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Re: Catholic Church and the culture of child abuse?

Post by Moliere » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:55 pm

Maybe not a formal hierarchy, but this was systemic in the SBC:
Reports of SBC leaders either downplaying or ignoring earlier reports of abuse in numerous cases were included in the newspaper report.

The cases uncovered in the investigation span the past two decades, and one case from 2007 involved communication with SBC leaders and a set of proposed reforms that were rejected. The Houston Chronicle notes that the current interim president of the SBC's executive committee August "Augie" Boto was involved in the creation of the rejection of the reforms in 2008, and they included quotes from an email he sent to a victim around that time.
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Post by Default » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:39 pm

Informality of management makes things even worse because of the lack of a paper trail.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:31 pm

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Virginia’s two Catholic dioceses Wednesday released lists of clergy officials say were deemed “credibly accused” of sexually abusing youth, the latest in a slew of U.S. dioceses to make public such names amid a national crisis over clerical abuse and cover-up.

The diocese of Arlington, which covers the northeastern corner of Virginia, released a list of 16 names. It said the list was the product of independent examiners who were given access to clergy files and information dating to its founding in 1974.

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge said in a letter that he ordered the list be released to help “victims and survivors of clergy abuse to find further healing and consolation.”

None of the Arlington clergy are still in active ministry. Eight are deceased.

The diocese of Richmond, which covers the rest of the state, released 42 names.
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Under mounting pressure to identify clergy accused of sexual misconduct, New Jersey’s five Catholic dioceses opened their files Wednesday and released the names of every priest and deacon “credibly accused” of sexually abusing a child over multiple decades.

There are 188 names on the lists from the five dioceses. Of those, more than 100 are dead.

The lists include 63 priests and deacons accused in the Archdiocese of Newark, 57 in the Diocese of Camden, 30 in the Diocese of Trenton, 28 in the Diocese of Paterson and 11 in the Diocese of Metuchen. (One priest was listed on both the Newark and Paterson lists.)
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Post by Isgrimnur » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:31 pm

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John Capparelli had a quiet life in Henderson, Nev., a bedroom community south of Las Vegas.

The 70-year-old — bald, his former wrestler’s frame rounded out and stooped — lived on a street of identical houses topped with terra-cotta roofs and fronted by gravel yards, occasionally chatting with neighbors as he walked his black Lab. He had put 2,500 miles between himself and the allegations that shadowed his name in New Jersey.
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When Capparelli failed to appear for a few days this month, Henderson police officers conducted a wellness check at his house Saturday morning. They found Capparelli dead on his kitchen floor, according to Fox 5. He had been shot through the neck. The death was ruled a homicide.

In Henderson, the death initially made headlines as the third homicide notched in the city of 300,000 this year. Back east, however, Capparelli’s killing detonated with considerably more shock.

A Catholic priest from 1980 to 1992, Capparelli had been accused by at least two dozen men of sexual misconduct. The allegations included groping and forcing young men to wrestle in swimsuits while he photographed the encounters, according to NJ.com. Even after he was suspended from the church in 1992, Capparelli continued working with children as a public school teacher.

That career came to an abrupt end in 2011, when the Star-Ledger reported on the past allegations against the ex-priest, and also revealed his ties to the operation of a fetish website. He was never criminally charged with any wrongdoing and always maintained his innocence.

But Capparelli’s past continued to haunt him until this year. Last month, New Jersey’s five Catholic dioceses released a list of 188 members of the clergy who were “credibly accused” of child abuse. Capparelli was included.
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Post by Stefan Stirzaker » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:01 pm

Aussie George Pell was sentenced yesterday for 6 years (non parole of 3 years) for 1990's abuse. The same night that I went to see Tim Minchin perform, it was very interesting , he didn't perform the come home Pell song, but he did do the Pope song (Fuck u Motherfucker song, see youtube). He had a lovely discussion/thoughts on the sentencing and those who have been standing up for him post conviction :)

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Post by Isgrimnur » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:50 am

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The founder and staff of an all-female Vatican monthly publication are stepping down en masse, the founder said Tuesday, citing a newly difficult working environment and a Vatican attempt to undercut the women’s voices on sensitive issues, including sexual abuse against nuns.
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Scaraffia was known as a comparatively progressive voice inside the city-state’s ancient walls, advocating for a larger role for women in the church and, more recently, devoting editorial space to the long-hidden issue of nuns abused by clergy.

