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The top administrator of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resigned after a Catholic media site told the conference it had access to cellphone data that appeared to show he was a regular user of Grindr, the queer dating app, and frequented gay bars.

 

Some privacy experts said that they couldn’t recall other instances of phone data being de-anonymized and reported publicly, but that it’s not illegal and will likely happen more as people come to understand what data is available about others.

 

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New pedophile scandal rocks French Catholic Church

 

he French Catholic Church has had an estimated 3,000 paedophiles in its ranks over the past 70 years, the head of an independent commission investigating the sex abuse scandal said in an interview published on Sunday. 

 

  The scandal in the French Church is the latest to hit the Roman Catholic Church, which has been rocked by sexual abuse scandals around the world, often involving children, over the past 20 years. 

 

  The French commission is due to publish its findings on Tuesday, marking the culmination of 2-1/2 years of work, probing allegations of abuse going back to the 1950s. 

 

  "We have estimated the number (of paedophiles) as standing at 3,000, out of 115,000 priests and religious officials, going back to the 1950s," commission head Jean-Marc Sauve told the Journal du Dimanche paper. 

 

  A spokesperson representing the French Catholic Bishops' Conference declined to comment on Sauve's remarks. 

 

  A Vatican spokesperson said it would wait for the full report to be published before deciding on whether to comment. 

 

  In June, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis was a worldwide "catastrophe". 

 

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Pope Benedict XVI knew of abusive priests when he ran Munich archdiocese, investigators say

 

Pope Benedict XVI knew about priests who abused children but failed to act when he was archbishop of Munich from 1977 to 1982, an inquest found Thursday, rejecting Benedict's long-standing denials in a damning judgment.

 

"He was informed about the facts," lawyer Martin Pusch said, as the Westpfahl Spilker Wastl law firm announced the findings of an investigation into historic sexual abuse at the Munich Archdiocese over several decades. The report was commissioned by the church itself.


"We believe that he can be accused of misconduct in four cases," Pusch said. "Two of these cases concern abuses committed during his tenure and sanctioned by the state. In both cases, the perpetrators remained active in pastoral care."


Benedict responded to the report later on Thursday, expressing his "pain and shame" for abuse in the church. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Benedict's private secretary, told Vatican News: "Until this afternoon, Benedict XVI did not have the report from the legal firm ... which is more than 1,000 pages. In the next few days, he will examine the text with due attention."


The secretary added that the former Pope "expresses his pain and shame for the abuses of minors committed by priests [and] manifests his personal closeness and his prayers for all the victims, some of whom he met with during his apostolic trips."


Benedict has previously repeatedly rejected claims that he knowingly covered up abuse, including in 2013 when he wrote: "I can only, as you know, acknowledge it with profound consternation. But I never tried to cover up these things."

 

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Catholic Diocese of Sacramento may go bankrupt, faces 200 sexual abuse cases

 

The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento could go bankrupt as it faces hundreds of lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors, a letter from Bishop Jaime Soto reads.

 

"I am committed to resolving all claims as fairly as possible," Soto said in the letter. "Given the number of claims that have been presented, however, resolving them may overwhelm the diocese's finances available to satisfy such claims. This financial challenge is unlike anything we have faced before. I must consider what options are available to us, should the diocese become insolvent."

 

The letter sent to the community on Sunday explains that the more than 200 lawsuits were filed because of a California law that removes the time limit for filing child sex abuse claims. Before Assembly Bill 218 passed in 2018, people had three years from the time of the reported abuse before it would be barred from consideration in a court.

 

Soto said the Diocese of Sacramento's situation was featured in the March/April issue of the Catholic Herald magazine.

 

The Diocese of Sacramento is one of the multiple other dioceses in Northern California facing civil claims that are being overseen in a special proceeding by a judge in Alameda County.

 

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Maryland AG report into Archdiocese of Baltimore alleges 156 Catholic clergy members and others abused more than 600 children

 

A report from Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown released Wednesday alleges 156 Catholic clergy members and others abused at least 600 children over the course of more than six decades.

 

“From the 1940s through 2002, over a hundred priests and other Archdiocese personnel engaged in horrific and repeated abuse of the most vulnerable children in their communities while Archdiocese leadership looked the other way,” the report reads. “Time and again, members of the Church’s hierarchy resolutely refused to acknowledge allegations of child sexual abuse for as long as possible.”

 

The report lists descriptions of graphic sexual and physical abuse allegations: It includes stories of how some alleged abusers provided victims with alcohol and drugs and describes in vivid detail how they coerced and forced victims to perform sexual acts.

 

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Disclaimer: I’m not in any way defending the RCC. However, this thread seems to have somehow limited itself to discussing the RCC, when it appears to me the major mistake they made was trying to somewhat come clean. That only allowed for more scrutiny and more negative press. If they were smart, they would have followed the JDubs’ playbook and the whole thing might have mostly blown over by now. FWIW, the Southern Baptists and Mormons are no slouches in this department either. Other churches have used the RCC to take the heat while snickering and making jokes about pedo priests while their own organizations are in some cases probably as bad, or maybe worse than the RCC. 
 

