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MessagePosté le: Dim 5 Mar - 05:47 (2017)    Sujet du message: YOUR CHILD’S BEEN SENT TO JAIL. AND THEN COMES THE BILL. Répondre en citant


By Eli Hager March 2

In dozens of one-on-one meetings every week, a lawyer retained by the city of Philadelphia summons parents whose children have just been jailed, pulls out his calculator and hands them more bad news: a bill for their kids’ incarceration.

Even if a child is later proved innocent, the parents still must pay a nightly rate for the detention. Bills run up to $1,000 a month, and many of the parents of Philadelphia’s roughly 730 detained children are so poor they can afford monthly installments of only $5.

The lawyer, Steven Kaplan — who according to his city contract is paid up to $316,000 a year in salary and bonuses, more than any city employee, including the mayor — is one agent of a deeply entrenched social policy that took root across the country in the 1970s and ’80s. The guiding principle was simple: States, counties and cities believed that parents were shedding responsibility for their delinquent children and expecting the government to pick up the tab.

If parents shared the financial cost of incarceration, this thinking went, they would be more involved in keeping their children out of trouble.

“I mean, do we think the taxpayers should be supporting these bad kids?” Kaplan said in an interview.

Today, mothers and fathers are billed for their children’s incarceration — in jails, detention centers, court-ordered treatment facilities, training schools or disciplinary camps — by 19 state juvenile-justice agencies, while in at least 28 other states, individual counties can legally do the same, a survey by the Marshall Project shows.

Groups of law students, juvenile defense lawyers and others have begun to challenge this payment system, arguing that it is akin to taxing parents for their child’s loss of liberty — and punishing them with debt. In Philadelphia, the City Council is meeting Friday to consider abolishing the practice. In California — which incarcerates more children than any other state, at a typical cost to parents of $30 a night — activists have succeeded in getting the practice banned in three counties. Two senators have introduced a bill to ban it statewide.

[After Post article, Philadelphia says it won’t bill parents for children’s detentions]
“Aside from all the emotional stuff — holding my son together, holding myself together — now they’re going to say, ‘By the way, you owe us cash for this?’ ” said Tamisha Walker, one of the mothers who fought, successfully, for a moratorium in California’s Contra Costa County.

Because these parents are so often from poor communities, even the most aggressive efforts to bill them seldom bring in meaningful revenue. Philadelphia netted $551,261 from parents of delinquent children in fiscal 2016, a small fraction of the $81,148,521 the city spent on all delinquent placements, according to city records.

A similar pattern emerges in financial data gathered from all 50 states — significant operating budgets for collections officers and mailing out invoices but low amounts of money actually collected from the families.

Many juvenile-corrections administrators say the payment system is a way of keeping parents engaged with their children, whose food, clothing and medical expenses they would be paying for anyway.

“It increases buy-in. It keeps the parents’ skin in the game,” said James Bueche, who heads Louisiana’s Office of Juvenile Justice, adding that in a state with severe budget problems, his department needs all the funding it can get.

Bueche and others also said the agencies are constrained by state laws, frequently outdated, that hold parents financially responsible for their children’s transgressions, ranging from truancy and curfew violations to shoplifting to murder.

“It was a very different time, when too many parents frequently wanted to essentially ‘dump’ their adolescent children on juvenile courts when they found them unruly, ungovernable, uncontrollable,” Linda O’Neal, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, said of the era decades ago when the laws were implemented.

“This was put into the statute so courts could say . . . ‘Okay, but you will have to pay the costs of detention,’ ” O’Neal said. “The experience was then parents would suddenly decide, maybe they could manage their children after all rather than pay.”

Until recently, that logic had gone mostly unexamined, in part because juvenile defenders advocate for children, not parents, whose separate problems often go overlooked when a child is accused of a crime.

But family advocates have increasingly taken the position that detention payments introduce new obstacles for young people already struggling to succeed — and run counter to the juvenile-justice system’s century-old mission to improve children’s outcomes by helping them learn from their mistakes.

“Here’s a family that needs support, and what we’re going to do instead is put a whole lot of economic pressure on them?” said Jessica Feierman, associate director of Juvenile Law Center, a national advocacy group based in Philadelphia. “Parents don’t choose for their kids to go to jail. They just don’t.”

