November 11, 2018
Urbano Vazquez, yet another priest abusing children
D.C. police have arrested a Catholic priest and charged him with sexually assaulting a child.
Metropolitan Police on Wednesday arrested the Rev. Urbano Vazquez, 46, on charges of second-degree child sexual abuse.
Father Vazquez was the parochial vicar at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart parish in Columbia Heights.
The Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday it had suspended Father Vazquez last month after it learned of an assault allegation against him. The Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, which oversees Sacred Heart parish, reported the alleged incident to the archdiocese, which then informed D.C. police.
“This was the first report to the Archdiocese of this allegation of sexual abuse,” the archdiocese said in a written statement. “Since the initial claim to police, additional allegations against Father Vazquez were reported.”
Ohio Catholic priest arrested for having sex on church property with a 17-year-old girl who is now pregnant with his baby – and cops found a used pregnancy test at his home
November 1, 2018
Christopher Foxhoven, keeping up the Catholic tradition of child rape
- Rev. Christopher Foxhoven was charged with face eight counts of sexual battery
- Foxhoven, 45, admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, who is now pregnant with his child
- Diocese of Steubenville say they notified the police as soon as they found out
- The priest is now barred from church property, held on $1 million cash bond
An Ohio priest is facing charges after his diocese said he admitted to having a relationship with 17-year-old girl who is now pregnant.
Father Christopher Foxhoven, 45, was the pastor at Holy Cross and St. Mary of the Hill parishes in the Diocese of Steubenville near Pittsburgh, 10TV reports.
According to the Athens County prosecutor, the teen was an altar girl at Holy Cross in Glouster.
Both Foxhoven and the girl told her parents that she was pregnant.
Foxhoven is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with the girl between August and October of this year, however the prosecutor said their relationship lasted three years. Which means she was 14 when he started fucking her.
The Diocese in Steubenville reported the allegations to the Athens County Sheriff’s Office when they became aware of them on October 27.
Foxhoven was immediately suspended from taking any kind of religious service and was barred from coming into the church.
November 1, 2018
Jerome Coyle, abusing children with the church’s silence to defend him from prosecution
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese acknowledged Wednesday that it concealed for decades a priest’s admission that he sexually abused dozens of Iowa boys — a silence that may have put other children in danger.
The Rev. Jerome Coyle, now 85, was stripped of his parish assignments in the 1980s but never defrocked. And it was not until this week, after The Associated Press inquired about him, that he was publicly identified by the church as an admitted pedophile, even though the Diocese of Sioux City had been aware of his conduct for 32 years.
The diocese recently helped Coyle move into a retirement home in Fort Dodge, Iowa, without informing administrators at the Catholic school across the street.
In 1986, Coyle reported his “history of sexual attraction to and contact with boys” to Sioux City’s bishop, revealing that he had victimized approximately 50 youngsters over a 20-year period while serving in several Iowa parishes , according to a private letter written in February by the diocese vicar general and obtained by the AP.
The diocese told the AP on Wednesday that it never contacted police or informed the public after Coyle’s admission.
“The diocese admits it could have been handled better,” diocese spokeswoman Susan O’Brien said. But she said the policies in place at the time did not call for notifying police or the public.
Instead, the diocese at the time announced without explanation that Coyle was taking a six-month medical leave of absence. Church officials transferred him to a treatment center in New Mexico, the Servants of the Paraclete, where other accused priests nationwide were once commonly sent.
Coyle was stripped of his ability to lead Mass and otherwise function as a priest. But he never faced further punishment and lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, until recently, retaining the title “father” and collecting financial assistance from the diocese.
In 1986, the diocese was aware of one complaint against Coyle from a college student but did not have that man’s name, O’Brien said. That individual and another now-adult victim have come forward in recent weeks, and their allegations against Coyle will be reported to police, she said.
His total number of victims could be higher than 50 because the diocese remains “uncertain of an accurate number,” O’Brien said.
Coyle is unlikely to be prosecuted for any of his long-ago offenses because the statute of limitation has run out. He has not been named in any civil suits, and O’Brien said the diocese has never paid a settlement related to him.
He has not been publicly accused of molesting any minors in the past three decades, but lawyers and detectives are looking into what he has been up to since 1986. Fort Dodge police interviewed Coyle and searched his apartment last month after being tipped off that he was living near a school.
Coyle declined to comment Friday after answering the door at his apartment.
The bishop to whom Coyle reported his abuse, Lawrence Soens, retired in 1998. A review board later found that Soens himself had abused students when he was a priest and parochial school principal.
As a member of the clergy, Soens was not a mandatory reporter — someone obligated to tell police about child abuse allegations — under Iowa law. But critics said he still should have called authorities, sought to have Coyle defrocked, alerted the public and asked victims to come forward. Soen’s whereabouts are unknown.
Unlike other dioceses, Sioux City has never released a list of priests who have been credibly accused, despite calls from victims to do so.
“The Sioux City diocese covers everything up,” said attorney Scott Rhinehart, who has represented dozens of victims and calls the diocese a “haven for pedophile priests.”
