Fake News About Brebeuf Jesuit School

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 07:31 PM PDT

DENVER (CO) National Catholic Register July 2, 2019 By Patrick Reilly According to secular news reports about Brebeuf Jesuit High School in Indianapolis, which Archbishop Charles Thompson declared to be no longer Catholic, you'd think the decision was all about the Church's eagerness to fire a "gay" teacher. Likewise, articles about Cathedral High School in northeast Indianapolis, which upheld its Catholic identity by dismissing one of its teachers, also emphasize the teacher's sexuality. Such is "fake news"—it's rooted in some fact, but not in truth. In fact, the Indianapolis situation is primarily about a Catholic school's obligations to teach the faith clearly and without contradiction. The Indianapolis Star proclaimed, "Indianapolis Archdiocese Cuts Ties with Jesuit School Over Refusal to Fire Gay Teacher." FOX News claimed Brebeuf was "Stripped of 'Catholic' Label Over Gay Teacher." Newsweek announced that Cathedral "Fires Gay Teacher," and the USA Today headline likewise reported that Cathedral "Is Firing a Gay Teacher." And now, a New York Times contributor has lectured the bishops on the need to defend our "L.G.B.T.Q. brothers and sisters." The article is titled, "How to Defy the Catholic Church." To be sure, at both Brebeuf and Cathedral the teachers under scrutiny are identified as "gay"—but what caused the controversy is not that directly, but instead their public actions contradicting what they are supposed to be teaching in a Catholic school. Both entered into civilly approved same-sex marriages. Such public scandal makes someone ineligible to teach in a genuinely Catholic school, and this would be true of scandal leading children into any type of grave sin, whether homosexual or otherwise.

Please don't let this issue die

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 07:29 PM PDT

VICTORIA (AUSTRALIA) The Advocate July 2, 2019 By Carol Oliver Thank heavens, I am not religious. Which is not to say that I don't respect those people who are. We are all entitled to our beliefs, and many religions have played a huge and positive part in the lives of individuals and societies for centuries. But right now - despite news fading rapidly into the ether - I remain scandalised by the widespread abuse and cover up by religious figures around the world. It's bad enough to hear about one abuser in a family or community, but the depth and breadth of abuse in the Catholic Church is unforgivable. So when the Pope says he's ashamed of the church's failure to adequately address "repellent crimes", I go into a giant cringe because it appears to be too little ... and way too late. Of course, he is not personally to blame and I am sure he's probably a good bloke. But because the institution of the church created and covered up these crimes, and because he is the leader at this time, I find his responses too polite and vague. It seems to me he had the chance to re-energise respect and allegiance for believers by rooting out perpetrators so that, by example, the church could uphold its own laws as well as those of society.

Reaction pours in after Diocese releases clergy abuse report

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 07:25 PM PDT

PROVIDENCE (RI) ABC 6 News July 2, 2019 By Daniel Keith One day after the Diocese of Providence released its bombshell report naming 50 priests and deacons credibly accused of abuse against minors, reaction is pouring in from lawmakers, lawyers, and even former priests. The investigations were conducted by a former State Police detective who was able to investigate each account independently, according to the Diocese website. After the report was released, Bishop Tobin said the church is being as transparent as possible, but some believe the church is hiding something. Robert Hoatson is a former priest and now president of the New Jersey-based victim advocacy group Road to Recovery. As a victim of clergy abuse himself, and with knowledge of the workings of the church, he claims that Bishop Tobin is hiding some crucial information from the public. He calls this information "the secret files", claiming that each Bishop has access to complete files related to claims of abuse, in accordance with church law, Hoatson said. "Bishop Tobin did not publish any of the information that we need. The files, the details, the names and information of each and every priest named in that list [Monday] is crucial," Hoatson said, as he donned signs outside the Diocese. "We are not satisfied with the list that was published [Monday]." The report names 50 priests and deacons, with 17 that are still alive. But in court documents from 2007, the church said they were aware of 125 allegations of priests within the jurisdiction. The list was released just hours before Gov. Raimondo signed a bill into law that extends the statute of limitations for victims. That law's sponsor is Carol Hagan McEntee (D-Narragansett, South Kingstown) who said that the report does not say how many victims each priest had, as well as leaving out information that she calls a safety issue. "Unless they're dead, it really doesn't tell you where they [live] now. So I think that's important information, especially for parents to have," McEntee said.

