, former vicar of the clergy under Mahony who was the cardinal's point person in dealing with priests accused of molestation, has stepped down from his current job as auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese's Santa Barbara region.
Political scientist and Jesuit priest Thomas Reese opn Friday called it "unprecedented for an archbishop to limit the ministry of his predecessor and publicly take him to task like this. It shows that finally the abuse crisis not only has consequences for the abusing priests but also for the clerics who failed to deal with them properly."
But it remained unclear early Friday exactly what it means to limit Mahony's duties. He has not been removed from ministry -- the Church's now required policy for abusers.
An archdiocese spokesman, Tod Tamberg, told the Los Angeles Times that 'beyond canceling his confirmation schedule', Mahony could continue to offer Mass at his North Hollywood parish, and remain a "priest in good standing."
He can even vote to elect the next pope if Pope Benedict XVI were to die in the next three years. Mahony will turn 77 on Feb. 27 and cardinals are no longer eligible to vote at age 80.
And the leading victims group was not satisfied. David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said in a statement Thursday night, "Hand-slapping Cardinal Roger Mahony is a nearly meaningless gesture.
"When he had real power, and abused it horribly, he should have been demoted or disciplined by the church hierarchy, in Rome and in the US. But not a single Catholic cleric anywhere had the courage to even denounce him. Shame on them."
The resignation of Bishop Thomas Curry, said Clohessy, is " a small, belated step in the right direction, though it's obviously only being done because the horrific extent of his complicity is about to become publicly known. He should have been fired long ago."
Both Mahony and Curry issued public apologies earlier this month.
#433 Feb 3, 2013
Thursday's actions came within hours after the public release of some 30,000 pages from the confidential files of priests accused of child molestation. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias ordered the diocese to turn over without blacking out the names of top church officials who were responsible for handling priests accused of abuse.
Terence McKiernan, president of the online site, BishopAccountability.org which tracks church documents in the abuse crisis, complained Thursday night in a statement that Gómez only acted when the documents became public and that the pope should remove Mahony not only from his top ranking as a cardinal, a "prince of the church" but also from the priesthood itself.
"Gómez has had these documents for months and known about Mahony's wrongdoing long before now. And yet Mahony has continued to be an honored prelate and prince of the church. The difference is that now the people have access to evidence of Mahony's misdeeds. Sadly, we see the church acting ethically in these matters only when its actions become known," McKiernan said.
"Mahony's misdeeds deserve a much more substantial punishment than the tweaking of his administrative status by someone junior to him in the church's hierarchical society. Pope Benedict XVI should remove Mahony from the College of Cardinals."
Mahony led the archdiocese for 25 years until he retired in 2011. Were it not for his role in covering up for abuse, his legacy would
Bishop Robert W. Finn of Missouri, who was convicted last September of failing to report a priest suspected of abuse to authorities, has remained in office and unpunished by the church despite his unprecedented guilty plea.
Church observers say Gomez must have had clearance from Rome to rebuke Mahony, says David Gibson of Religion News Service.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Friday that "the Vatican is aware of the Los Angeles diocese's latest decisions but this matter is in the hands of the local archbishop."
Mahony has lectured widely on immigration issues and the future of the church since retiring in March 2011. Mahony remains eligible to vote for a new pope until he turns 80, in three years. Lombardi noted that the suspension does not affect the "other duties assigned by the pope to Cardinal Mahony in the Curia."
Jerry Filteau of the National Catholic Reporter also noted that the church's Code of Canon Law gives cardinals a privileged position and even says that they are "exempt from the power of governance of the bishop of the diocese in which they are residing."
Mahony, who was archbishop from 1985 to 2011 and a cardinal since 1991, championed social justice and immigrant rights and built a massive new cathedral in the heart of Los Angeles.
But when he retired, story after story detailed the decade he spent fighting abuse victims and their lawyers to hide L.A. church officials role in protecting and promoting known abusers and shuffling them from one parish to another.
By the time of Mahony's retirement, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had paid $660 million in settlements to 500 victims. USA Today, 2-1-13
#435 Feb 28, 2013
Priest with local tie convicted of sex abuse in Canada
A Roman Catholic priest who once worked in central Ohio has been convicted in British Columbia, Canada, of sexually touching a person between the ages of 14 and 18.
The Rev. Philip Jacobs was found guilty on Monday. He was acquitted on one count of sexual assault and two counts of sexually touching a person younger than 14.
The Saanich News reported trial testimony that Jacobs ran his hand up and down the pants-clad leg of a boy he was tutoring at St. Joseph the Worker School in Saanich. The victim testified that he lay on a couch in the priest’s home with his legs over Jacobs’ lap and Jacobs’ hand touched his genitals, according to the newspaper.
