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Patron Saint Of Sexual Abuse Victims?

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Dutch Catholic Bishop Frans Schraven was burned alive during the Second Sino-Japanese War for protecting young Chinese girls from rape at the hands of...

Top Irish Catholic Accused Of Covering Up Abuse

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 07.02.2012 | World

DUBLIN — The leader of Ireland's 4 million Catholics said Wednesday he wouldn't resign after a BBC documentary accused him of helping to cover u...

Ex-Bishop In Sex Abuse Scandal Goes Into Hiding

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS — The former Belgian bishop who resigned in April after admitting he sexually abused a nephew for years said Saturday he would go into ...

Pope Sex Abuse Scandal 'Born From Sins WITHIN The Church'

AP | BARRY HATTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LISBON, Portugal — In his most thorough admission of the church's guilt in the clerical sex abuse scandal, Pope Benedict XVI said Tuesday the gr...

Australian Priest Jailed For 'Sadistic' Child Abuse

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An Australian Catholic priest was sentenced Friday to almost 20 years in jail for child sex attacks which the judge said were sadistic and went unpuni...

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...

Letter from the Vatican

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

We realize that this clarification of our stance on the issue of possible church abuse will affect many of you, both directly and indirectly. May we suggest some options to help you?

Church Pedophilia Scandal Grows In Latin America

AP | TALES AZZONI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SAO PAULO — The detention of an 83-year-old priest in Brazil for allegedly abusing boys as young as 12 has added to the scandals hitting the Rom...

European Priest Abuse Hotlines DELUGED With Calls

AP | MELISSA EDDY and VERONIKA OLEKSYN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VIENNA — Telephone hot lines in Europe offering help to people claiming abuse by Roman Catholic priests are being deluged with calls as the cris...

Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican's Number 2: Priest Pedophilia Linked To Homosexuality

AP | BRAD HAYNES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SANTIAGO, Chile — The Vatican's second-highest authority says the sex scandals haunting the Roman Catholic Church are linked to homosexuality an...

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...

Pope Begs Forgiveness Over Sex Abuse, Promises Action

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Addressing the clerical abuse scandal from the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI begged forgiveness Friday fr...

Vatican: There's An Anti-Catholic 'Hate' Campaign

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican heatedly defended Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday, claiming accusations that he helped cover up the actions of pedophile...

Pope Paul VI May Have Been Warned Of Pedophile Priests In 1963

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

LOS ANGELES — The head of a Roman Catholic order that specialized in the treatment of pedophile priests visited with then-Pope Paul VI nearly 50...

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....

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...

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?

Sorry Pope, It Hasn't Worked

Sandeep Gopalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sandeep Gopalan

I apologize, but His Holiness's "I am truly sorry" has not persuaded his Irish flock. Regrettably, victims have already denounced it as inadequate, and the letter promises to be a PR disaster.

Father H's Story: Germany's Pedophile Priest Scandal

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The psychiatrist said, "[he] was narcissistic, like other pedophiles, and I repeatedly warned church officials in the 1980s that he shouldn't be allow...

Pope Writes Open Letter In Attempt To Quell Paedophile Row

The Guardian | Riazat Butt and Kate Connolly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The pope attempted to defuse growing anger in the Irish Republic over the sex abuse scandal today by urging people to read an open letter on the crisi...