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Sunday school teacher accused

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Local Sunday School Teacher Accused of Sexual Abuse
Terry Carlson, 55, was taken into custody yesterday.
Posted: 4:29 PM Oct 22, 2010

Story 31 Comments Font Size: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A local Sunday School teacher is now behind bars after investigators say he sexually abused teens affiliated with the church.

Terry Carlson, 54, was taken into custody yesterday. The youth pastor holds a number of titles with Kishwaukee Baptist Church in Rockford including bus driver, trustee, and Sunday School teacher.



Carlson is charged with more than 20 counts relating to sexual assault of a child. So far two victims, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old, have come forward.

"If you have as a parent, any information that you feel like before, didn't make sense to you, or that you didn't report now would be the time to do so," Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said.

Carlson has worked in the church for several years. Investigators won't say if the crimes were committed in the facility. Right now bond is set at half a million dollars.

Bruscatto is asking that any information or potential victims come forward in this case.

Guilty again

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Paedophile priest Wilfred Dennis found guilty of more offences Sean Fewster, court reporter From: AdelaideNow October 22, 2010 4:22PM Increase Text SizeDecrease Text SizePrintEmail Share
Add to DiggAdd to del.icio.usAdd to FacebookAdd to KwoffAdd to MyspaceAdd to NewsvineWhat are these? Former Anglican priest Wilfred Edwin Dennis leaves the District Court in Adelaide earlier this year. Picture: Tom Lee Source: AdelaideNow
HE vowed to spend his life caring for all God's children instead, Wilfred Dennis' deviant existence has been about abusing them, and destroying their innocence.
Already jailed twice for sexually assaulting altar boys, Dennis was today found guilty of seven more offences committed between 1975 and 1979.

Dennis, 75, had pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of indecent assault and unlawful sexual intercourse.

Today, District Court Judge Paul Rice acquitted Dennis of one offence, but found him guilty of the remaining counts.

He remanded Dennis in custody for sentencing submissions in December.

Dennis is currently serving a 20-month sentence for sex offences, and served a six-month term in the 1970s for like crimes.

71 charges

http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/1022/bradyr.html
Former priest faces assault charges
Updated: 17:37, Friday, 22 October 2010
A 75-year-old former priest has appeared before Kells District Court on 71 charges of indecent assault.

1 of 1 Kells Garda Station - Raymond Brady arrested on Tuesday A 75-year-old former priest has appeared before Kells District Court on 71 charges of indecent assault.

Raymond Brady of Baltrasna, Oldcastle, Co Meath, has been remanded on continuing bail to appear before the court again next month.

Det Garda Bryan Moroney told Judge Eamon O'Brien that he arrested Mr Brady on 19 October and brought him to Kells Garda Station. The defendant had nothing to say in reply to the charges.

The charges date from 1964 up to 1978 and allege Mr Brady indecently assaulted a number of victims in Co Meath.

His solicitor asked the judge to warn the media about the dangers of adverse pre-trial publicity and said that her client enjoyed the presumption of innocence.

Judge O'Brien said he did not think the media believed in that presumption in this jurisdiction.

He adjourned an application for free legal aid and said he would discuss that at the next hearing.

Moved on and paid

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-11605038
Father James Robinson conviction hailed as 'victory'By Peter Wilson

West Midlands Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News


James Robinson moved to a trailer park in Los Angeles Father James Robinson, 73, has been found guilty of sexually abusing six boys between 1959 and 1983 in the West Midlands.

Robinson fled to the United States in 1985, becoming a Roman Catholic priest in California.

Despite the fact that a police investigation into his activities had begun, he received regular monthly payments of £800 from the Archdiocese of Birmingham, including a cheque for £8,000 for medical expenses.

The payments stopped in 2001.

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Robinson was extradited last year. It came about not just because of detective work but thanks to a single-minded campaign led by the victim of another Midlands-based paedophile priest.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, now lives in Scotland.

He said the verdicts were a "victory, but not for me".

He added: "It is for his victims and it does help when someone like Robinson is caught and tried and convicted.

"It is a form of closure these people can now get on with their lives and I know this because of what happened to me."

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End Quote Born in Coventry, he was brought up in the Father Hudson Home for orphans in Coleshill.

There he was raped by a notorious priest called Eric Taylor who was jailed in 1998.

Taylor attacked a string of boys and Robinson both knew and worked alongside Taylor in the 1970s.

The victim, after giving evidence against Taylor, set out to force the authorities into targeting Robinson.

He wrote hundreds of letters to MPs, government ministers and chief constables. He compiled dossiers of evidence which either lay untouched or were even lost.

After the BBC investigation programme Kenyon Confronts tracked Robinson down to a trailer park in Los Angeles in 2003, the police began to take more notice of the campaign.


The campaigner cannot be identified for legal reasons His official complaints about police inaction led in 2007 to the West Midlands force admitting that it had failed to investigate the Roman Catholic Church in respect of the Robinson case.

However, the force said it had not failed to extradite Robinson because a treaty had not been in force.

His victim has now accused the Roman Catholic Church of covering up Robinson's abuse and aiding him while he was in the United States.

"The Archdiocese of Birmingham were paying a stipend to this guy monthly while he was a fugitive in America," he said.

The Roman Catholic Church has always denied the allegations of a cover-up but said it had given the police support and help with its investigation.

3 more victims

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/more-victims-of-abuse-priest-come-forward-2113894.html
More victims of abuse priest come forward


Friday, 22 October 2010

As James Robinson prepares to spend the rest of his life behind bars, it was disclosed a further three victims have come forward.


Detectives say the three men reported their abuse at the hands of Robinson during their investigations, but declined to take part in the court process.

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The number of lives irrevocably changed by Robinson's evil now stands at nine, but detectives say they are certain more are remaining silent.


Today they are urging these people to take the brave step to talk to police.


Commenting after the guilty verdicts, Detective Sergeant Harry May said: "As we investigated this case, we found nine victims. Six were mentioned in court and for personal reasons, three weren't able to come to court.


"I have no doubt there are more victims, not only in this country but in America.


"On a personal note, I would like to say how brave these men have been, giving their testimonies in court.


"We couldn't have done it without them."


Detective Chief Inspector Steve Bimson, who headed the Major Investigation Team, spoke of the difficulties of bringing Robinson to justice


He said: "Historic abuse cases are always difficult. We rely very much on witness testimony, which in many cases is many years old and clearly we have problems with fading memories.


"In this investigation, the first complaint was made in 1985. As the investigation started, Robinson moved to the States and legalities, at that time, stopped us from bringing him back.


"Over the following years there were many letters from the church to Robinson, asking him to come back, but clearly Robinson didn't want to return to the UK."


Mr Bimson added: "Whilst Robinson wasn't seen as a sexual predator at the time, going through the grooming that took place - it was the same process - he became ingrained in these families, he became a trusted member of the family, so he could target these individuals.


"But it wasn't recognised at the time that this was taking place.


"Looking at Robinson now, his abusive activity started in the late 1950s. He became a trusted member of the community and he then built on that by joining the priesthood.


"We have heard evidence from people who thought he was a fine priest who would come into a parish and make changes and start motivating people.


"They found it difficult to believe he had committed this abuse.


"But clearly the evidence and the decision of the jury by accepting what the victims have said, demonstrates this abuse has taken place and Robinson did live this double life.


"We know there were other victims who didn't want to be part of the process. I'm sure as the publicity of what we are doing now there will be others.


"If anyone does want to get in touch with us, they will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially."

Priest jailed

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-11595092

Former priest jailed for 'wicked' sex abuse of boys
Robinson worked in churches in Staffordshire, Birmingham and Coventry An "unimaginably wicked" former priest has been given a prison sentence of 21 years for sexually abusing boys in the West Midlands.

Richard John James Robinson, 73, was found guilty of 21 charges relating to offences against boys, all aged under 16, between 1959 and 1983.

One victim told Birmingham Crown Court he had "carried" Mr Robinson's face with him ever since being assaulted.

Robinson was extradited from the US in August last year.

He had worked in churches in Staffordshire, Birmingham and Coventry until the mid-1980s, when he moved to California.

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Sentencing him, Judge Patrick Thomas QC said Robinson was "devious and manipulative".

"The offences you committed were unimaginably wicked and caused immense and long-lasting - we can only hope not permanent - damage to the six victims.

"You used, you abused your position of trust, your position of authority and total trust within the communities that you moved to and from."

Judge Thomas said of Robinson's targeting of the boys: "You enjoyed doing your best to habituate them, to groom them into accepting what you did to them.

"You were, and are, sufficiently devious, manipulative and bold to have got away with a highly risky sequence of sexual encounters over a period of 25 years."

He also criticised Robinson for refusing to return to the UK to face his accusers, saying he believed he was beyond the reach of the law.


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"Fortunately, the law does not forget, your victims would not forget and you have been brought to justice."

The court had also heard Robinson was paid £800 a month by the Archdiocese of Birmingham until December 2001, after officials had been made aware of the allegations.

Robinson had said in court he was unable to afford to return to Britain, even though the Church had sent him a cheque for £8,400.

Judge Thomas said it was not for him to judge the Catholic Church's role in proceedings.

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Det Ch Insp Steve Bimson
"Others may take the view that a full investigation and full disclosure of the results of that investigation is due to the members of that church and Robinson's victims."

The court heard prosecutor John Atwood say Robinson had "something of a knack for spotting the quiet child of the family".

