Sex Scandals – Fall Of 55 Sat, 25 Sep 2021 04:25:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sex Scandals – Fall Of 55 32 32 “Sometimes silence is a statement”: Sarah Jessica Parker pays homage to “Sex and the City” Costar Willie Garson Fri, 24 Sep 2021 21:36:46 +0000

Two days after saying she was “not yet ready” to mourn the death of Willie Garson, Sarah Jessica Parker posted a touching tribute to his Instagram account in memory of his friend on screen and in real life.

“It was unbearable,” Parker wrote of the loss of Garson, who died on Tuesday. “Sometimes silence is a statement. Of gravity. Anguish. The extent of the loss of a friendship of more than 30 years. Parker went on to describe their friendship as one that allowed for “secrets, an adventure, a shared professional family, the truth, concerts, road trips, meals, late night phone calls, mutual dedication to the parenthood and all the heartache and joy that comes with it, triumphs, disappointments, fear, rage and years spent on sets (especially in Carrie’s apartment) and laughing until late into the night as Stanford and Carrie and Willie and SJ.

As part of the tribute, Parker shared several photos of herself and Garson together both on-screen and off-screen. Garson, who was first introduced as Carrie Bradshaw’s best friend and confidant, Stanford Blatch in the series pilot, has appeared regularly throughout Sex and the cityfrom 1998 to 2004 and also appeared in both feature films. Prior to his death, Garson was seen filming scenes from the upcoming spinoff series, And just like that …

Parker wrote: “I will miss everything about you. And replay our last moments together. I will reread every text of your last days and put in writing our last appeals. Your absence a crater that I will fill with the blessing of these memories and of all those who are still in recesses yet to surface. My love and my deepest sympathies and condolences to you dear Nathen. You were and are the light in Willie’s life and his greatest achievement has been to be your daddy. These were his last words to me. “Great bracelets all around. ” Yes. Godspeed Willie Garson. TEAR. X, SJ. “

Parker’s job joins the ranks of others SATC tributes from cast members to Garson, including those of Christophe North, Cynthia nixon, and Mario cantone, who played Garson’s onscreen partner, Anthony Marentino.

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German Archbishop to take “spiritual time out” after abuse scandal – Vatican Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:27:56 +0000

By Philip Pullella and Douglas Busvine

ROME / BERLIN, September 24 (Reuters)The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cologne will take a “spiritual downtime” of his duties after making serious mistakes in a crisis of clerical sexual abuse, but will retain his post, the Vatican said on Friday.

Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki, 65, had faced criticism for his handling of allegations of child sexual abuse in the past, particularly for putting aside a report on wrongdoing by priests in due to unspecified methodological shortcomings.

It was clear Woelki needed “time to reflect, renew and reconcile,” Vatican said after talks between Pope Francis and Woelki over crisis that rocked the church in Germany and follows many similar scandals around the world.

“This led Pope Francis to respond to Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki’s wish for a spiritual break,” the Holy See said in a statement.

Rome’s announcement aimed to resolve a long-standing scandal that has rocked the wealthiest national branch of the Catholic Church, dividing its leaders and eroding a herd of more than 20 million people.

Yet, coming just after a three-day meeting of German bishops who sought to chart a way out of the crisis, the Holy See’s statement surprised the chair of the meeting.

Responding to the Vatican statement, Bishop Georg Baetzing said he only learned of Pope Francis’ decision on Friday. He said he didn’t know about Thursday – the last day of the fall episcopal convention.

“I accept the decisions of the Holy Father and I hope that the process of reconciliation will begin in the Archdiocese of Cologne,” Baetzing said in a statement.

“I am unable to judge whether this may lead to a fundamental change in the situation over the next few months.”


Pope in may shipped two high-ranking foreign bishops to investigate the Archbishop of Cologne’s handling of allegations of sexual abuse in Germany’s largest archdiocese.

In what was interpreted at the time as a reproach, liberal Cardinal Reinhard Marx then offered to resign from his post as Archbishop of Munich, saying he should share responsibility for sexual abuse by clerics in the pass.

