British royal in child abuse scandal, ex-policeman says


This video from Britain says about itself:

Is The Establishment Riddled With Paedophiles? Russell Brand The Trews (E244)

28 January 2015

Reaction to the delay in Parliament’s child abuse inquiry, the allegations of child abuse against former politicians and the recent allegations against Prince Andrew.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Royal family member was investigated as part of paedophile ring before cover-up, ex-cop says

The former officer claims the investigation was shut down for ‘national security’ reasons

Jon Stone

Monday 23 March 2015

A member of the Royal family was claimed to be part of a suspected paedophile ring under investigation by police in the late 1980s, a former police officer has said.

The former Metropolitan Police officer says he was told by a detective sergeant that the investigation into the ring, which was also claimed to include an MP, was shut down for national security reasons.

“I was in a car with two other vice squad officers. … The detective sergeant said he had just had a major child abuse investigation shut down by the CPS regarding a royal and an MP,” he told the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

“He did not mention names, but he said the CPS had said it was not in the public’s interest because it ‘could destabilise national security’.”

The police officer identified the two colleagues, the newspaper said.

Sir Allan Green, the Director of Public Prosecutions and head of the CPS at the time the conversation took place, said he was not aware of any child abuse investigations shut down for national security reasons.

He however said he had been asked by a “senior person” if he had heard anything about a named MP being involved in child abuse. He said he had not.

The MP he was asked about has since died, Mr Green said.

The Metropolitan Police has pledged to investigate historical crimes by establishment figures “without fear of favour”.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he was pleased that allegations of cover-ups were coming to light.

“We do think we are getting somewhere with these wider enquiries and we are seeing people coming forward. We have seen lots of coverage this week around allegations of cover-ups, and I think it’s helpful that this is being spoken about and people are coming forward.

“We will go where the evidence takes us, without fear or favour, I think that is what the public expect and that is what the investigators are doing and are keen to continue to do.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating 14 related allegations of impropriety by officer stretching from the 1970s to 2005.

The Home Secretary Theresa May said earlier month that child sexual abuse ran through British society like a “stick of Blackpool rock” and warned that the public did not fully “appreciate the true scale” of exploitation.

DJ Neil Fox charged with nine sex offences involving six people – three of whom were children: here.

US soldiers and military contractors were responsible for the rape and sexual abuse of scores of Colombian children, but faced no legal repercussions because of a treaty between Washington and Bogota granting them full immunity: here.

Chileans protest against bishop’s cover-up of child abuse


This 21 March 2015 video is called Chilean Catholics Protest Naming of Bishop Linked to Sex Abuse.

From the BBC:

21 March 2015 Last updated at 19:25 GMT

Hundreds in Chile try to stop Bishop Barros ordination

Protesters in southern Chile have tried to stop the ordination of a Catholic bishop, accusing him of covering up a priest’s sexual abuse of young boys.

Police in the city of Osorno said at least 650 people turned up at the cathedral wearing black in protest against the ordination of Juan Barros.

The protesters say Bishop Barros used his position in the Church to try to deter an investigation into the actions of his mentor, Fernando Karadima.

Bishop Barros denies the allegations.

‘Tremendous problem’

More than 1,000 people wrote to Pope Francis to ask him to review the appointment.

“I believe the Catholic Church is not listening to its people,” said Christian Democrat congressman Sergio Ojeda.

“That is why we are asking for Bishop Barros to show dignity and resign, putting an end to this tremendous problem,” he told La Tercera newspaper.

The top leaders of Chile’s Catholic Church and most of the local authorities stayed away, but the ceremony went ahead in the morning in Osorno, some 900km (560 miles) south of the capital, Santiago.

Protesters outside and inside the cathedral attempted to stop the ordination going ahead.

There was a heavy police presence there and three people were arrested. …

‘Penitence and prayer’

Juan Barros was a protege of Father Karadima, who spent decades training young men to enter the priesthood, and regularly celebrated Mass at a well-known church in Santiago.

In February 2011, the Vatican found Father Karadima, then 81, guilty of sexually abusing children.

The Vatican ordered him to a life of “penitence and prayer” in a monastery in Santiago.

Months later, a judge dismissed a criminal case against him, saying the alleged crimes had been committed too many years before.

The BBC’s Gideon Long, in Santiago, says that before the allegations surfaced, Father Karadima was one of the most respected and influential priests in Chile.

Pope Francis under pressure after appointing bishop suspected of protecting a pedofile priest: here.

