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Romanian Orthodox patriarch apologizes for sex scandals
By ALISON MUTLER
28 July 2017

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The patriarch of Romania's Orthodox Church apologized to orthodox believers Friday over two sex scandals that have hit the influential church in recent weeks.

In a highly unusual step, Patriarch Daniel asked for forgiveness "with much pain in my heart." Speaking through a message posted on the church website, he apologized "for the turbulence produced by public accusations against clerics" who have shown "deviations from Christian morals." In recent years, public criticism has mounted against the church and there have been calls to make it more accountable.

Daniel's message came after the church voted hours earlier to defrock a priest who is suspected of trying to sexually corrupt a teenager, which was a rare case of a cleric being disciplined for alleged sexual misdemeanors. The spokesman for the Alba Iulia bishop's office, Oliviu Botoi, said that Cristian Pomohaci had been suspended for "bringing extraordinary prejudices on the (church's) image." He can appeal the vote by the bishop's office council.

Prosecutors are investigating Pomohaci on charges of attempted sexual corruption of a 17-year-old after a tape emerged in which he apparently tried to persuade the boy to have sex with him and to co-opt other minors. Pomohaci was temporarily suspended from his duties in June. Church spokesman Vasile Banescu said earlier that the priest had requested a leave for medical reasons.

In another case, the church's Holy Synod is to meet in August to consider what action to take in the case of a bishop who was filmed having sex with a student who is now a priest. The bishop has been suspended pending the investigation. More than 85 percent of Romanians are Orthodox Christians.

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Ex-Catholic bishop of Phoenix accused of sex abuse of boy
By JACQUES BILLEAUD
August 3, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) -- A former bishop who led the Roman Catholic church in metro Phoenix during a worldwide child sexual abuse scandal has been accused of molesting a young boy 35 years ago.

Retired Bishop Thomas O'Brien is accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing the boy on several occasions at parishes in Phoenix and Goodyear from 1977 to 1982. The Diocese of Phoenix says O'Brien denies the allegation. O'Brien, now 81, led the diocese in Phoenix as it became embroiled in a global scandal that rocked the Catholic church after allegations surfaced in Boston about pedophile priests going unpunished.

The bishop acknowledged in a 2003 immunity deal that he let church employees accused of sex abuse continue to have contact with children. Weeks after the deal, O'Brien resigned as bishop after he was arrested in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian. O'Brien's accuser says the clergyman sexually abused him when he was a child and he had suppressed his memories of it, said Tim Hale, his lawyer.

The accuser, who is now 47 and lives in the Tucson area, started having flashbacks of the abuse in September 2014 when preparing for his son's baptism into the Catholic church, Hale said. "It has turned his life upside down," Hale said, explaining that his client has suffered profound emotional distress. Hale said his client's allegation is being investigated by the Phoenix Police Department, which refused to comment.

The diocese issued a statement saying O'Brien denies the accusation and that he was never assigned to the schools and parishes where the abuse is alleged to have occurred. The statement also said the diocese informed prosecutors about the allegation immediately after learning of it in September 2016.

O'Brien's 2003 immunity agreement said a grand jury investigating church sex abuse allegations at the time didn't find evidence that the bishop had engaged in sexual misconduct. Amanda Jacinto, a spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, said the immunity deal will remain in place, meaning the bishop could not be prosecuted for letting church employees suspected of sex abuse be around children. But Jacinto said the agreement would not prevent prosecutors from bringing a case against O'Brien if there's evidence that he sexually abused a child.

O'Brien, who served as Phoenix's bishop for 21 years, resigned in June 2003 after being accused of striking and killing 43-year-old Jim Reed with his car. The bishop didn't stop to help Reed or report the accident to police but told investigators that he didn't realize he had hit a person. He said he thought he had hit a dog or cat or that someone had thrown a rock at his car. Prosecutors said O'Brien tried to have his windshield fixed. He was sentenced to probation and 1,000 hours of community service after being convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

John C. Kelly, an attorney representing the Diocese of Phoenix, declined to comment on the lawsuit and the allegations against O'Brien.

