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Clergy Abuse

Pope Francis Outlines Strict New Measures For Bishops Who Covered Up Abuse

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion

Bishops found to be "negligent" when dealing with cases of sexual abuse will be investigated and could be removed from office, a papal decree said on ...

Battle for Child Sex Abuse Statute of Limitations Reform Heats Up in Pennsylvania

Courtney M. Soliday | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Courtney M. Soliday

Next Sunday, June 5th, survivors of child sex abuse, along with legal scholars, advocates and others will join together for the Walk For A Window across Brooklyn Bridge.

What Makes Jesus Mad as Hell?

Rev. Mel White | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Mel White

With very few exceptions, clergy and lay leaders representing 2.5 billion Christians worldwide are still defending their tired old beliefs that homosexuality is a sickness and a sin, beliefs based on biblical misuse and scientific ignorance.

SNAP Is 25 Years Old And More Vocal Against Priest Abuse Than Ever

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests first organized into a small band of volunteer activists in the late 1980s, reports of clergy m...

Pope Orders Investigation Into Priest Accused Of Sex Abuse

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 07.04.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is sending a cardinal and a bishop to Paraguay to investigate the activities of a priest previously accused of sex abu...

How Many Billion Dollars Did Sex Abuse Cost The U.S. Catholic Church?

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released their eleventh annual report on the progress of implementing the Charter for the Protection ...

Abuse Survivor On Pope's Child Protection Commission Demands Real Change

Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion

Marie Collins has been a tireless campaigner for the protection of children, for the accountability of the church, and for justice for survivors of se...

Pope Defends Church's Actions In Fight Against Pedophile Priests

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a "superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic church,...

Pope Francis Denounces Sexual Abuse, 'The Shame Of The Church'

Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

The Catholic Church was slammed at the U.N. on Thursday about how they have historically handled cases of sex abuse by priests, as a committee investi...

Vatican Refuses To Extradite Polish Archbishop Accused Of Sex Abuse

Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski will not be extradited to his native Poland, despite accusations of sex abuse there and in the Dominican Republic, where h...

Court Decision Dismays Victims Of Clergy Abuse

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) This week’s court decision that freed a senior cleric in Philadelphia who had been jailed for shielding an abusive priest was a symbolic setba...

Minnesota Archbishop Denies Accusations Of 'Inappropriate Contact'

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt, already under fire for failing to take action against priests suspected of abuse, announced Tuesday (Dec....

Billy Graham's Grandson Reveals Major Evangelical Scandal

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion

AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) The Christian mission field is a “magnet” for sexual abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investig...

8 Things Catholics (And Other Christians) Want The New Pope To Do

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Many Catholics are hopeful the new pope will initiate needed change in their Church. There are some early signs that his papacy might be different. But it remains to be seen whether Pope Francis will be a proponent of change or an opponent to it.

Fate Of Accused Abusive Pastor In The Hands Of His flock

Religion News Service | Tim Townsend | Posted 12.14.2012 | Religion

STOVER, Mo. (RNS) The Rev. Travis Smith paced First Baptist Church's sanctuary, decorated for the holidays with poinsettias and a Christmas tree. He a...

Sexual Misconduct And The American Prosperity Gospel

Kate Bowler | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Kate Bowler

Every Sunday, millions of American Christians attend a megachurch that preaches a "prosperity gospel" of health, wealth and happiness. But in this era of supersized banks and corporations, prosperity megachurches have become just another organization that assumes it is too big to fail.

The Grave Truth Threatening Orthodox Communities

Chaim Levin | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Chaim Levin

Forty-thousand religious Jews gathered at Citi Field to discuss the "grave" threat the Internet poses to their religious lifestyle. From the moment I found out about this event, I was dumbfounded.

Victims Protest: Rabbis, Protect Our Children

Leah Vincent | Posted 07.07.2012 | Religion
Leah Vincent

When I heard that thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews were gathering together to address a pressing issue in the religious community, I was furious that the issue being addressed at the unusually elaborate meeting was the dangers of the Internet.

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.

Must Clergy Report Confidential Confessions to the Authorities?

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 04.15.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Judaism does not place the same emphasis on confession as the Catholic faith does, but we do want people to feel comfortable speaking with their rabbi while they're in the process of repentance.

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua's Spilled Blood

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

The day after a ruling that would have compelled Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua to testify in the cases against the Church in pedophilia scandals, it is announced that the Cardinal died overnight.

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...

The Early Days Of Clergy Abuse: A San Francisco Story

Julian Guthrie | Posted 10.20.2011 | Religion
Julian Guthrie

Early in the spring of 1994, a hard-charging San Francisco lawyer named Robert Bryan hired a private investigator to do some digging into what was happening at the San Francisco Archdiocese.

Blind Faith And Child Sexual Abuse: Is Any Group Getting This Right?

Nicole Neroulias Gupte | Posted 09.26.2011 | Religion
Nicole Neroulias Gupte

Can we not agree that clergy are not CSI experts, and that suspected crimes should be reported promptly to the police for a proper investigation?

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...