States’ practices vary

How juvenile-justice agencies go about charging mothers and fathers for their children’s incarceration varies widely by state, but the basics are the same: a monthly bill, frequently in the low hundreds of dollars, that covers some but not all of the actual costs of the child’s imprisonment.

Florida’s brochure on its “Cost of Care” program depicts the intertwined hands of an adult and a child, with a caption reading: “A joint effort between the parents and the State improves the quality of life for our children. Together we can reduce juvenile crime.”

To calculate the amounts owed, at least a dozen states make use of an existing metric: standard child-support guidelines.

Other states operate a “parental reimbursement unit” that charges the parents a flat sum. The ones that detain youths in privately operated facilities tend to charge the highest rates.

When parents fail to pay on time, the state can send collection agencies after them, tack on interest, garnish 50 percent of their wages, seize their bank accounts, intercept their tax refunds, suspend their driver’s licenses or charge them with contempt of court. Virginia, for instance, uses several of those methods to try to collect from parents, state officials and parents told the Marshall Project.

An ability-to-pay process, by which parents can provide pay stubs and documentation of their expenses to get the charges lowered, is usually offered. But it often entails navigating a maze of paperwork and rarely takes place before a judge or neutral third party. In many cases, it is no more than a correspondence or meeting between the parent and a representative of the state agency, like Kaplan.

Not all states take action to be reimbursed. Maryland seeks child support from parents only in certain circumstances, such as to defray costs from placement in a for-profit medical facility. The District does not collect any fees.

Anders Jacobson, director of the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections, which does not bill parents, said that any well-functioning juvenile-justice system depends on youths returning home to a stable environment. Thrusting parents into debt, he said, undercuts their ability to keep the lights on and the refrigerator stocked. Such households already are dealing with additional costs from the juvenile’s crime, parents point out, including steep rates for phone calls, gas for long-distance visits, and thousands of dollars in restitution and public-defender fees.

As significantly, parents and advocates say, the goal of incarceration is not to address problems in the family the way a child-support order can do. They argue that detention facilities should exist for the larger societal purpose of public safety and getting young offenders back on the right track, for which all taxpayers ought to be responsible.

“I pay taxes every single year — isn’t that supposed to be what pays for the justice system?” said Alison Devine, the parent of a formerly delinquent child in Philadelphia.

Mariana Cuevas poses at her home in Antioch. The state of California had tried to collect nearly $10,000 for her child’s imprisonment. (Biz Herman for The Washington Post)

‘Little financial gain’

When Mariana Cuevas’s son was released from a California jail, after being locked up in a juvenile hall for more than 300 days for a homicide he did not commit, the boy’s public defender, Jeffrey Landau, thought his work was done. The case had been dismissed; his client was free.

But at a celebratory dinner afterward, Cuevas, a Bay Area home cleaner, pulled out a plastic bag full of bills and showed Landau that the state had tried to collect nearly $10,000 for her child’s imprisonment. She had been able to pay back only about $50 a month.

“Sure, your son was stolen from you for a year,” said Landau, stunned, “but here’s what it cost.”

Animated by stories such as Cuevas’s, juvenile defenders at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley teamed up with students at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law to begin gathering county-level data to determine whether the payment requirement, so long ignored, was cost-effective.

It hardly was, they found. In fiscal 2014-2015, Alameda County, which contains Oakland, spent $250,938 collecting $419,830 from parents. An internal county report called that “little financial gain.” By last March, in the wake of the group’s findings, county officials had placed a moratorium on the practice. They later banned it outright, forgiving the debt of almost 3,000 families.

“From a macro level we weren’t even aware this existed, but it hurt so many vulnerable people,” said Richard Valle, a member of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. “The parents deserve the credit — they came to the podium and spoke up.” Valle also said there has been zero loss of services for children in juvenile hall, despite the lost revenue.

Then, in October, the Berkeley-based campaign won another moratorium in neighboring Contra Costa County, and later Cuevas’s debt was frozen. Officials there are considering reparations for some of the parents who had already paid the detention fees.

