A message from SNAPDFW’s facilitator, Lisa Kendzior
Acknowledge your courage
It takes courage to acknowledge that we’ve been abused and it is not easy to even admit it to ourselves. Just browsing this website is a big step.
Know that you are not alone!
If you’ve been victimized by clergy, please know that you are not alone. You can get better. You can reach out to others who’ve been hurt just like you have.
Together, we can heal one another.
Minnesota survivors victorious in 30 year struggle with intractable Catholic Church over releasing names of priests accused of sexual abuseA county judge in Minnesota has given the Catholic Church just two weeks to turn over the names of at least 33 priests who are accused of abusing children.
After nearly 30 years of fighting for the names to be released, advocates finally convinced Ramsey County Judge John Van De North to order the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to reveal the name of the alleged abusers, according to WCCO.
"The era of secrecy around the identities of those offenders is now drawing to and nearing an end. Survivors who suffered alone in silence, thinking they are the only ones abused now know they may not be alone" -- Survivor's advocate, attorney Jeff Anderson
Yesterday the diocese released 30 of the names of the priests accused, including details of their service in various locations.
Here they are. A grateful nod to the Minnesota survivors:
Read: "List of priests with credible claims against them of sexual abuse of a minor" in the 5 Dec issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune …
Read the Reuters report "Minnesota Archdiocese Reveals Names Of 30 Priests Accused Of Abusing Minors" in the 5 Dec issue of the Huffington Post …
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/0 ... 93192.html
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Vatican refuses to share internal investigations of sex abuse with UN panel; while announcing new internal sex abuse investigationThe Vatican has responded with characteristic disdain to an 18 year old request by the UN Committee on Rights of the Child, saying in effect it is none of the UN's, or the world's business what Catholic priests do about Catholic priests who rape adults and children in their care. The justification it gives for the continued secrecy is that it has no jurisdiction over the rapists anyway.
At the same time the 10 square block "nation" ceremoniously announced a new internal Vatican panel to investigate sexual abuse by its priests -- the findings of which it also intends to keep secret unless results benefit its public relations efforts, which is virtually impossible.
Read: ABC and Reuters report Vatican refuses to share sex abuse allegations with UN panel, here:
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filip ... s-un-panel
Read: List of questions from UN Committee on the Rights of the Child here.
http://ccrjustice.org/files/Holy%20See_ ... es_CRC.pdf
Read: Vatican’s response:
http://ccrjustice.org/files/Holy%20See_ ... es_CRC.pdf
Read: SNAP-CCR report here:
http://www.ccrjustice.org/files/SNAP%20 ... %20CRC.pdf
Read: "Survivors group claim Pope's child sex committee 'toothless'" in 5 Dec issue of eNCA …
http://www.enca.com/world/survivors-gro ... -toothless
Read: "Vatican says not legally competent over abuses" in 5 Dec issue of NewStraitsTimes …
http://www.nst.com.my/latest/vatican-sa ... s-1.421985
Read: "Vatican- Pope disappoints victims and Catholics with new panel" on 5 Dec SNAP National posting …
http://www.snapnetwork.org/vatican_pope ... _new_panel
Read: "More Vatican talk on abuse; SNAP responds" on the 5 Dec posting on Snap National website …
http://www.snapnetwork.org/more_vatican ... p_responds
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Vatican's 18 year-long ignoring of UN Rights of the Child effort morphs into vague, rationalized denial and "toothless" church committee
"In its vague and delayed response to the committee, the Vatican has once again refused to accept responsibility for the policies and practices that allow, even facilitate and encourage, the proliferation of rape and sexual violence against children in the Catholic Church. "
"The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child put a wide-ranging questionnaire to the Holy See - the city state's diplomatic entity - last July, asking for detailed information about the particulars of all sexual abuse cases notified to the Vatican since 1995.
The questions included whether priests, nuns and monks guilty of sexual crime were allowed to remain in contact with children, what legal action had been taken against them, whether the Church required clergy to report abuse to secular authorities and whether complainants were silenced.
