Canadian Genocide

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Post by scyhop:per » Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:44 pm

http://members.shaw.ca/anxiety/index.html

Dear friends,

Here's a great APTN TV broadcast of our protest, from January 13 - please post this and spread it around widely!



best,
Kevin Annett
www.hiddenfromhistory.org

ps: I love how we have on this film proof that the priest accepted the Letter of Demand to the archbishop - what a dummy!






Read and Hear the truth of Genocide in Canada, past and present, at this website: www.hiddenfromhistory.org

“Kevin is more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than many who have received it in the past.”
- Dr. Noam Chomsky
Institute Professor Emeritus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“A courageous and inspiring man." (referring to Kevin Annett)
- Mairead Corrigan-Maguire
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Belfast , Northern Ireland

The very lands we all along enjoyed
they ravished from the people they destroyed ...
All the long pretenses of descent
are shams of right to prop up government.
' Tis all invasion, usurpation all;
' Tis all by fraud and force that we possess,
and length of time can make no crime the less;
Religion's always on the strongest side.

Daniel Defoe, Jure Divino (England, 1706)

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Re: Canadian Genocide -

Post by scyhop:per » Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:46 pm

The Canadian Government Refuses to Answer this Letter ... please pos

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An Open Letter of Concern and Demand to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Selection Panel
29 December, 2007

The Selection Panel, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
90 Sparks St., Rm. 341
Ottawa, Ontario
Attn: Panel co-chairs Thomas R. Berger, Q.C., and Marlene Brant Castellano

Dear Mr. Berger and Ms. Castellano,

On behalf of our Council of Elders, we are writing to you to strongly object to the appointment of former United Church Moderator Bill Phipps as a member of your Panel.

This appointment is extremely inappropriate and ill-advised, and should be rescinded at the earliest possible opportunity, if your Panel is to possess any moral credibility in the eyes of the world as the group that will decide who will be the Commissioners for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In general terms, the involvement on your Panel of a former fiduciary officer of one of the churches responsible for the death and disappearance of residential school children is shocking, violating as it does any semblance of neutrality by your body. But the appointment of Mr. Phipps is particularly wrong, considering how he has been publicly named as a co-defendant in an international investigation into residential school atrocities, subsequently branded by that inquiry as being guilty in absentia for responsibility for these crimes, and consequently been the subject of a Banning Order by aboriginal elders across Canada.

Specifically, on May 22, 1998, as then-Moderator of the United Church of Canada, Mr. Bill Phipps was issued a Diplomatic Summons by the United Nations-affiliated Northwest Tribunal into Canadian Residential Schools* to attend its three day inquiry in Vancouver, B.C. from June 12-14, 1998, and answer charges made against him and his church. Mr. Phipps refused to reply to this Summons or attend the inquiry, despite the fact that the Summons carried with it the full moral weight of the United Nations. (*Under the authority of IHRAAM, a U.N. consultative body.)

After considering fourteen hours of eyewitness testimonies and documentary evidence, the IHRAAM Tribunal judges declared Mr. Phipps to be guilty in absentia of all of the crimes documented by them, including acts of murder, torture, and crimes against humanity committed by his United Church and its employees against children at its Indian residential schools.

In response to this decision, on April 15, 1999, aboriginal elders on Coast Salish territory issued a Public Banning of Mr. Phipps and all those church officials named at the Tribunal. This Banning was re-issued by Chief Louis Daniels (Whispers Wind) of the Anishinabe Nation on April 15, 2003, and has been in effect since then on the territory of the Anishinabe, Cree, Coast Salish and Mohawk Nations, which includes Ottawa.

By ignoring this Banning Order, and the decision of a United Nations-affiliated Inquiry, through its inclusion of Mr. Bill Phipps in its ranks, your Panel has compromised its moral authority, its effectiveness and credibility.

Until Mr. Phipps is removed from the Selection Panel, the elders and chiefs of our communities will advise their people to boycott the proceedings of your Truth and Reconciliation Commission, since that body as presently constituted cannot function as a neutral or legitimate group committed to disclosing the full truth of crimes in the Indian Residential Schools.

