Kottarakara: Pastor arrested for raping mentally unstable woman

Kottarakara: Pastor arrested for raping mentally unstable woman

In yet another shocking instance of church related sex scandals, a pastor has been arrested for raping a 23 year old woman. The woman, state sources, is mentally unstable. 

The incident took place on Tuesday, when Pastor Manu went to the woman’s house to hand over church pamphlets. On finding the woman alone, Manu allegedly took her inside, with devious intentions. The woman’s mother had gone for work. 
 The heinous crime was committed after locking her inside. 
The woman’s mother, who had gone out, found her daughter crying hysterically, when she returned home. On repeated queries, she came to know that her daughter was assaulted sexually by the pastor, who was taking rest inside the house. 
The mother approached her neighbours and alerted them about the pastor’s deeds. He was cornered and promptly handed over to the police. He has been remanded to police custody.
The woman has been admitted in the hospital for a medical examination. 

Secret files detail alleged priest abuse

Secret files detail alleged priest abuse

CONFIDENTIAL files held by the Archdiocese of Sydney detail dozens of meetings in which two of the country’s most senior serving Catholic clerics convinced pedophile priests to quietly resign, an inquiry has heard.

The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry will reopen its public hearings next month to hear evidence from Brian Lucas, the general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and John Usher, the chancellor of the archdiocese.



Child sex victim speaks

Child sex victim speaks

He says he was abused by teacher

Alleged perpetrator is still on the job

Man reported abuse to prosecutor & bishop

Bishop says he investigated but did so secretly

But Catholic prelate claims “No evidence” was found

SNAP: “A second person also reported misdeeds” against deacon to us

Group wants alleged wrongdoer suspended from his teaching post


Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, a Youngstown man will disclose that he

— was allegedly molested as a child by a Cardinal Mooney teacher who is now a deacon and who is still working in the diocese, 

— has repeatedly reported the offenses to Youngstown’s bishop, and

— has also tried to contact law enforcement about the cleric/teacher

Two SNAP leaders will

— read aloud and provide copies of an anonymous letter from another person reporting similar crimes by the teacher/deacon, and

— prod current and former Catholic employees to speak up about the accused cleric

Both individuals will urge Youngstown Catholic bishop to make public all allegations of sexual abuse that he has received, those that have been removed, and  all accused clerics that have been reported to law enforcement. 

Afterwards, the three will 

— hand out fliers to Catholics arriving for the 12:10 mass at the Cathedral, and

— hand deliver a letter to the bishop urging him to suspend the cleric/teacher and aggressively seek out anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.


Wednesday, August 28, at 11:30 a.m.


On the sidewalk outside St. Columba Cathedral and chancery office 144 West Wood St. (corner of Elm St ) in Youngstown (330.744.5233)


The Youngstown victim, Jerry Arnal, and a St. Louis woman, Judy Jones, who is the associate Midwest director of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests


In the mid-to-late 1970s, when he was roughly 13 years old, Jerry Arnal says he was repeatedly molested by a teacher at Cardinal Mooney high school.

In 1987, Arnal reported the alleged abuse to Sister Jane Marie Kudlacz who was principal of Mooney at that time.

Now, Arnal is speaking out, in detail, for the first time, about not only the purported crimes but also about what he says is the “secretive and hurtful way” Youngstown Catholic officials are responding to him.

And SNAP leaders will read aloud and provide copies of an anonymous letter the group received in March 2013 from another person reporting wrongdoing by the teacher/deacon. 

In an October 2011 email, Bishop George Murry wrote Arnal that “Your case was investigated by a professional investigator who could find no evidence to support your claim.”

But SNAP maintains that Murry should have suspended the accused cleric, turned the investigation over to police investigators, and publicly released his name calling for anyone with information to go to the police. The group also wants Murry to make public the names of all accused clerics/employees, alive or dead, in the diocese.

Arnal will also provide copies of recent emails he sent to and received from Bishop Murray and another church official, Nancy Yuhasz.


Archdiocese Settles sex abuse claims

Archdiocese Settles sex abuse claims

Archdiocese of Dubuque say they have reached a settlement agreement with more than two dozen people claiming sexual abuse by priests more than 35 years ago.    26 people claim they were abused by priests in the 1950’s and 1960’s in Dubuque. Those accused of sexually abusing minors are Rev. John T. Reed (died in 1996), Joseph Patnode (died in 1977), Patrick McElliott (died in 1987), William Schwartz (removed from priesthood in 2005), Louis Wunder (died in 1990), Louis Wendling (died in 1969), Peter Graff (died in 1976), Robert Reiss (removed from priesthood in 1997 & died in 2005), Allen Schmitt (removed from ministry in 2002), and Robert Swift (died in 1980).    The Archdiocese has agreed to pay $5.2 million dollars to the law firm representing the plaintiffs.    In a statement Wednesday Morning, the Archdiocese outlined a number of measures it’s taking to identify victims of sexual abuse. 

1.      The Archdiocese will continue to publish periodic notices in the Archdiocesan newspaper, The Witness, and in several secular papers inviting persons who as minors were sexually abused by church personnel to come forward and encouraging them to contact law enforcement personnel.  Throughout the Archdiocese there are about three thousand icons (sacred depictions) of St. Raphael the Archangel with information on how to reach the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Coordinators.

