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Read the entire article here. Seventh Circuit Judge Michael B. The clause in the First Amendment prohibits the government from establishing an official religion, unduly favoring one religion over another, favoring religion over non-religion or vice versa. Certain nonreligious housing allowances also are exempted from tax, such as for military personnel. The Justice Department called the ruling a win for the religious protections enshrined in the Constitution.

Constitution by providing preferential tax benefits to religious leaders. Anne Nicol Gaylor has since died and been replaced in the suit by the personal representative of her estate, Ian Gaylor. Gaylor told the Associated Press that the foundation was weighing whether to ask the full Seventh Circuit to review the case or take it to the U. Supreme Court. The case, originally titled Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Geithner and Shulman , was filed in September The original suit named then-U.

The current filing replaced them with their successors, Steve Mnuchin and John Koskinen. Patrick Malone. Those expenses include furnishings, maintenance and repair, and certain supplies. There is no tax penalty for overestimating the parsonage allowance. Clergy may use the exemption for rent or mortgage as well as for home improvements and maintenance up to the fair market rental value of their home.

Retired and disabled clergy can continue to claim the annual exemption and, in fact, all retirement benefits from the Church Pension Fund come to recipients with the IRS-required housing allowance designation. More information about how parsonage allowances work is available in the tax guide offered by the Church Pension Group.

The case, which will be litigated for several years and could reach the U. Supreme Court, does not apply to clergy who live in church-owned housing, such as rectories. Loss of the tax exemption would have a major financial impact on clerics of all faith traditions who do not live in church-owned housing. The post Appeals court upholds federal tax exemption for clergy housing expenses appeared first on Episcopal News Service.

La Reverenda Dra. El GCO administra el gobierno de la Iglesia, y lo hace de varias maneras:. The majority of the house plans to go to Lambeth, according to the statement. The statement passed on a voice vote. At least one bishop, Dan Martins of Springfield, could be heard voting no. She addressed the house on March The Rev. Thomas Brown is due to be ordained and consecrated on June 22 as the next bishop of the Diocese of Maine.

He is married to the Rev. Thomas Mousin. The diocese elected Brown on Feb. It is possible that Episcopal Church dioceses will elect bishops with same-sex spouses between now and the July 23, , beginning of the Lambeth Conference. Otherwise, those bubbles explode, and the people, their communities and cultures do not survive—or, at least, are tainted.

I am one of the people who could have been blown apart, if you will. Less than two years ago, I named the abuse I experience and my abuser—a priest who, half a century earlier, took advantage of my availability and vulnerability. Yes, it took a lot of emotional and mental work to be able to take the reins away from the abuser and to stop the emotional blackmail he generated. At least I know that, whether or not that pain has an end, it at least is something that I can use to forge new paths in my life and, possibly, help someone else do something similar.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York on Friday identified priests who have been accused of sexually abusing a child, one of the largest disclosures to be made by the church. The list of priests is the latest in a flood of names that have poured from dioceses and religious orders across the country in recent months as the church grapples with a scandal over its handling of abuse.

The disclosures have aided in illuminating the scope of an epidemic of sex abuse in the Catholic Church that has spurred investigations by law enforcement officials and inflamed a crisis in confidence among many of its followers. Bishops have used the lists as a way to acknowledge their failures and take a step toward transparency as they try to placate Catholics who have been outraged by the scandal. The archdiocese in New York is one of the largest Catholic communities in the United States, encompassing Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and several counties north of the city. The list of names covers decades of allegations, but unlike many other dioceses, church officials in New York did not include information detailing the assignments the priests had.

In a letter accompanying the list on Friday, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop, sought to strike a conciliatory tone. A Los Angeles judge dismissed part of a nuisance lawsuit alleging that Catholic clergy have concealed decades of child sexual abuse, court papers obtained Wednesday show. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michelle Williams Court issued her ruling April 17 after having previously taken plaintiff Thomas Emens' case under submission following oral arguments.

