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Vatican tries to draw line under clerical sex abuse scandals at UN hearing

The Vatican has been given another hostile interrogation by a United Nations committee over its record on clerical sex abuse.

One member after another of the committee against torture brushed aside the Holy See’s argument that its obligation to enforce the UN convention against torture stopped at the boundaries of the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City state. They demanded the pope’s representative give answers to a long list of questions about the treatment of sex abuse claims against clergy throughout the world.

The Holy See, which long predates the city state, is a sovereign entity without territory. It is as the Holy See that the Catholic leadership maintains diplomatic relations and signs treaties such as the convention against torture.

But Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s UN ambassador in Geneva, told the committee: “The Holy See intends to focus exclusively on Vatican City state.”

The American expert on the committee, Felice Gaer, made plain her disagreement. She said the Holy See had to “show us that, as a party to the convention, you have a system in place to prohibit torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment when it is acquiesced to by anyone under the effective control of the officials of the Holy See and the institutions that operate in the Vatican City state”.

 

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Vatican faces tough questions at UN torture committee

Vatican to answer questions on past, present and future handling of clerical sex abuse

 Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, (R), Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See  to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva, and Vincenzo Buonomo, (L), of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See   prior to the UN torture committee hearing on the Vatican, at the headquarters of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights  in the Palais Wilson, in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph:  Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPAArchbishop Silvano Tomasi, (R), Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva, and Vincenzo Buonomo, (L), of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See prior to the UN torture committee hearing on the Vatican, at the headquarters of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Palais Wilson, in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

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As expected, a Holy See delegation faced tough questioning at the UN’s Committee Against Torture in Geneva yesterday. For the second time in three months, the Vatican was appearing before a UN body to answer questions about its ratification of a UN treaty, especially with regard to is past, present and future handling of clerical sex abuse.

In his opening address to the committee, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s permanent representative at the UN in Geneva, argued that while the Holy See lent “its moral support and collaboration . . . to the elimination of torture”, it had signed the torture convention in 2002 “on behalf of the Vatican city state”.

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Archbishop Tomasi said he intended to “focus exclusively on the Vatican city state”, the 100 -acre statelet that surrounds the Basilica of St Peter’s.

In that sense, he claimed, the Holy See had “no jurisdiction over every member of the Catholic Church”. Rather, he said, persons who “live in a particular country are under the jurisdiction of the legitimate authorities of that country and are thus subject to the domestic law [of that country]”.

Inevitably, that assertion prompted a critical reaction from the UN committee, with US human rights activist Felice Gaer accusing Archbishop Tomasi of making an “alleged distinction” between the Holy See and the Vatican city state.

She questioned the Holy See’s apparent assumption that the torture convention applied only to the “four corners of Vatican City”, saying that as far as she could see, Vatican City was simply a “sub-division” of the Holy See.

 

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German minister resigns in blow to new Merkel government

BERLIN Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:52pm GMT

Germany's Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich announces his resignation in Berlin February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Germany’s Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich announces his resignation in Berlin February 14, 2014.

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(Reuters) – A senior German minister resigned on Friday amid accusations he leaked confidential information about a fellow lawmaker suspected of possessing child pornography, dealing a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her two-month old government.

The resignation of Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, the latest in a series of cabinet departures under Merkel, could aggravate tensions in Berlin’s new “grand coalition” at a time when it is trying to push through complex reforms of pensions and renewable energy.

“The pressure on me has grown so much in the last couple of hours that I no longer think I can do the job in the agriculture ministry with the required concentration, calm and political support,” Friedrich told a hastily-called news conference.

Merkel said she had accepted Friedrich’s resignation “with great respect and great regret”, adding that it was too early to discuss who would succeed him.

The resignation follows questions about whether Friedrich, a member of Merkel’s Bavarian sister party, inappropriately passed on confidential information about a looming investigation into a prominent Social Democrat (SPD) lawmaker to the leader of the

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UPDATE 4-German minister resigns in blow to new Merkel government

Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:46pm EST

* Merkel cabinet minister gave SPD advance warning of probe

* SPD lawmaker Edathy has denied child porn allegations

* Departure could aggravate tensions in coalition (Adds comments from Gabriel)

By Erik Kirschbaum

BERLIN, Feb 14 (Reuters) – A senior German minister resigned on Friday amid accusations he leaked confidential information about a fellow lawmaker suspected of possessing child pornography, dealing a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her two-month old government.

The resignation of Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, the latest in a series of cabinet departures under Merkel, could aggravate tensions in Berlin’s new “grand coalition” at a time when it is trying to push through complex reforms of pensions and renewable energy.

“The pressure on me has grown so much in the last couple of hours that I no longer think I can do the job in the agriculture ministry with the required concentration, calm and political support,” Friedrich told a hastily-called news conference.

Merkel said she had accepted Friedrich’s resignation “with great respect and great regret”, adding that it was too early to discuss who would succeed him.

The resignation follows questions about whether Friedrich, a member of Merkel’s Bavarian sister party, inappropriately passed on confidential information about a looming investigation into a prominent Social Democrat (SPD) lawmaker to the leader of the SPD.