In its response, the Holy See insisted that it was "separate and distinct" from the Roman Catholic Church, and that it was not its practice to disclose information about the religious discipline of clergy unless specifically requested to by the authorities in the country where they were serving." --- BBC News
Read: "Vatican Snubs U..N. Probe On Sex Abuse Cases" in the 4 Dec issue of Time Magazine… http://world.time.com/2013/12/04/vatica ... use-cases/
Read: "Vatican rebuffs United Nations sex abuse inquiries" in BBC News …
Read: "Vatican refuses to give UN panel full details of clerical sex abuse cases" in the 4 Dec issue of The Guardian …
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/d ... buse-cases
Read full set of references and links: Read More...
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Minnesota Supreme Court upholds law criminalizing sexual exploitation of adults by clergy; SNAP respondsApplying the same standard of law to priests as to doctors and psychologists, a law banning clergy from sexual contact with congregants has been upheld by the Minnesota Supreme Court. This is a victory for every man and woman who has ever been sexually exploited by priests, ministers, rabbis and other clerics.
Society in general, and state laws in particular, have long understood that it is a serious violation and always hurtful when a doctor has intimacies or sexual relations of any kind with a patient, or a psychologist sexually abuses a client. Gradually, more people are finally understanding that the same holds true of a cleric and his or her congregant.
'St. Paul priest's criminal-sex conviction upheld in high court' in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press ...
'Catholic priest loses at MN Supreme Court; SNAP responds' on the SNAP national website...
'Resources for Survivors of Abuse Who Were Victimized as Adults' on the SNAPDFW website...
'Psychological Effects of Abuse - Why It Is Not an Affair' on the SNAP national website ...
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Notable quotes on the relationship of clerical culture in Roman Catholicism to the rape of the innocent and the children
"The dichotomy between the Church’s stated goals and values and its operational methods and practices produces and encourages clerical hypocrisy.
Sociopaths (psychopaths) are not men who fail to know right from wrong; they are men who know what is right, but don’t care (Cima, Tonnaer & Hauser, 2010).
The advertised altruistic agenda of clerical life makes it an exquisite cover for sociopaths and men vulnerable to narcissism.
Work with clerical abusers reveals a profusion of “altruism in the service of narcissism.” Every clinician who has treated large numbers of priest abusers gives witness to the conclusion that narcissism is a significant personality component of priest predators.
More broadly, clerical culture produces in many men an acquired situational narcissism, characterized by a sense of entitlement, superiority, lack of empathy, impaired moral judgment and self-centeredness. Identification with and incorporation into a powerful and godly institution can confer a sense of grandiosity and moral justification for one’s personal behavior. These qualities favor a man’s promotion within the clerical system."
From: Mother Church and the Rape of Her Children
"The clerical culture favors sociopaths."
From: Catholic Seminaries: The Inside Story
"Roman Catholic Clerical Culture by the operation of its structure and authority absolves a bishop or priest from guilt and personal responsibility—avoidance of scandal and the preservation of image, not truth are preeminent. This is one manifestation of clergy psychosexual immaturity.
Also the clerical culture fosters a sense of superiority and entitlement. This is based on the idea and teaching that an ordained priest is ontologically transformed to a higher level of existence than the ordinary human ... He is next to God and "above the angels." ...These cultural elements are also generally conducive to the development of sociopathic personalities."
Celibacy -- Sex and Research
A.W. RICHARD SIPE is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor who earlier spent 18 years as a Benedictine monk and priest. He was trained specifically to deal with the mental health problems of Roman Catholic Priests. In the process of training and therapy, he conducted a 25-year ethnographic study of the celibate/sexual behavior of that population. His study, published in 1990, is now considered a classic. Sipe is known internationally and has participated in 12 documentaries on celibacy and priest sexual abuse aired by HBO, BBC, and other networks in the United States, United Kingdom, and France. He has been widely interviewed by media including CNN, ABC, NBC, CNBC, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, People magazine, Newsweek and USA Today. Sipe lives with his wife in La Jolla, CA.