She also found that those five instances involving protected speech were invalid because Emens could not show the existence of a nuisance and they were dismissed. Because the judge left the other three matters open to further proceedings, the Archdiocese, the California Catholic Conference and other California dioceses are considering whether to appeal her decision on those three instances, according to the statement. Emens maintains he suffered emotional distress as a result of clergy abuse. But according to the judge's ruling, Emens failed to show his emotional distress was different from that felt by other victims of Catholic clergy abuse, by parents who let their children interact with priests without supervision or from Catholics in general.

Emens' attorney, Jeff Anderson, said he had not yet seen the ruling. By Ken Kolker A Barry County man said he was looking for justice when he recently called Target 8, along with the church and the Michigan Attorney General, to report a Roman Catholic priest had molested him when he was He thought his case was recent enough, just 20 years ago, that he could send his molester to jail or make him and the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids pay by suing them. But while a growing number of states have passed laws allowing survivors in years-old cases to file civil lawsuits, there's nothing he can legally do in Michigan.

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And after hearing that they couldn't because they were tied by the law, it took a lot out of me. Michigan's statute of limitations in child sexual abuse civil cases, considered by some experts as one of the most prohibitive in the country, is blocking him. Some state lawmakers tried to change that last year, but say the Catholic Church and others lobbied against it and won. Target 8 is not naming the Barry County man, who said he was 12 years old in when Father David LeBlanc molested him at Holy Family Church in Caledonia, six years after the Grand Rapids diocese learned LeBlanc had molested another boy in another church in The Barry County man was in the sixth grade when he was sent to the priest for causing trouble in school.

According to BBC News, the 1. Discussion on sexual abuse within the Catholic Church exploded into the U. In a time when sexual abuse is more widely discussed, an open platform has emerged for these issues to be brought into the light. In September, a study revealed that German priests sexually abused 3, minors between and The study was carried out by three German universities and revealed many documents related to sexual abuse in the Catholic Church were destroyed.

Sin always loses power when it is brought into the light. April 26, We are grateful that the Archdiocese of New York is finally taking the step of list accused priests publicly, belated though it may be. While it's likely this list was only released in response to growing public pressure, we hope that the publicizing of this information will lead to more informed communities and will encourage survivors who may be suffering in silence to come forward and make a report to police and the attorney general.

The list released today by the Archdiocese of New York only includes names, years of ordination, and the current status; information that is good but not enough for a complete list. Cardinal Timothy Dolan should update his list to include, at a minimum, the work histories of each accused priest so that communities where abusers served know to look for survivors in their midst.

Similarly, he should include information about when the archdiocese first received the allegations and what they did in response. Only by knowing what went wrong to enable abusers in the past can we best know how to prevent similar situations in the future. Finally, while we are grateful for the bit of transparency shown by the Archdiocese of New York today, we will be looking to the conclusion of the ongoing investigation by Attorney General Letitia James for the full transparency that the public deserves and needs. If Cardinal Dolan is confident in the veracity of his list, we believe he should aid AG James in her investigation by turning over all of his files related to clergy abuse to her office and demonstrate true transparency and openness that way.

The attorney general of West Virginia lacks the authority to bring a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, according to a motion from the church to dismiss a lawsuit against it. The diocese in November issued a report of priests who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse against minors or who had other credible allegations regarding the Charter for Protection of Young People.

Lori of the Baltimore Diocese as apostolic administrator of the diocese with the assignment to investigate allegations against Bransfield. The Boy Scouts of America's own records show that more than 12, children have been sexually assaulted while participating in the organization's programs.

The documents came to light through court testimony given by a researcher whom the Scouts had hired to do an internal review. The records reveal allegations against thousands of Scout leaders — allegations that date from the s. With such a huge number of victims, the organization could be facing multiple lawsuits and, as a result, bankruptcy. The research also revealed significantly more abusers than previously thought.