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A SECRET DATABASE OF CHILD ABUSE

In March 1997, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, the nonprofit organization that oversees the Jehovah’s Witnesses, sent a letter to each of its 10,883 U.S. congregations, and to many more congregations worldwide. The organization was concerned about the legal risk posed by possible child molesters within its ranks. The letter laid out instructions on how to deal with a known predator: Write a detailed report answering 12 questions—Was this a onetime occurrence, or did the accused have a history of child molestation? How is the accused viewed within the community? Does anyone else know about the abuse?—and mail it to Watchtower’s headquarters in a special blue envelope. Keep a copy of the report in your congregation’s confidential file, the instructions continued, and do not share it with anyone.

Thus did the Jehovah’s Witnesses build what might be the world’s largest database of undocumented child molesters: at least two decades’ worth of names and addresses—likely numbering in the tens of thousands—and detailed acts of alleged abuse, most of which have never been shared with law enforcement, all scanned and searchable in a Microsoft SharePoint file. In recent decades, much of the world’s attention to allegations of abuse has focused on the Catholic Church and other religious groups. Less notice has been paid to the abuse among the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian sect with more than 8.5 million members. Yet all this time, Watchtower has refused to comply with multiple court orders to release the information contained in its database and has paid millions of dollars over the years to keep it secret, even from the survivors whose stories are contained within.

That effort has been remarkably successful—until recently…

 

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You get what you vote for.
We'll see how this goes once Jimmy Bob MAGA realizes someone will be looking at his daughter so she can play little league.
 

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WCSO: Directors at Catholic school, children's program arrested in child predator sting

 

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, two directors of programs including or targeted toward children were some of the people arrested in a child sexual predator sting.

 

On April 13, 2023, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office conducted a child predator sting where undercover investigators used multiple dating applications, social media sites, and other online platforms to pose as underage boys and girls.

 

 

The following people were arrested for the felony crimes of luring a minor and online sexual corruption of a child in the first degree:

  • Sean Baba, 29, of Portland. Baba was working as the Director of Music Ministry at St. Pius X Church and School in the Cedar Mill community. The church and school were notified of his arrest and have fully cooperated with the investigation.
  • Te’Vari Jenkins, 26, of Gresham. Jenkins was working as a Director of Child Development Programs for the Club K program in the Wilsonville area.
  • Henry Banegas Interiano, 26, of Portland
  • Ethan Caddy, 19, of Vancouver
  • Sincere Peoples, 21, of Beaverton
  • Jackson T. West, 27, of Portland,

 

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Sincere Peoples has an easy defense. He can just say he thought he was looking at appropriately aged people and just couldn't see them. Hell, he could probably just as easily have the charges dropped by saying he thought he was ordering lunch.

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US judge who ruled in favor of church in key abuse case donated to archdiocese

 

A federal judge donated tens of thousands of dollars to New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese and consistently ruled in favor of the church amid a contentious bankruptcy involving nearly 500 clergy sex abuse victims, an Associated Press investigation has found, but the judge won’t step down from the case.

 

Confronted with AP’s findings, which had not been previously reported, US district judge Greg Guidry abruptly convened attorneys on a call last week to tell them his charitable giving “has been brought to my attention” and he would consider recusal from the high-profile bankruptcy he oversees in an appellate role.

 

“Naturally,” Guidry told them, “I will take no further action in this case until this question has been resolved.”

 

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Maryland AG report into Archdiocese of Baltimore alleges 156 Catholic clergy members and others abused more than 600 children

 

A report from Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown released Wednesday alleges 156 Catholic clergy members and others abused at least 600 children over the course of more than six decades.

 

“From the 1940s through 2002, over a hundred priests and other Archdiocese personnel engaged in horrific and repeated abuse of the most vulnerable children in their communities while Archdiocese leadership looked the other way,” the report reads. “Time and again, members of the Church’s hierarchy resolutely refused to acknowledge allegations of child sexual abuse for as long as possible.”

 

The report lists descriptions of graphic sexual and physical abuse allegations: It includes stories of how some alleged abusers provided victims with alcohol and drugs and describes in vivid detail how they coerced and forced victims to perform sexual acts.

 

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On 4/6/2023 at 7:30 AM, The Sisko said:

Disclaimer: I’m not in any way defending the RCC. However, this thread seems to have somehow limited itself to discussing the RCC, when it appears to me the major mistake they made was trying to somewhat come clean. That only allowed for more scrutiny and more negative press. If they were smart, they would have followed the JDubs’ playbook and the whole thing might have mostly blown over by now. FWIW, the Southern Baptists and Mormons are no slouches in this department either. Other churches have used the RCC to take the heat while snickering and making jokes about pedo priests while their own organizations are in some cases probably as bad, or maybe worse than the RCC. 
 

