This would only be in line with their own hocus-pocus teachings.The catholic Church has continuously investigated sexual abuse and procedures by their own ilk, since the Council of Elvira in 309 C.E. and has nevertheless indulged in these crimes ever since, for nearly 2000 Years.If we now start to believe or trust, liars, criminals, cheats and deceivers, we have only ourselves to blame.
Monday, 30 September 2013
The Dodge County Community Justice Coordinating Committee heard a presentation from Linda Nauth on the effects of childhood abuse on brain development and personality before discussing different ways the issue could be addressed.
Nauth, a psychologist who has worked with the department of corrections for 28 years, said she wanted to bring the issue before the committee because, rather than simply acknowledging that there is a problem, members often brainstorm on ways to get to the root of the problem.
“I’ll start with the obvious,” Nauth said. “Child abuse hurts children.”
Archbishop Müller: (laughing) I myself haven’t reprimanded any! Contrary to widespread popular opinion, the two instructions of 1984 and 1986 were not a big ‘No’ to liberation theology. They merely discussed certain aspects of it. Its most important representatives have developed their thinking in a positive way. One should be glad if tensions are not exacerbated and perpetuated. It is also the task of our Congregation to contribute towards reconciliation. There must be no rival camps in the Church. When occasionally there is a hardening of attitudes, we must overcome them and lead everyone back to the fundamentals of the faith.
KNA: Your Congregation is often seen as a censor’s office for undesirable theologians, especially in Germany. After the Pope’s most recent interview (in Civiltà Cattolica) one could get the impression that Pope Francis wanted to change that image.
Everyone is pinning their hopes for change on this pope. Catholics are hopeful that the hierarchy will join the rest of us in respecting each person’s conscience, especially on decisions about sexuality and reproductive health. Catholics and non-Catholics join together in hope that this pope will respect the rights and religious liberty of every person, and rein in his representatives who run roughshod over people’s rights when they muscle in on policymaking at the state, national and international levels and impose an extreme and harmful worldview on women around the world.
This week and next we have an opportunity to see how Pope Francis’ representatives around the world behave. As the world’s leaders gather in New York at the United Nations General Assembly, Francis’ diplomats will be among them. This is vitally important because the Vatican, as the Holy See, has a special status at the UN, above that of any other religion. This status and its implications for public policy are addressed in a new three-minute movie that shows exactly what happens when the lines between religion and public policy are blurred.
It may, or may not, be a coincidence that the six priests whom we know to have felt the ire of the CDF here in Ireland are all members of religious congregations. And the Irish bishops have made it clear to the Association of Catholic Priests that they do not wish to have any involvement in this matter. That does not surprise me, since I do not tend to expect courageous action from our hierarchy.
But religious congregations have traditionally seen themselves as being positioned more to the edge of the Church, with something of a prophetic role. I am suggesting that the particular congregations whose members are included among these ‘censored’ priests have now got a great opportunity to act prophetically.
Lange Wartezeiten, hoher bürokratischer Aufwand, erniedrigende Verfahren: Viele ehemalige Heimkinder beklagen sich bitter über den Fonds Heimerziehung, der ihnen doch eigentlich schnelle und unbürokratische Hilfe bringen sollte. Und zwar schnell und unbürokratisch, als Entschädigung für Jahre des Martyriums in frühester Kindheit und Jugend, das hatte ihnen die Politik bis hin zur zuständigen Bundesministerin Kristina Schröder (CDU) versprochen.
They have been told to find their own funds until at least next year, a measure Labor said contradicted the point of the commission.
The provision is listed under the heading ‘‘Internal budget pressures’’, on a paper that went before the department’s executive committee in late July and discussed difficulties finding savings to meet government targets.
But the state government has told departments and agencies to manage within their budgets the demands from at least the first six months of the royal commission.
An inter-agency committee, headed by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, has been established to oversee the NSW response and associated resource requirements, a government spokesman said.
Following the publication of his Quarterly Essay last week, titled The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell, Marr received numerous - and overwhelmingly soft - interviews on the ABC. On September 23 he told Philip Clark on Radio National Breakfast that ''these two old followers of Bob Santamaria, now a cardinal and a prime minister'' are part of a political movement which ''is running the country in 2013''.
Earlier in the interview, responding to Clark's claim that Pell is ''the prince or spiritual adviser to the leader of our country Tony Abbott'', Marr commented: ''It's a dream. It's a Medieval dream.'' Not really. It's a journalistic beat-up.
No doubt, Abbott's swearing-in as prime minister has re-focused attention on Pell who has been a national figure since his appointment as Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996. He moved to Sydney in 2001.
Royal Commission returns to Queensland to hear more stories from survivors of institutional child sexual abuse
Royal Commission CEO Ms Janette Dines said the Royal Commission has had a strong response from Queenslanders wanting to tell their story.
