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Royal commissioner Robert Fitzgerald tells some home truths to a national Anglican synod

7 Sep 2017, New Castle Herald

THE Anglican Church has taken steps to join a Commonwealth redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse only days after a national Anglican synod was warned some clergy and lay people continue to hold on to “long discarded myths” about child sexual abuse.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald urged the synod in Queensland to join the redress scheme, in a speech that criticised the church for the lack of a coherent national response to survivors.

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Ex-Priest Declared Sexually Violent; Fate Yet to Be Decided

The Associated Press, SEPTEMBER 08, 2017, Miami Herald

CHICAGO --  A former Chicago priest was deemed to be a sexually violent person by a Cook County judge on Friday, but whether he will be held indefinitely in a facility for sex offenders will be decided later.

With Cook County Circuit Judge Dennis Porter's ruling, Daniel McCormack will remain at the state mental hospital in the southern Illinois town of Rushville or another state institution.
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Defrocked former priest from Easton jailed in sex case

By Don Lehman, The Post Star

BALLSTON SPA — A defrocked former Catholic priest who lives at a “retreat” in Washington County was ordered held for lack of bail Tuesday on charges that accuse him of sexually abusing a teenage boy in Saratoga County earlier this year.

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Alternative Report To the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child Regarding the Periodic Reports of the Holy See Due on 1 September 2017

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Judge to decide if ex-priest who molested boys can be committed indefinitely

By Megan Crepeau, September 5, 2017, Chicago Tribune

Court records show more than two dozen boys and young men have alleged Daniel McCormack molested them in their youth, most notably at St. Agatha Parish on Chicago's Southwest Side, where the young Roman Catholic priest coached basketball, taught algebra and delivered eloquent sermons.

 

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Victoria Police launches new podcast to tackle sexual crime

By David Sparkes, ABC.net.au, September 4, 2017 

Victoria Police has launched a new podcast about sexual violence, aiming to convince more victims to report their assault.

The six-part series, called Unspeakable: Understanding Sexual Crime, is part of National Child Protection Week and tells true stories, featuring interviews with investigators, victims and their families.  

Inspector Everett Moutsidis from Family Violence Command told ABC Radio Melbourne each episode would provide a glimpse into the work done by Victoria Police's Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams (SOCIT).

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Active lawsuits accusing Guam priests of sex abuse now top 100

By Steve Limtiaco, Pacific Daily News, September 1, 2017, USA Today

AGÅTÑA, Guam — Two more lawsuits filed Friday in U.S. District Court here bring the number of active suits accusing clergy members and others affiliated with this island’s Catholic Church of sexually abusing children to more than 100.

The two priests named in the lawsuits — the Rev. Louis Brouillard, 96, and Antonio Cruz, now dead — have been named in other suits: Brouillard is accused in 58 cases, Cruz in seven cases although the plaintiff requested an additional one that was filed Monday in federal court be voluntarily dismissedThursday.

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Cambodian court imprisons Korean in sexual abuse of children

The Associated Press, The Seattle Times, August 31, 2017

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court has found a 63-year-old Korean man guilty of child sex offenses and sentenced him to 14 years in prison.

A spokesman for the Siem Reap provincial court said Park Youl was found guilty on Thursday of child prostitution and sexual intercourse with girls under 15 years of age.

Cambodian newspapers, citing anti-human trafficking police, said at the time of Park’s arrest last October that he was a pastor of a Christian church in Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia.

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Former NY priest Francis Stinner dies, but sex abuse controversy lives on

By Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, August 30, 2017, USA Today

Francis Stinner, a defrocked priest with ties to Somers, Bronxville, Chappaqua and Goshen in New York, died earlier this month at the age of 76.

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Archdiocese bankruptcy plans face off in court

By Jean Hopfensperer, August 29, 2017, Star Tribune

Judge hears competing plans to settle the claims, assigns the archdiocese some homework.

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