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'Little Pebble' to face court next month on sex charges


William Kamm, the leader of a NSW south coast Catholic sect, is due to appear in Nowra Local Court next month, after being excused from a court appearance this morning.

Kamm, also known as the "Little Pebble", is facing sexual assault charges.

The defence counsel for Kamm, 52, appeared in Nowra Local Court yesterday on his behalf.

The case was adjourned until December 17.

In August this year, Kamm was arrested at the property where he was living with up to 100 of his followers.

He was charged with nine offences, including four counts of aggravated sexual assault, and four counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The alleged victims in those matters were 14 and 15-years-old at the time.

The charges came after the Catholic Church outlawed his Order of Saint Charbel sect and rejected his claims of supernatural visions.

SOURCE
ABC Illawarra

LINKS
Church bans NSW South Coast cult 'miracle worker' (18/6/02)
The Website of the Little Pebble
The Little Pebble .. Australia's Biggest Doomsday Cult
Doomsday Prophet Little Pebble, Arrested On Sex Charges (YouUSA.com)


POPE URGES SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES AS PROTECTION AGAINST PEDOPHILIA

John Paul II has condemned all forms of abuse against children and adolescents, particularly sexual abuse, and appealed for a determined response especially by supporting families.

The Holy Father was addressing the problem of pedophilia when he received the letters of credence of the new Belgian ambassador, Benoît Cardon De Lichtbuer. Scandals involving pedophilia have shaken Belgium in recent years.

"The present time has shown too often in a tragic manner the need of our developed societies to protect children and to ensure that education is really at the service of the integral development of their persons, both in families as well as in schools," the Poe said on Thursday.

"It is important to condemn, with the greatest vigor, sexual abuses with regard to young people," he said. "Audacious policies to support families must be pursued in order to help them in their educational task, especially in support of the institution of marriage."

SOURCE
Zenit


US PRIEST REASSIGNED AFTER BLESSING THREE-PERSON RELATIONSHIP

Archbishop John Vlazny of Portland, Oregon, has reassigned a priest who resigned as after blessing the relationship between a married couple and a single woman who were later convicted of sex crimes.

Fr Elwin Schwab will be assistant parish priest in another parish of the Archdiocese.

Schwab said in June that he resigned as parish priest of St. Anthony's to avoid dividing the parish between his backers and opponents. The church's council supported the resignation after Vlazny referred the matter to them.

An archdiocesan spokesperson said he expects Schwab to be received well in his new assignment.

SOURCE
The Oregonian

LINKS
Archdiocese of Portland | St Anthony's


BOSTON CARDINAL ADMITS BAD DECISIONS IN PRIEST ABUSE CASES

Cardinal Bernard Law acknowledged on Sunday that some of his decisions regarding priests were wrong and said he had a "far deeper awareness of this terrible evil" of clergy sexual abuse than he did 10 months ago, when the scandal first surfaced.

Victims of abuse, with whom Law recently met, urged him to speak out more publicly and frequently. He agreed, saying at Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross that he was trying to "honor the spirit" of that meeting.

"As I have listened personally to the stories of men and women who have endured such abuse, I have learned that some of these consequences include lifelong struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, depression, difficulty in maintaining relationships and, sadly, suicide," Law said.

"I acknowledge my own responsibility for decisions which led to intense suffering."

Law has been Archbishop of Boston since 1984. He has recently emerged from virtual seclusion, meeting this past week with a group of alleged sexual abuse victims of the late Fr Joseph Birmingham.

SOURCE
AP

LINKS
Archdiocese of Boston

5 Nov 2002