But Scaraffia said she perceived discomfort with her publication’s work, and noted that the Vatican’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, had instead been publishing pieces that contradicted the Women Church World editorial line. She said her publication’s editorial freedom had also been threatened with an “attempt” to put L’Osservatore Romano’s new top editor, Andrea Monda, in charge of Women Church World.

In an open letter to Pope Francis, Scaraffia accused the church of preferring women chosen by male management who are “deemed reliable.”
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Post by Isgrimnur » Wed May 15, 2019 1:42 pm

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The Dallas Police Department executed search warrants at three Catholic Diocese of Dallas properties Wednesday morning, looking for records of sexual abuse related to five priests.

The warrants were served at three locations, including the diocese's headquarters at 3725 Blackburn Street, a storage location on Ledbetter Drive and the St. Cecilia Parish.

Dallas police Maj. Max Geron, with the department's special investigations division, said Wednesday's raid was the furtherance of an investigation into sexual abuse allegations against Rev. Edmundo Paredes, the longtime pastor of St. Cecilia Parish who was credibly accused of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Dallas last year.

Since the Paredes investigation became public, Geron said, the department has received additional allegations of child abuse against four other priests, identified in a search warrant obtained by NBC 5 Wednesday morning as Paredes, 77-year-old Richard Thomas Brown, 77-year-old Alejandro Buitrago, 63-year-old William Joseph Hughes Jr, and 62-year-old Jeremy Myers.

According to the search warrant, all five priests have now been charged with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony. Additionally, all five of the men were included on list of priests incardinated by the Diocese of Dallas who were credibly accused of sexual abuse by the diocese earlier this year.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:06 am

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A new report released Tuesday reveals that, over the past eight years, the Catholic Church has spent $10.6 million in the northeastern United States to fight legislation that would help victims of clergy sexual abuse seek justice.
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In New York, for example, the Catholic Church spent $2,912,772 lobbying against the Child Victims Act, which Governor Andrew Cuomo ultimately signed into law on February 14, 2019. The act gives survivors more time to seek justice against their abusers, increasing the age at which victims are able to sue from 23 to 55.

Similarly, in Pennsylvania — where in 2018 a grand jury report detailed evidence of more than 300 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children — the Catholic Church spent $5,322,979 lobbying to keep current restrictions in place on the statute of limitations in which victims can seek criminal or civil charges against their abusers.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:21 pm

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A proposal at the Texas Legislature that would give victims of child sexual abuse more time to sue their abusers and the organizations they were affiliated with is headed to the governor’s desk.

House Bill 3809, filed by state Rep. Craig Goldman, R-Fort Worth, would let people file civil lawsuits against alleged abusers 30 years after the victims turn 18. Current law only allows for a 15-year threshold to sue. That lengthened statute of limitations would apply to culpable entities, a provision the Senate added back into the legislation after the House stripped language related to those institutions from the bill.
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Last month, however, before the House unanimously passed the bill, Goldman amended the legislation in a way that would not apply the lengthened statute of limitations to institutions. At the time, he told the Houston Chronicle that “sexual assault is not something organizations do, it’s what individuals do.”

When the bill went to the Senate for consideration, a trio of former gymnasts who said they were abused by Larry Nassar, a former doctor for the U.S. women’s Olympics gymnastics team, argued that stripping such entities from the legislation would only perpetuate the cycle of abuse. The senator spearheading the measure in the upper chamber then restored language including entities to the legislation. The amended legislation unanimously passed the Senate earlier this week.
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Re: Catholic Church and the culture of child abuse?

Post by GreenGoo » Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:37 pm

Is this the same state that requires victims of sexual assault to carry their assailant's child to term?

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Post by $iljanus » Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:45 pm

GreenGoo wrote:Is this the same state that requires victims of sexual assault to carry their assailant's child to term?
I think that's Alabama and Minnesota.
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Post by hitbyambulance » Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:34 pm

$iljanus wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:45 pm
GreenGoo wrote:Is this the same state that requires victims of sexual assault to carry their assailant's child to term?
I think that's Alabama and Minnesota.
...Minnesota??