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Head of Roman Inquisition reaffirms church law that women who escape abusive marriages be denied sacramentsThe Roman church has long insisted that the Catholic sacrament of Eucharist (aka: 'communion') is a sign of denominational membership in Roman Catholicism. In spite of the new pope's PR campaign to appear inclusive, the top Inquisitor (head of the recently renamed Roman Inquisition) has reaffirmed that divorce constitutes grounds for priests withholding 'communion' even if the situation involves escape from family violence and abuse.
The Vatican's top mind cop, German hierarch Gerhard Mueller, wrote Tuesday that there is no way for Catholics who divorce and remarry to receive Communion unless they get an annulment, a church ruling that their first marriage never really existed."God's mercy does not dispense us from following his commandments or the rules of the church," he wrote in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.
The annulment process in the RCC is a grueling and humiliating ordeal which often subjects victims of family abuse to the church-sanctioned abuse of the 'tribunal' system whereby the victim must face a priest-appointed panel to defend her need to leave an abusive marriage by revealing intimate details to strangers sitting in judgement.
Although the current pope's publicity machine released statements suggesting he wants to fix the system, in reality -- just like his predecessors -- it is all talk and no action.
Read the Associated Press story Vatican Halts Catholic Remarriage Debate; Annulment Still Required For Divorced Couples To Receive Communion
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Clergy Sexual Abuse Bibliography -- Foundational Books list and full bibliography updated July, 2013 by Thomas DoyleCLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE - Foundational Books to Understanding the Phenomenon of Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy
by Thomas P. Doyle
Revised: July 15, 2013
This list of foundational books consists of those books which, in my own opinion are most helpful in understanding the basic issue of Clergy Abuse from the standpoint of the institutional Church’s responsibility for sexually abusive clerics and their response to the victims. They are listed in alphabetical order.
CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE - Abbreviated bibliography of selected sources related to clergy sexual abuse, ecclesiastical politics, theology and church history
by Thomas P. Doyle
Revised: July 15, 2013
A fuller collection (68 pages) of references to books, articles, films, official church documents, dissertations and other works related to sexual abuse by clergy.
From Thomas Doyle's letter, written on the release of the updated bibliographies
I am sending out the up-dated general bibliography as well as another very short list that I have labelled "Foundational Books." I am frequently asked to suggest books to read that will provide an overall picture of the Catholic sex abuse nightmare. I am also asked for suggestions for books in various specialized areas such as legal, canon law, etc. That task is much easier.
I have read every book and article in the first two sections, "Sexual Abuse by Clergy" with the exception of those written in Dutch and German. I'm working up to that! I went back through the books that I have decided to put on the short list and offer my own opinion that these provide a clear picture of the nature and scope of the problem, its insidious nature and the toxic role played by the hierarchy and more broadly, the clerical culture.
Last September I read IN GOD'S HOUSE in two sittings. I can't recommend it strongly enough as a way to get inside the complex nature of clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Its a novel, but its true. If you haven't read it, do so….but be prepared for an all-nighter if you start after dinner.
Recently I pulled Jason Berry's ultra-classic, LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION (1992) off the shelf and read it, probably for the fourth time. It gripped me as much now as it did when I first read it. I'd highly recommend those who have not read it to do so. I really don't think one can have a good understanding of this incredible toxic phenomenon without reading Jason's classic.
Mike D'Antonio's MORTAL SINS is the best all-around, comprehensive book on the issue there is. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I read Nick Cafardi's review wherein he said the only flaw was that Mike didn't tell all the good things the bishops have done over the recent years. Anything "good" the bishops have done was forced on them but whatever these good things are they are far, far overshadowed by the continued evil they perpetrate against victims in the courts, in the legislatures and in the media predominantly through their unofficial mouthpiece, Donohue.
