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April 2008 Archives

Priest defends reference for rapist

Irish Times, 29 April, 2008 A Parish Priest today defended his decision to write a reference for a vicious sex attacker who repeatedly raped a Polish woman in the grounds of a church. Richard Finn was yesterday jailed for...
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Priest: he came from good family

  by Gareth Morgan Irish Independent, Tuesday April 29 2008 A PRIEST sent a letter testifying that churchground rapist Richard Finn came from a good family -- despite it being a horrific crime on sacred ground. It is understood the...
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Rapist who took pictures of victim jailed for 12 years

by Roisin Ni Mhuiris Irish Independent, Tuesday April 29 2008 A MAN who repeatedly raped a Polish woman in the grounds of a church has been jailed for 12 years. A local priest acted as a referee for rapist...
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TEXAS POLYGAMY CASE: "The Road to Serfdom Begins at the Gates of the FLDS Compound!"

American Chronicle, by Bill Falzett III,  April 27, 2008 http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/60001 Like many across the country, I have been watching the developments surrounding the arrest and detainment of the women and children of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day...
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Sentence for falsely accusing priest cut on appeal

  Tue, Apr 29, 2008 THE COURT of Criminal Appeal has reduced to three years the jail sentence imposed on a Dublin man who had falsely accused a priest of child sexual abuse. The appeal court yesterday ruled that the...
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THE TIMES (UK) AND FALSE ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE

    The  Times [UK] once had a world-wide reputation for fairness, seriousness and accuracy - not to say dullness. "Long considered the UK's newspaper of record, The Times was generally seen as a serious publication with high standards of journalism."...
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Cruelty hidden in plain view

    Irish Times 28th April 'The families have to apologise. And the State. That is the very key point here. Irish society needs to own this, and a little plaque in St Stephen's Green just doesn't cut it, frankly.'...
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Child Murder "Scandals" in Jersey and Ireland

The following is an extract from a long essay by British historian Richard Webster concerning the current child abuse/child murder scandal in Jersey (Channel Islands). The extract relates to Ireland and the similarity of the abuse scandal here with that...
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Voice Backs Commissioner's Anonymity Call

Friday, 18 Apr 2008 Voice: the union for education professionals has backed calls by Scotland's Children's Commissioner for anonymity for teachers accused of abuse. Voice General Secretary Philip Parkin said: "Children need protection, but those who work with them -...
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Children's Commissioner Calls for Teacher Anonymity (Scotland)

Children's Commissioner Calls for Teacher Anonymity (Scotland)The Scotsman, Saturday, April 19, 2008By Fiona MacLeod, Education Correspondenthttp://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Watchdog-calls-for-teacher-anonymity.3999625.jpTeachers accused of abusing pupils must be given anonymity to protect their reputation, according to Scotland's children's commissioner.Kathleen Marshall called for all teachers to remain...
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Jews Suspend Dialogue with Church

The Tablet, 26 April 2008, Christa Pongratz-Lippitt    The Austrian Jewish community has suspended all official dialogue with the Catholic Church in the aftermath of the publication of a new Good Friday prayer for the Jews for use in the Tridentine...
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JERSEY: "Lawyer Off to Oz to Help Victims of Abuse"

from "The News", www.portsmouth.co.uk, 25 April 2008by Victoria Taylor, Crime reporterhttp://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/Lawyer-off-to-Oz-to.4019124.jp[ This is an exact replica of what happened in Ireland - ambulance chasing solicitors searching  world-wide for 'victims'! ]A solicitor is to travel to Australia to help victims of...
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Prosecutors Say Warrant for Polygamy Sect Raid Shaky [TEXAS, USA]

  The Monterey County Herald, 25 April 2008   [ SUMMARY: Having removed more than 400 children from their parents on the basis of a false allegation of child abuse, the police are now trying to find  retrospective justification for...
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Child protection laws inadequate, says FG