The names of Scout leaders deemed ineligible because of "reasonable allegations of child sexual abuse" were entered into the Boy Scouts of America's files, and those leaders were subsequently excluded from working with children. One hundred and twenty names of Catholic clergy members accused of child abuse or possession of child pornography was released today by the Archdiocese of New York. The list includes 53 men who have been deemed by the archdiocese "credibly accused," another eight are awaiting a final determination from the church, and 58 men on the list had accusations that didn't meet the "credibly accused" criteria, but their victims were considered eligible for compensation, according to the Archdiocese website.

The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program was created in to determine compensation for victims of Catholic priest abuse. More than individuals have been received compensation through the program. A review board for the program determines those "credibly accused" if they meet at least one of the following criteria:. Phoebe H. In terms of living spaces, Winthrop is one of the most desirable Houses.

And, to be fair, I was quite pleased not to be placed in the Quad. Sullivan, Jr. My story is similar to many others. I was raped in September after a party, three weeks after first arriving on campus. I filed for a No-Contact order against my rapist and received one. But Harvard failed me in the month following my assault. They gave me emergency birth control but could not provide me a rape kit there; now I have no physical evidence that I was assaulted. And when I spoke to the Title IX Office, I learned that a formal investigation, an emotionally exhausting process in itself, could stretch for months.

I walked away without filing for one, desperate to restore some measure of normalcy to my life and bring an end to a terrible experience that had already gone on for long enough. As we continue the Easter season, and affirm once again the central reality of our faith—that the Lord through His Cross has brought us to the new life in the Resurrection—we live as people of hope in the face of all the evil and sin we find in our world, and sad to say, even in our Church.

I write today as someone who himself realizes the shame that has come upon our Church due to the sexual abuse of minors. I write to ask forgiveness again for the failings of those clergy and bishops who should have provided for the safety of our young people but instead betrayed the trust placed in them by God and by the faithful.

That list is now public at archny. Please be assured there is not a single priest or deacon of the Archdiocese of New York against whom there has been a credible and substantiated claim of abuse against a minor currently in ministry. The archdiocese has taken numerous steps to strengthen and enhance its procedures to ensure that our children are protected and to comply with the U. For those who are not familiar with those procedures, here are the key points.

Whenever the archdiocese is notified of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, the archdiocese reports that allegation to the appropriate district attorney. Even where law enforcement cannot act upon an allegation, the archdiocese removes the accused priest from ministry while the allegation is investigated by outside professionals, all of whom are former federal agents, and refers the allegation to our Review Board to determine whether or not it has been substantiated.

If it finds an allegation to be substantiated, the priest is permanently removed from ministry. The names of clergy have also been published in our archdiocesan newspaper, Catholic New York, and among the parishes where the accused was assigned. We have initiated the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, as a way to bring healing and justice to those who were abused by archdiocesan clergy.

Chilean bishops said that while they support legislation requiring priests and religious authorities to report crimes, they also fear that an update to the country's current law would force clergy to break the sacramental seal of confession. The member Chilean House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure April 23 that would add clergy and religious men and women to the list of police, members of the armed forces, teachers and civil servants who are obliged to report all crimes under article of Chile's penal code.

However, the House of Representatives also rejected a proposal that would exempt crimes reported during the sacrament of confession. The measure will now be debated in the Senate. Bishop Luis Fernando Ramos, secretary general of the Chilean bishops' conference, told Chilean news site La Tercera that while the church supports laws that will ensure justice to victims of abuse, rejection of the amendment presents a "serious difficulty" because confession "is a sacrament and, consequently, an act of worship that is protected by Chilean law, specifically the penal code.

Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez of San Bernardo said that although the law is a "positive" step, legislators must also "safeguard the beliefs and the consciences of people, which is one of the most fundamental human rights. Ricardo Morales, apostolic administrator of Puerto Montt, said that priests cannot "violate the conscience of a person who manifests his or her sins before God. However, he added, priests have the tools so that "a person who confesses a situation of abuse of a minor, for example, is not given absolution or not forgiven unless they report the crime" to authorities.