2.      The Archdiocese will allow victims whose claims were found credible the opportunity to speak at their home parish or in the parish where they were abused, if they wish to do so.  This will take place following a Sunday Mass. 

3.      The Archbishop continued the long-standing practices of writing to victims and of visiting privately with victims who requested such a meeting.

4.      The Archdiocese offered to pay for counseling and therapy for victims for up to twelve sessions.  Archbishop Michael Jackels and Archbishop Emeritus Jerome Hanus apologized to the victims and their families.  “Priests who abused are a disgrace to the vocation and a scandal to the faithful.”  Read the Archdiocese’s statement. 

Read More at: http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/dbq-archdiocese-settles-sex-abuse-claims-21280.shtml

Irish-Born Priest Released Amid Sexual Abuse Charges

Irish-Born Priest Released Amid Sexual Abuse Charges

An Irish-born priest was released by a judge in Chile on Tuesday after a hearing into alleged sexual abuse charges.

Prosecutors allege that John Joseph O’Reilly, 66, abused two children at Colegio Cumbres, a school in Santiago where he worked as the spiritual advisor. 

An investigation into abuse allegations began last July, and the priest and his defence team have maintained his innocence.

After a nearly eight-hour hearing in a Santiago court room, Judge Andrea Diaz-Munoz refused to imprison the priest while the investigation continues, citing insufficient evidence.

O’Reilly is a member of the Legionaries of Christ, a once influential religious order that has been at the centre of several sexual abuse controversies in recent years.

Prosecuting attorneys presented a report from the Centre of Assistance to Victims of Sexual Assault of the Chilean Investigations Police, which documents the testimony of the alleged abuse victims.

– See more at: http://www.ntd.tv/en/news/world/south-america/20130828/82469-irishborn-priest-released-amid-sexual-abuse-charges-in-chile.html#sthash.PKp7NmaF.dpuf



Man accuses former teacher of abuse; church refutes claim

Man accuses former teacher of abuse; church refutes claim

A city man who said he was abused close to 30 years ago by a teacher and deacon while he was a student at St. Christine’s school joined an advocacy group that confronted Youngstown Diocese officials about the matter on Wednesday.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests announced plans to hand deliver a letter to Bishop George Murry asking him to suspend the deacon, who SNAP claimed is still part of the diocese.

SNAP official Judy Jones said Jerry Arnal was abused by a teacher at Cardinal Mooney repeatedly during the mid-to-late 1970s. According to SNAP, Arnal reported the alleged abuse to Sister Jane Marie Kudlacsz, the Mooney principal, in 1987.

SNAP claims Murry told Arnal in 2011 that he hired a private investigator, who found no evidence of molestation.

In response, the Diocese of Youngstown issued a statement saying that the deacon accused is no longer working in the diocese “in any capacity.” Also, the diocese followed its policy and procedures, and reported the allegation to Mahoning County Children’s Services, the statement reads.

Read the complete story in Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle and at tribtoday.com.

Archdiocese announces settlement with sexual abuse victims

Archdiocese announces settlement with sexual abuse victims

Details were released Wednesday of a settlement with the Archdiocese of Dubuque in 26 sexual abuse claims against Catholic priests. The settlement says the abuse happened between the late 1940s and the 1970s and 22 males and four females will be paid $5.2-million.

Archbishop Michael Jackels took over three months ago when Jerome Hanus retired. “I am sorry, so sorry that this has ever happened, and also how it has affected their trust that somebody in the church, or the leadership in the church could be trusted to help,” Jackels told Radio Iowa.

“Second, that we offer what is within our means to contribute to the whole process of healing and wholeness.” Jackels says the Catholic church as a whole, and the Dubuque Diocese in particular are intent ending any abuse by priests.

“I suppose somebody could dispute on this matter, but I am, we are, committed to do all that is humanly possible to make sure that this doesn’t happen in the future,” Jackels says. He says the effort to educate priests and others within the church now is much more rigorous than when he applied to be a priest in the 1970s.

“And a greater commitment to do all that is humanly possible — and I put it in those terms, humanly possible — because I can’t make a pledge do more than that. And because humans are imperfect and it’s an imperfect world, it could be that something could fall through the cracks,” Jackels explains.

“If that were to happen, I pledge that I would act swiftly and certainly in response to that.” Jackels says he has taken steps on the local level to be sure that the priests who enter the parish are the right ones for the job.

“I have spoken for the vocation director, the one who is responsible for recruiting young men for the priesthood. I don’t care how desperately we need priests, we are not going to lower the bar and just take anybody. Is he a male? Is he breathing, all right we’ll take him?,” according to Jackels.

Jackels and Hanus issued an apology to the victims. The archdiocese is also offering to help those who come forward to report abuse and offering some counseling.

The leader of the group “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests” or SNAP, says many people will look at the money in the settlement and think that makes a difference. But, Steve Theisen of Hudson says that’s not the case.