The case has come to light amid a push by prosecutors around the country to hold the church accountable, not just for the sexual abuse of youngsters but for efforts to shield accused priests. In recent months, authorities in at least a dozen states have opened investigations, and federal prosecutors have launched an unprecedented statewide probe in Pennsylvania.
The diocese privately revealed Coyle’s past in a letter to a Catholic couple who had been allowing Coyle to live at their Albuquerque home after he was injured in a 2017 car accident. The letter warned the couple, Reuben and Tania Ortiz, that the diocese “cannot condone the risk you take” in allowing Coyle to live with their three teenage children.
“The letter was very scary for us as parents,” said Reuben Ortiz, who had been friends with Coyle for years and was unaware of the extent of his abuse. He said that he confronted Coyle and that the priest could not guarantee that he would be able to refrain from fondling his son. But Coyle had nowhere to go and continued living there until June, when deacons from Sioux City moved him back to Iowa.
“I was up day and night for days sometimes, patrolling my own house,” Reuben Ortiz said.
In the letter to Ortiz, and a similar one to Coyle, Vicar General Bradley Pelzel tried to discourage the priest from moving back to Iowa. He said the boys Coyle molested would now be men between the ages of 45 and 70, and they “could potentially encounter him and be retraumatized by the memories that would surface.”
The diocese offered to increase Coyle’s monthly retirement assistance by $575 so that he could afford an assisted living home in New Mexico. But that idea didn’t work out, and the church instead helped him move to Fort Dodge, into a care facility adjacent to Saint Edmonds Catholic School, whose students routinely visit.
Lawyers for the Ortiz family said the case illustrates how the church’s secrecy poses a continuing risk to children. They urged Coyle’s victims to share their stories, saying they have been “suffering in silence.”
“This is the time for Father Coyle’s victims to seek justice, and the time for the church to account for its cover-up,” said attorney Levi Monagle.
Experts called the Sioux City letter extraordinary for its written acknowledgment of abuse and continuing concealment.
“The letter shows in black and white that the system of covering up continues to this day, even after everything that’s occurred,” said attorney Craig Levien, who has represented dozens of abuse victims.
October 31, 2018
Wayland Yoder Brown, just can’t stop raping children
A 76-year-old former Catholic priest who already has served jail time for molesting boys in Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison in South Carolina for raping boys from a middle school four decades ago.
Wayland Yoder Brown wore his priest collar while attacking the boys, then prayed the rosary with them, Solicitor Duffie Stone said.
“He not only violated the trust of children, but violated their faith. He used the Catholic faith against them,” Stone said in a news conference after Brown’s guilty plea.
Brown already served five years of a 10-year sentence in Maryland for sexually abusing two other boys. Pope John Paul II dismissed him from the priesthood after that 2004 conviction.
Brown’s guilty plea comes as the Roman Catholic Church in the United States is under increased scrutiny for its handling of sex abuse cases. A Pennsylvania grand jury report in August found about 300 Catholic priests had abused more than 1,000 children statewide since the 1940s. Federal investigators are taking a closer look at those cases to see if church leaders covered up for abusive priests.
In South Carolina, Brown faced up to 210 years in prison on the nine counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Stone said he took the plea deal because the 20-year sentence almost guarantees Brown dies in prison and also requires him to talk to investigators about anything he knows from his years with the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, and other churches.
Victim Chris Templeton told reporters in a news conference outside the courtroom he isn’t sure what Brown knows.
But if others in the church knew about the abuse and did nothing, “Hold them just as responsible as the man who raped me,” Templeton said.
The investigation into Brown started in 2016 when the Diocese of Savannah paid $4.5 million to settle a lawsuit by a man who said Brown sexually abused him. Georgia authorities couldn’t conduct a criminal investigation at the time because of the statute of limitations. But authorities determined Brown also abused the boys in South Carolina, where there was no time limit on an investigation.
Brown molested the boys while they attended St. James Catholic School in Savannah. He attacked them in a church and abandoned train depot in Hardeeville as well as other places, Stone said.
Stone and Templeton both urged anyone else who knows about other molestation victims or any possible cover up to contact authorities.
Brown pleaded guilty in 2004 to abusing two brothers in Maryland in the 1970s, while Brown was still a seminary student. During that hearing, he apologized to his victims.
“There is no excuse for what I did. There cannot be,” Brown said. “I hated myself for what I did.”
After raping them, Brown told the boys they faced eternal condemnation for them and their families if they reported it, Stone said.
“I do not expect the defendant to live through that sentence,” Stone said. “I think it is appropriate he lives the rest of his life in the South Carolina Department of Corrections.”
October 18, 2018
David Poulson, one of only two charged out of the 301 Pennsylvania predator priests named in Grand Jury report
A former Pennsylvania priest, one of hundreds of predator priests accused of rampant child abuse in the state, has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a boy and attempting to assault another.
David Poulson, 64, who had been a priest in the Diocese of Erie for four decades, pleaded guilty to corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children – third-degree felonies ― on Wednesday in Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.
Paulson’s victims were 8 and 15 years old when authorities say he began abusing them between 2002 and 2010.