In August, Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit weighed in forcefully on the side of Maria Rivera, a parent who sold her house and went bankrupt to pay Orange County more than $9,500 for her son’s incarceration.

“Not only does such a policy unfairly conscript the poorest members of society to bear the costs of public institutions, operating ‘as a regressive tax,’ ” Reinhardt wrote, “but it takes advantage of people when they are at their most vulnerable, essentially imposing ‘a tax upon distress.’ ”

In Philadelphia last year, juvenile defenders learned about the city’s collection practices from the parents of clients. They alerted a group of law students at Temple University, who then brought the issue to the attention of aides in the office of Mayor Jim Kenney (D).

Heather Keafer, a spokeswoman for Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services, said that the students made a “compelling argument” and that the department has asked the state of Pennsylvania for a legal review as to whether abandoning the practice would be allowable under existing state and federal regulations. “This has just been the way it works for so long that it has kind of proceeded as a matter of course,” Keafer said.

Kathaleen Gillis, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Human Services, said the matter is still under review, in part because a decision must be made not just for Philadelphia but for all counties, and practices vary widely.

Since the state’s decision may take months, Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson called for Friday’s hearing. “This whole thing reminded me of Ferguson,” said Johnson, drawing a straight line between the parental-billing practices and the debate around allegedly predatory fines and fees in the larger criminal-justice system — a controversial issue in Ferguson, Mo., even before the killing of an unarmed African American teen by a white officer there in 2014 brought tensions between police and the community to a head.

‘What did I just pay for?’

Steve Kaplan, who is 62 and has lived in Philadelphia for his entire life, calls himself the “most experienced child-support attorney in America.” He began collecting from the mothers and fathers of incarcerated children in 1998, when a friend of his — then-Philadelphia mayor and future Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell (D) — instructed him to do so. Rendell did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the practice.

Kaplan is likely to be replaced by a collection agency when his contract expires March 31, Keafer said via email Thursday. The lawyer, who currently gets bonuses of up to $160,000 based on the amounts he can collect from the parents, would not comment late Thursday.

One of those parents was Jonelle Mills, a single mother and janitor whose teenage daughter has been in and out of juvenile facilities for over two years. Mills said Kaplan billed her nearly $3,000 for those stays and now the city is garnishing her paycheck. She also said her child returned home “institutionalized” and physically aggressive.

“What did I just pay for exactly?” she said. “It clearly didn’t buy any kind of rehabilitation.”

To Kaplan, that was still the wrong question. For 18 years, he said in the earlier interview, parents are obligated to pay for whatever housing their children are in — even if it’s a jail.

“Child support is child support is child support,” he said. “It really doesn’t matter if the kid lives with Mom, Dad, Aunt Betsy, or with me — Uncle Steve — in detention.”

This investigation was written for the Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers the U.S. criminal-justice system.

A photo of Mariana Cuevas's sons, Brandon, left, and Carlos Garcia. (Biz Herman for The Washington Post)


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Hello and welcome,

This week it was announced that Marie Collins has resigned from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. This represents a great loss for our commission because Marie was a very eloquent advocate for child protection. However, I am very pleased that, despite her decision to step away from the commission, she is still very willing to work with us in the formation programs that the commission will be conducting for Church leadership, members of the
Curia and bishops conferences.

The commission has as its primary function to advise the Holy Father, but also to work for prevention of child abuse and to do this through educational programs and promoting best practices. In this last year, Marie has helped me on a number of these occasions and her contributions have always been invaluable. She speaks of her own experience as a survivor of clergy sexual abuse and is an extraordinary advocate for this cause.

In the last decade, the Church in Europe and North America has developed very strong protocols and practices for child protection, but in many parts of the world this topic is just being breached for the very first time. So, our commission, which includes members from Africa, South America and Asia, has been charged with a very important responsibility of promoting child protection in those countries. Marie has been an extraordinary help in that process and we pray that the Lord will continue to bless her and her family, and we do look forward to working with her on the educational projects of the commission.

