- Bela and Martha Karolyi, Former Gymnastics Coaches, Deny Knowing About Nassar’s Abuse
- Crece la agitación en la Iglesia chilena tras la carta del Papa
- Varadkar: Survivors will get redress ‘without delay’
- Bill Cosby retrial, Day 10: Defense argues comedian was out of town at time of assault
- Bill Cosby’s defense expert’s only credential is a driver’s license
- La Iglesia deberá "pagar" por sus pecados: la encrucijada ante la petición de indemnizaciones
- Obispado de Osorno informa que Juan Barros se encuentra “con alguna dificultad en su salud”
- Ezzati critica permanencia de Barros como obispo: “Por el bien de la Iglesia, debiera dar un paso al costado”
- Convicted priest remains free despite failing drug tests
- Aisha Sultan: Priest sex abuse survivor says trauma lingers
- Priest Philip Murphy spared jail after court hears of Skype chats about child abuse fantasies
- Chilean cardinal says bishop should resign over abuse crisis
- Wife leaves antigay preacher as more child sex abuse charges start piling up
- Acton Bowen seeks bond change for sex offense charges
- Three years' jail for Catholic priest who abused boys, then moved on
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 01:23 PM PDT
UNITED STATES New York Times By CHRISTINE HAUSER APRIL 20, 2018 Bela and Martha Karolyi, the former coordinators and coaches of the United States women's gymnastics team, said that they were not aware of the widespread sexual abuse of gymnasts by Lawrence G. Nassar, the former team doctor. In their first interview since the allegations surfaced about Dr. Nassar, who is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison, Ms. Karolyi said that even parents who were in the same room with their children did not notice the abuse, which her husband said affected the sport "like an explosion." Excerpts from the interview were released on Friday ahead of its full broadcast on NBC's "Dateline" on Sunday. It will also feature the program's full interview with McKayla Maroney, the Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast, who spoke about the "hundreds" of times she was molested, according to excerpts.
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 10:10 AM PDT
CHILE La Nacion [SANTIAGO, Chile.- The letter that Francisco sent to the Chilean bishops in which he admits "having made serious errors of appraisal" in a case of sexual abuse generated enormous agitation in the local Church, which increased even more yesterday after that the archbishop of Santiago asked for the resignation of a controversial bishop.] Victor García SEGUIR 20 de abril de 2018 SANTIAGO, Chile.- La carta que Francisco les envió a los obispos chilenos en la que reconoce "haber incurrido en graves errores de valoración" en un caso de abusos sexuales generó una enorme agitación en la Iglesia local, que aumentó aún más ayer luego de que el arzobispo de Santiago pidiera la renuncia de un polémico obispo. Aquel lastre se provocó luego de que el Papa desoyera las acusaciones de las víctimas de abuso sexual del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, que culparon al obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros, de encubrir los vejámenes que sufrieron. Francisco se quejó de "falta de información veraz y equilibrada" que lo llevaron a manifestar en enero, durante su visita a Chile, "que no hay una sola prueba contra Barros". El informe de Charles Scicluna, arzobispo de Malta que encabezó la investigación al respecto, cambió su postura.
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 10:03 AM PDT
IRELAND Irish Examiner Thursday, April 19, 2018 By Conall Ó Fátharta Irish Examiner Reporter Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that women wrongly excluded from the Magdalene Laundries redress scheme will be receive redress payments "without delay". Last November, the Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, published a scathing a report into the scheme, which found that the Department of Justice had wrongly refused some Magdalene laundry survivors access to redress payments. He made four recommendations, principle among these that the department fully reconsider, with a view to accepting, the applications of women who worked in one of the listed Magdalene Laundries but who were registered on the books of a training centre or industrial school in the same building attached to, or located on, the grounds of the laundry. Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that this review would take place but made a commitment that all of these women would be included in the scheme and receive redress. This will happen within three months.
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 09:52 AM PDT
PENNSYLVANIA USA Today Maria Puente and Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY April 20, 2018 As Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial went on for a 10th day Friday, testimony is nearing completion and Judge Steven O'Neill says jurors should get the case next week. O'Neill said in court Thursday there are only a few more days of testimony left in the case. Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Andrea Constand, at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004. Here are the latest developments from the courtroom: Defense: Cosby's travel schedule puts him out of town at time of 2004 assault Jurors were Bill Cosby's travel records as his lawyers made the case that he never visited his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004, the month he's accused of drugging and molesting a woman there.
