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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 ...
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Thomas P Shoback, 60, Wilkes-Barre, PA: Corruption of minors, 3 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and 2 counts each of indecent assault and endangering the welfare of children. Charges stem from alleged assaults in 1991-97 when the victim, now 32, was an altar boy at St. Mary's Catholic Parish in Blossburg, where Shoback was pastor.
The man testified the abuse occurred after Mass when he stayed to help count the collection and that he decided to come forward after the Jerry Sandusky scandal "because it was the right thing to do and he didn't want it to happen to another kid." He said he has no plans to sue. Sun-Gazette, 7-27-12
At least 16 other sexual battery accusations won't be pursued due to the statute of limitations. Orange County Register, 7-25-12
Dennis Carey, 65, Waterford, CT: Possession of child pornography. Carey, pastor at St. Paul in Chains Catholic Church, has resigned, announced Bishop Michael Cote. He was ordained in 1998 after a 25-year career as a certified public accountant. AP, 6-30-12
The case surfaced in the recently completed Philadelphia priest-abuse trials in which a witness testified a priest who abused him told him Bransfield was sexually involved with a teen. The witness said he was raped by the priest at Bransfield's beach house. Bransfield claims he wasn't home at the time and denies ever abusing anyone. Philadelphia Inquirer, 7-14-12
The fact that they can do good is a testament to the fact that there are good people who will do good, but the organization is corrupt, it is poisoned to its core and it serves no essential purpose, no true purpose, it's lie after lie promoting harm to real people...the Catholic Church is not a force for good."
-Matt Dillahunty, 7-22-12
STATEMENT OF LCWR NATIONAL BOARD CONCERNING SEXUAL ABUSE
We continue to hear with profound sorrow of the sexual abuse of children and adolescents
perpetrated by those who were called to minister faithfully to them.
As the National Board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), representing
76,000 sisters in the United States, we are determined to be agents of healing and reconciliation in
our church and society.
¨ We are outraged by the harm done to anyone, especially children, abused by Catholic clergy,
brothers, or sisters. We ask the members of LCWR to do all within their power to assure that such
harm will never recur.
¨ We grieve with victims and their families and ask our members to listen and respond
compassionately to them.
¨ We abhor the behaviors of perpetrators and we desire to see them prevented from doing further
harm. Yet we cannot affirm any policy, which makes no distinction among offenses committed or
possibilities of rehabilitation.
¨ We pledge to respect appropriate confidentiality while also dealing with these matters openly and
honestly, and we call our members to do likewise.
¨ We stand in solidarity with those who have been falsely accused and support their search for truth
and justice. We support the countless Catholic clergy, brothers, and sisters who continue in faithful
¨ We call upon religious leaders, ourselves included, to screen candidates for priesthood and religious
life with great care, to provide appropriate formation in human sexuality, and to apply standards of
conduct with great vigilance.
¨ We are convinced that the current crisis calls for systemic change, particularly in the exercise of
ecclesial power. We call for the inclusion of laity, Catholic clergy, brothers and sisters in the
formation of policies and in decision-making which will allow for collaborative renewal of our
Our Christian commitment calls us to justice, mercy, and that form of love which is
forgiveness. Thus, we call upon our members to join our pledge to continue working from a
contemplative stance for reconciliation and for a more inclusive and open church.
August 24, 2002
You sound like a Vatican lawyer.
AUGUST 16, 2012
Reverend Angel Perez - Charged With Molesting Boy, Chasing Him Down Street Wearing Only Underwear
Salem, Oregon (The Weekly Vice)- Angel Armando Perez, a 46-year-old Woodburn area priest, was jailed Sunday after he allegedly molested a 12-year-old boy, then chased him down the street wearing only his underwear.
According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Perez was hosting a sleepover at his residence Monday when he allegedly stripped to his underwear and touched a 12-year-old boy's genitals.
The victim immediately ran out of the house while Perez gave chase, still wearing nothing but his underwear.
The boy found another adult a short distance away and explained that he was being chased and needed help. The witness, along with his sister, watched as Perez rounded the corner and stopped in his tracks when he encountered the two adults.
"He was staring at us," stated the witness. "Then he stood there with his hands on his hips like,'You're really not going to give him to me?'"
Perez reportedly fled the scene when the two adults told him they were calling police.
Investigators say the boy stated that Perez gave him a beer, which he drank about half of before falling asleep. He was awoke later that night to find Perez holding a camera in one hand and his penis in the other hand. That's when the boy fled the residence and ran down the street.
Perez told police that he had drank too much at a prior community event. He admitted that he had sat down to watch a movie with the victim, but didn't remember what happened after that.