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MessagePosté le: Lun 13 Mar - 00:17 (2017)    Sujet du message: EXCLUSIVE & URGENT - A MESSAGE FROM CLAIRE - PART OF OUR SERIES ON CPS OVERREACH AND CORRUPTION Répondre en citant


VIDEO : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q6Q31AeNyU

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A MSG FROM CLAIRE'S MOTHER - Thank you so much for reaching out. You have my permission to post my
daughter, Claire Cooper's, video on any website that could possibly help
us. We need help as we are victims of DCFS abuse. The social worker came
by last Friday night and told me I tested positive for meth back in
December and that "the department" could be taking my children from me at
any time. First of all, there is no possible way in any shape or form that
I could have tested positive as I am not nor was I in December taking any
drugs of any kind. They are lying and that is that. We are a happy, loving
family and this information is terrorizing us.


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We just got off the phone with the Mom, 2 1/2 hours.. There's a lot to tell here. Interview scheduled for Wed 7pm centrral. Should have it uploaded Thursday morning. This has a potential to be a 3 or 4 part seg @ 30 minutes each.

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Camden Maple – a creative boy whose family loves him and wants him back home. Source: Maple family.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

His parents say that he is just a normal, imaginative little boy; his school says that he needs mental health help. After Christian Maple was called to pick up his 7 year old son Camden from school following an incident, Christian and his wife Katie had a long talk with their son to find out what exactly was going on. As parents, they know their son better than anyone, and they addressed the situation at home. They thought the matter was settled.

It should have been over.

But it wasn’t. It got much worse.

The next morning, staff at Bowman Primary School in Lebanon, Ohio, demanded to know the content of the Maples’ conversation with their son. Christian did not believe that was their business to know the details, and he and Katie chose to reject the primary school’s opinion that they needed to have Camden evaluated and treated by psychologists.

The school reported the Maples to Child Protective Services. Eight police officers later surrounded the family’s house and took 7 year old Camden away from his home and his family.

Instead of the state respecting the Maples’ fundamental right to parent their child and make medical decisions for him, CPS has seized custody of Camden and accused his parents of neglecting his mental health. The Maples are still reeling in shock, and are now fighting to get him back home.

Typical American Boy Next Door

Camden likes Star Wars and Pokemon. He likes to play football with his brothers, and to play with Legos. He enjoys video games like Mario and Sonic. He creates stories and draws his own comic strips. He has tested a full grade level above his grade level. Katie describes her stepson:

Camden is very imaginative and creative. He’s a typical kid.

Camden with his dad, who loves his son’s imagination. Source: Maple family.

He grew up as the only child of his father until Christian met Katie, mother of 4. Much like the Brady Bunch, two families blended into one. Camden went overnight from being an only child to having 2 older and 2 younger siblings. Since the arrival of his baby sister, he is now one of 6 children – 3 boys and 3 girls. According to their parents, the children have all adjusted “very well,” but it has still been an adjustment.

They are a pretty typical family, complete with mini-van, living in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. They try to eat healthy, but not necessarily organic. They vaccinate their children, but prefer to space out the vaccines instead of giving many at once. Katie says:

There’s really nothing out of the ordinary about us.

All American family. Camden is seated on the left. Source: Maple family.

The exception to that might be that they exercise their right to make medical decisions for their children and don’t always do what the school recommends. According to Christian and Katie:

The school thinks he is ADHD, we as parents disagree. We believe that it stems mostly from boredom and not being challenged in the classroom. The school has tried on several occasions to get us to have him diagnosed, so that he can be medicated.

We as parents do not have the problems the school claims to have with him, at home. We know how to deal with a rambunctious 7 year old, but the school is content with making him believe that he is a bad child, we disagree.

He often finishes his school work before most of his classmates, so he doodles to fill the time. His parents report that he has gotten into trouble for that. They say that he gets bored at school, and that they have made suggestions to his teacher about how to handle him, but the school has ignored all of their suggestions.

They just want him diagnosed and medicated.

Camden Sent to the Office at School

One day in late February, Camden got sent to the office for being disruptive in his class. He had to sit down with the school counselor. He told the counselor that he was “upset because he felt that he was bad and wanted to erase himself from the earth.”

Where many counselors would focus the questioning at that point on trying to learn why he thought he was bad and who told him that he was bad, the counselor at Bowman Primary School reportedly instead asked how he would accomplish erasing himself from the earth. Faced with that kind of question, the little boy who makes up stories for his own comic strips came up with the idea that he would stab himself in the eye with a knife. This response prompted a call to his parents.