My recommendations this month: Littleton & Maher, CONTEMPORARY CATHOLICISM IN IRELAND. The Catholic Church in Ireland has experienced a phenomenal plunge in participation, influence and respect over the past two decades. This scholarly book takes a deep look at the complex changes and provides some very credible reasons. If you plan on reading it, read Tom Inglis' remarkable work MORAL MONOPOLY first to provide context.
John Noonan: A CHURCH THAT CAN AND CANNOT CHANGE. Does anyone remember Noonan's classic from 1972, POWER TO DISSOLVE? Its an in-depth sort of history of the Roman Rota and the Church's practice of annulling marriages. I read it when it first came out and it was highly influential in steering me one day into canon law. Noonan is a retired judge (at least I think he's retired), an active scholar and a recognized expert in medieval law. His latest book is a fascinating study of some of the more profound moral issues and how the Church has changed its tune. Practically the first half is taken up with slavery and needless to say Holy Mother Church comes out smelling like a cesspool. This book is terrific because it blows countless holes in the pompous assertions that the church c an't possibly change its stance on certain issues, e.g., birth control, celibacy, women and the priesthood.
Finally, Bishop Geoff Robinson has written what I consider to be the clearest, most accurate and most compelling analysis of how and why the Catholic Church has responded so abysmally to the clergy sex abuse issue. FOR CHRIST'S SAKE is essential not only because Geoff has a brilliant analytical mind but even more important, he's been in the trenches of life with victims, their families, the clergy and the backward hierarchy. Geoff had the remarkable courage to publicly criticize the non-leadership of John Paul II. For telling the truth to narcissistic power he paid the expected price but it didn't shut him down. This book is short, clear, concise and to the point. There is not a wasted word to be found. It's a must for anyone who is involved in clergy abuse in any way Catholic church renewal, or just sitting in the pew. It is also a blessed source of relief for Catholics who are struggling on their spiritual journey with fears of an angry, vindictive god and a church that is dominated by negativity, threats and fear. I have given this book and Geoff's other classic CONFRONTING POWER AND SEX IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH to a number of people who have been struggling and all said it was the most helpful source of peace they have found.
Michael Morwood has another potential classic out: ITS TIME: CHALLENGES TO THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH. I say "potential" only because I have not finished it yet but from what little I have read its another winner following on his other two :FROM SAND TO SOLID GROUND and TOMORROW'S CATHOLIC.
Its sweltering in Vienna (July - where I live) these days. My hope and prayer for all is a cool, restful and serene summer
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Former Catholic seminarian, governor of California shoots down bill that would limit church protection of pedophile priestsCalifornia's governor, Jerry Brown -- a former Jesuit seminarian -- vetoed a bill that would have extended the statute of limitations for civil childhood sexual abuse cases, the Orange County Register reported.
Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, the bill’s sponsor, said Brown’s office gave Beall no reason for the decision.
However, in a lengthy public veto message that cited Roman law, the Roman Catholic governor complained that the legislation discriminated against institutions such as the Catholic Church.
Brown's arguments echoed the Roman church's own approach of citing its own protection as more important than the protection of victims.
Read "Brown vetoes bill giving sex abuse victims more time to file lawsuits" in the Los Angeles Times
Read "Brown vetoes bill that would extend time to file sexual abuse suits" in the Orange County Register
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Second Roman hierarch in a month fired in sex abuse probe by Vatican that denies priests are employees as a defense in coverupsEarlier this month, the Vatican confirmed that its ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, had been fired amid a Vatican and Dominican investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by the bishop, himself.
Yesterday, AP reported that a second Roman Catholic high priest, Gabino Miranda -- head of a youth ministry in Peru -- was also axed by the Vatican for alleged sexual abuse.
In spite of the Vatican's legal stance in the worldwide catholic priest abuse crisis -- i.e. that bishops and priests outside of Rome are not employed by the Holy See -- the firing of these two accused sexually abusive hierarchs was swift and decisive and clearly Vatican and pope mandated.
