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Secrets in the Vatican, Sunshine Here in the US

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 5:24 PM

When the Roman Catholic Cardinals gathered for their secret Vatican conclave to choose Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina as the new pope, it was impossible not to be reminded of the global sex abuse scandal that has scandalized the church over the past decade. Secrets have long kept child predators...

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The History of the Gender Gap

(3) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 6:17 PM

Mitt Romney's proud statement last night that he had "binders of women" to consider when he was the governor of Massachusetts cemented the gender gap for me. Why do you need such binders? Because the women are not in the natural pipeline. That speaks volumes for the current leadership of...

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Is Penn State the Catholic Church?

(16) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 3:35 PM

If, as many people believe, the institution that is the Catholic Church should be held legally responsible for the child sexual abuse crimes perpetrated by its priests and the subsequent cover up of the worldwide scandal by their superiors, then shouldn't Penn State -- not to mention football coach Joe...

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Kavanagh Case Tragic for New York

(7) Comments | Posted December 22, 2010 | 5:56 PM

After an eight-year review by the Catholic Church of allegations of perpetrating childhood sexual abuse, Charles M. Kavanagh, an influential Monsignor who had overseen fundraising for the Archdiocese of New York, was defrocked last week

We should all feel safer now that the powers-that-be have taken care...

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The Belgians Make Washington Look Bad

(6) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 11:54 AM

Finally, some sanity, rational thought, and courage has come to the issue of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy in this country.

The U.S. Solicitor General and the State Department, led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urged the Supreme Court to vacate a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision...

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Learning From the Vatican's Problems: What the U.S. Must Do to Protect Children Now

(81) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 4:24 PM

In the last several weeks, Germany and Brazil have been added to the already lengthy list of countries where there is irrefutable evidence of childhood sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy. The Pope, whose previous role in the Vatican made him the primary policymaker on this issue, has even been...

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A Modest Proposal for the 21st Century

(3) Comments | Posted June 10, 2008 | 1:34 PM

There is an important lesson we should learn from Texas's recent dealings with the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (FLDS) in Eldorado, Texas.

After Child Protective Services saw at least five girls who had been statutorily raped, and many others likely raped while underage, as well as...

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Prosecuting Polygamy in El Dorado

(12) Comments | Posted April 8, 2008 | 3:54 PM

There is nothing so dangerous for a child as an insular, patriarchical religious organization, and the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, whose compound in El Dorado, Texas, is now under control of the Texas authorities, is one of the scariest examples. It took the extraordinary bravery of a 16-year-old girl to...

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