St. Louis priest charged with having sexual contact with boy at school

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-priest-charged-with-having-sexual-contact-with-boy/article_7c94f075-0948-544d-81a7-57c74b0f6925.html?fb_action_ids=583935488379949&fb_action_types=og.comments

By Susan Weich

St. Louis Missouri (photo courtesy of wikimedia commons)ST. LOUIS • New criminal sexual abuse allegations arose Friday against a St. Louis priest with close ties to Archbishop Robert Carlson.

Prosecutors charged the Rev. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang, 31, of the 3400 block of Lafayette Avenue in St. Louis, with two felony counts of first-degree statutory sodomy involving a boy younger than 14.

Jiang was previously accused of having improper contact with a teenage girl from Lincoln County, though those charges were later dismissed.

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Archdiocesan bankruptcy plan moves one more step forward

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

http://www.jsonline.com/news/religion/archdiocesan-bankruptcy-case-moves-one-more-step-forward-b99250578z1-255733301.html

By Annysa Johnson

768px-Federal_Building_and_U_S__Courthouse,_Milwaukee,_WI_Aug_03The Archdiocese of Milwaukee won a victory in its bankruptcy Thursday when U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley agreed to move forward with a key document that, once approved, would put the local church one step closer to exiting its 3-year old Chapter 11 proceedings.

Kelley stressed Thursday that she was not taking up the archdiocese’s reorganization plan, only its accompanying disclosure statement, which is intended to give creditors enough information to vote on the plan.

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Milwaukee archdiocese bankruptcy plan to be put to a vote

From the Associated Press and Green Bay Press Gazette

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/viewart/20140417/GPG0101/304170376/Milwaukee-archdiocese-bankruptcy-plan-put-vote

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MILWAUKEE — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee must explain in documents being sent to its creditors why its bankruptcy reorganization plan classifies sexual abuse victims into categories, with plans to pay one group and not others, a federal bankruptcy judge ordered Thursday.

The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in 2011, saying it would not have the money to pay if lawsuits filed by clergy sexual abuse victims went against it. The reorganization plan filed in February would provide about $4 million to pay nearly 130 victims, but it would exclude hundreds of others from compensation.

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Archdiocese bankruptcy case to be put to a vote

From CBS 58 news

Video Link:  http://www.cbs58.com/news/local-news/Ar-255719661.html

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After years in the courts, the bankruptcy of the Milwaukee Archdiocese case was set before a federal judge Thursday.

Attorneys must explain to their creditors several different issues in their bankruptcy reorganization plan. First, they must explain why the sexual abuse victims are being split up into categories with the intention of only paying some of the victims. They must also prove why they aren’t borrowing more money from their cemetery funds.

CBS 58′s Lila Carrera reports.

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Clergy sexual assault victims to respond to developments in Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy after court hearing

SNAPwisconsin.com                       

 

768px-Federal_Building_and_U_S__Courthouse,_Milwaukee,_WI_Aug_03Who/What:  Survivors of childhood sexual assault by Milwaukee clergy will respond to developments in the Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy after a 10:00 a.m. hearingin Federal Court.  The Archdiocese, after three years of litigation, has filed a controversial plan for reorganization which, among other things, will attempt to eliminate and bar from restitution nearly 80 percent of cases filed by almost 600 victims of rape, sexual assault or abuse.   

Where:  Federal Courthouse, 517 E Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee

When:  Thursday, April 17, victim/survivors will make remarks on courthouse steps following the hearing which is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.

CONTACT:

Monica Barrett, 414.704.6074

Michael Sneesby, 414.915.4374

John Pilmaier, 414.336.8575

Peter Isely, 414.429.7259

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims, founded in 1989 with more than 15,000 members.  Local website: SNAPwisconsin.com.  The Survivors and Clergy Leadership Alliance (SCLA) is a Milwaukee founded group of survivors of clergy sexual abuse and Roman Catholic clergy.

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Dying abuse victim celebrates giving bedside testimony to Royal Commission

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Audio Link:  http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2014/04/15/3986141.htm?site=ballarat

Flag of AustraliaBarry Wilson waited fifty years to tell his horrific story of child sexual abuse. It was years of abuse while in the care of the Christian Brothers at St Augustine’s Orphanage in Highton, Geelong that saw Barry’s life spiral out of control. Barry found out six weeks ago that he had liver cancer and only had a few days to live. Amazingly, he found the courage to tell his story of child sexual abuse to the Royal Commission last Tuesday.

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UN to grill Vatican again on clergy sex abuse

From ABC News and the Associated Press

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/grill-vatican-clergy-sex-abuse-23321032

By Rachel Zoll

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A second U.N. committee plans to question Vatican officials on failures to stop clergy sex abuse.

The hearing scheduled for May 5-6 in Geneva will look at whether the Vatican’s record on child protection violates the U.N. Convention Against Torture. The Holy See ratified the treaty in 2002.

Vatican spokesmen said Monday they could not immediately comment.

Last January, Vatican officials testified for eight hours before an obscure human rights committee on the scale of clergy sex abuse globally.

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Read the Shadow Report prepared for 52nd session of the UN Committee against torture in connection with its review of the Holy See submitted by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of SNAP here

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Warrant application reveals more Altavilla fetishes

From the Scranton Times Tribune

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/warrant-application-reveals-more-altavilla-fetishes-1.1668102

By David Singleton

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A Diocese of Scranton priest accused of inappropriately touching a teenage girl in 1998 told investigators he searches the Internet for depictions of women being strangled, chloroformed and sexually assaulted.

The information, contained in a search warrant application filed by Scranton police, added to the disturbing picture of the Rev. Philip Altavilla that has emerged since his April 3 arrest.

Father Altavilla, 48, is charged with providing alcohol to a 13-year-old girl he drove home after a Christmas Eve Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in 1998, and then fondling her feet and moving his hand up her leg. The Times-Tribune does not identify victims of sexual assault.

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Catholic Priest Abuse Victim: ‘Why can you be a child molester and a priest?’

From the Huffington Post

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Video Link:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/14/church-victim-responds-to-pope_n_5147250.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness last week from those who have been sexually abused by priests and vowed to make changes to prevent future assaults. However, one victim said an apology doesn’t solve such a deeply entrenched issue.

“There is a design flaw in the system of the Catholic Church that allows for this kind of behavior to go on and continue,” Peter Isely explained to HuffPost Live’s Ricky Camilleri.”We’ve been through this cycle of apologies many times over the past years with popes, and so it’s hard to really not be somewhat skeptical about it.”

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Deceased Dutch Catholic bishop was child molester: commission finds

From Reuters

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(Reuters) – The Dutch Catholic Church, in a rare admission of guilt among senior clergy, has confirmed that a bishop who died last year had sexually abused two boys decades earlier.

The diocese of Roermond said a Church commission had found that accusations against former bishop Johannes Gijsen, dating back to his time as chaplain at a minor seminary from 1958 to 1961, were “well founded”.

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