Friedrich was interior minister in the previous centre-right government at the time.

It emerged this week that the SPD lawmaker, Sebastian Edathy, is being investigated by prosecutors, who suspect him of possessing child pornography, an accusation Edathy has vigorously denied.

The 44-year-old Edathy, well known in Germany for leading a 2012-13 inquiry into neo-Nazi killings, resigned from parliament last week, citing health reasons, and has threatened to sue the newspaper that first reported about the child porn suspicions earlier this week.

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What started as a small domestic affair erupted into a major political scandal on Thursday when it emerged that Friedrich had informed SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel in October that Edathy could become the target of an investigation.

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Child-porn scandal unleashes tensions in Merkel coalition

Child-porn scandal unleashes tensions in Merkel coalition

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing mounting tensions in her two-month-old coalition, with members of the government trading accusations Sunday over their role in a scandal sparked by child-porn allegations involving a parliamentarian.

Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich resigned Friday following revelations that as interior minister in Merkel’s last government, he leaked confidential police information about a child-porn probe concerning a Social Democratic (SPD) member of parliament.

Friedrich’s party, the conservative Bavarian-based Christian Social Union (CSU), stepped up pressure on the SPD Sunday, claiming the SPD’s public revelation of Friedrich’s actions represented a breach of the trust needed between coalition partners.

The CSU is the associate party of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU).

Friedrich confidentially told SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel about the child-porn inquiry last October, just as Merkel was negotiating to form a coalition with the SPD.

The SPD leadership is now under pressure to prove in public that it maintained secrecy around the tip-off that the lawmaker, Sebastian Edathy, was under suspicion of purchasing child pornography.

In a newspaper interview, SPD parliamentary faction leader Thomas Oppermann defended his decision to contact the head of Germany’s BKA federal police to check out the information provided by Friedrich.

Oppermann told the weekly Bild am Sonntag that it was part of his job to look after a parliamentarian facing “difficulties.” He said his purpose in phoning BKA chief Joerg Ziercke at the time was to assess the significance of the claims against Edathy.

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Published on Jan 15, 2014

Kevin Annett: Former Argentine official to testify against Pope Bergoglio’s child trafficking under Junta in Argentina

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Vatican facing UN showdown on sex abuse record

By NICOLE WINFIELD and JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | January 15, 2014 | Updated: January 15, 2014 3:21pm
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FILE – In this Feb. 8, 2012 file photo Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the Holy See’s chief sex crimes prosecutor, meets journalists in Rome. The Holy See on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, will be grilled by a U.N. committee in Geneva on its implementation of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, which among other things calls for signatories to take all appropriate measures to protect children from harm and to put children’s interests above all else. The Vatican will be represented by its most authoritative official on the issue, Scicluna.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is gearing up for a bruising showdown over the global priest sex abuse scandal, forced for the first time to defend itself at length and in public against allegations it enabled the rape of thousands of children by protecting pedophile priests and its own reputation at the expense of victims.

The Holy See on Thursday will be grilled by a U.N. committee in Geneva on its implementation of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Among other things, the treaty calls for signatories to take all appropriate measures to protect children from harm and to put children’s interests above all else.

The Holy See ratified the convention in 1990 and submitted a first implementation report in 1994. But it didn’t provide progress reports for nearly a decade, and only submitted one in 2012 after coming under criticism following the 2010 explosion of child sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond.

Victims groups and human rights organizations teamed up to press the U.N. committee to challenge the Holy See on its abuse record, providing written testimony from victims and evidence outlining the global scale of the problem. Their reports cite case studies in Mexico and Britain, grand jury investigations in the U.S., and government fact-finding inquiries from Canada to Ireland to Australia that detail how the Vatican’s policies, its culture of secrecy and fear of scandal contributed to the problem.

Their submissions reference Vatican documents that show its officials knew about a notorious Mexican molester decades before taking action. They cite correspondence from a Vatican cardinal praising a French bishop’s decision to protect his abusive priest, and another Vatican directive to Irish bishops to strike any mandatory reporting of abusers to police from their policies. The submissions even quote the former Vatican No. 2 as saying bishops shouldn’t be expected to turn their priests in.

“For too many years, survivors were the only ones speaking out about this and bearing the brunt of a lot of criticism,” said Pam Spees, an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, which provided a key report to the committee. “And so this is a very important moment for many, many people who are here in Geneva and around the world who will be watching as the Holy See is called for the first time ever to actually answer questions.”

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‘Sexual jihad': Tunisian women go to Syria to ‘relieve’ holy warriors, return pregnant

Published time: September 20, 2013 13:25

A number of Tunisian girls who had travelled to Syria for "sexual jihad" have returned home pregnant, the government says. (Photo from www.febrayer.com)

A number of Tunisian girls who had travelled to Syria for “sexual jihad” have returned home pregnant, the government says. (Photo from http://www.febrayer.com)

The Tunisian girls “are [sexually] swapped between 20, 30, and 100 rebels and they come back bearing the fruit of sexual contacts in the name of sexual jihad and we are silent doing nothing and standing idle,” the minister said during an address to the National Constituent Assembly on Thursday.

