July 20, 2011

~Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal goes global


Estimates - 29,808,000 [combined males and females] Catholics identify themselves as having been sexually abused in childhood by a Catholic priest.


Catholic Church sex abuse scandals around the world


Catholic Church Child Abuse Claims Sweep Across Europe


Child abuse claims sweep Catholic Church in Europe


Child abuse claims sweep Catholic Church in Europe


Demonstrators Call on Vatican to Do More to End Child Sexual Abuse by Priests - VIDEO


Revealed, six decades of ‘ritual’ child abuse: Catholic schools and orphanages damned in report

Church leaders and government watchdogs covered up ‘endemic’ and ‘ritualised’ abuse of thousands of children in Roman Catholic schools and orphanages in the Irish Republic, a shocking report revealed yesterday.

For six decades, priests and nuns terrorised boys and girls in the workhouse-style schools with sexual, physical and mental abuse.

Abuse was ‘endemic’ in childrens’ institutions - Safety of children in general was not a consideration - No abusers will be prosecuted  -Victims banned from launch of shocking report


Serbian church accused of sex abuse cover-up


Child sexual abuse is a worldwide crisis, says researcher




Church abuse scandals around the world


FACTBOX-Sex abuse scandals in the Catholic church


Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal


The Catholic Church Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA)


Church, celibacy and child exploitation

It is puzzling to find out that the Church which is supposed to protect, guide and turn people into better citizens is the very one committing such atrocities. Does the Church have a moral and spiritual right to reprimand the sinners?


Vatican told bishops to cover up sex abuse


~I am going to list church sexual abuse cases by country, I used the following Wiki links for lots of the research: 

Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Europe 17 Countries! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_sexual_abuse_scandal_in_Europe

Roman Catholic sex abuse cases by country  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_sex_abuse_cases_by_country


Julio Grassi was found guilty (by a three-judge panel of the Criminal Court Oral 1 Morón) of one count of sexual abuse and one count of corrupting a minor in the “Happy Children’s Foundation” and sentenced to 15 years in prison as the third member of the Roman Catholic Church in Argentina to be convicted of sexually abusing minors. Prosecutors said they were considering an appeal on behalf of the two plaintiffs whose sexual abuse accusations were dropped. Father Grassi maintained his plea of innocence of the charge and promised to appeal.

Archdiocese of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz

Allegations of sexual abuse on 47 young seminarists surfaced in 1994.


A series of claims of sexual abuse by priests has emerged in the Vorarlberg region.

Some 16 people have reported 27 alleged incidents there, spanning half a century.

Ten children are also alleged to have been abused at a monastery in Mehrerau in the 1970s and early 80s.

Meanwhile five priests at a monastery in Kremsmuenster in Upper Austria have been suspended after complaints of sexual and physical abuse of boys there.

Separately, the head of a Salzburg monastery, Bruno Becker, resigned after confessing to having abused a boy 40 years ago, when he was a monk.

Catholic church seeks forgiveness for sex abuse by priests

Papal response acknowledges scandal is a ‘test’, but attacks New York Times for series of articles


Austrian Catholic church probes abuse allegations against priest


Austrian churchgoers quit in record numbers: report

(Reuters) - A record 100,000 Austrians are expected to leave the Roman Catholic Church this year after abuse scandals which have badly damaged its image, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.


Austria rocked by more child sex abuse claims


Archdiocese of Vienna

In 1995 Cardinal Hans Hermann Groër stepped down as head of the Roman Catholic Church in Austria following accusations of sexual misconduct. In 1998 he left the country. He remained a Cardinal.

Diocese of Sankt Pölten

Bishop Kurt Krenn resigned from his post in 2004 after there was a scandal concerning child pornography allegedly being downloaded by a student at the seminary.Up to 40,000 photos and an undisclosed number of films, including child pornography, were found on the computer of one of the seminarians, but Krenn earlier angered many by calling the images a “childish prank.”