At least 54 Colombian girls sexually abused by immune US military: Report here.

Dutch pedophile priest working with Brazilian children


This video from the USA says about itself:

Abuse Documentary: The Shame of the Catholic Church | Retro Report | The New York Times

31 March 2014

Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has been making headlines for years. Some priests have been punished, but what about the bishops who shielded them?

Read the story here.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Pedophile priest still works with kids’

Today, 03:54

The Dutch pedophile priest Cornelio still works with children. In Brazil he accompanies children in making toys, according to a broadcast of the EO [Dutch Protestant broadcasting corporation] television show Dit is de Dag Onderzoek. The program, which will be broadcast tonight, did research on sexual abuse by missionaries.

Cornelio (90 years old) worked from 1962 to 1988 as the leader of the Roman Catholic youth activities in Vught [Noord-Brabant province, the Netherlands]. He organized children’s camps and taught children crafts lessons.

Congregation

Three men have said to the hotline for reporting sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church [officially recognized by the Dutch Roman Catholic Church] that they used to be repeatedly abused by the priest. They also saw during camps how he abused other boys. The hotline has upheld all complaints and Father Cornelio is also said to have admitted this.

The congregation of the priest promised several years ago to take appropriate action against the man, but Cornelio says he never got any penalty.

According to the investigative journalists of the EO, there are still more pedophile priests not dealt with by their congregations. The congregation of Father Cornelio did not want to respond to the broadcast.

Dit is de Dag Onderzoek, NPO 2 TV, 21:15.

‘British police did nothing against politician Cyril Smith’s child abuse’


This video from Britain says about itself:

28 April 2014

Documentary detailing the abuse of children by Cyril Smith MP, and how it was covered up by the security services. Originally shown on Channel 4. Apologies that the first few minutes or so are missing.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Cyril Smith: Police ‘found stash of child sex abuse videos in MP’s car but did nothing’

Book claims that the MP was arrested but released minutes later after ‘making a phone call to someone in London’

Matt Dathan

Friday 20 March 2015

Police are investigating claims that police found a stash of child sex abuse videos in the car of the late Cyril Smith MP but took no action.

He was arrested on the M1 in Northamptonshire in the 1980s but released minutes later after making a phone call to someone in London, according to claims made in a book about the former Rochdale MP who police now believe was a prolific abuser of children.

Northamptonshire police have now become the third police force to investigate claims of a cover up involving Mr Smith.

The claim is made by the current MP for Rochdale, Labour’s Simon Danczuk, in a book published last year.

In it he alleges that police took the images of child abuse found in Mr Smith’s car into the police station but the material has since disappeared.

Allegations and investigations into child abuse dogged Mr Smith’s career but no charges were ever brought.

Lead officer Supt Steve Lingley, from Northamptonshire police, confirmed the latest cover-up inquiry into cover-up claims on Thursday.

“If Cyril Smith was stopped on the M1, and was arrested by Northamptonshire police, I want to know who those officers are. We want to understand why they released him.

“We want to know if they came under any pressure, who that person was that gave the instruction to be released,” he said.

Northamptonshire’s police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds said the inquiry would centre on suspicions that police officers were “brought under pressure from somebody in London to release Smith”.

“What worries me the most about that is, if we had reason to hold onto him, this man was released back into the community and continued to perpetrate heinous crimes,” he said.

Earlier this week a retired detective claimed Mr Smith was not taken to court when paedophilia allegations emerged in the 1960s because of concerns that other high-profile sex offenders would be exposed.

Scotland Yard is already facing allegations of a cover-up after the BBC’s Newsnight reported claims that criminal evidence, including photos and videos of men abusing teenage boys, was buried in the 1980s.

Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice? Here.

Police staff, teachers and civil servants among 264 suspected paedophiles charged in major operation, National Crime Agency discloses: here.

Homophobic sexually abusive Scottish Cardinal O’Brien resigns


This 2013 video from Scotland is called Cardinal Keith O’Brien: Vatican inquiry over ‘sexual conduct’.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Pope Francis accepts Scottish cardinal Keith O’Brien‘s resignation

O’Brien to step down from clerical duties following allegations of sexual misconduct, but will retain his title

Mark Tran

Friday 20 March 2015 13.56 GMT

Pope Francis has accepted the decision of the Scottish cardinal Keith O’Brien to step down from clerical duties over allegations of sexual misconduct.

O’Brien will retain his title, but he will be reduced to strictly private life. The resignation followed the decision by the pope to send a personal envoy, archbishop Charles Scicluna, to Scotland last year to investigate the allegations.

