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我都支持朱牧師 認為她是一位人天合一的心靈好導師 沙加燦總算尚有點良知
紐約郵報4日報導，自1989年以來一直擔任該教堂主任司鐸的哈里斯，今年3月曾為帕特生主持就任州長的宣誓儀式。他被控在20年前性侵犯兒童之後，紐約教區當局要求他離職。 教區發言人發表聲明說，教區下令哈里斯「離開主任司鐸職務，亦不能擔任教士，直到教區顧問審查委員會調查完後為止」。聲明還說，在曼哈坦地區聯邦檢察官辦公室接到第二起哈里斯性虐待兒童的指控之後，教區向該辦公室報告了此事。 哈里斯否認任何指控，也未被檢察官控以任何罪名。但這位在州長就職儀式上被帕特生稱為「我的牧師」的人，真是一個驚天動地的大逆轉。 哈里斯於1972年授以神職，以後逐步升遷，最後成為St. Charles Borromeo教堂的牧師。他還是紐約天主教慈善會的董事和紐約市警察局的榮譽牧師。今年4月，羅馬教宗本篤16世在洋基球場舉行彌撒時，他擔任協調員。 前基督教兄弟會（Christian Brother）成員、教會性虐待受害者權益維護人士侯特森（Bob Hoatson）表示，有孌童癖的神職人員不斷曝光，他毫不驚訝。
哈林區St. Charles Borromeo教堂的61歲牧師哈里斯（Wallace Harris），因被指控20年前性虐待兒童而被迫離職。【ABC新聞網站】
曾 在 美 國 性 侵 犯 男 童 的 前 神 父 Dennis Sewar ， 原 來 先 後 在 本 港 兩 間 小 學 任 。 除 了 在 直 資 學 校 基 督 臻 美 黃 乾 亨 小 學 暨 初 中 學 校 前 後 任 三 個 多 月 ， 觀 塘 區 津 貼 小 學 迦 密 梁 省 德 學 校 證 實 Dennis Sewar 曾 在 該 校 任 七 個 月 之 久 ， 校 長 羅 勵 賢 表 示 ， 將 向 全 校 學 生 及 家 長 報 告 事 件 ， 如 有 需 要 ， 會 為 學 生 提 供 輔 導 。
育 評 議 會 副 主 席 何 漢 權 表 示 ， 有 性 侵 犯 兒 童 前 科 的 師 ， 對 學 童 始 終 具 潛 在 危 險 ， 促 請 育 局 亡 羊 補 牢 ， 盡 快 向 公 眾 交 代 事 件 ， 並 且 要 訂 立 完 善 機 制 ， 確 保 所 有 前 來 香 港 任 的 外 籍 師 均 無 性 犯 罪 紀 錄 。
育 局 回 應 稱 ， 一 般 而 言 ， 所 有 在 港 任 的 師 ， 包 括 外 籍 英 語 師 ， 均 需 註 冊 。 申 請 註 冊 時 ， 當 局 會 向 師 查 問 過 去 曾 否
有 犯 罪 紀 錄 。 育 局 今 日 會 向 有 關 學 校 了 解 情 況 及 提 供 適 切 協 助 。
傳 媒 查 詢 學 校 始 得 悉
迦 密 梁 省 德 學 校 校 長 羅 勵 賢 書 面 回 覆 本 報 指 出 ， Sewar 並 不 是 該 校 直 接 聘 任 ， 是 該 校 外 購 服 務 的 駐 校 部 分 時 間 外 籍
師 。 校 方 依 照 育 局 指 引 的 採 購 程 序 ， 經 代 理 機 構 聘 請 派 駐 學 校 服 務 的 駐 校 部 分 時 間 外 籍 英 語 師 。 有 關 Sewar 的 資 料 由 代 理 機 構 向 該 校 提 供 ， 當 中 沒 有 提 供 犯 罪 紀 錄 。 該 校 從 不知 悉 Sewar 曾 懷 疑 涉 及 侵 犯 兒 童 行 為 ， 直 至 昨 午 傳 媒 查 詢 才 得 悉 事 件 。