 

 

On 4/6/2023 at 7:59 AM, TheGreatBuzz said:

I renew my call for these churches to be labeled criminal organizations and shut down.

 

On 4/6/2023 at 8:27 AM, Bang said:

Presumably God is OK with it.

 

Because fairy tales can be anything you want, even ones that pretend moral superiority.
 

 

~Bang

 

Just a reminder that the same people who keep screaming about pedophilia because they are supposedly so concerned about it, want the church (who is actually the biggest collection of monsters who have sexually abused children, enabled the abuse of children, and covered up the abuse of children) to be the moral authority of our country.

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Church members in shock about pastor’s arrest on child sex charges

 

Church members and neighbors are in shock after the pastor of a Franklin church was arrested for sexually exploiting minors.

 

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said Daryl Hayes, 50, was charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. He is the lead pastor at Berry’s Chapel Church of Christ. He is accused of using the church’s internet connection to upload images of child sex abuse online.

 

“Oh, my goodness. Are children safe anywhere?” Debby Leddy, a church member who lives near the church, said.

 

Leddy is just one of many Berry’s Chapel church members confused about the pastor’s arrest.

 

“It’s very shocking because we don’t know where we can have our kids safe, and we don’t know people as well as we thought we did,” Leddy said.

 

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@The Sisko  Feel better now?  I don't.  I think one of the issues is with the RCC it is a large church with systemic problems where large numbers are reported at a time, whereas with the other churches, there are probably just as many incidences but they are broken up among a lot of little churches, so the numbers aren't reported as being as big.

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Seminary-Trained Professor Charged in Revolting Child Sex Abuse Sting

 

A California college professor with a background in religious studies is facing federal charges after allegedly trying to arrange sex with a girl he thought was just seven years old—but turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

 

University of the Pacific Assoc. Prof. Rod Githens promised to bring the child “her favorite chocolate bar (Hershey's Dark Chocolate with Almonds) and an Ariel doll,” according to a newly unsealed—and extremely disturbing—criminal complaint, referring to the lead character from The Little Mermaid.

 

“It's totally not fantasy for me,” Githens told the undercover agent in a series of shockingly graphic messages. The agent, the complaint says, was posing online as a “‘taboo-friendly’ uncle” in Fresno that had “a 7-year-old niece with whom he was sexually active.”

 

Githens served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Innovation and is now the Alexandra Greene Ottesen Endowed Chair for Leadership & Organization Development at the Methodist-affiliated school, which has campuses in Stockton and Sacramento. He has a PhD and a Master’s in Human Resource Development, and did graduate coursework in religious studies at the Chicago Theological Seminary after graduating from Lincoln Christian College with a BS in Religious Studies.

 

“Our goal is to help you serve and lead in the church and the world by preparing you for a lifetime of knowing God’s word, engaging God’s world, and pursuing God’s will,” Lincoln’s website tells prospective students.

 

Githens also runs a consulting practice, which he says helps “people, groups, and organizations bring out their best and attain the results they seek in the world.”

 

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Oakland Diocese files bankruptcy over child sex abuse lawsuits

 

The Diocese of Oakland is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to child sex abuse claims, it announced Monday in a press release. The diocese says it faces more than 330 lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse.

 

According to the release, Catholic schools in operation under the Oakland Diocese are part of separate legal entities and are not included in the bankruptcy filing. Employees and vendors will also be paid as usual with employee benefits continuing uninterrupted, the release continues.

 

“After careful consideration of the various alternatives for providing just compensation to innocent people who were harmed, we believe this process is the best way to ensure a fair and equitable outcome for survivors,” said Bishop Michael C. Barber. “It will also allow RCBO to stabilize its finances and continue the sacred mission entrusted to us by Christ and the Church. Given our current financial resources, RCBO could not shoulder the burden of litigating 330 cases filed under the recent California Assembly Bill 218.”

 

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Child sex abuse by Illinois Catholic clergy spans state and decades, AG investigation finds

 

A long-awaited five year investigation has turned up hundreds of new horror stories of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests in Illinois, the attorney general alleged on Tuesday morning.

 

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul's "Report on Catholic Clergy Child Sex Abuse in Illinois" is 696 pages long was was unveiled at a downtown Chicago briefing with reporters.

 

The report focuses on decades of old and new abuse cases in the state's six dioceses: Belleville, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford, and Springfield and Chicago, which is known as an Archdiocese due to its large size.

 

Nearly 2,000 survivors of Catholic church sexual abuse in Illinois were documented by state investigators, according to the attorney general.

 

Nearly every survivor exhibited "some form of mental health challenge in the years after the abuse" the authorities determined.

 

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