The Vatican said there was no evidence Woelki broke the law regarding cases of sexual abuse.

“Nonetheless, he made serious errors in his approach to the issue of dealing with this issue, especially in the area of ​​communication,” he said. “This has largely contributed to the crisis of confidence which has shaken many of the faithful.”

In a statement released by his office, Woelki thanked Francis while acknowledging that trust had been lost in recent months. He would devote himself to contemplation and prayer through a time out until March 1.

“I walk this path with a clear message from the Holy Father that we have provided serious and complete information and that we have not concealed anything,” Woelki said, echoing previous denials of wrongdoing.

“I would like to ask you to pray for the Archdiocese and for me in the weeks to come. I also promise you my fervent prayer.”

(Reporting by Philip Pullella and Douglas Busvine, editing by Kirsti Knolle and Nick Macfie)

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Oakland Police Department Instagram scandal could keep him under federal watch longer Thu, 23 Sep 2021 20:33:51 +0000

An independent review of the Oakland Police Department’s handling of a scandal involving an offensive meme account created by a recently fired officer – and the many still active OPD officers who liked and commented on his posts – determined that the department still has a lot to learn.

San Francisco law firm Clarence, Dyer & Cohen LLP recently completed a court-ordered independent review of the OPD’s handling of the situation following the disclosure last fall of an Instagram account named @crimereductionteam. Internally, the firm found, according to its 23-page report, that the department had dragged its feet in dealing with the account and disciplining agents who liked or approved of problematic posts, and its investigation into the situation was “anemic” overall.

The report suggests that the OPD “took far too long to recognize the fanatical and corrosive nature” of the posts on @crimereductionteam, and adds that “there is no satisfactory explanation for this collective failure.”

“At best, this failure signals a lack of process within the department to ensure a safe and non-discriminatory workplace, committed to court-ordered reforms,” ​​the cabinet wrote. “At worst, it speaks to a culture so hostile to women and minorities, and so attached to a discredited model of policing, that it cannot identify discriminatory and anti-reform messages when she sees it.”

The report was submitted to U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick, who serves as judicial officers overseeing the Oakland Police Department as part of its nearly 20-year negotiated settlement with the federal government – having been officially identified as a problematic police force in the early 2000s.

The @crimereduction account was first discovered by OPD leaders in September 2020, and a rumor later arose that it was the work of a disgruntled former officer who was fired as a result. of a shooting incident involving an officer. Acting Chief Susan Manheimer was heading the department at the time, and it wasn’t until January of this year – around the time the local Oaklandside blog was reporting on the situation – that she ordered ” the integrity unit ‘of the department to examine the Instagram account.

Prior to that, last September, after a number of officers and high-ranking members of the department were asked to follow @crimereductionteam, an internal email was sent by the intelligence unit informing officers that following certain social media accounts can “look bad on you.”

The account included a number of harmless police work memes that resemble those of other similar social media accounts on the internet, but several of the posts shared directly referred to incidents in Oakland, and a number of between them contained blatantly sexist and racist content, and content that sheds light on excessive uses of force such as those below.

via @crimereductionteam
via @crimereductionteam
via @crimereductionteam

The company that investigated the scandal interviewed 43 people from the OPD during its six-month investigation and said it had met a number of officers who claimed that the memes were not offensive and that anyone who thought anyone ‘they are is too sensitive.

“For these officers, memes were funny, and anyone who took offense just couldn’t take a joke,” the firm noted. “How can we explain this yawning blind spot, especially in the face of recent efforts by the OPD to recognize the prejudices implicit in the police service and train officers to remedy them?”

Problems with the Oakland Police Department may date back to the 20th century, but the infamous Riders scandal of 2003 led to the current negotiated settlement and federal oversight that continues today. The steady stream of departmental scandals over the past decade has led to a comically frequent leadership turnover, and included a pattern of shootings involving officers, as well as a 2016 scandal in which a number of officers d ‘Oakland forced the sex of an underage sex worker known as Celeste Guap, who was also the daughter of a police dispatcher.