羅 勵 賢 表 示 ， Sewar 由 去 年 十 一 月 至 今 年 六 月 派 駐 該 校 服 務 ， 合 約 已 於 今 年 六 月 底屆 滿 。 派 駐 該 校 服 務 期 間 ， 並 沒 有 收 到 任 何 學 生 或 家 長 對 他 的 投 訴 ， 包 括 任 何 涉 及性 侵 犯 的 投 訴 或 行 為 。 校 方 將 向 聘 請 Sewar 的 代 理 機 構 負 責 人 查 詢 ， 確 定 資 料 後 ，將 會 向 全 校 學 生 及 家 長 報 告 有 關 事 件 。
校 董 促 設 性 罪 犯 名 冊
臻 美 黃 乾 亨 小 學 校 監 謝 家 浩 表 示 ， Sewar 於 ○ 七 年 九 月 任 職 該 校 ， 但 不 足 三 個 月 便 因 私 人 理 由 辭 職 。 至 今 年 九 月 開 學 才 返 回 該 校 任 ， 但 任 只 十 一 天 ， 校 方 上 周 五 與 他 解 約 。 校 方 已 要 求 負 責 聘 請 外 籍 英 語 師 的 代 理 公 司 ， 盡 快 提 交 其 餘 七 名 外 籍 師 的 「 無 性 犯 罪 紀 錄 證 明 」 ， 避 免 學 童 受 到 影 響 。 日 後 聘 請 外 籍 師 時 ， 必 須 要 求 應 徵 者 提 供 「 無 性 犯 罪 紀 錄 證 明 」 。 校 方 今 日 將 向 全 校 學 生 家 長 派 發 通 告 交 代 事 件 。
謝 家 浩 強 調 ， 雖 然 至 今 未 收 到 相 關 投 訴 ， 但 會 提 醒 學 校 社 工 和 家 長 ， 若 發 現 有 師 曾 對 學 童 做 過 一 些 令 其 感 不 安 的 行 為 ， 有 需 要 時 ， 校 方 會 向 警 方 備 案 。 該 校 校 董黃 英 琦 表 示 ， 對 事 件 感 震 驚 及 深 表 遺 憾 ， 她 認 為 政 府 應 盡 快 成 立 性 罪 犯 名 冊 ， 拒 絕讓 名 冊 上 的 人 士 從 事 同 類 工 作 。
(加通社滿地可電)一名自稱為牧師的滿地可男子周三被判性侵犯一名10歲女童罪名成立。該被告人聲稱，他與該女孩之間的所謂婚姻關係，賦予與她發生性行為的權利。經過5年充滿法律爭拗的聆訊後，現年56歲的高米耶(Daniel Cormier)周三終被魁省法院法官杜蘭(Judge Sylvie Durand)定罪。高米耶曾是現已不復存在的滿地可市區教會(Church of Downtown Montreal)的負責人，並曾競選過滿地可市長。當年的女童現已19歲，她在審訊過程中供稱，她當時太小，根本無法明白高米耶結婚後共同生活的計劃，並拒絕與其步入任何形式的結合。杜蘭今年早時告訴高米耶，他堅稱與女事主有婚約在身的辯詞，將不被接受。高米耶矢言否定自己的所作所為構成犯罪或孌童行為，並稱他只是對這名他稱為妻子的女童情難自禁。高米耶還面臨兩項涉及另一名16歲少女的控罪，擬將在1月出庭應訊。他對這些控罪矢口否認。他在主持上述教會期間，於1993年收容了該名女童及她的姊妹和她們的母親，她當時是名正在戒毒的妓女。該家人將高米耶描述成父輩角色，他也漸漸被兩名女孩當作生活中的家長看待。正是在此時刻，教會的其他成員開始對高米耶與女童的關係愈來愈疑竇叢生。在一名社工報警後，高米耶於2003年被捕。該案隨後在司法系統中輾轉多年，部分因為法律的爭拗及控辯雙方均提出多項的動議。高米耶沒有聘請律師。高米耶將在11月接受判刑，控方表示，將設法讓他坐牢。
# .1. 教會學校 , also `````建築品質低劣，缺乏鋼筋結構加固，"""" ???
神 aa !!!，你 當時 在那裡 !!! ???