He told the court Robinson was sexually attracted to young boys and used the trust and respect that came with his position to prey on vulnerable children for his own sexual gratification.

The court also heard he used his status as a priest to gain "unfettered and unlimited" access to boys, giving them gifts and taking them on trips in his sports car.

Robinson did not face charges relating to two of the six victims who gave evidence, because they contacted the police after he was extradited.

However, they were allowed to give evidence in support of the other four victims.

The court heard Robinson's behaviour did not appear suspicious to his victims' families because "it was a different world back then".

'Grooming process'

Robinson took the boys to football matches and rock concerts and some of them stayed overnight at the house he shared with his mother.


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The prosecutor said the abuse had left some of the men emotionally damaged and needing counselling as adults.

He said the boys did not speak out at the time because they were bewildered, ashamed and felt they would not be believed.

Charges against Robinson included serious sexual assault, indecent assault and indecency against a child.

BBC journalist Paul Kenyon tracked Robinson down in the US and confronted him about the allegations for a documentary in 2003.

Speaking after the case, Det Ch Insp Steve Bimson said the sentence reflected the serious nature of the offences.

"For each of his victims, Robinson engaged in a course of behaviour that we would recognise today as a grooming process.

"He would become a trusted friend of the family able to mix freely in the family home, becoming liked and admired by the victims' parents, before engaging the victim in his sexual activity."

The Archdiocese of Birmingham said in a statement it sincerely regretted James Robinson's "serious betrayal of the trust placed in him".

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, said: "We hope that today's outcome will enable the victims and their families to bring the process of healing and ultimately bring some peace of mind."

He said the archdiocese had co-operated with police throughout the inquiry and had "robust safeguarding policies" as part of its commitment to the safety and protection of children and vulnerable people.
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Priest accused

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Kansas City lawsuit accuses Reno-area priest of sexual assault
By Martha Bellisle • mbellisle@rgj.com • October 21, 2010

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Twitter FarkIt Type Size A A A Next Page1| 2| 3Previous PageA Catholic priest working in the Reno area was accused in a civil lawsuit filed in Kansas City, Mo., of molesting and sexually assaulting a 17-year-old church member beginning in 1979 and continuing for several years.




The girl had allegedly told the Rev. Thomas Cronin during confession that she had been sexually abused by a relative, the suit said. Cronin allegedly responded by touching and kissing her, and then began regularly forcing her to have sex while telling her that she was special and “part of God’s plan,” the suit said.


The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, also names the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and another priest, John Tulipana, who resigned from the priesthood in 1994 after the diocese received complaints of sexual misconduct with minors, the diocese said.


Cronin, parish administrator for St. Mary’s in the Mountains in Virginia City, is on a leave of absence while the Diocese of Kansas City, where he was ordained, investigates the allegation, said Brother Matthew Cunningham, spokesman for the Diocese of Reno.


Cronin also worked as a chaplain at Washoe Medical Center, now Renown Health, in 1998-99 and was pastoral administrator at St. Robert Bellarmine in Fernley from 2000-04.


Cronin could not be reached for comment, but he denies the claims, Cunningham said. Cunningham also said the Reno diocese was not told of any allegations against Cronin when he came to Reno in 1998, and it has not received complaints of inappropriate sexual behavior since he has been here.


Bishop Randolph Calvo has not officially told the Virginia City parish about the allegations, nor has he told parishioners that Cronin is on leave, Cunningham said.


“He’s not in town right now,” Cunningham said of Calvo. “He may choose to do that in the future.”


When asked why they did not immediately notify the parish of the allegations made in the suit, which was filed on Oct. 1, or immediately place Cronin on leave, Cunningham said it took some time to reach the officials in Kansas City to find out what they planned to do.

Calvo only spoke with Cronin on Tuesday, and his leave began at that point, Cunningham said.


“Before he would say something, he wanted to have solid information before going before the congregation,” Cunningham said. “It was for no other reason but for lack of information.”


David Clohessy, executive director of the St. Louis-based Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, was critical of that decision.


“The minute Reno’s bishop knew of the lawsuit, he should have publicly disclosed it, suspended Cronin and begged anyone with information to step forward,” Clohessy said. “It’s proof yet again that bishops are concealing child sex-abuse allegations.


“From our view, this is a continued and disturbing and deliberate cover-up. If the media had not called, I seriously doubt that the Reno Catholics would know about it.”


The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, released a statement saying that it could not comment on the complaint but it responds to all allegations of sexual misconduct by contacting law enforcement when appropriate and having a group of lay people respond and make recommendations to the bishop.


Rebecca Summers, spokeswoman for the Kansas City diocese, declined to say whether it had received any allegations against Cronin while he was there.


The diocese statement did say that it was in the process of permanently removing Tulipana, the other priest named in the suit, from the priesthood.


The woman who filed the suit, now 52 and living in Iowa, did not “recover the memory” of the alleged abuse until 2009, said her Kansas City lawyer, Rebecca Randles. She was 17 and a member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Hamilton, Mo., when it began, the suit said.


During confession, Cronin kissed her and placed his hands under her shirt, the suit said. Next, the woman was told to kneel in front of him in the confessional and perform oral sex, the suit said.


One night, Cronin guided the girl into a room with Tulipana, telling her they were going to pray, the suit said. But after she bowed her head, the priests, who smelled of alcohol, began molesting her and forced her to have intercourse, the suit said.
The sexual acts continued until Cronin left the parish, the suit said.

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By Martha Bellisle • mbellisle@rgj.com • October 21, 2010

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Twitter FarkIt Type Size A A A Next Page1| 2| 3Previous PageA Catholic priest working in the Reno area was accused in a civil lawsuit filed in Kansas City, Mo., of molesting and sexually assaulting a 17-year-old church member beginning in 1979 and continuing for several years.


The girl had allegedly told the Rev. Thomas Cronin during confession that she had been sexually abused by a relative, the suit said. Cronin allegedly responded by touching and kissing her, and then began regularly forcing her to have sex while telling her that she was special and “part of God’s plan,” the suit said.

The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, also names the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and another priest, John Tulipana, who resigned from the priesthood in 1994 after the diocese received complaints of sexual misconduct with minors, the diocese said.

Cronin, parish administrator for St. Mary’s in the Mountains in Virginia City, is on a leave of absence while the Diocese of Kansas City, where he was ordained, investigates the allegation, said Brother Matthew Cunningham, spokesman for the Diocese of Reno.

Cronin also worked as a chaplain at Washoe Medical Center, now Renown Health, in 1998-99 and was pastoral administrator at St. Robert Bellarmine in Fernley from 2000-04.

Cronin could not be reached for comment, but he denies the claims, Cunningham said. Cunningham also said the Reno diocese was not told of any allegations against Cronin when he came to Reno in 1998, and it has not received complaints of inappropriate sexual behavior since he has been here.

Bishop Randolph Calvo has not officially told the Virginia City parish about the allegations, nor has he told parishioners that Cronin is on leave, Cunningham said.

“He’s not in town right now,” Cunningham said of Calvo. “He may choose to do that in the future.”

When asked why they did not immediately notify the parish of the allegations made in the suit, which was filed on Oct. 1, or immediately place Cronin on leave, Cunningham said it took some time to reach the officials in Kansas City to find out what they planned to do.

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Calvo only spoke with Cronin on Tuesday, and his leave began at that point, Cunningham said.

“Before he would say something, he wanted to have solid information before going before the congregation,” Cunningham said. “It was for no other reason but for lack of information.”

David Clohessy, executive director of the St. Louis-based Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, was critical of that decision.

“The minute Reno’s bishop knew of the lawsuit, he should have publicly disclosed it, suspended Cronin and begged anyone with information to step forward,” Clohessy said. “It’s proof yet again that bishops are concealing child sex-abuse allegations.

“From our view, this is a continued and disturbing and deliberate cover-up. If the media had not called, I seriously doubt that the Reno Catholics would know about it.”

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, released a statement saying that it could not comment on the complaint but it responds to all allegations of sexual misconduct by contacting law enforcement when appropriate and having a group of lay people respond and make recommendations to the bishop.

Rebecca Summers, spokeswoman for the Kansas City diocese, declined to say whether it had received any allegations against Cronin while he was there.

The diocese statement did say that it was in the process of permanently removing Tulipana, the other priest named in the suit, from the priesthood.

The woman who filed the suit, now 52 and living in Iowa, did not “recover the memory” of the alleged abuse until 2009, said her Kansas City lawyer, Rebecca Randles. She was 17 and a member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Hamilton, Mo., when it began, the suit said.

During confession, Cronin kissed her and placed his hands under her shirt, the suit said. Next, the woman was told to kneel in front of him in the confessional and perform oral sex, the suit said.

One night, Cronin guided the girl into a room with Tulipana, telling her they were going to pray, the suit said. But after she bowed her head, the priests, who smelled of alcohol, began molesting her and forced her to have intercourse, the suit said.
The sexual acts continued until Cronin left the parish, the suit said.

The lawsuit said that the diocese “aided and abetted” Cronin and Tulipana “by moving the priests from church to church following reports of his sexual abuse of minors,” by forcing the victims to be silent by representing that the priests were in good standing.


According to Randles, Cronin’s movements in Missouri suggest that the diocese knew of his alleged inappropriate behavior and shuffled him around to keep it secret.