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 09:37 AM PDT
PENNSYLVANIA Page Six By Emily Saul April 19, 2018 NORRISTOWN, Pa.– Two experts were expected to face off in Bill Cosby's sex assault retrial Thursday — but instead the defense produced a wannabe author better versed in Viagra and cancer than drug-facilitated molestation. Dr. Harry A. Milman was allowed to testify as an expert in toxicology and pharmacology by judge Steven O'Neill following a painful voir dire by prosecutor Stewart Ryan, during which Milman was forced to repeatedly admit his lack of credentialing. When asked if he held any licenses, the doctor croaked: "I hold a driver's license." Cosby, 80, faces three charges of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University administrator Andrea Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004. Cosby maintains he offered Constand Benadryl to help her "relax."
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 07:52 AM PDT
CHILE El Mostrador [In the coming weeks, the Court of Appeals will review the case in which the victims of Karadima accused protection of the Archbishopric of Santiago and requested compensation of $ 450 million pesos.] por ALEJANDRA CARMONA LÓPEZ 20 abril, 2018 En las próximas semanas, la Corte de Apelaciones revisará la causa en la que las víctimas de Karadima acusaron protección del Arzobispado de Santiago y pidieron por ello una compensación de $450 millones de pesos. Los afectados por los maristas tampoco descartan echar mano a esa figura cuando resuelvan el aspecto penal. Como en otros países de Latinoamérica y Europa, el escenario más probable para la Iglesia chilena es comenzar a pagar indemnizaciones. Pero la institución no está sola, pues detrás de ella se encuentra Claro y Cía., uno de los bufetes más importantes de la plaza, que ha tenido entre sus clientes al propio Pinochet.
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 07:47 AM PDT
CHILE La Tercera [With a brief statement, the Bishopric of Osorno reported this afternoon that the ecclesiastical authority of that city, Juan Barros, is "with some difficulty in his health".] Abril 19, 2918 "Se agradece la comprensión y oraciones", dice un comunicado de la agrupación de esa ciudad. Hoy Ezzati sostuvo que el prelado "debiera dar un paso al costado". Con un breve comunicado, el Obispado de Osorno informó esta tarde que la autoridad eclesiástica de esa ciudad, Juan Barros, se encuentra "con alguna dificultad en su salud". "Se agradece la comprensión y oraciones", dice el texto, y añade: "Reitera su permanente disponibilidad a las orientaciones del Santo Padre". Durante esta jornada, el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, señaló que Barros, cuestionado por su presunto encubrimiento en los abusos que cometió Fernando Karadima, debería renunciar "sin duda alguna". "Yo no soy juez para decir si encubrió o no, pero por el bien del pueblo de Dios y de la Iglesia, el obispo Barros debiera dar un paso al costado", dijo el cardenal.
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 07:44 AM PDT
CHILE La Tercera [Ezzati criticizes the permanence of Barros as bishop: "For the good of the Church, should take a step to the side"] Abril 19, 2018 Autor: Claudia Soto La máxima autoridad de la Iglesia chilena aseguró que el Pontífice fue "engañado" sobre la información que recibió por el supuesto encubrimiento de Barros a Fernando Karadima. Una dura conferencia de prensa ofreció hoy el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, en la que cuestionó la permanencia del obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros, como líder de la Iglesia de esa ciudad, luego de ser acusado por víctimas de abuso sexual y de la comunidad laica de haber encubierto los crímenes cometidos por Fernando Karadima. Tras una asamblea extraordinaria con el clero chileno, la máxima autoridad eclesiástica rompió el silencio a días de haber recibido la carta que el Papa Francisco envió a los obispos en la que pide perdón a las víctimas y señala que recibió información poco clara sobre Barros. Consultado sobre la materia, Ezzati sostuvo que "yo no soy juez para decir si encubrió o no, pero por el bien del pueblo de Dios y de la Iglesia, el obispo Barros debiera dar un paso al costado".
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 06:41 AM PDT
CONNECTICUT Associated Press April 19, 2018 HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut priest convicted of selling methamphetamine won't be sent back to prison despite failing drug tests while on parole. WVIT-TV reports that federal Judge Alfred Covello decided Thursday that Kevin Wallin, a former pastor at St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport, will remain on supervised release rather than return to prison. Wallin, dubbed "Monsignor Meth" in some media reports, had been convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and sentenced to 65 months in prison. He was released in 2016 but failed a number of required drug tests, prompting his parole officer and prosecutors to recommend revoking his parole.