[ 本帖最後由 prussianz 於 2008-11-9 12:13 編輯 ]
原帖由 prussianz 於 2008-11-9 12:04 發表
命 在 我們 不在 神！
們 and 神 ，@普通話 , in rhymin'押韻 .,;==^)
[ 本帖最後由 prussianz 於 2008-11-10 05:21 編輯 ]
對於佐根“不能自控對兒童的性侵犯”，波士頓教區 兩任 紅衣主教、二十多個 教會官員都知根知底，但一直沒有給予實質處理。據《波士頓環球報-[[[[[[[[-1-of-top-10-newspapers-in-U.S.A.-]]]]]]]]]》披露，30多年間，佐根這個有戀童癖的牧師換了五六個教區，連續作惡。
到目前為止，絕大多數的教會性侵犯案件都是在法庭之外解決的，並且對外嚴加保密。教會想方設法地把控告材料“撈”出美國司法系統，甚至 給 那些 想仗義直言的 神職人員寫威脅信，讓他們小心自己。
美國《國家》雜誌3月最新出版的一期發表文章指出，像羅這樣的人，如果是一個幼兒園或夏令營的主管的話，恐怕就要進監獄了。可 如今 讓 他 辭職 都 變得 如此之難，難道美國法律只對普通人有效嗎？
最近，美國耶魯大學的一名學院院長因猥褻男童被判重刑，終生要在鐵窗之下度過；而從事發到判決不過幾年時間。另有一位在幼兒園對兒童進行性侵害的男性工作人員，被判的刑期長達數百年，比他能活著的時間長好幾倍。相比之下，神父 犯 同樣的罪 很難 被判，而且 即使 判了 也是 刑罰甚輕。比如一位猶太教士因性犯罪被判，但聯邦檢察官突然 把 60年 的 刑期 減為 6年半，據說是由於猶太教堂方面的壓力。
[ 本帖最後由 prussianz 於 2008-11-22 01:46 編輯 ]
中廣新聞網 (2008-11-04 14:31)
Pastor in gay scandal: I'm back from 'wilderness'
By ERIC GORSKI – 12 hours ago
Speaking out two years after being embroiled in a gay sex scandal, former evangelical pastor Ted Haggard said Friday his sexual identity is complex and can't be put into "stereotypical boxes," but that his relationship with his wife is stronger than ever.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Haggard did not rule out a return to public life or the pulpit. He spoke before he appeared before TV critics in Los Angeles to promote "The Trials of Ted Haggard," an HBO documentary on Haggard's exile after his confession to "sexual immorality" and fall as a top evangelical leader.
"I am guilty. I am responsible," Haggard, 52, said Friday in a phone interview. "I got off track, and I am deeply sorry and I repent ... I'm moving along in a positive direction."
Haggard resigned as president of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals and was fired from the 14,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., in November 2006 amid allegations that he paid a male prostitute for sex and used methamphetamine.
In a written apology at the time, Haggard confessed to a long battle against feelings contrary to his beliefs and admitted buying the drugs but said he never used them.
During a guest sermon last November at a friend's church in Illinois, Haggard said a co-worker of his father molested him when he was 7, an experience that "started to produce fruit" later. Clarifying that Friday, Haggard said: "I'm certainly not saying that because of that, I did this. I did what I did by my choice, and I'm responsible for it."
Haggard said he isn't qualified to judge what factors into one's sexuality, but still believes it's "God's perfect plan" for marriage to be between a man and woman.
"I think sexuality is confusing and complex," Haggard said. "I am totally completely satisfied with the relationship with my wife now, but I went through a wandering in the wilderness time, and I just thank God I'm on the other side of that."
Asked whether he could define his sexual identity, Haggard said: "The stereotypical boxes don't work for me. My story's got some gray areas in it. And, of course, I'm sad about that but it's the reality."
Later Friday, in a Q&A session with reporters at a Television Critics Association meeting in Universal City, Calif., Haggard said he should have been more open with his family and his congregation earlier, calling his actions "hypocrisy."
Asked to expand on his attitude toward homosexuality, Haggard said, "I believe all human beings fall short of the standards they believe in."
He added, "I would say the biggest change is I now know about hatred than I ever dreamed, and I know it doesn't help. And I know more about judgment and I know it doesn't help. Since my experience, I know more about the power of love and forgiveness. I know a lot more about the necessity of people not judging one another."
At the time the film was shot in 2007, Haggard described still occasionally struggling with same-sex attraction. Asked Friday whether those attractions remain, Haggard did not say definitively but said he was "not anywhere near" where he was at that time.
In the documentary premiering Jan. 29, Haggard is shown shuffling from motel to motel, driving a moving truck, enrolling in a college psychology course, struggling as a door-to-door salesman and pondering his fate while laying in a motel bed in a white undershirt.