The Catholic directory shows that he was at the Sacred Heart parish, where the girl was allegedly abused, until 1986, but he was moved in 1987 to Our Lady of Sorrows in Kansas City, Mo., where he was listed as “in residence,” Randles said.


“Whenever we see that, it raises red flags,” she said. “There has been a pattern in the Catholic church of moving priests when abuse occurs, taking them from pastoral ministry to residency.


“Sometimes, it’s innocent, but it always tells us to investigate further.”


Cronin then began working as a chaplain for six different medical centers, she said, and was in residency again in Missouri between 1994 and 1997. The directory also says Cronin was “on special assignment” in Missouri in 1996 and “on duty outside the diocese” in 1997, but it does not say where.


In 1998 he moved to Reno, and from 2000 to 2004, he was pastor at St. Robert Bellarmine in Fernley, Randles said. Both the directory and Cunningham said Cronin retired in 2005 or 2006 and went on to work as a fill-in priest at various Reno diocese parishes when needed.


Cunningham laughed when asked if he thought Cronin’s movements were a “red flag,” adding that chaplains are certified counselors and serve a special purpose. Cronin was certified with the state of Missouri for that work, he said, and was brought to Reno to work at Washoe Medical Center.


More recently, Cronin took over as parish administrator in Virginia City, where he oversees the church, pays bills and celebrates Mass on weekends as well as conducts weddings and funerals, Cunningham said.


Another priest will fill in for Cronin this weekend, Cunningham said, but no priest has been named to cover for Cronin until the investigation is complete.


“We are sorry to hear an allegation has been made, and we pray for the victim and for Father Tom,” Cunningham said. “But an allegation has been made, and we have a responsibility to follow up on that. We will let what needs to be done be done.”

9 new charges

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/catholic-priest-accused-of-sexually-abusing-students-facing-nine-new-charges/article1767773/
Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing students facing nine new charges
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Increase text size An 88-year-old Catholic priest and retired teacher accused of sexually abusing students in Toronto and Windsor has been charged with nine more counts of indecent assault, police said.

Father William Hodgson Marshall turned himself in to police in downtown Toronto Thursday, where he was formally charged. Three of the counts relate to incidents in Toronto and six to alleged victims in Sudbury.

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Toronto police declined to say when the alleged assaults happened or where; Father Marshall was previously charged with abusing a 15-year-old boy in the fall of 1953 at St. Michael's College School, a private, all-boys Catholic school in Toronto.

Sudbury police said Father Marshall is accused of assaulting six students between January 1960 and December 1970, when he worked at St. Charles College.

Father Marshall worked as a mathematics teacher and basketball coach at several schools in Canada and the United States, and performed missionary work on the Carribbean Island of St. Lucia. His posting in Sudbury was his longest, lasting 17 years.

He was recalled from active duty in 1996 after the religious order he belongs to, the Congregation of St. Basil, received a complaint about him. He first went to a facility in Maryland that offers programs for Catholics with psychological and spiritual problems, then retired at a Basilian-run home in downtown Toronto.

Police in Windsor laid the first criminal charge against Father Marshall last spring. They laid three more charges over the summer.
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Bishops ignore/conceal

http://www.snapnetwork.org/snap_statements/2010_statements/102010_archbishop_wuerl_is_promoted_by_pope_sex_abuse_victims_respond.htm/
Archbishop Wuerl is promoted by Pope; Sex abuse victims respond

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

We're saddened by the Pope's pattern of promoting bishops who ignore or conceal child sex crimes.

Wuerl, like Mahony and Dolan, is one of the most PR-savvy bishops in the world. But he has essentially been just as determined, and even more successful, than his peers in keeping child sex cases quiet.

During his tenure in Pittsburgh, he benefited from some of the nation’s most restrictive and predator-friendly laws which effectively blocked all but a tiny handful of victims from bringing criminal or civil charges against pedophile priests and exposing corrupt church officials.

A single Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling tossed out dozens of civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits, any of which could have exposed stunning deceit, callousness and recklessness in the Pittsburgh diocese.

In 2004, we issued this statement about Wuerl: “While publicly posturing as a "reformer" on this issue, he allows his PR staff to attack the motives of victims and their attorneys, and refuses to publicly name known and suspected abusive clergy. He bought one half hour of prime time local television to run basically a sefl-serving "informercial" about how well his diocese is handling abuse, but refused to allow a victim on the panel. Wuerl has ignored requests to help warn West Virginia families about an abusive priest from Pittsburgh (Fr. Jack Hoehl) who is now practicing in that state as a counselor.”

Some give Wuerl credit for defrocking a predator priest, Anthony Cipolla, in 2002, claiming Wuerl moved more quickly against Cipolla than some of his brother bishops did against child molesting clerics. That’s the wrong yardstick, however.

The Pope continues to reward men just like him: bright but rigid, and seemingly more committed to preserving orthodoxy than protecting children. The Pope can't have it both ways. He can't be taken seriously when he professes to care about children and victims while promoting men who endanger children and hurt victims.

To Catholics and victims hoping for a more compassionate, responsive and responsible church hierarchy, this move is distressing.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/snap_statements/2010_statements/102010_burke_is_promoted_by_pope_sex_abuse_victims_respond.htm
Burke is promoted by Pope; Sex abuse victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

We're saddened by the Pope's pattern of promoting bishops who ignore or conceal child sex crimes. While in St. Louis, Burke was often reckless, deceptive and callous regarding predator priests, vulnerable kids and wounded victims. He expanded the troubling practice of importing sexually troubled priests from across the US, letting some of them work in local parishes and letting others stay in church facilities that are secretive and careless about public safety.

The Pope continues to reward men just like him: bright but rigid, and seemingly more committed to preserving orthodoxy than protecting children. The Pope can't have it both ways. He can't be taken seriously when he professes to care about children and victims while promoting men who endanger children and hurt victims.

To Catholics and victims hoping for a more compassionate, responsive and responsible church hierarchy, this move is distressing.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 22 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

St. Louis Archdiocese Importing Predatory Priests

Under Archbishop Raymond Burke, dozens of proven, admitted, and credibly accused predator priests have been sent to St. Louis. Some live in church facilities, others don't. At least three worked recently in city parishes and one works now at a local Catholic college. None of them, SNAP feels, are adequately supervised and in virtually no case did church officials notify parishioners or the public about these potentially dangerous clerics.

(The following information is far from complete or comprehensive. It is almost strictly based on public documents: police records, litigation, news accounts, etc.)

1) Proven, admitted or credibly accused priests sent here to work or disclosed as working here in recent years.

-- Bryce
Even now, Fr. Vincent W. Bryce works and lives on the campus of (or directly across the street from) St. Louis University, despite the fact that he admitted molesting a child.

http://www.wednesdayjournalonline.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=9404&TM=24148.37

In December 2007, a Chicago area newspaper disclosed that he works in the library at the Aquinas Institute. (SNAP has and has shared with local news media copies of a 2002 letter from his supervisor confirming that Bryce admitted the abuse.)

In 2002, Bryce resigned from two parishes in the Grand Rapids Michigan Diocese. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2002_04_22_GrandRapidPress_PriestResigns_Vincent_Bryce_1.htm

This took place after Bryce was confronted about his crimes by church authorities who had learned of it through St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson. A settlement was paid to the victim.

Besides his library job, Bryce has also been listed as “guest master” at the St. Louis Dominican Priory (3601 Lindell Blvd., 633-4400). (At least two other predatory clerics, Fr. Chester E. Gaiter and Fr. Gerhardt B. Lehmkuhl, live there too. Lehmkuhl pled guilty to child porn. Child sex abuse lawsuits againsts Gaiter have been settled.)

Both the priory’s website and the library’s website have photos and e mail addresses of other staff but not of Bryce. Some information about Bryce was removed after SNAP publicly exposed him in 2007.

-- Nickerson
In June 2008, Brother David Nickerson made his first court appearance in Milwaukee. He's admitted molesting a boy in the 1980s and faces criminal charges. Nickerson now lives in Franklin County MO at a church center for pedophile priests called RECON.

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=767736

http://wcca.wicourts.gov/caseDetails.do?caseNo=2008CF003059&countyNo=40

-- Voelker
As recently as July 2005, Fr. Nicholas Voelker worked at St. Ambrose Catholic church in St. Louis city.

The summer before, he twice sexually assaulted a parishioner, Peggy Warren, of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita, KS. In August 2004, to protect herself, Warren got a 'Protection From Abuse' Order against Voelker from the Sedgwick County Sheriff.

After reporting Voelker’s crimes to Wichita Catholic officials, Voelker was sent to St. Louis. His Kansas parishioners were told he was sent to Missouri for health reasons. Voelker’s St. Louis parishioners were told he was here to go to school. Church officials in neither diocese warned parishioners or the public about him.

In June 2005, Warren received a substantial settlement from church authorities because of the assaults. She was represented by attorneys Denis Ventriglia (910-256-0040) and Mike Hepperly (316-267-5330). She has also reported the crimes to Detective Scott Wiswell (316-268-4156) of the Wichita police.

-- Mitchell
As recently as 2007, Fr. Darell Mitchell of Yakima worked at St. Ambrose, a city parish with an elementary school, even though photos of nude boys had been discovered on his computer in Washington.