Ireland   Thursday, 24 April 2008 09:58 Fine Gael has said Ireland's child protection laws are inadequate and need to be overhauled. Its Spokesperson on Children Alan Shatter was speaking after a man who had consensual sexual intercourse with...
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Three singing Northern Irish priests celebrate £1m record deal with Sony

  JOHN DOWNES Fathers Eugene O'Hagen, David Delargy and Martin O'Hagen at Westminster Cathedral yesterday.Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire THEIR PROPOSED versions of "Panis Angelicus" and "Ag Chríost an Síol" may not be typical boy band fare, but three Northern Irish...
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Beyond the Tears by Lynn C. Tolson

  Announcing! The latest book added to the Catharsis Foundation website!   Beyond the Tears by Lynn C. Tolson   click to view complete information   BACK COVER   A true story, Beyond the Tears begins with the suicide attempt of an abused...
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Society was to blame, not just the Sisters

Eibhear Walshe History In the aftermath of painful moments of revelation in our social history, scholars have to tread a very careful path. James M Smith's study of Ireland's Magdalen laundries comes in the wake of a great deal...
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Arrest in Polygamy Call Stuns Child Advocates (Texas)

Houston Chronicle, 18 April 2008, by Gary Scharrer[ SUMMARY: More than 400 children were removed from their families in a polygamist church as the result of a bogus telephone call alleging child abuse ]Rozita Swinton, 33, was arrested in Colorado...
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Diocese agrees to give more data on clerical child sex abuse complaints

  BARRY ROCHE, Southern Correspondent, Tue, Apr 22, 2008 THE DIOCESE of Cloyne has reached agreement with the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSC) on advancing a review of child safeguarding practices, and on providing the...
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Catholic sex abuse - Talk is cheap

21 April 2008 THE weekend news that the Catholic Church's director of child protection, Ian Elliott, and the Bishop of Cloyne, John Magee, are in serious conflict over the handling of child sexual abuse allegations made in the Cloyne...
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The Pope's visit to the US

  Mon, Apr 21, 2008 POPE BENEDICT'S six-day visit to the United States rose capably and authoritatively to the many challenges it posed. He caught the imagination of his 67 million flock there, attracting a wider national and international...
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Bishop responds to abuse query claims

  Barry Roche, Southern Correspondent Mon, Apr 21, 2008 The Bishop of Cloyne, Dr John Magee, has expressed surprise at newspaper reports that the Catholic Church's National Child Protection Office felt frustration at a lack of co-operation from the diocese...
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Skull: Murder Inquiry Dropped

Jersey Evening Post, 18 April 2008 by Diane Simon THE fragment of a child's skull found at Haut de la Garenne definitely predates the abuse inquiry period and will not be the subject of a murder investigation. And the...
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Outrage at letter threat to sex abuse claimants

     By John Walshe Saturday March 24 2007 THE Government has come under fire for threatening 248 people who claim they were sexually abused at school and are taking legal action against the State. They have separately initiated action...
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Rights and needs of children must always come first

  AT ONE time, we thought it was better for children to be taken from their mother and reared in an industrial school for the sole reason that the mother was entertaining a gentleman caller and therefore was obviously unfit...
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SISTERS OF MERCY - SECOND APOLOGY (2004)

[ Actually this could be described as their third apology if you count their betrayal of Nora Wall in June 1999. (When she was convicted of rape they apologised to the false accusers. When the case collapsed they did not...
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Cher Song Upsets Catholics, Calling Nuns 'Daughters Of Hell'

www.mtv.com 6 November 2000 by Terri Van Horn[ I came across this recently on the Internet. Like Brian McFadden and Amanda Brunker, Cher is a "has been" who tries to drum up publicity by demonising Catholic religious. Unlike their colleagues...
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Brother fails in bid to stop abuse trial