As recently as 2019, a report by a federal auditor indicated that the department had “demoted” in its reform efforts under the tenure of former chief Anne Kirkpatrick – who was removed from office by order of the city ​​police commission last year – and that it was “deficient in several ways” on its handling of shootings involving officers and deaths in custody.

As KTVU notes, Judge Orrick previously said federal oversight of the OPD would continue until it “uproots officers who do not respect the people they serve and treat them equally.”

New leader LaRonne Armstrong said last month that he hoped federal oversight would end soon under his tenure. And two local civil rights lawyers, Jim Chanin and John Burris, had also recommended an end to the surveillance.

Chanin tells KTVU he’s “disappointed” – and says it was he who brought the OPD leadership’s attention to the meme account in December. And, he said of the investigation report, “it raises serious questions as to whether the department has really changed and whether it is time to end the negotiated settlement agreement.”

Previously: Oakland Police face possible new scandal involving social media accounts, racist and sexist memes

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Your Opinions: Readers Discuss Flowers, Trump, Insurance | Letters Thu, 23 Sep 2021 05:15:00 +0000

My God, what happened to Iowa? My God, what happened to Joni Ernst? I thought our elected senators were supposed to represent everyone in Iowa, not just their base, but I guess I was wrong about that. I thought our senators were supposed to hold their meetings with decorum and professionalism, but I guess I was wrong about that as well. I thought our elected officials would want to try to bridge the gap in this country, but that’s definitely not what Joni Ernst wants to do with these mayoral flame thrower events. So, know that if you go to one of them, you are warned.

Victoria Rossander, Stanton

Insurance price increases must be more than math

As a former volunteer advisor for the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, or SHIIP, I have helped people switch from private insurance to Medicare. I have been surprised to advise people in my community who, before being eligible for Medicare, had purchased insurance through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

They were hard-working freelancers, ineligible for group insurance or deprived of insurance due to pre-existing conditions. ACA was their last resort, no matter what the cost.

Currently, two companies selling ACA insurance, Wellmark and Golden Rule / UnitedHealth, are planning to increase some premiums up to 21%. Recently, they presented these projected rates to Doug Ommen, Insurance Commissioner of Iowa, for his approval. They explained that the rate increases were strictly based on an actuarial medical loss ratio.

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The 2020 Census, Immigration, and the Future of American Evangelism Wed, 22 Sep 2021 04:07:39 +0000

A few years ago, on a Sunday morning, I landed at Logan Airport and took a train to Boston’s South End. I was finishing my research on what has become Facing the West: American Evangelicals in the Age of Global Christianity. Primarily on the activities of American missionaries abroad – and how they were shaped by these encounters – the book in its final chapter focused on how global encounters were increasingly occurring at home throughout the world. African, Asian and Latin American immigration.

I found myself that morning at the intersection of Shawmut Avenue and Lenox Street in a historic district where George Washington fought the Redcoats in 1775. Almost 250 years later it was a different world. In three of the four corners stood non-white churches, each pulsing with energy. The Shawmut Community Church of God, a historic African-American church, occupied the southern corner. Fuente de Vida, a Pentecostal church founded in 2006 by Puerto Ricans but also full of Dominican, Cuban and Guatemalan members, stood at the north corner. The Redeemed Christian Church of God Cornerstone Miracle Center, a five-year-old Nigerian congregation, stood at the east corner.

As I entered the sparsely decorated Cornerstone Miracle Center, sixty pairs of eyes turned to me. An elegant woman, in a white shift dress with colorful woven trims, greeted me. Obviously delighted with my arrival, she showed me a row near the front of the great room. An old man sitting in the row behind me wore a pale blue robe with a fez beanie on his head. Her daughter, posing as Mum Tolu, wore trendy horn-rimmed glasses and a crisp purple cloth garment. A man in the front row was wearing jeans and a loose polo shirt. As he worshiped with his hands high in the air, a Nigerian smartphone and keychain sat in his chair.