“After the sexual liaisons they have there in the name of ‘jihad al-nikah’ [sexual holy war] they come home pregnant,”
ben Jeddou continued.

Ben Jeddo did not elaborate on how many Tunisian women had returned to the country pregnant with the children of jihadist fighters.

Former Mufti of Tunisia Sheikh Othman Battikh in April said that 13 Tunisian girls “were fooled” into traveling to Syria to offer their sexual services to rebels fighters.

The mufti, who was subsequently dismissed from his post, described the so-called “sexual Jihad” as a form of “prostitution.”

“For jihad in Syria, they are now pushing girls to go there. Thirteen young girls have been sent for sexual jihad. What is this? This is called prostitution. It is moral educational corruption,” Al Arabiya cites the mufti as saying.

Some Sunni Muslim Salafists, however, consider sexual jihad as a legitimate form of holy war.

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Militants can marry Syrian women: Wahhabi cleric in Saudi Arabia

Hard-line Saudi Wahhabi cleric Sheikh Mohammed al-Arifi

Hard-line Saudi Wahhabi cleric Sheikh Mohammed al-Arifi
Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:22AM
A hard-line Wahhabi cleric in Saudi Arabia has recently issued a special religious decree that permits the militants in Syria to engage in short-term marriages with Syrian women.

Sheikh Mohammed al-Arifi said that the marriages between the foreign-backed militants and Syrian women will satisfy the militants’ sexual desires and boost their determination in killing Syrians.

He added that the marriages, dubbed by him as “intercourse marriages,” can be with Syrian females as young as 14 years old.

He also promised “paradise” for those who marry the militants.

Arifi has issued similar decrees in the past in support of the violence in Syria.

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No, Really, Anthony Weiner Has To Go

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We’ve reached the backlash-to-the-backlash stage with Anthony Weiner.

Ari Melber writes in the Daily News that calls for Weiner to exit the New York mayor race after new sexting revelations are “wrong, anti-democratic and strangely puritanical.”

Andrew Sullivan, Dan Savage and Amanda Hess have all been noting that sexting with strangers is increasingly common behavior with the rise of smartphones, and sooner or later we’ll have to make peace with electing leaders whose sexts we have read.

In the abstract, they’re right. Let’s be frank. In the age of Grindr, I’m far from the only gay man under 35 with a personal stake in changing this norm.

But while we will eventually need a standard bearer for the “sexters can be leaders, too” message, Weiner can’t be it. That’s because the specific circumstances of his sexting provide further evidence that he lacks the temperament to be a good mayor.

Let’s look back at Exhibit A on Why Anthony Weiner Would Be A Terrible Mayor: June’s New York Times piece on his record in Congress.

The Cliffs Notes version: Weiner had no record of legislative accomplishment to speak of, save for one pet bill pushed by a major donor. His main goal seemed to be to get on television as much as possible and raise his profile for a run for mayor.

He positioned himself as a progressive champion but was not useful in getting the left’s goals into law. He threatened to interfere with passage of Obamacare but relented when Nancy Pelosi put him in a position to take more credit for it. He went on a self-aggrandizing rant against Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) at the same time other New York Democrats were working constructively with King to secure passage of a bill to compensate 9/11 first responders. He refused to participate in a pro-immigration event because its organizers wouldn’t make it into a platform for showcasing Anthony Weiner.

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Two More Reasons To Think Anthony Weiner Is A Sociopath

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Anthony Weiner is terrible for so many reasons that I accidentally left two big ones out of my Weiner-must-go piece this morning.

One is a story the New York Daily News had over the weekend: In 2011, before his abject apology to his wife and the public for sexting and then lying about sexting, Weiner spent $45,000 from his campaign fund to hire a private investigator to find out who had “hacked” his Twitter account and sent a photo of a crotch. (Of course, Weiner sent the photo himself.)

The other goes back to Weiner’s first political campaign, his successful 1991 run for city council. In the week before the Democratic primary, Weiner’s campaign sent out an anonymous mailer accusing an opponent, Adele Cohen, of supporting the “Dinkins/Jackson agenda.”

The mailer went out shortly after the Crown Heights riots, which arose from tensions between blacks and Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. The reference to the Rev. Jesse Jackson and then-Mayor David Dinkins was an obvious race-based appeal to Jewish voters.

Weiner ended up winning the election by 130 votes, and he was widely criticized for race-baiting. But what’s really damning is Weiner’s sorry/not-sorry approach to talking about the mailer after he sent it.

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Anthony Weiner Gives A Strange ‘Non-Denial Denial’ When Asked If He’s Still Sexting

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Is there anyone that New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is “sexting” currently?

That was the question posed to him by New York Daily News columnist Denis Hamill in an interview published Tuesday. And Weiner responded with a classic “non-denial denial,” tiptoeing around a firm answer.