Perez was booked into jail and charged with sexual abuse, abuse of a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor and DUI.
The Weekly Vice
Since: Jun 09
I hatee to throw facts into this discussion, but the Church didn't place children in covenant house. And Covenant House isn't a "Church" program or ministry.
Since: Jun 09
A former Telfair Elementary teacher pleaded no contest Monday to molesting 13 students at the Pacoima school and faces 25 years to life in prison, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.
As a preliminary hearing was to begin for Paul Chapel III, he pleaded no contest to 13 counts of lewd acts on a child, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Elena Abramson.
"They were all students at Telfair, aged 8 and 9.... Some of them were students in his class and others he met outside the classroom in breaks or after school," Abramson said. The molestations of seven females and six males occurred from September 2006 to April 2011.
Prosecutors last fall charged Chapel, 51, with molesting four students. Los Angeles Unified school officials waited until February to tell parents about the third-grade teacher's arrest, however, doing so after two teachers at Miramonte Elementary School accused of molestation were arrested and reporters questioned the district about other teachers removed for similar accusations.
The school district fired Chapel in March. In May prosecutors charged him with molesting nine additional students. Some of the victims were in San Fernando Superior Court on Monday, prepared to testify.
Lawsuits filed by two of the victims against the school district say Chapel kissed the children and fondled their genitals.
Court documents alleged that the district ignored repeated complaints about Chapel and allowed him to return to work despite several red flags in his history. He had previously left a private school after allegedly making inappropriate remarks during a sex education class. He was tried but not convicted in a 1997 alleged molestation.
His case is similar to that of former Miramonte Elementary teacher Mark Berndt, whose arrest triggered intense scrutiny of the school district's handling of sexual misconduct allegations against employees.
Berndt's personnel files contained no records of earlier, unrelated sexual misconduct allegations, which were never proven. Chapel's records also are incomplete. L.A. Unified has no record that it ever conducted an investigation of the 1997 incident.
PROSECUTORS will get another opportunity to try the Rev. James J. Brennan, 49, a Roman Catholic priest charged with attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in 1996 and related offenses.
A mistrial was declared in June after the District Attorney's Office was unable to persuade a jury to reach a unanimous verdict that Brennan was guilty.
Common Pleas Judge Robert P. Coleman met Wednesday with Assistant District Attorneys Patrick Blessington and Mark Cipoletti and defense attorneys William J. Brennan Jr. and Richard J. Fuschino Jr. before setting March 6 as the new trial date.
Brennan was a co-defendant in a trial earlier this year with Monsignor William J. Lynn, 61, the former secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The jury found Lynn - whose job included investigating allegations of misconduct by priests - guilty of one count of child endangerment, involving a priest who was allowed to live in a Northeast Philadelphia rectory where he later molested a 10-year-old altar boy.
Lynn, who is appealing his conviction and sentence, is serving three to six years in state prison. Philly.com , 8-30-12
Rome Statute and some concern acts that were committed subsequent to the Rome
Statute's entry into force.
SNAP staff and volunteers will continue to try to meet the needs for support of
those survivors who have reached out since the filing, but the volume of responses
demonstrates that these crimes are truly a global concern and that the situation
requires a prosecutor with international jurisdiction to undertake a serious and
thoroughgoing investigation of the systemic nature of these crimes.
2. September 2011: Amnesty International Ireland Issues Report Finding 'Abuse'
Amounted to Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment. On 27
September 2011, Amnesty International Ireland issued In Plain Sight, a report
which found that the abuse of children in Catholic-run institutions in Ireland
amounted to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
The report was
commissioned to explore the conditions in which the widespread and systematic
abuse was allowed to occur over so many years, key among them the undue
deference and privileges accorded to the Roman Catholic Church by state actors
in Ireland, in addition to societal attitudes about poverty that rendered
marginalized children vulnerable to exploitation and violence. In this regard, the
report notes that when the "extent of the abuse and subsequent cover-up" in one
diocese first became known in 2002, the then-Prime Minister stated, "It's really a
matter for the church; it's not a matter for politicians. I'm not going to cross
politics and religion."
As a result of this undue deference accorded to the Church,
the State failed in its obligation to hold agents of the Church to account for the
direct harm as well as for the cover-ups and turned its back on and condemned
countless children to brutal horrors.
The Amnesty report rightly framed the abuses documented through four major
reports into church-run institutions as grave human rights abuses, regardless of the
fact that they were committed behind the veil of religious authority. Among the
key findings of the report:
Despite the severity of the crimes revealed in the Ferns, Ryan,
Murphy and Cloyne Reports
which range from physical assault to
rape, very few perpetrators have been convicted. Furthermore, no
criminal charge has been laid against those in positions of authority
in the Catholic Church who concealed crimes against children and
allowed known sex abusers to continue to have access to children
and to continue to abuse with near impunity.