We look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

Chief Louis Daniels (Whispers Wind), elder, Anishinabe Nation
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Kevin D. Annett (Eagle Strong Voice), M.A., M.Div.
Former archivist, IHRAAM Tribunal
Secretary, The Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada
260 Kennedy St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2H8
ph: 250-753-3345
email: hiddenfromhistory@ yahoo.ca
website: www.hiddenfromhistory.org
cc: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
world media








Read and Hear the truth of Genocide in Canada, past and present, at this website: www.hiddenfromhistory.org

“Kevin is more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than many who have received it in the past.”
- Dr. Noam Chomsky
Institute Professor Emeritus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“A courageous and inspiring man." (referring to Kevin Annett)
- Mairead Corrigan-Maguire
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Belfast , Northern Ireland

The very lands we all along enjoyed
they ravished from the people they destroyed ...
All the long pretenses of descent
are shams of right to prop up government.
' Tis all invasion, usurpation all;
' Tis all by fraud and force that we possess,
and length of time can make no crime the less;
Religion's always on the strongest side.

Daniel Defoe, Jure Divino (England, 1706)

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Re: Canadian Genocide -

Post by scyhop:per » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:45 pm

Newfoundland Catholic child rapists need more time to pay settlement
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundlan...-payments.html
More time would be useful for abuse compensation: bishop
Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Roman Catholic diocese may need more time to pay the rest of the money owed to sexual abuse victims, a bishop said Tuesday. The Diocese of St. George's says it has paid almost $8 million of a $14-million compensation agreement, with 40 victims of sexual abuse. However, the diocese missed payments last year to the victims of Rev. Kevin Bennett, who molested them between the 1960s and 1980s. Although their lawyer, Greg Stack, has said he doubts whether much — if any — of the rest of the settlement will be paid, Bishop Douglas Crosby said the diocese is doing everything it can to avoid reneging on compensation payments. "We're hopeful to see a conclusion to the whole process," Crosby told CBC News on Tuesday. "Whether it's this year or not is questionable."

The terms of the settlement agreement give the diocese until the end of this year to complete its payments. "Many of the properties, I might even say most of the properties, have been sold. There are some that we are working on," said Crosby, referring to how the diocese began selling properties — including churches, bought back by faithful — in 2005 to raise money to pay the Bennett claimants. Crosby said the diocese and its insurer have not been able to reach a settlement, although he said, "We have an insurance claim that we are hopeful about." Crosby, though, said it's likely that case will still end up in court. The diocese has paid almost $2 million in professional fees over the Bennett case. Bennett, who was convicted of sexual assault in 1990, served four years in prison.

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Re: Canadian Genocide -

Post by scyhop:per » Thu Jan 24, 2008 2:20 pm

If there are hybridized (alien-human) bloodlines trying to enslave non-bloodliners, then this could be what their attack(s) would look(s) like:

http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/aquarian.htm

The crisis of environmentalism has been developed as a means to bring about a one-world government: "Through a skillful wedding of socialism, New Age Pantheism and a manufactured climate of despair over a 'dying planet', these powerful individuals (David Rockefeller and Edmund de Rothschild [who own over 60% of PharmeriKKKa] ) are creating a climate of fear which will see mankind not only accept, but demand, a one-world government to deliver us from environmental apocalypse. This one-world government will, of course, be the capstone of their planned New World Order. "In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill," declared members of the Club of Rome in a sweeping 1991 report on global governance. "All these dangers are caused by 'human' intervention . . . The real enemy, then, is humanity itself."

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Re: Canadian Genocide -

Post by psi op » Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:11 pm

London/Sault Ste Marie

Civil lawsuits child rape victims of the following Sault Ste Marie RC priests -

Gerald Roy;

Rene Hebert (funeral today);

Magnus J. Fedy - Principal, Scollard Hall boys high school;

John Fisher, Turtle Island First Nation near Temagami and ran a facility for troubled youth called Vita-Way Farms North Bay and London, Laurent Paquette

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/CityandR...f-4792954.html

Sexual abuse by RC priests alleged in suits
by Jane Sims

Six civil suits alleging sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests have been filed against two Ontario dioceses -- including the Diocese of London. The actions have been filed to the court by London lawyers Ledroit Beckett, who plan a news conference on Monday to discuss the cases further. The sole Diocese of London case involves Rev. Laurent (Lawrence) Paquette who served at St. Gregory parish in St. Clair Beach in 1966.

The plaintiff, Wayne Thibert, who lives in Crystal Falls in northern Ontario, alleges Paquette sexually abused him over six years at the church, in the priest's vehicle and in motel rooms in Niagara Falls, Crystal Falls, the Windsor area and other places in southern Ontario. Paquette died in 1986 and is buried in Tilbury. "We take any allegation very seriously," said Mark Adkinson, director of communications for the diocese. "We will conduct an investigation. At this time we cannot comment any further on any allegations that have been made."