Posted on April 26, AM. The investigation into sexual harassment and financial improprieties concluded earlier this year and was forwarded to the Vatican, but did not conclude a crime was committed, a diocese spokesman said in March. Benedict XVI has rich experience with these issues: from his ministry as a priest since , as a theology professor , as a bishop , as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope John Paul II — , and as pope — In the Church, the crucial instrument against sexual abuse is the Motu proprio Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela He has the widest view of and deepest insight into this problem, its causes and history.

He is in a better position than all the blind who want to lead other blind people—not the truly blind on whom Jesus has mercy, but those he warns against because they see and yet do not want to see cf. Lk ; Mt At age 92, Benedict XVI is capable of deeper theological reflection than his critics, who lack respect and are ideologically blinded. He is able to get closer to the source of the fire that has set the Church's roof ablaze.

The catastrophic fire in Paris, in one of Christendom's most venerable houses of God, also has a symbolic meaning: It makes us appreciate again the work of good firefighters, instead of blaming them for the water damage done in the course of extinguishing the flames. The recent assembly of the heads of episcopal conferences in Rome February 21—24, should have signaled the beginning of getting to the roots of the evil of abuse.

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Only if we get to these roots can the Church in Jesus regain credibility as the sacrament of redemption for the world, and again communicate the faith that brings salvation which unites us to God. Unfortunately, the practical conclusions drawn from this assembly have not yet been made public, so the U. Since the Catholic Church Grand Jury Report was released in August, PA lawmakers have been looking at strengthening laws relating to child sexual abuse.

Trish Cahill says instead she's experienced sexual abuse and rape — and the perpetrators were two Catholic priests and a nun. She was sworn to secrecy by her trusted uncle and the family patriarch, and Cahill says she was first molested at 5 years-old in New Jersey. A Grand Bassam diocesan priest in southwestern Ivory Coast who was accused of child sex abuse has committed suicide after he was reported to the local bishop. Bishop Raymond Ahoua was informed of an accusation of child sex abuse involving the deceased priest the previous week.

Eight survivors of clergy sexual abuse are sharing their experiences with The Catholic University of America community in a weeklong exhibit. The survivors were paired with students, who developed a series of panels that highlight each individual's story to bring to light the impact of abuse. Karna Lozoya, executive director of university communications, said the exhibit emerged from the school's Catholic Project, which was formed in to examine the clergy sexual abuse scandal after it erupted again last summer.

It was difficult for the students to hear the stories," Lozoya told Catholic News Service. The exhibit features 10 panels, each 24 inches wide and 36 inches long. Each panel briefly narrates a survivor's experience. A panel of introduction and a closing prayer bookend the display. Posted on April 25, PM. A retired Catholic priest who exposed himself to a teenager is asking to be released from jail after being sent there for a probation violation. Richard Thomas, 81, was sentenced in February to eight months of conditional jail time after he sought out minors at Bay Motel and Family Restaurant.

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He asked them personal questions, touched a boy on the shoulder and told a girl he would date her if he were her age. The incidents violated the three years of probation Thomas received after pleading no contest in to two felony counts of exposing his genitals to a child.

Brown County Judge Timothy Hinkfuss also sentenced him to four months in jail. After his release from jail, Thomas also had a documented violation for having in-person contact with a minor and accompanying her to Tundra Lodge Resort and Waterpark, court documents show. It's unclear when that occurred.

In a letter to Hinkfuss this month, Thomas said the jail time is exacerbating a digestive system condition that causes him pain. According to Thomas, the jail's doctor is aware of his issues and authorized to send him to a hospital. Thomas volunteered to discuss the matter further in court, saying he would agree to any conditions required of him.

He claimed he can "do what is right and good and not be in any trouble. Former Penn State President Graham Spanier asked a federal magistrate judge Thursday to overturn his child endangerment conviction with less than a week left before he is scheduled to start serving a two-month sentence. Spanier's lawyers argued his conviction under a law for mishandling a complaint about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy in violated the U.

They also assert that the statute of limitations was not properly applied. The state attorney general's office wants U. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to do what state courts have done and uphold Spanier's misdemeanor conviction for a single count of child endangerment. Mehalchick did not indicate when she will rule, and it was unclear whether she might order a new trial or take some other action.