The Yakima (Washington) Herald Republican printed other allegations involving Mitchell’s sexual misconduct that hadn’t been made public before (http://www.yakima-herald.com/page/dis/287910043145318), including charges that Mitchell had:

- admitted that he had gone to other websites that showed naked boys, and had explained to a church employee ‘why he had downloaded the pictures’

- given beer and numerous gifts to one minor, held boys-only dinners and game nights at his home, let young men spend the night at the rectory, took a minor on a European trip, and let one minor live at the rectory with the priest for weeks one summer

- introduced the minor to others as his "godson" and himself as his "godfather,"

- urged at least two Catholics to remain quiet about the whole situation

The allegations come from testimony given in December 2005 to a church panel by the individual who discovered the nude boy photos on Mitchell's computer in 2003.

Mitchell also worked at a second St. Louis parish: St. Joseph’s in Clayton. When reports of the allegations against him in Washington surfaced in St. Louis, he abruptly resigned.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2007/01_02/2007_01_12_Gargas_PriestWho.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2008/03_04/2008_04_02_YakimaHeraldRepublic_SevillasHad.htm

(See 11 more news accounts about Mitchell at BishopAccountability.org)

-- Monahan
As recently as Sept. 2005, Fr. Joseph R. Monahan worked at St. Raphael the Archangel parish in south St. Louis instructing altar servers. This was three years after an accuser of his first came forward to church officials in Philadelphia. Monahan first came to St. Louis to get treatment, allegedly for alcohol dependency.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/05_06/2006_06_18_Townsend_BishopsDont.htm

-- Lenczycki
As recently as April 2008, Fr. Fred Lenczycki was deemed so dangerous by an Illinois jury that he is being him behind bars indefinitely under the state's "sexually violent predators" act. In 2004, Lenczycki was convicted of molesting three boys. Joliet's now-retired bishop has publicly said he sent Lenczycki to treatment in St. Louis because of abuse allegations.

Lenczycki worked at DePaul and Deaconess (now Forest Park) hospitals as a chaplain, and at three area parishes: St. Blaise Parish in Maryland Heights, North American Martyrs in Florissant and St. George’s in south St. Louis County.

http://bishop-accountability.org/priestdb/PriestDBbylastName-L.html

2) Proven, admitted or credibly accused priests sent here or disclosed as living here in recent years.
-- Macarthur

In June 2008, Wisconsin's highest court approved the pending prosecution of Fr. Bruce D. MacArthur, another Wisconsin predator priest. He too lives at RECON. MacArthur is accused of molesting several girls and (according to one newspaper) “was indicted in the attempted rape of a 54-year-old patient at the Four Seasons Nursing Home (in El Paso). The victim could not speak or control her motor skills because of a congenital disease.”

At least one of MacArthur’s sex abuse victims has sued and received a settlement.

http://www.startribune.com/local/21801609.html?location_refer=Local%20+%20Metro

-- Malsh
As recently as 2005, a third Wisconsin cleric, Fr. David J. Malsh, was arrested by the FBI and pled guilty to getting child porn in the mail while living at RECON. (It's also known as Wounded Brothers or Evergreen Hills Homes.)

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2005_01_06/2005_02_28_Shinkle_PriestPleads.htm

-- Chumik
As recently as September 2004, Brother Gerald Chumik was accepted by a center here after parishioners in California demanded he be removed for the safety of their children. He is wanted on felony child molestation charges in Canada. Press accounts describe him as a fugitive.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2004_09_08_Lobdell_FugitiveFriar_Gerald_Chumik_2.htm

-- Wiebler
As recently as spring 2004, Father William Wiebler allegedly walked away from the Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer and lived unsupervised less than 750 feet from Delmar Harvard Grade School and Julia Epstein Preschool in University City. He’s an admitted child molester from Davenport Iowa, and perhaps Iowa’s most prolific and notorious predator. Wiebler had a long white beard and wearing red “long johns” trying to give candy to children. Neighbors reported that he often sat on his porch wearing nothing but a bathrobe, yelling at passing school kids inviting them into his apartment. Wiebler is now deceased.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2004_07_12/2004_09_19_Townsend_BlameAuthority.htm

-- Roberts, Mark
As recently as August 2004, Father Mark Roberts was given permission to live in St. Louis. He was charged with assaulted 11 boys in Las Vegas, convicted and sent here over the objections of the Missouri Probation Department. One of his victims lives less than 20 miles from the center.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2004_07_12/2004_08_27_Puit_SexualAbuse.htm

--Roberts, Ken
Fr. Kenneth Roberts was suspended by his home diocese, Dallas, for credible child sex abuse allegations. He then came here and molested a boy in Belleville. Roberts is now believed to be living in Ohio.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2008/03_04/2008_03_17_Higgins_PriestAbuse.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2008/03_04/2008_03_13_Pawlaczyk_CourtAllows.htm

-- Degnan
In 2005, church officials admitted that Fr. John Degnan of the Jefferson City was credibly accused of child molestsation. He was sent to RECON and is believed to be living there now. Degnan faces at least 17 accusers.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2005_01_06/2005_02_10_Lieb_DioceseSuspects.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2005_01_06/2005_03_19_Townsend_AbusivePriests.htm

-- Fr. Gerald Funcheon (from Indiana)
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/1997_02_16_IS_SinsOf.htm

3) In 2002, the Post Dispatch reported that the following proven criminal clerics from out of state were living in the area:

“Eight registered sex offenders who live at the Vianney Center and Wounded Brothers include priests and religious brothers (who) were removed from active ministry by their religious superiors.”

“Officials of the two centers declined to identify anyone who lives there or to say where they are from. But eight names on the county registers listed addresses that match the centers', and the names also match with news reports of criminal convictions and information from prosecutors and probation offices: •

-- Ronald Sam Gilardi, 54, a priest who pleaded guilty last year of molesting a boy at the Catholic high school in Hays, Kansas

-- Leonard B. Nienaber, 95, formerly a monsignor in Lexington, Ky., who pleaded guilty in 1994 of molesting children in his parish

-- Robert Brouillette, 60, a former member of the Christian Brothers, who had been an administrator at a boy's high school in Chicago. Brouillette was found guilty in 2000 of indecent solicitation of a child and of disseminating child pornography over the Internet.

-- Thomas S. Schaefer, 76, and Alphonsus Smith, 77, both priests from Washington. They were among four priests who were indicted in Prince George's County, Md., in 1995 on charges of sexually abusing nine boys in the 1970s and 1980s. Schaefer and Smith pleaded guilty in 1996.

-- John Moniz, 80, formerly a Jesuit brother in San Jose, Calif., who was found guilty in 1995 of having a girl, 4, fondle him. His probation ended in 1998.

-- David J. Malsch, 62, a priest in Tomahawk, Wis., who was convicted in 1993 of fondling a boy, 14, in a swimming pool. In 2000, after Malsch's sentence was completed, a court in Wisconsin ordered him to remain indefinitely at Wounded Brothers.

-- Donald Stavinoha, 66, a priest in Houston who was sentenced in 1988 to almost 10 years for a sex act with a 9-year-old boy he was counseling at his parish. A parishioner who also was a police officer discovered the encounter. Stavinoha served three years in a Texas prison and was released from parole in 1997.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2002_03_03_ONeil_AQuiet_Donald_Stavinoha_etc.htm

4) Other out-of-state accused pedophile priests who live/lived and/or work/worked here but we don’t have conclusive proof they came here for ‘treatment’ of housing related to abuse:

-- Nicholas “Brother Vic” Bendillo (Alabama)
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2004_04_09_AP_FormerCatholic_Nicholas_BrVic_Bendillo_3.htm

-- James McGreal (Seattle)
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2003_07_12/2003_09_06_Ho_ChurchKnew.htm

-- Joseph Fertal (California)
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2002_09_30_Farwell_Priest72_Joseph_Fertal_4.htm

-- Joseph E. Shannon (from New Jersey)
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/2005_10_16_Phillips_ProfilesOf.htm


-- Robert J. Wells (from Alaska)

-- Joseph L. Welsh (Boston)
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/boston/welsh/WELSH_437.pdf

-- Jean Baptiste Ormechea (Illinois, Kentucky)
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/2004_09_12_DMN_TheRevJohn.htm

-- Juan Carlos Duran (Tennessee)
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2008/03_04/2008_03_07_Dries_SuperiorOf.htm

Summary

Why is all of this troubling? Because a change of location doesn’t cure a serial pedophile or a sex offender. Many of these men are considered so dangerous by their own bishops that they

At least three other priests - Father Victor Frobas, Father Romano Ferraro and Father Ken Roberts - molested children in St. Louis. They were sent here from their home dioceses after molesting kids. (Lawsuits have been filed against the latter two. Ferraro was sentenced to prison for abusing.)

It’s also troubling because almost nothing about these men and their presence or work in the St. Louis archdiocese was disclosed by church officials. In almost every case, this crucial information surfaced because of brave victims, determined journalists, concerned whistleblowers or diligent law enforcement professionals.

In fairness to Archbishop Burke, this pattern of sending pedophile priests to St. Louis escalated but did not begin with him. It’s been going on for years. (In the 1990s, the Post Dispatch reported that one of America’s most prolific and notorious predator priests, Fr. James Porter of Massachusetts, was sent here.)

Burke could have stopped, slowed, or reversed this trend. He could have at least been ‘open and transparent’ about this and other sex abuse cases, as he and his brother bishops have repeatedly pledged to be since 2002. Instead, he expanded this recklessness and secrecy.

Burke could have also been more prudent and honest regarding the assignments and housing of local predator priests.