Ratzinger forced the 1995 removal of Hans Hermann Groër, Archbishop of Vienna, over abuse allegations including a 1975 molestation of a schoolboy

OUTCOME: A fact-finding commission backed by Ratzinger was blocked. Groër died in monastic exile in 2003


Church sex abuse victims urged to be more militant

A prominent anti-clerical abuse advocate says Australia is decades behind the United States when it comes to dealing with the victims of sexual abuse.


Study of reported child sexual abuse in the Anglican Church


Pope apologises to Australians for sexual abuse in the Church as thousands protest against his visit


— July 2008 - On a visit to Australia, Pope Benedict apologized for sex abuse by clergy. At that time there had been 107 convictions for abuse in the Australian Catholic church.

Archdiocese of Sydney

Ross Murrin - Catholic brother plead guilty to sexually abusing eight male students.

Archdiocese of Melbourne

There were several cases of sexual abuse in the Melbourne archdiocese:

Michael Charles Glennon - sentenced to at least 15 years in jail for sexually abusing four Aboriginal boys between 1984 and 1991

Wilfred James Baker - sentenced to four years in prison (parole after 2 years) for 16 counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency, involving eight boys, aged 10 to 13, over a 20-year period between 1960 and 1979.

David Daniel - sentenced to six years jail, with parole after 4.5 years, for molesting four boys, a girl and an adult male.

Rex Elmer - abuser sentenced in 1998 to five years jail (with parole after 3 years 4 months) for molesting 12 boys at St Vincent’s orphanage in South Melbourne.

Terence Goodall, convicted of indecent assault in 2006 for a crime committed in 1982.

Paul Pavlou, convicted on 29 June 2009 of committing an indecent act with a child under 16 and of being knowingly in possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to an 18 month jail sentence suspended for 24 months and to a two year community based order. He will be registered on the Sex Offenders Register for 15 years. These offences occurred in 2005-2006 while he was the priest at Healesville in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

John/Jack Ayres SDB (paedophile priest). Salesian Order had an Australian victim sign a secrecy agreement and paid him compensation in 2000. John Ayres still lives under the Orders protection in Samoa.


Francis Klep SDB (paedophile priest). Salesian Order was exposed hiding Francis Klep who was wanted on warrants in Melb Australia …..Samoa deported him immediately the Dallas Daily newspaper of Texas notified the authorities in Samoa.


New Zealand

The abuse scandal at the Marylands School is an important chapter in the clerical abuse affairs in New Zealand.


Group seeks investigation of US priest accused of abuse in Bangladesh



No Belgian Church Escaped Child Sex Abuse - 100% Of Belgian Churches Have Victims


70 Belgian sex abuse victims to sue Vatican - USATODAY.com


Priest abuse ignored by Belgium church


The bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, resigned in April 2010 after admitting that he had sexually abused a boy for years when he was a priest and after being made a bishop.

The scandal drew in the former head of the Catholic Church in Belgium, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who had advised the victim in April not to go public with his story until Vangheluwe had retired in 2011.

After the Vangheluwe case came to light, a commission set up to investigate the extent of abuse in the Belgian Church received a flood of calls.

Police controversially raided the commission and Church offices, suspecting some evidence was being covered up - but this move was ruled illegal by a Belgian court.

In September 2010 the head of the commission released harrowing details of some 300 cases of alleged sexual abuse by Belgian clergy.

The abuse was found in nearly every diocese, and 13 alleged victims had committed suicide, he said.

The Roman Catholic Church in Belgium has acknowledged that its clergy took part in the widespread sexual abuse of children for years and tried to reassure the public that it can help the victims and prevent further abuse in future.


