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International Reaction : World Media On [Taoiseach / Prime Minister] Kenny’s Attack [on the Vatican] [Ireland / Global]

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The Guardian 

What makes the verbal sortie on the Vatican so groundbreaking is that it is a Fine Gael taoiseach, whose political base lies in the conservative west of Ireland, who has led from the front.

Daily Mail 

The astonishing attack was the first time that Ireland’s parliament has publicly castigated the Vatican instead of local church leaders during the country’s 17 years of paedophile-priest scandals.

The Spectator 

It would have been unthinkable even perhaps back in the 1990s for a leader of Fine Gael to go as far as take on the Vatican. But this is exactly what happened this week and it marks a significant, historic milestone on Ireland’s journey away from being a mono-Catholic state into a 21st European republic.

BBC News Online

An unprecedented attack on the Catholic Church.

Deutsche Welle 

Ireland’s premier Enda Kenny has issued a stinging attack on the Vatican, accusing Rome of putting its own interests ahead of victims of child sexual abuse.


Kenny criticised the role of the Vatican over allegations that the Catholic church covered up child abuse by its priests.


Irish prime minister Enda Kenny launched a blistering attack on the Vatican . . . his hard-hitting comments came in a parliamentary debate.

New York Times 

The rare denunciation of the Holy See’s influence in this predominantly Catholic country came just a week after the government issued a report accusing the Vatican of sabotaging Irish bishops’ 1996 decision to begin reporting suspected cases of child abuse to the police.


Ireland’s prime minister launched a stinging attack on the Vatican.


In a direct challenge to the Vatican, Kenny denounced what he called “the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism – and the narcissism – that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day”.

The Irish Times, 22 juli 2011


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‘Everything I wanted to hear for years,’ says victim [Ireland]

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REACTION: REACTION FROM victims of clerical sex abuse and their representatives to the Taoiseach’s Wednesday Dáil address has been very positive.

Marie Collins, who was abused as a young girl by Fr Paul McGennis, said last night that “Enda Kenny’s excellent speech . . . said everything I have wanted to hear our Government say for many years”.

She said that “finally the message has been sent to the leaders of the Catholic Church, both in Ireland and the Vatican, that they must respect the people and the laws of this country. This must now be followed up with full implementation of the new child protection laws and a thorough investigation of all dioceses.”

Andrew Madden, who was the first clerical child abuse victim to go public in Ireland, was in the Dáil public gallery for the Cloyne debate on Wednesday when the Taoiseach delivered his address. It was “good to be there for it”, he said.

The address’s “content and tone was a welcome change from the deferential drivel of his predecessors”, he said.

“It was very comforting to hear the duly-elected leader reflecting the views not only of the abused but of the wider public as well, and that he got across our understanding that abuse is not an Irish problem but a Vatican problem.

“The Irish people appreciate that it goes right to the heart of the Vatican. That doesn’t excuse the Irish bishops.”

He said the address “put down a marker on Ireland’s profile as a Catholic country. It is now a proper republic and no longer ‘Magdalene Ireland’ or ‘Industrial School Ireland’.”

He also said Government actions on the Children First guidelines, the appointment of a new Department of Children and of Minister Frances Fitzgerald, and comments by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter were “all very positive…all very welcome”.

John Kelly of Irish Soca (Survivors of Child Abuse) found the Taoiseach’s address “very encouraging…very heartening that the Government should respond in such a robust way”.

It was “needed”. He felt that should the Vatican continue to not be co-operative where the State was concerned “they should be sent packing as if they were spying”.

Maeve Lewis of the One in Four group was “very surprised at the strength” of the address, and “absolutely delighted that an Irish Taoiseach had the guts to stand up and clearly state that the laws of Ireland supersede those of any organisation or other state”.

Abuse survivors had been phoning One in Four “in huge numbers feeling, probably, for the first time, protected”.

“They are feeling at last that they are full citizens of this country,” she said.

The Irish Times, 2 juli 2011

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German Church May Give Victims 5,000 Euros, Sueddeutsche Says

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By Niklas Magnusson

Germany’s Roman Catholic Church plans to give victims of sexual abuse as much as 5,000 euros ($7,086) each in compensation, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported today, citing unidentified people with knowledge of the plan.

In severe cases, the church may increase the maximum compensation and may also take over the cost of therapy for some victims, the newspaper reported. So far, 579 people have applied for compensation from the church, Sueddeutsche Zeitung said.

Bloomberg, 20 juli 2011


  • Entschädigung für 560 #Missbrauchsopfer / Von Matthias Drobinski [DE; Sueddeutsche Zeitung] http://tiny.cc/5ut01
  • Katholische Kirche entschädigt 560 Opfer [DE; SPIEGEL ONLINE; #Missbrauchsopfer] http://tiny.cc/adauf

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Numbers tell a terrible story [United States / Australia]

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Dick Gross

After a five-year wait, the second report of the academic institution examining the allegations of sex abuse against US priests has just surfaced, giving a more nuanced view of Rome’s shame.