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It is no small item, therefore, when a nuncio is fired by the Vatican while being investigated for child sexual abuse, and when that firing is done in a secretive and clandestine manner.
Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia item describing a 'papal nuncio'.
"A Papal Nuncio (officially known as an Apostolic Nuncio) is a permanent diplomatic representative (head of diplomatic mission) of the Holy See to a state or international organization (e.g., the Arab League), having the rank of an ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, usually with the ecclesiastical rank of titular archbishop. Under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a papal nuncio is an ambassador like those from any other country. However, the Vienna Convention allows the receiving state to grant seniority of precedence to the papal nuncio over others of ambassadorial rank accredited to the same country, and may grant the deanship of that country's diplomatic corps to the nuncio regardless of seniority.
In addition, the Nuncio serves as the liaison between the Holy See and the Roman Catholic diocesan episcopate in the nation or region to which he is assigned. The national or regional episcopate is usually supervised by a national conference of bishops, whose presiding officer is often the highest ranking bishop or archbishop of that nation, or is elected from the diocesean ordinaries of the nation or region."
Read the full item in Wikipedia
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Vatican secretly fires papal nuncio to Dominican Republic under investigation for child sexual abuse, covers story for weeksThe New York Times yesterday reported that the authorities in the Dominican Republic would look into rumors of child sexual abuse involving the papal envoy there after he was abruptly removed from his post by the Vatican. A Vatican spokesman-priest, Federico Lombardi, confirmed that Archbishop Josef Wesolowski had been removed from his post a few weeks ago and that the church was conducting an investigation of him. He declined to provide any further details.
It is disturbing that the current pope has acted in a clandestine fashion in this, following the patterns of bishops worldwide who coverup crimes and investigations to save face for the church.
Read the full story in the New York Times ...
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Childhood sexual abuse has no sense of economic status, ethnicity, gender or celebrity. One in four girls and one in six boys are victims of child sexual abuse.
WASHINGTON, August 9, 2013 — Michael Reagan is the adopted son of former president Ronald Reagan and actress Jane Wyman. He is also a survivor of child abuse and child pornography.
Read 'Michael Reagan speaks out on child abuse' on the Washington Times Communities website
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A federal judge in Wisconsin handed down an opinion yesterday granting the Catholic Church — and indeed, potentially all religious institutions — such sweeping immunity from federal bankruptcy law that it is not clear that it would permit any plaintiff to successfully sue any church in any court. While the ostensible issue in this case is whether over $50 million in church funds are shielded from a bankruptcy proceeding triggered largely by a flood of clerical sex abuse claims against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Judge Rudolph Randa reads the church’s constitutional and legal right to religious liberty so broadly as to render religious institutions immune from much of the law.
Read more on 'Abuse Tracker' on the Bishop Accountability website
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Groups in Mexico seek to halt canonization of John Paul II until clear if he had part in cover up of priest sex abuseA group of organizations in Mexico asked the Vatican to stop the canonization process of John Paul II until the United Nations concludes its investigation as to whether the late Pope had any part in the conspiracy to cover up for the priests that have been accused of pedophilia.
"We demand a stop to Pope John Paul's canonization process until it is clear if he had any responsibility in these cases," a statement published in the Ecclesiastical Observatory blog reads.
The petition is signed by Catholics for a Free Choice, the Ecclesiastical Observatory, the former members of the Legonaries of Christ congregation Jose Barba Martin and Saul Barrales, investigator Fernando M. Gonzalez, former priest Alberto Athié and Jesus Alberto Romero, a victim of sexual abuse.
The UN, through its Committee For Children's Rights, has requested information on cases of sexual abuse of children from the Vatican. "The time has come for the highest authorities of the Vatican State to be held accountable to legitimate authorities grounded in international law," the statement continues.
Read the full story in Latinos Post ...