Diocese of Harrisburg: Payment offers made to all child sex abuse victims who participated in compensation program

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 07:23 PM PDT

HARRISBURG (PA) Fox 43 News July 2, 2019 By Sean Naylor Administrators of the Diocese of Harrisburg Survivor Compensation Program have made payment offers to all victims of child sex abuse who participated in the program, according to a statement from the diocese. "The administrators for our independent compensation program have made offers to all survivors who participated in the program," the statement said. It added that as of Tuesday, July 2, no payments have been made. "The Diocese and Bishop Gainer continue to offer our profound sorrow, prayers and assistance to all survivors of clergy abuse," the statement concluded.

Public schools can learn from Catholics in handling sex abuse

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 07:21 PM PDT

DENVER (CO) Catholic News Agency July 2, 2019 After an investigative series by the Chicago Tribune uncovered numerous cases of sexual abuse and cover-up in the city's public schools, a local commentator is looking to the Archdiocese of Chicago as an example of putting safeguards for children into practice. In an article last week, Kristen McQueary, a columnist and member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board, highlighted the scandal surrounding Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the need for greater transparency regarding sexual abuse there. Police investigated 523 reports that children were sexually assaulted or abused inside city public schools from 2008 to 2017, or an average of one report each week, McQueary reported. "Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools officials for months fought records requests from Tribune reporters on sexual assaults within schools," she said. "CPS only relented under threat of a lawsuit...It was not an exercise in protecting students."

For Margaret McKenna, past clergy abuse is haunting her anew

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 07:16 PM PDT

PROVIDENCE (RI) Boston Globe July 2, 2019 By Amanda Milkovits Margaret A. McKenna says she was around 12 or 13 when a young priest in the rectory across from her home in Central Falls took her for a drive to Lincoln Woods State Park and fondled her in the car. She remembers him saying that no one would believe her if she told, but she could confess her sins to him. He sought her out for months, touching her in the school, in his car, at the rectory. McKenna, who would go on to become the president of two Boston universities, has shared her story many times — with a priest when she was young, with the Rhode Island State Police, with Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, with Rhode Island legislators in March — and yet she said she felt invisible when the Providence diocese released a list Monday of nearly 50 clergy accused of child molestation. The late Rev. Peter Tedeschi — the priest she'd accused of molesting her in the 1960s — was listed as "publicly accused." He and the late Monsignor Anthony Deangelis were separated from those the diocese deemed "credibly accused."

RI lawmakers spurn AG’s request to use grand jury for report on clergy abuse

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 07:13 PM PDT

PROVIDENCE (RI) WPRI Target 10 News July 2, 2019 Attorney General Peter Neronha says Rhode Islanders may learn less about sex abuse in the Catholic Church because lawmakers decided to bury a bill that would have allowed grand jury reports to be made public even without indictments. Neronha's bill — which failed to get a vote before the General Assembly recessed Friday — is garnering new attention this week after the Diocese of Providence released a list of 50 clergymen "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors. It's unclear how many additional accusations were not deemed credible by church officials. Neronha, who is conducting his own investigation into past claims of sexual abuse in the church, said publishing information gathered by a grand jury could provide greater transparency surrounding a historically opaque issue. Pennsylvania's attorney general took that route in compiling an explosive report on abuse in the church that came out last year. "While our legislation would have no impact on our ability investigate clergy sex abuse, it could have a profound impact on what the public eventually learns about the investigation," Neronha said in a statement.

