Tuesday, May 17, 2011 – The heading in The Globe and Mail says a spectacular fall from grace: No bail, in jail and hints of a darker past.
This, of course, is about Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund who was arrested and taken off his first class seat in the plane he hoped would let him escape charges for sexual assault of the hotel maid he attempted to rape in his New York City luxury hotel suite.
The 62 year old powerful financial leader is now in a Manhattan prison cell. Deprived of his customary protection, he is now being dubbed “the Great Seducer.” He was about to meet with Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel. But now he’s facing several counts, including rape, sexual abuse and engaging in criminal sexual acts. The Globe and Mail notes that, if convicted, he could face 25 years in prison.
Other good news comes from a very different source – Catholic News Service. In a letter released May 16, the Vatican orders every bishop’s conference in the world to have guidelines for handling accusations of clerical sex abuse in place within a year.
There should be “clear and coordinated procedures for protecting children, assisting victims of abuse, dealing with accused priests, training clergy and cooperating with civil authorities.”
This last statement may help protect vulnerable children from their priests. The Vatican describes sexual abuse of minors as “a crime prosecuted by civil law.” Bishops should follow local laws that require reporting cases of sexual abuse to police.
This is very good news! Remember how Belgium hid its priest, who had sexually abused all those aboriginal children in northern Canada?