Belgian child abuse report exposes Catholic clergy

Paedophilia expert unveils harrowing testimony and documents cases in almost every diocese


Belgian nuns under suspicion of child abuse


Abuse affairs have affected several Belgian dioceses, which were hurt by allegations of abuse similar to those found in other Western countries. In response to this, an independent commission was established by the Belgian Episcopal Conference in 2000 under the presidency of Godelieve Halsberghe, a retired magistrate. A total of more than 300 complaints were made to the commission. The commission ultimately dealt with 33 formal complaints. 32 complaints were upheld by the commission, 1 was ruled false. Of these, only 1 case came before a court, because the facts of the other 31 cases were concerned with statutes of limitation. In about half of the 32 cases, the alleged abusers, clerics and religious, refused to appear before the commission, due to a lack of cooperation from the Belgian episcopate in forcing hierarchical obeyance to do so. The president and numerous commission members resigned from the commission as a result.

A second Independent Commission was established in 2009 under the presidency of psychiatrist Peter Adriaenssens. He resigned his commission in the aftermath of the large scale police raid on 24 June 2010. Judicial police searched the archbishopric palace in Mechelen whilst the Belgian episcopal conference was officially meeting. Further searches were conducted at the archbishopric cathedral of Mechelen, the private residence of former archbishop Godfried Danneels in Mechelen and the offices of the independent commission in Leuven. 450 internal dossiers were confiscated.

Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels

Former parish priest André Vanderlyn of Saint-Gillis parish in Brussels was arrested 20 June 1997 on charges of rape of a minor. He later confessed to seven rape cases between 1968 and 1997.

On 18 December 2008, former parish priest Robert Borremans was sentenced to five years in prison for sexual abuse of an 6-year-old boy from 1994 until 2001. His sentence was uphold in the Brussels court of appeal in April 2010. As a consequence, he will be defrocked. He had previously been convicted for indecent exposure. He presided over the marriage mass of Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium and his wife Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz.

Diocese of Antwerp

April 8 1999, former parish priest Joris Horvath was beaten to death on the street by Wim C. After a police investigation it was revealed that Wim C. had been sexually abused by the dead priest as a child. Wim C. was shot & wounded in the shoulder by the Special Forces of the police during the incident.

Former parish priest Bruno Vos of the Onze Lieve Vrouw ten Hemel Opgenomen Nieuwmoer-parish in Kalmthout was officially charged with rape of four minors by the Belgian judiciary. There are also allegations of possession of child pornography included in the charge. The Antwerp court of appeal sentenced him to nine years imprisonment in April 2009.

Former Sint-Filippus-parish in Schoten parish priest Jef Van den Ouweland was convicted in 2003 for the rape of three boys, who were abused since 1982.

Diocese of Bruges

On 14 November 2005, former religious brother Luc D. of the Congregation of the Fratres Van Dale was sentenced by a Belgian court to 10 years imprisonment for sexual abuse of 20 mentally handicapped persons over a period of 16 years.

On 14 November 2005, former religious brother Roger H. of the Congregation of the Fratres Van Dale was sentenced by a Belgian court to 10 years imprisonment for sexual abuse of mentally handicapped persons.

In April of 2010, Bishop Roger Vangheluwe resigned after admitting to the sexual abuse of a boy during his career as a Priest and his early years as a Bishop.

Father Marc Vangheluwe resigned his post as deacon for the parish community of Ieper-Sint-Elooi and teacher in a school for handicapped children in May 2010 following the media backlash concerning paedophilia. He was convicted in a criminal court for the rape of a minor during the eighties, but could continue his activities as a teacher and pastoral worker.

Diocese of Ghent

In 1881, the Brothers of our Lady of Lourdes were confronted with a first scandal. One brother was sent to jail. In the 1960’s a new scandal erupted in the same institute.

Former parish priest Leo A. of Sint-Martinus parish at Bavegem was convicted to 7 years imprisonment for raping minor choir boys.

Diocese of Hasselt

On 27 November 2009, parish priest Bart Aben of Overpelt parish in Limburg was arrested by the police on accusations of rape and sexual abuse of two children, one male and one female, in his previous parish, Bocholtz over a long period of time, from 1991 until 2008. He confessed his abuse to his bishop, Mgr. Patrick Hoogmartens and the police.

