Sunday, May 06, 2012

ஸ்பெயினில் ஆயிரக்கணக்கான குழந்தைகளை திருடி விற்ற குற்றத்துக்காக 80 வயது கன்னியாஸ்திரி கைது

80-year-old Spanish nun faces charges in baby-stealing ring 

An 80-year-old Spanish nun appeared in court Thursday to face charges that she kidnapped an infant girl as part of a vast baby-trafficking ring that stole newborns from poor mothers and sold them into adoption.
Sister Maria Gomez Valbuena appeared before the judge and refused to testify, invoking her right to remain silent, Reuters reported.
The aging Sisters of Charity nun was charged with kidnapping a newborn girl from a Madrid hospital in the 1980s.
A group of more than 1,000 families said she was part of a nationwide baby-snatching ring dating back four decades.

ஈரோட்டில் சிக்கிய 'பாலியல்' பாதிரியார்!

சர்வதேச போலீஸாரால் தேடப்பட்டுவந்த பாதிரியார் ஜெயபால், ஈரோட்டில் கைது செய்யப் பட்ட விவகாரம் தேவாலய வட்டாரத்தில் பரபரப்பைப் பற்ற வைத்துள்ளது.  யார் இந்த ஜெயபால்? 57 வயதான ஜெயபாலுக்கு சொந்த ஊர் அரியலூர். ஜெயபால் என்ற ஜோசப் பழனிவேல் என்பதுதான் இவரது முழுப்பெயர். இவர், கடந்த 2004-ம் ஆண்டு வரை ஊட்டியில் உள்ள ஒரு டயோசிசனில் பணிபுரிந்து வந்தார். அதே ஆண்டில் அமெரிக்கா சென்றவர் மினசோட்டா மாகாணத்தில் உள்ள சில தேவாலயங்களில் பணி செய்தார். அப்போது, ஒரு 14 வயதுச் சிறுமியிடம் பாலியல் அத்துமீறல் செய்ததாகப் புகார் எழுந்தது. இந்த விவகாரம் தொடர்பாக ரூஸோ கவுண்டி நீதிமன்றத்தில் ஒரு வழக்கும் பதிவானது. ஏகமாக பரபரப்பு ஏற்பட்டதும் கடந்த 2005-ல் ஜோசப் பழனிவேல் அமெரிக்காவில் இருந்து இந்தியாவுக்கு வந்து விட்டார். சில காரணங்களால் கிடப்பில் போடப்பட்டு இருந்த வழக்கு, இரண்டு ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன் திடீர் வேகம் எடுத்தது.. . .

சிறுவர்களோடு வல்லுறவு கொண்ட கத்தோலிக்க பாதிரியாருக்கும் ஐர்லாந்தில் மீண்டும் பதவி

Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth allowed to return to saying Mass in 1984

Updated: 22:01, Saturday, 5 May 2012
It has emerged that the Diocese of Kilmore allowed paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth to return to minister to children in 1984.
Brendan Smyth
Brendan Smyth
This came nine years after a 1975 inquiry led to him being banned from doing so. Cardinal Sean Brady, then a priest, participated in that inquiry.
According to a statement issued to RTÉ News this evening by the current Bishop of the diocese, Dr Leo O'Reilly, in 1984 Smyth asked the then Bishop, the late Dr Francis MacKiernan, to lift the ban.
Following consultations with the then Abbott of Smyth's monastery, Bishop MacKiernan acceded to Smyth's request.
The statement adds that, at first, permission to return to hearing confessions and celebrating Mass publicly in the diocese was given for periods of six months at a time.
Three years later, the period was extended to 12 months.
Permission was renewed each subsequent year until it was finally withdrawn in 1993 when Bishop MacKiernan learned that the DPP in Northern Ireland was bringing a criminal prosecution against Smyth.
Cardinal Brady ceased to be Bishop McKiernan's Secretary five years before the decision to allow Smyth to return to full public ministry.
It was in his roles as Bishop's Secretary and as a Church lawyer that he participated in the 1975 inquiry

ஐந்து பிலடெல்பியா கத்தோலிக்க பாதிரியார்கள் சிறுவர்களை கற்பழிப்பது தெரிந்ததும் பதவியிலிருந்து நீக்கம்