Besides Bryce, there are at least three other local archdiocesan priests still working in parishes today despite child sex abuse allegations against them. They are Fr. Alex Anderson, Fr. Robert Osborne, and Fr. Bruce Foreman.


-- In June 2008, Anderson was named a pastor in DeSoto, Missouri. He is accused of molesting three boys, none of whom know each other. The archdiocese paid one of his victims $22,500. Anderson sued one of his accusers for slander, and vowed to take his victim to court unless a number of concessions were met (a written retraction of the allegation, the removing Anderson’s name from the SNAP website, etc.) None of those conditions were met.
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2004_07_12/2004_08_26_Townsend_DioceseSettles.htm

-- Osborne worked in a Kirkwood parish even though he was accused of molesting boys, admitting giving liquor to kids, and left his post at Vianney High School because of the allegations. His supervisors, the Marianists, won’t re-assign him to any of their schools or facilities across the country. Osborne was sued and his victim received a substantial settlement.
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2007/05_06/2007_06_29_Corrigan_MarianistsSettle.htm

-- Even now, Fr. Bruce Forman is pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul, a city parish. He’s also in charge of the Young Catholic Musicians. Both the New York Times and St. Louis Post Dispatch have mentioned him in articles as an accused molester. At least one civil lawsuit was filed against him.
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2002_03_11_Shinkle_WarningFrom_Bruce_Forman_1.htm

Regarding the housing of local predator priests, consider Regina Cleri in Shrewsbury. In 2005, SNAP publicly disclosed that eight or nine proven, admitted or credibly accused archdiocesan priests were living there. Burke told the Post Dispatch the nun overseeing the sex offenders “is very strict - their comings and goings, everything is monitored. She is right on top of things."

However, the nun in charge told the Post Dispatch that the priests in question serve as the facility's "volunteer employees" doing everything from driving older priests to the hospital or drugstore to fixing computers. She admitted “she does not monitor the men if they go to a movie or for a walk. ‘I don't police them like that. I would trust them all. I would.’”

(Among the pedophile priests at Regina Cleri: Michael Campbell, Hugh Creason, Alfred Fitzgerald, and Robert Johnston)

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2005_01_06/2005_03_22_Townsend_HomeHouses.htm

For other information on Burke and the on-going abuse/cover up scandal, please see:
http://www.stlbeacon.org/voices/in_the_news/burke_and_excommunication
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2004_01_06/2004_04_08_Rowden_NeighborsAnxiety.htm
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2005_01_06/2005_03_19_Townsend_AbusivePriests.htm

Remember – this is a partial list, culled almost exclusively from what’s already in the public record. We know of and suspect there are other predatory clergy – both local and out-of-state – who live/lived and/or work/worked here in St. Louis but who have never been publicly exposed or ‘caught.’

For a list of publicly accused, admitted, proven and credibly accused St. Louis area clerics (priests, seminarians, brothers, nuns), go to SNAPmidwest.org and click on “Publicly Accused.”

Or go to BishopAccountability.org and click on the map of Missouri.

If you have additions or edits to this list, please contact us. If you have information about suspected child abuse (current or prior), please contact law enforcement or us. Thank you.



(SNAP, the Survivors

Court attaches 10 million

http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/10/21/news/doc4cc09962829a9003936956.txt
Court attaches $10 million in assets of Seymour priest in sex abuse case (document)
Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010

digg ShareThis16By Lauren Garrison, Register Staff
lgarrison@newhavenregister.com
NEW HAVEN — A Superior Court judge has ruled that a city man’s sex abuse case against a Seymour priest was persuasive enough to warrant attaching $10 million of the priest’s assets.

“... there was more than adequate evidence to support the plaintiff’s claim that (Father Stephen) Bzdyra sexually abused him when he was a young boy," Justice Robert Berdon wrote Tuesday in a memo of decision on request for prejudgment remedy."The court finds that the testimony of the plaintiff was credible and overwhelming."

The court found that the abuse included rape and forced oral sex with Bzdyra. "This conduct went on for several years," Berdon wrote.

William Dotson, 34, of New Haven filed a lawsuit in July claiming Bzyra sexually molested him when he was an altar boy in the 1980s at St. Francis Church in New Haven, and later at St. Hedwig Church in Naugatuck. A second man, who wished to remain anonymous, filed a lawsuit a month later claiming he, too, was sexually abused by Bzdyra in the late 1970s at St. Hedwig where he was a parochial student.

Bzydra, who most recently served at St. Augustine Church in Seymour, was placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Hartford after the first lawsuit was filed.

Dotson’s attorney, Joel Faxon of New Haven, said today, “What that means is all of Bzdyra’s assets are now going to be attached. His home is attached, his paycheck is attached, his savings are attached. Anything the man owns is now attached, meaning it can’t be sold, it can’t be disposed of, until the case is over.”

Attorney Hugh Keefe of New Haven, who represents Bzydra, said he hadn’t seen the decision yet but called it “meaningless” because Bzydra doesn’t have anywhere close to $10 million in assets.

“This is not a big deal at all. It’s simply a finding of probable cause by one referee,” Keefe said.

Keefe said he fully expects the case to go to trial, and that Bzydra has denied all the charges against him.

Asked about a possible settlement, Faxon said, “We haven’t been approached by the Diocese, but in the past, they have resolved virtually all the cases that have been brought by priest abuse. Particularly the cases where you have a hearing like this and the judge finds that the case is valid and that the child was attacked.” Continued...

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By Lauren Garrison, Register Staff
lgarrison@newhavenregister.com

NEW HAVEN — A Superior Court judge has ruled that a city man’s sex abuse case against a Seymour priest was persuasive enough to warrant attaching $10 million of the priest’s assets.

“... there was more than adequate evidence to support the plaintiff’s claim that (Father Stephen) Bzdyra sexually abused him when he was a young boy," Justice Robert Berdon wrote Tuesday in a memo of decision on request for prejudgment remedy."The court finds that the testimony of the plaintiff was credible and overwhelming."

The court found that the abuse included rape and forced oral sex with Bzdyra. "This conduct went on for several years," Berdon wrote.

William Dotson, 34, of New Haven filed a lawsuit in July claiming Bzyra sexually molested him when he was an altar boy in the 1980s at St. Francis Church in New Haven, and later at St. Hedwig Church in Naugatuck. A second man, who wished to remain anonymous, filed a lawsuit a month later claiming he, too, was sexually abused by Bzdyra in the late 1970s at St. Hedwig where he was a parochial student.

Bzydra, who most recently served at St. Augustine Church in Seymour, was placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Hartford after the first lawsuit was filed.

Dotson’s attorney, Joel Faxon of New Haven, said today, “What that means is all of Bzdyra’s assets are now going to be attached. His home is attached, his paycheck is attached, his savings are attached. Anything the man owns is now attached, meaning it can’t be sold, it can’t be disposed of, until the case is over.”

Attorney Hugh Keefe of New Haven, who represents Bzydra, said he hadn’t seen the decision yet but called it “meaningless” because Bzydra doesn’t have anywhere close to $10 million in assets.

“This is not a big deal at all. It’s simply a finding of probable cause by one referee,” Keefe said.

Keefe said he fully expects the case to go to trial, and that Bzydra has denied all the charges against him.

Asked about a possible settlement, Faxon said, “We haven’t been approached by the Diocese, but in the past, they have resolved virtually all the cases that have been brought by priest abuse. Particularly the cases where you have a hearing like this and the judge finds that the case is valid and that the child was attacked.”

Maria Zone, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Hartford, declined to provide immediate comment.

Diocese warned

http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/diocese-warned-of-paedophile-priests/1975853.aspx
Diocese warned of paedophile priests
JOANNE MCCARTHY
22 Oct, 2010 01:00 AM
THE Anglican diocese of Newcastle was repeatedly warned that a "network" of paedophile priests "preyed on servers" for decades but failed to act on those warnings, a former church employee said in the wake of church admissions about paedophile priest Peter Rushton.
"I first told [a retired senior clergy member] in 1984 that 'You've got a network of these bastards preying on altar boys', and I named names," the church employee said yesterday.

"We all knew it. I gave him at least five names but nothing happened."

The man contacted the Newcastle Herald after speaking to Anglican diocese professional standards office director Michael Elliott.

The calls came after Newcastle Anglican Bishop Brian Farran released a statement this week confirming the late Peter Rushton's "involvement in the sexual abuse of minors".

The former church employee, who received a settlement from the diocese relating to his sexual abuse by a Newcastle diocese priest, said he was outraged to see the diocese finally acknowledge Rushton's offences, but only after his death in 2007.

"They knew. They knew for years and years, and how many children were sexually abused by these mongrels after I reported it in 1984?

"And how many other people reported it, because I wouldn't have been the only one?"

The Herald was contacted by people with information about Rushton and other clergy relating to child sex allegations from the 1970s to the 1990s, or reports of those allegations to various clergy.

Mr Elliott confirmed he had received a number of calls on Wednesday within hours of the Herald's front page article about Rushton's offending.

"Some further people have come forward with useful information," Mr Elliott said.

The former church employee said he wept when he read that the church had finally acknowledged Rushton was a child sex abuser.

"People say to me, let it go. It all happened years ago.

"But you can't let go something that's never been acknowledged.

"You shouldn't be asked to let go when crimes have occurred, and no one's been held accountable either for the acts themselves, or failing to stop those acts.

"I won't let go until there's been justice."

