Jesuits school sex abuse pay-out
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Since: Jan 07
#1 Mar 25, 2011
== US Jesuits agree to school sex abuse pay-out ==
An order of US Catholic priests has agreed to pay $166.1m (£103.3m) to hundreds of Native Americans sexually abused by priests at its schools.
The former students at Jesuit schools in five states of the north-western US said they were abused from the 1940s through the 1990s.
Under a settlement, the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, will also apologise to the victims.
The order had argued paying out abuse claims would cause it to go bankrupt.
"It's a day of reckoning and justice," Clarita Vargas, who said she and two sisters were abused by a priest at a Jesuit-run school for Native American children in the state of Washington, told the Associated Press.
"My spirit was wounded, and this makes it feel better."
The province ran schools in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
Most of the alleged victims were Native American. Much of the alleged abuse occurred on Native reservations and in remote villages, where the order was accused of dumping problem priests.
"No amount of money can bring back a lost childhood, a destroyed culture or a shattered faith," lawyer Blaine Tamaki, who represented about 90 victims in the case, said in a statement.
The pay-out is one of the largest to date in a series of sex abuse scandals involving the Catholic Church.
Since: Jan 07
#2 Mar 25, 2011
== Philadelphia priests suspended over sex abuse report ==
Twenty-one priests in the US city of Philadelphia have been suspended after being named in an inquiry into claims of widespread child molestation.
The move follows the release last month of a grand jury report in which 37 priests were identified as suspects.
Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, said the 21 Roman Catholic priests had been placed on leave while their cases were reviewed
He said he was "truly sorry" for the harm done to the victims of abuse.
The two-year grand jury investigation resulted in charges being brought against four priests and a Catholic school teacher last month.
The grand jurors also found that a panel set up by the archdiocese to handle abuse claims following an earlier grand jury probe in 2005 had worked mostly to protect the church.
Three of the 37 priests named as suspects in the grand jury report were suspended in February, a week after its release.
Five more were already on leave, serving elsewhere or no longer in active ministry, the Philadelphia archdiocese said.
The remaining eight identified were not being suspended because "independent examination of these cases found no further investigation is warranted", the archdiocese added.
The names of the priests concerned have not been released.
"These have been difficult weeks since the release of the grand jury report," Cardinal Rigali said in a statement.
"Difficult most of all for the victims of sexual abuse but also for all Catholics and for everyone in our community."
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams praised the archdiocese for taking some of the steps called for by the grand jury.
But Peter Isely, of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, told the Associated Press news agency that Cardinal Rigali had put the interests of the church above those of children, and should have suspended the priests sooner.
#3 Mar 25, 2011
Could you please list all the payouts the wt made over the years and where they payed millions extra for all the gag orders on their settlements?
Since: Apr 10
#4 Mar 25, 2011
At last, a form of admission and subsequent compensation... but in a lot of cases it was more than just child abuse...
Gareth, I'm not sure what you have posted is connected with what is known as the "Canadian Holocaust" ? I posted details on it before, and many here lined up like ostriches with heads firmly buried in the sand. Here it is again:
Many natives, the surviving victims of the Canadian Church and State atrocities, announced that they were grossly abused by the state and Church and have since sought out compensation and justice.
This is what is known as the Canadian Holocaust
We can glimpse a little bit of relative modern day Christendoom's history,(We wont go into their past as yet, as dire as it is) .Do the Canadian Churches have skeletons in the cupboard ? Yes, literally.
Here follows some of the disturbing Canadian Church and State atrocities involving children that were in their care....
50,000 missing children.
Experimentation on Chidren and abuse after abuse etc....
The Canadian Holocaust
Please read some of the excerpts, and the links, and links therein:
Since: Apr 10
#5 Mar 25, 2011
The Canadian Holocaust, Christendoom in action, Continued
Excerpts from those involved, and from the victims:
On October 17, 1994, while serving as a United Church minister in Port Alberni, BC, I discovered that my church had violated its own policy and principles by selling off aboriginal land in its possession to white businessmen associated with its financial benefactor, the logging corporation MacMillan-Bloedel.
1996-7: Further evidence of murder, sterilisations and other atrocities at coastal residential schools are documented by Kevin Annett and native activists in public forums in Vancouver. The number of lawsuits brought against the churches and government by residential school survivors climbs to over 5,000 across Canada.
My sister Margaret was murdered, thrown from a window by a nun at the Catholic school on Kuper Island," stated Bill Seeward of Nanaimo, British Columbia to our Tribunal investigators in 1998. "The nun got away with it, naturally. That went on all the time."
This struggle cost Rev. Annett everything - his job and career as a United Church minister, his livelihood, and even his family. But his perseverance has helped bring to light long-buried evidence that more than 50,000 native children died or were killed by Canadian church and government employees, whose goal was to exterminate non-Christian natives through sterilization programs, terror, and outright murder.
December 15, 2001 - The Roman Catholic Church discloses that it hired a known and convicted sex offender and murderer, Martin Saxey, to work as a dormitory supervisor at its Christie Indian Residential School in Tofino, British Columbia, during the 1960's. Saxey subsequently raped and terrorized children at this school without ever being reprimanded or prosecuted
What are those that have exposed the hidden history calling for ?
The immediate surrendering to this Tribunal of all persons who have or are presently engaged in acts of Genocide, violence and abuse of native people in Canada, including but not restricted to acts of pedophilia, child prostitution and pornography, rape, murder, torture, kidnapping, forced labour, theft of traditional native lands and resources, ethnic cleansing, sexual sterilization, medical experimentation, and any form of assault, impoverishment, segregation, discrimination or coercion designed to eradicate indigenous peoples and their way of life.
The immediate and unconditional revoking of the charitable, tax-free status of the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and United Churches in Canada, and the collection of all back taxes owed by these bodies, because of their criminal role in planning, practicing and concealing the deliberate Genocide of non-Christian aboriginal peoples in Canada for more than a century.
Since: Jan 07
#7 Mar 25, 2011
The WTS has never lost a case in court. They have made some very few out-of-court settlements which in no way implies guilt (because they always offer to settle rather than go to court) and no one knows how much money was involved.
All in all Jehovah's Witnesses are a shining beacon among a devastated wasteland of Christendom's shortcomings and culpability.
Of course Jehovah's Witnesses have had the occasional pedophile in their midst but they certainly don't have BOAT LOADS of them like the churches of Christendom.
People try very hard to make big of the gnat (which is the occasional pedophile among JWs) and cover over the camel (the endemic, institutionalized child abuse by the churches of Christendom).
#8 Mar 26, 2011
It's a start on justice, but Jehovah will mete out absolute justice for all soon.
I am so proud to be a part of Jehovah's clean, honest organization. His blessing and protection on it are so obvious and so comforting to be a part of.
Who could ever go back to that garbage pit called Christendom?
“Why do Jw's LIE?”
Since: Oct 09
Me And The Love of My Life,Jay
#9 Mar 26, 2011
Now thats a Good One and yet so damn true.
W/ all the Molesters getting transfered from one congragation to the next,all the stealing they do to mostly the elderly w/ their taking their belongings and estates when they die,the INNCOENT CHILDREN who had to die due to their retarted FALSE teahings, WOW we ALL could BE RICH!!!!
They Hide behind too many epensive Attorneys for that to happen all those collection Boxes? yeap,goes right into the Pockets of defense Attorneys to "Hush"victims up,while the blind Followers,run around w/their heads off trying to always gather more money for this RICH organization,livvin high on the "HOG" w/ Poor Peoples Money..No different than any other organized religion.
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