The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Five priests will be permanently barred from ministry after the Philadelphia archdiocese substantiated allegations of sexual abuse or inappropriate conduct, a Roman Catholic archbishop said Friday.
Catholic clergy members depart from Cardinal O'Hara High School Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Springfield, Pa. Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests have been called to a sudden meeting with their archbishop, as 23 priests suspended over sex-abuse allegations await their fate. Archbishop Charles Chaput has said he hoped to announce the outcome of the latest priest-abuse investigations this spring. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput speaks during a news conference Friday, May 4, 2012, in Philadelphia. Chaput announced that five priests were deemed unsuitable for ministry because of substantiated allegations of sexual abuse or other inappropriate conduct. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput listens to a speakers remarks during a news conference Friday, May 4, 2012, in Philadelphia. Chaput announced that five priests were deemed unsuitable for ministry because of substantiated allegations of sexual abuse or other inappropriate conduct. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput makes his way to the podium during a news conference Friday, May 4, 2012, in Philadelphia. Chaput announced that five priests were deemed unsuitable for ministry because of substantiated allegations of sexual abuse or other inappropriate conduct. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Three other suspended priests will return to ministry, and another died during the investigation, Archbishop Charles Chaput said. Another 17 cases remain under review, he said.
"When a child is harmed, the church has failed. When trust is lost, the church has failed. When the whole community suffers as a result, the church has failed," Chaput said. "We can't change the past. But I pray — and I do believe — that the lessons of the last year have made our Church humbler, wiser, and a more vigilant guardian of our people's safety."
Four of the five cases substantiated were said to involve "boundary" or "behavioral" problems, not sexual assaults.
Yet a lawyer for one accuser said one of those four priests had raped his client at St. Timothy's Parish rectory in Philadelphia in the early 1970s.
"How do they define boundary issues, if somebody reports, credibly, that he was sexually raped — both orally and anally — as a 9-to-11-year-old?" said the man's lawyer, Daniel Monahan of Exton.
The accuser, now in his 50s, contacted the archdiocese in 2006. He met last year with church investigators, a team led by a former child sex-crimes prosecutor and retired detective, and detailed his allegations, Monahan said.
The announcements came as a former archdiocesan official, Monsignor William Lynn, stands trial on child-endangerment and conspiracy charges. He faces up to 28 years in prison if convicted of helping the church cover up abuse complaints as the secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004. Defense lawyers say he took orders from the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.
None of the accused priests whose fates were announced Friday could be reached for comment. Phone listings rang unanswered or had been disconnected, and their former parishes did not know their whereabouts.
About two dozen other priests were suspended more than a year ago, after a grand jury report again blasted the archdiocese for keeping accused priests in ministry. A 2005 grand jury report had raised the same concern.
U.S. bishops have had a "zero tolerance" policy for abusers since 2002.
Priests removed from ministry can agree to serve a life of prayer and penance in a church-run facility, where they can be monitored. Some might agree to leave the priesthood, while others may be laicized after a church trial. The priests can also appeal the decision.
Chaput inherited the sex-abuse problem when he arrived from Denver last year. He declined to provide details Friday of how old or how serious the cases might be. Most had earlier been deemed not credible by his predecessors.
"I need to balance the need for transparency with the pain already felt by victims — pain which we acknowledge and do not wish to compound," Chaput said.
Priests who were cleared of the accusations could return to their parish or perhaps move to a new assignment, decisions Chaput plans to make after consulting with the priest and parish. He met with the eight accused priests this week to tell them their fate, meetings he called "very difficult."
About 65 other Philadelphia priests have been credibly accused of sexual assault or abuse since the 1940s, according to the archdiocese's website. Twenty are now deceased. Twenty more remain have been placed in restricted ministry in recent years, and another 25 have been laicized. The archdiocese lists their names and church assignments on the website.
Philadelphia prosecutors unearthed hundreds of abuse complaints from secret church files for a watershed 2005 grand jury report that named 63 credibly accused priests, many still in ministry at the time. But they said the alleged crimes were too old to prosecute. No one was charged, and church leaders blasted the report as anti-Catholic.
The second grand jury report, issued in February 2011, charged three priests and a teacher with more recent sexual assaults. And prosecutors brought a case against Lynn, on the legal theory that he endangered children by keeping accused priests on the job.
Lynn's trial is now under way. Jurors are hearing a daily drumbeat of graphic sexual assault allegations involving about priests whose personnel files were known to Lynn. The trial, which began March 26, is expected to last about three more weeks.
Chaput, at Friday's news conference, offered his "heartfelt apology" to all victims of clergy abuse, and said he would be happy to meet with any of them. In contrast with earlier church policy, he said he that all of the accusations against the 26 suspended priests had been referred to law enforcement. It's not clear if any are recent enough for police to contemplate charges.
David Clohessy, executive Director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, was disappointed that so few cases have been resolved.
"It leaves ... priests accused with little or no supervision, living among unsuspected neighbors, and no clarity whatsoever among Catholics or citizens," Clohessy said.

