Priest Charged in U.S. Is Still Serving in India

They sexually molest young girls too Too much of the focus regarding pedophilia and the Catholic church has focused on Man-Boy sex yet in some locations these perverts rape young girls as well.  The abuse of girls and young women is notorious in Ireland for example.

New York Times

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

A Catholic priest who has been criminally charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Minnesota six years ago is still working in his home diocese in India despite warnings to the Vatican from an American bishop that the priest continued to pose a risk to children, according to church documents made public on Monday.

The documents show that the American bishop warned the Vatican that the priest was accused of molesting two teenage girls whose trust he gained by promising to discuss their interest in becoming nuns.

A county attorney in Minnesota is seeking to extradite the priest from India in a criminal case that involves one of the girls, who said the priest had forced her to perform oral sex and had threatened her and her family.

The case took place during the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, who has recently come under fire for his role in cases of sexually abusive priests in Germany and Wisconsin.

Continue reading at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/world/europe/06church.html?ref=asia

Breaking Story

New York Times

Priest in India Says He’ll Go to U.S. to Face Sex Charges

By JIM YARDLEY and LAURIE GOODSTEIN

NEW DELHI — A Roman Catholic priest in southern India charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Minnesota in 2004 said Tuesday that he would return to face the charges, though he and his supervising bishop in India said they did not know about the criminal charges until reporters contacted them.

But letters released Tuesday by a lawyer for the Holy See in the United States show that the priest, the Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, was told by his diocesan administrator in India of the accusations in 2005 and urged to cooperate with church and civil authorities. He continues to work in an administrative position in the Diocese of Ootacamund.

The lawyer, Jeffrey Lena, said that the Vatican had recommended that the priest be defrocked but that canon law dictated that the decision rested with his superiors in India. They ordered him to undergo counseling and spend a year in prayer.

Continue reading at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/world/asia/07church.html?ref=us

Jacquielynn Floyd: Takes more than posters, pep rallies to rid schools of bullying

Dallas Morning News Metro Section
03:10 PM CDT on Monday, April 5, 2010

Jacquielynn Floyd

Even kids who loathe the classics might feel a flicker of recognition at 19th-century literary heroine Jane Eyre’s shuddering description of childhood torment by a vicious cousin.

“He bullied and punished me; not two or three times in the week, nor once or twice in the day, but continually,” recalls the title character in Charlotte Bronte’s enduring novel. “Every nerve I had feared him, and every morsel of flesh in my bones shrank when he came near.”

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Prodigal Sons

I have heard a good deal about this film although I haven’t seen it.

Unfortunately, I have heard a good deal more, albeit negative regarding “Ticked off…”

The article I wrote about people with transsexualism or transgenderism doing art that reflects their lives and experiences was blown off by the ever self reliant “I’m the only real woman and the rest of you are nothing but men in dresses set”.  I heard comments such as “What culture? Drag shows?”

When in reality drag shows and pageants are part of the trans-culture even if only reflective of that element that overlaps with the gay community and especially with the gay community comprised of people of color.

Actually I was thinking more of people like Namoli Brennet, Baby Dee and the late Greer Lankton.  Not to mention all of us who write, take photographs, paint, r do other forms of art.

Mostly though I am an advocate of our taking control of our stories and ending the colonization of our lives by those non-trans people who view our lives as subject matter to be luridly exploited.

There is a good review of this film over at Feministing: http://www.feministing.com/archives/020624.html

And a link to the site that gives a list of showings: http://www.prodigalsonsfilm.com/drupal/home