Child abuse survivors march against clerical cover-up

This video says about itself, translated from Dutch:

A boy (Jelle) brings a symbolic white rose to a St. Francis statue in order to come to terms with the abuse / maltreatment in the boys’ boarding school St. Mary of the Angels of the Franciscan order in Bleijerheide, the Netherlands.

Tomorrow, in Kerkrade in the Netherlands, child abuse survivors and their supporters will march against cover-up of abuse of children by priests by the Roman Catholic church hierarchy.

The march is organized by the organization Mea Culpa United.

The march will start at 3pm, at Franciscanenstraat 44 in Bleijerheide neighborhood, Kerkrade.

It will finish at the former Franciscan friars’ boys’ boarding school; which had a history of much sexual abuse.

From Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad today:

The former head of the Dutch Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Simonis, must testify under oath in a case about church sexual abuse. The court in Middelburg has determined that at the request of the lawyer of an abuse victim.

Roman Catholic church faces £8m abuse payout: here.

7 thoughts on “Child abuse survivors march against clerical cover-up

  1. Court setback for catholic child welfare society

    By Stephen Howard, PA

    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    A Catholic child welfare society which may face a multi-million damages claim over abuse at a school failed today to offload some of the liability.

    The Court of Appeal dismissed a challenge by the Catholic Child Welfare Society (CCWS) of Middlesbrough Diocese in a case where 150 former pupils are suing for sexual and physical abuse by teachers and other staff at St William’s in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire, which closed in 1992.

    Middlesbrough Diocese, which may face an £8 million compensation claim, said at a hearing in July that the De La Salle Brotherhood, a Catholic organisation which provided teachers for the school, should take some responsibility.

    A judge had ruled last year that the brotherhood had no legal responsibility for the alleged abuse.

    Lord Justice Pill, one of three appeal judges who heard the case, said in his ruling today: “Management of the school was expressly the responsibility of the management board and I see no basis, in the circumstances of this case, for the imposition on the institute of vicarious liability jointly with the board.”

    No trial has yet taken place to determine what if any abuse has taken place.

    Jeremy Stuart-Smith QC, representing the diocese and its Catholic Child Welfare Society, had said at the hearing that many or most of the alleged acts of abuse were said to have been committed by members of the brotherhood working at the school.

    The CCWS and its predecessor body, which ran the school, accepted in the Court of Appeal that it would be liable for such abuse as may be proved.

    The question for the court was whether the Institute of Brothers of Christian Schools, also known as the De La Salle Institute, of which some but not all of the teachers (but none of the non-teaching staff) were members, would also be liable.

    The case centres around the alleged systematic abuse of boys aged between ten and 16 from 1960 to 1992.

    The school had taken in boys referred from local authorities, mainly from Yorkshire and north-east England.


  2. Catholic Church needs exorcists


    With Post Wire Services

    Last Updated: 12:51 PM, November 13, 2010

    Posted: 12:37 AM, November 13, 2010

    The Roman Catholic Church is looking for a few good men — to battle Satan.

    The church in the US has become so short of priests who know how to perform an exorcism that it began an emergency two-day meeting yesterday to teach clerics how to properly cast out demons.

    A group of 56 bishops and 66 priests — including an assistant to New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan — have gathered in Baltimore for the Conference on the Liturgical and Pastoral Practice of Exorcism. The mystical meeting was focused on a lot more than just dodging green vomit and stopping heads from spinning.

    “Learning the liturgical rite is not difficult,” said Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Houston, who is attending the conference. “The problem is the discernment that the exorcist needs before he would ever attempt the rite.”

    The number of US clerics who know how to do an exorcism has dropped dramatically in recent years, ever since the holy procedure became a laughingstock thanks to Linda Blair’s head-spinning performance as a possessed girl in the 1973 film “The Exorcist.”

    The situation has gotten so hellacious that only five or six priests are left in the country with the knowledge to properly carry out an exorcism, the Catholic News Service reported.

    But with numerous Catholic immigrants coming to the Uinited States from nations where exorcisms are taken seriously, the church’s handful of exorcists are being overwhelmed.

    “There’s this small group of priests who say they get requests from all over the continental US,” Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki told the Catholic News Service.

    And though some non-Catholics may snicker, exorcisms are an important church rite. Pope John Paul II is said to have performed one, and the Bible talks of Jesus casting out demons.

    “We don’t think that’s poetic metaphor,” Paprocki said.

    It can be hard to know who really needs an exorcism. The US church gets about 400 inquiries a year for the religious rite, but only two or three are performed, according to a book by Catholic writer Neal Lozano.

    New York’s Father Dennis McManus, an assistant to Archbishop Dolan, is expected to speak at the conference, which started yesterday and ends today. The New York archdiocese did not respond to questions about what McManus will say, but according to the Catholic News Service, he likely will be discussing how to tell if someone is possessed by a demon.

    Before any exorcism can take place, a priest must look for the telltale signs, such as a violent reaction to holy water, super strength, aversion to the name of Jesus or Mary and speaking in tongues.

    Also, the possibly possessed person must be checked out by a psychologist to make sure they are not mentally ill before a bishop will allow an exorcism to proceed.

    Once an exorcism is initiated, the priest will try to drive the demon out of the possessed person by sprinkling holy water, reciting psalms and laying on hands.


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