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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...

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

Deaf Boys Tried For Decades To Tell Of Priest's Sexual Abuse

New York Times | LAURIE GOODSTEIN and DAVID CALLENDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

They were deaf, but they were not silent. For decades, a group of men who were sexually abused as children by the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy at a school ...

Vatican Newspaper Hits Back On Allegations Of Pope's Role In Cover Ups

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Vatican has attacked the media over charges that the Pope failed to act against a US priest accused of abusing up to 200 deaf boys two decades ago...

New Allegations Against Catholic Church Of Mishandling Child Abuse

timesonline.co.uk | David Sharrock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The Catholic Church in Ireland faced allegations of mishandling child sex abuse following claims that a bishop was party to swearing to secrecy a girl abused by a priest in an out-of-court settlement.

John William McConaghy, 420-Pound Pedophile, Too Fat For Prison

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Child abuser John William McConaghy has been spared jail by a court in Northern Ireland, as he was too fat. McConaghy had been jailed for abuse that ...