- Capturan a sacerdote condenado a 12 años de prisión por abuso sexual de menor
- Assemblies of God national office named in another Oregon child sex abuse lawsuit
- Catholics are unhappy with Pontiff for being “too liberal and naïve”
- Catholic Church denies 'making excuses' over compensation for sexual abuse victims
- Church begs for forgiveness as damning sex abuse claims surface
- 3 accuse former Orangewood coach of abuse amid investigation of church and school's past
- Women Told They Are 'Abomination,' 'Evil' for Leading Church, Tempting Men: Report
- NJ child porn kingpin pleads guilty, experts say Megan’s Law cannot prevent sex abuse
- 17 Coahuila priests accused of abuse
- Florida passes bill to ban marriage of anyone under 17
- Springfield woman appointed by pope to serve on panel to protect minors
- Archbishop announces opposition to Georgia HB 605
- Lobbyist for Archdiocese tries to gut childhood sexual abuse bill
- Five years on, Pope Francis under fire over sex abuse scandals
- Buffalo diocese ponders whether to reveal names of abusive priests
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 07:10 PM PDT
COLOMBIA ACI Prensa >>>Captured priest sentenced to 12 years in prison for child sexual abuse March 10, 2018 El Cuerpo Técnico de Investigación de la Fiscalía General de Colombia capturó al sacerdote P. Carlos Mario Cadavid, quien deberá cumplir una sentencia de 12 años de prisión por cometer abuso sexual a una menor de 9 años. Según indica la fiscalía, el presbítero de 40 años fue capturado el 8 de marzo "en una finca de la vereda Alto de la Virgen, en Copacabana (Antioquia) y será enviado al centro de reclusión que determine el Instituto Nacional Penitenciario y Carcelario". De acuerdo al fallo de agosto de 2014 de la Sala Penal del Tribunal Superior de Antioquia, el sacerdote tuvo actos sexuales con una niña que participaba en una reunión de acólitos en un templo de Abejorral, en Antioquia. [Google Translation: Captured priest sentenced to 12 years in prison for child sexual abuse The Technical Investigation Body of the General Prosecutor of Colombia captured the priest P. Carlos Mario Cadavid, who must serve a sentence of 12 years in prison for committing sexual abuse to a child under 9 years of age. According to the prosecutor's office , the 40-year-old priest was captured on March 8 "on a farm in the Alto de la Virgen district, in Copacabana (Antioquia) and will be sent to the detention center determined by the National Penitentiary and Prison Institute". According to the August 2014 ruling of the Criminal Chamber of the Superior Court of Antioquia, the priest had sexual acts with a girl who participated in a meeting of acolytes in a temple of Abejorral, in Antioquia.]
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 06:55 PM PDT
SPRINGFIELD (MISSOURI) Springfield (MO) News-Leader March 11, 2018 By Harrison Keegan After settling a lawsuit last year for an undisclosed sum, the Springfield-based national office of the Assemblies of God is again being sued in Oregon over child sex abuse allegations. Six men sued the General Council and other church entities in February, claiming they were sexually abused in the 1980s by two volunteers in the Assemblies of God's Boy Scouts-like Royal Rangers program in Oregon. A similar lawsuit was filed in 2016, and a financial settlement was reached in that case in October, according to the plaintiffs' Portland-based attorney Gilion Dumas.
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 06:46 PM PDT
WORLD The Pulse (Nigeria) March 11, 2018 By Inemesit Udodiong A new study shows Pontiff's popularity in the US may be dwindling, ahead of his five year anniversary. Catholics are unhappy with Pontiff for being "too liberal and naïve." This is based on a newly released Pew Research survey, conducted between January 10 and 15, among 316 Catholics and 1,503 American adults. According to this poll, 55% of Republican-leaning Catholics say the Pope is "too liberal." In 2015, only 23% felt this way. Pew reports: "The share of American Catholics who say Pope Francis is "too liberal" has jumped 15 percentage points between 2015 and today, from 19% to 34%. And about a quarter of U.S. Catholics (24%) now say he is naïve, up from 15% in 2015." It is not all bad for Pope Francis Overall, Pope Francis is still loved by most American Catholics. 84 find him great while nine in 10 U.S. Catholics describe him as "compassionate" and "humble." "The share of American Catholics who give Pope Francis "excellent" or "good" marks for his handling of the sex abuse scandal dropped from 55% to 45%," the report adds.
