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Catholic bishops not obligated to report clerical sex abuse, Vatican says

A Vatican training manual tells newly appointed bishops they have no obligation to report allegations of clerical sexual abuse to authorities, according to multiple reports.

The instructions were part of a Vatican training manual outlining how senior clergy should respond to allegations of abuse.

“It's a legalistic take on a critical issue, one which has brought only trouble for the church and its leaders,” wrote Associate Editor John Allen. The Catholic news site was the first to report on the documents and criticized the church for failing to focus further on abuse prevention.

Instead, the church said the duty to report lies with the families of abuse victims. Clergy members are only obligated to investigate the allegations internally but encouraged the bishops to know the local legal requirements, The Independent reported.

"According to the state of civil laws of each country where reporting is obligatory, it is not necessarily the duty of the bishop to report suspects to authorities, the police or state prosecutors in the moment when they are made aware of crimes or sinful deeds," the training document says, according to The Independent.

The guidelines were written by Tony Anatrella, a controversial monsignor and psychotherapist who serves as a consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Family, The Guardian reported.

“While acknowledging that 'the church has been particularly affected by sexual crimes committed against children,' the training guide emphasizes statistics that show the vast majority of sexual assault against children are committed within the family and by friends and neighbors, not other authority figures,” the newspaper reported.

Since 2001, the Vatican has been training newly appointed bishops on how to deal with reports of clerical sexual abuse. So far the training has reached 30 percent of the world's Catholic bishops, according to

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:57:32 -0500

Landis mother charged in toddler overdose

A Landis mother was charged Wednesday in the overdose of her 20-month-old child, police said.

A family friend called 911 from 416 S. Beaver St. regarding the child having difficulty breathing.

The friend went to the home because she couldn’t contact the resident, Shannon Clement, 26, by phone.

Clement also didn’t answer the door so the friend went inside and found Clement sleeping in a bed with the child. 

The friend told investigators that when she pulled she covers back on the bed, several pills fell onto the floor.
During the 911 call, the caller described the child as having difficulty breathing, unconscious, limp, with purple lips and “white stuff all over her face.”
The unconscious child can be heard gasping for breath during the call, police said.
The child was taken to the hospital and treated for an overdose.
The child is expected to make a full recovery, police said.

Landis Police investigators searched the home and found an assortment of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Investigators charged Clement with one count of felony child abuse by neglect, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, two counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, one count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Clement was booked into the Rowan County jail under a $90,000 secured bond.

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:30:50 -0500

Charity tells pet owners to stop feeding pets cake and chips

Veterinary charity People's Dispensary for Sick Animals is warning pet owners to stop feeding their pets sugary and fatty foods.

BuzzFeed News reported that 3.3 million dogs, 2 million cats and 168,000 rabbits are given treats every day that lead to overweight pets, based on data from the UK charity.

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"As well as being high in calories, food like takeaways, cake, cheese, chips, and crisps are high in fat and sugars which are bad for our pets’ waistlines and teeth," a volunteer vet with PDSA, Vicki Larkham-Jones, said in a statement

Larkham-Jones said that although almost half of pet owners said they believe obesity is the biggest threat to animal welfare, they still feed their own pets poorly.

"Some owners even admitted to giving chocolate and even alcohol, both of which are poisonous to pets and can be fatal," she said.

Larkham-Jones said the right food, diet and exercise can prevent pet obesity and turn things around.

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:49:13 -0500

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