The other suits involve priests from the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie and the Congregation of the Resurrection based in Waterloo. Half of the six priests named have been criminally charged or convicted of crimes. Though most served in the diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, some also served in the dioceses of London and Hamilton. The sexual misconduct allegedly happened in Sudbury, North Bay, Field, Crystal Falls, Powassan and Tecumseh. The London diocese is already grappling with several civil suits -- many filed by victims of Rev. Charles Sylvestre. He was convicted in 2006 of indecently assaulting 47 girls in four parishes over 30 years. He died in prison a year ago at age 84. An inquest determined he died of natural causes.

http://www.thesudburystar.com/PrintA....aspx?e=873400
Priests accused of abuse in city;
Six clergy named in lawsuit;; one still living

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie has been hit with six more civil lawsuits from men and women claiming they were sexually abused as children by priests with the diocese. Ledroit Beckett Litigation Lawyers of London, Ont., will hold a news conference Monday to announce it is suing the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, the Roman Catholic Diocese of London and the Congregation of the Resurrection in Ontario on behalf of seven plaintiffs. The litigation names six Roman Catholic priests, only one of whom is alive. He is Father Gerald Roy of Field. Half of the priests named have been charged or convicted of criminal offences. Roy is one of them.

One of the priests named served in several parishes in Sudbury and died Dec. 30 at age 76. A memorial mass will be held tomorrow (Saturday) for Father Rene Hebert. Hebert served at St. Jean de Brebeuf, l'Annonciation and St. Mathieu Roman Catholic churches. He was heralded as an advocate of francophones, youth and the poor.

The seven lawsuits allege the priests sexually abused minors aged seven to 15 years. The plaintiffs now range in age from their 40s to their 60s. The allegations of sexual misconduct occurred in Sudbury, North Bay, Field, Crystal Falls, Powassan and Tecumseh.

The plaintiffs are being represented by Rob Talach of Ledroit Beckett, which had four clients with multi-million-dollar lawsuits against the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie. The firm now represents 10 plaintiffs suing the Sault Ste. Marie Diocese and one suing London. Talach would not comment on the amount of damages being sought. Three lawsuits, each for $4.5 million, were served against the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie in February 2007. Those cases, and an earlier one filed against Roy by Robert Berube, are in discovery in the legal process.

The Star could not reach a spokesperson for Sault Ste. Marie Diocese on Thursday evening. Talach said he hoped the diocese would see the lawsuits "as an opportunity and avoid the natural tendency to want to be defensive ... "We don't want to foreclose the possibility of them being innovative and forward-thinking on these things," he said. After the three lawsuits were made public last year, Talach urged the diocese to care for the victims.

The plaintiffs are expected to attend the news conference Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel. Talach said the purpose of the news conference is threefold - to reach out to and empower other victims, to seek assistance from the public in these cases and to bring attention to the issue of childhood sexual abuse. "These people are coming to the public and saying, 'Help me, help me with my case,' " said Talach in a telephone interview from London." 'Help me change the way things are done now and help me expose this problem and some solutions.' " Talach said the lawsuits are not about money. Every plaintiff he represents has the same answer when he asks them: "What do you want from this?" " 'For this to never happen to another child,'" they say.

Much of the alleged abuse occurred at Scollard Hall, a former all-boys' Catholic secondary school in North Bay. It is now a co-educational high school. One of the priests named is Father Magnus J. Fedy, a longtime principal at Scollard Hall. Another is Father Victor Killoran, whom Talach said worked at Scollard Hall for years and was convicted of sexual misconduct in the 1990s.
Father John Fisher, who once served at the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption and at Turtle Island First Nation near Temagami, is also named. Fisher ran a facility for troubled youth called Vita-Way Farms in Powassan, south of North Bay. "He was like a fox in the hen house," said Talach. The Government of Ontario is also being sued in the case because it provided funding for youths who ran afoul of the law and were sent to Vita-Way.

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Re: Canadian Genocide -

Post by psi op » Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:19 pm

Heckling followed by tasering:

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/08012...uver_gg_cancel

Vancouver

Governor General jeered on walk thru Downtown Eastside

(note: remember that thousands of women will be imported as sex slaves for the 2010 Olympics)

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl.../National/home
Jeers, swearing greet Gov.-Gen.