“I don’t think it’s that at all. I’m kind of curious why it even takes going to an attorney, why the Archdiocese hasn’t taken better care of these people. I don’t think it’s got much to do with the money,” Theisen says. He says he doesn’t know any of the people in this settlement, but says for a lot of survivors he knows, the abuse affects every facet of their life.

Theisen isn’t sure that the Catholic Church has really changed its attitude toward the abuse. “I guess if I’m skeptical it is because the archdiocese recruited these people, they trained these people, and then when they found out they were abusing kids, they shuffled them from parish to parish without letting the parents know,” Theisen says. “…until the institution changes, those that run the institution, I think they’re doing the bare minimum as this time.”

He says there’s still a need for society as a whole to change its attitude toward abuse. “The people who are abused by religious figures are just a small fraction of the general population that has been sexually abuse by a coach or a teacher or a relative,” according to Theisen, “So, I think society has a long way to go to start outing these predators.”

Theisen says SNAP urges anyone who has been sexually abused by a priest or anyone else to find the strength to speak up to help prevent the abuse of others. He says SNAP also can provide someone for abuse victims to talk to who knows what they have gone through.



Priest sexually abused my son 30 years ago

Priest sexually abused my son 30 years ago

A mother has come forward saying a man sexually abused her son 30 years ago.

The woman reported it to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Officials there said they’ve relieved the priest of his duties while police investigate.

The priest also worked as a chaplain in a local hospital.

We did not release his name because charges were not filed.


Local deacon resigns after molestation charges

Local deacon resigns after molestation charges

A deacon at St. Thomas More Church has resigned from the church and Diocese of Phoenix Diocese after being accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

Ron Gonzalez, 62, assisted at St. Thomas More Parish since 2003 and was officially assigned to the parish in January 2011. He was named parish manager in May 2013.


Gonzalez resigned from the church Aug. 14 and the Diocese of Phoenix stated that, “Gonzalez’s faculties to function in the ministry within the Diocese of Phoenix have been revoked and he is no longer employed by the parish.”

The alleged incidents stem from events in Texas and Pennsylvania, 15 to 20 years ago, prior to Gonzalez moving to Arizona.

The diocese said that there have been no reported allegations or incidents of any wrongdoing at St. Thomas More or elsewhere within the diocese.

Gonzalez was a chaplain for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA. from 1983 to 1999, and a supervisory chaplain for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the Diocese of Phoenix from 1999 to 2010. 

Father Jim Turner, head of St. Thomas More Church, said in a letter to his congregation that, “We have absolutely no reason to believe that (Gonzalez) has engaged in any inappropriate behavior while serving at St. Thomas More or in the state of Arizona.”

Turner said he shared the information with the church staff and everyone was devastated by what had transpired.

“I remain grateful for the gifts and talents (Gonzalez) shared with the members of our parish community even as I am saddened and shocked by this sudden turn of events,” Turner wrote.

Gonzalez was out of the state and could not be reached for comment.



Man claims abuse by Catholic school teacher 37 years ago

Man claims abuse by Catholic school teacher 37 years ago

A Youngstown man claims he was molested at age 13 by a teacher at St. Christine’s School in the city.

Jerry Arnal, now 51 years-old, stood outside the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown telling 21 News he felt compelled to publicly reveal his painful past in hopes that he could prevent the crimes from happening to any other young children.

Arnal says he was repeatedly molested by a deacon and Catholic school teacher at St. Christine’s back in 1976.

The Youngstown man also claims the alleged abuser still works in the diocese, a claim the Youngstown Diocese vehemently denies.

“In 1976, I was a victim of child abuse, sexual abuse, by a teacher at that time at St. Christine’s School in Youngstown,” Arnal says.

Arnal says he feels he’s been denied justice after first reporting the alleged crime to Catholic school administrators twice in the 1980’s, and then to the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and the Bishop back in 2008.

“Several times, I contemplated suicide and I almost succeeded a few times,” Arnal says. “I thank God that I’m here today to help people, and that’s all. I have never, ever sought any monetary compensation from the Diocese of Youngstown, I don’t want their money.”

Judy Jones with SNAP, “The Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests,” says the group recently received an anonymous letter from a Girard address.

The letter from someone claiming to actually work for the Diocese said the same unnamed man who allegedly molested Arnal and another man was also allegedly at the center of a “significant abuse case at Cardinal Mooney High School” involving sex with a teenage girl.

The timeline on those allegations are unclear, but now the group and Arnal demand that Bishop George Murry make that alleged predator’s name public and investigate.

“We are here today to protect kids. We believe that they are still at risk within this Diocese,” Jones says.

But a statement from the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown says:

“First, the accuser is poorly informed. The accused is no longer working in the Diocese in any capacity. Second, the Diocese followed its policy and procedures, and reported the allegation to Mahoning County Children’s Services. It should be noted that the accusation was fully investigated, and even though it could not be substantiated, the Diocese of Youngstown has responded pastorally and provided assistance to the accuser. The accuser sent a thank you to the Diocese for their “concern and attention.”

Arnal has also spoken with the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, but the statute of limitations for a criminal case has expired.

For Arnal, still suffering emotional scars, he just wants to protect other children from the sexual abuse he endured.