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Christian Rape-A-Babe News!

News and Views about catholic clergy sexual abuse and related issues
     
Why only terrorists? Hang Catholic Rapist Priests too, deliver justice!

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.

They lie in the name of their 'Lord',
let us speak out in the name of TRUTH
Catholic clergy Bible thumpers having trouble remembering
Let us tell them
WE HAVE TROUBLE FORGETTING

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Rome asks views on thorniest issues

Catholics across the world are being asked for their views on contraception, same-sex unions and communion for divorced and remarried couples, it has emerged.
In preparation for next year's Extraordinary Synod on the Family, which Pope Francis announced earlier this month, the Vatican has sent a questionnaire to the world's bishops to disseminate among priests and people.
The responses to the questionnaire will be analysed as part of the preparation for the synod, to take place from 5 to 19 October 2014 on the theme "Pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation".
The questions, which were sent out by Italian Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, cover some of the most contentious issues in Church. The questionnaire asks what kinds of questions divorced and remarried couples ask about the sacraments and whether a simplification of the annulment process could help "solving the problems of the persons involved".

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/latest-news/5807

Rome asks views on thorniest issues

Catholics across the world are being asked for their views on contraception, same-sex unions and communion for divorced and remarried couples, it has emerged.
In preparation for next year's Extraordinary Synod on the Family, which Pope Francis announced earlier this month, the Vatican has sent a questionnaire to the world's bishops to disseminate among priests and people.
The responses to the questionnaire will be analysed as part of the preparation for the synod, to take place from 5 to 19 October 2014 on the theme "Pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation".
The questions, which were sent out by Italian Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, cover some of the most contentious issues in Church. The questionnaire asks what kinds of questions divorced and remarried couples ask about the sacraments and whether a simplification of the annulment process could help "solving the problems of the persons involved".

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/latest-news/5807

Die Arroganz des Klerus

(hpd) Ich finde das aktuelle Titelbild des Stern sehr passend, denn die obszöne und völlig selbstvergessene Prasserei des derzeit nur im Zwangssabbatical befindlichen Herrn Tebartz-von-Elst ist in meinen Augen in hohem Maße exemplarisch für eine nachgerade weltferne Arroganz des Klerus, die offenbar nicht nur mich an das Imperium aus Star Wars erinnert.  Dies ist Anlass genug, um einen sehr gut dazu passenden Text, den Pat Condell schon 2009 schrieb, in deutscher Übersetzung vorzulegen.
von Pat Condell
Obwohl ich Atheist und Säkularist bin und so anti-religiös wie man nur sein kann, habe ich dennoch kein Problem damit, wenn jemand an Gott glaubt, wenn es so ist, wie er sein Leben leben will. Tatsächlich denke ich, daß der Glaube an einen falschen Gott (und er ist falsch, denn sie sind es alle) für einige Leute sogar einen therapeutischen Nutzen haben mag, so wie künstliches Tageslicht gegen den Winterblues helfen kann.

http://hpd.de/node/17056

Kubicki erklärt: Warum der Staat die Zahlungen an die Kirchen stoppen muss

480 Millionen Euro zahlen die Bundesländer jährlich an die beiden großen Kirchen in Deutschland. Doch dieses System ist längst überholt – und muss endlich ein Ende finden.
Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst ist in der Diskussion um die berühmte Baustelle in Limburg zur traurigen Inkarnation für ein aus dem Ruder gelaufenes Selbsterhebungsbedürfnis geworden. Dass es in der folgenden medialen Auseinandersetzung – wie es mittlerweile leider üblich geworden ist – zu deutlichen Grenzübertretungen gekommen ist und dem sogenannten „Protz-Bischof“ hierbei sogar eine krankhafte Persönlichkeitsstörung nachgesagt wurde, sollten wir allerdings nicht wortlos hinnehmen. Bei allem Verständnis für den Trubel über das Verhalten des Bischofs – eine mediale Hinrichtung hat in einem aufgeklärten Rechtsstaat niemand verdient.
 

Kirchenkohle zum Todeswohle?

So ein Skandal darf nicht vertuscht, nicht unter den Teppich gekehrt oder weggedrückt werden. Ein Gastkommentar des Publizisten Martin Lohmann zum katholischen Medienpreis der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz (DBK)

http://www.kath.net/news/43468

Bistum Trier verteidigt Priester-Einsatz

Die Missbrauchs-Leitlinien sehen laut Bistumssprecher André Uzulis keinen Automatismus zwischen Voruntersuchungsverfahren und Zelebrationsverbot vor. Opferverbände jedoch empören sich, dass ein Priester trotz Missbrauchsvorwürfen weiter Messen halten darf. Im Zoff um Zahlen zu Entschädigungsanträgen ist inzwischen von einem Missverständnis die Rede.

http://www.volksfreund.de/nachrichten/welt/themendestages/themenderzeit/Weitere-Themen-des-Tages-Bistum-Trier-verteidigt-Priester-Einsatz;art742,3688628 

New laws will end sex crime legal loopholes

The ACT government will introduce new laws on Thursday to fix anomalies preventing the successful prosecution of historic child sex offenders, drawing praise from victim support workers.
Efforts to prosecute criminals who committed sexual crimes against certain children have been frustrated by loopholes accidentally introduced to ACT criminal law in 1951 and 1976.
Those changes required female child sex victims, aged 14 and 15 between 1951 and 1985, and male victims between 1976 and 1985, to report crimes within 12 months of their occurrence. Those statutes of limitation have prevented victims - who are often too traumatised, ashamed, or scared of their offenders to come forward early - from achieving justice after a year had passed.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/new-laws-will-end-sex-crime-legal-loopholes-20131030-2whp5.html

New laws will end sex crime legal loopholes

The ACT government will introduce new laws on Thursday to fix anomalies preventing the successful prosecution of historic child sex offenders, drawing praise from victim support workers.
Efforts to prosecute criminals who committed sexual crimes against certain children have been frustrated by loopholes accidentally introduced to ACT criminal law in 1951 and 1976.
Those changes required female child sex victims, aged 14 and 15 between 1951 and 1985, and male victims between 1976 and 1985, to report crimes within 12 months of their occurrence. Those statutes of limitation have prevented victims - who are often too traumatised, ashamed, or scared of their offenders to come forward early - from achieving justice after a year had passed.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/new-laws-will-end-sex-crime-legal-loopholes-20131030-2whp5.html

Wrapping Up The Lord Case Study (Or: Learning From the Masters)

They’re no fools, these officials of the YMCA (formerly known as the Young Men’s Christian Association). When they found they had a “management issue” with a paedophile staff member, they went to the acknowledged expert in the field of “managing” paedophile-related publicity – the Catholic Church.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/10/31/wrapping-up-the-lord-case-study-or-learning-from-the-masters/

Wrapping Up The Lord Case Study (Or: Learning From the Masters)

They’re no fools, these officials of the YMCA (formerly known as the Young Men’s Christian Association). When they found they had a “management issue” with a paedophile staff member, they went to the acknowledged expert in the field of “managing” paedophile-related publicity – the Catholic Church.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/10/31/wrapping-up-the-lord-case-study-or-learning-from-the-masters/

The Secret Gay Life of the Vatican: Inside a Hidden Netherworld of the Catholic Church

As rumors of a powerful “gay lobby” within the Vatican make headlines and a new Pope promises reform, Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Joseph Gross interviews dozens of current and former priests, gay monks, veteran Vatican journalists, Italian aristocrats, and gay men at Roman gyms, bars, nightclubs, sex clubs, and restaurants and finds that “to be gay in the Vatican is no guarantee of success, mark of belonging, or shortcut to erotic intrigue. Most basically it is a sentence of isolation,” a life “in a closet that has no door.”
According to Gross’s piece in the December issue of Vanity Fair (on stands today), a significant number of gay clerics at the Vatican are in positions of great authority, but they inhabit a secretive netherworld because homosexuality is officially condemned. The principal requirement of their power and priesthood is silence about who they really are—at least in public. According to Gross, “Clerics inhabit this silence in a variety of ways. A few keep their sexuality entirely private and adhere to the vow of celibacy. Many others quietly let themselves be known as gay to a limited degree … sometimes they remain celibate and sometimes they do not. A third way, perhaps the least common but certainly the most visible, involves living a double life.

The Secret Gay Life of the Vatican: Inside a Hidden Netherworld of the Catholic Church

As rumors of a powerful “gay lobby” within the Vatican make headlines and a new Pope promises reform, Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Joseph Gross interviews dozens of current and former priests, gay monks, veteran Vatican journalists, Italian aristocrats, and gay men at Roman gyms, bars, nightclubs, sex clubs, and restaurants and finds that “to be gay in the Vatican is no guarantee of success, mark of belonging, or shortcut to erotic intrigue. Most basically it is a sentence of isolation,” a life “in a closet that has no door.”
According to Gross’s piece in the December issue of Vanity Fair (on stands today), a significant number of gay clerics at the Vatican are in positions of great authority, but they inhabit a secretive netherworld because homosexuality is officially condemned. The principal requirement of their power and priesthood is silence about who they really are—at least in public. According to Gross, “Clerics inhabit this silence in a variety of ways. A few keep their sexuality entirely private and adhere to the vow of celibacy. Many others quietly let themselves be known as gay to a limited degree … sometimes they remain celibate and sometimes they do not. A third way, perhaps the least common but certainly the most visible, involves living a double life.