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Dolan 'hid' $57m from sex abuse victims by parking money in cemetery 'trust' fund; Vatican approval immediate
"Files released last Monday by the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee revealed that in 2007 Cardinal Timothy Dolan requested permission from the Vatican to move almost $57 million into a cemetery trust fund to protect the assets from victims of sexual abuse who were demanding compensation.
As (a NY Times) editorial put it “Cardinal Dolan wrote rather cynically in his 2007 letter to the Vatican . . . ‘I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability’.” The Vatican approved his request within five weeks." -- Irish Times
A New York Times editorial has described as “shocking” revelations that the Cardinal Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, moved $57 million off the archdiocesan books into a cemetery trust fund six years ago to prevent the money being paid to victims of clerical child sex abuse.
Dolan is also president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The editorial said “newly released court documents make it clear that he sought and received fast approval from the Vatican to transfer the money just as the Wisconsin Supreme Court was about to open the door to damage suits by victims raped and abused as children by Roman Catholic clergy.”
It noted also that “the documents showed how the Vatican slowly took years to allow dioceses to defrock embarrassing priests. Yet the same bureaucracy approved Cardinal Dolan’s $57 million transfer just days after the Wisconsin court allowed victims’ damage suits.” -- Irish Times
"Tragic as the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church has been, it is shocking to discover that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, moved $57 million off the archdiocesan books into a cemetery trust fund six years ago in order to protect the money from damage suits by victims of abuse by priests." -- NY Times
Read Irish Times story: Cardinal Dolan 'hid' $57m from sex abuse victims
Read NY Times editorial: Cardinal Dolan and the Sexual Abuse Scandal
Read NY Times story: Dolan Sought to Protect Church Assets, Files Show
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Virginia pastor extradited to Ft Worth on charges of sexual assault on minors; reports bring others forwardFORT WORTH -- A Virginia pastor was extradited to Texas Friday to face charges he sexually abused two Fort Worth girls under the age of 14 while he was here.
Geronimo Aguilar ran a large church in Richmond, Virginia, called The Richmond Outreach Center and was arrested this week to face justice in Texas. Recent TV news reports in Virginia uncovered a string of alleged inappropriate sexual relationships Aguilar had with young church members.
Those reports led two more adult women to come forward.
Read the full story on the WFAA website
From 'Psychological Effects of Abuse Why it is not an affair' on the SNAPNetwork website:
- A true consenting adult relationship can only occur between more-or-less equally empowered individuals. It is never a relationship between equals when one half of the relationship refers to the other half as Father or Reverend.
- Secret, sexual relations between a cleric and congregant are circumstancially and psychologically akin to incest and therefore as emotionally damaging of adult as child victims. (sources: Rutter, Sex in the Forbidden Zone: Plante, et al, Bless Me Father, for I Have Sinned; Carnes, The Betrayal Bond, Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, FaithTrust Alliance)
Read 'Psychological effects of abuse - Why it is not an affair' on the SNAP national website
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Minnesota house and senate pass bill allowing lawsuits against churches who covered up sexual abuse for yearsST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would allow lawsuits against churches, schools and other organizations that may have covered up child sexual abuse decades ago.
The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 66-0. A similar bill overwhelmingly passed the House last week. Katharine Tinucci, a spokeswoman for Gov. Mark Dayton, said in an email that she expects the governor will sign it.
Past victims of child sexual abuse said the vote was a relief after years of similar yet unsuccessful efforts to achieve it.
Read more about this monumental achievement in survivors' rights and Justice:
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More resignations In controversy surrounding NJ pedophile priest accused of defying order to cease ministry to childrenCOLTS NECK, N.J. The pastor and two youth ministers at a Catholic church where a visiting priest violated a lifetime ban on ministry to children have stepped down from their posts, the latest fallout in an escalating scandal enveloping Newark Archbishop John J. Myers.