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 05:47 PM PDT
AUSTRALIA ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) March 12, 2018 By Jane Norman The Catholic Church has hit back at claims it is "making excuses" and dragging its feet on a compensation scheme for victims of child sexual abuse. The Prime Minister and the Attorney-General have been pressuring the church to join the national redress scheme, with Malcolm Turnbull saying institutions that don't sign up should be publicly "shamed". In a major development, New South Wales and Victoria last week became the first states to sign up to the scheme, which would provide up to $150,000 in compensation to victims of child sex abuse.
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 10:46 AM PDT
CAPE TOWN (SOUTH AFRICA) IOL (Independent Online) March 11, 2018 The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa has apologised for its past wrongs and failure to address sexual abuse claims. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba was responding to damning allegations of sexual assault of a former Anglican and award-winning South African author Ishtiyaq Shukri by priests at St Cyprian's School in Kimberley, Northern Cape. Shukri's best known work, The Silent Minaret, is about a South African Muslim boy facing prejudice in London in the wake of 9/11, which won the EU Literary Award in 2004. "As the Archbishop of southern Africa, I take responsibility for what has happened during the time of my predecessors and where we have wronged or failed anyone, we beg their forgiveness," Makgoba said.
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 10:42 AM PDT
MAITLAND (FL) Orlando Sentinel March 11, 2018 By Bianca Padró Ocasio The whispers Kevin Busby overheard from classmates when students learned a basketball coach was leaving the Orangewood Christian School still ring out in his mind, more than 20 years later. The news, delivered over the school's speakers in 1996, was that Tim Manes, who coached basketball and cross-country at the Maitland school, would not be coming back to the school and no students were to contact him. "I thought, 'This is how we're going to deal with this?' " Busby, now 38, said of Manes, the man he said abused him in a locker room shower when he was 15.
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 10:39 AM PDT
UNITED KINGDOM Christian Post March 11, 2018 By Stoyan Zaimov Over 60 percent of Christian women in the U.K. have said in a survey that they have experienced sexism in the Church, while 75 percent insisted that God finds both men and women equal and able to preach His word. A booklet on the poll results, titled "Minding the Gap," released March 8 by the Sophia Network, a group which seeks to empower women in Church leadership, said that while most respondents, at 86 percent, feel like valued members of the Church family, there are still big problems to tackle.
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 10:35 AM PDT
TRENTON (NJ) The Trentonian March 10, 2018 By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman An Ocean County man who possessed over 36,000 videos and images of child pornography pleaded guilty Tuesday to distributing child pornography online. Anthony White, 31, of Lakewood, is facing a six-year recommended prison sentence and will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law, but two New Jersey experts warn that sex offender registration and notification laws do not prevent sexual violence. Psychology professors Elizabeth Jeglic of Cranbury and Cynthia Calkins Mercado of Union City dispute the conventional wisdom of Megan's Law in a new book. ... ... Their book, published Feb. 13, also talks about the child abuse sex scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church in recent years, mentions convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky of Penn State University football shame and highlights President Donald Trump's controversial "locker room talk" from 2005 that emerged during the 2016 presidential campaign in which the billionaire real estate mogul talked about grabbing women by the genitals.
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 10:28 AM PDT
COAHUILA (MEXICO) Mexico News Daily March 10, 2018 Sexual abuse 'survivor' alleges they are part of a network of pedophiles A man who describes himself as a survivor of sexual abuse in the Catholic church has given church authorities a list of 17 priests whom he alleges are part of a "network of pedophiles." The first indication of sexual abuse in the diocese of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, was revealed when two men came forward and formally accused parish priest Juan Manuel Riojas of sexual assault. Close to 20 men of the cloth are now facing similar accusations.
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 06:40 AM PDT
TALLAHASSEE (FL) Associated Press March 10, 2018 A woman who was 11 when she was forced to marry her rapist has worked for six years to ban child marriages in Florida. On Friday, she was hailed as a hero after the Legislature passed a bill prohibiting marriage for anyone under 17. State lawmakers have repeatedly cited Sherry Johnson as an inspiration to change the law. She watched in the House gallery as the bill passed the House on a 109-1 vote, then stood as representatives turned to face her and applauded. "My heart is happy," she said afterward. "My goal was to protect our children and I feel like my mission has been accomplished. This is not about me. I survived."