YMCA management process at fault

The YMCA says the failure of staff to report suspicious activity by convicted pedophile Jonathan Lord was the fault of management process.
YMCA NSW general manager of children's services Liam Whitley told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse it was an "omission in his knowledge" Lord was working in a creche at the Caringbah centre in NSW.
Mr Whitley was asked by Justice Peter McClellan if staff failure to report Lord's breaches of YMCA policy to upper management was a failure of the not-for-profit's management process.
"Yes," Mr Whitley said.
He was pressed on a statement made last week to the commission by YMCA coordinator Carine Beer, who said she couldn't remember being given the Y's child protection policy.
Mr Whitley was asked by counsel representing the parents of Lord's victims, Maria Gerace, if he thought having a supervisor who could recall nothing of the Y's child protection policy best practice.
"Do you agree ... (that is) below leading child protection policy or practice," Ms Gerace asked.
"No, I do not," Mr Whitley replied.
Lord is currently serving a minimum of six years for abusing 12 children.
During his time at Caringbah, Lord also worked at a creche in the centre.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/10/31/ymca-management-process-fault

YMCA management process at fault

The YMCA says the failure of staff to report suspicious activity by convicted pedophile Jonathan Lord was the fault of management process.
YMCA NSW general manager of children's services Liam Whitley told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse it was an "omission in his knowledge" Lord was working in a creche at the Caringbah centre in NSW.
Mr Whitley was asked by Justice Peter McClellan if staff failure to report Lord's breaches of YMCA policy to upper management was a failure of the not-for-profit's management process.
"Yes," Mr Whitley said.
He was pressed on a statement made last week to the commission by YMCA coordinator Carine Beer, who said she couldn't remember being given the Y's child protection policy.
Mr Whitley was asked by counsel representing the parents of Lord's victims, Maria Gerace, if he thought having a supervisor who could recall nothing of the Y's child protection policy best practice.
"Do you agree ... (that is) below leading child protection policy or practice," Ms Gerace asked.
"No, I do not," Mr Whitley replied.
Lord is currently serving a minimum of six years for abusing 12 children.
During his time at Caringbah, Lord also worked at a creche in the centre.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/10/31/ymca-management-process-fault

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Catholics encouraged to acknowledge Blue Knot Day and support victims of child sexual abuse

CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council has written to more than 1,500 Catholic priests and women and men from religious orders across Australia encouraging support for the activities of Blue Knot Day and the possibility of recovery for the victims of child sexual abuse.

Blue Knot Day and other activities will conclude this Sunday (3 November). The week’s activities are part of an annual awareness campaign coordinated by the victims of child sexual abuse group, Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma.

Mr Sullivan said Blue Knot day is an important event that focuses on the damage done to victims of child sexual abuse.

“This year’s Blue Knot activities are focused on recovery and spreading the message to both survivors and all community members that with the right care and support, recovery is possible,” Mr Sullivan said.

http://au.christiantoday.com/article/catholics-encouraged-to-acknowledge-blue-knot-day-and-support-victims-of-child-sexual-abuse/16400.htm

Catholics encouraged to acknowledge Blue Knot Day and support victims of child sexual abuse

CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council has written to more than 1,500 Catholic priests and women and men from religious orders across Australia encouraging support for the activities of Blue Knot Day and the possibility of recovery for the victims of child sexual abuse.

Blue Knot Day and other activities will conclude this Sunday (3 November). The week’s activities are part of an annual awareness campaign coordinated by the victims of child sexual abuse group, Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma.

Mr Sullivan said Blue Knot day is an important event that focuses on the damage done to victims of child sexual abuse.

“This year’s Blue Knot activities are focused on recovery and spreading the message to both survivors and all community members that with the right care and support, recovery is possible,” Mr Sullivan said.

http://au.christiantoday.com/article/catholics-encouraged-to-acknowledge-blue-knot-day-and-support-victims-of-child-sexual-abuse/16400.htm

Child porn is a window into the soul of the church

Why would a vowed celibate man have pictures of naked or semi-naked children on his computer? Why, when given the evidence of these photos, would this man’s supervisors do little or nothing, even when the crime is federal and one of the easiest to report?

Since, in this case, the supervisor is a Catholic bishop and the man with the pornography is a priest, the inaction of the bishop is a window into the fetid, rotten soul of hierarchy of the church.

This situation above reflects scandals that have rocked two midwest dioceses: St. Paul/Minneapolis and Kansas City/St. Joseph. In both instances, priests were in possession of evidence or photographs of naked or semi-naked children. The bishops, when finding out about the images, didn’t report. Instead they hid (or allegedly hid) evidence in order to protect the church.

http://theworthyadversary.com/2336-child-porn-is-a-window-into-the-soul-of-the-church

Child porn is a window into the soul of the church

Why would a vowed celibate man have pictures of naked or semi-naked children on his computer? Why, when given the evidence of these photos, would this man’s supervisors do little or nothing, even when the crime is federal and one of the easiest to report?

Since, in this case, the supervisor is a Catholic bishop and the man with the pornography is a priest, the inaction of the bishop is a window into the fetid, rotten soul of hierarchy of the church.

This situation above reflects scandals that have rocked two midwest dioceses: St. Paul/Minneapolis and Kansas City/St. Joseph. In both instances, priests were in possession of evidence or photographs of naked or semi-naked children. The bishops, when finding out about the images, didn’t report. Instead they hid (or allegedly hid) evidence in order to protect the church.

http://theworthyadversary.com/2336-child-porn-is-a-window-into-the-soul-of-the-church

The Bishop Who Upstaged Pell (Or: My Mansion’s Bigger Than Yours)

Poor George Pell, Australia’s only Catholic Cardinal, has lost his crown for the most opulent residence, “Domus Australia” (see previous posting), to Germany’s Tebartz-van Elst. To add insult to injury, Tebartz-van Elst is a mere bishop.
Pell’s place, “Domus Australia, cost a mere $30 million, while the German bishop (known fondly in Germany as the “Bishop of Bling”), spent $42 million on his place. Indeed, it is even rumoured that the final cost may exceed $50 million. While Pell’s place boasts an in-house restaurant, bar etc., it cannot match some of the German place’s attractions.
The Bishop of Bling’s place has a 63-square-metre dining room, for example. It also has a $20,000 bathtub and a $34,000 conference table. There are plans for an 800-square foot fitness center. The landscaping cost a mere $1,100,000. His private chapel cost $4 million, and that was just for renovations, although, to be fair to Pell, Pell’s chapel probably cost more.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/10/30/the-bishop-who-upstaged-pell-or-my-mansions-bigger-than-yours/

The Bishop Who Upstaged Pell (Or: My Mansion’s Bigger Than Yours)

Poor George Pell, Australia’s only Catholic Cardinal, has lost his crown for the most opulent residence, “Domus Australia” (see previous posting), to Germany’s Tebartz-van Elst. To add insult to injury, Tebartz-van Elst is a mere bishop.
Pell’s place, “Domus Australia, cost a mere $30 million, while the German bishop (known fondly in Germany as the “Bishop of Bling”), spent $42 million on his place. Indeed, it is even rumoured that the final cost may exceed $50 million. While Pell’s place boasts an in-house restaurant, bar etc., it cannot match some of the German place’s attractions.
The Bishop of Bling’s place has a 63-square-metre dining room, for example. It also has a $20,000 bathtub and a $34,000 conference table. There are plans for an 800-square foot fitness center. The landscaping cost a mere $1,100,000. His private chapel cost $4 million, and that was just for renovations, although, to be fair to Pell, Pell’s chapel probably cost more.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/10/30/the-bishop-who-upstaged-pell-or-my-mansions-bigger-than-yours/

Pell dismisses traditionalist leader's attack on Pope

In this interview the cardinal comments on the recent meeting of the Council of Cardinals with Francis, the reform of the Roman Curia, and Lefebvrist leader Bishop Fellay's attack on the Pope

gerard o'connell rome The Australian cardinal George Pell, one of the eight cardinals that Pope Francis has chosen to advice  him, agreed to talk about his experience of their historic meeting (October 1-3) with the Holy Father on the understanding that “the only substantial information” available about that gathering is what Fr Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, gave to the media. “Anything that I might say will be peripheral to that”, he said; and “as one of the Pope’s councilors, I see that part of my task is to defend and explain the Holy Father, to support him in his role”.  

http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/inquiries-and-interviews/detail/articolo/29080/ 