“We are a church of all nations,” Pastor Yinka Aina explained from the stage. “When you go, speak whatever you want,” he said, “but now we want to speak in one language. The English service that followed consisted of enthusiastic chanting and passionate prayer. At one point, the whole congregation, each member’s arms outstretched, surrounded me as the pastor prayed that the “Holy Spirit will grant the desires of his heart.” A lively sermon, also on the theme of the Holy Ghost, urged the congregation to feel and practice the power of God. “We are not in the morgue. We are in the sanctuary! he apologized. “Sing to the Lord a joyous song. Get ready to dance!

Intersection of Shawmut and Lenox. Courtesy of Google Street View

The intersection of Shawmut and Lenox represents a link of multicultural Christianity in Boston. Dozens of vibrant congregations radiate from the Cornerstone Miracle Center to the South End. One block to the south is CrossTown Church International, a Pentecostal “apostolic epicenter” with branches in Trinidad and Zimbabwe. Another block to the east is the Congregación León de Judá, a 1,500-member Latin American Baptist congregation founded in 1982. The north end of the South End is the site of Cornerstone Boston, a Korean congregation affiliated with the Church. Evangelical of the Alliance; Emmanuel Disciples Fellowship, an Ethiopian Baptist church; and the South End Neighborhood Church, a congregation made up of whites, African Americans and many other ethnicities. Of the thirty-three churches in the South End, only four are predominantly Anglo-Saxon. While most worship in English, others speak and sing in Spanish, Amharic, Haitian Creole, Greek, Korean, and Mandarin. A third of them were launched after 2000. They are located in hotels, community centers and dark storefronts. Most only maintain a rudimentary online presence. They may be hidden, but they defy conventional wisdom that Boston is relentlessly secular.

Evangelical Bostonians call this the “Silent Awakening”. The number of churches, as tracked by the Emmanuel Gospel Center, accelerator of this multicultural renewal, has doubled since 1969, from 300 to 600. This represents a remarkable growth given the stagnation of the population of Boston and of the flight from white churches to the suburbs. Since the 1990s, the pace has only accelerated. During the first decades of the 21st century, a lasting church was started every few weeks, almost all by immigrants.

The 2020 census results, released last month, confirm what I experienced on my trip to Boston. “Our analysis of the results shows that the American population is much more multiracial and more racially and ethnically diverse than what we have measured in the past,” said Nicholas Jones, director and senior advisor for research and outreach. on race and ethnicity in the United States. Census Bureau Population Division. The United States is on track to become a majority minority nation by 2045.

Here’s the data for Boston: The number of non-Hispanic whites increased from 47% in 2010 to 44.6% in 2020. The share of black residents also declined, from 22.4% in 2010 to 19.1%. At the same time, the share of Asian Americans fell from 8.4% to 11.2%, and the share of Hispanics fell from 17.5 to 18.7. The numbers are more dramatic in other parts of the United States.

The increase in the non-white population has stemmed an overall decline in numbers. As young people migrated to the suburbs and south and west for cheaper jobs and housing, Boston’s population has rebounded. According to the Census Bureau, it increased 12.1% between 2010 and 2020. That’s double the growth rate of Massachusetts.

The implications for urban religion are important. In a follow-up article, I will discuss what this might mean for evangelical politics, theology, and culture. But for now, I just want to point out that immigration saves American Christianity from demographic collapse. While the white West is secularizing, much of the global South remains very religious. At the turn of the twentieth century, less than 20% of Christians in the world were not white. At the turn of the 21st century, over 79% were not white. In 2015, according to the Gordon-Conwell Center for the Study of Global Christianity, 84% were not white. From 1970 to 2010, the evangelical population grew about six times faster in areas outside of North America.