Priests owe it to God not to report abuse confessions

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 07:10 PM PDT

Patheos blog July 2, 2019 By Barry Duke AN intransigent Vatican is digging its heels in over pressure to have priests report sexual abuse confessions to the authorities, and is complaining of anti-Catholic bias. According to this report, a document issued by the Vatican's Apostolic Penitentiary, which deals with issues of the sacrament of confession, said no government or law could force clergy to violate the seal: Because this duty comes directly from God. The document, which did not mention any countries or the sexual abuse crisis, complained of: A worrying negative prejudice against the Catholic Church. Most countries' legal systems respect the religious right of a Catholic priest not to reveal what he has learnt in confession, similar to attorney-client privilege. But the sexual abuse crisis that has embroiled the Catholic Church around the world has seen this right challenged more frequently. In Australia, an inquiry into child abuse recommended that the country introduce a law forcing religious leaders to report child abuse, including priests told of it during confession. So far, two of Australia's eight states have introduced laws making it a crime for priests to withhold information about abuse heard in confession. Others are still considering their response.

Editorial: Long-overdue list from the Diocese

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 07:06 PM PDT

PROVIDENCE (RI) Providence Journal July 2, 2019 Sunlight is the best disinfectant. It was right of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin to release a list of 50 clergy members who had been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing children. We saw the faces of some of the accused spread across the front page of The Providence Journal Tuesday — many of them surely guilty of monstrous acts of cruelty and betrayal. Readers no doubt scanned the list for clergy that had worked in their churches. Only 19 of the 50 are still alive, and none still serve the diocese. In a letter that Mr. Tobin read in a video, the bishop said that publishing the list "is a difficult but necessary moment in the moment in the life of our Diocesan church." He said "our thoughts and prayers turn first of all to those who have been harmed by the grave sin of sexual misconduct by clerics — priests and deacons — over the years." He offered to the victims, their families and faithful Catholics who have been "rightly scandalized by these disgraceful events ... the profound apology of the Church and the Diocese of Providence. We pray fervently that God will give you the grace of healing and peace." The list was released as Gov. Gina Raimondo signed into law a new measure extending from seven years to 35 the time limit for victims to file suits against their molesters. The legislation generally looks forward. Institutions through which molesters acted are protected from further lawsuits if the seven-year statute of limitations has already passed, except in cases of recovered memory.

Nun Faces Court, Accused Of Helping Priests Rape Deaf Children

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 06:53 PM PDT

AUSTRALIA 10 Daily News July 2, 2019 By Katie Hill A Roman Catholic nun is due face court tomorrow, after a new request for 'preventative detention' was made following a new accusation of abuse. Kosaka Kumiko allegedly helped priests cover up rape at an institution for deaf students in Argentina. The abuse allegedly took place in bathrooms, dorms, a garden and a basement at the school north west of Buenos Aires. Five priests were arrested following raids in November 2017, Kumiko was taken into custody in April 2017. The accused, who was released on bail of $2 million, claims she is innocent and will fight to clear her name.

Upper West Side priest steps down amid sexual abuse allegations

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 06:47 PM PDT

NEW YORK (NY) Daily News July 2, 2019 By Michael Gartland A priest at an Upper West Side church is stepping down amid accusations that he sexually abused a number of children, a New York Archdiocese spokesman said. Eight accusers have claimed they are victims of Monsignor John Paddack, who on Tuesday told parishioners at the Church of Notre Dame on W. 114th St. that he will be resigning his post there. "Msgr. Paddack has written to his parishioners to tell them that, although he denies the allegations against him, for the good of the parish and the people, he has decided to step aside while the investigation into the allegation proceeds," Archdiocese spokesman Joe Zwilling told the Daily News. Paddack's accusers claim he abused them at various postings throughout the city, including Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, St. Joseph by the Sea High School on Staten Island and the Church of the Incarnation in Upper Manhattan.

