Accused priest steps away from ministry — A Catholic priest on the South Shore has stepped away from ministry after being accused of sexually molesting a boy at a Milton parish 40 years ago. The Rev. Charles Murphy, attached to St. Francis Xavier Parish in South Weymouth, allegedly fondled a boy who was 14 and 15 years old, said Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer who has represented about 700 victims of clergy sex abuse.
Allegation of sexual abuse by priest shocks West Texas town — Reporting from Rocksprings, Texas
Allegations that a local parish priest raped a teenager at gunpoint have spawned a wave of soul-searching in this remote West Texas sheep- and goat-ranching community and denials of a coverup from the Catholic archdiocese in San Antonio led by Archbishop Jose Gomez. Accusations that Father John M. Fiala sexually assaulted the boy in 2007 and 2008 — twice at gunpoint — surfaced Thursday in a lawsuit filed against the archdiocese and Gomez, who was named earlier this week to lead the archdiocese in L.A.
Avondale mom: Missing-boy story ignored by police — The mother of a boy missing in Mexico for more than two years said Saturday that her son could have been found earlier if police had taken her story seriously. The Avondale woman was reunited with her son more than a week ago after federal agents found the 10-year-old playing outside at a relative’s house in a town just over the border, according to an FBI statement.
Boy Scouts Abuse Case Nears End — A Portland jury heard Tuesday from the final witnesses in a civil trial against the Boy Scouts of America. At issue in the trial is whether the national organization did enough to warn the community that some scoutmasters were pedophiles. The defense for the Boy Scouts rested its case earlier this week. Their witnesses testified that schools and youth groups knew very little about sexual abuse of children in the early 1980s. The defense argued that the Scouts’ efforts to identify abusers and keep them out of scouting were admirable by the standards of the time.
Exiled Pedophile Priest May Have Continued Abuse — The modest clapboard cottage projects a sense of simple rural peace, nestled amid tall pines on quiet Trout Lake. The house, in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, had been in the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy’s family for years, his getaway in the summer months and his sanctuary where he was sent to retire in 1974, at age 48, after victims of sexual abuse demanded he be removed from work at a school for the deaf near Milwaukee.
Cafeteria worker accused of sex abuse to stand trial — A 16-year-old boy described in court on Wednesday how his middle school cafeteria worker struck up a friendship with him, bought him gifts and then demanded sexual favors as repayment over a two-year period. The boy, 14 when the alleged abuse began, said 41-year-old Jamie Lynn Greenwood would buy him presents on shopping trips he went on with Greenwood and her son, who was the boy’s friend and classmate.
Helpline for male victims of abuse — MEN in Forres who are being abused by their partners will be able to access a new telephone helpline being set up this month. The ‘Men’s Advice Line’ helpline will operate across Scotland and be manned by trained advisors who will offer confidential and practical advice as well as emotional support to callers. They will also offer advice to concerned friends or relatives who phone in. Last year more than 7,000 men in Scotland reported being abused by a partner.
Priest Likens Criticism of Vatican to Persecution of the Jews — On Good Friday a Vatican priest compared recent criticism of the Catholic church to anti-Semitism, drawing ire from Jewish groups and advocates for victims of sexual abuse. Just like the “collective violence” that the Jews have endured the church has come under attack, observed Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, supposedly quoting a letter from an unnamed Jewish friend. In front of an audience that included the pope, he continued: “‘The use of stereotypes, the shifting of personal responsibility and guilt to a collective guilt remind me of the most shameful aspects of anti-Semitism.’”
Sexual Assault Program Trains For Male Victims — A proclamation by Gov. Butch Otter Thursday morning declared April as Child Abuse Awareness Month. Agencies around Idaho are educating the general public and victims of abuse on where they can get help. The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence says female sexual assault victims have numerous resources through law enforcement, hospitals, and outreach programs, but options available for the rising number of male victims are limited. The organization has launched their “Consent is Given, Not Taken” campaign and is training people who usually work with females victims to provide the same amount of help and support to male victims.