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Child sex abuse: Catholic church leader admits he knew (Netherlands)
Vatican tries to shift blame for abuse on to John Paul
By Richard Owen in Rome April 03 2010 Five years after his death, Pope John Paul II’s record in office is coming under growing criticism as Vatican officials try to shift the blame for the sex-abuse scandals engulfing the Catholic Church on his leadership. As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to make an address to the world for Easter Sunday tomorrow, the Vatican is fighting back. It has also lashed out at criticism from the media. Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, yesterday told a congregation that the current “violent and concentric attacks” on the church and the Pontiff were “reminiscent of the most shameful aspects of anti-Semitism”. Above all, the church is casting doubt on the Pope’s Polish-born predecessor’s record in office, and his fast track to sainthood.
Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, the Archbishop of Vienna — a staunch supporter of Pope Benedict, and seen as a possible successor — put the blame on John Paul II and his advisers for failure to take action against Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, Cardinal Schonborn’s predecessor and a serial child-abuser. Cardinal Schonborn told ‘L’Osservatore Romano’, the Vatican newspaper, that as Head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which dealt with clerical sex abuse, the Pope (then Cardinal Ratzinger) had pressed John Paul in vain to investigate Cardinal Groer. Cardinal Groer stepped down in 1995 after being accused of molesting a schoolboy. After he resigned, allegations surfaced that he had also sexually abused young monks. He was never defrocked, however, and died in Germany in 2003.
Church warned about Quebec pedophile priest The Religieux Saint-Vincent-de-Paul order says Denis Vadeboncoeur was flagged April 7, 2010 The Canadian Press A Roman Catholic order in Quebec is defending its reputation after a former French bishop claimed he was asked to take in one of its priests who was found guilty of sexually abusing children in the 1980s.
Jacques Gaillot is a former bishop of Evreux, France, located about 100 kilometres west of Paris. Gaillot told a Parisian newspaper earlier this week he regretted appointing Denis Vadeboncoeur to head a parish in western France, where he was convicted in 2005 of child abuse….
But Vadeboncoeur’s old order in Quebec, the Religieux Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, denies it had anything to do with Vadeboncoeur’s career being allowed to continue in France. They said he went to France on his own initiative in 1987, two years after being given a 20-month sentence in Quebec for sexually assaulting children. He was originally charged in the province with gross indecency and sexually assaulting several children aged 12-17, as well as one count of sodomy. Order says French officials knew priest’s past Upon learning of his new position in France, the order penned a letter, dated Oct. 29, 1987, to Gaillot informing him of Vadeboncoeur’s past….The letter was sent to Gaillot again in 1988 and details Vadeboncoeur’s crimes and punishment in Quebec, noting he served one-third of his sentence after pleading guilty. Vadeboncoeur received a 12-year prison sentence in 2005 in France after a much-covered trial related to the rape of several minors between 1989 and 1992.
Italy sees 130 priests investigated over abuse Italian authorities have arrested, investigated or convicted 130 Catholic priests for sexually abusing children over the last decade, it has been claimed. By Nick Squires in Rome 06 Apr 2010 A report by prosecutors said that not one of the cases was referred to the police by the local bishop. Sergio Cavaliere, a lawyer who has compiled evidence on the cases, said: “It’s an alarming figure if you consider that it’s only the tip of the iceberg, if you think about all the cases that haven’t shown up in the media or that haven’t gone to court.” A prosecutor in Milan, Pietro Forno, who has won 10 convictions for paedophile priests, claimed that police suspected the existence of a “network of clergy who have a passion for minors”.
He said abusive priests had been shuffled between dioceses, where they were free to molest more children. “It seems that some chose the priesthood with the aim of being close to children,” said Mr Forno, the head of a unit which investigates sex crimes….But signs are emerging that Italian priests sexually abused children in their care and were protected from investigation by bishops who were desperate not to harm the reputation of the Church….In Verona, in the north, almost 70 deaf men and women have claimed they were raped and molested over a period of about 30 years at a Church-run institute for deaf children.
Exiled Pedophile Priest May Have Continued Abuse By SUSAN SAULNY and LAURIE GOODSTEIN April 2, 2010 BOULDER JUNCTION, Wis….The house, in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, had been in the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy’s family for years, his getaway in the summer months and his sanctuary where he was sent to retire in 1974, at age 48, after victims of sexual abuse demanded he be removed from work at a school for the deaf near Milwaukee….But Father Murphy’s time around Boulder Junction was not so secluded, according to recent interviews with people who live in the area and Roman Catholic Church documents. Those interviews and documents suggested that Father Murphy, who is accused of molesting as many as 200 boys at the school near Milwaukee, also used his family’s lakefront cottage as a lure in his sexual advances, bringing youths from the school into his home beginning at least in the early 1960s.
What has recently come to light in fresh documents and interviews is that he was in the company of boys not only from the Milwaukee area but in the Northwoods region. Two in the area have accused Father Murphy of abuse, one at the isolated family cottage and the other, as late as 1978, at a youth detention center near Boulder Junction….In fact, around Boulder Junction, in high school religious classes and preparation for the sacrament of confirmation, in sleepovers at his cottage and fishing excursions, Father Murphy interacted freely with children until his death in 1998, never having been punished by the church or local criminal authorities in Milwaukee, according to documents and interviews with people in the area….at a Mass, Archbishop Jerome Listecki acknowledged that mistakes were made in the case of Father Murphy. “The mistakes were not made in Rome in 1996, 1997 and 1998,” the archbishop said. “The mistakes were made here, in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, in the 1970s, the 1980s and the 1990s, by the church, by civil authorities, by church officials, and by bishops. And for that, I beg your forgiveness.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/us/03wisconsin.html
Child sex abuse: Catholic church leader admits he knew 26 March 2010 By Robert Chesal The child sex abuse scandal within the Dutch Catholic Church is deepening with the admission for the first time from the country’s most senior church figure that he was aware of abuse in the 1970s and 80s. Bishop of Rotterdam Ad van Luyn, who now chairs the Netherlands Synod of Bishops, knew of concrete cases of sexual abuse during his time as head of the Salesian order between 1975 and 1981….The church’s own body set up to deal with these issues, Hulp en Recht (Help and Justice), has received more than 1,100 claims of abuse….Bishop Van Luyn was provincial head of the Salesian order at the time of the abuse, and a teacher at the school. http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/child-sex-abuse-catholic-church-leader-admits-he-knew