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 06:33 AM PDT
SPRINGFIELD (IL) The State Journal-Register March 10, 2018 By Steven Spearie Teresa Morris Kettelkamp never envisioned such a quick return to Rome. "Stunned. That pretty much captures it," said Kettelkamp, a Springfield resident and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parishioner, about her appointment Feb. 17 by Pope Francis to a three-year term to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, finding out after an early birthday lunch at Bella Milano. The Vatican had taken note of her work as a staff member working in Rome with the same commission, which drafts guidelines for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults as well as healing and care for sexual abuse victims and survivors, before she left in November to be closer to her family in Illinois. Kettelkamp was the only American among the nine new members named to the commission.
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 06:31 AM PDT
ATLANTA (GA) Archdiocese of Atlanta March 9, 2018 Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory has released the following letter in response to HB 605, a bill that is under consideration in the current session of the Georgia General Assembly. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, When I am called to stand before our Heavenly Father to make a full and final accounting of my priestly life and ministry, I will first humbly ask His Mercy for all the times I've fallen short in my service to Him and to His people. If I'm asked what I did to bring people to Him, I'll recall the countless Sacraments I've celebrated with so many of you, the faith-filled social interactions we have shared, the remarkable opportunities to teach and to lead and to be present during moments of incredible joy and incalculable sorrow. And when He asks me that for which I am most thankful in my service to His Church, it will have been my work in restoring trust to His people, assuring safe environments in Catholic settings that serve as examples to the wider community, and helping to bring about healing and hope to those in our faith family who have been sexually abused by members of our Catholic clergy – work I still wish more than anything on earth had never been necessary, work that we can never call complete.
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 06:29 AM PDT
GEORGIA The Atlanta Journal-Constitution March 9, 2018 By Ty Tagami A Georgia legislative proposal to give adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse more time to sue pedophiles and organizations has encountered opposition from the Catholic Church. A lobbyist for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta proposes gutting a bill that would extend the statute of limitations for lawsuits and make it easier to sue entities that harbored pedophiles. The Archdiocese is led by a clergyman who was in charge of the U.S. Catholic church's response in the early 2000s to the priest pedophilia scandal and who has publicly spoken out for justice for the victims. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory issued a statement Friday after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sought comment about the church's lobbying effort, saying the bill was "extraordinarily unfair" to the church and would hinder its mission by allowing lawsuits for actions that occurred years ago.
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 06:25 AM PDT
VATICAN CITY Agence France-Press via Yahoo News By Catherine Marciano March 10, 2018 As Pope Francis marks the fifth year of his papacy next week, the pontiff once hailed as a fearless reformer is under fire for his handling of the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church. Since taking over in March 2013, the 81-year-old Argentinian has championed the cause of the marginalised, saying he wanted a "poor church for the poor" and shunning papal palaces and ostentatious displays of wealth. His reform agenda has introduced the possibility in certain cases to allow divorced and remarried believers to take communion, although he still agrees with the Church's traditional positions on other issues, such as abortion, artificial contraception and gay marriage. But the sex abuse scandals have haunted his papacy and last month the Vatican announced it was reviving its anti-paedophile panel.
Posted: 11 Mar 2018 06:21 AM PDT
BUFFALO (NY) The Buffalo News March 11, 2018 By Jay Tokasz Bishop Richard J. Malone is reconsidering a longstanding Catholic Diocese of Buffalo policy that withholds the names of priests who have been accused of sexual abuse. Publicizing the names of clergy alleged to have molested children would reverse a tradition that's been in place for more than 15 years. "We're looking at it anew," Malone said following his recent announcement that the diocese has established a new fund to compensate victims of clergy sex abuse. A retired priest's admission in February that he molested "probably dozens" of boys in the 1970s and 1980s re-ignited concerns that clergy sexual abuse in Western New York was more devastating and widespread than accounts provided so far by diocesan leaders. The Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits admitted the abuse to The News after a South Buffalo resident accused the priest of molesting him on a ski trip in the early 1980s. The admissions prompted additional allegations against Orsolits, as well as new public accusations against other priests.
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