“The Royal Commission will offer 1,000 private sessions before the end of this year,” said Ms Dines.
“We know that for many of the victims sharing their story with the Commission is very hard. But, equally, the opportunity to tell their story has proved beneficial for many.
“Last time we were in Queensland, we saw first-hand how difficult it was for people to come forward and talk about what happened to them. There are trained counsellors available to provide immediate support to anyone in distress. We also encourage people to bring a support person with them such as a friend or family member,” said Ms Dines.
Private sessions are conducted in an informal setting in the presence of a Commissioner. All of the information provided in a private session is kept confidential unless the person providing it agrees to it being made public.
Ms Dines said there will be other opportunities for Queenslanders to come forward to tell their story.
“We will be in Brisbane for one week and will then return to Queensland later in the year to hear from more people.”
The Royal Commission will also visit Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin in the next month.
The Royal Commission encourages people who have experienced sexual abuse as a child in an institution or witnessed child sexual abuse in an institution to provide details and information to the Royal Commission by:
- Telephoning 1800 099 340
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- Writing to GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001
If you need more information, including about support services, visit the Royal Commission’s website at www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au
Media enquiries: Alisha Chapman: (02) 8282 3966 or 0477 708 469 email@example.com
Neither the civil authorities nor the public knew about Wesolowski until a local TV program did an expose’ on Aug. 31. The result of a year-long investigation, the broadcast contained testimony from residents of the Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo that Wesolowski paid minors for sex.
JULIA Gillard revealed on Monday night why she devoted some of her last minutes as prime minister to writing a letter to Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy.
Ms McCarthy’s work in chronicling sexual abuse of the Catholic Church as part of the Herald’s Shine The Light campaign has been credited with leading to a state inquiry and a federal royal commission.
Ms Gillard said Ms McCarthy’s efforts in uncovering clergy abuse within the Maitland-Newcastle diocese was on her mind before she announced the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
‘‘Everything that was happening in Newcastle was at the forefront of my thinking as we decided to move to the stage of having a national royal commission,’’ Ms Gillard said.
‘‘So she’d been a real impetus for what I think will be a very profound change about how our nation thinks about keeping our children safe.
‘‘She’d sent me correspondence and I’d wanted to answer it, wanted to answer it, and knew that if this wasn’t the moment I answered it then the moment was going to go by.’’
He says there has also been an increase in the number of old or historical offences being prosecuted, as victims feel increasingly comfortable with coming forward.
Mr White says that rape crisis workers are already reporting an increase in complaints after the setting up of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse and it is anticipated that many more prosecutions will now occur.
In the last year, 103 sexual offence matters were completed, but less than 40 per cent of those were proved.
But Mr White says changes in the way children give evidence in sex abuse cases has meant an increase in successful prosecutions.
''It is my belief that there are still some who haven't been unearthed,'' he said.
His testimony will raise the possibility the Church protected priests by moving them away from their parishes to avoid investigation.
In one case, he believes a priest was moved to avoid scrutiny.
''I thought that was strange because both of these men had creature comforts," Mr Walsh said.
"Now I know what it was, it was waiting for the heat to die down of the allegations against them.''
Mr Walsh is calling for fresh investigations to determine why the Church acted as it did.
He worked as principal of a number of Catholic primary schools in the Illawarra during the 1980s and 1990s and was vocal in his support for two victims of former priest Father Peter Lewis Comensoli.
Sunday, 29 September 2013
Der Studie zufolge hat Ikea vor 25 bis 30 Jahren von erzwungener Arbeit von Häftlingen profitiert und davon auch gewusst. Jahn forderte Ikea auf, die komplette Studie zu veröffentlichen. Bislang hat Ikea nur wenige Seiten als Zusammenfassung für die Öffentlichkeit freigegeben.
Nach den Enthüllungen über Zwangsarbeit forderten Opferverbände Wiedergutmachung, ein Opferentschädigungsfonds wurde ins Spiel gebracht. Roland Jahn zeigte sich skeptisch: Bevor über Entschädigungen diskutiert werde, müsse eine umfassende Aufarbeitung erfolgen, sagte er bei der Anhörung im Bundestag. "Wir stochern noch im Nebel." Es gehe nicht nur um Ikea, sagte Jahn.
Die Geschäftsführerin der Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur, Anna Kaminsky, sagte, es gebe lediglich drei Dissertationen zum Thema. Die Aufarbeitung müsse vom Bund gefördert unter Beteiligung der Unternehmen geschehen.
Die Rostocker Juristin Karin Schmidt - von ihr stammt eine der drei Doktorarbeiten zur Zwangsarbeit in DDR Gefängnissen - betonte, dass die erzwungene Arbeit als Wirtschaftsfaktor genutzt wurde. Die Häftlinge hätten unter schlechten, teilweise gesundheitsgefährdenden Bedingungen gearbeitet und dafür kaum Geld erhalten. Die Politik müsse hartnäckig bleiben, um westliche Unternehmen, die davon profitierten, in die Verantwortung zu nehmen, sagte Schmidt.