Christian immediately drove to the school and picked up his son. He and Katie had “a long conversation” with him to find out what was going on.

Camden said that he did not want to hurt himself and just said that because he was upset and wanted to see what the counselor would say. The school thought we should have taken him to the hospital emergency room for a mental health evaluation, but upon assessing the situation and speaking to him at home, it was clear to us that he posed no threat to himself and just said it to get a rise out of the counselor. He has never said anything about harming himself prior to this incident or after. This was one time, one day…most likely repeating something he heard somewhere.

Camden as a little guy with imagination, not mental illness. Source: Maple family.

Both parents told Health Impact News that, if they had thought that he was truly suicidal, they certainly would have taken action:

If we really believed that he would have really hurt himself, then we would have taken him to be assessed. They’ve blown this way out of proportion.

There were no other signs of depression or of any intention to hurt himself, or anyone else. This was a one time thing. They want to know if this is really about the school wanting to get the funding for having him diagnosed as a special needs child.

School Calls CPS When Parents Don’t Do What They Demand

The school phoned them the next morning to ask if they had taken him to the hospital. When they explained that they had had a long conversation with him and “addressed the situation,” the school demanded to know how they addressed it and what the content of their conversation was. When the parents told them that the details of the conversation was a private family matter, the school officials bristled and called CPS, claiming “neglect.”

Social workers called the Maples to investigate. They wanted to come into the home and talk with the children. Christian explained the situation and told them that Camden is fine. He also told them that an investigation would impose on their right to privacy and their “fundamental right of child rearing and medical decision making on behalf of [their] child, all of which have already been written into case law.” He also cited the 4th Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and told them that they would need a warrant before they would be allowed to enter his home or talk to the other children.

Katie (2nd from left) with the children, Camden on the right. Source: Maple family.

Christian told Health Impact News that he never actually said that they were not providing services for Camden, as the school and social workers accuse, but he simply said it was none of their business.

Two weeks after all this, on March 3, Christian received a phone call that there was an “Emergency Shelter Care” hearing later that day. At court, the Maples learned for the first time that the school had called CPS on 4 other occasions during the past year. Katie says that all of the allegations were false and “obviously completely made up.”

CPS never contacted us about these phone calls because they themselves admit that the calls were unsubstantiated.

Yet, social worker Katie Pyle reportedly presented those phone calls to Magistrate Jennifer Coatney as evidence that Camden was in need of CPS care. According to the court report:

…this child is at risk by virtue of multiple reports to Warren County Children Services and Father preventing the agency from investigating the situation [by exercising his 4th Amendment right to demand a court order or warrant before allowing CPS into his home]. The minor child has made threats of suicide and Father has not provided the children with proper mental health treatment.

The school counselor and social worker have apparently made a diagnosis of a mental health disorder, although the law says that only a doctor can diagnose such. The family asserts that there is “zero proof of any such condition and zero proof of any parental wrongdoing, but yet the court ordered him removed.”

Magistrate Jennifer Coatney in Warren County Juvenile Court. Image source courtesy Dayton Daily News.

Magistrate Jennifer Coatney reportedly told Katie in court:

You see what happens? This is what will happen to your other children if you do not cooperate.

Later that day, social workers showed up at the Maple home with 8 armed police officers and every intention of taking Camden into state custody. The Maples felt that they had no choice but to comply. CPS seized Camden and placed him with a relative.

“How can this be?” Katie asks. “How can CPS get away with ripping children from loving homes without just cause? … CPS should not have this much unchecked power!”

The court has ordered that Christian and Katie complete a psychological evaluation and a drug and alcohol evaluation. They are also to be randomly drug tested. Neither has any history, or so much as an allegation, of any drug or alcohol abuse or mental health issue. They have completed the evaluations, which all came back clean. They said that their psychological evaluator was “thoroughly confused” as to why they were even there.

Camden has also been subjected to both a physical and a mental health evaluation. From what the family has gathered, there are no concerns with the results, and no services have been ordered for Camden based on the results. However, social worker Katie Pyle reportedly stated to the Maples that she would like to see Camden do counseling at the school “just to make sure that he doesn’t have thoughts of harming himself.”