Robert DeLand has been sentenced to jail. We applaud this outcome and are thankful to the police and prosecutors who helped his victims find justice. We hope that the sentence handed down to Fr. DeLand will bring some solace to those he hurt. We also hope that this case inspires other victims who may be suffering in silence and encourages them to come forward and make a report to police.

Sadly, finding justice through the criminal system can often be elusive for victims of sexual violence. Archaic statutes of limitations SOL prevent many complaints from being prosecuted. Michigan has no statute of limitations for first degree sexual misconduct and charges can be filed at any time in cases where there is DNA evidence. However, it still has among the harshest SOLs in the country for second and third degree child sex crimes, despite small reforms that followed in the wake of the Larry Nassar case.

Legislators in Michigan should work to reform these laws, and also to change the civil SOLs and open a civil window. This is the only way to get information about these abusers into the hands of the public, information that will help protect children and prevent future cases of abuse. We hope Bishop Donald J. We hope that Bishop Hying will take immediate steps to keep children in Madison safe instead of washing his hands of responsibility by blaming scapegoats.

We also hope that he will demonstrate the transparency and openness that Church leaders have promised since In his previous position as the Bishop of Gary, IN, SNAP repeatedly asked Bishop Hying to add the names of publicly accused Gary priests to his inadequate and inaccurate list of 'credibly accused' clerics. He ignored those requests. We believe that continued secrecy about those who have committed abuse endangers both children and vulnerable adults.

A year-old priest with the Diocese of Fresno is on leave after being accused of sexual misconduct in Firebaugh. Monsignor Craig Francis Harrison is being investigated after the allegation was made this month by an adult male, who was a minor when the alleged offense happened, according to a statement from the diocese. Harrison currently serves at St. Francis Parish in Bakersfield. The diocese in its statement said the allegation was reported to its staff on April The diocese reported it to the Firebaugh police three days later.

A Firebaugh police officer contacted the person who made the complaint, according to the statement. The diocese is conducting its own internal investigation, and has notified all the parishes where Harrison has previously served. That includes Our Lady of Mercy and St. Francis in Mojave, and St. Joseph in Firebaugh. David G. Clohessy, with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests local chapter in Missouri, called out the diocese for taking three days to make a report to police. Four other priests in the diocese are currently on administrative leave, pending ongoing investigations.

Late last year, the diocese acknowledged it was investigating three of its priests after complaints submitted to the diocese. Earlier this year, the diocese said it was also investigating a fourth priest. Plus, last year a Los Banos priest was sentenced to four years in state prison after pleading no contest to possessing child pornography.

The Boy Scouts of America is coming under increased scrutiny after mounting allegations have surfaced that potentially thousands of scout leaders allegedly sexually abused children in scouting organizations across the country, including in Massachusetts. Boston Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who successfully sued the Catholic Church on behalf of clergy abuse victims, is representing more than 25 Massachusetts residents who say they were molested as Boy Scouts.

Garabedian said the pattern of alleged abuse at the Boy Scouts follows a familiar script as the clergy abuse. A minister and a Ridgewood police officer are among the 16 people accused of luring children for sex. Five Rockland men and one Westchester man are among 16 people who were arrested in a New Jersey sting operation and accused of trying to lure children for sex.

A teacher, a police officer, and a minister are among the men who were arrested between April 11 and 15 in an undercover operation in which law enforcement officers posed as boys and girls on social media, the New Jersey Attorney General said in a statement Wednesday.

The undercover officers used platforms such as Kik, Skout, Grindr, Tinder, MeetMe and Adam4Adam to pose as children and communicate with the men who were arrested, officials said. The female Google employees who staged the sexual misconduct protest say they're now being punished by their bosses Hello Giggles Olivia Harvey Hello GigglesApril 23, The female Google employees who staged the sexual misconduct protest say they're now being punished by their bosses Two Google employees who helped organize the Google Walkout say they're now facing retaliation within the company.