Vertreter der Opferverbände bekräftigten vor dem Gremium ihre Forderung nach Entschädigung. Steffen Alisch vom Forschungsverbund SED-Staat der Freien Universität Berlin und Kaminsky forderten, bei der Entscheidung über Entschädigung für Folgeschäden der DDR-Haft über eine Beweislastumkehr nachzudenken.
Diskutiert wurde bei der Anhörung, an der sich nach Angaben des FDP-Politikers Burkhardt Müller-Sönsken trotz Anfragen kein mutmaßlich betroffenes Unternehmen beteiligen wollte, auch, wer überhaupt für erzwungene Arbeit entschädigt werden soll. Neben politischen Gefangenen saßen auch in DDR-Gefängnissen reguläre Straftäter, die auch nach heutigem Maßstab verurteilt werden würden.
Politische Häftlinge und Kriminelle seien auch in der Praxis klar zu trennen, weil politische Opfer Anspruch auf Rehabilitierung hätten, sagte der Vorsitzende der Vereinigung der Stalinismus-Opfer, Hugo Diederich. Der Projektleiter der Union der Opferverbände Kommunistischer Gewaltherrschaft, Christian Sachse, sagte, eine Trennung sei nicht praktikabel, weil auch politische Häftlinge oftmals kriminalisiert worden seien.
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In der Debatte über sexuellen Missbrauch in der katholischen Kirche hat der Mainzer Kardinal Karl Lehmann auf hohe Dunkelziffern auch an anderer Stelle hingewiesen. "Mich hat natürlich auch von Anfang an geärgert, dass es ganze Bereiche von sexuellem Missbrauch gibt, die in der Öffentlichkeit viel weniger Aufmerksamkeit finden", sagte der Bischof. "Es gibt eine hohe Dunkelziffer im Sport, es gibt ungeheure Zahlen von Missbrauch in den Familien, es gibt auch Missbrauch, wo man es nicht vermutet, etwa im Beratungswesen und in der Therapie. Lehmann betonte aber auch: "Das darf für uns keine Entschuldigung sein."
Er glaube jedoch, dass sich die Kirche inzwischen mit ihren Regeln zur Prävention und mit der Schulung sehr vieler Mitarbeiter - besonders in den Schulen und der Jugendarbeit - wirklich sehen lassen könne. "Da bin ich ganz froh, dass wir mit ziemlicher Energie vorgegangen sind, weil es uns auch mächtig geschadet hat mit unserem Anspruch der Sexualethik der Kirche", sagte Lehmann. "Wenn es dann trotzdem Missbrauch gibt, ist der Fall viel tiefer, da darf man sich nicht wundern."
Saturday, 28 September 2013
Veldenz/Gonzerath. Was Kindern und Jugendlichen in Erziehungsheimen wichtig ist, unterscheidet sich kaum von den Wünschen anderer Gleichaltriger. Auch Heimkinder nutzen die modernen Kommunikationsmittel. Und auch für sie gilt das Recht auf Post- und Telefongeheimnis.
"Die Kinder sind ja nicht bei uns, weil sie Straftaten begangen haben, sondern weil es zu Hause erzieherische Defizite gibt. Viele haben Gewalt erfahren", erklärt Wolf-Rüdiger Pfalz, der Leiter der Evangelische Erziehungshilfe Veldenz und des Jugendhofs Wolf. Dieses von der 1990 verabschiedeten UN-Kinderrechtskonvention abgeleitete Recht wird nur in begründeten Ausnahmefällen eingeschränkt.
He, who we have agreed not to name for legal reasons, was a resident of St Francis Boys Home, Shefford, in the 1960s. He states that former priest Father Hammond groomed boys for sexual purposes.
He also remembers the brutality of Father Ryan (pictured) who was twice arrested by Bedfordshire Police but never charged. The police are still looking for the paperwork of those arrests, as it has gone missing.
He also states that the boys were sexually abused by the nuns and that one nun, Mother Xavier, punished boys by making them put their hands in scalding water.
And yet another former boy remembers Jimmy Savile visiting the home in the 1960s.
Burke is currently the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. He was once the bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin and the Archbishop of St. Louis, Missouri.
In a recent interview, Cardinal Burke used the phrase ‘satanic’ to describe homosexuality.
Burke was asked about the recent passage in Minnesota of a law granting same-sex couples marriage equality. The interviewer asked “Despite a heroic effort by Archbishop John Nienstedt and many other Church leaders, it failed. Just four months later a law was enacted making Minnesota the 12th state to legalize so- called same- sex marriage. How did we get to this point? Aside from prayer and fasting, what can the faithful do?”