“You can quibble about beginnings, middles and ends but what we’re talking about is over a year ago,” Weiner said.

Hamill didn’t follow up on that non-denial denial. What we’ve been talking about, of course, is the latest round of revelations about Weiner’s online sexual relationships that has spilled out over the past week.

Weiner admitted last week to online sexual relationships with at least three women after resigning from Congress in 2011. In total, he estimated that he had online relationships with between six and 10 women both during his time in Congress and otherwise.

Weiner announced on Sunday that amid the scandal, his campaign manager, Danny Kadem, had quit.

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Published on Jul 1, 2013

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is involved in 45 cases involving sexual abuse by priests. An attorney for abuse victims in the case claims then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan shuffled funds to protect them from abuse claims. Dean Reynolds reports.

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Then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan tried to protect money from claims, records show

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, seen in this 2009 file photo, listens as the Apostolic letter is read by the Vatican's ambassador to the United States during his installation Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan, seen in this 2009 file photo, listens as the Apostolic letter is read by the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States during his installation Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

Milwaukee Archdiocese releases thousands of pages from priest sex abuse files

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

July 2, 2013

Archdiocese Bankruptcy

The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which faces more than a dozen civil fraud lawsuits over its handling of clergy sex abuse cases, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January. As the case proceeds, we’ll have updates, analysis, documents and more.

Four years before the Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed for bankruptcy, then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan sought Vatican approval to move nearly $57 million in cemetery funds off the archdiocese’s books and into a trust to help protect them “from any legal claim or liability,” according to documents made public Monday.

In the decades before Dolan — now cardinal of New York — arrived in 2002, church leaders, including now-retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland, routinely moved pedophile priests from one parish or school to the next, shielding them from criminal charges, the records show.

And when they did try to dismiss sex abusers from the priesthood, Dolan and Weakland were met by a Vatican bureaucracy that moved at a glacial pace, causing the process to slog on sometimes for years.

One case, involving the now-defrocked Father John O’Brien, dragged on for five years, even though O’Brien was convicted of fourth-degree sexual assault of a teenage boy and had sought his own dismissal. At one point a Vatican official wrote to Dolan saying he could not turn the case over to Pope Benedict XVI for a final decision without “an admission of guilt and a sincere expression of remorse.”

How Dolan — now considered one of the world’s most influential Catholic prelates — and his predecessors responded to the sexual abuse crisis in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is laid out in thousands of pages of documents made public Monday as part of the archdiocese’s bankruptcy proceedings.

They offer, at times in disturbing detail, an unprecedented look at how the Catholic Church’s global sex abuse crisis played out in the parishes, schools and other ministries in southeastern Wisconsin. Some of the information has previously been reported, including revelations that Milwaukee bishops, like their colleagues around the country, routinely moved priests without divulging that they were a danger to children.

But the vast majority of the 6,000 pages of documents are being seen for the first time. They include parts of priests’ personnel files; correspondence between the Milwaukee archdiocese and the Vatican; and depositions of Dolan, Weakland and other church officials, and one notorious sex offender, since defrocked.

“The revelations are shameful and shocking,” said Minnesota attorney Jeffrey Anderson, who represents most of the 575 men and women who filed claims in the bankruptcy alleging they were sexually abused by priests, nuns, teachers and others associated with the Milwaukee archdiocese.

Anderson accused local bishops, including Dolan, of worrying more about the church’s reputation than the care of victims, and of perpetuating a culture of secrecy that has been seen in dioceses around the country for decades.

They “deny, minimize, blame,” Anderson said.

Dolan issued a statement saying he welcomed the release of his deposition. He derided allegations that he shifted money into the cemetery trust to shield it in case of a bankruptcy filing and paid abusive priests to quietly go away as “old and discredited attacks.”

According to the documents, Dolan paid $20,000 to abusive priests who agreed not to fight their dismissal from the priesthood. But records show the practice dated to at least 1995, seven years before he arrived in Milwaukee.

Critics have characterized the payments as payoffs or bonuses to sex abusers. But Dolan said in his statement Monday that canon law requires dioceses to provide “basic support like health care and room and board” for priests until they have moved on.

“Responding to victim-survivors, taking action against priest-abusers, and working to implement policies to protect children, were some of the most difficult, challenging, and moving events of the 6½ years that I served as Archbishop of Milwaukee,” Dolan said in the statement.

Officials with the Milwaukee archdiocese did not respond to email and telephone requests for comment. But Archbishop Jerome Listecki issued a letter to Catholics last week, saying he hoped the documents would “aid abuse survivors, families, and others in understanding the past, reviewing the present and allowing the Church in southeastern Wisconsin to continue moving forward.”