Their son is still not home. His siblings miss him and want to know when he is coming home.

CPS has separated Camden from all his siblings, including his new baby sister. Source: Maple family.

“Why Doesn’t CPS Focus on Real Abuse?”
The Maples say that they haven’t done anything wrong. They could understand all this if they had abused their son, but they haven’t. Christian told Health Impact News:

If someone is abusing their child, that is a crime. We have police in place for people who commit crimes. That is what the police department is for – to arrest people committing crimes. CPS is a duplicate police agency. If no crime is being committed, why do we need a government agency to come in to investigate families and remove children?

Katie Maple made a statement that almost every family that has ever contacted Medical Kidnap has said to us:

They [CPS] harass people who take care of their kids when they could be using their time more wisely and going after the people who actually DO abuse their children.

Christian Maple is a big believer in the Constitution and individual rights, but says that when he asserted them, “they took them away.”

How You Can Help

Former Presidential candidate John Kasich is the governor of Ohio. He may be reached at (614) 466-3555 or contacted here.

Senator Steve Wilson serves the Maples’ district. He may be reached at (614) 466-9737, or contacted here.

Representative Paul Zeltwanger is the House Representative for their district. He may be reached at (614) 644-6027, or contacted here.

The family has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for Thursday, March 23, and an adjudication hearing on April 20. They have hired an attorney who has filed motions to have Camden returned home.

There is nothing to stop this from happening to anyone.

See story of another Ohio family torn apart by CPS. This family has still not been reunited:
Ohio CPS Destroys Family of 5 Children – Parents Acquitted of Any Wrong Doing
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March 31, 2017

Hello and welcome,
As you may remember, last week I was in Rome for a conference on child protection in Catholic education at the Gregorian University, which was held on Thursday.


Following the conference, I remained in Rome for our plenary assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which ran from Friday until Sunday.
Among the many issues we discussed was, of course, the resignation of commission member Marie Collins, as this was our first plenary gathering since she decided to step down.

We are so grateful that Marie is willing to continue to assist us in our ongoing education efforts and the commission discussed a number of ways to ensure that the experiences of clergy abuse victims continue to inform and shape our work. Rolling Eyes
We also discussed the ongoing issue of the Holy See providing prompt and appropriate responses to correspondence from clergy abuse victims. Rolling Eyes While we understand that there may be some challenges to accomplishing this, nevertheless we remain committed to solving this problem. The commission is considering several ideas that we will submit to the Holy Father for his approval.
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Thursday evening, we were invited to have dinner with the Irish Ambassador to the Holy See, Emma Madigan, and her husband Laurence. (Ironically enough, the ambassador’s residence is a palazzo built by Cardinal Wolsey, the Prime Minister of Henry VIII.)

Msgr. Oliver and myself with Ambassador Madigan and her husband, Laurence

I was very gratified that the ambassador had come to our conference on Catholic education. Of course, in Ireland, many of the schools are Catholic schools, so it was a topic of great concern to her and her country.

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The meetings of the commission were held at the Paolo VI Residence in Rome, and right next-door is the Church of St. Luigi di Francia (perhaps better known by most as St. Louis de France), which I had a chance to visit during our midday break on Saturday.
The church is just stunning.


It is noted particularly for the three paintings by Caravaggio that hang there, all of which deal with the life of St. Matthew, including the “The Calling of St. Matthew,” which so inspired Pope Francis.

In it we see Christ pointing at St. Matthew as he sits at the tax collector’s table clutching his money, calling Matthew to get up and follow him. Matthew, as a tax collector for the Romans, would have been considered the very worst kind of person, a traitor to his own people. As we know, St. Matthew listened to the call, left the table and became an Apostle. = Is Rome not in control of the finance of the world?


The Holy Father has said he would often contemplate this image of one who is a sinner but who is looked at with mercy by Christ, and it led him to pick as his episcopal motto, and then papal motto, “Miserando atque Eligendo,” (Having mercy and choosing him).

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Whenever I’m in Rome, I always like to gather for dinner with our Boston seminarians who are studying there. So, we got together with them Sunday night at a local restaurant, where we were also joined by Msgr. Paul McInerney. It was very good to see them all.