Pell dismisses traditionalist leader's attack on Pope

In this interview the cardinal comments on the recent meeting of the Council of Cardinals with Francis, the reform of the Roman Curia, and Lefebvrist leader Bishop Fellay's attack on the Pope

gerard o'connell rome The Australian cardinal George Pell, one of the eight cardinals that Pope Francis has chosen to advice  him, agreed to talk about his experience of their historic meeting (October 1-3) with the Holy Father on the understanding that “the only substantial information” available about that gathering is what Fr Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, gave to the media. “Anything that I might say will be peripheral to that”, he said; and “as one of the Pope’s councilors, I see that part of my task is to defend and explain the Holy Father, to support him in his role”.  

http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/inquiries-and-interviews/detail/articolo/29080/ 

Commission told of YMCA's child sex lies to parents

ANXIOUS parents whose children had been looked after by a paedophile working for the YMCA were lied to by the organisation, the royal commission into child sex abuse was told yesterday.
They were invited to a "parents and families" powerpoint presentation designed to allay their fears after Caringbah care worker Jonathan Lord was arrested in late 2011.
The presentation, attended by YMCA bosses, assured them that the YMCA had adhered to its employment policies for evaluating staff through contacting referees.
But the very person the parents were worried about - Lord, 26, a care worker since jailed for abusing 12 young boys in his care - was never checked out by the YMCA by contacting his references or previous employer.
If they had, they would have discovered he had been dismissed for inappropriate behaviour with an eight-year-old boy.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/commission-told-of-ymcas-child-sex-lies-to-parents/story-fni0cx12-1226750008235

Commission told of YMCA's child sex lies to parents

ANXIOUS parents whose children had been looked after by a paedophile working for the YMCA were lied to by the organisation, the royal commission into child sex abuse was told yesterday.
They were invited to a "parents and families" powerpoint presentation designed to allay their fears after Caringbah care worker Jonathan Lord was arrested in late 2011.
The presentation, attended by YMCA bosses, assured them that the YMCA had adhered to its employment policies for evaluating staff through contacting referees.
But the very person the parents were worried about - Lord, 26, a care worker since jailed for abusing 12 young boys in his care - was never checked out by the YMCA by contacting his references or previous employer.
If they had, they would have discovered he had been dismissed for inappropriate behaviour with an eight-year-old boy.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/commission-told-of-ymcas-child-sex-lies-to-parents/story-fni0cx12-1226750008235

Children's advocates push for national protection agency

RELIGIOUS orders and child safety advocates have called for the federal government to establish a national agency to oversee child protection standards, describing existing state-based measures as an "untenable" approach that increases the risk of sexual abuse.

A broad range of groups have demanded the new regulatory body in submissions to the royal commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse, released yesterday as the commission continued public hearings in Sydney.

The Catholic Church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council says organisations dealing with children need a "substantial overhaul" of their policies and practices, and the absence of a mandatory national accreditations scheme backed by an external audit system is "a major limitation that increases risk".

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/childrens-advocates-push-for-national-protection-agency/story-e6frg6nf-1226750023905

Erzbistum München bekommt teures Millionen-Gebäude

München. Die Erzdiözese München und Freising bekommt ein neues Ordinariat für insgesamt gut 130 Millionen Euro. Das Bistum bestätigte am Mittwoch einen Bericht der "Abendzeitung" und betonte, die Öffentlichkeit sei über den Kauf der Immobilie, die Kosten sowie den geplanten Umbau informiert worden.

An dem neuen Hauptstandort der Kirchenverwaltung mitten in München sollen 400 Mitarbeiter einziehen, die bisher auf mehrere Standorte verteilt sind. Das soll die Zusammenarbeit verbessern und Kosten reduzieren.
Nach dem Erwerb 2006 hatte das Bistum laut damaliger Mitteilung die Kaufsumme des Gebäudes von 86 Millionen Euro veröffentlicht. Die Summe sei größtenteils durch eine Umschichtung von Mitteln aus dem Immobilienbereich beglichen worden, hieß es. Anfangs seien knapp 40 Millionen Euro Umbaukosten kalkuliert worden, nun seien es gut 42 Millionen Euro.

Katholische Kirche baut in Münchner Bestlage-Nächster Prunk-Palast à la Tebartz-van Elst?

Der neue Papst Franziskus predigt Armut. Aber noch ist der Ärger um den Prunk-Bau des Limburger Bischofs nicht ausgestanden, da ziehen schon die nächsten dunklen Wolken heran. Das Erzbistum München gönnt sich in bester Innenstadtlage ein neues Ordinariat. Für 130 Millionen Euro - oder mehr.
 Mitten in bester Münchner Lage zwischen Dom und St. Michel entsteht derzeit ein gigantisches neues Dienstleistungszentrum der katholischen Kirche. Wie die "Münchner Abendzeitung" berichtet, errichtet die Erzdiözese München und Freising ein neues Ordinariat. Die Kosten belaufen sich nach Angaben der Zeitung auf derzeit 130 Millionen Euro. In Kirchenkreisen soll das gigantische Bauvorhaben längst kritische Fragen aufgeworfen haben. So wurde während der Diskussion um den Prunkbau des Limburger Bischofs Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst eine Bautafel entfernt, schreibt die Zeitung. Nur wer gründlich sucht, stößt noch auf einen kleinen Hinweis am bunten Bauzaun, was hinter dem Sichtschutz entstehen soll.

http://www.n-tv.de/panorama/Naechster-Prunk-Palast-a-la-Tebartz-van-Elst-article11632221.html

Johannes zu Eltz greift nach Papstamt

Johannes zu Eltz gehört zu den Scharfmachern im Limburger Bistumsstreit. Seine Drohungen Richtung Rom lassen den Eindruck aufkommen, er wolle sich demnächst zum Gegenpapst wählen lassen.
Will Johannes zu Eltz etwa Gegenpapst werden? Der Frankfurter Stadtdekan hat sich bis jetzt vor allem als scharfer Kritiker seines Bischofs Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst hervorgetan. Zu Eltz ist einer der Wortführer der Aufrührer, die ihren Bischof verjagen wollen und damit die Spaltung der katholischen Christen im Bistum Limburg betreiben. Jetzt hat er in einem vertraulichen Schreiben, das die Welt öffentlich machte, auch Papst Franz angegriffen und ihm Versagen vorgeworfen.

http://www.freiewelt.net/nachricht/johannes-zu-eltz-greift-nach-papstamt-10014557/

Commissioner for Victims' Rights Michael O'Connell wants stringent checks on people who work with children

CHECKS on people who work with children should extend to door-knocking their neighbours if necessary, Commissioner for Victims' Rights Michael O'Connell says.
In a submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, he also warns that to avoid having a "checklist of empty promises", any requirements that come out of the commission must be properly implemented.
"For example, if a child-care centre is required to have two people present when changing a child's clothes/nappy the centre must be adequately resourced to ensure they have sufficient staff to meet this requirement," he writes.
TELL US: Would you support such measures?

http://www.news.com.au/national/south-australia/commissioner-for-victims-rights-michael-oconnell-wants-stringent-checks-on-people-who-work-with-children/story-fnii5yv4-1226750040242 

Royal Commission publishes submissions on Creating Child Safe Institutions

The Royal Commission’s third issues paper on Creating Child Safe Institutions has attracted more than 50 submissions*, including from the Salvation Army, Australian Human Rights Commission and the Truth Justice and Healing Council.
Royal Commission Chief Executive Officer, Janette Dines, said the Commission was pleased with the breadth of organisations who contributed their ideas.
“Submissions have been received from around Australia, from organisations which provide advocacy and support services for survivors of child sexual abuse, religious institutions, government agencies and individuals.
“Identifying what makes an institution safe for children is a key objective of this Royal Commission. A recurring theme in the submissions is the need for nation-wide accountability, monitoring and oversight of organisations with a responsibility for children,” said Ms Dines.
“There was strong support for establishing a clear statement of the requirements for child safe institutions. The need to include the views of children on what would make them feel safe and comfortable in reporting abuse was also identified”.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/royal-commission-publishes-submissions-on-creating-child-safe-institutions/

YMCA defends handling of paedophile at Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney

IT was with obvious exasperation that royal commission chair Justice Peter McClellan took over the questioning of a YMCA official, Ann Mary Nolan, today.
Ms Nolan, operations manager for YMCA NSW, had prepared a power point presentation designed to allay the concerns of distraught parents after the allegations emerged that one of the YMCA car workers looking after their children, Jonathan Lord, was a paedophile.
At the time, Lord had been charged with sexually abusing some of the young boys in his care and earlier this year he was jailed for 10 years with a six-year nonparole period for the indecent assault of 12 boys.
The power point assured parents that the YMCA had adhered to its policies for evaluating staff through contacting referees in the case of Lord, 26.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/ymca-defends-handling-of-paedophile-at-royal-commission-into-institutional-responses-to-child-sexual-abuse-in-sydney/story-fni0cx12-1226749640046

Inquiry told no critical incident review by YMCA after paedophile case

The Operations Manager of YMCA NSW has admitted that the organisation has not conducted a critical response review in the wake of the Jonathan Lord child sexual abuse case in 2011. Ann Mary Nolan has been giving evidence to the child abuse Royal Commission, and has conceded the YMCA failed to properly check Lord's work history before giving him a job. Lord is in jail for abusing 12 boys while he worked in the YMCA's child care programs between 2009 and 2011.


