- Ten accused 'predator priests' on Jesuit list served in New Jersey
- Pope wants bishops to punish sex abusers, not cover up cases
- 4 nuns who protested against rape-accused Jalandhar bishop transferred
- Spiritual Abuse: Stop Being so Bitter
- Police issue arrest warrant for Dallas priest after new accuser comes forward
- Kerala: Four nuns who protested against rape-accused bishop transferred by church
- List of Jesuits accused of abuse includes many with Mass. ties
- Vatican: Abuse summit to help bishops know 'what they need to do'
- Cuomo supports Child Victims Act
- Los maristas, en el punto de mira del Vaticano por los abusos
- Aún hay seis sacerdotes españoles imputados por el Caso Maristas: este es el relato de las víctimas
- Papa apoyó a cúpula de la Iglesia en Chile: víctimas de abusos acusaron "arrogancia" de obispos
- Julio Barahona: El abusador que los jesuitas no denunciaron a tiempo
- Reunión con el Papa: Tres horas estuvieron reunidos los obispos chilenos con el Sumo Pontífice
- La pregunta del Papa a los obispos: “¿Cómo anda Goic?”
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 08:02 AM PST
NEW JERSEY North Jersey Record January 15, 2019 By Deena Yellin Ten Jesuit priests who worked in New Jersey institutions were among a list published by the Roman Catholic religious order Tuesday of members who were credibly accused of sexually abusing children. The USA Northeast Province Jesuits, which encompasses New England, New York and northern New Jersey, unveiled the roster of 50 priests accused of abusing minors between 1950 and 1996. Nine of the Jesuits who served in New Jersey worked at St. Peter's Prep High School, St. Peter's University or St. Peter's Parish, all in Jersey City.
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 01:49 PM PST
ROME (ITALY) Associated Press January 16, 2019 By Nicole Winfield Pope Francis is insisting that bishops attending his high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit will learn the laws to use against predators, how to care for victims and will make sure that no cleric abuse cases are covered up again. The Vatican on Wednesday provided details about the Feb. 21-24 meeting, saying its main aim is to guarantee that bishops around the world "clearly understand what they need to do to prevent and combat the worldwide problem of the sexual abuse of minors." Francis will attend the full summit, which includes plenary meetings, working groups, witness testimony, a penitential service and a final Mass on Feb. 24. The pope appointed the Rev. Federico Lombardi to moderate the plenary meetings. The Italian Jesuit was Vatican spokesman during the last big explosion of sex cases in 2010 and recently penned a lengthy article in a Jesuit magazine about the Catholic Church's response to the scandal to date. Francis announced in September that he was inviting presidents of bishops' conferences around the world to attend the summit amid a crisis in his papacy over his own botched handling of sex abuse cases and a new explosion of the scandal in the U.S., Chile and beyond. Francis has a blemished record on handling sex abuse cases.
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 07:29 AM PST
HYDERABAD (INDIA) Deccan Chronicle Jan 16, 2019 Four of the five nuns who led an agitation against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal in Kerala have been directed to leave their convent in Kottayam district in compliance with a transfer order issued last year, sources said here on Wednesday. Their congregation --Missionaries of Jesus under Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic Church – has directed the nuns to join the convents they were assigned previously as per the transfer orders issued between March and May in 2018. However, the nuns, who have been staying with their colleague, allegedly subjected to rape and unnatural sex by Mulakkal, stated they would not leave the convent in Kuravialangad. The protest led by the nuns and Catholic reformist forums in Kochi, in September had led to a public outrage and demands for action against the bishop. Bishop Mulakkal, a senior member of the Roman Catholic clergy in India, was arrested in September last following allegations by the nun that he repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted her in the convent at Kuravialangad between 2014 and 2016, a charge denied by him.
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 07:27 AM PST
OREGON Spiritual Sounding Board January 16, 2019 This is the fifth blog post referring to an article by Jonathan Hollingsworth, What Not to Say to Someone Who's Been Hurt by the Church. The article resonated with a lot of people, so I thought it might be a good idea to discuss these unhelpful statements one by one here, and give people the opportunity to share their experiences. I am working through all six of Hollingsworth's statements/questions of what not to say to someone who has been hurt by spiritual abuse. The posts are as follows: Spiritual Abuse: No Church is Perfect Spiritual Abuse: When People Ask You, "Are You Working Toward Reconciliation? Spiritual Abuse: It's Not Gossip to Talk about Abuse. Spiritual Abuse: What Are Nonbelievers Going to Think? Here is the fifth question on what not to say to someone harmed by spiritual abuse, followed by Jonathan Hollingsworth explaining why it is not helpful: "Stop Being So Bitter." People who have been hurt by a church have a right to be angry. Not only is anger an appropriate response to injustice, it's a healthy response if it's channeled the right ways. So why do Christians have such a hard time letting each other express negative emotions? Why do we always have to fish for some deeper spiritual problem like a root of bitterness or unforgiveness? The other day I heard someone put it this way: "Religion will molest you, then accuse you of being bitter about it." Do you see the double standard? When victims react to being hurt by someone in a church, we treat them as though there's something's wrong with them. This is why abusers are so often exonerated. It's easier to justify letting the abuser off the hook if both parties are "in the wrong." Source
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 07:21 AM PST
DALLAS (TX) Dallas Morning News January 15, 2019 By David Tarrant Dallas police have issued an arrest warrant for an Oak Cliff priest previously accused of molesting three teenagers after a new accuser reached out to investigators. Edmundo Paredes, the former longtime pastor at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, had been accused of sexually assaulting three teenage boys more than a decade ago and stealing from his parish. The Dallas Catholic Diocese, amid a worldwide sex-abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, made the allegations public in August. Those victims didn't want to pursue criminal charges against the priest, said Dallas police spokeswoman Tamika Dameron, in an emailed statement. But, she said, the announcement prompted another victim to come forward. The new alleged victim contacted the department's Child Exploitation Unit, which initiated a criminal investigation. That investigation then led to the arrest warrant for Paredes issued for the offense of sexual assault of a child, police said. Paredes, 70, could not be reached for comment. He is believed to have fled the Dallas area last year, and his whereabouts are unknown. Dallas Catholic Diocese officials have said they thought he may have returned to his native Philippines. Dallas County Sheriff's spokesman Raul Reyna said police obtained the warrant last week. Police have a detective -- David Clark of the child exploitation unit -- assigned to investigate sex-abuse allegations with minors within the Catholic diocese.