The shake-up comes a week after it was disclosed that Michael Fugee, a priest of the neighboring Archdiocese of Newark, had been involved with a youth group in defiance of an agreement that bars him from ministering to children or holding any position in which children are involved. Fugee, 52, agreed to the terms in 2007 to avoid retrial on charges that he abused a 13-year-old boy. The Newark Archdiocese also signed on to the agreement, pledging to supervise Fugee and to keep him away from children.
But the supervision was, at best, lax, allowing the priest to interact with minors not only at St. Mary’s but at Holy Family Catholic Church in Nutley, N.J., where Fugee is friends with the pastor.
Read the full story in the Huffington Post
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7,000 documents detailing priest sexual abuse released in what victim's attorney calls 'most abusive process of discovery I've ever seen'Chicago Tribune reported on Thursday the release of approximately 7,000 documents detailing the extent of sexual abuse by priests in the diocese of Joliet, Ill. in the suburban Chicago area. The documents state that between 1973 and 1988, more than 10 percent of the diocese's priests were credibly charged with abuse.
Release of the material was due largely to the determination of a boy (now 38) who was sexually abused when making his first confession at the age of 8 in his home parish in Mokena, Ill. His lawyer, Terrence Johnson, said getting the records "was the worst, most abusive process of discovery I've ever seen."
"Sure. Sex and the priests, let's blast it all over the place. Never let it go." -- Joseph Imesch, Joliet bishop during the abuse, after being confronted by the Tribune
"(This) was the worst, most abusive process of discovery I've ever seen." -- Terence Johnson, victim's attorney
Read 'Files detail decades of abuse in Joliet Diocese' in the Chicago Tribune ...
Ready 'Major sex abuse uncovered in Joliet, Ill., diocese' in National Catholic Reporter ...
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"Many bishops in Latin America have covered up and have denied having abuse in their countries. ... a secret kept by the Catholic hierarchy and that is repeated in many countries in Latin America. ...
"In Chile there are 32 bishops and at least half of them have covered up abuse. ... They are still not taking it seriously.
"It is very difficult in Latin America because of the culture of reverence to the Catholic Church and the power that it has in the region ... it is very difficult to bring something up and not have it crushed by judges that are easily dominated by these groups.
"There are reports of abuse in several Latin American countries but the power and control that the Church exercises there is so much that they are constantly crushed and denied.
"We need a Pope that deals with the powerful and secretive bishops like the ones in Latin America and has the courage to confront them and let so many good priests take the reins of a ship that is sinking in the region."
Read the entire post on the SNAP Network website ...
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13 March 2013
"It is always hopeful when someone new takes office. We often assume that the new person will be better than the last person, especially in a scandal ridden institution.
But that assumption is reckless. There’s no guarantee that a new person means a new direction.
Our hope is that the new Pope is that he will be bold and courageous in tackling the centuries-old and ongoing abuse and cover up crisis in the church. It’s long-standing, deeply-entrenched and tragically pervasive. Real reform may well take decades.
To help the institution he loves, Pope Benedict resigned. We hope that this pope will take similarly radical steps to protect children.
Actions, not words protect kids. While long on words, apologies and promises, Benedict was short on decisive action. We hope his successor will be different. We strongly urge him to start by harshly disciplining prelates who are enabling or have enabled child molesting clerics, be they priests, nuns, seminarians, bishops or cardinals.
And we urge Catholics to judge him on the concrete steps he may take to stop the abuse and cover-up, not on the vague pledges he may make about the crisis.
We in SNAP will continue to do everything in our power to safeguard children, expose wrongdoing and heal victims. We will keep working to hold those who commit and conceal heinous crimes against children responsible, and see that they are prosecuted and convicted and kept away from kids. We will vigorously push to reform predator friendly abuse laws, so that more wounded victims can warn families and protect kids through the justice system. We beg compassionate and concerned Catholics to join us in this struggle.
No one man caused this crisis; no one man can remedy it either. Every single person who sees, suspects or suffers child sex crimes in the church must report, and preferably to secular authorities, not church figures. Complacency protects no one. Only vigilance protects the vulnerable."
Read the post on the SNAPNetwork website ...
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