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former pope knew of abuse, Bishops Reinstate Accused Priests, 'ritual beatings'

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    also: Papal ally accused of ritual beatings 1963 letter shows former pope knew of abuse By GILLIAN FLACCUS (AP) – 4/1/10 LOS ANGELES — A newly released
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2010
      also: Papal ally accused of 'ritual beatings'

      1963 letter shows former pope knew of abuse By GILLIAN FLACCUS (AP)
      – 4/1/10 LOS ANGELES — A newly released letter to then-Pope Paul
      VI indicates the Vatican was aware of clergy abuse in the U.S. nearly
      five decades ago. In the 1963 letter released Wednesday, the head of a
      Roman Catholic order that oversaw treatment of pedophile priests tells
      the pope he recommends removing pedophile priests from active ministry.
      The letter is a summary of the Rev. Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald's thoughts on
      problem priests that appears to have been requested by the pope after
      Fitzgerald's 1963 visit to the Vatican. Fitzgerald headed the New
      Mexico-based Servants of the Holy Paraclete. The letter was released in
      Los Angeles by attorneys for California clergy abuse victims who
      obtained the document during litigation.
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      U.S. Bishops Quietly Reinstate Accused Priests by Barbara Bradley
      Hagerty March 31, 2010 While the Roman Catholic sexual abuse scandal
      unfolds in Europe, the Catholic Church in the U.S. is under renewed
      scrutiny. In the wake of its own scandal almost a decade ago, the U.S.
      church says it has reformed its policies for handling sexual abuse
      allegations and will remove from ministry every priest who is credibly
      accused of abuse. But some of those priests are now being quietly
      reinstated....

      Juan Rocha was 12 years old when he says he was molested by his parish
      priest, the Rev. Eric Swearingen. He eventually brought his complaints
      to the bishop of Fresno, Calif., John Steinbock. When Steinbock said he
      didn't find the allegations credible, Rocha sued the priest and the
      diocese in civil court. In 2006, the jury found 9 to 3 that Swearingen
      had abused Rocha. But it could not decide whether the diocese knew about
      it. Rather than go through a new trial, the two sides settled. At the
      time, Steinbock said he thought the jury got it wrong, and that while
      the Catholic Church should protect children, "doing this cannot be done
      in such a manner as to punish innocent priests."....Today, Swearingen
      serves as priest at Holy Spirit parish in Fresno, where he also oversees
      the youth ministry. Swearingen did not return phone calls, and Steinbock
      declined requests for an interview....Swearingen's case is not an
      isolated one, says

      Anne Barrett Doyle, who works with the watchdog group
      BishopAccountability.org. She says that recently, bishops have started
      quietly returning to ministry priests who previously have been accused
      of abuse. Doyle and others have identified about a dozen clergy who have
      been accused, arrested or sued for abuse and returned to ministry. She
      says the process for investigating priests is secret, and often the
      diocese says nothing about the charges against a priest when it returns
      him to ministry. In 2003, a criminal-trial jury convicted the Rev.
      Michael Fugee, a priest in Newark, N.J., of molesting a teenage boy.
      Later, an appellate court overturned the verdict because of the judge's
      instruction. Rather than undergo a new trial, the prosecutors and the
      Archdiocese of New Jersey agreed to keep Fugee away from children. When
      officials at a local hospital where Fugee was serving as a volunteer
      chaplain — saying Mass and ministering to families — learned of
      the criminal trial in his past, they were horrified.
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      Papal ally accused of 'ritual beatings' German bishop accused of hitting
      child with carpet beater at church-run home By Tony Paterson in Berlin 1
      April 2010 The child abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church widened
      yesterday as a leading German bishop personally appointed by Pope
      Benedict was accused of ritually beating and punching children at a
      church-run home during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

      Five former residents of the St Josef's home in Bavaria submitted
      written statements to Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper
      claiming the Bishop of Augsburg, Walter Mixa, a controversial
      conservative churchman appointed by the Pope in 2005, used to hit and
      degrade them during punishment sessions at the home....Bishop Mixa is
      renowned for being a member of the hardline conservative group of German
      Catholic Church leaders, to which the Pope belonged before his
      appointment to the Vatican.
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