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Clergy Abuse

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.

Catholic Report Warns Of 'Growing Complacency' About Child Protection

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 04.11.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK -- Roman Catholic dioceses and religious orders said they received 594 credible claims of clergy sex abuse last year, with all but a few of t...

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...

Amanda's Story Of Religious Abuse As A Teen

Jack Watts | Posted 07.31.2011 | Religion
Jack Watts

The list of downright despicable behavior I witnessed over the years is too long to mention here -- everything from financial impropriety to sexual indiscretions to cruelty-for-pleasure.

True Reform Would Start With 'I'm Sorry'

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 07.19.2011 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

If the Catholic Church is to erase this stain on its reputation, it will have to be based on a complete reversal of its callous shielding of abusers within its ranks. I and other victims are still waiting.

Why Religion Must Change

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.15.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

In the U.S. alone, the annual reports of virtually every denomination show steep and perhaps even irreversible declines. Could this be the beginning of the end of religion?

Bishop Blase Cupich On Protecting Children (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Bishop Blase Cupich, chair of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Protection of Children and Young People, speaks about the work of the committee in implem...

Healing Requires Revealing: How The Church Is Failing Abuse Survivors

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

The opportunity for accountability, resolution and a promise for the protection of vulnerable children is now.

A Solo Vigil Against Clergy Abuse

Religion News Service | By Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Eleanor Goldberg Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Protesting every day for the last 12 years has become more challenging for John Wojnowski ...

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...

Forgive Not: A Catholic's Struggle With The Sins Of His Church

The New Republic | Garry Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Since the papacy has been frozen in a defensive crouch, defying historical fact and free inquiry, it has been opposed to anything that might diminish ...

Say It Ain't So

Donna Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donna Scott

In a time where too few journalists try to tackle subjects that are controversial, Lynn Vincent is a bit of a maverick. Lynn is witty, funny, and like it or not, evangelical. And she's co-authoring Sarah Palin's new book.

Vatican: Pope Will Speak on Abuse Crisis

AP | VICTOR L. SIMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI recognizes the damage and pain caused by the clergy sex abuse crisis and will seek to heal wounds during his U....