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Clergy Abuse

What Makes Jesus Mad as Hell?

Rev. Mel White | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay 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...

Australian Bishop Max Steps Down After Abuse Accusations

AP | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion

SYDNEY (AP) — A senior member of Australia's Catholic Church has stepped down from his post after being charged with sexually abusing a teenaged stu...

Bombshell: Vatican Knew About Sex Abuse In Legion Of Christ For Decades

AP | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion

The late Pope John Paul II and his top advisers failed to grasp the severity of the sexual abuse problem until late in his 26-year papacy, especially ...

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...

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...

Pope Francis Slammed For Innaction And Comments On Sex Abuse

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is coming under increasing criticism that he simply doesn't get it on sex abuse. Three months after the Vatican an...

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 Benedict Defrocked Nearly 400 Priests For Sex Abuse In Just 2 Years

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years f...

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...

Catholic Church Begins To Make Amends

AP | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion

WARSAW, Poland -- A senior official of Poland's Catholic Church apologized Friday to the victims of pedophile priests, and prosecutors said they have ...

Abusive Priest Banned From Clergy

AP | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest who is serving a 15-year jail sentence in Argentina for sexually a...

Ex-Pope Benedict Breaks Silence On Church Child Abuse

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Seven months after leaving the papacy, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI broke his self-imposed silence Tuesday by releasing a letter to one ...

Why Was Vatican Envoy Recalled?

AP | EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ | Posted 09.06.2013 | Religion

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Vatican's recently recalled ambassador to the Dominican Republic has not been accused of child sex abuse, Rom...

Vatican Recalls Envoy to DR In Wake Of Child Abuse Rumors

AP | EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.05.2013 | Religion

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Authorities in the Dominican Republic will look into allegations of child sex abuse against the papal envoy to th...

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.

Vatican Isn't Priests' Employer, U.S. Judge Says

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Vatican won a major victory Monday in an Oregon federal courtroom, where a judge ruled that the Holy See is not the employer of ...