Canadian Press

January 23, 2008 at 8:40 PM EST

VANCOUVER — Governor-General Michaëlle Jean faced heckling and swearing from anti-poverty protesters who dogged her walk through Vancouver's troubled Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. Most of the angry words were directed at city councillor Elizabeth Ball, who accompanied Ms. Jean, but some of the heckling and at least one obscene swear word appeared directed at her.

The Queen's Canadian representative, who was closely guarded by her own security and a city police escort, smiled stiffly through the two-block walk to a private meeting with Mayor Sam Sullivan. Many residents of the downtrodden neighbourhood and activists are angry at Mr. Sullivan and his governing party, who they say are focusing on the 2010 Olympics while ignoring the poverty, drugs, violence and lack of affordable housing in Canada's poorest postal code. Ms. Jean is also scheduled to hold a roundtable discussion with a big-city mayor's meeting in Vancouver. The Governor-General is touring British Columbia all week.

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Post by psi op » Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:22 pm

Victoria

BC complaints commissioner orders external review into torture of girl (15) by jail guards

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/n...80b1f2&k=19417
Review ordered into leashed teen

Complaint commissioner starts external review into case of 15-year-old girl handcuffed, tethered to strap for four hours in cell

Jonathan Fowlie
Wednesday, January 23, 2008

VICTORIA - B.C.'s police complaint commissioner Dirk Ryneveld ordered an investigation today into the treatment of a 15-year-old girl by Victoria police, and revealed he is looking into a similar case involving the same police force. In the second case, a civil suit alleges that while police were bringing Thomas McKay into the Victoria holding cells on April 23, 2004, the college student was "forcibly thrown to the concrete floor of the cellblock area by [Victoria police Const. Greg Smith], causing serious injuries."
The court documents say McKay's hands were cuffed behind his back at the time, and that he suffered a skull fracture, a blood clot in his head and a variety of other serious injuries. The allegations have not been proven in court.

McKay's lawyer, Chris Considine, said today that McKay is still "not well" and is "probably permanently unemployable." Considine said McKay is in his 20s, but refused to comment further because the case is before the courts. McKay's father officially complained about the treatment of his son after the event, though Victoria police twice deemed his complaint to be unsubstantiated. Ryneveld took issue with this assessment and announced he had called a public hearing into the case.
Ryneveld also overruled Victoria's interim police chief, Bill Naughton, on the best way to probe the force's treatment of 15-year-old Willow Kinloch.

In a video made public Tuesday, a Victoria police jail staff member and two police officers are shown tackling Kinloch, cuffing her hands and tying her feet, and locking her in a padded cell for more than four hours. The incident - which Murray Mollard of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association called "inhumane and excessively punitive," and "deeply troubling" - took place in May 2005 and is also the subject of a civil lawsuit.

Naughton called a news conference today to announce he had called an internal review into the case, "with oversight from the office of the police complaints commissioner." Naughton said he was generally aware of the Kinloch suit, but didn't learn the details until last week. He said he decided on Tuesday, after the video had been released, to order the internal review. "When I became aware of the release of the video - I had an opportunity to look at the video itself - clearly there was going to be significant public interest with the outcome of that," he said. "It seemed reasonable to me to look immediately for an internal review and to try and move forward on that as quickly as possible."

But hours later, Ryneveld said an internal investigation wasn't good enough. He said since "the police had already come forward and indicated that they see nothing wrong with what they did and defended their position, [it] would not, I think, satisfy the public's confidence in the objectivity of such an investigation," Ryneveld said in an interview. "I have determined that it should be an external investigation," he said, adding that another police force will be selected to investigate.

Later today, Victoria police spokesman Sgt. Grant Hamilton said the Victoria force had asked for an external review, but had not been able to confirm one would take place in time for the interim chief to announce it. "We recommended an external one due to the public interest in the file," Hamilton said. "We are going to cooperate fully." He said the force would have investigated sooner, but Kinloch did not file a complaint and went straight to a lawsuit. Hamilton said he did not have enough information to comment on the McKay case.

In its statement of defence in the McKay suit, the City of Victoria agrees McKay was taken down while his hands were cuffed behind his back. The city said McKay was "acting belligerently and being verbally abusive" leading up to the incident, and that Const. Smith was concerned for his safety when he took the student to the ground. "The plaintiff [McKay] aggressively grabbed the fingers of the constable and appeared to the constable to be readying himself to deliver a kick or head butt at the constable," says the court document, explaining the officer then "physically directed the plaintiff to a prone position on the floor."