It should come as no surprise then that many immigrants to the United States are Christians. In fact, according to academic Jehu Hanciles, himself an immigrant from Sierra Leone, nearly two-thirds of immigrants are Christians. During the 2010s, more than 600,000 Christian immigrants received green cards each year. Of course, non-Christian diversity has also increased in the decades since the 1965 Immigration Act, but the new immigration, sociologist Stephen Warner notes, does not bring so much new diversity among American religions. than diversity within the majority American religion. “The striking story is that as the United States becomes less Christian through the attrition of Americans of European descent, it becomes more Christian through non-white migration.” We are seeing the re-Christianization of America. ” “writes academic Gastón Espinosa. And nowhere has this demographic transformation been as dramatic as in Boston. Four hundred years after the Puritans, some evangelical observers once again see Boston as a” city on a hill. “

The Boston skyline. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

This flies in the face of much discussion of secularism in Boston and New England in general. In the 2000s, burgeoning Sunbelt Christians described the spiritual climate as “infinitely colder than the lowest winter lows in Boston.” The Southern Baptists, once deadly enemies of the New England abolitionists, launched a missionary offensive to save the region from liberalism and secularism. But they found it to be difficult. “About once an hour, I give up. It’s hard, man, ”Pastor Joe Souza told a CBS reporter. “It’s like you’ve found a cure for cancer and you want to give it away and no one wants it. New England, they say, is a graveyard for church planters.

But this is only true if you are looking for Anglos worshiping under white steeples. The 2020 census results and the history of immigration to Boston offer some hope for a religious tradition recently devastated by sex scandals, abuse of power and declining enrollment. Perhaps it will make even evangelicals question the wisdom of voting for a Nativist president determined to stop a source of their revitalization.

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Why China’s war on celebrities might actually benefit luxury brands Tue, 21 Sep 2021 12:01:29 +0000

Key points to remember:

  • The ongoing crackdown on celebrity and fan culture has prompted brands to seek ambassadors less likely to attract controversy.
  • Beijing authorities take firmer approach, with National Radio and Television Administration ordering television producers and online platforms to blacklist celebrities with “incorrect policies”, restrict “worship” idols ”and cap wages.
  • The intensity of the crackdown could see more luxury brands turning to subject matter experts, athletes and mature influencers as potentially safer choices than the young male idols (aka “little fresh meat”) who were previously privileged.

Beijing’s large-scale crackdown on tech platforms, celebrity culture, Game, and more shows no signs of ending anytime soon, and the pressure is set to increase in the final months of 2021. As President Xi Jinping pushes the concept of “common prosperity“State media have published an increasing number of comments denouncing the intense”fan cultureAnd celebrity worship.

Yet with the massive influence of today’s stars, editorials in official media are unlikely to quell the fan culture frenzy, and authorities have started to take firmer action. Earlier this month, China’s broadcasting regulator, the National Radio and Television Administration, directed TV companies and online platforms to blacklist celebrities with “incorrect politics”, curb “idol worship” and cap their salaries.

Meanwhile, three years after Fan Bingbing – then one of China’s top A-listers – was involved in a tax scandal, celebrities now find themselves under the microscope of audiovisual and tax authorities, with actress Zheng Shuang recently struck by a fine of $ 46 million for tax evasion. China recently announced its intention to conduct “regular tax inquiries on top performers,” including online influencers and streamers, with “severe penalties for violators,” the SCMP reported.

The new challenges facing leading Chinese celebrities and influencers mean that it is also becoming more difficult for luxury brands to choose a representative for the market. Young idols have long been favored, as their many fans have shown their willingness to buy from the brands they support in support of the stars, fueling their continued success in business terms. But with the ever-present possibility that a star will be canceled for transgressions such as sex scandals (Kris wu, Lucas huang), burning political controversies (Zhang zhehan) or tax irregularities (Zheng Shuang), there is great pressure to find relatively conceited brand ambassadors who can further drive sales.

However, the ongoing crackdown could ultimately be a good thing for luxury brands in China, forcing them to think more creatively about who they want to represent them, rather than just looking for the hottest new celebrity or jumping in. on the latest trends.

Already, a significant amount of marketing innovation has come from the streetwear and sneaker culture, where subject matter experts and enthusiasts are establishing themselves as influential trendsetters who can move products as well. As Jing Daily noted in our recent report Chinese cultural consumers: the future of luxury, a growing number of knowledgeable Chinese consumers have successfully leveraged their expertise by launching their own online stores to resell sought-after sneakers, accompanied by chat pages that invite customers and other sneaker enthusiasts to share their reviews and feedback. ideas.