Children abandoned

http://mnsnap.wordpress.com/1792-2/
Fairfield University abandons its sexually abused homeless street children


No money coming from Fairfield U. for Haiti sex abuse victims
http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/No-money-coming-from-Fairfield-U-for-Haiti-sex-720498.php
Michael P. Mayko, Staff Writer — Connecticut Post
Published: 08:16 p.m., Saturday, October 23, 2010
FAIRFIELD — Paul Kendrick woke up Saturday morning with confidence and hope.

The Maine advocate for victims of sexual abuse at Doug Perlitz‘ Project Pierre Toussaint in Haiti was confident he would convince Fairfield University President Jeffrey von Arx to contribute $25,000 to help school, feed and treat 20 of the young victims.

After all, Kendrick claims Fairfield University is partly responsible. They promoted Pertliz and heaped honors on the 1992 graduate who created a three-stage program to help feed, clothe and educate street boys in Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city. Then in August, following a yearlong legal battle, Perlitz pleaded guilty to a federal charge of traveling to Haiti to engage in sex with one minor boy.

“I’m going to tell von Arx I have a desperate situation and they are partly responsible,” said Kendrick, a 1972 Fairfield University graduate who had sought this meeting for nearly a year. “I need the money to get these kids through April.”

As Kendrick made the walk to the meeting, his associates — including the Rev. Robert Hoatson, who operates Road to Recovery in Livingston, N.J., for victims of sexual abuse by clergy; Paul Kellen, a founder of National Survivor Advocates Coalition; Dick Regan and Kevin Waldrip, both victims — and others handed out 300 leaflets describing the plight to people entering the North Benson Road gate to celebrate Parents’ and Homecoming weekend.

About an hour later, Kendrick returned dejected and disappointed.

“It was low tone and cordial,” Kendrick said before adding, “He’s not going to help us. I’ve just got to keep trying to Band-Aid this.”

Kendrick then gave a lengthy filmed interview to CNN. The station plans to broadcast a lengthy segment about the Perlitz case during its Dec. 20 edition of “Anderson Cooper 360.” It will come the night before Perlitz is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton at the federal courthouse in New Haven.

“I warned Paul the church usually uses these events not to reach out in a positive Gospel manner, but to avoid more negative publicity,” said Hoatson, who, because of his work with survivors of clergy abuse, is on administrative leave from the Newark Diocese.

The State Department and the Department of Homeland Security are arranging to fly six of the victims and two of the officials from the school to speak at the sentencing. Also expected to come is Cyrus Sibert, the journalist who exposed the abuse in a 2007 series of reports.

Mark Gregorio, a spokesman for Fairfield University, said the school would not be making a comment on the private meeting.

Earlier he released a statement in which the university maintains it has “identified partners in Connecticut and Cap-Haitien” and is in discussion with them with the hope of reaching “a resolution soon on how best to provide significant assistance to the children of Cap-Haitien and the former residents of Project Pierre Toussaint.”

“I can’t tell you how disappointed I am,” Kendrick said. “I’m a guy who never ceases to be amazed by leaders of the Catholic Church.”

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Released, October 21, 2010
Contact: Paul Kendrick 207-838 1319/


Fairfield University alum wonders why?
University has abandoned homeless street children sexually abused at University created and sponsored – Project Pierre Toussaint
WHY

Alumnus wants to know why Jesuit officials at Fairfield University refuse to help feed, clothe, shelter, educate and provide medical assistance for the street children in Haiti who were sexually abused by the former Executive Director of Fairfield University sponsored, Project Pierre Toussaint.

During the past 10 years, Jesuit and Fairfield University officials took every opportunity to publicize the work being accomplished at the school in Haiti, but when the rubber hit the road and it was discovered that many of the students were being sexually abused by Fairfield University alumnus, Douglas Perlitz, Fairfield University President Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. did everything he could to distance himself and the university from both the school and the boys who were traumatized by their abuse.

WHO/WHAT

1972 Fairfield University alumnus Paul Kendrick will be joined by a small group of victims/survivors of sex abuse, supporters and advocates handing out fliers on the Fairfield University campus to protest the abandonment of child sex abuse victims in Haiti who were raped by Fairfield University alumnus, Douglas Perlitz.

For the past two and one-half years, Fairfield University has abandoned and ignored the homeless street children in Haiti who were sexually abused by Perlitz, the former Executive Director of Fairfield University created and sponsored – Project Pierre Toussaint in Cap Haitian, Haiti.

In recent months, the boys in Haiti have barely been receiving a daily ration of rice, beans and spaghetti provided by the generous donations of abuse victims/survivors and supporters from New England. In addition, the boys have each received a pair of shoes and although most were able to be enrolled in school, tuition still needs to be paid in full. Over $9,000 has been raised privately but now there is no money. Immediate help is needed from Fairfield University.

Fairfield University President Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. won’t even help the victims by donating a measly $2 per day, per boy, to help provide for their basic needs of food, water, safe shelter, medicine and education.

WHEN

Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It is Homecoming Weekend at Fairfield University.

WHERE

On the public sidewalk at the main entrance to Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Rd., Fairfield , Connecticut, 06824.

HANDOUT / FLYER:

Fairfield University basked in the shining grace of Project Pierre Toussaint
There can be no argument that the Fairfield University community proudly aligned itself with Doug Perlitz’s humanitarian work in Haiti. In the minds of many, Perlitz was the personification of a Jesuit education; he was a “Person for Others.”

For eleven years, Fairfield University’s campus ministry operation, under the direction of Rev. Paul Carrier, S.J., immersed itself in Project Pierre Toussaint. The Egan Chapel was filled with photos, newsletters, etc. about Perlitz and Project Pierre Toussaint. Father Carrier traveled to Haiti almost once a month and spoke with Perlitz by phone several times each day.

Carrier was always asking the editors of university magazines and newsletters to publish stories about the Haiti project. In addition, Carrier raised money for the Project whenever he spoke at local parishes. In many ways, Paul Carrier was the kind of guy a non-profit would like to have on their team. He was a successful, energetic, charismatic “rainmaker” who knew how to tug at people’s hearts.

Carrier used a Fairfield University mailing address to accept donations for the Haiti Fund, Inc., a non-profit corporation that was established by Carrier to oversee the Haiti Project. Carrier chaperoned many “Ignatian Immersion Experience” trips to Haiti with students from the University. In 2002, the University awarded Perlitz an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and Perlitz was asked to deliver the commencement address. In 2005, Perlitz was the recipient of the Alumni Humanitarian Award at the annual Fairfield University Awards Dinner in New York City.

Then, in April 2006, for reasons still not entirely clear, Carrier was removed without warning as Director of Fairfield’s Campus Ministry to embark upon a sabbatical to prepare for his next assignment. Two years later in April 2008, Jesuit Provincial Thomas Regan, S.J., ordered Carrier to resign as Chairman of the Haiti Fund, Inc. and to resign from his non-salaried teaching position at the Sacred Heart Convent School in Greenwich. In October 2009, it was announced by the Provincial that Carrier was restricted from all public ministry. There have been no charges of child sex abuse against Carrier.

Keeping Secrets

In October 2008, Dr. Mark Reed, Vice President for Administrative and Student Affairs at Fairfield University was approached with a reasonable request to help protect children (at the time, Perlitz’s whereabouts were unknown).

“If a person were to visit the Fairfield University web site and enter “Douglas Perlitz” in the search bar, one would immediately view 25 Fairfield University press releases about Perlitz. After reading the press releases, one would think that Perlitz is a saint, a special individual who has devoted his life to helping others. Think about this. If the owner of a day care center goggled Perlitz’s name as part of the hiring process, he or she would think they hit the jackpot and would most likely hire Perlitz immediately. They would have no idea that the Project Pierre Toussaint Board of Directors is on record as having fired Perlitz for the sexual abuse of children … Please ensure that the information about why Douglas Perlitz was fired as Executive Director of Project Pierre Toussaint (you can publish the Board’s public letter) is published on the Fairfield University website … Protecting innocent children from cunning and manipulative child molesters is everyone’s job, Dr. Reed.” Paul Kendrick, Fairfield University, ‘72

Reed did nothing. Six months later, in April 2009, Reed was sent a copy of the warrant for Perlitz’s arrest that had just been issued by a Haitian National Court judge. Again, Reed took no action. Other senior officials, including President von Arx were sent copies of all correspondence with Reed. Von Arx did nothing.

The Children Left Behind

By April 2008, the New England Society of Jesus and Fairfield University officials were distancing themselves from a situation that had all the earmarks of a “scandal.” Although Perlitz wasn’t fired by the Board of Directors until August 2008, Carrier had been ordered to resign from the Haiti Fund Board four months earlier. Sadly, it is evident that neither Carrier nor Jesuit and Fairfield University officials cared anything about the well being of the boys in Haiti who were abused and about to be displaced.

Where were the prophetic voices of President Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. and Jesuit Provincial, Thomas Regan, S.J., in September 2008 when Carrier and other former board members sent a letter to financial donors in which they disparaged and berated the individuals who fired Perlitz and not so subtly implied that the Haitian boys were lying?

Why weren’t these Jesuit priests rushing to the aid of the remaining and beaten down Haiti Fund Board of Directors who were fighting for the school’s survival against Carrier and his allies. It is incredible that three Jesuit priests, von Arx, Carrier and Regan stood on the sidelines and said nothing as the Project’s donors stopped giving, the Project closed and helpless kids were forced back onto the streets with nothing to eat and no place safe to sleep.