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 06:42 AM PDT
MISSOURI St. Louis Post-Dispatch April 20, 2018 Aisha Sultan Chris O'Leary started to sweat in church as he moved up the line of parents and kids waiting for a turn at the confessional. When they got to the head of the line, O'Leary was crying and trying not to pass out. O'Leary's panic attack hit as his son made his first confession. He wasn't sure why, but he wondered if it had something to do with hazy memories from his childhood confessions. Three years later, in 2005, his daughter made her first confession. He had another panic attack. O'Leary had talked to church officials in 2002 when the New York Times broke a story involving sexual abuse allegations against Father Leroy Valentine, who had been a priest in O'Leary's childhood parish. The story revealed that in the late 1990s the St. Louis Archdiocese had settled with three brothers who had accused Valentine of sexual abuse, paying them $20,000 each. O'Leary wasn't sure if his vague, uncomfortable memories with Valentine meant something inappropriate had also happened to him. He says then-Bishop Timothy Dolan reassured him back in 2002 that he was misreading the situations from decades ago.
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 06:33 AM PDT
AUSTRALIA ABC News By court reporter Emma Younger An Anglican priest who was caught having online chats about raping boys as young as two, and who once said he wanted to watch a man sexually abuse his own son while in a "pedo mood", has avoided jail. Melbourne priest Philip Murphy, 54, pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to transmit child pornography over a series of explicit discussions he engaged in over Skype between December 2016 and February 2017. Murphy, who worked in Sunshine in Melbourne's west, told police he used his position as a priest to gain the trust of the men he was chatting to online, sending them photos of his clerical collar. Under the name 'pervert', he used the gay dating app Grindr to find other men who wanted to chat about sexually abusing children.
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 03:09 AM PDT
CHILE Reuters APRIL 19, 2018 SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The head of Chile's Catholic Church said on Thursday that a Chilean bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse should resign, little more than a week after Pope Frances said he had made mistakes in handling Chile's sexual abuse crisis. Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati told reporters that Juan Barros, a Chilean bishop who allegedly concealed abuse of minors by his mentor Father Fernando Karadima, should resign "without a doubt," while adding he would not judge "whether or not [Barros] had covered up" the incidents. Barros did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The Chilean Church's call for his resignation follows a letter from Pope Francis earlier this month in which the Argentine pontiff said he had made "grave mistakes" in handling a sexual abuse crisis that has long racked the South American country.
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 06:16 AM PDT
ALABAMA LGBT Nation By Alex Bollinger April 18, 2018 Acton Bowen, a well-known youth pastor from Hoover, Alabama, was arrested last week on charges related to his sexual molestation of a teen boy. Now more victims have come forward. Bowen was arrested after a six-month investigation into accusations from a teen boy whose family considered Bowen a "friend." Now four more individuals have come come forward to say that Bowen sexually abused them when they were between the ages of 12 and 17. Several of the victims are adults now. "When we met with the first victim, our worst fear was that there could be more young boys who had been molested and preyed upon by Acton Bowen," said Hoover police Captain Gregg Rector. "It appears our worst fears are now becoming reality. Sadly, this case continues to mushroom with each passing day."
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 03:01 AM PDT
ALABAMA Gadsden Times By Donna Thornton / Times Staff Writer Posted Apr 18, 2018 Attorneys for Acton Bowen are seeking a change in bond set for the youth evangelist charged with multiple sex offenses against children in two counties — including Etowah. Bowen was arrested Tuesday on four felony sex charges — two counts of second-degree sodomy and two counts of second-degree enticing a child to enter a vehicle or room with the intent of sexual contact — and three misdemeanor charges of second-degree sexual abuse. The alleged offenses, involving four victims, occurred as long ago as 2006 and as recently as the first four months of this year. His bond on the charges totaled $500,000 cash; attorneys Richard Jaffe, Michael Whisonant Jr. and John D. Floyd filed a petition for habeas corpus Wednesday asking, basically, that it be changed to a surety bond.
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 02:57 AM PDT
AUSTRALIA The Age 20 April 2018 A Catholic brother who was moved by his order to other schools interstate after he sexually abused students at De La Salle College in Malvern has been jailed for at least three years. Former De La Salle brother Frank Terrence Keating, 75, was on Friday sentenced to five years and three months in jail for indecently assaulting eight students between 1969 and 1977. Those crimes mean he has now been jailed for sexually abusing 26 children in total in Victoria and Queensland from the late 1960s to early 1980s. County Court Judge Gregory Lyon said Keating's "audacious" offending included sexually assaulting one boy in the child's bed, after Keating had been invited to the family home for a dancing night; and molesting another boy during a drive, after which the Catholic brother had a cup of tea with his victim's parents.
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