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Priest accused of groping teenage girl is released from jail
August 9, 2017

MOORISTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- A newly ordained Roman Catholic priest accused of groping a 13-year-old girl under her skirt won't have to remain in jail while the charges are pending in New Jersey.

A judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting requests from Morris County prosecutors that the Rev. Marcin Nurek remain jailed until the matter is resolved or be required to wear a monitoring device. The 37-year-old priest was charged last week with child endangerment and criminal sexual contact. He's accused of touching the girl's buttocks over her underwear and telling her she was "sexy."

The Diocese of Paterson has put Nurek on administrative leave. But his lawyer said Wednesday that the diocese has offered to provide Nurek with housing while the charges are pending. Nurek is an emigrant from Poland. He was ordained into the priesthood in July.

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Clerical abuse scandal hits Argentine president's school
By PAUL BYRNE, LUIS ANDRES HENAO and ALMUDENA CALATRAVA
14 August 2017

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Rufino Varela was a distraught, confused 12-year-old when he went looking for help from the school chaplain to tell him he'd been sexually abused by a mason at his family's home. Instead of aiding, Varela says, the Rev. Finnlugh Mac Conastair took off the boy's pants, flogged him and fondled him in a room below the chapel at one of Argentina's most prestigious schools.

Then, the Irish priest known by many as "Father Alfredo," offered him candy and told him that they should keep it as a secret with God. "I had come looking for help, but I felt that it was a punishment from God," Varela said. "I came back to the classroom, holding back tears, went home and never spoke about it." The secret was kept for nearly four decades.

But in recent months, Varela's decision to break his silence has led several other former students to denounce clerical abuse at a school that has educated President Mauricio Macri and many other members of Argentina's elite. The case is one of several that have shown the church has not been spared sexual scandals even in the home territory of Pope Francis, who has pledged a zero-tolerance policy against abuses that have rocked the church around the world.

While the pope had no connection with the abuse at the time - he led the Argentine branch of the Jesuit order with no relationship to the school - Varela said he received a call from the pontiff this year after revealing the abuse publicly. The Cardenal Newman school was launched in Argentina in 1948 by the Christian Brothers, a religious order founded two centuries ago to focus on educating disadvantaged youth. In recent years, it has faced abuse claims at many of the schools it has opened worldwide. At the time of Varela's 1977 encounter with Mac Conastair, the socially conservative church school had evolved into something of a refuge for children of the rich.

Varela said he decided to confront Newman authorities about the abuse after he heard that the school planned to add a crown to the lion in its coat of arms in honor of Macri, a 1976 graduate who was elected president in 2015. "Instead of a crown, it would give me more comfort to see a whip or a crown of thorns," Varela said in a letter to the rector. "This would be in remembrance of the aberrations that many others suffered."

Varela said Newman's rector, Alberto Olivero, then met with him, offered psychological treatment and tried to dissuade him from going public with the story. The school refused to comment and referred questioners to written statements. Frustrated at the lack of public acknowledgement, Varela said, he spoke to Argentina's La Nacion newspaper in December 2016. He also began writing about it on Facebook.

In February, his phone rang and Pope Francis was on the line. The pontiff expressed his solidarity and apologized on behalf of the church. "He told me that I needed to understand that I was a very important part of a broken link," Varela said. The Vatican doesn't confirm or deny such calls, saying they are part of Francis' pastoral activities.

Varela said about 20 other former students have contacted him to describe similar abuse carried out by Mac Conastair, a Passionist, and by at least one Christian Brother priest at the school. At least four of the ex-students repeated accounts of witnessing or suffering abuse to the Associated Press, though it is not clear if the others had reported the incidents earlier. Both of the priests have died.

Pedro Ellis told the AP he was about 14 years old when Mac Conastair called him into his room. With the excuse of giving him a sex talk, he asked him to get naked and lie down on his bed. "He touched my buttocks and then, he introduced one or two fingers inside my rectum," Ellis told the Associated Press. Ellis, now 52, said that he's considering seeking compensation for the abuse.

Julio Castano said the chaplain he'd seen as "God's representative on earth" called him into his room in 1979 and fondled the then 12-year-old. "I decided it was now time to tell it, so we can get this off our backs," said Castano, who until then, had not told anyone else publicly or informed the school.

