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Catholic Abuse

SHOCKING: Abusive Priest Was Paid To Pray For Catholics

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion

In May of 2002, the Rev. Donald O'Connor was relieved from his parish after the Catholic Diocese of Joliet in Illinois substantiated allegations of se...

Pope Francis: Catholic Church Must 'Act Decisively' On Sexual Abuse By Priests

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to "act decisively" to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are...

Speculation Swirls Around Pope's Sudden Resignation

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion

With Pope Benedict XVI's shocking announcement that he will resign from his office Feb. 28, making him the first pontiff to do so in almost six centur...

Judge: Roman Catholic Church Must Release Names Of Pedophile Priests

AP | GREG RISLING | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion

LOS ANGELES -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles must release the names of church leaders and pedophile priests identified in thousands of...

Fugitive Catholic Priests Avoid Trial by Fleeing Country

Posted 05.09.2012 | Religion

At least 32 Roman Catholic priests have fled the country to avoid prosecution since 1985 and only five have returned to face trial, reports the Chica...

Catholic Report Warns Of 'Growing Complacency' About Child Protection

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 04.11.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK -- Roman Catholic dioceses and religious orders said they received 594 credible claims of clergy sex abuse last year, with all but a few of t...

A Decade Later, Catholic Anger, Defections Over Abuse Not Letting Up

David Briggs | Posted 05.09.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

No matter how much some individuals would like to put the sexual abuse scandal behind them, they can no longer appeal to an obedient laity to ignore or downplay the crimes, according to new research.

Bishops Told The Obvious: Pedophiles Lie, Victims Must Be Heard

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion

ROME — Priests who rape and molest children lie when confronted with an accusation but victims usually tell the truth, psychologists told Cathol...

Victims' Group Refuses To Turn Over Names In Abuse Suit

Posted 01.04.2012 | Religion

By Tim Townsend St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS (RNS) The director of a leading victims' advocacy group refused to answer some questions or turn...

Canadian Bishop In Child Porn Case Apologizes

AP | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion

OTTAWA, Ontario -- A Canadian Roman Catholic bishop charged with importing child pornography apologized in court Tuesday to the church and to victims ...

Vatican To Brief Bishops, Religious Orders On Abuse

Posted 08.14.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican will use online education and other methods to help the world's Catholic bis...

Catholics -- Shun the Pope Who Has Abused You

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

I know that for many British Catholics, their faith makes them think of something warm and good and kind -- a beloved grandmother, or the gentler sayings of Jesus. That is not what Ratzinger stands for.

Walter Mixa, German Bishop, Offers To Resign Over Abuse

AP | MELISSA EDDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

BERLIN — A leading conservative Roman Catholic bishop in Germany has written to Pope Benedict XVI offering to resign amid persistent allegations...

The Church's Easter: What Needs to Die in the Catholic Church so That it May Live

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Each day from Good Friday to Easter Sunday offers the Church a profound spiritual message as it confronts the horrific effects of the crimes of clerical sexual abuse, which have convulsed the church, first in the United States, and now in Europe.

Law Firm Implicates Vatican, Pope in Abuse Case

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

MIAMI — A South Florida law firm is implicating the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI in its handling of a priest accused of sexually abusing childr...

Up to the Pope: Stop the Pandemic of Pedophilia

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

The Pope now has an urgent responsibility -- and an extraordinary opportunity. He must not only move beyond apologies to action, but could also use his influence to urge all religious institutions to address sexuality in healthier, more open and responsible ways.

How Could It Happen? Tracing the Causes of Sexual Abuse by the Clergy

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Buried beneath the shock and anger, especially for Catholics, however, is a searing question: How could this happen?

Forgive Not: A Catholic's Struggle With The Sins Of His Church

The New Republic | Garry Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Since the papacy has been frozen in a defensive crouch, defying historical fact and free inquiry, it has been opposed to anything that might diminish ...

Brazil Church Sex Scandals: Video Allegedly Shows Abuse

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian authorities are investigating three priests accused of sexually abusing altar boys after a video allegedly showing on...

Pope Apologizes For Canadian Aboriginals Abused In Catholic Schools

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI apologized Wednesday to native Canadians who were physically and sexually abused at church-run boarding schools...