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Austrian seminary rocked by porn scandal closed

August 12, 2004
The Vatican on Thursday shut down a seminary in Austria where investigators found thousands of pictures of students and instructors kissing and fondling.
Authorities reported finding about 40,000 photos and a large number of videos on computers at the seminary in the diocese of St. Poelten, about 80 kilometres west of Vienna. Some of the material included child pornography.

When some of the pictures appeared in Austrian media, Pope John Paul II responded to the public uproar by sending in Bishop Klaus Kueng three weeks ago as an "apostolic visitor" to contain the scandal.

Kueng told reporters on Thursday that he was closing the seminary immediately to make way for "a new beginning." He has said he would restore credibility to the church.

The evidence of "active homosexual relationships" he found at the seminary was "very painful," said Kueng.

The church ordered local Bishop Kurt Krenn to stop speaking to the media after he tried to play down the scandal by describing the photos of priests kissing and fondling as "childish pranks."

Prosecutors have charged a 27-year-old Polish seminary student with possessing and distributing child pornography, which could bring two years in prison.

Kueng said church leaders hadn't paid enough attention to the procedures for selecting seminary students.

There were 36 students at the seminary at the start of the summer. Two have left. If the others wish to return when it opens again, they will have to undergo a new screening process.

Kueng gave no indication how long the seminary would be shut.

The last time a Pope sent an emissary to Austria was in 1998, when Austrian cardinal Hans Hermann Groer was accused of molesting young boys.

The findings of the investigation were never made public, but Groer gave up all his church duties and left the country.
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Catholic Church Computer Seized in Child Porn Probe

FBI agents raided the rectory at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Florissant Wednesday night. FBI spokesman Keith Lourdeau confirmed the raid but wouldn't say what agents were looking for.

But St. Louis Archdiocese spokeswoman Terry Edelmann said a computer was seized from the rectory, the residence of the parish priest.

"A computer was taken and is being investigated," Edelmann said. "They apparently are looking for child pornography." She said no arrests have been made. Florissant police would not comment.

The parish in north St. Louis County is large and also includes a school.
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Former altar boy says priests ran boys' prostitution ring

A former altar boy sued the Vatican, the Miami Archdiocese and two Roman Catholic priests Monday, saying he was forced to participate in orgies as a teen-ager 30 years ago.

Jose Albino Currais Jr. said the Revs. Ricardo Castellanos and Alvaro Guichard held orgies at the Church of the Little Flower in Miami in which they had sex with numerous teen-age boys.

Currais, 45, also said Castellanos operated a teen prostitution ring, arranging for Currais and other boys to have sex with visiting seminarians from Rome.
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catholic church is haven for pedophiles
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Priest says paedophilia was good for children

Aix-en-Provence, France - A Roman Catholic priest on trial in this southern French town for failing to disclose the sexual abuse of minors has argued that the paedophilic acts that took place in his parish were actually good for the children.

Father Hubert Barral, 67, who heads the parish in the village of Vernegues, faces up to five years in prison if convicted on a charge of failing to assist a person in danger and failing to report a crime.

The trial is taking place amid mounting criticism of the French Roman Catholic Church, which has been accused of not taking charges of paedophilia seriously.

In his testimony, Barral defended the man accused of having sexually abused or raped two minor children, as well as a boy over the age of 18 who had psychological problems, describing the rapes as "moments when the children flowered". The alleged crimes took place between 1986 and 1998.

The victims included a British boy who was aged six when his mother abandoned him at the church in 1986 and a 12-year-old runaway.

Arrested and charged for the rapes was Marc Ruther, a 49-year-old drifter. Ruther admitted to the charges against him and said he often gave his victims dagga before raping them.

Investigators said Barral had also told one of the children that making love was a way of being in touch with God. - Sapa-AFP
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