Jacobs maintains that he unintentionally brushed the boy’s groin, said his attorney, Chris Considine.
Jacobs, 63, could be sentenced to five years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set. The verdict might be appealed, Considine said.
Jacobs served at St. Joseph the Worker School in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In central Ohio, he was at St. Anthony Parish on the North Side from 1975 to 1979, St. Philip the Apostle Parish on the East Side from 1979 to 1981, and St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Westerville from 1986 to 1989.
He also taught philosophy at the Pontifical College Josephinum on the Far North Side from 1986 to 1993.
During the trial in December and January, Jacobs testified that he took at least three teen boys on overnight trips when he worked in Ohio, intending to introduce them to masturbation.
When Jacobs was arrested on the Canadian charges in 2010, a spokesman for the Diocese of Columbus told The Dispatch that diocesan officials had received about 10 credible reports of abuse by Jacobs in central Ohio and that all allegations had been passed on to police. The Columbus Dispatch, 2-27-13
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#436 Mar 1, 2013
Too bad they weren't protective enough to keep children safe from the raping priests.
#437 Mar 1, 2013
Is true 7 billion kids coming from priest because you liked damage church name..hi hi hi
church is alive people or belivers..
#438 Apr 25, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn.— As the state Legislature nears a vote on a controversial bill that would give victims of sexual abuse more time to sue, a new book chronicles the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, including some key characters and cases from Minnesota.
Some victim advocates are pursuing legislation to remove statutes of limitations in abuse cases, a step they see as a final frontier in the reckoning they seek with the church.
The Child Victims Act before the Senate would drop Minnesota's statute of limitations for civil suits involving child sexual abuse. The House version would create a three-year window for victims to bring old cases.
In Minnesota, victims of childhood sexual abuse must file civil suits before they turn 24 - a stricter threshold than many states. Four states have eliminated statutes of limitations for these kinds of cases, and three others have opened windows for victims to file.
It's impossible to know how many cases may have been blocked by the statute of limitations, said Michael D'Antonio, author of "Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime and the Era of Catholic Scandal." His book tells the story of sex abuse cases in a Louisiana parish, first coming to light in 1984 and swelling to a worldwide crisis.
"As of today, it's remarkable to consider that 500 priests in America have been imprisoned," D'Antonio said. "Tens of thousands of victims have been compensated for the crimes committed against them and virtually every diocese in America has been the subject of investigation, legal action and reform."
The Minnesota Catholic Conference referred a request for comment on the bill to the Minnesota Religious Council, which is lobbying against it on behalf of Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal and Methodist churches.
The council has been fighting attempts to repeal the statute of limitations since 2003, and this year has been the hardest fight yet, said Karen Bockelman, a retired Lutheran pastor and council chair.
"When there's been a lot of public media attention to things like the crisis in the Catholic Church, or more recently in Minnesota, the Shattuck/St. Mary's case, or you know the Penn State and whole Jerry Sandusky thing -- when that kind of stuff hits the media and gets in the air, it's not surprising that it encourages renewed attempts at changing the statute of limitations," Bockelman said.
Bockelman estimates the Minnesota Religious Council will spend more than $180,000 this year lobbying against the bill. It would be costly for churches to defend against decades-old cases that would divert money from carrying out good works today.
"It's the unknown in some ways. You know, it's hard to know hard to react when you don't know exactly what's going to be coming down the road," Bockelman said.
And the picture has changed, Bockelman said. She says for more than 20 years, churches have been improving their response to victims and creating safe church policies to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and adults.
The Minnesota Religious Council is not happy with either the House or Senate version of the bill, and is putting its lobbying efforts into coming up with a bipartisan compromise that Bockelman describes as "more nuanced."
The Minnesota School Boards Association, the Minnesota Child Care Association, the Minnesota Association of School Administrators and the Minnesota Inter-County Association have also testified against the bill.
Leading the charge in favor of the Child Victims Act is the National Center for Victims of Crime. Deputy Executive Director Jeff Dion anticipates spending $95,000 to lobby for the bill. Dion believes it has a very good chance of becoming law in Minnesota.
#439 Apr 25, 2013
Dion disagrees that churches and other institutions could face an unknown number of old cases. Most of the evidence is kept by defendants in their own files, he said, and victims deserve to have it heard.
"We're not looking to change any substantive law. It's just a question of -- imagine if you have to get the clerk's office at the courthouse to file your lawsuit by 5 o'clock because that's when the clerk's office closes," Dion said. "We're just saying 'we want to keep the clerk's office open longer so that people have a longer time to file their suit."