In 2004, the first report of John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York was released, verifying some shocking allegations of child abuse in the American Catholic Church. Here was some seemingly independent research on the nature and extent of the complaints that changed the world’s perceptions of the abuse phenomenon and cover-up.

And, because the John Jay report was the first objective study, its numbers became holy writ. In short these were as follows: a total of 10,667 individuals had made allegations of abuse, 6700 accusations were upheld against 4392 priests in the US, about 4 per cent of all 109,694 priests who served between 1950 and 2002 – a heinous overrepresentation when compared with the general community.

Since then, victims’ groups have attacked the data saying that it relied upon the Church providing information. Moreover, victims’ groups complain that as the Church paid for the John Jay research, it cannot be trusted.  The site is a mine of information and provides different data.  Put simply, it is argued that if the figures were not reliant on Church reports, then the John Jay numbers could be multiplied by a factor of two.  In April of this year, the numbers of ”not implausibly” accused priests based upon Church provided data were 5948 priests and involved 15,736 victims.

Last month, the second report looked at the context in which the abuse arose. In short it showed that the abuse peaked from 1965 to 1985 and since that time has declined.  Indeed in recent times it has slowed to a trickle.  The suppression of allegation has ceased.  In short, the crisis is over . . . or is it?

Whatever the arguments over the data, this priestly sexual probing has had incalculable implication for all of those interested in the nature and consequences of belief.  I will address several issues:

Is this a theodicy issue undermining faith?

What does this tell us about godliness and goodness?

What do we make of the priests who are left?


The question that is still open to debate is the causal factors.  The second John Jay report argues that predictable factors were at play here.  The organisational factors include the overzealousness of bishops protecting the brand, the role of forgiveness and concern for the perpetrator over the victim by way of speedy reassignment to another parish.

The psychology of the offenders is interesting.  Offenders were not gay or even paedophiles.  Critics of Catholicism naturally assume that it is celibacy at fault here.

The logic is that sexual repression leads to weird outcomes.  But the report is a bit half-pregnant on this issue. It says offenders were a pack of sad bastards ”with little or no exposure to a curriculum of what is now understood as ‘human formation’; the training in self-understanding and the development of emotional and psychological competence for a life of celibate chastity”, which is a partial exoneration of celibacy.  However, they wouldn’t need the training if they weren’t celibate.  Is it the training for celibacy or celibacy per se that is the problem?  But then later the report argues that offenders had poor social bonds and negative views on sex, which would be produced by the very ideological milieu that defends celibacy and all those other crazy sexual and contraceptive ideas of Catholicism. I believe the report is yet another opportunity to converse on the evils of celibacy rather than a definitive repudiation.

And so people will want to ”move on”.  The crisis is under control.  Benedict has apologised.  It’s all good.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 juni 2011

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’Rabbi used mystical threats to force girl to have sex’ [Israel]

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Netanya Rabbi David Ben-Haham Hafuta charged with forcing a 13-year-old girl into having sex with him by exploiting his authority. 

A 64-year-old community rabbi from Netanya was charged on Monday at the Petah Tikva District Court with forcing a 13-year-old girl into having sex with him by exploiting his authority and using “mystical threats” to intimidate her.

The defendant, named as Rabbi David Ben-Haham Hafuta, was arrested on May 30, and is charged with carrying out sexual acts on three occasions with the girl, after telling her that she had to “repair her sins” and that she would be “the mother of the messiah.”

“The defendant used sayings and threats which were apparently based on mystical foundations in order to intimidate and enchant the minor, and convince her to hold sexual relations with her,” said the charge sheet.

The girl was interviewed by a child investigator and found to be credible, state prosecutors said.

The Jerusalem Post, 14 juni 2011

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Catholic officials get pedophile case ousted; SNAP responds [United States]

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Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We are terribly sad for these brave, wounded victims of Fr. Johnston and the Catholic hierarchy. Abused by a priest, they have now been further abused by the archdiocese, which insists on exploiting every legal technicality it can to hide the truth about clergy sex crimes and cover-ups. Bishops can claim to be “reforming,” but as long as they fight tooth and nail to deny victims their day in court, their claims will continue to ring hollow.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact – David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)


Archdiocese Not Liable For Pedophile Priest Robert Johnston

By Sarah Fenske, Fri., Jun. 10 2011 at 11:06 AM

​Score one for the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis. Because, as a legal ruling today makes clear, even if a Christian ethicist would hold the church accountable for allowing a predatory priest to run roughshod, well, by gum, the Constitution doesn’t. That’s the First Amendment for you.

In an opinion issued today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit concluded that the archdiocese can’t be held liable for negligent hiring and negligent retention and supervision of a defrocked priest — even though the priest once admitted to performing oral sex on a fourteen-year-old boy.