The community isn’t just limited to the internet, as resellers also host in-person gatherings that attract top influencers from the sneaker world. In 2020, Jing Daily noted how How? ‘Or’ What “Sneaker apps and user-friendly payment systems, Key Opinion Customer (KOC) culture, live streaming and the growing presence of luxury brands in China have only helped [Gen Z sneaker culture] stronger. ”As previously obscure sneakerheads become key influencers, luxury brands could look to this community to promote new lines of sneakers or collections influenced by streetwear.

Generation Z tennis champion Emma Raducanu is fast becoming one of the world’s most marketable sports stars and is already courting luxury houses and labels. Photo: Twitter @EmmaRaducanu

Sports stars are another influential group that more luxury brands can turn to amid the celebrity crackdown. With outdoor and winter sports lines and brand collaborations become a gold mine for luxury brands in China, brands may look more towards top athletes, especially as the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Beijing approach. And with little indication that the central government cares as much about foreign athletes as it does about foreign celebrities, luxury brands may recruit personalities like the tennis phenomenon Emma Raducanu for the next campaigns in China.

The coming year could also see more luxury brands recruiting celebrities and older influencers for campaigns, going against the trend of working with Gen Z, the stars of ‘Flavor of the Month’ Douyin. (or TikTok). As stated in the recent report Transcendent Retail: APAC by Jing Daily and Wunderman Thompson, Chinese baby boomers are starting to make their mark on e-commerce, showing impressive social media prowess.

Boasting millions of fans, “The Fashion Grandmas”, a collective of about two dozen members aged from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, uses the streets of Beijing as a runway. in videos sprinkled with nuggets of wisdom about life and love, delivering pop-up ads and live product sales along the way. And fashion grandmothers are far from the only ones, with “Grandma Wang who wears only high heels” having 16 million Douyin followers, while others like @IAmGrandmaTian and @Woshiniwanglaoye attract fans who transcend age with their down-to-earth humor.

According to a study by Wunderman Thompson, 81% of Chinese over 55 say they are more comfortable with digital technology after COVID, more than any other age group. “China’s mobile Internet industry has made money from all groups: men, women, young people, parents, but not the elderly,” Beijing general manager Bian Changyong told AFP. Dama Technology Company, which manages the social media for Fashion Grandmas. “This could be the last structural opportunity in the industry.”

The reality show “Call Me By Fire” (披荆斩棘 的 哥哥) proved a hit this summer among nostalgic millennials and Generation Z. Image: RP

Some brands have moved faster than others by bringing in older influencers. Last year, the property of Estée Lauder niche perfume The Kilian brand hired 49-year-old actress Ning Jing, the winning contestant of the hit “Sisters Who Make Waves” (乘风破浪 的 姐姐) idol contest as the brand’s first ambassador before her debut in mainland China. More recently, the reality show “Call Me By Fire” (披荆斩棘 的 哥哥), featuring men in their 30s, 40s and even fifties, has become one of China’s most popular reality shows. in the wake of the aforementioned celebrity and fan culture scandals. repression.

What brands can find is that working with more established celebrities in China offers greater peace of mind, given the low likelihood that they will rock the boat and put their cushy lifestyle at risk. As Daily Jing noted, “Although their social followers are smaller than today’s young A-List idols, mature celebrities have proven their reputation through long-term dedication to their craft. In addition, their fans are more loyal, rational and critical than fickle fans of young talent. “

Whichever route they take to choose their brand’s spokesperson or collaborator, luxury brands forced to rethink their marketing strategies in China out of necessity could experience the most lasting success in the market. Rather than focusing on short-term season-to-season success and signing on to the latest star to emerge from hit idol shows or hit dramas, brands that build stronger relationships with them. Subject matter experts, athletes or established celebrities who interest their target audience could avoid getting caught up in embarrassing scandals or crackdowns that they could do without.

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Pope Francis opens critical conference on child sexual abuse in Vatican Mon, 20 Sep 2021 15:12:46 +0000 Pope Francis addresses the faithful from his office window overlooking St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on September 19, 2021 as part of the Angelus prayer. Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Pope Francis opened a Vatican conference on Sunday (Monday in Manila) on the sexual abuse of children by clergy in Central and Eastern Europe, urging participants to think about “concrete ways of reform”.

