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Abuse Scandal

To Understand The Catholic Hierarchy's Troubles, Look To Newark's Scandal

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Often lost in the shadow of the Archdiocese of New York, and its larger-than-life cardinal, Timothy Dolan, the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., is attracting national attention these days for all the wrong reasons.

Led By Francis, A Traumatized Catholic Family Faces The Future

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Wounded by physical, psychological and spiritual assaults, they keep insisting that something is terribly wrong with an institution that pays millions in attorneys fee to keep secret its conspiracy to hide the facts and help clergy avoid prosecution.

Vatican Gay-Baiting Is Bigotry That Shames The Church

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Every twist and turn of the long-running Catholic sex abuse scandal brings another round of gay baiting. But three decades after the first claims of abuse were made, the Catholic Church remains mired in the secrecy, narrow-mindedness and fear.

Priests As Pintos: Fraud And The Next Catholic Crisis

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Amid all the more notable intrigue and scandal, a jury in the little city of Appleton, Wis., recently demolished a defense that has shielded the church from hundreds, if not thousands, of claims related to sexual crimes committed by priests against minors.

Sex and the City of God, Part 2: Celibacy and Sexuality in the Catholic Church

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The child abuse crisis and the Church hierarchy's homophobia, misogyny, and fixation on policing sexuality are intertwining, often-overlapping aspects of the broader sexual dysfunction that cripples the Church.