De Pere-based St. Norbert Abbey plans to publicize list of priests accused of molesting children

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 06:44 PM PDT

GREEN BAY (WI) Press-Gazette July 2, 2019 By Haley BeMiller The names of priests at St. Norbert Abbey accused of molesting children could be made public this summer. The abbey is in the final stages of reviewing sexual assault allegations against Norbertines over the years, the Green Bay Press-Gazette has learned. Montie Chavez, a spokesperson for St. Norbert, said the abbey aims to release the names of those priests by the end of summer. Chavez declined to identify the independent agency handling the investigation, but the Right Rev. Dane Radecki, abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, told the Press-Gazette earlier this year that Praesidium was assisting with it. Praesidium is an organization that works with Catholic dioceses on their responses to clergy abuse. Norbertines, sometimes known as Premonstratensians, differ from diocesan priests in the vows they take, according to St. Norbert's website. Locally, the order is based at an abbey in De Pere and serves Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and Holy Cross, among other parishes. Their priests also work at four Catholic schools, including St. Norbert College. St. Norbert's findings would follow the release of a list by the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay earlier this year of 48 priests with "substantial allegations" of sexual abuse of a minor against them. The diocese initially released 46 names but added two more as additional survivors came forward. The abbey's investigation also comes amid heightened scrutiny of the Catholic church as survivors and their advocates call for greater transparency worldwide. Pressure is coming from the Vatican, too, as Pope Francis recently issued a decree requiring clergy to report abuse to church officials. Meanwhile, at least 14 state attorneys general in the U.S. have launched their own investigations into clergy abuse. Allegations against Norbertine priests have surfaced throughout the years. Perhaps the most well-known is former priest James Stein, who was convicted in 2004 of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in a hot tub at the abbey.

Another priest added to Dallas Catholic diocese's 'credibly accused' list for 1960 sexual abuse allegation

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 03:13 PM PDT

DALLAS (TX) Morning News July, 2, 2019 By David Tarrant The Dallas Catholic Diocese has added a new name to its list of clergy members credibly accused of sexual abuse of children. The diocese, embroiled in scrutiny over its handling of past sexual abuse allegations, posted on its website over the weekend that Peter Barusseau was accused of abusing a minor while serving in North Texas. The diocese's short news item says the alleged abuse occurred in 1960. Diocese leaders did not release any further details about the alleged abuse. According to church records, from 1960-61, Barusseau substituted for other priests at Immaculate Conception in Denton, St. Anthony in Dallas and St. Mary in Sherman. Born in 1909, Barusseau is believed to be dead, but the diocese is attempting to confirm his date of death with his home diocese in France. The diocese first released its list of 31 credibly accused clergy — both living and dead — on Jan. 31. The list was part of a joint transparency effort by all Texas dioceses. Combined, those lists included nearly 300 names of clergy members who have been "credibly accused" of sexual abuse of children since 1950.

Catholic Charities appeal ends far short of $11 million target

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 02:16 PM PDT

BUFFALO (NY) Buffalo News July 2, 2019 By Jay Tokasz The 2019 Catholic Charities appeal finished more than $1.5 million short of an $11 million goal, as the Buffalo Diocese struggled to overcome dismay over its handling of clergy sexual abuse claims. The Catholic human service agency did not have a final tally of the amount raised, said spokeswoman Rose Caldwell, adding that a full announcement would happen in mid-July. But, she said, "To my knowledge, there hasn't been any major significant change that would put it over goal." Sunday was the final day of the annual appeal. A progress tracker at the Catholic Charities website shows the appeal raised $9,251,843. The final tally might end up being more, but Caldwell she was not aware of any large last-minute gifts that would have closed the gap. It was the first time since 2010 that the appeal fell short of goal.

NY church officials sue insurers over future abuse claims

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 01:00 PM PDT

NEW YORK (NY) Associated Press July 2, 2019 The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has filed a lawsuit against more than two dozen insurance companies seeking to compel the firms to cover claims filed by people who say they were abused by clergy members. Church officials anticipate that numerous alleged abuse victims will file lawsuits under New York's Child Victims Act. The new state law gives victims a one-year window to file claims alleging sex abuse that were previously barred by the statute of limitations. The archdiocese says in its lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan state Supreme Court that many of its insurers "intend to dispute, limit, or deny coverage" for abuse. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act into law in February. The one-year window to file claims starts in August.