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 07:00 AM PST
NOIDA (INDIA) Express News January 16, 2019 The Catholic Church in Kerala Wednesday transferred four nuns from its Missionaries of Jesus convent in Kuravilangad who had participated in protests against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Jalandhar diocese. Sr Alphy Pallasseril, Sr Anupama Kelamangalathuveliyil, Sr Josephine Villoonnickal and Sr Ancitta Urumbil, who held an indefinite strike near the Kerala High Court premises in Kochi last year demanding the arrest of the rape-accused bishop, have been given transfer orders back to the convents they were previously assigned by the Church. The development comes a few days after the church had sent a warning to Sister Lucy Kalapura, who was at the forefront of protests against Mulakkal, for "attending channel discussions", writing articles in "non-Christian newspapers" and "making false accusations" against the Catholic leadership. Sr Anupama has been given marching orders to go back to Punjab, Sr Ancitta to Kannur, Kerala, Sr Alphy to Bihar and Sr Josephine to Jharkhand. Since June last year, these four nuns and a fifth one have been staying at the Kuravilangad convent as an act of solidarity with the victim, who also resides here. Mulakkal was accused of raping a nun belonging to the order of Missionaries of Jesus several times between 2014 and 2016, and spent three weeks in the sub-jail at Pala before he got bail.
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 06:53 AM PST
NEW YORK (NY) Associated Press January 16, 2019 By Karen Matthews The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States has released a list of 50 priests under its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors. All but 15 of the Roman Catholic priests on the list released Tuesday by the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus are dead, and all of the alleged abuse all took place before 1997. Two former priests are incarcerated, one for possession of child pornography and one for abuse charges. "At the heart of this crisis is the painful, sinful and illegal harm done to children by those whom they should have been able to trust," the Rev. John J. Cecero, the top official for the province, said in a statement, adding, "We did not know any best practices to handle these violations many decades ago and regrettably made mistakes along the way." The list includes priests who served in Jesuit high schools and colleges throughout New England, New York and northern New Jersey. Of the 50, 22 have Massachusetts connections. Among them is James Talbot, 81, a former priest who is serving a three-year sentence in Maine for sexually abusing a 9-year-old boy at a church in the 1990s. His accuser said in court in September, "To this day, I remember the steps leading inside the church as if they were guiding me to hell."
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 06:50 AM PST
ROME (ITALY) Catholic News Agency January 16, 2019 By Hannah Brockhaus Just over a month ahead of the much-anticipated February meeting on sex abuse, the Vatican said the summit's goal is for bishops to leave the meeting knowing clearly what it is they need to do to stop the abuse of minors. According to a statement by papal spokesperson Alessandro Gisotti Jan. 16, the February meeting "has a concrete purpose: the goal is that all of the bishops clearly understand what they need to do to prevent and combat the worldwide problem of the sexual abuse of minors." "It is fundamental for the Holy Father," Gisotti said, that the bishops of the February gathering, when they have returned home, "understand the laws to be applied and that they take the necessary steps to prevent abuse, to care for the victims, and to make sure that no case is covered up or buried." It was also stated that Pope Francis wants the summit of bishops to be "an assembly of Pastors, not an academic conference," and that he knows "a global problem can only be resolved with a global response." It will be a meeting "characterized by prayer and discernment, a catechetical and working gathering," the statement read. It concluded by drawing attention to the high expectations surrounding the summit, recalling that the Church is "not at the beginning of the fight against abuse," but that the meeting is just one step along a "painful journey" the Church has "decisively undertaken" for the last 15 years.
