Sexually abusive Catholic priest relocated, not fired


This video from the USA says about itself:

Church Relocates Convicted Predator Priest To New Church

27 April 2016

A priest convicted of inappropriately touching a 19-year-old woman, has been reassigned to a new church. The priest has gone from San Diego to a new parish in Oklahoma. Ana Kasparian and Brett Erlich, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Fr. Jose Alexis Davila was convicted of inappropriately touching a 19-year-old woman in San Diego in 2011. Like most priests who have been caught or convicted of sex acts, Davila went to another church. The problem, however, is no one at the church was told about his crimes.

When the church of the Blessed Sacrament in Lawton, Oklahoma was introduced to Davila they were told only that “he has pastoral experience in the United States” but nothing about his criminal past or even the name of his previous church. None of the members had any idea he was convicted for groping a teenager, according to KFOR News.”

Read more here.

Dutch Buddhist clerical sexual abuse update


This video from the USA says about itself:

Zen Buddhism Sex Abuse Scandal | Religion Strikes Again

16 November 2013

Even Zen masters can be deviants. Inside the new book that unearths a disturbing pattern of affairs at the top of one of the largest Buddhist communities in the U.S.A.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Six new reports of sexual abuse by Buddhists

Today, 13:15

The hotline where sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers and monks can be reported received six reports during the last six months .

The independent hotline was set up in early November last year, in response to a number of scandals in Buddhist circles about which NOS reported. Its founder is the foundation managing the hotline about child pornography on the Internet.

Director Arda Gerkens of the foundation says they can not tell the content of the reports from Buddhist circles. This is to protect the anonymity of the plaintiffs. What they do want to say is that it partially concerns matters which have already been publicized. But there are some new ones too.

Small

Gerkens speaks of a “small number of reports.” There may be various causes for that, like ignorance of the new hotline. From the number of notifications according to her one cannot draw any conclusions at this time on the extent of sexual abuse by Buddhists in the Netherlands.

Just the followers of Thai monk Mettavihari, deceased in 2007, knew last year of dozens of abuse cases by their teacher.

See also here.

Dutch clerical sexual child abuse cover-up update


This video says about itself:

Belgian Bishop Admits Sexual Abuse of Boy – Sends Shockwave through Belgium

23 April 2010

Belgium’s longest-serving bishop admits sexually abusing a boy (his nephew). This was officially revealed at a press conference on 23 April 2010. Prior to his resignation, he was bishop of Bruges, which is located in one of the more conservatively religious regions of Flanders.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Dutch Religious Conference, the umbrella organization of [Roman Catholic] orders and congregations, has explicitly called upon victims of sexual abuse to complain “preferably” outside official procedures. …

A third

The Roman Catholic Church has in a third of all known cases of sexual abuse of children settled them internally, on condition of secrecy. That became apparent this morning from a study by NRC Handelsblad daily.

The Deetman committee, which investigated the sexual abuse within the church, had, quite the contrary, given the explicit advice to make all the settlements public.

Public

President Guido Klabbers of the victims’ organization KLOKK also said today to NRC Handelsblad that all abuse cases must be published.

“This also applies to the cases settled through mediation and settlement. It should be clear for what crimes compensation was paid. And it can not be that victims should be silent again.” …

Most church organizations according to the NRC refuse to say anything about the secret settlements. The Friars of Tilburg admitted there were 64 victims through the Foundation for Management & Supervision, and they concluded 28 direct settlements and another five via mediation.

The Jesuits paid almost 900,000 euros to 24 victims after a direct settlement or mediation. They paid more than 400,000 euros to twelve people through public complaints. The Jesuits are willing to make the files public anonymously, if the survivors agree.

The same applies to the Salesians, who have paid a total of 1.5 million. Of these, 1 million went to 36 victims with mediation agreements.

Dutch clerical child abuse survivor interviewed


Marcel Roomans, on the left, with two brothers

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

“I will not let the perpetrators silence me again”

Today, 07:14

The 73-year-old Marcel Roomans was sexually abused in his boyhood at a Roman Catholic boys’ school in Maastricht. Roomans reached a settlement with the Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary in Maastricht, a congregation that had schools and boarding schools. He was at the Aloysius School in Maastricht.