"At this stage in my life, I'm a loser — a first-class loser," he says.
Now back living in Colorado Springs, Haggard said Friday he hopes to build his business selling insurance and debt-reduction software and is considering marketing himself through a speakers bureau to share his story — "if the terms were right. I have to earn a living."
"If what I have is helpful to other people, then I want to make that available to them," he said. "If it's not, then I'm perfectly happy building my business."
Haggard also plans to launch a nonprofit group to help the poor and needy, his Web site says. As for a return to pastoring a church, Haggard said: "I have learned enough to know a lot can happen to anybody. And when Jesus is our Lord, we can't plan our path."
The nature of Haggard's return — and his harsh words in the film for his former church — is drawing criticism. Haggard is also is to tape an "Oprah Winfrey Show" appearance next week for an episode scheduled to air this month, a spokesman for the show confirmed Friday.
"If you're going to come out and begin a new life, why would you choose an HBO documentary, then meet with the liberal Hollywood press?" said H.B. London, a former counselor to Haggard and an executive at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs. "The fact that he's attacking the church or New Life Church, when they did so much to help him and his family, is below the belt."
Haggard lashes out at "the church" in the documentary, which was produced by Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He said "the church has said go to hell" and "the church chose not to forgive me."
Over a 14-month period ending Dec. 31, 2007, New Life Church paid the Haggard family $309,020 in salary and benefits, according to a church document obtained by The Associated Press.
The payout included $152,360 in salary for Ted Haggard, $62,177 in salary for his wife, Gayle, $26,426 for counseling, $11,168 for legal fees and $26,000 to help care for the couple's special-needs son, who is in his early 20s.
Haggard on Friday said his family is grateful for the severance, but he was angry for being forced to leave Colorado Springs as one condition. He also challenged the church's statement that he halted a process meant to restore him, saying he still receives counseling.
The church has since released Haggard from all restrictions, including a prohibition on speaking publicly, and both Haggard and church leadership say relations are positive.
Haggard's successor at New Life, Brady Boyd, wrote in a blog post Friday that "the motives behind every decision" involving the Haggards were pure, and the church was generous in its severance and support. He would not respond to Haggard's specific complaints.
In the AP interview, Haggard credited his therapists, whom he described as Christian believers who used secular therapy methods.
"I just thought a spiritual solution would be the solution to everything that's internal," Haggard said. "That turned out not to be the case."
Of Mike Jones, his accuser, Haggard said: "I know he's gone through a lot. When he said he had to say something, I believe it. And I think that was God encouraging him to do that."
Jones said Friday he considers Haggard a salesman seeking attention for his business.
"I know he's apologized to his church and family, blah, blah," Jones said. "But the people he hurt is the gay community, and he's never apologized to the gay community. He owes that."
Haggard has said his childhood experiences, including same-sex "sex play" with friends when he was in the seventh grade, started to manifest themselves when he turned 50, a few months before the scandal. That conflicts with Jones' statement that Haggard paid him for sex for three years. Haggard on Friday declined to discuss the discrepancy.
Associated Press Television Writer Lynn Elber in Universal City, Calif., contributed to this report.
VERACRUZ, MEXICO -- Police in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz arrested a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing boys at a church-run residential facility.
The Rev. Jose de Jesus Sandoval Gonzalez was detained in Veracruz city, the state Attorney General's Office said.
Authorities said police were still looking for a nun accused of acting as Sandoval's accomplice.
The priest's arrest came hours after the mayor of the town where the alleged crimes took place held a press conference to complain that prosecutors had failed to act on the criminal complaint the Boca del Rio municipal government filed in mid-December.
Late Monday, state Judge Beatriz Rivera acceded to a request from prosecutors to issue warrants for the arrest of Sandoval and Sister Maria Guadalupe Zaragoza Barajas.
Mayor Miguel Angel Yunes Marquez told reporters earlier Monday that the municipal government had received complaints from boys who said they were mistreated and subjected to sexual abuse by the priest with the connivance of Sister Maria Guadalupe.
According to Yunes, the mothers of two alleged victims said the nun accepted payments of 500 pesos ($36.20) to take boys to the house of the priest, where he then abused them.
Any boys who dared to mention what happened at the house were punished by making them eat hot peppers or spoiled food, or they were forced to kneel in the yard for four hours in the sun or on top of metal bottle caps and sleep with dogs all night or out in the open air.