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 06:48 AM PST
MIDDLETOWN (NY) Times Herald-Record January 15, 2019 By Chris McKenna Gov. Andrew Cuomo invoked Pope Francis in his budget speech on Tuesday as he proclaimed his support for a bill to help victims of child sexual abuse that New York's Catholic Church has opposed and that is headed for approval after a dozen years in limbo. Cuomo, identifying himself as a Catholic and former altar boy, said he valued his relationship to the church and found "painful" his political differences with its leaders. But he then read aloud a quote condemning child sexual abuse that turned out to have come from the pope, and said, "I say we stand with Pope Francis and we pass the Child Victims Act." Cuomo included a bill version in his budget that would extend New York's statutes of limitations for future criminal or civil cases against abusers. It also opens a one-year window in which all past victims can sue their abusers and culpable institutions, a provision that the Catholic Church and other institutions have opposed and that led Senate Republicans to block the bill for years. Democrats ousted Republicans from power in the Senate in November's elections, clearing the way for passage of the legislation this year.
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 08:31 AM PST
[Vatican opens exceptional investigation into abuse by Marists in Chile] ROME (ITALY) El País January 16, 2019 La Santa Sede abre una investigación excepcional a la congregación en Chile por graves acusaciones que podría conducir a una intervención general El Vaticano se ha hartado de los escándalos que sacuden a la Congregación de los Hermanos Maristas en todo el mundo y ha abierto un proceso de investigación excepcional en su rama chilena, donde la la gravedad de los escándalos está fuera de duda y se han acreditado decenas de casos. La Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe no tiene competencias normalmente para investigar cuando los implicados son sacerdotes (los maristas son religiosos), pero la profundidad y verosimilitud de los hechos propició que el Papa francisco firmase un decreto recientmente para que así fuera.
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 08:31 AM PST
[There are still six Spanish priests accused in the Marist Case: this is the story of the victims] CHILE BioBioChile January 15, 2019 By Ariela Muñoz De los imputados que maneja la Fiscalía por los casos de abusos y violación pederasta dentro de la iglesia, hay siete españoles de la Congregación de los Hermanos Maristas en Chile, cuyas víctimas relataron la cruda versión de los hechos. Pope Francis ordered the opening of a criminal case before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, for not having imposed any sanction in the first stage of the investigation, says El País.
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 08:31 AM PST
[Pope supported the leadership of Chile's Church: abuse victims accused bishops of "arrogance"] CHILE BioBioChile January 15, 2019 By Alberto González, Nicole Martínez and Patricia Mayorga El Comité Permanente de la Conferencia Episcopal chilena se reunió este lunes con el papa Francisco en el Vaticano, cita en la que el Pontífice respaldó a los obispos que están en ejercicio. Víctimas de abusos en la iglesia acusaron arrogancia de los jerarcas de la Iglesia por defender la caducidad de sus renuncia
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 08:32 AM PST
[Julio Barahona: The abuser that the Jesuits did not report on time] CHILE The Clinic January 15, 2019 By Jonás Romero and Camila Magnet Este 5 de enero, el educador Julio Barahona fue detenido por posesión de pornografía infantil en Rancagua, la cual obtenía de adolescentes de un colegio en el que trabajó por casi 10 años. Pero no era la primera vez que lo hacía: su macabro registro comenzó en 1987, cuando alumnos del San Ignacio El Bosque sufrieron abusos por parte de Barahona. En 1989, el entonces aspirante a cura llegó a otro colegio fundado por jesuitas en Arica, donde abusó de al menos otros cuatro niños. Dos años más tarde, la Iglesia lo expulsó por "perversiones graves" y le perdió la pista, permitiéndole estar en contacto con niños hasta hoy. La pregunta que ronda a los investigadores, partiendo por el fiscal Emiliano Arias, es: ¿Qué habría pasado si lo hubiesen denunciado a tiempo?
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 08:33 AM PST
[Pope spends three hours meeting with Chilean bishops in Rome] CHILE Publimetro January 14, 2019 By Consuelo Rehbein Según señalan desde la Conferencia Episcopal de Chile, el diálogo giró en torno a la situación que vive la Iglesia Católica en Chile y las perspectivas a futuro. Este lunes se desarrolló la reunión entre el Papa Francisco, y los máximos representantes de la Iglesia católica de Chile. En la reunión participaron los obispos Santiago Silva, presidente de la CECh; René Rebolledo, vicepresidente; Fernando Ramos, secretario general; cardenal Ricardo Ezzati y Juan Ignacio González.
Posted: 16 Jan 2019 08:33 AM PST
[Pope asks Chilean bishops: "How is Goic doing?"] CHILE La Tercera January 15, 2019 By María José Navarrete La consulta del líder de la Iglesia Católica aludía al obispo emérito de Rancagua, Alejandro Goic, cuya renuncia aceptó el 28 de junio pasado, en medio de denuncias por conductas impropias y abusos sexuales que habrían cometido sacerdotes de su diócesis. "¿Cómo anda Goic?". Eso fue lo primero que le preguntó el Papa Francisco a Fernando Ramos, administrador apostólico de Rancagua y secretario general de la Conferencia Episcopal (Cech), cuando ambos se saludaron al inicio de la audiencia del comité permanente de la Cech realizada el lunes en Roma. "Bien, pero con sus cosas", fue lo que le respondió el prelado.
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