Church doesn’t track minority survivors of clerical abuse

By Gary Fields, Juliet Linderman and Wong Maye-E | Associated Press

The Samples were a black Chicago family, with six children and few resources. The priest helped them with tuition, clothes, bills. He offered the promise of opportunities — a better life.

He also abused all the children.

They told no one. They were afraid of not being believed and of losing what little they had, said one son, Terrence Sample. And nobody asked, until a lawyer investigating alleged abuses by the same priest prompted him to break his then 33-year silence.

“Somebody had to make the effort,” Sample said. “Why wasn’t it the church?”

Even as it has pledged to go after predators in its ranks and provide support to those harmed by clergy, the church has done little to identify and reach sexual abuse victims. For survivors of color, who often face additional social and cultural barriers to coming forward on their own, the lack of concerted outreach on behalf of the church means less public exposure — and potentially, more opportunities for abuse to go on, undetected.

Of 88 dioceses that responded to an Associated Press inquiry, seven knew the ethnicities of victims. While it was clear at least three had records of some sort, only one stated it purposely collected such data as part of the reporting process. Native Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Hawaiians make up nearly 46% of the faithful in the U.S., according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, an authoritative source of Catholic-related data. But the Catholic Church has made almost no effort to track the victims among them.

“The church has to come into the shadows, into the trenches to find the people who were victimized, especially the people of color,” Sample said. “There are other people like me and my family, who …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


You can go ice skating on a rooftop overlooking the Manhattan skyline, as long as you’re not afraid of heights

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A new rooftop ice rink lets visitors skate while overlooking the Manhattan skyline and East River.
Vale Rink is on the 23rd floor of The William Value hotel in Brooklyn, and skate rentals and admission cost $20 for adults and $12 for children.
The rooftop rink will be open through the winter season, though a specific closing date has yet to be announced.
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New York City has no shortage of iconic places to ice skate in the winter, from Rockefeller Center to Central Park.

However, a new rink is adding to the city’s list of photo-worthy skating spots, offering people a unique perspective to enjoy while they channel their inner Olympic skater.

Vale Rink, located on the rooftop of The William Vale hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, overlooks the East River and the Manhattan skyline, giving visitors breathtaking, surreal views — except for those who fear extreme heights.

The rooftop also has a pop-up tent that serves hot chocolate and other snacks, which is ideal for those who may be more interested in watching friends and family skate than trying out the rink themselves.

Skate rentals and admission cost $20 for adults and $12 for children.

Because the rink is made from a synthetic ice technology that resists melting and most weather conditions, the outdoor attraction will stay open through the 2020 winter season, a Vale Rink representative told Insider. A specific closing date has yet to be announced, according to Vale Rink.

Vale Rink appears to be Brooklyn’s first rooftop ice skating attraction. There’s one other rooftop rink in Manhattan, WinterLand at Pier 17, which offers close-up views of the Brooklyn Bridge and is open through the end of March.

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NATO Halts Training Of Iraqi Forces After U.S. Kills Iranian General

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NATO is halting its training of Iraqi forces after a U.S. airstrike in Iraq killed a top Iranian general.

The alliance announced the suspension on Saturday. NATO’s acting spokesman said in a statement that its mission will continue, but training is temporarily suspended as a safety precaution.

The Canadian-led NATO mission had been training Iraqi forces since late 2018 to help keep ISIS at bay.

The Pentagon confirmed Thursday it carried out the attack that killed Iranian Major-General Qasem Soleimani on orders of President Donald Trump. Soleimani was head of Iran’s Quds Force — a group the U.S. State Department designated as a foreign terrorist organization in April. The Defense Department said he’d been “actively” planning attacks on U.S. troops and diplomats in Iraq.

On Friday, Iran’s supreme leader announced three days of national mourning and said “severe revenge awaits the criminals” behind the attack. Iran’s foreign minister called Soleimani’s death an “act of international terrorism.”

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

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