Saints emails, lawsuits could be buried in church bankruptcy

first_imgIn previous court filings, they drew a direct parallel to the successful effort by The Boston Globe nearly 20 years ago to overturn a confidentiality order protecting documents produced during lawsuits filed by victims of Geoghan.That led to the resignation of the late Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who covered up for Geoghan’s abuses with the knowledge of five auxiliary bishops, including Alfred C. Hughes, who preceded Aymond as archbishop of New Orleans.“The public, media and law enforcement have no idea of the depth of Hecker’s disgusting crimes against children or the Archdiocese’s equally disgusting suppression of those crimes,” the filing alleges.But whether any of the dozens of clergy abuse lawsuits against the archdiocese will see the light of day is an open question.John C. Manly, an attorney who has represented clergy abuse victims through more than a dozen bankruptcy filings, said “it’s highly unlikely” the men suing the archdiocese will succeed in airing internal church records. Associated Press “They don’t want this story out,” Stocker said. “It’s so ugly that they knew what was going on. They’re trying to control their brand and image.” ____Mustian and Rezendes reported from New York.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 5, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditA bankruptcy filing by New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese freezes sexual abuse lawsuits and could help bury the details of alleged coverups of predator priests and thousands of internal emails documenting a behind-the-scenes alliance with the New Orleans Saints. Attorneys for those suing the church attacked last week’s Chapter 11 filing as a veiled attempt to keep church records secret, scrap a long-awaited legal deposition of Archbishop Gregory Aymond and deny victims a public reckoning that had been years in the making.“Those victims were on the path to the truth,” attorney Soren Gisleson wrote in court papers. “The rape of children is a thief that keeps on stealing.” The New Orleans archdiocese is the latest of more than 20 dioceses nationwide to declare bankruptcy, an action Aymond attributed to a “resurgence of the clergy abuse crisis” and liabilities of $100 million to $500 million deepened by the coronavirus pandemic. He said the filing would allow victims to be compensated directly through a “court-supervised process.”“There is not one single event or issue that prompted this filing,” the archbishop said in a video to parishioners. Attorneys for the men suing the church have already accused the archdiocese of understating the value of its total assets at also between $100 and $500 million. They cited an insurance declaration covering $2.1 billion in damages, adding the archdiocese “makes no attempt to explain this discrepancy” in court filings. An archdiocese spokeswoman declined to comment Tuesday. Aymond had been scheduled to give a deposition later this month in the Hecker case. Lawyers for Hecker’s alleged victims say they uncovered hundreds of incriminating records in discovery and still want a judge to make them public regardless of the bankruptcy. Saints emails, lawsuits could be buried in church bankruptcy “Clearly this is a focused effort to conceal the documents,” he said.Manley said attempts to keep the lawsuits alive are longshots because bankruptcy courts generally don’t want debtors to continue with legal action that may force them to spend more money.But Mike Finnegan, an attorney with Minnesota-based Jeff Anderson & Associates, said the bankruptcy filing pushes the fight to air the church records into the bankruptcy court, where the documents could be released after a lengthy process, possibly as a condition of a bankruptcy settlement.“There are so many people involved, and this is so important for the public and survivors, that the fight will continue,” he said. “I believe those documents will see the light of day, but it will be delayed by the bankruptcy process.”New Orleans’ bankruptcy reflects a strategy the church has pursued in other jurisdictions to simply “come up with a settlement and move on,” said Kevin T. Stocker, an attorney who sued the church in Buffalo, New York, before it recently declared bankruptcy. Among the most explosive legal fights now in disarray is a lawsuit alleging Aymond and his three predecessors systematically concealed the crimes of the Rev. Lawrence Hecker, an 88-year-old priest removed from active ministry in 2002 after accusations that he abused “countless children.”A recent court motion drew direct parallels between the church’s handling of Hecker and John Geoghan, a serial pedophile who molested scores of children during his 30-year career as a Massachusetts clergyman.The bankruptcy also freezes a court battle over a cache of confidential emails describing the behind-the-scenes public relations work New Orleans Saints executives did for the archdiocese in 2018 and 2019 to contain fallout from clergy abuse scandals. While the Saints say they only assisted in messaging, attorneys for the men suing the church allege Saints officials joined in the church’s “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.” The attorneys contend that included taking an active role in helping to shape the archdiocese’s list of 57 credibly accused clergy, a roster an Associated Press analysis found was undercounted by at least 20 names.AP, which has sought the release of the emails as a matter of public interest, said in court papers last week that it remains unclear why secrecy is warranted for “two high-profile and quasi-public institutions like the Saints and the Archdiocese.”last_img read more