During his meeting with reporters, the mayor presented videotapes of the testimony of several boys who were rescued from the church-run institution and who are now being taken care of by the municipal family services agency.
Yunes said that the city hall presented the criminal complaint on Dec. 15 but decided to go public with the matter because prosecutors have dragged their feet.
A spokesman for the Diocese of Veracruz said on television Tuesday that "if there was a crime," the law should be applied against whoever turns out to be responsible.
http://www.laht.com/article.asp? ... mp;CategoryId=14091
Daniel Cormier, the self-proclaimed pastor who was found guilty in October of the sexual assault of a minor from the time she was 8 or 9 until she was 13, was sentenced to five years in prison this morning at the provincial courthouse in Montreal.
Cormier, 57, was arrested in 2003 and charged with sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, sexual assault and sexual exploitation of two girls. Acting in his own defence, he delayed the trial for years.
He argued his sexual relations with one of the underage girls were legal because he married her in the church that he invented when she was 10.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/n ... /1219036/story.html
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
By DAN MURTAUGH
A pastor who once worked in both Mobile and Biloxi pleaded guilty or no contest last week to five felony charges in a child molestation case in Florida, according to news reports.
Marshall Seymour faces as many as 65 years in prison at his March 12 sentencing hearing.
Seymour worked as a youth pastor at the Parkway Assembly of God church in Mobile from 1995 to 1999.
He was arrested and charged with sexual abuse in Mobile in 1999, but that was plea-bargained to a lesser assault charge, and he moved to Florida.
Three years later, Parkway's insurance company settled a lawsuit with the boy's family.
Police in Lakeland, Fla., arrested Seymour in 2007. A jury trial was supposed to start in Florida's 10th Circuit Court on Wednesday, but Seymour instead entered his pleas.
According to Lakeland's newspaper, The Ledger, Seymour pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting the sexual performance of a child and one count of tampering with a witness.
Seymour also pleaded no contest to one charge of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and to a third charge of promoting the sexual performance of a child, according to the report.
Phone calls to the number listed for Parkway Assembly of God on Dauphin Island Parkway were not answered Monday afternoon.
While the amount of the 2002 settlement was undisclosed, papers filed in Mobile County Circuit Court revealed claims that Seymour molested a B.C. Rain High School student nine times.
http://www.al.com/news/press-reg ... 6080.xml&coll=3
(星報專訊)一名育有4名子女、情緒抑鬱的42歲女子加入多倫多Manor Road聯合教會時，滿心期望牧師給予心靈慰藉與咨詢。但不久便與牧師梅卓(Rev. William Major)陷入長達9年的性關係，而牧師堅稱這一關係是兩相情願，充滿「關懷與愛護。」然而，安省高等法院法官史超域(Elizabeth Stewart)周五裁定，65歲的退休牧師性侵犯罪名成立，牧師利用自己的權力、信任與權威。法官指出：「被告當時便知道這是錯誤的，他了解教會的政策與禁止這類行為的規定。」育有兩名成年子女的牧師對在1996年至2005年期間性侵犯女子的指控不認罪。受害者的姓名不可公佈。法庭聆訊顯示，受害者成長於虔誠的羅馬天主教教會環境，她以為神職人員「接近上帝。」由於在童年期受到父親與兄弟的性虐待，女子缺乏自信，並有自殺念頭。當她加入該教會時，每周接受心靈輔導。法官史超域表示，女子相信「牧師回答了其所有的祈禱。」法官說，女子每周接受心靈輔導，隨著而來的便是各種性活動，從愛撫至性交。法官指出，在這種情況之下，並無真正的同意，因而女子是性侵犯的受害者。
Pastor, man cited for shooting arrow in church
SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A pastor and parishioner have been cited by police for shooting an arrow during a church service. The pastor asked to have the arrow shot across the front of the church during a recent service at Pentecostals of Sheboygan County as a 'teaching tool.'
As the parishioner prepared to shoot the arrow with his bow, one man stood up and objected, telling the pastor it was unsafe and illegal. Parishioners said the pastor told the man to be quiet and sit down.
When the man objected a second time, the pastor asked him to leave. He did and called police.
The parishioner was cited for using a missile indoors and the pastor was cited for aiding and abetting. Both were fined $109.