Poulson assaulted one of the boys more than 20 times in church rectories, forcing the child to give him confessionals about the abuse to “seek forgiveness for being sexually assaulted,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a press conference.
“Today, Poulson is being held accountable and facing justice for his crimes,” Shapiro said. “We will most certainly be seeking jail time for Father Poulson.”
He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. His sentencing will take place in 90 days.
Poulson was among the 301 priests named in a recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury report that detailed rampant sexual abuse that was ignored and covered up by the Catholic Church.
October 10, 2018
Franco Mulakkal, raped a 44 year old nun 13 times
But he looks so holy with in that costume, doesn’t he?
New Delhi (CNN)A Catholic bishop in India’s southern state of Kerala was arrested Friday in the alleged rape of a nun, according to a police official.
Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been accused of raping a nun multiple times between 2014 and 2016 in a case that has drawn widespread attention in India, where it remains rare for members of the church to accuse senior clergy of wrongdoing publicly.
Vijay Sakhare, inspector general of police of Kochi Range, Kerala, confirmed the arrest.
CNN has reached out to Mulakkal’s diocese for comment but has not received a reply. Representatives for Mulakkal told CNN last week the bishop is innocent.
“It is a fake allegation. We are all with the bishop,” the Rev. Peter Kavumpuram, a spokesman for the diocese, told CNN. “There is an anti-Christian movement; people are trying to manipulate the truth.”
The news comes after days of protests by nuns calling for Mulakkal’s arrest.
Police had earlier said they were looking for more evidence before making an arrest.
“After our investigation, we have enough evidence that the bishop, prima facie, has committed the crime,” Sakhare said, adding that Mulakkal, who has not been charged, will appear in magistrate court Saturday.
The Joint Christian Council, an umbrella organization of independent church groups, accused the police of deliberately putting the investigation on a slow track under pressure from church leaders and state politicians.
The 44-year-old nun, who has not been named, first filed a police report in June, accusing Mulakkal of raping her 13 times between 2014 and 2016. She alleged the abuse occurred while Mulakkal was staying in Kerala in a guest house belonging to the St. Francis Mission Home.
October 8, 2018
Manuel Riojas Martínez, serial child abuser
A Catholic priest has been sentenced to 15 years in jail without parole for the sexual assault of a minor at a Coahuila seminary.
Juan Manuel “Padre Meño” Riojas Martínez was sentenced yesterday by a court in Coahuila that had issued a guilty verdict last week.
At the time of the crime Riojas was the director of a seminary in Piedras Negras and his victim was one of the minors in his care.
The sentence was handed down in a unanimous decision by the three judges overseeing the case after a seven-hour hearing.
The prosecution sought a sentence of 23 years, while the defense asked for a lesser sentence and an order that the priest wear an ankle bracelet and not serve the time in a penal facility. Both were denied.
Riojas has been in prison since August 2017 when he turned himself in after being a fugitive from justice for more than five months.
Riojas was also ordered to pay compensation, the amount of which will be established later by the court.
The plaintiff in the case, Roberto Javier Calzada Tamez, filed a formal complaint against Riojas in 2017, an accusation that preceded another by Ignacio Martínez Pacheco, who declared that Riojas abused him when he was 15 years old.
Since then, 11 accusations of pedophilia have been filed against Riojas and five other Catholic priests, leading to claims of a veiled “network of pedophiles” in the Catholic church in Coahuila.
The case is considered historic in the northern state as the bishop of Piedras Negras, Alonso Garza Treviño, was summoned as a witness, along with several priests and Riojas himself.
September 6, 2018
John Praveen (AKA John Praveen Kumar Itukulapati), child molester
September 28, 2018
Because until very recently it was just fine for priests to fuck children. Right? So back off, critics,
The pope said the Catholic Church should not be judged by modern standards over sexual abuse scandals as he refused to answer awkward questions in a carefully choreographed press conference on board the papal plane yesterday.
September 26. 2018
VATICAN CITY—Claiming the vestments represent a vital step in ameliorating the church’s centuries-long history of addressing sexual abuse with subsequent cover-ups, the Catholic Church introduced a line of wrought iron molestation-proof altar boy uniforms Monday. “With these new impenetrable steel robes, Catholic altar boys can now serve the Lord and assist with Mass without the shame or fear of tempting otherwise pious clergymen,” a joint statement by senior Vatican officials read in part, explaining that the full-coverage metal loin-girdings are available to fit all sizes and ranges of youth’s suppleness and are guaranteed to spurn the fingers of any priest who attempts to violate its boundaries.
“The ceremonial six-inch-thick wrought iron vestments also boast a built-in alarm system; if the wearer is touched anywhere below the navel, a loud recording warns the offender to stay back in both the local dialect and High Latin. It is greatly hoped that with the implementation of these suits, we can finally spread the word of God in peace without the constant inconvenience and expense of shuffling priests from parish to parish after they’ve succumbed to the not-inconsiderable temptations of the younger members of our church.”
Vatican officials clarified that neither they nor the manufacturer were responsible for any priests who somehow figure out a way to get inside the suit with an altar boy.
Thanks to theonion.com for this story.
September 26, 2018
Andre-Joseph Leonard, part of the problem