Reza Aslan, a major biblical scholar, says many Bible scenes are not true to historical fact
1. He was not born in Bethlehem.
Francis must make the Church’s leaders accountable to the faithful, the Gospels and civil law, especially with respect to protecting defenseless children. He must initiate and enforce specific and effective policies to do this, before government prosecutors from Australia, Ireland, the Dominican Republic, the USA, Peru, Chile, Argentina, the Phillipines, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, or from dozens of other countries, do so for him.
Polen: "Es ist das erste Mal, dass sich die Spitze der Bischofskonferenz so förmlich für Fälle von Kindesmissbrauch entschuldigt."
Warschau, 28.09.2013 (KAP) Polens Staatsanwaltschaft hat ein Ermittlungsverfahren gegen den ehemaligen Vatikanbotschafter Erzbischof Jozef Wesolowski und einen weiteren Priester eingeleitet. Ein Sprecher der Generalstaatsanwaltschaft in Warschau begründete die Maßnahme am Freitag mit einem Rechtshilfeersuchen der Dominikanischen Republik. Die beiden polnischen Geistlichen stehen im Verdacht, in dem Karibikstaat sexuellen Missbrauch an Minderjährigen begangen zu haben.
Wesolowski (58), seit 2008 Nuntius in der Dominikanischen Republik, wird verdächtigt, fünf Minderjährigen im Alter von 13 bis 18 Jahren kleinere Geldsummen für sexuelle Dienstleistungen gezahlt zu haben. Ende August hatte der Vatikan den Erzbischof von seinem Amt entpflichtet und nach Rom beordert. Der Heilige Stuhl kündigte eine eigene Untersuchung an.
Ebenfalls beschuldigt wird ein Mitarbeiter Wesolowskis, der Priester Wojciech G. (36). Er soll in Polen untergetaucht sein. Nach ihm wird mit internationalem Haftbefehl gesucht.
Polens Bischöfe entschuldigen sich
Kinderschänder mit Priesterkragen oder Ordensgewand - die katholische Bischofskonferenz in Polen bezieht nach einer Serie von Missbrauchsfällen Stellung.
Die Kirche wolle, dass die Täter bestraft würden und die Opfer Hilfe erführen, betonte Polak. Er erteilte den Hoffnungen von Opfern auf eine Entschädigung durch die Kirche aber eine Absage: „Die straf- und zivilrechtliche Verantwortung liegt beim Täter.“
Luzern, 27.9.13 (Kipa) Die katholische Kirche im Kanton Luzern will das Bewusstsein ihrer Verantwortlichen schärfen für Grenzverletzungen und Missbrauch im Umgang mit den ihnen anvertrauten Menschen. An einer Tagung von Freitag ging es darum, aus Fehlern zu lernen, Möglichkeiten und Massnahmen kennenzulernen, um Missbrauch und Gewalt vorzubeugen sowie in Verdachtsfällen richtig zu handeln.http://www.kipa-apic.ch/index.php?na=0,0,0,0,d&ki=247167
Warschau, 27.9.13 (Kipa) Polens katholische Kirche hat sich für sexuellen Missbrauch von Kindern durch Priester entschuldigt. Die Opfer seien tief verletzt worden und jeder Einzelne brauche von der Kirche eine Entschuldigung, sagte der Generalsekretär der Bischofskonferenz, Weihbischof Wojciech Polak, am Freitag bei einer Pressekonferenz in Warschau. «Wir entschuldigen uns.» Polak betonte, die Kirche in Polen nehme das Pädophilie-Problem «sehr ernst» und wolle nichts verbergen.
Friday, 27 September 2013
Read the Herald stories that started it all here
MAITLAND-Newcastle Bishop Michael Malone described the Newcastle Herald as ‘‘the enemy’’ in a bitter but ultimately unpublished message to Catholics in 2007 after the newspaper first exposed Church knowledge of notorious Hunter paedophile priests.
The message, titled ‘‘Trial by Media’’, has not seen the light of day until now after the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry released hundreds of documents to the public last week, including previously secret Church documents dating back to the late 1940s.
The documents form part of the commission’s investigation of Church and police handling of allegations involving paedophile priests Denis McAlinden and Jim Fletcher.
The then Bishop Malone’s ‘‘Trial by Media’’ message was written for the diocese’s Aurora magazine after Herald articles in September and October 2007 quoted documents proving Catholic Church officials knew about McAlinden and another notorious paedophile priest, Vince Ryan, for decades.
Last girl standing survived a `true life horror story’ then changed the future for thousands of other children
They force a restructure of a government department, spark radical reform of the child safety system and change the future for thousands of other children. They take their fight for compensation all the way to the High Court and win.
They buy houses, fall in love, raise their own happy kids and nestle into the warm glow of ordinary, content suburban lives.
But this “true life horror story”, as the campaigner who helped bring the case to light a decade ago calls it, has a different arc.
Nonetheless there is a heroine, a flawed one though all the more heroic for it.