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物主和我們塵世之旅的目標。同樣，教宗本篤十六世在 2007 年世界和平日文告中也說：
一個人，有自知之明、能保持自制、願捨己為人，並能與他人交流溝通或共融 」 (2 號
( 同上， 3 號 ) 。然而，今天還是有些人必須去了解他人及他人的信仰，才能克服偏
主席： Paul Poupard 樞機 主教
秘書： Pier Luigi Celata 總主教
By Peter Wensierski
The German Catholic Church has been sheltering a priest convicted of child abuse for years. Now the pedophile, who refuses to undergo therapy, has hired private detectives to try to get his former victims to retract their testimony.
It was raining heavily in Sonnefeld in the southern German region of Franconia when two men rang Joyce Kaitesi's doorbell one day in March. She quickly opened the door to let them in out of the rain. One of the men asked her whether they could speak with her son about the matter with the parish priest -- a case of sexual abuse that had happened 10 years earlier.
The mother of the abused boy asked the men who they were. "We're neutral parties," the strangers replied.
Then the two men became more direct. The priest, they said, could be innocent. The boy had been very young and easily influenced at the time, and perhaps his view of the alleged incident had changed in the interim, the men said.
Kaitesi soon realized what was going on. "Did the priest send you? That child molester hasn't apologized to this day! For two years, I had to look after my child and calm him down, and now you show up here, trying to stir things up again? You should be ashamed of yourselves!"
It wasn't the only visit that these men in dark suits have recently paid to former victims of child abuse. The detectives, who were traveling through rural Bavaria on behalf of Wolfdieter Weiss, a Catholic priest, were on a mission to find other young people whose testimony had led to the priest's conviction for sexual abuse of children. Weiss hopes to get his case reopened with the help of new statements in which the alleged victims retract their earlier testimony.
This is not just a surprisingly audacious course of action for a servant of God, whose sentence was most recently upheld by Germany's Federal Court of Justice in 2001, but it also highlights a culture of looking the other way that still prevents the Catholic Church from effectively addressing the problem of child abuse within its ranks -- and apparently even encourages a number of pedophiles to act out their proclivities under the protective cloak of the church.
Until recently, Father Weiss could depend on the support of his fellow priests. Even though the Archdiocese of Würzburg had to assure the court that Weiss would never be allowed to come into contact with children again, he recently delivered sermons and celebrated mass with other Franconian priests who are friends of his -- in services that included altar boys.
Despite reports to the police, parents' complaints and more convictions, Weiss was merely quietly transferred from one place to another. This support on the part of the church, which went on for years, only reinforced Weiss's belief in his own innocence. Only now, after Weiss had hired detectives to obtain new testimony, did something happen that the victims and their families expected long ago: Weiss, who is retired, was suspended as a priest, and his benefits were reduced by 20 percent. But for Kaitesi, the mother of one of his victims, this remains a half-hearted reaction. "Why doesn't the church finally make up its mind to defrock him?" she asks.
Weiss first came to the attention of the courts in the Archdiocese of Würzburg in 1985, after he had kissed and placed his hand inside the trousers of several children in Miltenberg, a town near Würzburg. He received his first conviction and was ordered to pay a fine of 8,000 German marks (€4,090). In return, the case was closed. Despite the conviction, Weiss, with the help of Raban Tilmann, the then-vicar general in the city of Limburg in the state of Hesse, was simply transferred to another parish 170 kilometers (106 miles) away.
A few years later, Father Weiss had to leave his new parish in Ransbach-Baumbach, a town in the Archdiocese of Limburg, after altar boys reported new instances of sexual abuse. Weiss admitted to the church that in his new rectorate, he had also "stroked children because he likes them." Tilmann chose not to take disciplinary action and sent him to work as a pastor in a Frankfurt hospital, ignoring claims that he had touched children inappropriately during hospital visits. In 1992, Limburg transferred the pastor to the Archdiocese of Bamberg in Bavaria, apparently with good references.
Today, Alois Albrecht, who was the vicar general responsible for Bamberg at the time, is sharply critical of that decision. Albrecht says that he felt "quite taken in" by his fellow priests in Limburg, because he had not been "fully informed," even though the personnel department in Limburg was aware of the "scope of the crimes."
In 1998, Weiss, while serving as a pastor in Ebersdorf near the Bavarian town of Coburg, and at St. Mary's Church in nearby Sonnefeld, was back to molesting children. At the beginning of a Christmas mass, one father went up to the altar and shouted out to the congregation: "This man has sexually abused my son several times." The rest of his words were drowned out by organ music.