Another former student alleged that the Brother John Derham sat him on his lap in the school library and kissed him on the mouth. A fourth ex-student, Guillermo Newbery, 68, told the AP that he witnessed Derham make students sit on his lap during his class, saying he would "caress students excessively, rubbed them and hugged them inappropriately." Newbery said he told his parents in 1963 and they reported it to the school's Parent Association. Derham died in 1986.

After Varela spoke to the press, Olivero sent a letter addressed to the Newman community and acknowledged the abuse of at least one student 40 years ago. A copy of the letter was posted on the school gate. Without naming anyone, it said that the Christian Brothers apologized "for the abuse that all former students could have suffered as a result of the inadequate and unjustified behavior" of the chaplain.

The head of the Christian Brothers for Latin America, Hugo Caceres, sent Varela a letter expressing "solidarity and Christian compassion" for all abuse victims. At the time of Varela's abuse, the rector was John Burke, an Irishman who was in charge of Newman from 1979-1996. Burke was later named member of a Christian Brothers committee for safeguarding children in Europe.

Burke confirms he learned of the abuse in 1980, but said he didn't know the identity of the victim until Varela went public. "Towards the end of the school year of 1980, I was made aware of a complaint of inappropriate behavior by the college chaplain towards a pupil whose identity was not known or revealed to me," Burke said in a statement to the AP. It wasn't clear how Burke had learned of the case, though Varela said that he once told lay brother Desmond Finnegan, who counseled him to remain quiet about the incident and pray for the elderly chaplain.

In an odd twist, Burke said he sought advice about the case from a lawyer who turned out to be Varela's father, a judge in charge of child protection cases. "I can understand your shock at hearing that I had spoken with your father concerning the priest," Burke wrote in a June 2016 letter to Varela. Varela said his father died without ever learning of the abuse of his son.

Burke told the AP: "I took immediate and what I judged to be appropriate measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all the pupils in the school and of every person who had contact with the chaplain." The measures included "immediate removal of the chaplain by his religious superior and the Bishop of the Diocese." Records obtained by the AP show that Mac Conastair was transferred to the San Cayetano vicary, but it's unknown whether he had contact with other children before he died in 1997.

Clerical abuse experts say Burke's action was significant because in the 1970's there were no church rules for reporting such crimes. "It sounds like at least John Burke took some action and the bishop forced the priest out of the school," said Maeve Lewis, executive director of victims group One in Four. "That happened here (in Ireland) all the time and no one brought it to the attention of their bishop."

But Varela remained frustrated at the failure of Burke, the school and the Brothers to acknowledge the "abhorrent sexual and psychological abuses" in public. "I am not the only victim of Newman School. We both know it," Varela wrote in a letter to Burke in October 2016. He also criticized for former rector for failing to mention the abuse when he spoke at an annual alumni dinner attended by Macri that month. A video published online by Newman's alumni association five years ago, shows Burke referring to Derham as his novice master and praising him as "the most extraordinary person."

In March 2017, the church held a Mass to apologize to Varela and any other victims. "The church has asked for pardon and I renew that request here, in my diocese, to all those people who have been victims of abuse, whether as children or youths, by members of our hierarchy," San Isidro Bishop Oscar Ojea said in his homily. He said church leaders have a duty to bring such cases before both civilian and canonical courts - a reference to procedures adopted in response to an avalanche of complaints that church leaders had long been too slow in responding to abuse cases.

In Argentina, two priests and three other men were arrested last year and charged with sexually abusing about 20 students at the Antonio Provolo Institute, a school for the hearing impaired. One of the priests had been accused of abusing students at Provolo's Verona, Italy, school, and was even identified to Francis as an abuser in a letter in 2014, but no action was taken against him by the Vatican.

The Champagnat school founded by the Marist Brothers in downtown Buenos Aires recently reported that a lay brother allegedly abused a former student 38 years ago. The elite school, whose alumni include former Argentina President Fernando de la Rua, said the brother had carried out directorial duties at the school over the last decade. It said an investigation had been launched and that the person, who was not named, had been sent to a nursing home for "old and sick brothers."

Varela said he expects more from the church. "You ask yourself: Why are these people still free?" Varela said.