Upon the release of the report, Ireland's Minister for Children and Youth Affairs,
Frances Fitzgerald, described the abuses as "horrifying if it were done to prisoners
of war, never mind little boys and girls. Rape, burning, beating, biting.
Horrendous, awful torture."
3. October 2011: U.S. Bishop to Be Tried for Failing to Report Child Sexual
Abuse. In October 2011, Bishop Robert Finn, head of the Kansas City-St. Joseph
Diocese, was indicted in Jackson County, Missouri, for failing to report suspected
sex offenses against children by one of the priests in his diocese. The priest has
been charged in different local and federal jurisdictions with possessing,
producing and attempting to produce child pornography. On 5 April 2012, the
trial court denied Finn's motions to dismiss the indictments on the basis that he
was not a designated, i.e. mandatory, reporter of sexual abuse under state law.
The trial court held a jury could conclude that Finn was a "designated reporter"
under the statute, clearing the way for the case to proceed to trial.
In November 2011, Finn avoided another indictment in a different county when
he entered into a five-year diversion program with the Clay County prosecutor
requiring him to meet monthly face-to-face with the District Attorney for the next
five years to discuss any allegations of child sex abuse levied against clergy or
diocesan staff within the diocese's Clay County facilities; describe what steps the
diocese is taking to address the allegations; and visit all Clay County parishes to
outline new programs the diocese is implementing to protect children. Pursuant to
the agreement, Finn must be accompanied by the diocesan ombudsman and a new
director of child and youth protection.
4. November and December 2011: Final Cloyne Chapter and Reports into Six
Other Irish Counties Released.
- Cloyne Chapter. In December 2011, a previously withheld portion of the
Cloyne Report was released.
Chapter Nine of Cloyne deals exclusively with
allegations against 'Fr. Ronat,' who is identified by a pseudonym as are all of
the thirteen victims. The report documents a deplorable response by Church
officials to the allegations against Ronat. Once again, and as has been the case
in virtually all of the reports of independent commissions of inquiry and grand
juries, the Cloyne Commission found that "[i]n effect, the committee was
more concerned about causing scandal than about protecting children."
The Commission also noted instances where diocesan officials "blamed the
victim," in one instance referring to a teenage complainant as "besetting" the
priest and referred to her as the "Ophelia of Hamlet." The Commission
indicates that the church's record-keeping on the allegations was not impartial
and was concerned more about appearances of consensual sex and age of
consent. As an example, the church's records reflected that aforementioned
victim was 17 when the priest assaulted her when in fact she was 14 and 15 at
the time of the assaults.
The Commission also noted that the diocese failed to report to the health
department and law enforcement authorities as required by the Framework
Document adopted by the Irish bishops in 1996.(The Commission views the
reporting requirements in the Framework document as mandatory. However,
as discussed more below, Irish bishops were advised in a 1997 letter from
Rome that mandatory reporting was not consistent with Canon law and that
Canon law instead should be "meticulously followed."
Another complainant felt that the Commission understated her abuse at the
hands of Ronat when they described it as "serious sexual assault." She
That man anally raped me, and no one can imagine how degrading
that is and there is no point in shying away from it – describing it
as ‘a serious sexual assault’ does not convey the devastating
impact that being assaulted like that can have on someone’s
The report also noted that Ronat continued to have access to children after
restrictions were placed on him and he was knowingly allowed to serve as the
master of ceremonies at confirmation ceremonies. Moreover, the report noted
that Diocesan officials worked to keep the allegations against Ronat quiet,
noting that no public announcement was ever made, that he was allowed to
continue to present himself to the general public as a priest in good standing,
and that he was allowed to present himself as having retired on health grounds
and continue to wear clerical dress.
Six Irish Dioceses. On 30 November 2011, the National Board for
Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church ("NBSCCC") issued the
Diocesan audit reports on the status of implementation of safeguarding
practices in six Irish dioceses.
The NBSCCC was established by Irish
bishops and religious orders to provide monitoring of church practice in child
protection. The reports are based upon case material made available by the
dioceses and the board does not have power to compel the dioceses to produce
materials. Indeed, the reports may be published only with the consent of the
bishops or church authorities.
