Category Archives: Father James Chaning-Pearce

James Chaning-Pearce – Stonyhurst College


James Chaning-Pearce – Stonyhurst College

From the link: http://ukpaedos-exposed.com/2012/07/10/james-chaning-pearce-stonyhurst-college/

Pedophile Priest, Father James Chaning Pearce

Pedophile Priest, Father James Chaning Pearce

A Jesuit priest who sexually abused boys at a Roman Catholic public school had his five-year jail sentence cut to three years after a High Court appeal funded by church leaders.

James Chaning-Pearce was convicted at Preston Crown Court of molesting four boys as young as 12 while a maths teacher at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire between 1987 and 1995.

The incidents occurred in his study or in a tree-house in the school grounds where boys were allowed to sleep.

The Society of Jesus, a tight-knit Jesuit organisation which runs the £12,000-a-year school, had funded his appeal against his convictions in respect of one of the boys.

Last September at Preston, Chaning-Pearce admitted indecently assaulting three boys, aged 15, 13 and 12, but denied four counts of molesting the 16-year-old.

But three appeal judges said the jury which convicted Chaning-Pearce had not been adequately directed on whether a 16-year-old pupil had consented on three occasions.

‘Why was he supported?’

Children’s charities have condemned the actions of Catholic leaders who funded the appeal, the cost of which is not known.

Father Michael Smith of the Society of Jesus, said Pearce was still considered a member of their family.

‘He had the right to appeal’

“Like everyone else he had a right to appeal. He has always disputed the offence, while pleading guilty to the other three.

“As he was given leave to appeal we took the decision to fund the action.”

The Society removed Pearce, who is still a priest, from the school in 1995 after receiving a letter alleging similar behaviour by him while working at a school in Zimbabwe a decade earlier.

But police were not called in until a year later after parents of one of the boys reported an assault to the school.

Communication breakdown

One of his victims is now seeking compensation. Pearce was ordained 24 years ago and, like most of the world’s 24,000 Jesuits, spent 15 years training for the priesthood.

At the time of his trial the Society blamed a breakdown in communication for their failure to take heed of warnings about the priest’s behaviour while abroad.

Before being convicted, the Jesuits had sent him to Canada for psychiatric treatment and he later went to Our Lady of Victories, in Gloucestershire, the retreat where fallen priests from the UK and the Irish Republic are sent.

Father James Chaning-Pearce – Stonyhurst College


Father James Chaning-Pearce – Stonyhurst College

From the link: http://ukpaedos-exposed.com/2012/07/10/james-chaning-pearce-stonyhurst-college/

Father James Chaning-Pearce

Father James Chaning-Pearce

 

Paedophile priest’s sentence cut

A Jesuit priest who sexually abused boys at a Roman Catholic public school had his five-year jail sentence cut to three years after a High Court appeal funded by church leaders.

James Chaning-Pearce was convicted at Preston Crown Court of molesting four boys as young as 12 while a maths teacher at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire between 1987 and 1995.

The incidents occurred in his study or in a tree-house in the school grounds where boys were allowed to sleep.

The Society of Jesus, a tight-knit Jesuit organisation which runs the £12,000-a-year school, had funded his appeal against his convictions in respect of one of the boys.

Last September at Preston, Chaning-Pearce admitted indecently assaulting three boys, aged 15, 13 and 12, but denied four counts of molesting the 16-year-old.

But three appeal judges said the jury which convicted Chaning-Pearce had not been adequately directed on whether a 16-year-old pupil had consented on three occasions.

‘Why was he supported?’

Children’s charities have condemned the actions of Catholic leaders who funded the appeal, the cost of which is not known.

Father Michael Smith of the Society of Jesus, said Pearce was still considered a member of their family.

‘He had the right to appeal’

“Like everyone else he had a right to appeal. He has always disputed the offence, while pleading guilty to the other three.

“As he was given leave to appeal we took the decision to fund the action.”

The Society removed Pearce, who is still a priest, from the school in 1995 after receiving a letter alleging similar behaviour by him while working at a school in Zimbabwe a decade earlier.

But police were not called in until a year later after parents of one of the boys reported an assault to the school.

Communication breakdown

One of his victims is now seeking compensation. Pearce was ordained 24 years ago and, like most of the world’s 24,000 Jesuits, spent 15 years training for the priesthood.

At the time of his trial the Society blamed a breakdown in communication for their failure to take heed of warnings about the priest’s behaviour while abroad.

Before being convicted, the Jesuits had sent him to Canada for psychiatric treatment and he later went to Our Lady of Victories, in Gloucestershire, the retreat where fallen priests from the UK and the Irish Republic are sent.

 

Priest accused of child abuse ‘sent to Australia’


Priest accused of child abuse ‘sent to Australia’

  • Charles Miranda in London
  • From:  News Limited Network
  • March 04, 2013 12:00AM

From the link: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/priest-accused-of-child-abuse-sent-to-australia/story-fncvk70o-1226589463282

TWO priests are under investigation by church authorities both in Australia and the UK amid allegations they sexually abused at least two boys in the 1960s and 1980s. 

News Limited can reveal one of the priests, Father Gordon Bennett, died in 2011 but not before the church had been told the priest, who was sent to Australia in September 1985, was being accused of child sex offences.

The victim, who asked not to be named, had been writing to the church in the UK and later Australia with his claims for more than five years prior to Fr Bennett dying at the age of 90.

The victim, now aged in his 60s, last month retained legal counsel and is to pursue a claim of damages against the Catholic Church in Australia or in London where last Friday the UK’s highest court ruled clerics were akin to being “employees” of the church and thus diocese are liable.

 The victim was a teenage altar boy when he was allegedly abused in the UK but later moved to Australia only to discover his former alleged abuser was working in the Perth diocese.

In a second unrelated case, a Queensland man now aged in his 40s is also seeking legal redress after being allegedly abused by Jesuit priest Father James Chaning-Pearce who in 1997 pleaded guilty and was jailed in England for three years for abusing another three boys aged 12, 13 and 15.

The Australian man was allegedly abused in the mid-1980s in Zimbabwe – where his parents had been posted – and he met the priest who was working at a school.

He approached authorities including the police in the UK after he realised the man who had allegedly abused him was back working at a prestigious Catholic boys’ college in the UK.

It was his information that then sparked the police probe which led to Chaning-Pearce’s prosecution for the UK abuse.It is understood the priest, having served his time, is now at a monastery in Wales. No charges have been brought against him in relation to these latest allegations.

Legal sources close to both investigations said material gathered so far including letters written to the church authorities would be made available to the landmark royal commission announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard last November.

The commission, with its wide-ranging powers, was created after NSW police claimed the Catholic Church covered up evidence of pedophile priests.

Since then the church has created the Truth, Justice and Healing Council to work with the commission on claims.

Truth, Justice and Healing Council CEO Francis Sullivan said yesterday his group would look at the latest claims and was committed in supplying whatever evidence to get the truth out.

“The suffering of victims and those damaged from the abuse scandals remains the number one issue to be addressed and that our church, like other institutions, must keep up with best practice process to protect children and prevent any sexual or other abuse,” he said.