Damn. Somewhere in our old textbooks, the Jesuits taught us that the service of our faith must include the promotion of justice.

Someone’s eyes were closed

In a June 2002 address to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops entitled “The Experience of the Victim of Sexual Abuse,” Dr. Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea, Ph.D. said in part, “If it takes a community to raise a child, it also takes a community to abuse one so that whenever a minor is sexually violated, someone’s eyes are closed. Throughout history and in every segment of society, the most common response to the suspicion or even the disclosure of childhood sexual abuse has been self-defensive denial and dissociation. No one finds it easy to stand in the overwhelming and destabilizing reality of sexual abuse. Thus, blindness, deafness, and elective mutism are responses endemic to many confronted by a victimized child, an adult survivor, or a perpetrating adult. To the extent, however, that the sexual victimization of a minor depends upon the silence of adults who knew, suspected, or should have known about the abuse, the burdens of shame and reparation reach beyond the perpetrator.”

The Fairfield University community is showing great disrespect to the Haitian people

The people of Haiti possess great pride, strength and dignity. There is a kindness and compassion about them that only those who have been oppressed and those who have suffered can know.

It is inconceivable that the mighty and powerful forces of the New England Jesuits, Fairfield University (and the Order of Malta) have not provided for the most basic needs of the child sex abuse victims.

Each day that goes by and the school in Haiti remains closed is but one more day that we are showing great disrespect for the people of Haiti. As it stands now, our message to our brothers and sisters in Haiti is loud and clear: “One of us raped your children. Your children told us what happened. In response we have closed your school and abandoned you.’

“I hope God forgives me for what I have done,” said a boy who was sexually abused by Perlitz.“

It wasn’t your fault,” we told him.

More charges

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Retired priest faces more sex abuse charges
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William Hodgson Marshall (left) arrives at Toronto Police 52 Division, accompanied by lawyer Andrew Bradie, on Oct. 21, 2010. The 88-year-old retired priest was charged with three counts of indecent assault.

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A retired 88-year-old Roman Catholic priest who was charged with molesting a student at St. Michael’s College School almost 60 years ago is now facing three more abuse charges.

Rev. William Hodgson Marshall surrendered to police at 52 Divison just after 8 a.m. Thursday, where he was arrested on three indecent assault charges.

Marshall was accompanied by his Windsor-based lawyer, Andrew Bradie, who said his client would be released later in the day.

Marshall, who has been described as in ill health by friends, walked with a wooden cane into the downtown police station at Dundas St. W. and University Ave. from a nearby coffee shop. He did not respond when his name was called.

On Sept. 22, Marshall was first charged by Toronto police with abusing a 15-year-old student in the fall of 1953. That complainant is now 72.

It’s unknown if the new Toronto complainants are former St. Mike’s students.

Marshall, who excelled at teaching math and coaching basketball, is at the centre of a growing sexual abuse scandal that involves 16 complainants from three Ontario cities spanning a period from the early 1950s to the 1980s.

He is accused of abusing 12 other minors while assigned to schools in Windsor and Sudbury.

None of the allegations have been tested in court.

The first charges were laid in Windsor in May against Marshall, who is a member of the Congregation of St. Basil religious order. On Oct. 13, Sudbury police issued an arrest warrant for Marshall but those charges involving six complainants were “dealt with” at 52 Division, Bradie said.

Bradie said the charges from all three cities will be transferred to Windsor to be dealt with in an efficient manner before one judge and one Crown prosecutor.

“We have to co-ordinate the Toronto charges in Toronto court and the Sudbury charges in Sudbury court and ultimately determine where it all leads after I have a chance to assess the entire situation,” Bradie said outside 52 Division.

Bradie said the process of transferring all charges to Windsor could take “months.”

The Sudbury assaults are alleged to have occurred between 1960 and 1970. The Windsor incidents are from the 1950s and the 1980s.

Bradie has acted for clergy previously. Earlier this year, he negotiated a plea agreement for former Windsor priest John Duarte. Duarte was sentenced to 18 months for abusing adolescent boys at the Haitian mission he founded.

Bradie also defended late priest Charles Sylvestre, who at age 83, pleaded guilty in 2006 to sexually abusing 47 girls over the four decades he ministered in the London and Chatham areas.

2 vicars allowed to work

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-11599687
East Sussex sex abuse fear vicars allowed to workBy Colin Campbell

BBC South East Home Affairs Correspondent


Collin Pritchard was sentenced to five years in prison for abusing two boys Two vicars were allowed to work at churches in East Sussex following serious sex abuse allegations, a BBC South East investigation has revealed.

Roy Cotton, who died in 2006, worked as a parish priest in Brede near Rye in the 1990s despite being convicted of a sexual offence against a boy in 1954.

Collin Pritchard served as the vicar of St Barnabas, Bexhill, until 2007 after being arrested over sex abuse claims.

The Diocese of Chichester has appointed a judge to carry out an investigation.

In 2008 Pritchard pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two boys in the 1970s and 1980s and was jailed for five years.

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The offences took place while he was parish priest at St Andrew's Church in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

The court heard that Cotton had been involved in the offences but died in 2006, two weeks before Pritchard was arrested.

Pritchard and Cotton first came to the attention of Sussex Police in 1997 after two abuse victims came forward.

The victims said they were sexually abused by the pair during foreign holidays and camping trips.

Insufficient evidence

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided there was not enough evidence against them but kept its files open.

The Diocese of Chichester has confirmed the pair were given permission to officiate by different bishops despite their arrests and Cotton's previous conviction, which lay on his church career file.

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Cotton continued to serve as a parish priest until 1999 and Pritchard worked at St Barnabas between 2001 and 2007, both apparently without supervision.

In 2006 Northampton Police started a fresh investigation after another victim told police they had been abused.

Pritchard was suspended in September 2007 when a new safeguarding officer at the diocese realised he was a risk to children.

Pete Saunders, of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC), said: "I think they are more than safeguarding errors, there seems to have been an almost malicious and deliberate attempt to bypass the safeguarding measures that exist."

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Archdeacon of Hastings and Lewes, the Venerable Philip Jones
Referring to Cotton, child protection expert Chris Mills said: "People with serious convictions should never be allowed to work with children in any unsupervised capacity.

"At the time in 1997 it is clear that this person needs to have been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation but also pending the outcome of the employer's own investigation into whether this person was suitable to continue working with children."

Following Pritchard's conviction in 2008 the current Bishop of Chichester commissioned an independent investigation into the cases of the two men.

Despite requests by BBC South East Today the Diocese of Chichester has refused to release the document.

The churches' safeguarding expert told BBC South East a second investigation had been started because of "issues" with the findings of the first report.

Archdeacon of Hastings and Lewes, the Venerable Philip Jones said: "The Diocese of Chichester gives the protection of children the highest priority and takes seriously all concerns raised.

"As we have indicated to the BBC, a review is being undertaken into safeguarding practice in the diocese and in regard to questions raised by this BBC report.

"We do not wish to pre-empt the outcome of that review and are unable to comment until it is completed."

The discovery also comes after it was revealed that East Sussex vicar Ronald Glazebrook, who is believed to have abused a former altar boy, was allowed to serve at a church despite being convicted of possessing a gun.

The Church of England said it would begin an investigation into the matter, following the revelations in September about Mr Glazebrook who died in 2001 after he was attacked at his home in East Sussex.

New cardinal

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Raymond Burke's Greatest Fits: Recalling the Lowlights of the Vatican's Newest CardinalBy Chad Garrison, Thu., Oct. 21 2010 @ 8:38AM Comments (27) Categories: Gettin' All Religious Up in Here
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Yesterday Pope Benedict XVI promoted former St. Louis archbishop Raymond Burke to the rank of cardinal -- the fourth-highest status in the Catholic church.

In honor of Burke's ascension up the hierarchy, here are a few of the cardinal's actions over the years that were "rightly the source of the greatest scandal."


Tried -- unsuccessfully -- to raid the deposits of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, which has survived despite Burke excommunicating its priest, Rev. Marek Bozek.

Excommunicated women for daring to call themselves priests, while blessing a transgender man who called himself a nun.

Demanded that Saint Louis University basketball coach Rick Majerus be "disciplined" for expressing his support of stem-cell research.

Made headlines in 2004 when he said he would deny communion to presidential candidate John Kerry for being pro-choice.

Made headlines again in 2009 when he scolded University of Notre Dame for giving President Barack Obama an honorary degree. Said Burke: "The proposed granting of an honorary doctorate at Notre Dame University to our president, who is so aggressively advancing an anti-life and anti-family agenda, is rightly the source of the greatest scandal."

And finally, during his time as bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin, in the early 2000s, Burke kept hidden the names of priests known to have been sexually abusive, denied requests to set up a victims' fund and allowed several priests to remain clerics in good standing long after allegations of their sexual misconduct had been proven.

Priest accused

http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/1021/donaghy.html
Priest accused of sexual abuse of two boys
Updated: 17:41, Thursday, 21 October 2010
A 52-year-old Catholic priest has appeared in court in Belfast accused of sexually abusing two boys.

1 of 1 A 52-year-old Catholic priest has appeared in court in Belfast accused of sexually abusing two boys.

James Martin Donaghy is denying 13 charges of indecent assault, and one of common assault.