Francis reached his decision based on the inquiry. Its contents are only known fully know only to the pontiff and Scicluna. O’Brien’s decision followed a private discussion with Francis. …

O’Brien resigned in 2013 amid allegations published in the Observer of sexual impropriety made by three priests and one former priest. O’Brien was Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric at the time, and he was ordered by the Vatican to spend a period of time in “prayer and penance”.

A year ago, one of the men appealed directly to Pope Francis to intervene, describing the church as a “formidable machine” and accusing officials of having “passed the buck, misrepresented the truth, engaged in cover-up and … shamelessly procrastinated”.

“I want to ask Pope Francis can you sort this out,” the man told the Observer.

O’Brien, who was due to retire in March 2013, was an outspoken opponent of gay rights. He condemned homosexuality as immoral, opposed gay adoption, and argued that same-sex marriages would be “harmful to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of those involved”.

In 2012, he was named bigot of the year by the gay rights charity Stonewall.

It is understood that the first allegation against the cardinal dates back to 1980. The complainant was then a 20-year-old seminarian at St Andrew’s College, Drygrange, where O’Brien was his “spiritual director”.

Australian archbishop arrested in child abuse scandal


This video from Australia says about itself:

17 March 2015

Adelaide Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson has been charged with concealing child sex abuse, committed by another clergyman three decades ago.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Archbishop accused of paedophile cover-up

Wednesday 18th March 2015

AUSTRALIAN Catholic archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson was arrested yesterday and charged with covering up for a paedophile priest during the 1970s.

He said that he was disappointed that New South Wales state police had decided to charge him with concealing a serious child sexual abuse offence, adding that he would fight the charge, which carries a potential two-year prison sentence.

It is alleged that he failed to report child-sex abuse carried out by James Fletcher in the 1970s when they both served in the town of Maitland, north of Sydney.

Mr Fletcher died in prison in 2006, one year into an almost eight-year sentence for raping an altar boy between 1989 and 1991.

A victim of Mr Fletcher’s paedophilia, Peter Gogarty, expressed relief over the charge yesterday, saying: “I think it’s a very, very important day for Australia that we’ve now had someone in such a high position charged.”

British establishment child abuse, ‘protect whistleblowing police officers’


This 16 March 2015 video from Britain is called Police scrapped paedophile investigation into Cyril Smith & others – Newsnight.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

‘Protect police who expose top paedos’

Wednesday 18th March 2015

Labour MPs call for immunity for paedophile ring whistleblowers

LABOUR MPs demanded legal immunity for police officers who name and shame members of a VIP paedophile ring yesterday.

The call came after it was claimed former Liberal MP Cyril Smith, who is known to have abused teenage boys, was arrested but released by officers in the 1980s.

A former police officer who worked on the case told Newsnight that Mr Smith was saved from prosecution in order to protect other high-ranking paedophile MPs and police officers.

Labour MP Simon Danczuk revealed yesterday that another officer has told him that a number of investigations had been halted for that reason.

“It’s inevitable the police would have known what was going on and would have investigated it,”Mr Danczuk told BBC World at One.

“What we’re now concerned about is that they were stopped from taking those investigations further.”

The officers are concerned that they could breach the Official Secrets Act if they disclose information relating to their investigations.

The government blocked Labour MP John Mann’s Bill that would have given them immunity from the act.

The Home Office said yesterday that the act is “not a bar to giving evidence” to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPPC).

But Labour MP Tom Watson, who first raised the issue in Parliament, said: “It is now clear that the Prime Minister must guarantee that former police and intelligence officers who wish to help the IPCC with its inquiries will have the threat of the Official Secrets Act lifted.”

The IPCC revealed on Monday that it is following 14 cases of alleged corruption in the Met police relating to child sex offences from the 1970s to the 2000s.

Among the allegations is a claim that a Houses of Parliament document found at a child sex offender’s address linked a number of “highly prominent individuals.”

Another allegation is that an abuse victim’s account was altered to omit a senior politician’s name, while it is also alleged that no further action was taken into claims of child sex abuse involving a former senior Met Police officer and senior judges.

Cameron guarantees no prosecutions for child-abuse whistleblowers. Police officers want legal reassurance before going public with information relating to earlier investigations that were dropped: here.

The investigation of alleged corruption in the Metropolitan Police relating to child sex offences from the 1970s to the 2000s leaves a lot to be desired, writes Steven Walker: here.