Diocese of Liège

On 25 September 1992, parish priest Louis Dupont of Kinkempois parish near Liège was convicted to three years imprisonment and five years in case of repetition by a Belgian court for the rape of a minor girl and boy in 1990.

Diocese of Namur

On 25 October 2000, former parish priest André Louis of Ottré parish near Namur was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for the rape of 26 children over a long period of time.

Former parish priest Gilbert Hubermont of a Greater-Namur parish was convicted for sexual harassment of a 14 year old choir boy from Aubange, Joël Devillet, between 1987 and 1991. The case was reopened and Hubermont was finally convicted 5 June 2007.

Diocese of Tournai

Priest Jean-François Gysels, former parish priest in Brunehaut and Rumes and former deacon of Antoing in the diocese of Tournai, was arrested in 2006 as a result of operation Falcon, an American led worldwide investigation of internet child pornography.


In 2007, a Belgian criminal court convicted Willem V.C., a laicised Salesian priest, to 4 years imprisonment for sexual delinquency with multiple adolescent minors. During the criminal investigation by the police and judiciary, previous acts of sexual delinquency were discovered that occurred during his membership of the Salesian congregation. He was expelled from this order in 2001 for these incidents.

— A Belgian Catholic Church commission monitoring complaints about sexual abuse of children by priests disbanded on June 28 after police seized all its files and a computer.

— The unprecedented raids on the commission’s office in Leuven and a Church center and former archbishop’s home in Mechelen prompted a sharp reaction from Pope Benedict. — The raids embarrassed the Belgian Church still reeling from the resignation of Bruges Bishop Roger Vangheluwe in April. Vangheluwe had admitted he had sexually abused a boy. That prompted a wave of abuse complaints to the commission.

Belgium 1970s-2010

Roger Vangheluwe molested a boy before and after being named bishop of Brugge in 1984

OUTCOME: The Pope accepted his resignation in April

Brazil 2007-2010

Catholic church child sex scandal hits Brazil as priest, 83, is arrested over alter boy abuse allegations


Brazil Church Sex Scandal: Priest Abusing Altar Boy


Catholic Church Sex Scandal Rocks Brazil


After a two-year investigation, Marcin Michael Strachanowski, a Polish priest, was arrested in May for chaining an altar boy in an “erotic dungeon” in Rio de Janeiro

OUTCOME: Lawyers have asked for his release pending trial. The church has suspended him.

Diocese of Anápolis

In 2005 Brazilian priests, Fr. Tarcísio Tadeu Spricigo and Fr. Geraldo da Consolação Machado were convicted of child molestation while Fr. Felix Barbosa Carreiro was arrested and charged with child sexual abuse in the northeastern state of Maranhão after police seized him in a hotel room with four teenage boys.

Archdiocese of Penedo

In 2010 Authorities in Brazil began an investigation into three priests after a video allegedly showing a priest sexually abusing an altar boy was broadcast on the SBT television station.


Catholic Sexual Abuse Scandal in Canada


Canada strikes deal on church abuse

The Canadian Government has agreed a deal with the Anglican Church of Canada, to share the costs of thousands of law suits brought by native Canadians who were abused in residential schools during the 20th Century.

Around 12,000 people have filed law suits, but only 500 have been settled, as arguments continue over who should pay the compensation.


Clerical Abuse Scandal Hits Canada’s Orthodox Church




Church scandal’s next wave: Abused girls


Guilty’ 47 Times - Rev. Charles Sylvestre Admits to Decades of Sexual Abuse Involving 47 Girls - Many Still Suffering


Canadian church tried to keep abuse scandal secret


Quebec woman takes sex-abuse case against church to Canada’s top court


Catholic Church in Canada Sues Victims of Abuse


Church Knew About Canada’s Worst Pedophile Priest


Sask. church failed to report sexual abuse: Victims

Two women who were sexually abused in their adolescence by a trusted older relative say elders of the small-town Jehovah’s Witness church in which they were raised did not report the situation to police after he admitted touching them inappropriately during the late 1980s and early 1990s.