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Records: Archbishop paid problem priests to leave

Updated 4:16 am, Tuesday, July 2, 2013
  • Attorney Jeff Anderson makes available in St. Paul, Minn., on Monday, July 1, 2013, close to 6,000 pages of documents related to child sex abuse by priests in Wisconsin. The documents were made public for the first time as part of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's bankruptcy proceedings.      MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT Photo: The Star Tribune, Richard Sennott
    Attorney Jeff Anderson makes available in St. Paul, Minn., on Monday, July 1, 2013, close to 6,000 pages of documents related to child sex abuse by priests in Wisconsin. The documents were made public for the first time as part of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s bankruptcy proceedings. MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT Photo: The Star Tribune, Richard Sennott

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The archbishop of Milwaukee wrote a letter in 2003 to the Vatican office overseeing clergy sex abuse cases begging it to remove a priest who had repeatedly abused children, showed no remorse and at least once engaged in sexual activity with a young boy, the child’s mother and her female friend.

The archdiocese provided the priest with counseling and alcohol abuse treatment, limited his job assignments, eventually ordering him to stop dressing as a priest and barring him from seminary buildings. It only received more reports of abuse.

In 2003, nearly 40 years after some of the earliest reported abuse took place, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who was then archbishop of Milwaukee, sought permission to have the priest, Daniel Budzynski, officially defrocked. Despite the egregiousness of the priest’s crimes, the Vatican office in charge of sex abuse cases, then led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, took more than a year to formally dismiss him.

The correspondence was made public Monday along with thousands of pages of other documents detailing sex abuse by dozens of priests in the archdiocese covering southeastern Wisconsin. The documents were released as part of a deal reached in federal bankruptcy court between the archdiocese and victims suing it for fraud. Victims have accused the archdiocese of transferring abusive priests to new churches without warning parishioners and covering up their crimes for decades.

The Budzynski case was among at least a half-dozen Dolan inherited when he took over the archdiocese in 2002 amid the growing clergy abuse scandal. It shows some of the difficulty church leaders had in dealing with serial molesters and a church bureaucracy that in many cases sat on pleas for priests’ removal for years.

While other church leaders, including Dolan’s predecessor, Archbishop Rembert Weakland, have acknowledged they didn’t immediately grasp the extent of the problem, Dolan appears to have quickly determined a crisis was in the making. He moved to push out problem priests, even paying them to leave the priesthood, and later acted to protect church assets by transferring $57 million from a cemetery fund into a trust as the archdiocese moved toward bankruptcy.

Victims have accused Dolan of caring more for the church’s well-being than theirs, but his letters, such as the one to Ratzinger seeking to defrock Budzynski, show an understanding of the damage done to children.

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan Purposely Shuttled 57 Million Dollars Away From Sex Abuse Victims

He Viewed The Victims As A Major Inconvenience

Archbishop Timothy Dolan Purposely Shuttled 57 Million Dollars Away From Sex Abuse Victims And Viewed Them As An Inconvenience

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Breaking news out of Milwaukee today as thousands of pages of documents have been released from the Catholic Archdiocese there. The papers show  that Archbishop Timothy Dolan bribed priests to keep them quiet about the child sex abuse scandal, purposely shuttled nearly 57 million dollars out of the Milwaukee Archdiocese before it declared bankruptcy in an attempt to avoid paying settlements to victims, and was far more concerned with accused priests’ well-being and comfort than with the victims themselves. The papers, published on the Archdiocese website as well as on the website of victims’ lawyers, detail depositions, personnel files and court papers in relation to 42 separate child sexual abuse cases.

In preparation of the publication of the documents, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee wrote a letter to his congregation, attempting to explain how the church has had to undergo an “arc of understanding” to comprehend the fact that molesting children is a criminal act. In one paragraph, he says “The arc of understanding sexual abuse of a minor progressed from being seen as a moral failing and sin that needed personal resolve and spiritual direction; to a psychological deficiency that required therapy and could be cured; to issues of addiction requiring more extensive therapy and restrictions on ministry; to recognition of the long-term effects of abuse and the need to hold the perpetrator accountable for this criminal activity.”

While most would say that sexual abuse of a minor would automatically be considered a criminal act for which the perpetrator should be held accountable, the church seems to have taken nearly 80 years coming to that conclusion. Owning up to the mistakes, Listecki said, took a long time because the church only realized that having sex with children was wrong when they looked back upon their actions. “Acknowledging our past… includes facing up to mistakes that were made, even if some of those mistakes become apparent only in hindsight” he writes.

Whereas the vast majority of the population does not feel that child molestation is difficult to equate with criminality, Archbishop Listecki seems to feel otherwise. In his letter he reflects back on how some of the documents show that parents didn’t want the police to be involved, and that some of them were more concerned for “Father” than for their own children. He goes on to say “I do not offer this as an excuse, but rather, as examples of the complexity of the topic and the context in which decisions were made.”

Contrary to what Archbishop Listecki states, most would say that handling child molestation is not complex. It’s actually very simple.  The majority of first responders would probably pick up the phone and dial 911. But the responders were “ill-equipped” and “didn’t understand” he says. He tells his congregation to “prepare to be shocked” about the documents that were to be published.