ELEANOR HALL: At the Royal Commission into Child Abuse today the Operations Manager of YMCA New South Wales admitted that her organisation did not conduct a critical response review into allegations against of one of its employees who's since been jailed for abusing 12 children.
Ann Mary Nolan conceded in her evidence today that the YMCA failed to properly check the paedophile Jonathan Lord's work history before giving him a job. And that if it had done, she would not have even interviewed him for a child care position within the YMCA.
The World Today's Emily Bourke has been monitoring the hearing and she joins us again now.
Emily, we heard some disturbing evidence yesterday about another YMCA employee failing to check Lord's references. How tough was the questioning of the organisation's Operations Manager today?
EMILY BOURKE: Pretty tough Eleanor, and quite intense at times. Ann Mary Nolan is the Operations Manager of YMCA New South Wales and she's in charge of the YMCA's 98 centres across the state.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-30/inquiry-told-no-critical-incident-review-by-ymca/5058134?section=nsw

YMCA economical with truth: inquiry

AN inquiry has been told that when the YMCA gave information to parents whose children had been in the care of pedophile Jonathan Lord, they were not totally honest.
Ann Mary Nolan, operations manager for the association which runs child care centres across the country, has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that the YMCA was not sharing too much information after Lord was arrested for sexually assaulting children.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/ymca-economical-with-truth-inquiry/story-fnihsfrf-1226749676457

What The Sacked Staff Said (Or: Shut The Hell Up)

The former YMCA Child Protection and Compliance Manager, Catharine Clements, has given evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Ms. Clements was dismissed from her position last year, after only four months in the job, shortly after documenting problems in the organisation.
She had compiled a list of “key constraints to implementing child protection” in the organisation in November 2012. These included that relevant policies “appear little used and require updating” and “problems with basic administration” including that an attempt to check if all staff had the Working With Children Check remained incomplete after over a year. At the time of her dismissal, over 400 staff had not completed the checks.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/10/29/what-the-sacked-staff-said-or-shut-the-hell-up/

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Reiches Bistum – arme Pfarreien?

Seit der Limburger Bischof ein Haus für 31 Millionen Euro gebaut hat, wird in der Kirche viel über Geld geredet. Auch das Bistum Trier sitzt auf einem Millionenvermögen, zudem dürften die Steuereinnahmen im kommenden Jahr steigen. Umgekehrt müssen Pfarreien vor Ort auf jeden Cent schauen. Doch der "Notgroschen" des Bistums kann nicht so einfach angetastet werden.
(29.10.2013) Der Trierer Dom: Er ist das Zentrum des Bistums und gleichzeitig eine Immobilie von unschätzbarem Wert. Aber er ist auch praktisch unverkäuflich, wie viele der Güter im Besitz des Bistums. Insgesamt verfügt der Bischöfliche Stuhl des Bistums Trier über ein Vermögen von knapp 84 Millionen Euro. Hinzu kommen 38 Immobilien, deren Marktwert nach Bistumsangaben derzeit nicht beziffert werden kann.

http://www.sr-online.de/sronline/nachrichten/panorama/bistuemer_vermoegen_trier102.html 

Abused disappointed over loss of a friend

The mother of a child who was persistently targeted by Jonathan Lord said her son grieved for the loss of his friend and the realisation he was not really his friend.

Evidence by the mother identified as BC was read at the public hearing of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse on Monday.
In the statement she also said out of respect for her son's privacy she did not turn up at court cases or public hearings associated with Lord's case.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/10/28/19/49/abused-disappointed-over-loss-of-a-friend

Fox dedicates award to victim's father

WHEN Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox stood up to accept a national award recognising his role in bringing about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yesterday, he dedicated it to the father of a child abuse victim.
The man died last Tuesday after losing a battle with cancer.
His son  had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by a notorious Hunter priest from the age of 12.
Speaking after the ceremony in Sydney, Mr Fox said he was “very humbled” to receive the Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) Blue Knot Award.
The award was established last year to recognise a person who furthers the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, breaks the silence and inspires communities to unite.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1871421/fox-dedicates-award-to-victims-father/?cs=391

Jonathan Lord listed seven-year-old as best friend on job application

Jonathan Lord seemed like an “ideal candidate” when he applied to work at a US summer camp for children – except that he listed his best friend as a seven-year-old.
The child sex abuse Royal Commission has also heard that Lord, a YMCA out-of-school-hours carer jailed for sexually abusing 12 young boys in his care, wrote on his application to YMCA Caringbah that he wanted to help children “experience life, love and friendships in an environment where there are no boundaries”.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/jonathan-lord-listed-sevenyearold-as-best-friend-on-job-application-20131028-2wbbp.html

Slack procedure, policy at YMCA

SLACK procedure and ambiguous child protection policies may have led to pedophile John Lord's hiring by the YMCA.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told Lord, who is serving a minimum of six years for abusing 12 children, used a family member for a reference and that staff at the not-for-profit group failed to carry out adequate checks on his employment history.
Childcare coordinator Jacqui Barnat, who is now manager, acknowledged the failings and told the Commission the YMCA had not asked her to explain how Lord was hired.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/pedophile-gave-ymca-stepdad-reference/story-fni0xqi3-1226748933533

YMCA official Jacqui Barnat promoted for hiring child sex offender

SHE recruited a paedophile without doing proper background checks but YMCA official Jacqui Barnat has since been "elevated" to manager, the child sex abuse royal commission was told yesterday.
Ms Barnat, who was also responsible for the supervision of Jonathan Lord, said she had never been called to account by her bosses at the YMCA despite not following a series of policies, including what should have been a minimum of three reference checks. One form in her handwriting recorded the name of one referee she'd contacted as Char Yankhurst. It was in fact Charlie Yankos, Lord's stepfather.
Ms Barnat agreed that she had not asked Mr Yankos the required question: "Are you related to the applicant?"
Lord, 26, was earlier this year jailed for 10 years with a non-parole term of six years for sexually abusing 12 children as young as six during his two years at the YMCA.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/ymca-official-jacqui-barnat-promoted-for-hiring-child-sex-offender/story-fni0cx12-1226749299674

Paedophile gave YMCA family reference

A paedophile employed by the YMCA used a family member for a reference, while staff at the not-for-profit group failed to adequately carry out checks on his employment history, a Royal Commission has been told.
Child Care co-ordinator, now manager, Jacqui Barnat, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse the YMCA had not asked her to explain how Lord was hired.
Lord is serving a minimum of six years for abusing 12 children.
Council assisting the commission Gail Furness asked Ms Barnat if anyone had asked her to explain what led to Lord being hired.
'Yes, for the commission ...' Ms Barnat said, before being interrupted by Justice Peter McClellan.
'Before the commission came on the scene,' Justice McClellan asked.
'I don't think so,' Ms Barnat replied.
One of two references supplied by Lord was his stepfather, Charlie Yankos.
A second reference check was never committed to writing.

http://www.skynews.com.au/local/article.aspx?id=919597 

Victim attacks paedophile's resting place

THE Warrnambool grave of a disgraced paedophile priest has been vandalised in an apparent attack by one of his victims.
The words “Australia (sic) most polific (sic) paedophile” have been spray-painted in red across the site’s marble slab.
Former police detective Denis Ryan, who unsuccessfully pursued charges against Monsignor John Day, said yesterday he was not surprised at the attack.
“If they dug the bastard up and burnt him, I would not care,” Ryan said.
The words written on the grave were borrowed from the book Unholy Trinity  that Ryan released earlier this year.
It outlines his decades-long struggle to bring Day to justice against the cover-up efforts of the Catholic Church and Victoria Police.
Ryan, who co-wrote the book with crime writer Peter Hoysted, said Day was “a monster” who sexually abused hundreds of children. In an anonymous letter delivered yesterday to The Standard, a person claimed to have spray painted the words on the grave, saying he or she was “seeking revenge” over an assault by the priest.

http://www.standard.net.au/story/1873803/victim-attacks-paedophiles-resting-place/?cs=12

Frankfurter Stadtdekan greift Papst Franziskus an

Johannes zu Eltz, der zum Limburger Domkapitel gehört, beanstandet die "merkwürdige Entscheidung" von Franziskus im Fall Tebartz-van Elst. Denn in Limburg wolle man den Bischof nicht mehr sehen.  
 Der Frankfurter Stadtdekan Johannes zu Eltz, gleichzeitig Mitglied des Limburger Domkapitels, hat Papst Franziskus in einem vertraulichen Brief an seine Mitarbeiter kritisiert. In dem Schreiben, das der "Welt" vorliegt, beanstandet zu Eltz, dass Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst nur von seinen Pflichten entbunden, aber nicht aus Limburg abberufen wurde. Wörtlich heißt es: "Am vergangenen Mittwoch hat der Papst eine merkwürdige und denkwürdige Entscheidung getroffen."

http://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article121330771/Frankfurter-Stadtdekan-greift-Papst-Franziskus-an.html

Murphy commission ‘fell far short’ when it came to slamming Church over sexual abuse cases

Association of Catholic Priests to unveil findings into tribunal on Tuesday

 Ireland’s Association of Catholic Priests is to release a damning report into the findings of the tribunal set up to examine the church’s reaction to clerical sex abuse.