Associated Press writer Nicole Winfield in the Vatican contributed to this report.
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Ex-members detail abuse claims against Christian sect
By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
August 23, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A paramilitary Christian sect with members facing child sex abuse charges evaded law enforcement authorities for years by hiding births, physically punishing followers and quietly operating in isolated areas of New Mexico, former members say.

In interviews with the Associated Press and in court documents, the ex-members also alleged that leaders of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps exercised control over followers by forcing them into hard labor and refusing to give their children medical care. When members complained, sect co-leader Deborah Green would hold "trials" against them for questioning her authority, which Green said came directly from God, former members Maura Alana Schmierer and Julie Gudino said.

The trials led to banishment to isolated sheds without toilets and from the sect's compound without being allowed to take their children, the women said. "It was a form of brain-washing," Schmierer, who left the group in the late 1980s and sued, winning a $1 million award when it was based in Sacramento, California, told the AP.

The secretive sect in the small ranching community of Fence Lake was spotlighted when authorities raided its compound Sunday and arrested three members, including Deborah Green, in connection with a child abuse investigation. The Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps describes itself as a group that is "revolutionary for Jesus" and provides a free spiritual "ammo pack" to anyone who submits a written request. Photos of members show them in military-style clothing and on missions in Africa. Its website is laced with anti-Semitic language and anti-gay tirades about same-sex marriage. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the sect as a hate group.

Sect member Peter Green, also known as Mike Brandon, was being held on a $5 million secured bond and faces 100 counts of sexual penetration of a child after being accused of raping a girl at least four times a week from the time she was 7, according to court documents.

Another member, Stacey Miller, who had been told by leaders to leave the compound after she became the target of an investigation into her child's death, was arrested this week on child abuse charges in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, documents said. On Tuesday, a judge ordered Deborah Green held on a $500,000 secured bond on charges that included failure to report the birth, child abuse and sexual penetration of a minor. None of the defendants have a lawyer listed in court documents.

In a prepared statement, the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps called the criminal allegations "totally false." "We don't know who all the accusers are, but the accusations are just re-runs of old lies that have been investigated and shown to be malicious attacks against a legitimate ministry," the statement said. The group also is denying other accusations by former members.

James Green, a sect leader and husband of Deborah Green, denied that abuse occurred at the compound and also defended his wife against such claims when he spoke Tuesday with reporters outside court. Heavily armed Cibola County deputies raided the sect's compound during church services and discovered weapons and silencers, Sheriff Tony Mace said. Deputies also reported finding children who had been trained not to talk to law enforcement, Mace said. He did not know how many children were on the premises among the four dozen or so people at the compound.

Officials from the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department are investigating the children's well-being, and parents have been ordered to provide birth certificates within 30 days, Mace said. Gudino, a member of the group from 1984 to 2004, told the AP that Deborah Green delivered babies and refused to provide medical care because she didn't want to pay for it. "She just told us we were being punished for 'spiritual adultery' and all we had to do was pray for our children to get better," Gudino said. But sometimes, according to court documents, lack of medical care resulted in the death of children.

Gudino also said Deborah and James Green made members raid dumpsters behind stores to retrieve discarded produce and food products to make bread. Gudino said she and other members would travel to Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma to sell the bread to unsuspecting buyers. "(Deborah) told us that's what God wanted us to do," Gudino said.

Court documents say member Jamie Bridgewater told deputies that sect leaders tried to keep parents from notifying state officials about births so children could be hidden from police. Bridgewater also told deputies that James and Deborah Green ordered members to bury photos of children after the Greens were interviewed by deputies investigating allegations of abuse.

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Cambodian court imprisons Korean in sexual abuse of children
31 August 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.

The court spokesman, Yim Srang, said Park was also ordered to pay a total of $70,000 in compensation to seven of the nine known victims, and would be deported after serving his prison term. Two other victims did not request compensation. Cambodia has a reputation as a haven for foreign pedophiles largely because of lax and corrupt law enforcement.

Action Pour Les Enfants, a Cambodian group that combats child sex abuse and exploitation, said the victims ranged in age from 12 to 17. It said an investigation that took almost two years was initiated after it received a tipoff about Park. "We congratulate and commend Cambodian authorities on the result of this case," the group said in a statement. "The conviction in itself means more than justice for the affected girls. It also provides a long-term deterrent effect in preventing future crimes."