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Wednesday, I was back in Boston and we had one of our regular gatherings with the Major Superiors of Men Religious in the archdiocese. It’s always a wonderful opportunity to be able to be together with them, hear about some of the recent activities of the different orders, and share ideas and common concerns.

During these meetings, we often invite someone to speak to us on a current topic. This time, we invited Father Bryan Hehir to address us on some of the major themes of Pope Francis’ pontificate.


We are so grateful to Sister Marian Batho for organizing these gatherings and for all that she does in her important work as our Delegate for Religious.


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Then, Tuesday evening, George and Mary Ryan joined us for dinner at the Cathedral.


George, who is a World War II veteran, had for many years served in the leadership of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre as Northeast Lieutenant and then on the Grand Magisterium, the central administration of the Order, in Rome. Also with us was their daughter, ‘the other’ Mary Ryan, who serves on the archdiocesan finance council and her husband Joe Rizzo.

We had a lovely chat and George and Mary reminded me that they are celebrating their 72th wedding anniversary this year! We also discussed a book about the Pirate Queen O’Malley, which I discovered Mary didn’t enjoy as much as I did!
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Thursday, I also gathered with our recently ordained priests at the Pastoral Center. We began with lunch followed by a time of discussion and we also heard an address by Father Hehir on the topic of immigration.


As we always do, we concluded our gathering with a Holy Hour in Bethany Chapel.


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Finally, I want to conclude this week inviting all of you to join us for the Mass of Thanksgiving for Those Serving in Child Protection Ministries, which will be celebrated by Bishop Mark O’Connell Saturday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Newton.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and we are holding this Mass as a way to thank and celebrate all those in the archdiocese — in our schools, parishes, agencies and Central Ministries — who assist us in some way in implementing our child protection programs.
Over the last 15 years, the archdiocese has educated more than 190,000 people on child protection. Rolling Eyes We know that this has played a great part in making not only our churches and schools, but also our communities, safer places for children and we are so grateful to all those who played a part in it.
Until next week

Cardinal Seán




As I left off my post last Friday, I had just concluded celebrating the St. Patrick’s Day Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Continuing the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, that evening I attended the Charitable Irish Society’s 280th Anniversary Dinner.

As I left off my post last Friday, I had just concluded celebrating the St. Patrick’s Day Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
Continuing the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, that evening I attended the Charitable Irish Society’s 280th Anniversary Dinner.



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A Roman Catholic diocese in Montana has filed for bankruptcy protection, months before facing its first trial of a civil lawsuit stemming from child sex abuse claims against its clergy, church officials and the plaintiffs' lawyers said on Friday.

The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in Montana federal court as part of a negotiated settlement of dozens of "credible" sex abuse cases that date from 1950s through the 1990s, lawyers for 72 victims and the diocese said in separate statements.

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MessagePosté le: Jeu 13 Avr - 03:36 (2017)    Sujet du message: L'UNICEF ET LE HCR SE FELICITENT DE LA DIRECTIVE DE L'UE VISANT A PROTEGER LES ENFANTS MIGRANTS ET REFUGIES Répondre en citant


Ces enfants arrivent, débarquent en terre étrangère et ensuite, on n'en entend plus parler. Ils sont pris en charge par les services sociaux et organisations humanitaires. Combien deviendront les esclaves de ces pervers sexuels et/ou qui finiront en nourriture pour ces satanistes et aliens?

Attendant de quitter en ferry Lesbos, une famille de réfugiés syriens est transférée dans un camp à Larissa, dans le cadre des efforts déployés par le HCR pour transférer les demandeurs d’asile vulnérables des îles vers la Grèce continentale, où les conditions de vie sont meilleures (archives). Photo HCR/Achilleas Zavallis

12 avril 2017 – Le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF) et le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) se sont félicités mercredi de la nouvelle directive politique de la Commission européenne concernant la protection des enfants migrants et réfugiés.

« C'est la première directive politique de l'UE à aborder la situation et les droits de tous les enfants dans le cadre des migrations - les enfants réfugiés et migrants, les enfants seuls et avec leurs familles -, faisant un lien entre les migrations, l'asile et la protection de l'enfance », a déclaré la Directrice du Bureau de l'UNICEF à Bruxelles, Noala Skinner.