An ACP review of the Murphy commission report into the Catholic church’s handling of clerical sex abuse cases in Ireland says it ‘fell far short’ of meeting the requirements of natural and constitutional justice.

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Murphy-commission-fell-far-short-slamming-Church-sexual-abuse-229675371.html  


Zahl der Kirchenaustritte in der Region Trier deutlich angestiegen

Wegen der Affäre um den inzwischen beurlaubten Limburger Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst ist die Zahl der Kirchenaustritte deutlich angestiegen – auch im Bistum Trier. „Das ist das einzig wirksame Protestmittel der Gläubigen“, sagen Kritiker.
 Wegen der Affäre um den inzwischen beurlaubten Limburger Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst ist die Zahl der Kirchenaustritte deutlich angestiegen ? auch im Bistum Trier. Hier die Zahlen.

http://www.volksfreund.de/nachrichten/region/rheinlandpfalz/rheinlandpfalz/Heute-im-Trierischen-Volksfreund-Zahl-der-Kirchenaustritte-in-der-Region-Trier-deutlich-angestiegen;art806,3685040 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Church's inadequacies

IT is not surprising that a majority of Catholics who attend mass think the response of the church's leadership on child sexual abuse by clergy has been inadequate ("Catholics slam response to abuse", 28/10).
Failure to protect children, support victims and to bring perpetrators to justice offends basic human decency. But such behaviours are not simply offensive, they are profoundly destructive. Too many lives have been lost to suicide or decimated as victims struggle to find lives worth living.

While the church's record of cover-ups and obfuscation has been damaging, the church is not alone. As the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse goes about its business, we are hearing about compounded betrayals in a range of institutions that have not only silenced victims, but also re-traumatised them.
It is time we focused on victims and their needs, doing what we can to optimise pathways to child protection, justice and recovery.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/letters/churchs-inadequacies/story-fn558imw-1226748536019

What The Police Said (Or: We Did The Best We Could)

In previous evidence, on the Jonathan Lord case (see previous posting), at the second “case study” hearing by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, there were inconsistencies between that given by the YMCA and the New South Wales state police service.
Much of the inconsistency revolved around whether or not police advised the YMCA to suppress information about the Lord case. Police deny restrictions were advocated, while the YMCA now admits it may have over-reacted by forcing staff to sign confidentiality agreements, under pain of dismissal, and not giving parents relevant information.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/10/28/what-the-police-said-or-we-did-the-best-we-could/

Child sexual abuse royal commission: Jonathan Lord 'groomed childcare worker'

Child sexual abuse royal commission: Jonathan Lord 'groomed childcare worker'

Jonathan Lord, in his application to the YMCA, said he wanted to work with children in an atmosphere where there were "no walls and boundaries". Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images
JONATHAN Lord, in his application to work in a children's camp in the US, said his best friend was a seven-year-old.
It didn't raise a red flag at Camp America, the organisation that recruits workers for US summer camps.
They placed Lord at a YMCA camp in Jamesville, Virginia, in 2009. He was dismissed for questionable behaviour with an eight-year-old boy.
However, since child protection training at Camp America four weeks ago, Lord's application would have caused concern, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
Erin Turner, who joined Camp America four months ago, worked at the YMCA with Lord, who is serving a minimum of six years in jail for multiple offences against children.

http://www.news.com.au/national/child-sexual-abuse-royal-commission-jonathan-lord-groomed-childcare-worker/story-fncynjr2-1226748338245

Royal Commission takes part in 8th Annual National Indigenous Legal Conference

Last week, the Royal Commission was in Alice Springs talking to local services who support survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Royal Commission staff also presented at the 8th Annual National Indigenous Legal Conference. The conference, hosted by the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS), brought together many people from across Australia, including law professionals, academics, Indigenous community workers and Elders.
The conference was an opportunity to share information with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and staff about the work of the Royal Commission and hear about how they can engage with us.
Rachel Malthouse, one of the Royal Commission’s Aboriginal Community Engagement Officers said; “The Royal Commission is engaging locally with Aboriginal communities. This was the first of several trips we will make to Alice Springs to hear about how we can best assist Aboriginal communities to engage with the Royal Commission. We met with staff from services working with survivors of sexual abuse, health and legal services, police and the Aboriginal Interpreter Service.
“We are aware that these issues are very sensitive and the challenges are immense. But the Royal Commission is committed to assisting Aboriginal people who do want to tell their story, to come forward.”
The conference was held in Alice Springs from 23 – 26 October 2013. For more information visit: http://2013nilcandball.webs.com

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/royal-commission-takes-part-in-8th-annual-national-indigenous-legal-conference/

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Pädophile Neigung kein Ausschlussgrund vom Priesteramt

München, 27.10.13 (Kipa) Der Berliner Sexualwissenschaftler Klaus M. Beier sieht in einer pädophilen Neigung keinen Grund zum Ausschluss vom Priesteramt. Jedoch müsse diese willentlich oder therapeutisch nicht änderbare Präferenz mit einer vollständigen Verhaltensabstinenz einhergehen, schreibt der Psychiater in der von den Jesuiten herausgegebenen Monatszeitschrift "Stimmen der Zeit". Dies sei aber gerade "von einem gläubigen Christen" nicht nur erwartbar, sondern auch zu leisten.

 http://www.kipa-apic.ch/index.php?pw=&na=0,0,0,0,d&ki=248147

Historiker: Unvorstellbar, dass man diesen Bischof in seine Diözese zurückschickt

Rudolf Lill über Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst

Moderation: Kirsten Dietrich

Der Fall des Limburger Bischofs Tebartz-van Elst wird eine längere Debatte um den Leitungs- und Lebensstil in der katholischen Kirche nach sich ziehen, glaubt der Historiker Rudolf Lill. Die Kirche sei in den letzten 30 Jahren geradezu zum Absolutismus zurückgekehrt. 

http://www.dradio.de/dkultur/sendungen/religionen/2299379/ 

Katholische Kirche in Deutschland "Müde, ausgezehrt, lahm und langweilig"

Seine Worte sind hart und unmissverständlich: Der enge Vertraute des früheren Papstes Benedikt XVI. wirft der katholischen Kirche in Deutschland und ihren obersten Bischöfen eklatantes Versagen vor. 
Der enge Vertraute und Biograf des früheren Papstes Benedikt XVI., Peter Seewald, hat die katholische Amtskirche in Deutschland heftig attackiert: Sie sei "müde, ausgezehrt, lahm und langweilig" geworden, kritisierte der Publizist im Magazin "Focus". Seewald nahm dabei vor allem das oberste Gremium der Bischöfe in Deutschland ins Visier: "Versagen und Versäumnisse der deutschen Bischofskonferenz sind inzwischen eklatant: neunzig Prozent der eigenen Mitglieder kommen nicht mehr zum Gottesdienst - aber wo bleibt die Kampagne, um das Stammpublikum nicht nur als Steuerzahler zu halten?"

http://www.stern.de/panorama/katholische-kirche-in-deutschland-muede-ausgezehrt-lahm-und-langweilig-2066612.html 

Limburger Skandal löst Selbstfindungsprozess aus

Das Domkapitel will den Eindruck vermitteln, ganz Limburg wolle Tebartz-van Elst loswerden. Die Realität ist das nicht. Die Hintergründe der Affäre zeigen, dass es nicht nur um hohe Baukosten geht.

Einen Vorwurf darf man den Menschen, die so gerne Richter spielen wollen, unter keinen Umständen machen:Dass sie nicht alles versuchen würden, den Mann loszuwerden. Sie trommeln selbst jetzt noch laut für seinen Rücktritt, da der Vatikan bereits eine Zwangspause für den Bischof verkündet hat. Das Domkapitel, das höchste Gremium im Bistum Limburg, lud am Mittwoch zur Pressekonferenz, um zu sagen, dass man nichts zu sagen habe.
 