In the same document the city "admits that the plaintiff [McKay] suffered injury as a result of this manoeuvre but says that injury was not intended." It denies any negligence on the part of the officer. Ryneveld said Naughton, who was then deputy chief, had deemed in December 2006 that McKay's complaint was unsubstantiated. Ryneveld said he asked for further review, and for Naughton to reconsider his decision. Naughton did conduct a further investigation, Ryneveld said, but last November again decided the complaint was unsubstantiated. He said that led to his decision to order a full public hearing. Ryneveld said he had not heard about the Kinloch case until Tuesday. However, he questioned whether Naughton should be the official who receives the report of the external investigation and ultimately decides - again - whether the complaint is substantiated. "The other issue that needs to be determined is whether the Victoria police chief should recuse himself as the discipline authority," he said, "...but those are things yet to be determined."

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimesc...3-b60ab92af93e
Tethered in a jail cell: minute by minute
Thursday, January 24, 2008

The following is a timeline from the recording released to the media this week of a young girl being restrained in a Victoria police jail cell. The numbers on the left show the time stamp of the recording in hours, minutes and seconds. The numbers do not indicate the time of day.

0:00:00: Video opens on empty jail cell.

0:06:03: Door opens and Willow Kinloch enters cell.

0:06:19: A custody matron enters, appears to talk to Kinloch. She removes her bra without taking off shirt and hands her bra, and possibly some jewelry to the matron.

0:06:49: Custody matron appears to point at Kinloch's shoes. She kicks one shoe off and it flies into a corner of the cell.

0:06:51: Custody matron pushes Kinloch against the cell's padded wall.

0:06:55: Two police officers rush in and Kinloch is pushed to the ground with two officers on top of her.

0:08:22: Kinloch still being held down and a fourth officer enters carrying straps.

0:08:54: Feet are strapped together and an officer stands holding end of a long strap attached to Kinloch's feet.

0:09:06: Arms are now strapped together behind Kinloch's back.

0:10:01: Officers leave cell, pulling long lead under door.

0:16:49: Cell door opens and an officer kneels in doorway to talk to Kinloch.

0:18:55: Cell door is closed and Kinloch is left restrained.

Video continues running as Kinloch periodically changes positions trying to get comfortable with arms tied behind her back and feet held against the door.

3:12:50: Kinloch manages to get her arms under her rear and then under her knees. She appears to be trying to loosen the straps.

4:14:20: Four hours after Kinloch was left alone tied up in cell, the door opens, an officer unstraps girl and she gets to her feet.

4:15:10: Kinloch is led out of cell.

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Re: Canadian Genocide -

Post by psi op » Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:23 pm

Nunavut

Inuit truth panel

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story...-kimmirut.html
Lengthy process ahead for Inuit truth panel: commissioner

Thursday, January 24, 2008
CBC News

As an Inuit truth commission began public hearings this week on the alleged RCMP slaughter of Inuit sled dogs several decades ago, the panel's lead commissioner said it will likely take time for Nunavummiut to come forward with their stories. Residents in Kimmirut, Nunavut, appeared before the Qikiqtani Inuit Association's truth commission Tuesday to Thursday, as part of the panel's year-long tour of 13 communities across the territory's Baffin region. The $2-million panel seeks Inuit accounts related to the alleged killings of sled dogs during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, as well as the impact of the federal government's efforts during that time to relocate Inuit into modern settlements.

Chief commissioner Jim Igloliorte told CBC News that he was very pleased with the cooperation received from the people of Kimmirut. Given the potentially sensitive and difficult topics, he said the testimony process will likely take time. "For people to volunteer and voluntarily give their statements, we think it's going to mean a slow start anyway. And we allot about one hour for each person to come before the commission and testify," Igloliorte said. "We're not surprised that it might be slow starting, but we want this effect to snowball over time for people to understand and appreciate that we're not intimidating. This is not a formal process, and that the questions are generally of a nature where we're simply trying to establish stories and histories from Inuit."

About 30 people were scheduled to testify in Kimmirut, located 120 kilometres south of Iqaluit on Baffin Island. Gotilia Judea, the first Inuit elder to testify, recounted how an RCMP officer shot two of his family's dogs when he was a young boy. Speaking in Inuktitut, Judea said he remembered the gun used by the officer: "It was a 30-30, a big 30," he said. "I remember it was a lever action. I remember he quickly came up and shot the two dogs."

The panel is inviting all community members to testify under oath, either during the public hearing or in private sessions, Igloliorte said. "It's working out very well, and I think, even though we're asking questions which are quite disturbing, and bring back a lot of anguish and hard memories for people, they're quite willing to share that in public or in private with us." The commission travels next to Cape Dorset, on Monday.