« Cette directive importante aidera les États de l'UE à mieux répondre aux besoins des réfugiés et des enfants migrants. Nous espérons vivement que cette directive contribuera, de manière très concrète, à la protection des nombreux enfants qui arrivent en Europe après avoir été forcés de fuir leurs maisons en raison de la violence, de la guerre et des conflits. Beaucoup ont énormément souffert pendant leur voyage et après », a dit la Directrice adjointe du Bureau du HCR pour l'Europe, Diane Goodman.

Les principales actions concrètes comprennent le recrutement de tuteurs pour les enfants, l'amélioration de la protection de l'enfance à tous les niveaux ainsi que dans les points chauds, une meilleure collecte des données afin de s'assurer que les enfants soient correctement suivis, ainsi qu'un meilleur suivi et une meilleure coopération entre les États.

Le HCR et l'UNICEF ont déclaré que l'appel lancé par la Commission européenne aux États Membres pour qu'ils fassent tout leur possible afin que des alternatives à la détention soient disponibles et accessibles aux enfants et aux familles est encourageant.

Les deux agences onusiennes ont souligné que la détention n'est jamais dans le meilleur intérêt des enfants et est extrêmement préjudiciable à leur santé et à leur bien-être.

L'UNICEF et le HCR estiment que la protection des enfants doit commencer par aborder les principaux moteurs de la migration des enfants, y compris la violence et les conflits prolongés, les déplacements forcés, la pauvreté et les privations.

Les deux agences onusiennes ont déclaré attendre avec intérêt que les États membres et l'UE mettent en oeuvre cette nouvelle directive politique.

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Brittany Hunter Monday, April 17, 2017
Outrage spread across the nation in February, after a mother in Buffalo, New York was stripped of her parental rights over her decision to homeschool her children. But now, after months of separation, a local court has finally restored Kiarre Harris’ custodial rights, and her children will soon be coming home.

Kidnapped by the State

After feeling that the local school district had failed her children, Harris, a single mother of two, made the decision to pull her kids out of the public school system and homeschool instead.

On Wednesday, a judge granted parental custody back to Harris.

Harris complied with all the local regulations governing how children are “legally” allowed to be withdrawn from public school in favor of homeschooling, but a failure on the school district’s end resulted in unwarranted government intervention.

Unfortunately, the district’s mistake resulted in Harris’ two children being forcibly removed from her care and placed in state custody, where the mother was only allowed supervised visits.

On Wednesday, after a hearing at the Erie County Family Court, a judge granted parental custody back to Harris. But in an odd turn of events, Harris was arrested again while attempting to leave the courthouse.

Adding Insult to Injury

The absurdity of the case and the severity of the state’s decision to yank the two children out of the comfort of their home helped Harris to draw an outpouring of support as her story quickly spread.

However, this flood of support is what ultimately led to Harris being charged with obstruction of government administration.

A group of Harris supporters had gathered outside the courthouse in support of the family during the hearing. Among these supporters was Demone Henderson, who was passing out t-shirts that read, “Hands off Harris Children.”

Harris' attorney is confident that this new charge will not impact the custody of her kids.

While it is unclear how it was discovered, police officers stationed at the courthouse were alerted to an outstanding warrant Henderson had with the Family Court and proceeded to arrest him. When he resisted, he was pepper-sprayed.

Unfortunately, this was just as Harris was coming out of the courthouse and upon seeing her friend in a scuffle with law enforcement ran over to and placed her hand on the back of one of the arresting officers—the offense that resulted in her newest criminal charge.

Harris’ attorney, Matt Alberts said of the matter:

"I guess they were saying she put her hand out to stop another officer from jumping in and beating up her friend, that's the most of what she could have possibly done in that instance.”

Luckily, Alberts is confident that this new charge will not impact the judge’s decision to give Harris back her children.

However, while the imminent return of her children should be enough of a reason to give Harris cause for celebration, she will soon have to return to court to answer for the new charge, further demonstrating that no matter how hard you try, you can’t fight city hall.


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