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Former Italian prime minister given seven-year jail term and banned from public office for life at Milan court

Berlusconi and Mahroug

Silvio Berlusconi, left, and Karima el-Mahroug, known as Ruby Rubacuori, who both deny having ‘intimate relations’. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

After more than 26 months, 50 court hearings and countless breathless column inches from journalists worldwide, it took just four minutes for the sentence that Silvio Berlusconi had feared to be delivered. At 5.19pm, before a fascist-era sculpture showing two men struck down by a towering figure, the judges swept into the courtroom and pronounced their damning verdict for Italy‘s longest-serving postwar prime minister. By 5.23pm, it was all over.

At the culmination of a trial that helped strike the final nail in the coffin of the playboy politician’s international reputation, the judges found Berlusconi guilty both of paying for sex with the underage prostitute nicknamed Ruby Heartstealer and abusing his office to cover it up. They even went beyond the prosecutors’ sentencing requests, ordering him to serve seven – rather than six – years in prison and face a lifetime ban on holding public office.

Perhaps fittingly for a case that cast a spotlight on the murky nexus of sex and power that prosecutors argued was at the heart of his premiership – in which young women were procured, they said, “for the personal sexual satisfaction” of the billionaire septuagenarian – all three judges were female.

Berlusconi, who had been predicting the verdict for weeks as the logical result of his lifelong “persecution” by leftwing prosecutors, has always denied the charges and now has the right to lodge not one but two appeals. The sentence will be enforced only if these fail and it is made definitive, a process that could take years. Regardless of whether it is eventually upheld, Berlusconi is highly unlikely ever to go to jail.

There were some notable absentees in court on Monday: Ilda Boccassini, the formidable prosecutor who had led the case against the 76-year-old, and Karima el-Mahroug, the former nightclub dancer from Morocco whom Berlusconi was convicted of paying for sex in 2010 when she was 17, below the legal age of prostitution in Italy. Both he and she denied having “intimate relations” and claimed the thousands of euros he gave her were simply the support of a generous friend.

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Silvio Berlusconi Sentenced to 7 years in Jail For Paying For Sex With an Underage Prostitute

Published on Jun 24, 2013

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi claims he is “utterly innocent” after being found guilty of paying for sex with an underage prostitute.

The 76-year-old was sentenced to seven years in prison and banned from holding public office by a panel of three judges in Milan.

He previously denied having sex with Karima El Mahroug, also known as Ruby the Heart Stealer, after what prosecutors claimed were erotic “bunga bunga” parties at his lavish villa in 2010.

“I was truly convinced I would be absolved because there was absolutely no possibility of being found guilty based on the evidence,” he said.

“I intend to resist the persecution because I am absolutely innocent and I don’t want to abandon my fight to make Italy a truly free and just country.”

During his trial, the court heard dozens of young women, including Miss El Mahroug, who was 17 at the time, were paid with cash, money and cars to attend Berlusconi’s parties and dance semi-naked for him.

Berlusconi was also found guilty of abuse of office by arranging to have Miss El Mahroug, now 19, released from police custody when she was arrested on suspicion of theft.

His defence claimed he believed the dancer was the niece of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and wanted to avoid a diplomatic incident.

His lawyer, Niccolo Ghedini, confirmed an appeal would be lodged, describing the sentence as “beyond reality” and “completely illogical”.

“The judges even went beyond the prosecutors’ request (for a six-year sentence),” he added.

Berlusconi has always insisted he is being persecuted by judges as part of a political plot.

Even before judge Giulia Turri and her two female assistants returned their guilty verdicts, he told friends his guilt was a “done deal”, insisting he had no chance of a fair trial because of the political bias.

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I guess it is not just the catholics….

File photo shows the blurred face of an Israeli rabbi charged with repeated sexual assaults of his girl students.

File photo shows the blurred face of an Israeli rabbi charged with repeated sexual assaults of his girl students.

An indictment filed with the al-Quds (Jerusalem) District Court said the suspect began molesting the victims, ages 12 -14, more than 10 years ago.”

A prominent Israeli rabbi has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting his three teenage daughters for more than 10 years.

The rabbi, who has not yet been publicly named, is reportedly being charged with multiple accounts of sexual assault and invasion of privacy, Israel’s Ynet news website reported on Wednesday.

He was arrested 10 days ago but has been remanded in custody for an additional two days.

An indictment filed with the al-Quds (Jerusalem) District Court said the suspect began molesting the victims, ages 12 -14, more than 10 years ago.

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Should the teens who filmed the young woman being sexually assaulted be held accountable?

 

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Are Anonymous The Heroes Of The Steubenville Rape Case?

By: Wednesday March 20, 2013 10:07 am

 

Questions still surround the Steubenville Rape Case even after the guilty verdict that sent two of the perpetrators to prison for years. David Zirin argues that without the involvement of hackers the case was set to be dropped.

I really think that the heroes in this story are the hackers who got the photos out there because I think that actually led to a kind of shaming process that pushed this trial forward

It is hard to conclusively prove anything in this regard, as is the nature of counter-factuals, but there is some evidence to suggest that the school and law enforcement were not taking the rape seriously, at least initially. One of the journalists covering the rape reported that Steubenville residents were reporting to her that a coverup was taking place.