  Fri, Apr 18, 2008 A FORMER Christian Brother charged with more than 100 counts of indecent assault of 16 children in a national school where he taught almost 40 years ago has lost his Supreme Court bid to stop...
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Church owes State €36m in property

  JOHN DOWNES Fri, Apr 18, 2008 THE STATE is still owed almost €36 million in properties which the Catholic Church agreed to transfer as part of an indemnity deal with the Government relating to compensating victims of clerical abuse,...
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AHERN'S APOLOGY TO ABUSE VICTIMS

AHERN'S APOLOGY TO ABUSE VICTIMS Madam, - Christine Buckley (April 11th) lavishes praise on Bertie Ahern for his management of the economy, for his role in the Northern peace process and his apology to those of us who were institutionalised...
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Impact of False Accusations on Care Workers is Great [Wales and Jersey]

  8 April 2008, Daily Post    Being caught in the tangled web of false allegations is a nightmare that many struggle to recover from.   Of all the bogey men that haunt teachers' nightmares, none is more dreadful...
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Former Child Care Worker Wins Battle Over False Allegations [Canada]

The following story appeared in the Vancouver Sun [Canada] on 16th April 2008 Man's rights were violated by Ministry of Children and Family, judge rules. METRO VANCOUVER - The B.C. Supreme Court has come down heavily on the side of...
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Women Should Sign Sex Contracts, says South Australian MP

  Article from: Nick Henderson April 03, 2008 WOMEN should have to sign a contract before sex to combat false rape allegations if proposed new laws are passed in South Australia, an MP says.Independent MP Ann Bressington told Parliament the...
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Jersey "Scandal": Different Opinions in The Times (UK)

    [ The following is an article and two different responses in the online version of The Times. ]   Jersey Skull Is 'No Earlier Than 1920s' The Times (UK), 9 April 2008 by David Brown   JERSEY A...
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HUMAN RIGHTS.

 We have mounting concerns in relation to the Ryan Commission and the Redress Board being in direct abuse of the European Convention on Human Rights, and is a massive departure from the system of trial used in Ireland, not alone...
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More Catholic Schools Closing Across US

by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press Writer  [ NOTE: In the USA lots of parents in inner-city areas send their children to Catholic schools in order to avoid the failing public schools. This means there are a high proportion of...
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Christine Buckley and the Aislinn Industrial School Dublin

Reading Christine Buckley's letter about the Taoiseach's apology and his "swiftness of support" to former residents of the Institutions you could have been forgiven for believing that this was written by a Government spokesman or party activist.  There is more...
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HOME FOR TROUBLED CHILDREN IN BALLYDOWD, CO DUBLIN

This article gives some idea of how the State is managing the welfare of troubled children following the withdrawal of the religious orders from the scene. Note the following:(1) "At the time of the inspection there were 12 children aged...
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Support for Church Role in Schools

90pc of parents prefer Catholic education for children Irish Independent, April 09 2008  by John Walshe Education Editor THE Church should continue to play a prominent role in primary schooling, according to the overwhelming majority of parents of children...
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Woman With Fake Shotgun Threatens Schoolchildren

Teacher disarms attacker as imitation weapon held to pupil's head Irish Independent, April 09 2008 by Louise Hogan and Grainne Cunningham  A WOMAN, brandishing an imitation shotgun, entered the grounds of a primary school yesterday afternoon and threatened at...
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Ahern apology doesn't wash

Independent.ie   Christine Buckley (Irish Independent Letters, April 7) lavishes praise on Bertie Ahern for his management of the economy, for his role in the Northern peace process and his apology to those of us who were institutionalised and abused...
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JERSEY "SCANDAL": Skull Cannot Be Dated

  Jersey Evening Post, 8 April 2008, by Diane Simon TESTS to date the fragment of a child's skull found at Haut de la Garenne in February are likely to remain inconclusive. Deputy police chief Lenny Harper indicated today that...
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Police Date Child's Skull Found at Jersey Home