There was another court case. In its verdict, the Coburg Regional Court wrote that Weiss had "stroked the bare buttocks" of two children and had touched another child "on the behind and the genitalia through clothing." In each case, the verdict read, he had done these things "for sexual gratification." According to the court, the consequences of Weiss's actions in the case of Joyce Kaitesi's son, who was one of the victims, amounted to "serious emotional damage following the crime … with anxiety states." Weiss was sentenced to two years probation.
Weiss claims that he is merely giving the children "fatherly affection, when I stroke them," and he refuses to call it abuse or molestation. He admits having offered children money to sit on his lap. "I always knew where the boundary lies between sexual activity and tenderness," he insists. "It may be that I touched someone on the buttocks once, but I don't consider the buttocks a sexual part of the body."
Weiss has fashioned his own little world in his Würzburg apartment, which is filled with stacks of documents and files with which he intends to prove his innocence. He is very happy to present a pile of letters from his supporters. Apparently Father Weiss is not the only one who, after years of the church downplaying and even supporting the abuser, has yielded to the delusion that he is innocent.
"Even within the church, there remains to this day a broad group of supporters consisting of priests and members of religious orders," Karl Hillenbrand, the current vicar general of Würzburg, admits. "These people encourage him and even support him financially." A number of gullible Catholic women paid Weiss's first fine of 8,000 German marks. As for the 12,000 German marks in compensation that Kaitesi's son received, Weiss did not have to pay that either -- it was covered by statutory accident insurance, because the incident occurred in a school. Given that the perpetrator did not have to suffer much as a consequence of his actions, he may not have realized that what he was doing was wrong.
While Catholic priests who publicly admit to being in a relationship with a woman are quickly shown the door, the pedophile Weiss was allowed to retain his status as a priest, despite the repeated incidents. In addition, the Würzburg archdiocese even provided him with a large, church-owned apartment. Today, he lives comfortably and inexpensively in a building occupied by deserving clergy from the archdiocese.
"If someone is given that much respect, how can he feel guilty?" asks Matthias Wimmer, one of his former victims in Miltenberg. "I can still see the image of his parish office. He used to invite us in, took me and other children on his lap, caress our ears and then stroke our naked buttocks. He offered us money. We were nine or 10 years old, and we didn't know what was happening, but it was unpleasant."
Court documents reveal the extent to which church officials provided for their fallen brother. For example, shortly after Weiss was convicted in 2000, the Würzburg head of personnel, Heinz Geist, saw to it that the perpetrator's moving costs would be reimbursed, and he encouraged Weiss to do some archiving work at home, because he was still being paid his old salary. As Geist himself wrote: "The vicar general is concerned that some hack will figure out that you are refusing to work in the archives, and will turn that into an article. Then the whole thing will start all over again."
Father Josef Grotz, who was in charge of training priests in Würzburg for many years, probably also put the idea into Weiss's head that he was innocent. Grotz wrote sympathetic letters to "Dear Wolfdieter" which were intended to ease the priest's conscience. In 1993, for example, after Weiss's activities had already been noticed in two places, Grotz defended the priest's work with young people: "You don't think any malicious thoughts, but others immediately construe your actions as malicious. The tiniest things are used against you all too quickly. And you know what stupid things children can say when they are interrogated by suspicious people."
In a letter to Weiss in 1999, Grotz bragged about how he had protected "dear Wolfdieter" from the press. "The caller also knew about the ruling by the Obernburg Regional Court. I claimed that you were acquitted at the time … I can imagine that some journalist is putting together yet another program about sexual offences committed by Catholic priests and is tracking down every lead he happens to come across, regardless of how he came up with those leads in the first place."
The tacit collusion within the church has provided food for thought for the vicar general Karl Hillenbrand. "The Weiss case has made it clear to me that perpetrators of abuse always need a protective environment -- sympathizers and people in their surroundings who tolerate them," he says.
Hillenbrand recently made his own policy of zero tolerance clear to the pedophile, who refuses to undergo any therapy. According to Hillenbrand, he saw Weiss on the main square in Würzburg as he was watching a children's festival sponsored by Bavarian Public Radio and the city. Weiss made excuses for his presence there, telling Hillenbrand that he was just waiting for someone who was attending mass.
The vicar general, however, did not believe his subordinate and ordered him to leave the area. After all, mass had ended hours earlier.
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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