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Vatican diplomat recalled amid child porn investigation
By NICOLE WINFIELD and MATTHEW LEE
15 September 2017

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A high-ranking priest working in the Vatican's embassy in Washington has been recalled after U.S. prosecutors asked for him to be charged there and face trial in a child pornography investigation, Vatican and U.S. officials said Friday.

The diplomat was suspected of possessing, but not producing or disseminating, child pornography including images of pre-pubescent children, a U.S. source familiar with the case said. The source was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The Vatican declined to identify the priest, but said he was currently in Vatican City and that Vatican prosecutors had launched their own probe and sought evidence from the U.S.

If the accusations pan out, the case would be a major embarrassment for the Vatican and Pope Francis, who has pledged "zero tolerance" for sexual abuse. The diplomat would be the second from the Vatican's diplomatic corps to face possible criminal charges for such crimes during Francis' papacy. And any trial in the Vatican would come as Francis' own financial czar, Cardinal George Pell, is on trial in his native Australia for alleged historic sex abuse cases.

The State Department said it had asked the Vatican to lift the official's diplomatic immunity on Aug. 21. It said that request was denied three days later. For the State Department to make such a request, its lawyers would have needed to be convinced that there was reasonable cause for criminal prosecution.

The circumstances that prompted prosecutors to make the request, however, weren't clear. The Justice Department, which would have brought any charges, didn't immediately comment, and the Vatican gave no details about what, if any, evidence had been provided to persuade it to recall the priest.

In a statement, the Vatican said the State Department had notified the Vatican on Aug. 21 of a "possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images" by one of its diplomats in Washington. A U.S. official familiar with the case said the priest was a senior member of the Vatican embassy staff. The Vatican yearbook lists three counselors who work under the nuncio, or ambassador.

The Vatican said recalling the priest was consistent with diplomatic practice of sovereign states. In declining to identify him, the Vatican said the case was subject to confidentiality while still under investigation. It said the Vatican had asked for information about the case from the U.S; it wasn't clear if any had been provided.

The Vatican has recalled envoys before, including its then-ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who was recalled in 2013 after being accused of sexually abusing young boys on the Caribbean island. The Vatican justified its decision to remove Monsignor Jozef Wesolowski from Dominican jurisdiction by submitting him first to a canonical court proceeding at the Vatican, and then putting him on trial in the Vatican's criminal court, which has jurisdiction over the Holy See's diplomatic corps.

Wesolowski was defrocked by the church court. But he died before the criminal trial got underway. Dominican prosecutors initially balked at the recall, and they never filed charges because of his immunity. After he was defrocked, Wesolowski lost his diplomatic immunity and the Vatican said he could be tried by other courts. However, it refused to provide Dominican authorities with information about his whereabouts or how even he had pleaded to the charges. The Vatican doesn't have extradition treaties.

The Vatican in 2013 specifically criminalized child porn possession, distribution and production in its criminal code. Possession carries a possible jail term of up to two years and a 10,000-euro fine. Distribution can be punished with a term of up to five years and a 50,000-euro fine, while the most serious offense of production can bring a 12-year term and 250,000-euro fine.

The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, said the case was serious and that he hoped the Vatican would be "forthcoming with more details." "We reaffirm that when such allegations occur, an immediate, thorough and transparent investigation should begin in cooperation with law enforcement and immediate steps be taken to protect children," DiNardo said in a statement.

Francis has a spotty record on handling sex abuse cases. He won praise from advocates of survivors of abuse for having established a commission of experts to advise the church on keeping pedophiles out of the priesthood and protecting children. But the commission has floundered after losing the two members who themselves were survivors of abuse.

Francis' promotion of Pell to be his finance czar when allegations abounded in Australia about his past conduct, as well other appointments, in-house decisions and his scrapping of a proposed tribunal to prosecute negligent bishops also have raised questions.