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Post by $iljanus » Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:38 pm

hitbyambulance wrote:
$iljanus wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:45 pm
GreenGoo wrote:Is this the same state that requires victims of sexual assault to carry their assailant's child to term?
I think that's Alabama and Minnesota.
...Minnesota??
Yeah, that's the info I read in the WaPo article I read about this abhorrent law.
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Post by hitbyambulance » Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:40 pm

$iljanus wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:38 pm
hitbyambulance wrote:
$iljanus wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:45 pm
GreenGoo wrote:Is this the same state that requires victims of sexual assault to carry their assailant's child to term?
I think that's Alabama and Minnesota.
...Minnesota??
Yeah, that's the info I read in the WaPo article I read about this abhorrent law.
having grown up in that state, that doesn't sound right to me. cite?

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Post by $iljanus » Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:51 pm

hitbyambulance wrote:
$iljanus wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:38 pm
hitbyambulance wrote:
$iljanus wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:45 pm
GreenGoo wrote:Is this the same state that requires victims of sexual assault to carry their assailant's child to term?
I think that's Alabama and Minnesota.
...Minnesota??
Yeah, that's the info I read in the WaPo article I read about this abhorrent law.
having grown up in that state, that doesn't sound right to me. cite?
https://www.google.com/amp/s/beta.washi ... utType=amp

"In addition to Alabama, only Minnesota has no law terminating parental rights in rape cases. Many states adopted such statutes after Congress passed the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act in 2015, granting additional funding to help sexual assault victims in states that allow courts to end parental rights when there is “clear and convincing evidence” that a child was conceived by rape."
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Post by hitbyambulance » Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:15 pm

$iljanus wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:51 pm
hitbyambulance wrote:
$iljanus wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:38 pm
hitbyambulance wrote:
$iljanus wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:45 pm
GreenGoo wrote:Is this the same state that requires victims of sexual assault to carry their assailant's child to term?
I think that's Alabama and Minnesota.
...Minnesota??
Yeah, that's the info I read in the WaPo article I read about this abhorrent law.
having grown up in that state, that doesn't sound right to me. cite?
https://www.google.com/amp/s/beta.washi ... utType=amp

"In addition to Alabama, only Minnesota has no law terminating parental rights in rape cases. Many states adopted such statutes after Congress passed the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act in 2015, granting additional funding to help sexual assault victims in states that allow courts to end parental rights when there is “clear and convincing evidence” that a child was conceived by rape."
ohhh ok. thinking about it... i'm not surprised

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Post by Isgrimnur » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:25 pm

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Southern Baptist leaders on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to adopt two proposals they hope will help to prevent sex abuse in their churches in the future.

About about 8,000 church representatives — or “messengers” — who attended the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention voted to pass an amendment to the faith group’s constitution that would allow the convention to “disfellowship,” or distance itself from, churches that cover up abuse. The same proportion also voted to set up a committee to review complaints about how abuse allegations are handled in their churches.
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Southern Baptist leaders believe the new actions will provide a more coordinated way for the denomination to review abuse claims. Southern Baptists are expected to consider the issue of abuse again on Wednesday, though proposed resolutions will not be made public until Wednesday morning.

The issue of sexual abuse came under intense scrutiny earlier this year after the Houston Chronicle began a six-part series uncovering sex abuse allegations in Southern Baptist churches. The newspaper’s joint investigation with the San Antonio Express-News found about 700 victims and credible accusations against 380 people.

Southern Baptist leaders responded to those stories with a plea for change, and earlier this year JD Greear, the SBC president, gave an address to the SBC executive committee in which he thanked journalists for “shining light on this evil,” saying, “you are not our enemy.”
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Last week, SBC leaders released an internal report on sex abuse, saying that “all too often it has not been handled justly” and that it was “rooted in our culture of casual indifference to predatory sexual behavior."

“We lament the fact that it took a national movement of reckoning for abuse to force us to take this issue seriously in our own convention,” the report said, appearing to nod to the Me Too movement without mentioning it.
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Post by LawBeefaroni » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:49 pm

Power corrupts. Absolute power...makes people rapey.
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Post by GreenGoo » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:08 pm

LawBeefaroni wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:49 pm
Power corrupts. Absolute power...makes people rapey.
see: Weinstein.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:13 pm

GreenGoo wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:08 pm
LawBeefaroni wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:49 pm
Power corrupts. Absolute power...makes people rapey.
see: Weinstein.
...Sandusky, Nasser, Strauss...
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