Soon locals began contacting me stating that they believed there was a cover-up into investigation of the charges. That’s not a new allegation for Steubenville. There is also a belief among residents of Steubenville that high school athletes are given a pass when it comes to accountability for bad behavior.

The notion of giving student athletes or “jocks” a pass on sexual assault or really a number of offenses is nothing new. Athletes are given preferential treatment in a number of ways as Zirin notes.

There is so much hero worship that goes on in high schools and colleges of these young men, and there’s so many adults who effectively pay these men in worship and kiss these guys’ butts…

They’re given women as if women are, in fact, part of a gutter economy that says, ‘You are great, here is what you get,’ and that does breed a culture where these young men don’t understand that ‘no’ means ‘no.’ And it normalizes a culture where young men and women, like in Steubenville, can see what’s happening right in front of their face and yet not see a crime taking place.

 

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Child trafficking, pedophile rings, sexual exploitation, teenage pornography and even organ harvesting. Specifically in Georgia, former Senator Nancy Schaefer had found during the last few years that: in Georgia housed children in a foster home with a known pedophile who molested the children; in Habersham County failed to remove 6 children from a home where they are being abused and tortured; in Georgia turned 2 girls over to a California father who had a pornographic video business. http://www.eagleforumofga.org/pdf/THE…

Child Exploitation Investigator Nancy Schaefer Found Killed in Home, Victor Thorn, Issue # 19, 5/12/2010. http://www.americanfreepress.net/html…

Death of Sen Nancy Schaefer What the media won’t tell you. March 2010. http://conservativestateproject.blogs…

Nancy Shaefer conservative activist killed Mar 2010, At least one friend of the Schaefers has questioned the murder-suicide theory. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=3…

More information on her efforts and activism at: The Honorable Nancy Schaefer, President Eagle Forum of Georgia, Eagle Forum National Chairman of Parents’ Rights, Former State Senator of Georgia http://www.eagleforumofga.org/

Click the tab Parental Rights / CPS at: http://www.eagleforumofga.org/parents…

Nancy Schaefer spoke at the World Congress on Families V in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in August 2009. Pro-family leaders and groups from 63 nations attended the World Congress of Families V. 900 delegates were Dutch and other nations represented included, United States, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, the U.K., Ireland, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania, Poland, Latvia, Moldavia, Slovakia, Russia, Nigeria, Ghana, the Democratic Republic, of Congo, Kenya, Pakistan, Australia, and the Philippines. More than 3,000 people around the world watched the live telecast via the Internet. On August 16th, Schaefer delivered, via cyber space, her speech to the Nordic Committee for Human Rights (NCHR) in Gothenburg, Sweden on the protection of Family Rights in Nordic countries. Nancy spoke on “The Unlimited Power of Child Protective Services” (CPS). She told her audience “children are seized unnecessarily from their families due to federal aid created in 1974 entitled “The Adoption and Safe Families Act.” It offers financial incentives to the States that increase adoption numbers. To receive the ‘adoption incentives’ or ‘bonuses’, local CPS must have more children. They must have merchandise that sells. It is lack of accountability and it is a growing criminal / political phenomenon spreading around the globe.”
Nancy’s August 2009 Amsterdam speech at the World Congress on Families in Amsterdam is at http://www.eagleforumofga.org/article…

Nancy Schaefer’s Speech on CPS, Eagle Forum Natl Conf 9-26-08.
On March 26, 2010 children all across America lost a guardian angel. Nancy spoke out vigourously against the corruption and fraud rampant in the CPS system. Nancy was actively exposing the system of corruption and making the public aware of CPS, a government organization that kidnaps children for money. Nancy was a true patriot who fought for preserving the Republic and the morals and traditions on which this nation was founded. Rest in peace Nancy.

Perpetrators of Maltreatment (04′ now much worse) # Cases per 100,000 Children in U.S. from NCCAN. Physical Abuse CPS 160, Parents 59; Sexual Abuse CPS 112, Parents 13; Neglect CPS 410, Parents 241; Medical Neglect CPS 14, Parents 12; Fatalities CPS 6,4, Parents 1,5. http://suncanaa.com/cps

More Reading on Govt Sponsored Child Abuse
* Bless The Beasts and The Children, Tom Flocco, March 13, 2005 http://www.tomflocco.com/fs/Photograp…
* The Illuminati Formula Used to Create an Undetectable Total Mind Controlled Slave, by Cisco Wheeler and Fritz Springmeier http://www.emhdf.com/Monarch-mind-con…
* The Finders, Ted Gunderson Report http://www.scribd.com/doc/63712523/Te…
* Thanks For the Memories, by Brice Taylor
* Beyond the Dutroux Affair: The Reality of Protected Child Abuse and Snuff Networks
https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/dutroux/B…

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Ga Sen Nancy Schaefer Murdered for CPS Sex Ring Investigation 1/2 – The Beast

Ga Sen Nancy Schaefer Murdered for CPS Sex Ring Investigation 2/2 – The Smoking Gun

Uploaded on Mar 28, 2011

Part 1/2. New Info March 26, 2011. Ga Sen Nancy Schaefer + Husband Killed W Mysterious Gun, GBI Destroys Evidence, Closes “Suicide” Case. OpEdNews. Garland-Favorito. Former Sen Nancy Schaefer lived the last couple of years of her life dedicated to helping children and families. Mrs. Schaefer had found during the last few years that:
– Georgia housed children in a foster home with a known pedophile who molested the children.
– Habersham County failed to remove six children from a home where they were being abused and tortured.
– Georgia turned two girls over to a California father who had a pornographic video business.