Her name is Sarah Jane Davison, currently in hiding. She has emerged to reveal herself as the only survivor of the four foster children from “family X” whose suffering was a catalyst for the shutdown of Queensland’s Department of Families in 2004.
Sarah is the only one to reach 30. She has a cross tattooed on her wrist for each of her three foster siblings. One for Bobby Yarrie, who hanged himself in 1998 in a cell aged 16. He was reportedly brutalised while in juvenile prison for theft and truancy. He told Sarah on the phone three days before his death that he missed his sisters.
''It's pretty much our atheology, boiled down into a 2½-minute song: I Got Life,'' says Sanderson Jones, co-founder of what has become possibly the world's fastest growing atheist church. Since launching with Pippa Evans in a deconsecrated chapel in north London in January, it now has regular congregations in London, Melbourne and New York.
In November, it will arrive in Sydney.
Jones left a fledgling career as a stand-up comedian to devote himself to the godless church and says his mission, first and foremost, is to celebrate life and help people - something we forget to do. ''But also because churches help to change people - and I've got lots about myself that I'd like to change. They're really good at dealing with the central human dilemma: we've got minds that can dance with the stars and fingers that can't resist the biscuit tin.''
It was one of Santamaria's party pieces on the menace of communism - a subject on which he had been well rehearsed since he saw a fundamental clash of civilisations in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. There, on the one side was the noble Falangist, General Franco, fighting for Christian civilisation with only the help of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. Ranged against him was the elected government of Spain, full of atheists, anarchists, communists of all stripes and nationalities. And Russia, an international communist conspiracy against European Christian civilisation, and its bulwark, the Catholic Church.
Forces of good fighting faces of evil.On an issue like that, a man could be defined for all time. Whose side was he on? Did he even have the wit to understand that compared with all of the other trifling matters of the world, this was virtually the only thing that mattered? For those who saw it that way, it was like one of the crusades of nearly 1000 years before - something, indeed, that could win one salvation.
The Church should also spell out more clearly how it will conduct itself in relation to civil claims, and may be able to promote best practice for dealing fairly and ethically with complainants in litigation, ombudsman Bruce Barbour advised.
In a submission to the commission this month, Mr Barbour said the definition of abuse in the policy should include ‘‘clearly improper behaviour that ‘crosses professional boundaries’’’.
Currently, it includes ‘‘sexual assault, sexual harassment and any other conduct of a sexual nature that is inconsistent with the integrity of the relationship between Church personnel and those who are in their pastoral care’’.
A 60-year-old Catholic priest has been charged with child abuse
alleged to have occurred in Perth and south of the city 30 years ago.
Police claim the man met the victim through church-related activities in the Peel district.
It will be further alleged he abused his position of authority to make his victim perform indecent and sexual acts.
The victim was aged between 15 and 17 at the time of the abuse, which is said to have occurred between 1983 and 1986.
Now, three Catholic Bishops are joining with 100 church organisations, calling on Pope Francis to acknowledge the rights of Catholics when it comes to making decisions on these issues within their church.
It will be alleged the accused man - who was, and still is a Catholic priest - met the victim through church-related activities in the Peel District.
It will be further alleged the accused abused his position of authority over the victim, who was aged between 15 and 17 years old at the time of the alleged offences, to perform indecent and sexual acts.
The accused man was aged between 30 and 32 years old.
The order comes direct from the Vatican, not at the request of Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart...The excommunication document - written in Latin and giving no reason - was dated May 31, meaning it comes under the authority of Pope Francis who made headlines on Thursday calling for a less rule-obsessed church.....
Those who are looking to Rome to help lead the fight for gay marriage are going to be sorely disappointed.
I still don't get the resistence to female priests, but I don't feel it's my place to weigh in on the internal rules of an organization to which I don't belong.
Time Magazine has pointed out that while an excommunication does require papal approval the order may not have come directly from Francis himself. Since the priest has openly preformed "unofficial" marriages between gay couples, Time believes he could have been on his way toward excommunication for some time.
Nach seiner Festnahme im April 2010 gab der Mann zu, 114 mehrheitlich geistig und körperlich behinderte Kinder, junge Männer und Frauen sexuell missbraucht zu haben. In zehn Fällen sei es beim Versuch geblieben.
Die Richter sprachen den 58-Jährigen am Freitag schuldig, sich in neun Fällen am Sohn seiner Haushälterin vergangen zu haben. Der katholische Ordensmann hatte die Taten aus den 1990er im Prozess gestanden.
Child Abuse Squad detectives charged the 60-year-old in relation to alleged sexual acts that occurred between 1983 and 1986 in the Peel and North West Metropolitan Districts.
It will be alleged the accused man - who was and still is a Catholic priest - met the victim through church-related activities in the Peel District.
Police will further allege the priest abused his position of authority over the victim, who was aged between 15 and 17 years old at the time, to perform indecent and sexual acts.
