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Catholic Church Abuse

In Search of Cardinal Bernard Law

Phillip Martin | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion
Phillip Martin

When Bernard Cardinal Law, Archbishop of Boston, fled to the Vatican in late 2002, he left behind a trail of human and financial wreckage. The actual number of victims, by some estimates, could be nearly three times the number who settled with the Church in 2003. Meanwhile, Law was assigned a comfortable post in Rome, where he disappeared from the headlines.

Vatican Eyes Punishment For Abusive Bishops

Reuters | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Feb 7 (Reuters) - A commission advising Pope Francis on how to root out sexual abuse of children by c...

Top Vatican Official Makes Bombshell Statement About Sex Abuse Scandals

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's new No. 3 accused Holy See officials Monday of downplaying the clerical sex abuse scandal in the 1990s, saying the...

Bishop: Small Catholic Diocese Has Spent $15 Million On Abuse Lawsuits

Lodi News-Sentinel, Calif. | Ross Farrow | Posted 08.11.2013 | San Francisco

The Catholic diocese serving parishes from Lodi to Turlock has spent about $15 million in judgments, settlements and legal costs regarding clergy abus...

Priest Faces Judge For Violating Ban On Access To Children

Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion

By Mark Mueller Religion News Service HACKENSACK, N.J. (RNS) Wearing a bright orange prison jumpsuit, the priest at the center of the furor in th...

Missouri Catholic Diocese To Pay Huge Sum In Child Pornography Case

Posted 05.17.2013 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) The Catholic diocese in Missouri led by Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted last year of failing to ...

BLOCKED: Access To Clergy Sex Abuse Site Limited At Vatican

National Catholic Reporter | Joshua J. McElwee | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion

ROME -- One of the domain names of a website that is the primary source of information on clergy sex abuse cases has been blocked on the Vatican's web...

Immunity For Rome's Rottweiler: Why The Pope Resigned

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

The stated reasons for the Pope's abdication must be part of the story, but they are the least relevant elements. More significant is the evidence linking crimes to the Vatican. In the abuse scandal, all roads do lead to Rome.

Report: Thousands Abused In Dutch Catholic Institutions

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 02.14.2012 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — As many as 20,000 children endured sexual abuse at Dutch Catholic institutions over the past 65 years, and church offic...

The Church's One Simple Phrase For Healing

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 06.06.2011 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

As a survivor of clergy abuse, I remain painfully aware that there have been no apologies from Pope Benedict XVI and his hierarchy.

Dutch Find 2000 Church Abuse Claims

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The head of a Dutch inquiry into child abuse in the Catholic church school system says yearly complaints are up 100-fol...

Will Other Catholic Bishops Risk Eternal Damnation?

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

I applaud the fearlessness it must have taken for a bishop to turn over a 1997 letter from the Vatican to the Irish broadcasters, thinking he'd face eternal damnation and excommunication.

Vatican Warned Irish Bishops Not To Report Abuse

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBLIN — A 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police – a disc...

Church Panel Clears Priest Of Sex Abuse Allegations

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A Church-commissioned panel has cleared a Centennial priest suspected of committing sexual abuse in the 1970's. Father Mel Thompson of St. Thomas Mor...

Vatican Refuses To Accept Resignations Of Bishops Involved In Sex-Abuse Cover-Up

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBLIN — Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has told priests that the Vatican has rejected the resignations of his two auxiliary bishops followin...

74-Year-Old Brazilian Priest Charged With Pedophilia

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — A Roman Catholic priest in Brazil is facing charges he abused eight boys in cases dating back to 1995, prosecutors said Wednesd...

Chilean Priest Allegedly Abused 5 Young Men

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SANTIAGO, Chile — A Chilean prosecutor on Thursday announced a criminal investigation of a popular retired priest accused of sexually abusing fi...

Vatican To Bishops: Follow Law, Report Sex Abuse

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Monday responded to allegations it long concealed clerical sex abuse by making it clear for the first time that bi...

Abuse Cha against Catholic priest roils Kenya

AP | TOM ODULA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — After three young men and a boy told police last June an Italian priest had been sexually molesting them for years at a shelter...

Catholic Church Abuse: European Crisis Lures Back Nightmares For U.S. Victims

AP | JAY LINDSAY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

BOSTON — The clergy sex abuse stories surfacing around Europe stir a sickness in Kristen Merrill's stomach and lure back the sweat-covered night...

Priest Accused Of Abuse In US STILL WORKING In India

AP | PATRICK CONDON and RAVI NESSMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Roman Catholic priest was in his native India in 2007 when he was charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl at his for...

European Bishops Urge Victims To Go To The Police

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI sees the priestly sex scandal as a "test for him and the church," his spokesman said Wednesday, as bishops arou...

Germany's Catholic Church Launches Sex Abuse Hotline

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Roman Catholic Church in Germany is launching a telephone hotline for victims of sexual abuse....

Comfort for Disenchanted Catholics

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

As a gay man who has often heard the Catholic Church calling my "lifestyle" sinful, the hypocrisy of it all is clear enough. But I nonetheless feel a deep sympathy and sadness right now.

Pope Sex Abuse Scandal: In Palm Sunday Sermon, Pope Says He Won't Be Intimidated

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI opened Holy Week on Sunday amid one of the most serious crises facing the church in decades, with protesters in...