The offences in relation to one victim are alleged to have occurred on dates between June and August 1983, while the other alleged indecent behaviour took place on dates between May 1994 and December 2001.

The priest from Lisburn in Co Antrim stepped down from his ministry at a church in Ballyholme in Co Down in March 2004 after allegations by two individuals emerged.

Lawyers for the defence and prosecution told the court there would be numerous applications to be dealt with before the trial date in January of next year.

Schoolmaster convicted

http://brokenrites.alphalink.com.au/nletter/page218-rick-mcphillamy.html
Richard John McPhillamy convicted re St Stanislaus College, Bathurst NSW
The Sydney Morning Herald reports (11 October 2010) that a former assistant housemaster at St Stanislaus College (in Bathurst, New South Wales) has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two boys from the school.

Richard John McPhillamy, 49, faced trial in the New South Wales District Court accused of indecently assaulting two boys aged 12 to 13 while working at the college in Bathurst in the mid 1980s. He pleaded not guilty to six charges.

McPhillamy will face sentencing on a later date.

According to earlier reports of the court proceedings, McPhillamy was an assistant dormitory master at the school.

Rick McPhillamy has been prominent in Catholic affairs in Bathurst. When he was charged in December 2008, the website of the Cathedral Parish of St Michael and St John in Bathurst was displaying a list of active parishioners who were in charge of various activities. The list included:
Acolytes - Rick McPhillamy

On 10 January 2010, before McPhillamy's trial, Broken Rites was still able to locate the same webpage (mentioning McPhillamy and acolytes) via a Google search. However, another attempt to find this webpage on 15 October 2010 (after the conviction) was unsuccessful.

14 charges

http://brokenrites.alphalink.com.au/nletter/page241-dennis-john-corrigan.html
Fr Dennis John Corrigan in court in Newcastle
Broken Rites Australia helps victims of church-related
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By a Broken Rites researcher

A Catholic priest who ministered in New South Wales appeared in Newcastle Local Court on 19 October 2010, charged with sexual offences against three boys aged between 13 and 15. This was an initial apperance, with further proceedings to follow on a later date.

Father Dennis John Corrigan, born in April 1942, faced 14 charges relating to incidents that allegedly occurred in the Windale area, in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese, north of Sydney, between December 1987 and May 1988.

They include 13 counts of indecently assaulting a person under his authority and one count of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 10 and 16 under his authority.

The charges alleged that the priest kissed, cuddled and indecently touched the victims and masturbated in front of them.

In one charge, he is alleged to have held a payment to one victim for household chores in one hand, while masturbating with the other hand.

Father Corrigan, of Thomas Street, Mayfield (in Newcastle NSW), was not required to enter a plea at this hearing, and magistrate Elaine Truscott scheduled the matter to come up in court for mention again on a certain date.

The magistrate arranged for a brief of evidence to be prepared for the case's next mention-day. Father Corrigan's bail was continued and he was excused from attending the next mention-day if represented by a lawyer.

The police investigation is being conducted by Lake Macquarie Detectives, at Charlestown, NSW, telephone 02 9242 9999.


Footnote
In April 2009 in a totally separate matter, Father Corrigan was convicted and fined $2400 after pleading guilty to high-range drink-driving and negligent driving after his car crashed into a parked car in a Mayfield hotel carpark in October 2008. He was found to have a blood-alcohol reading of 0.210.

It is believed that Father Corrigan was ordained in the 1960s in another country where he ministered for some years. He later joined the Newcastle Maitland Diocese in Australia.

In the directories from 1999 to 2001, he was listed as the administrator acting in charge of St Mary's parish, Dungog in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese.

In the directory for 2003, Reverend Dennis Corrigan was listed as assistant priest, St Patrick's parish, Wallsend, Maitland-Newcastle diocese. In 2004 he was listed as a chaplain at Sandgate, Maitland-Newcastle diocese. In 2005 and 2006 he was listed as on leave, care of the diocesan office. On 20 October 2010, Broken Rites found "Rev. Dennis Corrigan" listed on the Maitland-Newcastle diocese website, "care of the diocesan office".

Norwegian Catholic Church

http://theforeigner.no/pages/news/more-abuse-cases-hit-norwegian-catholic-church/
The Norwegian Catholic Church says it has received reports of 20 new cases of sexual abuse by former priests.


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Distressed
All the attacks, including eight on small children, stretch back as far as 60 years and range from abusing young boys to sexual misconduct.

Rønnaug Aaberg Andersen, head of the Church’s professional advisory committee, says she is shocked by the news.

“I am deeply affected by all these atrocities committed against young children by these old priests,” she tells NRK.

The revelations are just part of a series of incidents that have rocked the Church in just six months since Georg Müller, now disgraced former Bishop-prelate of Trondheim, admitted to sexually molesting an underage altar boy over 20 years ago.

Just the beginning
Though Müller’s case was eventually dropped, the Catholic Church has been keen to investigate if there have been any more cases.

Bishop Bernt Eidsvig, who remained silent at the time of the Müller scandal despite threats by Minister of Justice Knut Storberget to imprison priests who refused to comply says “there have been much fewer incidents of assault than [we] feared.”

However, Elisabeth Torp, head of the board of the Norwegian Church’s Resource Centre against Violence and Sexual Assault, believes the number of unreported cases could be higher.

“There is no doubt this is just the tip of the iceberg,” she says.



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103 charges

http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/man-faces-103-child-sex-charges-in-newcastle-court/1974663.aspx
Man faces 103 child sex charges in Newcastle court
BY JOANNE MCCARTHY
21 Oct, 2010 04:00 AM
A former Anglican Church boys’ home board member responsible for providing ‘‘a caring environment for boys who had no place to live’’ appeared in Newcastle Local Court yesterday charged with 103 child sex offences, including procuring a boy for sex acts with a male.
James Michael Brown, 60, a former board member of St Alban’s Boys’ Home, Aberdare, said nothing as the court heard he had been charged with 35 fresh offences yesterday, in addition to 68 charges laid at Port Stephens in June.

Some of the offences are alleged to have occurred during his time at the home.

The fresh charges include allegedly biting a 13-year-old boy at Kurri Kurri while sexually assaulting him in the 1980s, and two counts of procuring the boy ‘‘to be a party to the commission of an act of gross indecency with a male person’’.

They also include a charge of using a sex aid during a sex act with a boy and attempting a homosexual act.

Solicitor Sally Rostron, for Mr Brown, told the court she had been served with the new charges only yesterday morning and had not had a chance to speak to her client about them.

The 103 charges between 1974 and 1996 relate to 13 boys aged 11 to 17.

They include 38 charges of homosexual intercourse or sexual intercourse without consent with children under 18, and more than 60 indecent assault charges.

The offences are alleged to have occurred at Kurri Kurri, Bathurst, Lemon Tree Passage and Boat Harbour.

Mr Brown did not enter pleas when he appeared yesterday before Newcastle magistrate Elaine Truscott.

The court was told one of his victims is living in America.

The matter was adjourned to December 22.

In a statement in August, Newcastle Anglican Bishop Brian Farran said Mr Brown worked for the diocese in the 1970s and early 1980s in various roles, including youth work and at the St Alban’s Home.

The diocese was co-operating fully with police on the matter and was ‘‘strongly committed to addressing the issue of current and historical child sexual abuse in the church’’, Bishop Farran said.

Spokane Diocese mediation

http://www.georgiabulletin.org/world/2010/10/20/US-3/
Spokane Diocese agrees to mediation over pending abuse cases

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SPOKANE, Wash. (CNS) -- The Diocese of Spokane said in an Oct. 18 statement that it has agreed to mediation "to deal with pending issues that are currently on appeal or may result in future matters of litigation." U.S. District Court Judge Michael Hogan in Oregon, an experienced bankruptcy judge, has been appointed mediator. The diocese said it believed mediation may be the best way to resolve problems related to the "handling of future claims," but it offered no further details and referred all media queries to Hogan. A call by Catholic News Service to the judge's office was not returned. The Spokesman-Review, Spokane's daily newspaper, said the announcement related to "newly filed claims alleging sex abuse by clergy decades ago." The Spokane Diocese first filed for bankruptcy in 2004 while facing extensive sexual abuse claims. In 2007, the Spokane Diocese announced the settlement of 176 claims of childhood abuse by priests or other church personnel, paying $48 million in compensation claims ranging from $15,000 to $1.5 million. In 2009, the diocese reopened the bankruptcy case after new claims of abuse surfaced, many related to the Morning Star Boys' Ranch and dating back decades, according to media reports. The residential facility was opened in the diocese in 1956.

Priest sentenced

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Priest sentenced to pay more than $3.8 million

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By: WEWS News Staff
AKRON, Ohio - An Akron priest was sentenced to one day in prison on Wednesday, after pleading guilty to tax-related charges.

Samuel Ciccolini, 66, pleaded guilty to structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements and making and subscribing a false tax return. Ciccolini must pay $3.5 million is restitution.

Prosecutors said Ciccolini made more than a hundred cash deposits at Akron banks, in an attempt to avoid reporting that money. He also filled out tax return forms, saying his income was $101,064, instead of the actual $407,062, court documents said.

Ciccolini was also sentenced to pay $350,000 in fines and will be on three years of supervised released.

Ciccolini, a Roman Catholic priest, is the founder of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center called the Interval Brotherhood. In July, he took a voluntary leave of absence from his role as executive director of the facility.