Reuters, April 8, 2008 [ NOTE: This is the MAIN evidence for a child abuse "scandal" in Jersey. The police have not spent weeks digging up the place to get evidence of sexual abuse - that is impossible to...
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More remains found at Jersey children's home

  Police have unearthed more potential human remains at a former children's home in Jersey. The discoveries were made by officers searching the cellar complex beneath Haut de la Garenne, where officers fear youngsters may have been murdered during decades...
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Priest tells parish he is taking legal advice on abuse book 'lies'

Independent.ie   By Anita Guidera Monday April 07 2008 A priest named as giving a reference to a paedophile, in a book on child abuse in the Gaeltacht, has told congregations he is seeking legal advice. The book 'Breaking the...
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Call to Check False Claim Pupils (UK)

The ATL (Association of Teachers and Lecturers)  issued the following Press release on the 19th March 2008.    Pupils who invent claims that they have been attacked or sexually abused by teachers should be put on a blacklist and prosecuted, a...
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I'VE BEEN THROUGH HELL SAYS DEPUTY HEAD PUT ON TRAIL FOR TICKLING GIRL

Daily Express, 20 March, 2008, by Paul JeevesA deputy head teacher in charge of child protection spoke yesterday of how his career was destroyed after he was falsely accused of sexual assaults by two pupils.Richard Matthews, 35, was suspended from...
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Child Jail Plagued by Assaults 'Should Close and Start Again' [UK]

from The Times, March 17, 2008 by Richard Ford[ The UK authorities seem as incapable as their Irish counterparts in maintaining order in youth detention  centres ]A privately run child jail should be closed temporarily after high levels of assaults...
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Abbey for sale, with pervert priest's grave included

Independent.ie By JEROME REILLY Sunday April 06 2008 Kilnacrott Abbey and 44 acres of land, including the grave of the notorious paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth, is for sale. The property just outside Ballyjamesduff could fetch in excess of €3m...
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JERSEY 'SCANDAL': Experts Still Study Skull Fragment

Experts Still Study Skull Fragment Jersey Evening Post, 3 April 2008 by Diane Simon POLICE are still waiting for the results of the examination of the fragment of a child's skull found at Haut de la Garenne in February....
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SISTERS OF MERCY: APOLOGISING TO "VICTIMS"

QUOTE: "Sister O'Donoghue was asked on RTE radio yesterday [27 Feb 1996] about the treatment she received on the Pat Kenny television show on Saturday night when she attempted to apologise on behalf of the order. She was subjected...
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Woman Who Cried Rape Five Times is Spared Jail for Perverting the Course of Justice

Daily Mail, 7 March 2008 by Chris Brooke [ NOTE: Both of the accusers of Nora Wall had previously made several false rape allegations ] A binge-drinking woman who accused five innocent men of rape walked free from court....
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Chicago Battles Rise in Teen Deaths

by Karen Hawkins, Associated Press Writer, 27 March 2008 [ In view of all the bogus allegations of child killing made against the Christian Brothers in Ireland, the following account of how school children have REALLY been killed, should...
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JERSEY: Father Banned From School

Jersey Evening Post, 14 March 2008 by Andy Sibcy [ Long after the present witch-hunt has come to an end, this kind of thing will be the PERMANENT legacy of hysteria - and not only in Jersey. ] A...
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JERSEY 'SCANDAL': THE PROTAGONISTS

The Jersey "scandal" has been shaped (or maybe created) by the interaction between three people: * Senator Stuart Syvret, former health and social security minister on Jersey * Chief Minister Frank Walker * Simon Bellwood, former Jersey social worker...
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IS JERSEY 'SCANDAL' BASED ON IRELAND'S EXPERIENCE?

[ I already suspected that the ultimate source of the child murder allegations in Jersey, might be our Irish sex abuse witch-hunt. The island of Jersey is between Britain and France but, as far as I know, the child...
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