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Category: Clergy Abuse

August 20, 2018

Over 300 ‘predator priests’ in Pennsylvania accused of abuse in grand jury report

A scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report released Tuesday reveals decades of child abuse allegations against more than 300 accused “predator priests” as well as claims that Roman Catholic Church leaders covered up the crimes and obstructed justice in order to avoid scandal. More than 1,000 child victims were identifiable from the church’s own records, according to the report.     “We believe that the real number — of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward — is in the thousands,” the grand jury said. “Today, Pennsylvanians can learn the extent of sexual abuse in […]
June 28, 2018

Victim’s Attorney, Jeff Herman, Announces Filing Of Lawsuit Against Catholic Diocese Of Allentown, PA

BOCA RATON, Fla., June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Victim’s attorney Jeff Herman announces the filing of a lawsuit against the Diocese of Allentown and Rev. Msgr. Francis Nave in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Click here for complaint.   The suit alleges that in 2012, when the victim was 16 years old, he was contacted through a gay social media website by Reverend Monsignor Francis Nave. He told Monsignor Nave in the first communication that he was 16. At all relevant times, Monsignor Nave was the Pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Bath, Pennsylvania and is presently the Director of the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Allentown. The victim was in a depressed state and Monsignor […]

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June 27, 2018

Allentown Diocese removes monsignor, alerts authorities of sex abuse allegation, after lawsuit filed by Jeff Herman of Herman Law

he pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Bath allegedly encouraged a teen he was counseling online to take his clothes off and perform sex acts, a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Philadelphia says.The suit charges that Msgr. Francis Nave persuaded the boy, who was 16 when the online counseling sessions began in 2011, to disrobe and commit sex acts. In a statement Wednesday, the Allentown Diocese said it was unaware of the allegations or the lawsuit and that upon hearing about it from The Morning Call, contacted law enforcement and removed Nave from ministry, pending the result of an investigation. Nave […]

Accused Catholic Clergy

June 21, 2018

Pa. Supreme Court blocks release of grand jury report into clergy sex abuse

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state Supreme Court has blocked the release of grand jury report into child sex abuse allegations in six Catholic dioceses. In an order released Wednesday, the Supreme Court justices said they granted an application for a stay that would halt Judge Norman Krumenacker III and the attorney general’s office from releasing the first report of the grand jury “pending further order of this court.” No other documents were made available to the public, per the order. “My legal team and I will continue fighting tirelessly to make sure the victims of this abuse are able to […]
April 24, 2018

Two priests suspended amid probe of sexual abuse allegations

Two Buffalo-area priests were put on leave this past weekend as the Diocese of Buffalo investigates complaints of childhood sexual abuse. Bishop Richard J. Malone suspended the Rev. Samuel J. Venne and the Rev. Arthur S. Smith from ministry due to allegations that the priests behaved inappropriately with minors. Venne, who is retired, regularly celebrated Masses at St. Stephen Church on Grand Island. His administrative leave was announced to parishioners at Masses this past weekend. Smith was working at Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta parish in Depew. Parishioners there also were informed at Masses this past weekend in a letter […]
March 22, 2018

Actor and activist Corey Feldman challenging Senate GOP on Child Victims Act

Written by THOMAS McCARTHY, Gazette staff writer on March 21, 2018 Actor Corey Feldman and Team USA volleyball player Sarah Powers-Barnhard have joined the fight to push Senate Republicans to pass the Child Victims Act. A coalition called “New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators” is gaining supporters in its drive to finally pass the Child Victims Act (S.809) this legislative session. Feldman hopes that his endorsement of the bill will help bring attention to the legislation in New York and apply pressure to those trying to keep it off the Senate floor. “I am blessed to be in this. I hope […]
March 8, 2018

A Tennessee Pastor Indicted on 47 Charges Related to Child Sex Abuse

COVINGTON, Tenn. — A Tennessee pastor has been indicted on 47 charges related to sexual abuse of minors. Tipton County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Billy Daugherty told WREG-TV in Memphis that 39-year-old Ronnie Gorton has been accused by three people, including one under the age of 13. Gorton was indicted Monday and jailed Tuesday. He declined to answer questions from reporters as he entered jail. He is the former pastor of Awakening Church in Atoka. Gorton faces one count of rape, 16 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, 17 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, five counts of aggravated […]
January 23, 2018

Pope Francis partially apologized for last week’s brusque attack on victims of sex abuse by the clergy

Pope Francis partially apologized for last week’s brusque attack on victims of sex abuse by the clergy.  Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston and the chairman of the Vatican’s commission on sexual abuse, also was critical of the pope’s comments, saying in a statement that he understands how Francis’ words were a “source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy or any other perpetrator.”    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pope-francis-apology-sex-abuse_us_5a65fe55e4b0e5630071c663        
December 28, 2017

Fundamentalists Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sued for Sexual Abuse of Minors

Salt Lake City, UT – Fundamentalists Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) is accused of sexual “religious rituals” with underage girls in court documents filed this week.  The documents state that leaders of FLDS would watch, tape and participate in the sexual rituals with underage girls between the ages of 8 and 14.  According to the article on the ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, these victims were the children of church members, members who were told the rituals were meant, “to accomplish this doctrinal goal of the FLDS Church to raise up good priesthood children.”  Within the […]

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October 12, 2017

Former Virginia Beach Youth Pastor Sentenced for Sexual Assault

Virginia Beach, VA – Jeffrey Bondi, a former youth pastor at Galilee Episcopal Church, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for felony sexual penetration. The victim, now 34-year-old Margaret Anne Viola, reported Bondi sexually assaulted her when she was 18.  Viola knew Bondi from her church and was asked to babysit his children.  According to the Virginian-Pilot, Bondi returned home that evening, laid down by Viola on the couch, touched her and penetrated her with his fingers. Viola reported the assault to an employee of Galilee Church the next day.  Bondi was asked to resign, but the police were […]

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