Church letter shows bishops and Vatican were aware of abuse complaints


Sex-abuse suit alleges conspiracy by Catholic Church


Pope Apologises To Canada Natives For Church Abuse


Canadian Anglican Sexual Abuse

Anglican Church in Canada abuse Sexual abuse, glossing over and covering it up left the church on the edge of collapse.


Sexual abuse cases by province

British Columbia

Joseph Lang, a Terrace, B.C., priest placed on “administrative leave” in April 2002. Father Lang faces allegations of sexual activity with a minor dating back to his time as a parish priest in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1980s.

Hubert Patrick O’Connor was a Canadian Roman Catholic bishop of Prince George in British Columbia who was forced to resign following sex abuse charges filed against him.


In 1988, a scandal erupted over allegations of widespread abuse of children at Mount Cashel Orphanage in Newfoundland. In 2003, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Roman Catholic Church is responsible (vicariously liable) for sexual abuse by its Priests in the diocese of Saint George’s.

In February 2009, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador ruled that the Roman Catholic Church in St. John’s was responsible (“vicariously liable”) for the sexual abuse of eight former altar boys by disgraced priest, Reverend James Hickey.


Douglas Stamp, a Hamilton priest forced to step down from his job as a hospital chaplain this spring when a parishioner brought to light his 1997 conviction for indecently assaulting two 12-year-old boys in Peterborough, Ontario.

Hugh Vincent MacDonald, a retired Ontario priest, now faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse dating back to the early 1970s, when he was in the Cape Breton community of New Waterford. The accusations surfaced after David Martin, a Vancouver Island contractor, committed suicide in April, leaving behind a note detailing his experiences with MacDonald. The 80-year-old faced similar charges 15 years ago, but those were dismissed. A second priest from Cape Breton is also under investigation.

Matthew Berko, a Ukrainian Catholic priest, stepped down from his parish in Florida after revelations that he had been convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female parishioner in Mississauga, Ontario, in 1985.


Martin Houston, a Carman, Man., priest, resigned from his parish in June after media reports about his abusive past as a teacher at an Oblate-run residential school in the 1960s. Houston had served a decade in prison for sexual abuse and indecent assault involving young boys before he was ordained.

Nova Scotia

On August 7, 2009, bishop Raymond Lahey announced that the diocese of Antigonish had reached a $15 million settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by victims of sexual abuse by diocese priests dating to 1950. On September 15, 2009, he was arrested at the Ottawa airport after the border services agency uncovered unlawful images on his laptop computer (cf sexual abuse scandal in Antigonish diocese).


Paul Desilets, a retired Quebec priest, has been indicted on 27 counts of indecent assault and battery dating back to his time as a parish priest in Bellingham, Mass., between 1978 and 1984. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is seeking extradition.


Archdiocese of Santiago

José Andrés Aguirre Ovalle, aka “Cura Tato”, was found guilty of nine sexual abuse charges by the highest court of this country. Aguirre was sentenced to 12 years in jail. At the beginning of this trial, the catholic church was sentenced to pay 50 millions in damages to the victims, but then this sentence was revoked by the supreme court.

Handling of Abuse in Chilean Church Questioned


Leaders meet as Church sex abuse cases grip Chile


Vatican: Prominent Chilean priest guilty of abusing minors


Chile rejects Church abuse pardon proposal


Chile Church seeks forgiveness for abuse


Chile’s Catholic Church apologizes for child abuse



Hong Kong: HK investigates new child abuse claims


Catholic Cleric says Hong Kong Church Didn’t Handle Abuses Properly


Hong Kong church keeps sex scandal from police


3 Hong Kong priests accused of child abuse


Church denies cover-up of Hong Kong child sex abuse


Hong Kong’s Catholic Church Seeks to Ease Fears About Sex Abuse Cases



Catholic Church in Colombia looks into sex abuse -

Archdiocese of Bogota has begun an investigation into accusations of sex abuse of minors at the hands of Rev. Efrain Rozo and others.