When Roomans was in the third grade, a friar rubbed his genitals with ointment. Later he was abused by another friar in a pitch-dark closet at school. After ten minutes it was over. “He got an orgasm, I suppose,” Roomans said to NRC Handelsblad daily, which pays attention to all the secret settlements in cases of sexual abuse within the church.

“I was lured to the school with a gift. Often on Saturdays because the school then was practically empty. It was nasty, mean and devoid of humanity.”

The Deetman commission received sixty reports of sexual abuse by friars of that congregation. The Maastricht friars have arranged a total of 63 settlements. Of those abuse cases it is not known what exactly happened.

Roomans himself chose mediation. “I wanted to look the one who was responsible for the friars who had abused me in the eyes.”

Fellow victims did sign such [secret] agreements. Roomans: “Ah, how does that happen? You get four A4 pages in your hands and you want it to be finished. Then you might not read everything accurately.” Roomans received 37,000 euros.

Dutch Roman Catholic clerical child abuse cover-up


This 29 October 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

Spotlight: On The Reporters Behind The Film

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Many secret settlements on sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church

Today, 07:19

The Roman Catholic Church has settled a third of all known cases of child sexual abuse by church officials secretly under conditions of confidentiality. That happened against the explicit advice of the Deetman committee, which investigated the sexual abuse within the church.

Research by NRC Handelsblad daily found this out. The newspaper has read internal documents by ecclesiastical authorities.

Mediation

In total, until the beginning of this year 342 cases have been settled outside the formal complaint procedure and are subject to confidentiality. In all these cases of sexual abuse therefore it remains unclear what exactly happened and what compensation victims have been awarded.

In 210 of these abuse cases the arrangement was made with the aid of a mediator. In the remaining cases it happened directly between the victims and the church. In total, according to NRC Handelsblad in the 342 secret settlements 10.6 million euros was paid in compensation.

Spotlight

In the two Oscars-winning movie Spotlight on the research of journalists from The Boston Globe about sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Boston, there is a key scene in which this mechanism is explained.

The church’s lawyer who arranged the secret settlements with victims tells the journalists that there is no paper trail of these settlements, because the settlements were established through mediation.

Deetman

The Deetman committee, which was established by the church itself to investigate the sexual abuse, advocated in its final report to deal with the abuse cases “based on transparency.” A complaint procedure was set up to be carried out by the Foundation for Management & Supervision, established in 2011.

The Foundation has settled until January 1 this year, 703 abuse cases whose nature and scope were published anonymously. In total religious institutions paid 21.3 million for these cases. About two hundred abuse cases have yet to be settled.

Rapes

In many cases severe forms of sexual abuse were involved. 146 children were raped, sometimes often. The youngest known victim was from four years old on raped by the director, deputy director and two supervisors of the Don Bosco orphanage in Rotterdam of the Company of St John’s Crusaders. That continued from 1959 to 1966.

Most abuse took place at boarding schools and other schools. The oldest rape victim was 26. The rape victims were together paid a sum of eight million euros. The individual compensations were between 12,500 and 100,000 euros.

Silent again

In the agreements which were presented to the victims arranged by the various ecclesiastical authorities there was in many cases a provision on strict confidentiality. “Parties commit themselves again now and in the future to third parties to not comment negatively on each other as regards the development of this settlement, and the events which caused it.”

So, again victims have to be silent about the abuse, about which already the perpetrators ordered them to be silent when it was committed.

Disclose

Such formulation was used in contracts in which mediators of Bureau Drieluik were involved: they concluded secret agreements involving the Maastricht Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary, the Salesians, the friars in Utrecht and Tilburg, the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Brothers of Charity. Those orders had schools and boarding schools.

Both the victims’ organization KLOKK and the Foundation for Management & Supervision stress to NRC Handelsblad the importance of disclosing the secret settlements now. Those cases could include supporting evidence for proceedings that are ongoing.