The accused was aged between 30 and 32 years old when the alleged offences occurred.
The priest’s charges are based on the laws of the time.
He will face Rockingham Magistrates Court on October 24, charged with unlawful and indecent assault, and one count each of attempted carnal knowledge and carnal knowledge against the order of nature.
Thursday, 26 September 2013
Justice minister Francisco Dominguez’s request comes just hours after a panel of judges from the Santiago District Criminal Court declared the accused a fugitive, for failing to appear to face the pedophilia charges filed the parents of the boys in the village of Juncalito, in that north-central province.
In a statement, Dominguez said Gil is charged with rape and aggravated sexual assault of several children from the community near the town of Jánico. "We are going to resort to all the necessary judicial resources, both locally and abroad, so this case doesn’t go unpunished.”
Danyse Soester, who complained last year to Ombudsman Richard Bingham about parents of pupils being kept in the dark over the December 2010 incident, yesterday welcomed the tabling in parliament of the Ombudsman's final report as a "stepping stone" for change.
"It is just a confirmation that we have a dysfunctional Education Department," she told The Australian. "We don't need any more reports to show us that great changes need to happen to protect our children, but is this government up to it? Obviously not."
The report was released after the department's chief executive Tony Harrison said his deputy Gino DeGennaro and executive Jan Andrews had left following a disciplinary review of 11 officials named in the royal commission report released in July.
Die Kirche untersagt Militärpfarrern in den USA, die Beerdigung verstorbener Schwuler oder Lesben zu leiten, wenn damit der Eindruck vermittelt werde, die Kirche unterstütze die Homo-Ehe.
Den 234 katholischen Militärpfarrern ist von der Kirchenleitung untersagt worden, Dienstleistungen für Schwule und Lesben anzubieten, sofern diese als Unterstützung für die Gleichbehandlung angesehen werden könnten. Das berichtet der "Religion News Service" Zu den Dienstleistungen gehören unter anderem die Segnung von Homo-Paaren und die Ehe-Beratung für Schwule und Lesben, aber auch Beerdigungen.
Damit reagiert die Kirche auf die Gleichstellung von gleichgeschlechtlichen Paaren im US-Militär, die vor drei Wochen in Kraft getreten ist (queer.de berichtete). Diese beinhaltet unter anderem die Krankenmitversicherung und ein gemeinsames Wohnrecht auf der Militärbasis. Grund für diesen Schritt war die Entscheidung des Supreme Courts vom Juni, dass verheiratete Homo-Paare von Bundesbehörden anerkannt werden müssen (queer.de berichtete).
To give some obvious, glaring examples of his complicity: despite sitting on mounds of evidence of the crimes of Marcial Maciel for years, Benedict waited and waited to act, and refused to talk in public about the matter, while Maciel went on to rape even his own son; he also helped give refuge to Cardinal Law, one of the most heinous cover-up artists in the whole disgusting saga; he even personally ensured that the man who raped over 200 deaf boys at St John’s School for the Deaf, Father Murphy, was allowed to retire in peace in the “dignity” of his priesthood. And yet Benedict is still capable of telling his interlocutor:
I never tried to cover up these things.Seriously. But to me, the most egregious statement is the following:
I was a nobody. A lost sheep – a victim of sex abuse in the Catholic church who was “thrown away” by the priests and bureaucrats in the Diocese of Orange, California. I was disposable. But unlike the parable, no shepherd came to look to me. Alone and isolated from my community, my family and my faith, I had to struggle to heal myself. Against the odds, I succeeded. And now I speak for those who still suffer alone, in silence.
I am not a nobody anymore. And that is why I am writing to you.
You have reached out to atheists and agnostics. You have said you cannot judge the homosexual community. Those were huge steps, but very easy things to do. You followed your heart and the teachings of the Bible. Now I ask you to do the hard thing: embrace the lost sheep that your people sexually abused, shunned and shamed. Tackle the “elephant in the room” that has been ignored for so long.
Doing that will be difficult. But rumor has it that dying on the cross wasn’t terribly easy either.
You have a bishop in Missouri, USA, who was convicted of child endangerment. Why is he still a bishop? I can’t help but think that Jesus would weep to see that secular authorities are doing more to save your lost sheep than you are.
You have Cardinals in the United States who have covered up abuse, yet they stand in judgement—saying that victims are just bitter, money-grubbers.
You have children in danger world-wide because bishops refuse to remove offending clerics and continue to cover up their crimes.
You have victims—hundreds of thousands of victims world-wide—who only want three things: justice, healing and child safety. The only person in the world who can give that to them is YOU.
Alleged abuse happened inside church, in the rectory & at a movie theater
A Philadelphia priest, previously accused of sexually abusing 20 boys, is now criminally charged for allegedly sexually assaulting an altar boy over a three-year period.