Journée mondiale contre la polio 4 choses à savoir sur cette maladie

first_imgJournée mondiale contre la polio : 4 choses à savoir sur cette maladieSi ces 30 dernières années, l’incidence de la poliomyélite a été réduite de 99% le travail d’éradication de la maladie n’est pas encore terminé. Elle reste encore endémique dans 3 pays, le Pakistan, l’Afghanistan et le Nigeria. Tout aussi inquiétants des cas isolés ont été repérés dans des régions où elle était supposée avoir disparu. MaxiSciences fait le point Comme chaque année depuis 25 ans, le 24 octobre est une journée mondiale consacrée à la lutte contre la polio. Une initiative qui revient au Rotary International et à ses nombreux partenaires publics et privés (OMS, UNICEF, Fondation Bill & Melinda Gates…). Grâce à leurs actions et leurs campagnes, notamment de vaccination, la maladie est en net recul. Mais de nombreux efforts restent à faire pour y venir à bout. En particulier dans quelques régions de notre globe où elle reste endémique. Que sait-on aujourd’hui de ce fléau qui paralyse encore des milliers d’enfants chaque année et qui est la cause de nombreux décès ? Un virus responsable de la poliomyélite Provoquée par le virus poliovirus qui attaque le système nerveux et peut entraîner très rapidement des paralysies irréversibles (1 sur 200), la maladie est extrêmement contagieuse et touche principalement les enfants de moins de 5 ans. Elle se transmet par voie féco-orale. Il n’existe pas de traitement pour la soigner. En revanche, un vaccin dont l’efficacité a été prouvée, permet d’éviter la contamination. Grâce à un programme mondial de vaccination, lancé sous le contrôle de l’OMS, le nombre de cas de poliomyélite a chuté de plus de 99% ces trente dernières années. 3 pays où le virus n’a pas été éradiqué  Mais 99% ne sont pas 100%. En effet, 3 pays demeurent encore endémiques : le Pakistan, l’Afghanistan et le Nigeria qui n’ont pas réussi à interrompre la transmission de la maladie. Confrontées à des difficultés économiques, politiques, sécuritaires et d’assainissement, ces trois zones de globe n’ont pas pu bénéficier encore d’une campagne de vaccination efficace. Il est urgent d’agir sur place puisque la poliomyélite peut effectivement se propager depuis ces régions d’endémie où les enfants n’ont pas été suffisamment vaccinés.   Selon l’OMS, « Tant qu’un seul enfant reste infecté, tous les autres, dans tous les pays, risquent de contracter la poliomyélite. L’échec de l’éradication dans les derniers bastions de la maladie pourrait aboutir à ce que 200.000 nouveaux cas réapparaissent chaque année au cours des 10 ans à venir.L’inquiétude concernant un retour de la maladie Alors que jusqu’à récemment un optimisme raisonnable était plutôt de mise concernant l’éradication de la maladie dans l’écrasante majorité des pays, l’inquiétude commence à revenir. En effet, depuis quelques mois, de nouveaux cas de polio avérés ou suspectés ont été repérés dans des zones du globe où l’on pensait qu’elle avait disparu. Notamment au Venezuela où L’Organisation panaméricaine de la santé (OPS) a annoncé qu’un enfant de deux ans et demi était atteint de poliomyélite, en juin dernier. Le dernier cas diagnostiqué dans ce pays d’Amérique du sud remontait à 1989. De plus, et comme l’annonçait hier Le Devoir, le quotidien publié au Québec, des « cas rares de paralysie semblables à la poliomyélite ont commencé à se manifester chez certains enfants canadiens, à la suite de dizaines de cas signalés aux États-Unis ces dernières semaines ».L’éradication totale est possible La vaccination reste le seul moyen de prévention et la seule façon d’éradiquer cette maladie. Il existe 3 souches de poliovirus sauvage (type 1, type 2 et type 3). Aucune d’entre elles ne peut survivre en dehors de l’organisme humain. S’il ne trouve pas de personne non vaccinée à infester, il finira par mourir. Sur les 3 souches, le poliovirus de type 2 a été éradiqué en 1999 et aucun cas dus au poliovirus de type 3 n’a été signalé depuis que le dernier cas enregistré au Nigéria en novembre 2012 (données OMS). À lire aussiDrépanocytose: symptômes, définition, traitement, où en est-on?D’où l’intérêt de mener une campagne de vaccination globale et des campagnes d’information. Le vaccin antipoliomyélitique, administré à plusieurs reprises, confère à l’enfant une protection à vie. Il est obligatoire en France, sous le nom de DTP. A savoir : alors qu’a lieu aujourd’hui la Journée mondiale contre la poliomyélite, la plus grosse unité mondiale de production de ce vaccin a été inaugurée, ce matin, à Wavre, en Belgique.Le 24 octobre 2018 à 14:52 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

Health official is national leader

first_imgo Previously: John Wiesman was elected vice president of the national association of public health officials in 2010.o What’s new: After serving as president-elect in 2011, Wiesman became president last week.o What’s next: Goals include looking at how public health will be part of implementing the Affordable Care Act.Expanding partnerships will be essential as public health agencies try to make a bigger impact with fewer resources, Clark County Director John Wiesman told a national conference of health officials Friday.Wiesman was installed as president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials during last week’s annual conference in Los Angeles.In a news release that previewed his speech, Wiesman noted that Clark County Public Health has lost half its staff and 40 percent of its budget in recent years.“By transitioning some essential services to community partners, we’re now in a better position to make changes at the community and policy levels that can have a greater impact on improving the community’s health,” Wiesman said.Report on county effortsDuring the conference, Wiesman did an online interview with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and discussed how some of those ideas have been implemented in Southwest Washington.last_img read more