There are 250 victims with a believable story, but lack of evidence.

Total costs

According to NRC Handelsblad, the total cost to the church for the handling of the abuse has increased to nearly 60 million. In this, the legal costs, office costs and potential lost collections revenue are not included.

The Hotline on Sexual Abuse, which falls under the church’s Independent Foundation for Management & Supervision of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands, will in its annual report for 2015 report on the complaints processed and granted compensation, mediation and settlements. The annual report will be ready in the first week of April and will be published on their website.

British sexually abusive spy now trains police in Australia


This video from Britain says about itself:

Environmental and social justice campaigner Helen Steel talks about being spied on by undercover police officer John Dines.

Campaign Opposing Police surveillance meeting, London Metropolitan University, 12 November 2014.

By Conrad Landin in Britain:

Spy Cop ‘Training Police Abroad’

Thursday 10th March 2016

Undercover officer who deceived campaigner into relationship now working with Australian police

POLICE chiefs must give up hiding the identities of undercover coppers, campaigners said yesterday as an officer who deceived a woman into a long-term relationship was revealed to be training police abroad.

John Dines, a member of the Metropolitan Police’s elite Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), was found to be directing police training courses at Charles Sturt University in Sydney.

The explosive revelation came as a whistleblower undercover officer called on the upcoming undercover policing inquiry to rule out the Met’s petition for secrecy.

Mr Dines disappeared 24 years ago, after a career infiltrating protest groups.

As “John Barker,’ an identity stolen from a dead child, he had a two-year relationship with environmental activist and McLibel defendant Helen Steel.

Ms Steel was one of seven women given substantial payouts by the Met in November — when the force issued an “unreserved” apology for forming “abusive and manipulative” relationships.

The Met continues to “neither confirm nor deny” the identities of individual police officers involved in these covert operations.

Campaigners, who gathered outside New Scotland Yard yesterday evening, hope the inquiry, which is currently holding preliminary hearings before full sessions begin in the summer, could force chiefs to change this policy.

Protesters said that only 10 per cent of undercover officers’ “cover names” were known.

Reclaim the Streets activist Carolyn, who is a core participant in the inquiry, said she believed that her group was spied on by other coppers.

“No-one knows for sure if they were spied on,” she told the Star. “We’re asking for all the cover names to be made available — we’re not asking for their real names, it doesn’t affect their own security.”

But the Met has petitioned inquiry chairman Christopher Pitchford to maintain officers’ anonymity and sit in secret when discussing covert operations.

Now lawyers acting for Peter Francis, the ex-officer who revealed that the SDS had spied on trade unions, have urged Mr Pitchford to rule out this request.

They say that the Met’s argument that disclosure would contravene its promise to officers that their identities would be protected for life did not stack up.

Lawyers also say there are “no real national security considerations” in disclosing information on the targeting of activist groups — unlike undercover cops “used in relation to serious crime and to counter terrorism.”

Mr Francis previously issued a statement saying he had spied on members of five trade unions. The undercover inquiry is also examining evidence that police colluded in the blacklisting of construction workers.

GMB national officer Justin Bowden, who has been key to the anti-blacklisting campaign, said: “There is an obvious need for complete transparency on this very emotive issue.

“For there to be any kind of reconciliation and closure for people harmed by police activities, the truth has to come out.

“The police can either continue to be part of the cover-up, or be part of the clean-up.”

Ms Steel flew to Australia after discovering her ex-boyfriend’s new career, and confronted him at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith airport — where he was greeting a party of Indian police officers due to be trained at Charles Sturt.

She said Mr Dines apologised but added that when he had been sent in to infiltrate groups in north London it was to look out for “extremists.”

Ms Steel fears what his role might be with the Indian police training programme. New South Wales legislative council member David Shoebridge yesterday called for the state government to investigate whether local officers had been trained by disgraced SDS veterans.

Mr Dines was listed as a staff member on the course for Indian officers in university literature and as a “professor” in another academic document. But the university said his role was “solely administrative.”

UK plans to track all internet connections could cost £1bn, campaigners warn: here.