Here's what they plan to do about it. However, although the seven all-female organizers of the walkout were initially supported by their coworkers and company higher-ups, they are now reportedly facing retaliation. According to a letter written by Claire Stapleton and Meredith Whittaker, two of the main organizers, the company is punishing them for their act of protest. No ha parado. La labor de su antecesor, el cardenal Ricardo Ezzati. An allegation of sexual misconduct against Rev. Craig Harrison was reported to diocesan personnel on Friday, April 12, , by an adult male who was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse.

On Monday, April 15, , diocesan personnel reported the allegation in person to the Firebaugh Police Department. Later that day, the officer who initially received the report was able to contact and interview the complainant. Concurrent with the investigation being pursued by law enforcement, the Diocese of Fresno is conducting an internal investigation.

This includes notification to all faith communities where Msgr. Harrison has served, including: Our Lady of Mercy, St. Francis, Bakersfield St. Francis, Mojave St. Joseph, Firebaugh. Bartholomew studied clergy privilege — the legal rule shielding confidential communications of priests and clergy — and found priests often wanted to divulge information concerning sensitive encounters about people confessing crimes, helping law enforcement find justice for crimes.

April 25, The suspended Saginaw County Catholic priest known as "Father Bob" will spend two to 15 years in prison. The Rev. Robert DeLand is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with males ages 17 and The incidents allegedly took place in Tittabawassee Township and at his condominium on Mallard Cove in Saginaw Township. He pleaded no contest last month to three charges: second-degree criminal sexual conduct, providing an imitation controlled substance and gross indecency between males.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but the court treats it as one at sentencing. He made the plea days after a Saginaw County jury found him not guilty in two other cases. One of the cases involved the year-old in today's sentencing, the other case involved a second year-old male.

The most serious charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Some of the abuse cases date to the s. In several cases, there is a significant gap between the time the abuse occurred and when the victim s reported the abuse to the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

To me, this is proof of the need to expand the window of time for bringing perpetrators to justice. I have been asked why I did not report the sexual abuse I experienced by a teacher when I was 10 years old. As a child in the late s, I had no words to explain it. It takes a lot of time to process abuse and more time to come forward to authorities. There is no magic timeline. In my case, the teacher was ultimately found guilty of raping a student at a Baltimore Catholic school. He is serving four consecutive life sentences for his crimes. I hope everybody who has ever committed sexual abuse is rooted out and appropriately charged.

Sexual abusers, whether dead or alive, should not be shielded by artificial timelines. This must change so justice prevails.

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For victims of abuse by Catholic priests in South Carolina, the past month has opened old wounds but also fostered new hope. Since the s, reports have surfaced implicating priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston in the abuse of minors dating back to at least the s — cases that for years were treated in isolation. As in other dioceses across the country, most of these incidents were handled internally by church leadership. Priests quietly resigned or were shipped off to other jurisdictions.

Many victims did not wish for the publicity of a criminal investigation or trial. Guglielmone released four lists with the names of 42 priests that a South Carolina church panel decided had credible accusations of child sexual misconduct made against them. Many heralded the move as a long-overdue step in the healing process, a public acknowledgement by diocesan leadership of years of pain and betrayal felt by victims, and a chance for the church and its flock to begin moving forward. Guglielmone and other local church leaders have taken and will continue to take steps toward helping victims heal, said Maria Aselage, a spokeswoman for the diocese.

The bishop has held seven town hall meetings with parishioners across the state since November. Parishioners have told church leaders that those meetings were an important step in the healing process, Aselage said. All of us seeking to understand and deal with the abuse of vulnerable people within religious communities owe a deep debt of gratitude to Ruth Krall. In one powerful essay after another, she has unpacked years of her research in this field, making insights and titles available to a wider community. Over the course of several years, Ruth has been producing extensive annotated bibliographies reflecting her years of study in this field.

What follows is Ruth's latest contribution to the documentation of abuse in religious communities, of studies of this abuse and its roots, and of resources for combating such abuse. The essay below is Ruth's preface to the study bibliography of resources she is providing with this new document. Craig Harrison, the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church since July , has been put on paid leave for investigation of sexual misconduct with a minor, according to The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno.

