March 30 2015 2 30 /03 /March /2015 11:19

Police are looking at whether key church figures are criminally liable for not stopping a former Catholic priest's offending. Alan Woodcock has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the sex abuse of teenage boys after admitting 21 sex charges involving...
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March 30 2015 2 30 /03 /March /2015 11:17

A former student at Collège St-Hilaire has filed a motion in Quebec Superior Court to authorize a class-action suit on behalf of individuals allegedly sexually abused by clergyman Jean-Paul Thibault, a former teacher and principal at the school. Thibault,...
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March 30 2015 2 30 /03 /March /2015 11:16

With plans moving forward to open a new Catholic high school in the place where he says he was abused decades ago by a priest, Barry Roche is ambivalent. “I wish them the best,” the 71-year-old retired police officer says. “But in the back of my mind,...
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Published by Ann Free Spirit - in power and control Catholic Church Cover Up Sex Abuse
March 30 2015 2 30 /03 /March /2015 11:13

NO ONE should be surprised that the state Supreme Court this week ruled that individuals cannot be prosecuted for crimes allegedly committed in a foreign country. The unanimous court ruling broke no new ground; it simply reinforced longstanding principles...
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March 30 2015 2 30 /03 /March /2015 11:10

A former Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to six allegations he molested two girls while serving at two separate Perth churches in the late 1960s and early 1980s. Father Patrick Holmes, 79, admitted the charges of indecent assault at his first appearance...
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March 30 2015 2 30 /03 /March /2015 11:07

In a packed auditorium at Star of the Sea School in San Francisco on Wednesday, parents told representatives of the archdiocese to remove the parish's two priests. After describing the changes that Fr. Joseph Illo, administrator, has instituted at the...
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March 30 2015 2 30 /03 /March /2015 11:06

A California man cannot escape allegations he molested boys in St. Louis County nearly seven years ago; boys he met while he was an intern the First Christian Church of Florissant on Patterson Road. Brandon Milburn, is locked up in the St. Louis County...
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March 30 2015 2 30 /03 /March /2015 11:04

A Catholic priest was today jailed after abusing a young boy at a children's home where he helped out more than 30 years ago. Father Anthony McSweeney, 68, visited the children's home as a helper and abused the vulnerable boy over two years. The sex attacker...
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March 30 2015 2 30 /03 /March /2015 11:03

A Catholic priest has an affair with a woman and it makes front page news. But the villain of the piece is not the hapless couple, rather the Church's code of celibacy. And that has nothing to do with virtue - and everything to do with money and misogyny....
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Published by Ann Free Spirit - in Celibacy in the Catholic Church
March 30 2015 2 30 /03 /March /2015 11:01

The stripping by Pope Francis of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s rights and privileges of his office, coupled with an admission by his successor Archbishop Leo Cushley that his behaviour had made the Catholic Church in Scotland “less credible”, might not be...
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March 29 2015 1 29 /03 /March /2015 10:54

Several members of Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations from victims that he covered up for Chile’s most notorious pedophile. In interviews...
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March 29 2015 1 29 /03 /March /2015 10:52

In life, there are subjects that one may find difficult to discuss and then there are those topics that create such an emotional upheaval within the soul that few dare venture to acknowledge let alone give words to. Fortunately, a voice has been raised...
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March 29 2015 1 29 /03 /March /2015 10:51

When Pope Francis last year effectively demoted U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke by moving him out of a senior post in the Vatican to a largely ceremonial role as head of a Rome-based Catholic charity, it was viewed as a way to sideline one of the pope's most...
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March 29 2015 1 29 /03 /March /2015 10:48

The demonstrators say the bishop appointee is unfit to lead and point to his close association with Karadima, a charismatic and popular priest who was sanctioned by the Vatican in 2011 for sexually abusing minors. The Holy Father, Pope Francis has come...
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March 29 2015 1 29 /03 /March /2015 10:46

Crusading women's-rights lawyer Gloria Allred has introduced two more women who say Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them. And Allred promised there would be more women going public with similar stories. Allred already represents a half-dozen of more than...
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  • Ann Free Spirit
  • I am a Survivor of Childhood Abuse and Childhood Sexual Abuse, in two Catholic Church Orphanages, Christchurch New Zealand. 1941 to 1965. Awareness,  and to Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Committed by the Catholic Church and other Denomination Worldwide.
  • I am a Survivor of Childhood Abuse and Childhood Sexual Abuse, in two Catholic Church Orphanages, Christchurch New Zealand. 1941 to 1965. Awareness, and to Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Committed by the Catholic Church and other Denomination Worldwide.

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