The multi-day event – a joint initiative of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and the Polish Bishops’ Conference – brings together Church representatives from 20 countries in the Polish capital Warsaw.

The Catholic Church has been rocked by a long series of sex scandals in Poland, a staunch EU country where it wields strong political influence.

Since last year, the Vatican has sanctioned eight Polish bishops accused of covering up abuses, as well as one cardinal.

The Polish church announced in June that between July 2018 and the end of 2020 it had received 368 allegations of abuse by the clergy, some dating back decades.

In a video message issued on Sunday, Pope Francis called the “serious problem” of child sexual abuse by clergy a “crisis.”

“Our expressions of sadness must be converted into concrete ways of reform to both prevent further abuses and give confidence to others that our efforts will bring real and reliable change,” the pontiff told the participants.

“I encourage you to listen to the cry of the victims and to dedicate yourselves to each other and to society at large, in these important discussions because they really affect the future of the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.”

The September 19-22 conference titled “Our Common Mission to Protect God’s Child” will see participants discuss prevention and response in their respective countries.

Professionals in the field of the protection of minors will be present as well as the victims, who must intervene. The conference will also address the impact of a post-communist mentality on the approach to the issue.

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Pope Francis opens the C. Europe conference on the “crisis” of sexual abuse Mon, 20 Sep 2021 04:43:00 +0000

Pope Francis speaks with reporters aboard an Alitalia plane en route from Bratislava Milan Rastislav Stefanik International Airport to Bratislava, Slovakia, returning to Rome on September 15, 2021. AFP FILE PHOTO

WARSAW – Pope Francis on Sunday opened a Vatican conference on clergy sexual abuse of children in Central and Eastern Europe, urging participants to think about “concrete ways to reform.”

The multi-day event – a joint initiative of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and the Polish Bishops’ Conference – brings together Church representatives from 20 countries in the Polish capital Warsaw.

The Catholic Church has been rocked by a long series of sex scandals in Poland, a staunch EU country where it wields strong political influence.

Since last year, the Vatican has sanctioned eight Polish bishops accused of covering up abuses, as well as one cardinal.

The Polish church announced in June that between July 2018 and the end of 2020 it had received 368 allegations of abuse by the clergy, some dating back decades.

In a video message issued on Sunday, Pope Francis called the “serious problem” of child sexual abuse by clergy a “crisis.”

“Our expressions of sadness must be converted into concrete ways of reform to both prevent further abuses and give confidence to others that our efforts will bring real and reliable change,” the pontiff told the participants.

“I encourage you to listen to the cry of the victims and to dedicate yourselves, with one another and with society at large, in these important discussions because they really affect the future of the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.

The September 19-22 conference titled “Our Common Mission to Protect God’s Child” will see participants discuss prevention and response in their respective countries.

Professionals in the field of the protection of minors will be present as well as the victims, who must intervene. The conference will also address the impact of a post-communist mentality on the approach to the issue.

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Ten questions for Taleeb Noormohamed, Trudeau’s most controversial candidate in western Ontario Mon, 20 Sep 2021 01:11:48 +0000

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In his file with Elections Canada, the liberal candidate of Vancouver Granville, Taleeb Noormohamed, describes his profession as “CEO”.

On September 20, he could become an MP in the riding won twice by Jody Wilson-Raybould, the independent who denounced the SNC-Lavalin scandal of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Taleeb Noormohamed in 2021 (Facebook)

Noormohamed’s campaign was the most controversial of all Western Ontario Liberal campaigns (where candidates Raj Saini and Kevin Vuong were sidelined due to sex scandals).

The revelations of Noormohamed’s secret career as a real estate pinball machine have only worsened with a scary interview with CTV News Vancouver and a photo of him hiding in the passenger seat of a car while an assistant knocked on doors. Both have gone viral.

Since then, Noormohamed has avoided reporters, hoping to play against contestants Anjali Appadurai (NDP) and Kailin Che in the counting of the ballots.