In a media release, the diocese said it had received an allegation on April 12 of sexual misconduct by an adult male who was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse. The diocese said it reported the matter to the Firebaugh Police Department on April Harrison previously served as pastor of St. Joseph in Firebaugh, according to the St. Francis of Assisi website.

The diocese said he also served at Our Lady of Mercy, St. Patrick's and Sacred Heart in Merced, as well as at St. Francis in Mojave.

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Harrison answered the door at his downtown home just before 9 a. Thursday, before the Catholic Diocese confirmed he was on leave. Harrison was on his cell phone and looked shaken. He told a reporter he hadn't heard anything about being placed on leave and was trying to find out more information.

Miguel Flores of east Bakersfield's St. Joseph Catholic Church was placed on administrative leave after senior church officials decided to take another look at year-old sexual misconduct allegations involving him and a thenyear-old girl. The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the most fateful chapter in its year history. Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts' finances to the point where the organization is exploring "all available options," including Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

But now the financial threats have intensified. The reason: States have been moving in recent months to adjust their statute-of-limitations laws so that victims of long-ago sexual abuse can sue for damages. New York state has passed a law that will allow such lawsuits starting in August. A similar bill in New Jersey has reached the governor's desk. Bills also are pending in Pennsylvania and California. In New York and elsewhere, lawyers are hard at work recruiting clients to sue the Boy Scouts, alleging they were molested as youths by scoutmasters or other volunteers.

Plaintiffs' lawyers "recognize that this is a very unique and lucrative opportunity," said attorney Karen Bitar, who formerly handled sex-crime cases as a prosecutor in Brooklyn before going into private practice. Attorney Tim Kosnoff, a veteran of major sexual abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church, said Tuesday that he and his team have signed up clients from dozens of states in just the past few weeks who want to be part of litigation against the Boy Scouts.

Kosnoff said of them identified alleged abusers who have not been named in any of the Boy Scout files made public in past years. Boy Scouts spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said the organization continues to evaluate its financial situation, and she defended its current abuse-prevention policies. The organization serves more than 2. A bankruptcy by the Boy Scouts could be unprecedented in its complexity, potentially involving plaintiffs in virtually every state, according to several lawyers.

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It would be national in scope, unlike the various Catholic Church bankruptcy cases in the U. Ugaz co-authored the book Half Monks, Half Soldiers, with Salinas in , detailing years of sexual, psychological and physical abuse inside the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae SCV , a controversial Catholic organization that originated in Peru. Its founder, layman Luis Fernando Figari, has been accused of physical, psychological and sexual abuses and was prohibited by the Vatican in of having further contact with members of the group. Eguren Anselmi issued a criminal defamation complaint against Ugaz last summer for her role in a documentary series by Al-Jazeera she helped to produce which named Eguren Anselmi as part of a land trafficking scandal in Piura.


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  6. Ugaz recently won an appeal to have her case transferred from Piura to Lima, where she lives. Salinas had also sought to move his case to Lima on grounds that the trial would be more objective, but his appeal was rejected. A former priest was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register when he appeared in court and admitted having child porn at a city presbytery.

    They ordered probation officers to compile reports on him. Dan Church, prosecuting, told the court nine of the images were in Category A, the most serious. He said: "The Crown say it should be committed for sentence. However, when he appeared before the magistrates, he was referred to as Mr McBrien and gave his address as Ruby's Walk, Newark. In the second part of his special report, "Shattered Faith," Erie News Now Senior Reporter Paul Wagner looks at how the investigations into the clergy sex abuse scandal are continuing, along with efforts to reform the statute of limitations.

    I think you are going to see action on some of those in the coming months. Action could come from Washington, D. Mark Rozzi, a clergy sex abuse survivor. Erie Catholic Bishop Lawrence Persico, like other bishops around the state, has opposed reforms. He wants a level playing field. Richard W. Voelz ,. Ronald L.

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