More than 100 groups of reform-minded Roman Catholics sent the appeal in an open letter to the pope and the eight cardinals he has chosen to help him govern the worldwide Church and reform its troubled bureaucracy, the Curia.
Francis holds his first talks with the advisory board of cardinals next week. It is not yet clear how their talks in Rome on October 1-3 will be organized or whether their policy suggestions will be made public.
"Our fondest hope is that Pope Francis will accept a delegation of our leaders at the Vatican," said Rene Reid of the Catholic Church Reform group, one of the letter's signatories.
"He has been reaching out to atheists, gays and others. He wants dialogue. We want that too," she said in a statement.
The groups come from around the globe, mostly the English-speaking world but also Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Spain and India.
The letter lists reforms that Francis - elected pope in March with a clear mandate for change - might consider and others he has already ruled out. In a wide-ranging interview last week, he showed he wanted to change many Church procedures but not traditional doctrines.
When composers begin a new work, they choose a key that will suit an overall feeling they wish to convey. Every key, major or minor, suggests its own ethos, but there is a decided difference in feeling between major and minor keys. A major key typically sounds dynamic and directional, expansive, happy, and buoyant, whereas a minor key, more often than not, conveys brooding darkness and introspection. There are only a few changes in notes between major and minor keys. Still, even a few changes can make a big difference. F Major is the pastoral key, the graceful key, the key of gentleness, calm, and peace. Take for example, Vivaldi’s “Autumn” from the “Four Seasons,” and most famously, Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, #6. These works are cast in the key of F Major. The Pope’s vision for the Church suggests F major.
“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.http://www.patheos.com/blogs/daylightatheism/2013/09/new-pope-same-old-dogmas/
“The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently… We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel. The proposal of the Gospel must be more simple, profound, radiant. It is from this proposition that the moral consequences then flow.”
Two senior South Australian education department executives have left in the fallout from a royal commission into the department's handling of a child sex abuse case at an Adelaide school.
The new chief executive, Tony Harrison, says his deputy, Gino DeGennaro, and the non-government schools chief, Jan Andrews, will finish up at the department on Friday.
DeGennaro has resigned and Andrews has been told her contract will not be renewed.
Harrison said he wasn't prepared to have them stay in their roles after an assessment of their performances.
"I don't believe that I was in a position to have those two members as part of my senior executive group moving into the future," he told reporters on Thursday.
The sex abuse case, which involved the rape of a young girl in a western suburbs school in 2010, was subject to a royal commission which reported back to the state government this year.
It was highly critical of how education officials, including DeGennaro and Andrews, handled the matter from a policy and procedural perspective, particularly the decision not to tell other parents at the school of the abuse for more than two years.
So far, only a single hearing has been held with all six commissioners present. The “case study” format used for the first hearing, last week, is to be used for at least the rest of the year, with no multiple hearings. This means that there will be a few days of hearings, then a month or so of no hearings, for the foreseeable future.
So far, nearly a year has passed since the Royal Commission was announced by former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and almost $100 million has been spent on it.
In the absence of multiple hearings, there will be very little to report on, especially since the first 4 “case studies” are already well-documented in both the media and the courts. It does seem strange that all six commissioners, at the first hearing, sat there in a row like stuffed chooks, with little or no involvement in the proceedings.
Perhaps the problem lies in the fact that only one Counsel Assisting, Gail “Snow White” Furness, has been appointed. Appointing only one Counsel Assisting may be normal with only one commissioner, but for six commissioners, there should have been six Counsel Assisting, which would allow for the hoped-for multiple hearings.
Erster Prozess um Gewalt in einem nichtkirchlichen Erziehungsheim in Österreich
Atheismus-Dialog im Stift Schlägl: Für die katholische Kirche ein "reinigender Feuerbach - Eine Million Österreicher ohne religiöses BekenntnisEtwa eine Million Österreicher sind, laut Statistik, "ohne religiöses Bekenntnis". Rund fünf Prozent davon verstehen sich ausdrücklich als Atheisten. Vor allem weltweit gesehen sind die "Gotteszweifler" rasant im Vormarsch. Experten orten einen regelrechten Boom des so genannten "Neo-Atheismus". So verkaufen sich etwa die Bücher des britischen Evolutionsbiologen Richard Dawkins, wohl der bekannteste Vertreter der "Neo-Atheisten"-Bewegung, millionenfach. Das Christentum sieht den Säkularismus auf der Überholspur mit großem Unwohl - und schreitet nach Jahrzehnten, in denen sowohl der Atheismus als auch der Dialog mit ihm überholt schien, zu neuen Gesprächen über die göttliche Existenzberechtigung.
In reality though, Edwin was grooming and sexually abusing three young girls aged between six and 15 years.
Das evangelisch-lutherische Kirchengemeindeamt Augsburg hat dem Grundstücksverkauf zugestimmt, worauf der Gemeinderat einen Zuschuss in Höhe von 88000 Euro billigte.