Limburger Bischofssitz könnte Suppenküche werden

Das Limburger Domkapitel hat eigene Vorstellungen für die Nutzung des prächtigen Baus neben dem Dom, etwa als Obdachlosenunterkunft oder Küche. Ein Bischof soll dort nicht mehr einziehen.
 Die prachtvolle neue Bischofsresidenz in Limburg könnte künftig ganz andere Aufgaben übernehmen, als Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst ihr zugedacht hatte. Im Gespräch ist ein Flüchtlingsheim, eine Anlaufstelle für Obdachlose oder gar eine Suppenküche. Dies berichtet der "Spiegel" unter Berufung auf Stimmen aus dem Limburger Domkapitel. "Der Geldgestank muss weg", zitiert das Magazin ein Mitglied des Kirchengremiums.

http://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article121252028/Limburger-Bischofssitz-koennte-Suppenkueche-werden.html

"Ich bin ein Bettnässer" - Heim erinnert an Misshandlungen

Solingen. Schläge, Strafarbeiten und öffentliche Demütigungen - Misshandlungen waren in der Nachkriegszeit in deutschen Heimen an der Tagesordnung. Viele ehemalige Heimkinder leiden noch heute.
Heute sind sie gestandene Männer im Rentenalter, früher waren sie klein, zerbrechlich und von der Mutter getrennt. Christoph Simon und sein Bruder Thomas lebten in den 50er und 60er Jahren im Heim und waren Opfer von Misshandlungen, über die sie lange nicht reden konnten. In Solingen ist nun ein Erinnerungsort für ehemalige Heimkinder entstanden - in original erhaltenen Arrestzellen.

http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/news/vermischtes/Ich-bin-ein-Bettnaesser-Heim-erinnert-an-Misshandlungen-article1181130.html

Durchbruch für ehemalige Verdingkinder

Die Schweiz wird die Opfer fürsorgerischer Zwangsmassnahmen finanziell entschädigen. Darauf haben sich Vertreter des Bundesamtes für Justiz, des Bauernverbandes und von Betroffenen geeinigt.
 Beim zweiten Runden Tisch für die Opfer fürsorgerischer Zwangsmassnahmen stand die Entschädigung der Betroffenen im Zentrum. Die Teilnehmenden wollen denn auch einen Härtefall- oder einen Solidaritätsfonds und planen, bis in wenigen Monaten eine Soforthilfe für Betroffene aufzubauen.

http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/schweiz/standard/Durchbruch-fuer-ehemalige-Verdingkinder/story/11350879

Catholics slam response to abuse

MORE than half of Catholics who attend mass believe the response of their church's leadership to cases of child sex abuse by clergy has been inadequate and shows a complete failure of responsibility.

New research from a survey of about 2800 churchgoers in more than 200 parishes across the nation also shows that almost half say that the scandal has damaged their confidence in church authorities.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/catholics-slam-response-to-abuse/story-fngburq5-1226747873381#

What Camp America Said (Or: Red Flags In The Cabin)

Jonathan Lord went to the U.S. under the Camp America scheme whereby young Australians work in the Summer Camp system there for a short time. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard that Lord, convicted last year for abusing children at a YMCA-run childcare center, was sent home by the organisation under a cloud, but that the YMCA here did not check on this part of his employment history before appointing him to the position in Sydney.
YMCA New South Wales state chief executive, Phillip Hare, told a media source that he was “devastated we did not identify the red flags in Lord’s CV that would cause us to do further reference checking.”
Lord had been a camp counselor at the YMCA Camp Silver Beach in Jamesville, Virginia in the U.S. He had been discovered in a darkened cabin, emerging from the bathroom with an eight-year old boy. The information was recorded on a “situation log”, which was available to Camp America officials through its data base. It referred to Lord’s “questionable behaviour”.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/10/27/what-camp-america-said-or-red-flags-in-the-cabin/

The Fall of the Roman Imperium?

St. Peter Damian was writing about child molesting priests and bishops who enabled them a thousand years ago.  This paper on Damian by C. Colt Anderson makes the argument that the magisterium is not to be confused with the imperium - that the teaching authority of the Catholic Church (which we believe has the guarantee of infallibility on matters of Faith and Morals) is not the same thing as the ruling authority of the Catholic Church.

In other words, the bishops will, in the long run, teach authoritatively, but they may not manage or administer authoritatively.  Indeed, the worldly jurisdiction of the Church is not something clearly spelled out in Scripture or anywhere else, as far as I know.  Who Christ is, what He asks of us and how Salvation works - this the Church passes on with a Divine authority.  But exactly how the Church is to function as a Thing in the world, and how we are to implement this Thing, we are largely left to work out for ourselves.

One thing we know - the Church is not to function as it is today.

http://thwordinc.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/the-fall-of-roman-imperium.html 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

James Valladares, PhD presents new examination of abuse allegations

ADELAIDE, Australia (PRWEB) October 26, 2013
An insider’s perspective can sometimes be the most clear. Father James Valladares, takes a hard look at recent child abuse allegations against the Catholic church in his new book, “Hope Springs Eternal in the Priestly Breast: A Research Study on Procedural Justice for Priests-Diocesan and Religious” (published by iUniverse).
The book is a culmination of intense research and hours of candid conversations that Valladares facilitated among both priests and religious superiors. The goal, he says, was to determine a procedure for dealing with abuse allegations that would not compromise priest’s basic right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty as well as the sacred relationship between a priest and his superior.
“The deadliest attacks to the Catholic church are coming from within its own walls,” Valladares says. “I conducted this study to show that society is effectively tarring all priests with the same brush, using the allegations against a select few to discredit others.”

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1547797

Hysterisch katholisch!

Eine neue Form der Ökumene aus Katholiken und Nichtkatholiken. Erneut wurde eine Dienstanweisung für einen Unterteufel in der Oberwelt abgefangen. Eine KATH.NET-Glosse der besonderen Art von Dr. Helmut Müller
Koblenz (kath.net)
Wie gewöhnlich möchte ich nichts über meine Quellen offenbaren, wie mir die protokollierte Fassung einer höllischen Feier, anlässlich eines grandiosen Erfolges teuflischer Hintergrundregie in die Hände gespielt wurde.


http://www.kath.net/news/43421

Nach Limburg: Raus aus der Kirche

Hagen. Der Skandal um den Limburger Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst bringt die Gläubigen dazu, ihre Zugehörigkeit zur katholischen Kirche zu überdenken. Mit Konsequenzen. Meldet Hessen massenhafte Kirchenaustritte, nimmt die Zahl auch in Südwestfalen erheblich zu.

„Wir registrieren eine merkliche Zunahme in den letzten Tagen“, sagt Peter Weber, Geschäftsleiter am Amtsgericht Siegen. „Dabei ist der Anteil der Katholiken deutlich höher als der der Protestanten.“ Der Kirchenaustritt muss weder schriftlich noch mündlich begründet werden. Er sieht einen Zusammenhang mit den Vorfällen im 72 Kilometer entfernten Limburg. „Für die Menschen ist das der Anlass, sich zu dieser Entscheidung aufzuraffen. Das ist mein Eindruck.“ Die Zahlen aus Siegen sprechen für sich. 2012 hat die Statistik 646 Kirchenaustritte gezählt, davon waren 410 evangelischer und 236 katholischer Konfession.

http://www.derwesten.de/region/sauer-und-siegerland/nach-limburg-raus-aus-der-kirche-aimp-id8603672.html

Friday, 25 October 2013

What the Staff Said (Or: He Was So Cute)

Evidence presented to the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, by six former staff members, gives the lie to claims by the YMCA’s lawyer, Gregory Sirtes (pictured above), that the organisation boasted “industry-leading practices.”
The director of the Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate within the New South Wales state Department of Education and Communities, Ruth Callaghan, said that the evidence did not indicate “best practice”. She revealed that a “monitoring inspection” was carried out May 30, 2013. It found that one staff member had not completed a Working with Children check, emergency evacuation instructions were not displayed and some staff records did not include evidence of training.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/10/25/what-the-staff-said-or-he-was-so-cute/

Catholic Church considers 'abuse victims as troublemakers'

JOHN Ellis, whose lawsuit against the Catholic Church prompted a landmark ruling on the church's liability in sexual abuse claims, has condemned the church's Towards Healing process for treating victims like "troublemakers" and reviving their trauma.

In a submission released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Mr Ellis and his wife Nicola describe their experience as solicitors who have acted for more than 200 victims of clerical sexual abuse.

They say participation in Towards Healing, which the church offers as an alternative to legal action, has led to "significant re-traumatisation" for many victims through its lack of transparency and accountability.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/catholic-church-considers-abuse-victims-as-troublemakers/story-e6frg6nf-1226747187997

JOANNE McCARTHY: Guilt and redemption

THE last time I saw John was in late September.
He slipped into a public gallery seat in Newcastle Supreme Court. It was the final public hearing day of the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into NSW Police and Catholic Church handling of child sex allegations.
John was one of the regulars. He nodded and smiled to others - victims of child sex abuse and their parents, like him - who have sat in the gallery since the inquiry started in May.
He smiled at me where I sat in seats taken over by journalists. I smiled back.
We first spoke in September 2007. I found his name in some documents and gave him a call. By that stage he wasn't an employee of the Catholic Church any more.
He was guarded, careful.
But we later agreed that even during that first phone call we knew we could trust each other. In my mind he was a tall man with dark hair. People who know and love him will laugh at that.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1863752/joanne-mccarthy-guilt-and-redemption/?cs=12

Judy Courtin on The Royal Commission and The Catholic Church

Invitation to Progressive Atheists Inc. AGM and Dinner
Guest Speaker – Judy Courtin
6.00 pm Dinner at La Notte
7.30 pm Judy Courtin speaks followed by audience questions
8.30 pm Progressive Atheists Inc. AGM

You and a guest/s are invited to attend the Progressive Atheists Inc. AGM and dinner commencing at 6.00pm at La Notte restaurant, 140 Lygon St in Carlton on Tuesday 29th October.
We are proud to announce our speaker, the renowned Judy Courtin, Lawyer and PhD Student from the Faculty of Law Monash University, who will address us on The Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse and the promotion of Secularism in Australia.  The address will start at 7.30 after the meal and conclude with 20-30 minutes for Q&A at approximately 8.45pm.
Following this there will be a short AGM to elect the new Committee Members etc for 2014.  You are very welcome to stay on for this short, formal section of our evening and to continue on with the celebrations afterwards.
We are expecting an attendance of around 30 members and guests and we would appreciate an early reply so as to allow us to allocate numbers and seating.
Please RSVP to: [masked].
In the meantime if you have any questions, please contact me on 0438 043 050.

http://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Atheists/events/143907442/

Is the Catholic Church still the world's moral authority?