The report addressed allegations during the period 1975-2010. While the
reports mostly lauded efforts at compliance with the safeguarding practice in
the dioceses of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, Derry, Dromore, Kilmore, Raphoe
and Tuam, there were still areas for grave concern identified by advocates that
were included in the reports. In particular, advocates in Northern Ireland
expressed concern that the "pattern of reports of abuse being ignored or priests
suspected of abusing children being moved out of dioceses, even to other parts
of the world, is replicated throughout the six reports, that include Tuam in the
west of Ireland and Dromore in Northern Ireland..."
A number of advocates
and survivors called for a totally independent public inquiry into clerical
abuse in Northern Ireland. Additionally, a former police investigator and some
victims have accused bishops of "whitewashing their own records and turning
a blind eye to unresolved cases."
Others expressed concern at the number of
accused priests who are still in ministry.
With respect to the Derry Diocese, the reported noted:
Priests about whom there were clear concerns were not robustly
challenged or adequately managed and problems were often
"handled" by moving them to postings elsewhere. There is
evidence that abusive behaviour continued to be exhibited by
priests who were moved on in this manner.
With respect to the diocese of Dromore, the report found that the practice of
the diocese "placed too much emphasis on maintaining the good name of the
accused priest rather than ensuring the safety of children."
A number of
concerns were identified with respect to the Raphoe Diocese, including, that
as in Dromore, "too much emphasis was placed on the situation of the accused
priest and too little on the needs of their complainants."
expressed particular concern about the Raphoe report because "[i]t highlights
concerns over the approach adopted to child protection complaints by three
bishops, including Bishop Dr. Philip Boyce, and concerns about the system
for protecting children as late as 2009."
5. December 2011: Netherlands Report Into Sexual Abuse of Minors in the
Roman Catholic Church and Forced Castrations. On 16 December 2011, a
Commission of Inquiry established by the Conference of Bishops and Dutch
Religious Conference issued a report entitled "The Sexual Abuse of Minors
Within the Roman Catholic Church" ("Deetman Report"). The report, authored by
Commission chair Wim Deetman, looked at the nature and extent of sexual abuse
of minors in the Netherlands between the years 1945-2010 and found that “tens of
thousands” of children had been sexually abused during that period.
The Commission noted that while it received 1,795 reports of sexual abuse
between March and December 2010, it undertook a more "scientifically sound"
method of estimating the scale and nature of the sexual abuse, involving a
selection of those who notified the commission of abuse as well as a sample
population of 34,234 Dutch nationals aged 40 or older. As a result, the
Commission estimated that the "number of victims that grew up as Roman
Catholic, spent part of their youth in a Roman Catholic institution and reported
being sexually abused by an offender working in the Roman Catholic Church
before the age of 18 during the period between 1945 and 1981 is approximately
10,000 to 20,000." The study further found that the rate of "unwanted sexual
contact with children" in institutions was approximately twenty percent, or twice
that of the national average of Dutch persons subjected against their will to sexual
advances from an adult who was not a member of their family before they were
The Deetman Report noted that "bishops and others were not ignorant of the
problem of sexual abuse" and that they "failed to take adequate action and paid
too little attention to victims."
The Commission also noted that in the past, "the
confessional was sometimes used to warn victims to remain silent."
While the Commission's findings were eye-opening in terms of the "cautious"
estimates of the scale of sexual abuse in the Netherlands, what the Commission
left out of the report was equally shocking: reports of the castration of at least 10
boys in retaliation for reporting sexual assault in the 1950s. The first known
victim of this offense was an 18-year-old student at a Catholic boarding school
when he attempted to report to police that he had been sexually assaulted by the
brother superior of the school. He was taken to a Roman Catholic psychiatric
ward, declared a homosexual and castrated. It is reported that this procedure was
forced onto at least ten other students at the school who attempted to report sexual
6. January 2012: Reports of Increasing Calls for Accountability in Poland.
Increasingly, there have been more and more reports surfacing over the years of
serious sexual violence by priests and cover-ups by higher officials in Poland. For
the first time in the summer of 2011 a Catholic publication in Poland addressed
the issue of clerical sexual violence and observed:
The harm caused by sexual molestation of children is
unquestionable -- but the evil is much greater when pedophilia
occurs in the community of faith, and when, in a falsely conceived
defense of the church, the authorities hide the facts, conceal the
perpetrators and ignore the suffering of victims.
One Polish commentator summed up the difficulties facing victims in Poland,
which victims of sexual violence by priests face in differing degrees everywhere:
Victims generally haven't come forward or considered lawsuits,
because the church in Poland has such a strong position and they're
afraid they'll be ostracized and vilified if they confront it. This is
why the church isn't reacting -- it isn't threatened with loss of face
or with having to pay damages.
One such victim was altar boy Bartek Obloj, who was just 13-years-old when he
hanged himself on a tree in his village on 14 December 2007. He left a note for
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