Mit einer Laisierung habe er gerechnet, mit einer Exkommunikation, der schärfsten vom Kirchenrecht vorgesehenen Strafe, allerdings nicht, sagte Reynolds gegenüber der Zeitung. Er hatte sich im Jahr 2011 aus seiner damaligen Pfarre zurückgezogen, weil er die Haltung der katholischen Kirche zur Frage der Homosexuellen-Ehe und des Frauenpriestertums nicht mehr mit seinem Gewissen vereinbaren konnte. Kurze Zeit später gründete er die Organisation „Inclusive Catholics“, die laut ihrer Website eine Plattform für Katholiken mit ähnlichen Einstellungen sein will.
Martin Harmata, 60, had pleaded guilty to several counts of sexually abusing children in the 1980s at Sydney's Patrician Brothers Blacktown college in Sydney's west.
Harmata had taught at the school for 31 years but was stood down in January 2012 over the charges.
The charges include the indecent assault of person under 16 under his authority and assault and committing an act on indecency towards a person under 16.
Police said at the time of his arrest that he rubbed one boy on the upper thigh and also made the boy touch his penis.
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Minister for Justice Alan Shatter made the announcement in the Dáil this afternoon.
The Government approved the immediate implementation of cash lump sum payment scheme based on duration of stay in laundries, as recommended by Mr Justice John Quirke, on 25 June.
It also tasked an inter-departmental group with giving further detailed consideration to the steps necessary to implement the recommendations made by Judge Quirke.
Minister Shatter said he has already established a special unit to process applications and to determine whether an applicant resided and worked in an institution covered by the scheme and the duration of their stay, as well as the calculation of the capital sum due to be paid to them.
Amid blanket coverage of high-profile child sex abuse investigations in the wake of revelations involving Jimmy Savile and other celebrities, one child abuse inquiry has remained below the public's radar. But the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry is slowly emerging from relative obscurity.
The inquiry is separate from a recent major police investigation in the country that has led to the arrest of more than 30 people for sexual exploitation of children and young people who have gone missing from the care system over the past 18 months.
Formally established by law in January this year, the historical inquiry is tasked with examining if there were "systemic failings" by state and church in children's homes between 1922 and 1995 – a period spanning more than 70 years. Earlier this month, the inquiry held its third public hearing in Belfast, where its chairman, the former high court judge Sir Anthony Hart, named, for the first time, some of the institutions under investigation, including former children's homes run by the Catholic church.
The main issue is whether or not referees were contacted. Initially, the NSW head of the YMCA, Phillip Hare, repeatedly said that such checks were not routinely conducted. Later, he retracted that, saying that he had not been fully aware of what was, in fact, done. He now claims that in all cases, including that of Lord, these checks were made.
However, Hare, and other YMCA officials, say that overseas checks are not made, giving the excuse that it is either too difficult, or that applicants may not provide information on their over-seas employers. This is why the fact that Lord was dismissed from his position of Camp Counselor in the U.S. was not known.
Leading the charge against the church is Richard Tommy Campion, who was in the Lismore home from the late 1940s to 1963.
He launched the campaign to have the church admit it had a legal duty of care for the orphans who were sexually and physically abused in the home.
He is now hoping the commission will lead to public apologies to individual victims and compensation.
"I can say it was a hell-hole," Mr Campion said of his time in the home.
"Brutal bashings, children were flogged with broomsticks, canes, pony whips, belts. Children were locked in cupboards. Children were made to stand on one leg - if they fell over, they'd be belted and flogged.
Barrister Lachlan Gyles says it was not the culture of the Church that held senior figures back, but their problems in grasping the nature of what was alleged.
“It was not a cultural disinclination to report,” Mr Gyles told the last day of the special commission of inquiry’s public hearings in the Newcastle Supreme Court.
“It was coming to terms (with the fact) that people were capable of doing the things that they were alleged to have done.”
Mr Gyles said church leaders were just as repulsed by child sexual abuse as other people in the community and were now doing all they could to ensure that the offences of the past were not repeated.
Rather, the diocese was ‘‘coming to terms [with the fact] that people were capable of doing the things that they were alleged to have done’’.
That had been the challenge for Church officials over recent decades, the diocese’s barrister, Lachlan Gyles SC, told the hearing.
The inquiry has heard evidence – both public and private – over several months relating to the Church’s handling of allegations involving paedophile priests Denis McAlinden and James Fletcher.
The inquiry was established after Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox alleged a Church cover-up of abuse and criticised police handling of investigations.
The public part of the inquiry concluded yesterday, with Mr Gyles urging Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC not to make adverse findings against the diocese because officials had acted in line with the wishes of victims, who did not want to report priests to the police. He said it would be ‘‘unfair’’ to construe the diocese was ‘‘hiding behind’’ victims, and the commission should be wary of finding ‘‘scapegoats’’ for terrible events.