The Catholic Church is more than 1 billion strong, but has been weakened in recent years by secularization and abuse scandals.  While the church is growing globally, a recent Pew study found nearly one-third of Americans who were raised Catholic no longer practice the religion.
Fox News Chief Religion Correspondent Lauren Green asked former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Francis Rooney whether the Catholic Church is still the world's moral authority.
Rooney says even with the child sex abuse, Vatileaks scandals and a declining number of faithful attending church each week, the church still has the power to lead. “The principles which compromise the Holy See’s diplomatic outreach are enduring … in many parts of the world where scandal hasn’t occurred … [the Catholic Church has] the greatest impact in areas that are marginalized, where Christians are persecuted, “said Rooney.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/24/is-catholic-church-still-world-moral-authority/

Kirchenfinanzen: Der Staat zahlt Pension – selbst für den alten Papst

Der Freistaat zahlt für die Altersversorgung der Kirchenfürsten – selbst der alte Papst Benedikt hat Ansprüche. Er war ja mal Professor – von Bischoifs Gnaden.
Die Summe ist riesig: Angeblich sind es im Jahr mehr als 400 Millionen Euro, die vom Staat und damit vom Steuerzahler, egal, ob Mitglied oder nicht, an die Kirchen überwiesen werden. Auch Pensionszahlungen sind beinhaltet. Das soll jetzt nicht blasphemisch klingen, aber teuer ist das auch deshalb, weil katholische Priester eine sieben Jahre höhere Lebenserwartung haben als Normalsterbliche.
Gerade bei den steigenden Pensionszahlungen für Bischöfe, Domkapitulare und andere Kirchenleiter wollte der Freistaat im vergangenen Jahr einen Schnitt machen. In einer bislang nie dagewesenen Gesetzesänderung wollte man zumindest die Ausgaben für die Zukunft deckeln.

http://mobil.wochenblatt.de/nachrichten/regensburg/regionales/art1172,206827 

Wie reich ist Erzdiözese Salzburg?

Wie viel Geld, Vermögen, Grund- und Immobilienbesitz hat die katholische Kirche in Salzburg zur Verfügung? Und wie ist ihr Besitz verteilt? Die Affäre um den deutschen Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst sorgt auch in Österreich für Diskussionen über die Kirche.
Kirchenkritiker wie die „Initiative gegen Kirchenprivilegien“ fordern eine Offenlegung der kirchlichen Mensalien - jener Gelder, die den Bischöfen privat zur Verfügung stehen. In Salzburg wird das Kirchenvermögen in vier getrennten Rechtspersonen verwaltet: Domkapitel, (zuständig für alle Belange rund um den Dom), Erzdiözese, die einzelnen Klöstern und der Erzbischof selbst mit seinem Haushaltsvermögen.

http://salzburg.orf.at/news/stories/2610679/

US-Erzbistum zahlt elf Millionen

Das US-Erzbistum Minneapolis hat nach Informationen der Tageszeitung "Star Tribune" zwischen 2003 und 2012 knapp elf Millionen Dollar (acht Millionen Euro) an Missbrauchsopfer gezahlt. Dabei handele es sich lediglich um solche Entschädigungen und Hilfsleistungen, die ohne Beteiligung staatlicher Gerichte gewährt worden seien, schreibt das Blatt in seiner Onlineausgabe (Mittwochabend Ortszeit) unter Berufung auf interne Dokumente. Die Ausgaben umfassten sowohl Direktzahlungen an Opfer übergriffiger Priester wie auch Kostenübernahmen für Therapien oder andere Leistungen, etwa Schulgebühren.
Ein Sprecher des Erzbistums sagte laut Zeitung am Mittwochabend, die Direktzahlungen seien nach Maßgabe der 2002 von den US-Bischöfen verabschiedeten Kinderschutz-Charta erfolgt. Viele Opfer hätten sich bei der außergerichtlichen Einigung durch Rechtsanwälte vertreten lassen. Das Erzbistum habe mit den Entschädigungen niemals eine Forderung nach Verschwiegenheit verbunden, umgekehrt aber ausdrückliche Wünsche nach Diskretion seitens der Opfer respektiert.

http://www.katholisch.de/de/katholisch/themen/news/page_news.php?id=21748

Catholic priest speaks out on child abuse in Syracuse visit


The Catholic Church has been rocked by child abuse scandals that have received plenty of publicity in recent years, but the only thing perhaps more scandalous has been the reaction from the church regarding the victims. Silence, high-level cover ups, even threats have left many to wonder who the church hierarchy are actually trying to protect.
 
Tonight Rev. Tom Doyle, a catholic priest and retired Air Force Major, spoke at All Saints Church in Syracuse about the need for reform in the way the Catholic Church handles sexual abuse cases.
 

introducing the royal commission

Watch the Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan AM, explain the work of the Royal Commission.
View the video here.


http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/introducing-the-royal-commission/

How Jonathan Lord groomed his victims

Children loved him, colleagues thought him a great guy to work with and parents trusted him without exception.
Jonathan Lord was so well regarded that when one mum heard he'd been stood down by the YMCA because a child had made an allegation against him, she offered to find him a solicitor.
It was only when the single mother, AN, spoke to her eight-year old-son that her "whole world fell apart".
Lord, 24 at the time, had been indecently assaulting her boy, AO, for almost a year.
He is now serving 10 years' jail for offences against him and other children.
AN had employed the likeable young man to babysit every Saturday while she worked.
"AO started crying," she this week told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, recalling, still distraught, the evening that nightmare became reality for her.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/19542036/how-jonathan-lord-groomed-his-victims/

Thursday, 24 October 2013

What the Parents Said (Or: We’re Not Just Stirrers)

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, at its “case study” hearings on YMCA child-care worker, Jonathan Lord, has heard evidence from parents of children abused by him.
The grooming process used by Lord was revealed by the mother of “AO”, one of Lord’s victims. She said that she first met Lord through his mother, who recommended him as a baby-sitter. Lord baby-sat “AO” on Saturday’s, in contravention of YMCA stated procedures. “AO” was under the care of another worker at the YMCA.
She reported that children would fight over who was to be on Lord’s team during games. ”He had a way with children”, she said. When the allegations against Lord arose, both Lord and his mother visited her. Lord cried, and his mother said that she feared he might harm himself.
“AO”’s mother told the enquiry that she, at the time, still had total trust in Lord, but this changed when she posed a question to her son. When asked if Lord had touched his “willy” the boy said it happened every Saturday while Lord was baby-sitting him.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/10/24/what-the-parents-said-or-were-not-just-stirrers/

Speaking up about sexual abuse in Catholic churches

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Sexual abuse allegations against Catholic priests and bishops have been making headlines for decades. A former priest speaks out against child abuse in Catholic churches at a church in Binghamton.
Father Thomas Doyle was invited to St. Francis of Assisi Church in Binghamton to speak about the "unfinished business" of clergy sex abuse in the Catholic church.

Doyle was a priest in the Dominican Order for 49 years. He is no longer allowed to be an active priest in the institutionalized Catholic Church. Doyle believes it's because he's been standing with sexual abuse victims of the church for the past 30 years.
"I've spoken out too loudly and too often for the comfort level for the leadership of the Catholic church," Doyle said.
Doyle was invited by Fr. Tim Taugher, St. Francis of Assisi Church pastor and a leader of Upstate NY Call to Action.
Doyle, who is also a canon lawyer and addiction therapist, stood in front of dozens of people.

http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Speaking-up-about-sexual-abuse-in-Catholic-churches-229034441.html

Justice for bishops

Recent cases make it imperative that the Vatican reviews its treatment of bishops who are regarded as out of line, whether over moral, financial or doctrinal matters. Present procedures are seriously defective.
The Pope has authorised a leave of absence for the controversial Bishop of Limburg in Germany, following allegations that he misused church funds in the building and furnishing of his new luxury residence. Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst was called to Rome for an interview, and a commission of German Catholic bishops is examining the complaints against him. He could face dismissal – not unlike the treatment of Bishop Róbert Bezák of Trnava, Slovakia, who was removed from office by Pope Benedict last year and whose transfer next month to a Redemptorist monastery near Verona has just been announced. Where the cases differ is that lay Catholics were solidly on the side of Bishop Bezák, the allegations against whom were not made public, while public opinion has turned against Bishop Tebartz and the accusation against him is all too obvious. But until their cases have been submitted to due process, it cannot be assumed that either of them is guilty of anything. That, unfortunately, is not how things work. Bishops may be successors of the apostles and Vicars of Christ in their own diocese, but they have fewer rights under Canon Law than parish priests.

