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Allegations of a cover-up of the effects of pollution have been strongly denied.
17 feb. 2020
In 2015, retired Catholic priest Paul-André Harvey from Quebec’s Chicoutimi diocese pleaded guilty to 39 charges of indecent assault and gross indecency. Most of his victims were girls between the ages of eight and 10. Harvey was sentenced to six years in prison.
But before Harvey died in prison, the defrocked priest did something extraordinary — he provided a confession for his victims to use in a class-action suit against the Catholic Church. He claimed that church officials were aware of his crimes for years. When complaints surfaced, Harvey says he was simply moved. Records show between 1963 and 2002, Harvey was moved to a new parish 12 times.
Now a class-action lawsuit with more than 100 claimants shines a spotlight on who knew what and raises difficult questions about how clergy abuse is prosecuted in Canada. The Fifth Estate and Radio-Canada’s Enquête investigate Harvey’s story and ask why no charges have ever been brought against church superiors in Canada for covering up clergy abuse.
To read more: www.cbc.ca/1.5464028
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A former Vatican insider shares details of the sex-abuse epidemic.
Having reached extraordinary heights in the Catholic Church and served in the Vatican embassy with the sexual abuse epidemic, Fr. Thomas Doyle turned away from the religious order in response to the spiraling and far-reaching cover-up. Privy to some of the most sensitive dealings of the church, Fr. Thomas provides us with a very rare perspective on the abuse, response and cultural framework that allowed it to happen and continues to minimize the impact on the victims.
Fr. Thomas names names as to who he feels are directly responsible, and shares with us how the sordid affair has changed his own spiritual relationship to the church.
Thomas Doyle was ordained a Dominican priest in 1970 in Dubuque, Iowa. He did graduate studies in philosophy, and theology at the Aquinas Institute of Philosophy and Theology and political science and Soviet Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He pursued further graduate work in Canon Law at the Gregorian University, Rome, Catholic University of America, the University of Ottawa and St. Paul’s University, Ottawa. He was awarded a Doctorate in Canon Law in 1978. In addition Father Doyle studied addictions therapy at the Naval School of Health Sciences and is a fully certified Alcohol, Drug and Addictions therapist. He holds MA degrees in philosophy, theology, administration, Canon Law and political science as well as his doctorate in Canon Law.
He has served as a consultant and expert witness on several hundred clergy abuse cases before the civil courts in nearly every State in the US as well as in Ireland, Israel and Canada. He has been involved with support groups for clergy sexual abuse victims and as a legal consultant for cases in Belgium, England, Mexico, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Spain. He has appeared before eight State legislatures and has been a consultant and expert witness for several Grand Juries in the U.S.
He has written several books and articles on a variety of subjects related to Church law and practice. Included among these are one book and twelve articles on the clergy abuse crisis. He co-authored Sex, Priests and Secret Codes with Richard Sipe and Patrick Wall. Tom Doyle has lectured extensively throughout the U.S., in Canada and in Europe on the clergy abuse issue.
00:01 Welcome to Media Mayhem.
00:34 Introducing Fr. Thomas Doyle.
02:20 Is the church hierarchy set up to prevent victims from speaking out?
03:30 Was it intimidating to confront the church on sexual abuse?
05:29 The church dismisses the allegations as a media conspiracy and renounce Fr. Doyle’s work.
08:25 On Pope John Paul: “He could have done something, and he did nothing.”
10:51 Pope Benedict XVI, his complicity in the scandal, and what he should do.
13:37 Continued criminal trials against church leadership for allowing abuse.
16:32 Should have Archbishop Mahony been indicted?
20:21 Canon law and private documents.
21:27 The church defense of non-disclosure–“just following orders.”
23:23 Is there any correlation between gays in the priesthood and abuse?
25:47 The church’s response to his study on sexual abuse cases.
27:47 Why did so many predators gravitate to the church?
30:53 The Mayhem Round with Nick.
31:12 The Scottish government and same-sex marriage.
33:00 The Church’s response to losing parishioners and the ceremonial weight of the church.
36:59 Fr. Thomas’ take on being a military chaplain, and the additional “human care work” with the military.
39:52 “Do you still consider yourself Catholic?”
40:46 What the church hierarchy can do to make amends.
42:19 “Who should be prosecuted?”
44:45 The lingering effects of abuse on people.
46:11 Thank you and goodbye.
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Former youth football coach Barry Bennell, one of the top talent spotters in Britain with ties to major clubs like Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra, spent his days coaching children and his nights abusing them.
Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit profiles six men, all victims of Bennell, and explores the long-term impact of his serial abuse.
Deborah Davies first reported on Barry Bennell’s crimes 20 years ago. She has befriended his victims and has a rare insight into their plight.
In a powerful and heartbreaking documentary, she describes how some have turned to substance abuse and even attempted suicide. More than a few have not survived, one likely victim being his most famous player, former Wales international and manager Gary Speed.
The investigation uncovers new evidence that, according to teammates, Speed was abused by Bennell.
The programme also reveals that high-profile clubs, as well as Britain’s Football Association, failed to protect children and in some cases failed to act on warnings.
After this film was made, Crewe Alexandra said that the Club was not aware of any sexual abuse by Bennell nor received any complaints about sexual abuse by him.
They say the police investigated the Club’s knowledge, including interviewing Hamilton Smith and found no evidence to corroborate that it was aware of Bennell’s offending.
Crewe’s statement can be found here: https://www.crewealex.net/news/2018/f…