ABSOLUTE MUST READ: Colombia cardinal defends church’s abuse policies



Colombia cardinal defends church’s abuse policies



Archdiocese of Zagreb

Ivan Čuček convicted in 2000 for sexual abuse of 37 young girls, sentenced to three years in prison, but later the Croatian Supreme Court reduced the sentence to one and a half years in case he commits such crime again.

Archdiocese of Rijeka

Drago Ljubičić convicted in 2007 was Catholic priest on island Rab sentenced to three years in prison for molesting five teenage boys. He will be first Catholic priest to serve prison time for sexual abuse in Croatia. When asked by Catholic press agency Glas Koncila (prior to scandal) why children avoid going to church he blamed ‘strong influence of communism on island Rab’

Czech Republic

Boy ‘skinned and eaten’ by his cannibal cult family after being held captive in a cellar - Evil Klara Mauerova - a member of a sinister religious cult - wept in court as she admitted torturing her son Ondrej and his ten year-old brother Jakub.


Czech Catholic Church enters debate on sex abuse scandals


Archdiocese of Olomouc

In 2000 Fr. Frantisek Merta and Olomouc Archbishop Jan Graubner were charged after allegations were made by a theology student, Václav Novák, that Merta had sexually abused altar boys since 1995. Novák persuaded a group of victims to come forward with their allegations against Merta. In 2001, Merta was found guilty of sexually abusing more than 20 boys and given a suspended sentence of two years. When he was a priest in Moravia, Archbishop Jan Graubner failed to report him. Instead, Graubner moved him from location to location whenever problems appeared. A book about Merta’s child sexual abuse cases, Krici Hlasem Zrady (They Are Shouting the Voice of Betrayal), was published in March 2001 by Václav Novák.


Diocese of Copenhagen

In the end of April 2010 Denmark catholic church reported pedophilia cases has risen to 17 cases

Bishop says ‘no obligation’ to report sexual abuse

Bishop Czeslaw Kozon says that ethics council will investigate cases of abuse but there is no immediate legal obligation for him to report to police.


Catholic sexual abuse in Denmark

Supporting survivors of clergy sexual abuse and examining the cover up, causes, and effects of that abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.


Danish police drop church sexual abuse probe

The Catholic Church has recently reported 31 claims of sexual abuse dating back mostly to the 1960s and ’70s. The statute of limitations in such cases expires within 10 years in Denmark.


Danish Catholic priest suspended after church ‘recently learned’ about child pornography case


Danish child rights group wants review of church secrecy laws



Abuse affairs have also affected the Church in France.

Archdiocese of Paris

François Lefort - sentenced to eight years in prison for the rape of six Senegalese minors.

Pierre Dufour - sentenced to 15 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

Diocese of Meaux

Parish priest Henri Lebras of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Meaux was sentenced to ten years for the rape of a twelve year old boy between 1995 and 1998.

Archdiocese of Rouen

Diocese of Evreux

65 year old Canadian born priest Denis Vadeboncoeur of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Évreux was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the rape of minors at the paroisse de Lieurey (Eure) between 1989 and 1992.

Archdiocese of Besançon

Bruno Kieffer gave to a nine year old girl a gym lesson with both of them naked, showed to his class a latex thong he was wearing, and was sentenced to one year for exhibition and sexual aggression of a fifteen year old girl.

Jean Luc Heckner - sentenced to 16 years in jail on charges of raping seven young boys (11-14yrs) between 1992 and 1998

Two French Priests Investigated in Church Sex Scandal - Scandal Spreads: French Priests Suspected of Sexual Abuse and Possession of Child Pornography



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