Lee reported from Washington.
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Canadian police seek recalled Vatican envoy for child porn
By NICOLE WINFIELD and RACHEL ZOLL
29 September 2017

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Canadian police have issued an arrest warrant for the Vatican diplomat who was recalled from the United States in a child pornography investigation, accusing him of accessing porn over Christmas last year from a church.

Police in Windsor, Ontario, said Carlo Capella, a 50-year-old monsignor from Italy, allegedly uploaded the child porn to a social networking site while visiting a place of worship in Windsor between Dec. 24 and Dec. 27.

The Vatican recalled Capella, the No. 4 official in its Washington embassy, after the U.S. State Department notified it Aug. 21 of a “possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images” by one of its diplomats in Washington. It never identified Capella by name and provided no details of the accusations, sparking criticism from U.S. church officials who have been under fire for decades of cover-ups of priestly sex abusers.

Windsor police provided the most information about the case in a statement Thursday announcing the arrest warrant, and the archdiocese of London, Ontario, confirmed it had assisted authorities in the investigation of “Msgr. Capella.”

In the statement, Windsor police accused Capella of accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography. It said authorities were alerted in February that someone in Windsor had allegedly uploaded child porn using a social networking site. They obtained records of the internet service provider and determined the dates in question. It said it had issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for Capella, though it noted that he had returned to Italy. Capella is currently in Vatican City, though the Vatican hasn’t said under what terms.

Canadian police declined to say if they had passed the case to Interpol or if Canada would initiate extradition proceedings. The Vatican doesn’t extradite its citizens, however. In explaining its decision to recall the diplomat, as is common in such cases, the Vatican said its own criminal prosecutors were now investigating the case and seeking information from the U.S. At the time of the Sept. 15 announcement about Capella’s recall, neither the Vatican nor the State Department made any mention of a Canadian angle to the case.

Capella was a high-ranking priest in the Vatican’s diplomatic corps. He served on the Italy desk in the Vatican’s secretariat of state and was part of the official delegation that negotiated a tax treaty with Italy before being posted to the U.S. embassy last year. A canon lawyer, Capella is listed online as having written a 2003 paper for the Pontifical Lateran University on priestly celibacy and the church’s criminal code.

Several U.S. church officials have complained that the Vatican was being less than transparent about the case. The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, urged the Holy See to be “forthcoming with more details” about the case, a reflection of how the U.S. church still struggles with credibility problems 15 years after the sex abuse scandal erupted in the U.S.

The diplomat’s recall was expected to loom over an international conference next week at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome on protecting children from online sexual exploitation, pornography and abuse. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state and Capella’s boss, is to deliver the keynote speech Tuesday on “The Holy See and its commitment to combating sex abuse online.” Panelists at the conference, which was organized months ago, are to include top law enforcement and academic experts in the field of child protection and cybercrimes.

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Pope meets French cardinal accused of paedophilia cover-up
5 October 2017

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis met Thursday with French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who is awaiting trial over allegations he covered up for a paedophile priest in his diocese.

It was the first time Francis has met with Barbarin, the Archbishop of Lyon, since the cardinal learned last month that he would have to appear in court in April in connection with priest Bernard Preynat's abuse of boy scouts in the 1980s.

Public prosecutors ruled last year that Barbarin did not have a case to answer but he and six other co-defendants have been directly indicted by some of Preynat's victims. A judge ruled last month that the case could proceed. Barbarin, 66, faces a potential jail sentence if found guilty of failing to act immediately and appropriately when one of the victims reported Preynat to the Church in 2014, demanding he be sacked.

But Barbarin -- one of the French Church's most prominent figures -- left him in his post for several more months. The cardinal has denied any attempt to shield Preynat, saying he did not know how to deal with allegations relating to events dating back over two decades. But after initially saying he first learned of the allegations in 2014, Barbarin admitted in 2016 to having known about the allegations for nearly a decade.

The case has been damaging for the church in France and the credibility of Francis's promises to rid the global institution of a scourge that has done enormous damage to its standing with believers and non-believers alike. Francis has said senior clerics who shield paedophile priests should resign, but he has stood by Barbarin, insisting the cardinal, to whom he is reportedly close, took the necessary measures in the Preynat case. Barbarin was received at the Vatican along with 75 priests from the Lyon diocese.

Source: AFP

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