American Samizdat

Wednesday, July 11, 2007. *
Religion in the News
Abuse Claims Aimed at Retired Priest. The Episcopal Diocese of Texas has publicly acknowledged decades-old sexual abuse claims against a retired priest who once served as rector of St. James' Episcopal Church in Houston and founded St. James' School.

Ex-Tucson Priest Wants Abuse Accusations Tossed
. A Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson priest accused of molesting three teenage boys during the 1980s wants the case dismissed because of the long delay in charging him. The Rev. Gary E. Underwood, who has not worked in the local diocese since 1987, is facing charges of both child molestation and sexual conduct with a minor in connection with reports that he abused boys while working as a priest at St. Odilia's Catholic Church on Tucson's Northwest Side during the mid-1980s.

Former Priest Clark Out on Cash Bond
. A former priest headed for a second trial on sex abuse charges is out of jail after posting bond. According to the Bullitt County jailer, Daniel Clark posted the $10,000 full cash bond Monday afternoon.

Man will receive $875,000 in priest abuse case. The attorney of a man who claimed he was molested by a former Chicago priest said the Archdiocese of Chicago has settled the case for $875,000. Robert Holomshek, 37, was molested decades ago by his former parish priest when he served as an alter boy at the former St. Francis Xavier school on Chicago's North Side, said lawyer Gene Hollander.

Priest's 'Disneyland' emerges at sexual assault trial. Former foster parent and Episcopal priest Donald Shissler sexually assaulted three boys whom he lured to his home by turning it into a "Disneyland" full of fun, games and candy, a prosecutor told a Denver jury Monday.

Priest abuse case settled
. A Gulf War veteran who served as a North Side altar boy in the 1970s will receive $875,000 from the Archdiocese of Chicago to settle sexual abuse allegations against his former parish priest, the man’s attorney said Friday.

Chicago priest pleads guilty, gets five years in prison. A Roman Catholic priest accused of fondling young boys pleaded guilty last Monday to five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and was sentenced to five years in prison. The Rev. Daniel McCormack was accused of abusing five boys ages 8 to 12 in the rectory of St. Agatha Catholic Church, where he served as parish priest. He could have been sentenced to seven years.

[This is just a sample of what a person can find by searching for the word "priest" at Google News on a single day. Notice any kind of pattern here?]


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