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Post by psi op » Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:25 pm

Los Angeles/Edmonton

Salesian priest child rapist including Edmonton orphanage

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...,7487220.story
From the Los Angeles Times

Siblings file abuse lawsuit against Catholic order

The three say they were repeatedly molested during the 1960s by a priest and that the Salesian Society did nothing about it.

By John Spano
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 24, 2008

Three siblings who say they were molested as children by the same Los Angeles priest filed new allegations of abuse this week against a worldwide religious order, which is the only Roman Catholic organization involved in the 6-year-old clergy scandal that has yet to settle any civil claims. The three allege the Salesian Society, with 16,000 priests, ignored clear signs that Father Titian Miani was a dangerous pedophile. Over the years, he was placed in a succession of church roles in different locations, including a boys orphanage in Canada and a boys school in Bellflower, where he preyed on more than a dozen children, according to the civil lawsuit. The allegations, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, contend that the Salesian Society routinely transferred its accused members "often internationally" and placed loyalty to clergy "far above the duty to protect poor and vulnerable children." The siblings alleged that Miani abused them repeatedly in the mid-1960s.

"We abhor any abuse, especially of the young, be it sexual or psychological, physical or emotional," said Father John Itzaina, second in command of the Salesians on the West Coast. The Salesians do not defend Miani, Itzaina said, but "absolutely deny" the order had any notice that he posed a danger to youth. Records in the case show that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles sent at least one letter to the Salesians alerting them to allegations that Miani had abused a child.

Miani was charged with molesting children in 2003, but a month later the U.S. Supreme Court ruled California's attempt to criminally prosecute decades-old sexual abuse cases was unconstitutional. Although criminal charges were prohibited, a state law in 2002 gave alleged victims one year to make civil claims regarding older instances of abuse that would have been barred by statutes of limitation. The Salesian order is the only Roman Catholic organization sued in civil court in California that has not yet settled claims based on that law.

The Salesians refused to join in a $660-million settlement between the Los Angeles Archdiocese and more than 500 plaintiffs who said they were abused.

The civil case involving Miani is scheduled for trial in March and represents the first time a jury will be asked to decide the church's culpability. A judge recently ruled that there is evidence the Society acted with "malice and oppression" in failing to protect children, potentially opening the door for punitive damages. Itzaina said a costly verdict against the religious order might bankrupt it. He said he "hopes and prays" a settlement can be reached before trial.

Miani's personnel file, portions of which were disclosed in Superior Court, shows he was accused of assaulting a young boy on a church retreat in Italy in 1947. Miani was later transferred to a Salesian Society boys home in Edmonton, Canada, where at least three students alleged he was a sexual molester.

Miani was then transferred to two four-year stints at St. John Bosco High School near Bellflower, the second as vice principal. It was at the high school where he allegedly molested the three siblings -- a boy and his sisters. Miani, now 80, last served as a parish priest near Stockton and has denied any wrongdoing in pretrial statements.

According to the lawsuit, Miani traded on his spiritual and educational authority to prey on the three children, whose father had died suddenly in 1965. Their mother, a seamstress and devout Catholic with four children, was forced to return to work and night school. She had a regular schedule and left her son, the oldest child, in charge of his three sisters in the evening. Miani had approached the family after the father's death, and the mother welcomed him as a strong male influence, she said in a deposition. The boy, then 15, befriended by the gregarious priest, was repeatedly sexually molested by him, both in Miani's office at the Bellflower high school and on field trips to the San Bernardino Mountains, according to the victim's deposition.

At the children's family home in Norwalk, Miani familiarized himself with the mother's schedule and began showing up on the nights when she was away at school or work, the suit alleges. The boy would hide as soon as Miani showed up to avoid further molestation, he testified under oath. Left with the three girls, Miani would pick one, take her to a back room and molest her, two of the daughters have stated in depositions. One of the daughters is not part of the lawsuit, although lawyers contend she was also molested. The Times does not identify victims of sexual abuse. One of the girls said she told her Los Angeles priest of the abuse when she was preparing for marriage 15 years ago. "He told me I was old enough to know better," she testified in a deposition last year. She then complained to the high school, but was told that Miani was dead, she said in a sworn statement.

"For 60 years they knew about this guy," said Anthony M. De Marco, lawyer for the siblings who developed the case, "and they have not done one thing responsible about it."

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