The Minnesota Child Victims Act has cleared all the necessary committees, and could get a vote in the full House and Senate later this month.
"I think to bar [victims] from the legal system, especially when that's the only place where they can get the truth about what happened to them, is a terrible injustice," D'Antonio said.
He talks about the book at 4 p.m. Friday at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. He will also read at noon Saturday at Valley Bookseller in Stillwater. Jeffrey Anderson, a local attorney who is internationally known for suing the church on behalf of victims, will also speak. Minnesota Public Radio, 4-19-13
#440 Jul 4, 2013
Gay priests are a huge problem for the Catholic church. That's why little boys got sexually molested, not little girls.
#441 Jul 15, 2013
You’d think lawyers suing a major religion that proclaims itself to be the guiding authority on moral behavior in every aspect of life would have the easiest job in the world.
Defendants wouldn’t even need to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. They’ve already declared themselves the world’s foremost authorities on the truth.
So why have thousands of victims of sex crimes by Catholic priests around the country had to fight in the courts for years to get access to the facts about sexual predators and the church authorities who covered up their crimes?
It’s because the facts slowly emerging expose the completely false picture the church is still trying to present in court that puts protecting its enormous financial assets above accepting moral or legal responsibility for horrendous crimes.
This is after years of truly unholy, hardball legal tactics of lying and attacking victims, hiding behind legal loopholes and statutes of limitations and drawing out cases through endless legal stalling to intentionally bankrupt victims seeking compensation.
The latest church documents made public in the lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee reveal thousands of reports of child sexual abuse, the irresponsible movement of known molesters from job to job with continued access to children, and a policy from the very top—that’s the pope—of delaying action against predatory priests for years even when local church officials tried to expel them.
Lurid details aside, perhaps the most damaging revelation legally was that former Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan, now Cardinal of New York, sought Vatican permission to move $57 million into a special cemetery trust explicitly to protect the money from “any legal claim or liability.”
Ignoring the issue of right or wrong, which church officials were willing to do whenever their treasuries were threatened, if you want to take enormous amounts of money off your books in order to subvert federal bankruptcy laws, it’s not a good idea to put your intentions in writing. Part One.
#442 Jul 15, 2013
‘Just Following Orders’ Is No Excuse. Part Two.
One important point on the side of the archdiocese is why should the Milwaukee archdiocese—and previously the archdioceses of Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and other cities—be on the hook to pay for sex crimes and subsequent cover-ups that were known and covered up under policies explicitly directed by two immediate past CEOs of the world’s richest multinational religious corporation? That would be Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
But until attorney Jeff Anderson, the crusading lawyer representing hundreds of victims, can overcome all the legal obstacles to expand the case to reach those international kingpins, it’s the flunkies at the local archdioceses who are being hung out to dry.
“Just following orders” is no excuse for illegal actions. But pretending the pope and the Vatican weren’t directing every action by local church officials is totally dishonest, as confirmed over and over in the church documents.
Dishonesty begets dishonesty. The Vatican pretends it’s not responsible for crimes committed at its direction and through its negligence to protect the enormous wealth of the church worldwide.
To protect its own wealth (note what’s consistently most important), the Milwaukee archdiocese pretends legally that many of its priests aren’t really its priests and that millions of dollars in property and funds within the archdiocese don’t really belong to the archdiocese.
The archdiocese claims with a straight face that many of the priests who work in churches, schools and other jobs aren’t really priests of the archdiocese. So the archdiocese shouldn’t be liable for any of the crimes they may have committed.
So did these guys just wander in off the street and start celebrating Mass, hearing confessions and teaching classes? Well, no. But they work for different religious orders such as the Capuchins, Jesuits or Franciscans.
So don’t come whining to the archdiocese about their sex crimes just because crimes by religious order priests were included in archdiocese settlements elsewhere.
Even the archdiocese has trouble keeping its stories straight. For years, it warned parishioners it might have to sell the Cousins Center, the lakefront headquarters of the archdiocese, to settle abuse claims.
Since filing for bankruptcy, however, the archdiocese decided it doesn’t own the Cousins Center and tried to remove the property from its financial assets. It now claims the expensive property is owned by the board of a high school seminary that no longer exists.
Hey, it’s worth a try. Hard to believe, but church attorneys actually succeeded in removing the assets of more than 200 parish churches and schools by claiming they weren’t legally part of the archdiocese. Funny—Catholics always thought they were.
Mere legal fictions may pale next to the thousands of horrendous crimes against children committed over decades.
But self-appointed moral authorities shouldn’t violate their own God’s commandment against bearing false witness just to protect something so cheap and meaningless as their worldly riches. express Milwaukee, 7-10-13
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