There are many unanswered questions about Noormohamed. Here are 10.


Your residential address on your Elections Canada registration is a suite in a condo built by Concord Pacific across from the Parq Casino in Northeast False Creek. Why weren’t you with your party leader Trudeau during his press conference on September 13 on the roof of the Parq Casino?


Taleeb Noormohamed with Justin Trudeau in 2011 (Vincent Chan / Facebook)

The Unitarian Church in Vancouver hosted a meeting of all candidates on September 14. It was held in an empty auditorium, due to the pandemic, but webcast on YouTube. Your New Democrat, Conservative and PPC opponents were present. You didn’t. Where have you been?


On September 15, CBC’s Early Edition show featuring Stephen Quinn invited applicants to an on-air forum. The CBC studio is an 11 minute walk from your condo address or a five minute drive. You missed it. Where have you been?


In May 2018, just a week after announcing that you would be running for mayor of Vision Vancouver, you walked out of the race, citing a “sudden cardiac event”. However, you are running for the second time in Vancouver Granville to become an MP. It is a very stressful profession, with long hours and arduous travel to and from Ottawa. What is your state of health?


Taleeb Noormohamed from the Stewart Group website.

Your campaign bio on the Liberal website omits the time you spent with The Stewart Group, a lobbying and procurement consultancy that represented SNC Lavalin, Bombardier and Compass card supplier Cubic Transportation. Lobbyist Lecia Stewart was the offer strategist behind SNC-Lavalin’s troubled Ottawa Confederation Line.

Customers of the Stewart Group also included Southern Rail of BC, whose tracks are used for the transportation of coal. Fraser Surrey Docks was considered a terminal for the export of thermal coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.

How do you reconcile your past with a company that represented a company involved in shipping dirty coal with the Liberal promise to ban thermal coal exports from Canada no later than 2030?


The International Olympic Committee had policies in 2007, when you joined the Vancouver 2010 organizing committee, that required executives to avoid conflicts of interest. When buying and selling real estate in downtown Vancouver near the Olympic venues, did you disclose these activities to your superiors at VANOC, in accordance with the ethics policy?

Liberal candidate Taleeb Noormohamed on September 2 (Twitter / Richard Lo)


How much did you make renting condos in downtown Vancouver while you were Vice President of VANOC?


Have you knowingly hired from someone employed directly or indirectly with an Olympic Family entity, be it an athlete or a sponsor?


You are adept at buying and selling real estate for profit. You live in the riding of Vancouver Center. Why haven’t you bought a residence in Vancouver Granville, the riding you seek to represent since 2019?


If you win Vancouver Granville in the September 20 election, will you quit all leadership and board positions and give up such assets, so you can focus only on being an MP? Will you sell your remaining real estate or put it in a blind trust?

If Taleeb Noormohamed answers any of the above, this story will update to show his answers.

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CLARENCE PAGE: Larry Nassar scandal shows how ‘twists’ can take different forms | Chroniclers Sun, 19 Sep 2021 05:00:00 +0000

Now, as the testimony of the young women made clear, we must demand answers to many more questions about the FBI and the sports system that has failed to protect them, including USA Gymnastics, the governing body. sports official and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee. .

“To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar,” Biles said tearfully, “and I also blame an entire system that allowed and perpetrated his abuse.”

Maroney, an Olympian in 2012, offered graphic examples of Nassar’s repeated abuse, including a heart-wrenching ordeal with Nassar “assaulting me for hours” while in Tokyo for a competition.

But compounding her mental and physical abuse, she said, was the apparent indifference she heard on the other end of the phone in 2015, when she was 19 and reported her ordeal. to the FBI – before he even told his mother what Nassar had done. She said the officer’s response was, “Is that all? “

Worse, she said, the FBI did not document her accusations for 17 months in a report that also made false statements about what she said.

But a new day of judgment may be upon us, in part thanks to the women who have courageously stepped forward to speak out against Nassar’s abuse. Maroney’s allegations appear to be supported by a July report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General that details the failures of the FBI field office in Indianapolis in its response to the allegations against Nassar.

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