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/article/164834

Royal Commission told police gave no information to parents after YMCA sexual abuse allegations

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has been told that police could have responded better in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse by a YMCA childcare worker.
Parents have told the commission they hit a brick wall when they tried to find information about whether their children were safe or had been abused by a paedophile.
In early October 2011, police received a complaint that Jonathan Lord had abused a child during a YMCA excursion.
Lord had been stood down from duty and in the weeks that followed, more victims came forward to police.


http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/19538332/royal-commission-told-police-gave-no-information-to-parents-after-ymca-sexual-abuse-allegations/

Remove church's 'rotten apples'

A LAW professor who has worked closely with senior Catholic Church officials to review their response to child abuse by priests says some of its current leaders are "rotten apples" who need to be removed.
The University of Sydney's Professor Patrick Parkinson, who gave last night's annual Smith Lecture in Sydney, was recently cited by the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, as a leading authority who twice reviewed the church's Towards Healing protocols on child sexual abuse.
"There remain a few rotten apples in the church's fruit bowl, and they have yet to be called to account. Those who still apparently fail to understand their civic obligations as citizens of Australia in terms of co-operation with the police. Those whose greatest concern would appear to be to protect their organisation from scandal rather than the children in their care," he said.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/remove-churchs-rotten-apples/story-e6frg6n6-1226746308180#

Catholic Church must go further on child sex abuse

There ought to be little doubt that as a society, our record of dealing with child sexual abuse is one of shocking moral failure. It is a reasonable estimate to say that one in four Australian girls and one in 10 boys growing up in the 1970s and '80s experienced some form of sexual abuse before the age of 16. These are truly shocking figures.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/catholic-church-must-go-further-on-child-sex-abuse-20131024-2w4a5.html

Top lawyer Patrick Parkinson says Catholic Church still tainted by rotten apples

A senior lawyer has warned that the Catholic Church will not win back public trust and confidence until its current "tainted" leaders have gone.
Patrick Parkinson, who reviewed the church's Towards Healing protocol for dealing with victims of sexual abuse, has previously described allegations of the church's cover-up of sexual abuse as amounting to organised criminality.
In a speech on Thursday night, the University of Sydney lawyer, a non-Catholic, declared there were still some rotten apples among the church's hierarchy.
"There are those still apparently who fail to understand their civic duty as citizens of this country to cooperate with the police," he said.


http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/19537809/top-lawyer-patrick-parkinson-says-catholic-church-still-tainted-by-rotten-apples/

The YMCA Defence (Or: He Fooled Us All)

The YMCA is only a small player in the child care industry in Australia. About 1 million children are in such care. The YMCA, in NSW caters for about 11,000 children at about 100 centres, and employs about 500 staff, which is about a 1% market share.
The Royal Commission is hearing of one YMCA case, that of Jonathan Lord (see previous postings), who joined the organisation at age 21 and was last year sentenced to a minimum of 6 years prison for the abuse of 12 boys in his care.
The CEO of the Royal Commission, Ms. Janette Dines, says that this one case is to provide the basis for assessing what changes to procedures are required to adequately regulate the child care industry. This is an ambitious goal from one case study. Although others have told the enquiry of more YMCA cases (and told to this author for that matter), these cases will not be considered at the hearing.
“This hearing will investigate where systems failed to create a child safe organisation in the context of out of school hours’ care. The Commission’s function is not to examine individual cases of alleged abuse,” said Ms Dines in a press release.

http://lewisblayse.net/2013/10/24/the-ymca-defence-or-he-fooled-us-all/

I'll quit priesthood if Vatican censures my book, vows D'Arcy

BROADCASTER and columnist Fr Brian D'Arcy has said his censure by the Vatican "destroyed" him "as a human being and as a priest" and almost caused him to leave the priesthood.

In his new book, 'Brian D'Arcy's Food for the Soul', the 68-year-old said it has been "the most devastating faith crisis of my life".

Recalling the events that led to his rap on the knuckles from the Vatican, Fr D'Arcy said that in 2010 he was formally censured by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).
The then head of the CDF wrote to the Superior General of his religious order, the Passionists, accusing him of being "a source of great scandal".
Fr D'Arcy received a formal warning that he must cease being critical of the Vatican and stop questioning its rules on celibacy, homosexuality, divorce and remarriage or face excommunication.
He makes no apology for criticising the church leadership over the child sex-abuse scandals, saying: "I was absolutely correct to do so. I am a survivor of clerical sex abuse myself.

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ill-quit-priesthood-if-vatican-censures-my-book-vows-darcy-29688018.html

Response to child abuse revamped in NSW

NSW agencies are revamping how they communicate with concerned parents when a child sex abuse case is revealed within an institution.
Detective Superintendent Maria Rustja, commander of the NSW Police child abuse squad, told a national hearing into child sex abuse the investigative and response system across agencies was focused on protecting children so it might not work for all parents.
She was being questioned by the chair of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan on how the NSW police handled the case of 26-year-old pedophile Jonathan Lord, the YMCA child care worker who is now serving 10 years in jail.
Supt Rustja said there is a tri-agency response to cases of child sex abuse, the police, the NSW family and community services agency and the health department.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/parent-recalls-pedophile-child-carer-shock/story-fni0xqi4-1226746025647

Victims still coming forward to Catholic Church pastoral processes


Victims of child sexual and physical abuse continued to come forward to the Catholic Church pastoral processes during the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into child abuse, the Church announced today.

Church spokesperson, Father Shane Mackinlay, said that in the 12 months to 30 June 2013, 53 complaints were received in Victoria by the Melbourne Response and Towards Healing that were relevant to the Inquiry.

Eighteen complaints were received by the Melbourne Response, with 13 upheld so far, and 35 complaints were received by Towards Healing, with 15 upheld to date.

The remaining five complaints to the Melbourne Response, and the 20 to Towards Healing, are still to be determined and are ongoing.

Seven of the Towards Healing complainants have chosen to go to the police and their cases will not resume until police actions are completed.

In addition to complaints received by the Melbourne Response and Towards Healing, a further 42 complaints were made directly to the Church entities that appeared in person at the Inquiry.

Of these, 15 have so far been upheld. The remaining 27 are still to be determined and are ongoing.

http://au.christiantoday.com/article/victims-still-coming-forward-to-catholic-church-pastoral-processes/16362.htm

Mother urges anti-grooming training for children after YMCA childcare centre abuse

The mother of a girl who attended a childcare centre in Sydney's south where a worker was jailed for child sex offences has told an inquiry children need to be trained to detect "grooming" behaviour.
The Royal Commission into child abuse is examining the case of Jonathan Lord, who is now behind bars for abusing 12 boys during his time at the YMCA centre at Caringbah.
The inquiry has heard Lord would play favourites with boys and allow them to sit on his lap, but the children and staff did not find the behaviour suspicious.
The mother, identified in the commission as "AW", said today that children as well as adults need to be aware of child grooming.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/19528354/mother-urges-anti-grooming-training-for-children-after-ymca-childcare-centre-abuse/

Bid for more Indigenous involvement in Commission

Members of the Stolen Generations are being encouraged to tell their stories to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service says Indigenous people who have been abused can reach out for help and get legal support.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/10/23/bid-more-indigenous-involvement-commission

Laizismus-Charta in Frankreich: Die 15 Gebote für Schüler

Schule geht nur ohne Schleier: Eine neue Charta erinnert Frankreichs Schüler daran, dass Unterricht frei von Religion sein soll. Viele Eltern finden das gut, Muslime sehen sich stigmatisiert - und die Jugendlichen zucken nur mit den Schultern.
Blasse Jungen im Schlabberlook qualmen gegenüber vom Schultor noch eine Zigarette, Mädchen mit Rastalocken und geschorenem Kurzhaar glucken kichernd um ein Smartphone. Die Schüler, die sich morgens vor dem schmucken, modernen Gebäude des Samuel-Beckett-Gymnasiums drängen, entsprechen dem Bevölkerungsquerschnitt im Großraum von Paris.
Fußgängerzone, Rathaus, Supermarkt und eine Brücke über die mäandernde Marne, die nach General de Gaulle benannt ist: La Ferté-sous-Jouarre ist eine verschlafene Gemeinde mit zehntausend Bürgern. Hier, knapp 45 Bahnminuten von der Metropole entfernt, ist die Welt noch in Ordnung. Grund genug für Frankreichs Bildungsminister Vincent Peillon just in diesem Gymnasium zusammen mit Kabinettskollegen und Promis aus Politik und Sport feierlich seinen neuen Coup einzuweihen: Die "Charta der Laizität".

http://www.spiegel.de/schulspiegel/ausland/frankreich-laizismus-charta-soll-schulen-von-schleiern-befreien-a-925380.html#ref=rss