THE MURDER WEAPON – The findings in the case file would be highly convincing except for one major problem never before reported. The Schaefers were NOT killed with the small caliper gun that the family knew they owned. They were killed with a HIGHER CALIPER, UNTRACEABLE WEAPON that no family member had ever seen before. The weapon was originally shipped to a dealer in a remote part of southern Florida in 1982 and the ownership records have since been destroyed, possibly as a result of a natural disaster. The case file was unable to establish how the Schaefers, who lived in Georgia during the 1980s, acquired the murder weapon. It also contains no explanation as to why Bruce would not use the gun he already owned to commit the crime, but instead acquire another gun that just happened to be untraceable.
THE AUTOPSY REPORT – . . . notes show that Bruce wrote them after shooting Nancy and it would have taken hours for him to write and assemble the material for the notes before he shot himself.
THE ALLEGED FINANCIAL MOTIVE -
THE VIDEO – The metro Atlanta area has been nationally ranked as the largest center in the country for child sex trafficking. Most are also unaware that Sen. Schaefer was a national leader in the fight against related child abuse and perversion in government run, Child Protective Services (CPS). The GBI was repeatedly informed that Nancy was wrapping up a video documentary, a possible book and other supporting references on the subject. She told friends that this work would expose corruption in Georgia’s Dept of Family and Child Services (DFACS) and that several high profile, powerful Georgia politicians would be implicated. These people would have the means and incentive to prevent her work from being produced. While the GBI documented case inquiries from the general public there is no documentation of the inquiries received from government officials.
The GBI collected little information about the work that Nancy Schaefer had done. They interviewed only one person who was involved in helping to produce the video documentary. They did not obtain a copy of the video or interview its producer, William Fain. They also did not attempt to retrieve the documentary from the producer even though the Schaefers had arranged funding for the video and the producer was not necessarily entitled to ownership rights.
THE THREATS -
THE LIMITED SCOPE OF INVESTIGATION -
DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE – During the time from June to December of 2010 individuals, including myself, filed open records requests for reports but the requests were denied because the case was still open. When Special Agent Whidby wrote the Final Investigative Summary in December of 2010, the GBI had destroyed all items that were seized or created at autopsy. They then completed closing the case in February of 2011 and made the file available.
THE OLD AND NEW UNANSWERED QUESTIONS -
CONCLUSION – The limited investigative scope is appalling considering the high profile circumstances surrounding the Schaefers’ deaths. Case file evidence mentioned in this report illustrates that the GBI was unwilling to investigate the case to the point where they could rule out professional assassination. They also destroyed all items seized or created at autopsy so now their actions can never be reviewed or questioned. Their conduct raises a legitimate question as to whether or not they could have been compromised or manipulated by officials implicated in former Nancy Schaefer’s documentary and materials. Their investigation may even become more questionable than the killings themselves.
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Scha…

Nancy Schaefer Report 2007: The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services http://www.scribd.com/doc/45322760/Th…

Posted in accordance with U.S.C. Title 17 Chap 1 Sec 107 Fair use, for purposes of education, activism, criticism, research. No profit or monies solicited.

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US Government Child Trafficking & Sexual Abuse Exposed!

Published on Dec 30, 2012

Ted Gunderson, FBI (ret), was interviewed on 9/8/2007 regarding his experience confronting the corruption in the CIA, FBI and the Federal, State, and Local governments.

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The US Government Kidnapping of Johnny Gosch, by Noreen Gosch

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Published on May 31, 2012

Johnny Gosch’s mother Noreen relates the history of Johnny’s kidnapping by CIA operatives.

FREE DOWNLOADS:

Finders Report: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97302179/Fi…

The Mystery of the Carefully Crafted Hoax: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97302453/Th…

Paul Bonacci Testimony: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97302292/Pa…

Troy Boner Affidavit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97301774/Tr…

MKULTRA Joint Hearing 1977: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97302360/Pr…

MKULTRA – CIA Mind Control Research and Documentation: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97302261/MK…

The Satanic Drug Cult Network and Missing Children, 1/4: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97305562/Co…

The Satanic Drug Cult Network and Missing Children, 2/4: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97305628/Co…

The Satanic Drug Cult Network and Missing Children, 3/4: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97305716/Co…

The Satanic Drug Cult Network and Missing Children, 4/4: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97305780/Co…

US Government Experiments on Citizens: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97302537/U-…

Law Enforcement Reaction to Satanic Cult Problem: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97302192/La…

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