சிறுவர்களை கற்பழிக்கும் கத்தோலிக்க பாதிரியாருக்கு ஆர்ச் டயஸீஸ் ஆதரவு

Birmingham Catholic Archdiocese defends abuse case handling

James RobinsonRobinson worked in churches in Staffordshire, Birmingham and Coventry

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The Catholic Archdiocese in Birmingham has defended the way it deals with cases of sexual abuse involving priests.
It comes after a letter leaked to the media suggesting the church knew a former Coventry priest had been in an "unwholesome relationship".
The letter concerned former priest James Robinson who was jailed in 2010 for 21 years over sexual offences.
Peter Jennings from the diocese told the BBC he knew nothing of the letter.
Robinson was found guilty of 21 charges relating to offences against boys, all aged under 16, between 1959 and 1983.
He had worked in churches in Staffordshire, Birmingham and Coventry until the mid-1980s, when he moved to California.
Robinson was extradited from the US in August 2009.
'Robust policies'
According to the Sunday Mercury, a letter written in 1985 from the Catholic Archdiocese in Birmingham to counterparts in the US said "a few months ago [Robinson] met a man with whom he had an unwholesome relationship about 13 years ago".
Mr Jennings said he only knew the letter existed when the paper's reporter flagged it up to him on Friday.
He said: "This is a case going right back to the 1980s and things have moved on very significantly."
Mr Jennings also said the current Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, had worked hard to improve the way the church deals with such "historic cases".
He said: "The church today has extremely robust policies in place so if any serious allegation is made the church immediately passes it on to the police.
"The Archbishop has tackled all historic cases that have been brought to light head-on, and consequently several people have been tried and convicted which is what they deserved.
"Catholics and the Birmingham diocese should be justifiably proud of how the church is now managing these very difficult and complex situations."

அஹ்மதியா முஸ்லீம்களை காபிர்கள் என்று அறிவிக்க காஷ்மீர் முஸ்லீம்கள் கோரிக்கை

Declare Ahmadis non-Muslims: Grand Mufti

Kashmir’s Grand Mufti on Wednesday stirred up a real hornet’s nest by asking for declaring Ahmadis or Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslims through a legislation in the state Assembly.
The cleric, Mufti Muhammad Bashiruddin, who is recognised by both the state government and the Centre as official 'Mufti Azam' or Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, while speaking at a meeting of religious leaders here organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Personal Board headed by him, said that all legislators should jointly table a bill in the state Assembly during its coming session and ensure it was passed with voice votes as well to declare Ahmadis as non-Muslims.
“That will address the grievance of all the people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” he asserted, adding that the move had become imperative in the face of the “believers of Mirzaiat and Qadiyaniat only having increased their activities.”
A handout issued at the end of the meeting adds, “On the issue of increasing activities of the believers of Mirzaiat and Qadiyaniat, the Islamic Sharia Council has made it clear that in all parts of the world Qadiyanis have been declared non Muslims. Hence, Mufti Azam appealed all legislators of Jammu and Kashmir “to pass the bill in coming Assembly session to declare them non Muslims in our state as well so that grievance of all the people of state is addressed.”
Ahmadiyya is a reformist movement within Islam founded in British India towards the end of the 19th century, originating with the life and teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed (1835–1908), who claimed that he was the Mujaddid (divine reformer) and the promised Messiah and Mahdi awaited by Muslims.
The adherents of the Ahmadiyya movement are referred to as Ahmadis or Ahmadi Muslims. India has a significant Ahmadiyya population, most of them living in Kerala, Rajasthan, Orissa, Haryana, Bihar, Delhi, UP and in Qadian in Punjab, the birthplace of Mirza Ahmed.