The priest, Robert Johnston, was defrocked in 2002 after a witness came forward alleging sex abuse. According to a Belleville News-Democrat clip we dug out of Nexis, Johnston had been a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Valley Park; he later admitted to performing the sex act in 1978.

But the claims of three men and a woman who filed suit against him in 2009 reached a serious roadblock today, with the appellate judges reversing a lower court ruling that would have held the archdiocese in St. Louis responsible for Johnston’s behavior.

Shane Perry, Matthew McCormick, William Goebel and Angela Ohl-Marsters had sued the archdiocese, claiming negligence in its hiring, retention and supervision. While the U.S. District Court allowed those claims to stand, the archdiocese appealed — arguing that the Missouri Supreme Court had given it a special exemption on such claims, thanks to the First Amendment. After all, “questions of hiring, ordaining and retaining clergy” could foster “excessive entanglement between church and state.” We can’t have judges telling the Catholic church who to hire — or even to avoid pedophiles — without getting the government all up in their right to practice their religion. Or so the argument goes.

The U.S. District Court brushed that aside, saying that since the case was in federal court, it didn’t need to follow Missouri precedent — and, anyway, under its analysis, it was rejecting the Missouri Supreme Court’s reasoning.

The appellate court overturned that decision today. “It seems highly likely the Supreme Court of Missouri would bar the negligence claims under the Missouri Constitution, if its First Amendment analysis were later abrogated by the Supreme Court of the United States,” the appellate justices concluded. They then tossed the case back to district court for further proceedings.

The four plaintiffs, all Illinois residents, allege that Johnston molested them for three years while they attended St. Maurice’s Catholic Church and School in Morrisonville, Illinois, which is not far from Springfield. According to their initial complaint, they were introduced to Johnston by their parish priest, and he subsequently fondled and sodomized them at a St. Louis County lake house, at a Cardinals game and on archdiocese property.

In 2005, Johnston was arrested by St. Louis County Police on suspicion of statutory sodomy. It’s not clear whether he was ever convicted.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 10 juni 2011

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Prosecution of pedophile priest goes ahead; SNAP responds [United States]

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Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We are glad this brave man, Warren Tucker, will get his day in court. And we’re grateful that this predator, Fr. William Casey, will finally be held responsible for his heinous crimes.

Every time a pedophile priest is prosecuted, kids are safer. We applaud Warren for his courage and are confident that Casey will be found guilty.

We hope this positive news will encourage others who have been hurt by child molesting clerics to come forward, get help, call police, protect kids and start healing.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact – David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)


Judge refuses to dismiss charges against former Kingsport priest

By Kacie Breeding – Published June 11th, 2011 | Added June 11th, 2011

BLOUNTVILLE — The defense team of a former Kingsport priest accused of child sexual abuse failed Friday in their latest bid for dismissal of all indictments against their client.

William Casey, 76, 740 Shakerag Road, Greeneville, is charged with first-degree sexual misconduct and two counts of aggravated rape in a Blountville court. He was indicted on Aug. 31, 2010.

Casey’s charges stem from allegations reported by Warren Tucker, 45, of Jeffersonville, Ind., who has previously addressed the media about his claims. He alleges that Casey began to sexually abuse him shortly after becoming priest of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Kingsport in the 1970s. Tucker has said the alleged abuse occurred when he was an altar boy there, between 10 and 15 years of age. At the time, his mother was romantically involved with C a s e y.

During Friday’s hearing, Casey’s attorneys, Rick and Matthew Spivey, argued a renewed motion for dismissal of all of Casey’s charges, which they had filed on May 20.

In that filing, the Spiveys said they wanted the March hearing reopened so they could cross-examine Tucker about statements he allegedly made to Detective Jennifer Trantham of the Mc-Dowell County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office and to Kingsport Police Department Detective Chris Tincher. They said the state produced the statements after the March hearing, and a review uncovered “inconsistencies” with Tucker’s testim o n y.

During the hearing, they argued that Tucker has been inconsistent about his age at the time of the alleged abuse for which Casey is charged, leaving them unable to form a proper defense for trial.

They also argued that based on Tucker’s own statement to Tincher, he was 15 when count three — one of the alleged aggravated rapes — occurred. Based on that information, they argued the statute of limitations has expired.

In a June 7 filing, Sullivan County Deputy District Attorney Barry Staubus and Assistant District Attorney Julie Canter responded that they believed the reasons cited for dismissal were without merit.

During Friday’s hearing, Staubus and Canter acknowledged that Tucker has said his memories of what occurred were returning a little at a time and contended that the issue of Tucker’s age at the time of the offense is one for a jury to decide after hearing his testimony.

“If his proof is at trial that he’s 15, then I’ll dismiss it,” Sullivan County Criminal Court Judge Robert Montgomery told the defense at one point.

At the end of the hearing, Montgomery found that the issues the Spiveys had argued should be resolved at trial, not before. It is currently scheduled for July 11.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 11 juni 2011

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