முஸ்லீம் கணவன் கற்பழிக்க துணை போகும் முஸ்லீம் மனைவி

Minicab driver raped drunk passengers and his wife even tried to bribe victim to keep quiet

  • Preyed on woman outside pubs and nightclubs
  • Jailed for raping two, but police fear there are more victims yet to come forward
  • Wife jailed for six months after attempting to bribe one of the victim's for her silence
Jailed: Taxi driver Asif Iqbal
Iqbal was jailed for raping two drunken passengers
A married taxi driver who raped two drunken passengers has been jailed for 12 years.
Asif Iqbal, from Newport, South Wales, was convicted of raping the passengers - but police fear many more women may have been attacked on late-night rides home.
And his wife was also jailed for six months after admitting to perverting the course of justice by offering one of the victim's money to withdraw her complaint.
Iqbal targeted women outside pubs and nightclubs, because he knew they would be drunk.
Prosecutor Caroline Rees said: 'His first victim remembered hearing the central locking system click.
'She then recalled the driver dropping her off but was immediately fearful she had been raped.
'She became distrusting of taxi drivers and said she feels dirty.'
The second victim was in Newport city centre when she got into Iqbal's taxi.
Miss Rees said: 'He started touching her thigh and drove her to a secluded lane.
'The woman was speechless with fear and sobbed throughout the ordeal.'
Sentencing him, Judge David Wynn Morgan sitting at Cardiff Crown Court old him: 'Dry your eyes Asif Iqbal. This court does not feel sorry for you.'
And Morgan told his wife 'Your misfortune was to be married to a very, very bad man.'
Police yesterday urged other women passengers who have been subjected to similar sexual abuse to come forward.

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குரான் படிக்காததற்காக 10 வயது சிறுமிக்கு சித்திரவதை

Muslim woman beat girl, 10, with steel ladle for not reading enough of Koran

A Muslim woman who repeatedly beat a 10-year-old girl with a steel ladle for not reading enough verses of the Koran is facing jail today.
Asia Parveen, 31 brandished a knife at the child after accusing her of lying about her prayers.
Parveen, who was five months pregnant at the time, also forced the girl to stand with her arms outstretched for four hours, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
Asia Parveen, 31 who beat the child with a metal cooking spoon is facing a possible jail sentence
Asia Parveen, 31 who beat the child with a metal cooking spoon is facing a possible jail sentence
The girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, escaped from the house in Stoke Newington, north London, and police found her alone at a bus stop in Waltham Forest, east London, almost four hours later in the early hours of the morning.
Doctors identified 56 injuries when she was examined at hospital,
Parveen, who is a mother-of-three, accepted causing some of the injuries with the ten inch cooking spoon but said others must have been caused when the girl 'fell over.'
Prosecutor Tom Nicholson told the court an argument started between Parveen and the girl on August 15 last year during Ramadan.
'The girl was praying from the Koran and Ms Parveen accused her of lying about how many of the verses she had read,' he said.
'She was 10 at the time. Ms Parveen took a metal spoon about 10 inches in size and the Crown's case is that she hit the child with it repeatedly over a half an hour period, causing extensive bruising over both arms, her legs and head. 
Mother-of-three Asia Parveen outside Snaresbrook Crown Court where she was let out on bail before sentencing
Mother-of-three Asia Parveen outside Snaresbrook Crown Court where she was let out on bail before sentencing
'The Crown's case is that Ms Parveen said she was going to kill the girl and ran to get a knife from the kitchen.
'The girl had no alternative but to leave at around 10pm.
'She got a bus and a train and it was about 1.50am when the police found her at a bus stop in Broadway Parade, Waltham Forest. 
'She was on her own and extremely cold. She was taken to hospital and an examination found she had suffered 56 injuries.'
Parveen admitted a single count of child cruelty but insisted that she only used the spoon once or twice on the girl's arms and bottom.
She claimed the other injuries had been the result of the girl falling over. Parveen also denied threatening to kill the 10-year-old or picking up a knife. 
Judge Martyn Zeidman accepted Parveen's basis of plea, saying it would not be in the public interest for the child to give evidence.
'The defendant has accepted she behaved in the wrong way towards the girl and there is absolutely no doubt that she behaved disgracefully,' the judge said.
'Before the violence, she says had been asked to stretch her arms up in the air for a period of four hours.
'She says she was hit all over with a spoon on her arms, legs, head and back about 20 times.
'The basis of plea is that the defendant only admits causing injuries to the girl's arms and bottom.
'On the face of it, the defence assertion is incredible. But I don't regard it in the public interest to make the child give evidence.
'In any view, the defendant has behaved in an absolutely disgraceful way, and what an irony that the child was encouraged to behave in a godly fashion when this was far from godly.
'But I undertake to sentence the defendant on her version of events and avoid further distress to the child.'
Adjourning the case until June 15 for reports, Judge Zeidman told Parveen: 'I'm releasing you on bail but that gives no indication on what will be the eventual sentence.
'All options are open so you must not assume that because you got bail you will necessarily avoid an immediate prison sentence.'
Parveen, of Hackney, north London, will be sentenced on June 15.

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