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Clergy Sex Abuse

Did Archbishop John Nienstedt Try To Stop The Investigation Into Himself?

Minnesota Public Radio | Madeleine Baran | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion

On April 10, 2014 — seven months into the clergy sex abuse scandal — Archbishop John Nienstedt's top advisers gathered for a private meeting. They...

Criminal Charges Filed Against Minnesota Archdiocese For Handling Of Clergy Sex Abuse

The Associated Press | AMY FORLITI | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Criminal charges were filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Friday for its handling of ...

Chileans Are Not Pleased With The Bishop Pope Francis Picked For Their Diocese

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met Friday with the bishop running a Chilean diocese where there has been unprecedented opposition to the nominatio...

Relief For Hundreds Of Clergy Sex Abuse Victims In Montana

AP | Matthew Brown | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of victims of clergy sex abuse that spanned decades in Montana stand to receive payments totaling about $20 million,...

Pope Francis Gives Vatican's Former Sex Crimes Prosecutor A Big Promotion

The Associated Press | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor, Charles Scicluna, as archbishop of his native Malta. The V...

Chilean Priests Join Forces Against Newly Appointed Bishop They Say Covered Up Sexual Abuse

AP | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A group of Chilean priests on Thursday demanded the resignation of a bishop, accusing him of covering up for a prominent prie...

It's A Big Week For Pope Francis At The Vatican

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Monday (Feb. 9) began what could be a key week for his reformist papacy, starting with meetings with his hand-picke...

Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley Speaks Out On Nuns, Clergy Sex Abuse

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley wants the Vatican to move quickly to discipline bishops who helped cover up child sex abuse. The Cardinal’s r...

Pope Francis Defrocks Pedophile Argentine Priest

AP | ALMUDENA CALATRAVA | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pope Francis has excommunicated a pedophile Argentine priest, a move applauded by advocates for victims of clerical a...

3 Reasons Clergy Matter Now More Than Ever

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

We matter because we can transmit truths and practices that bring meaning to life. Those truths often stand in contrast to the conventions of the larger culture. In fact, religion at its best teaches ideals and practices that are counter-cultural.

What Exactly Did Hillsong's Brian Houston Know About His Dad's Alleged Sex Abuse?

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Days ahead of an annual conference in New York’s Madison Square Garden, the founder of the Hillsong music and church empire is facing...

Minnesota Archdiocese, Sex Abuse Victims Reach Settlement

AP | AMY FORLITI and JAMES NORD | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Victims of clergy sex abuse stood next to Catholic church leaders in Minnesota on Monday to announce a settlement to a novel ...

Pope Francis Gives The Boot To Bishop Who Protected Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Thursday forcibly removed a conservative bishop from a Paraguayan diocese who had clashed with his fellow bishops ...

GRACE Against Sex Abuse

Martin Marty | Posted 09.27.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago...

Pope To Sex Abuse Victims: 'I Beg Your Forgiveness'

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went fur...

Archdiocese To Pay Millions To Settle Sex Abuse Claims

Reuters | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE, June 25 (Reuters) - The Archdiocese of Seattle has agreed to pay about $12.125 million to 30 men who alleg...

Pope Francis Best Thing to Happen to Catholic Church

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Steve Siebold

Religious or not, one can't help but be drawn to how the Pope has humanized his role as the leader of the Catholic Church, one of the most powerful organizations in the world.

Vatican Faces Second UN Hearing On Sex Abuse Policies

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican next month will face yet another crucial United Nations hearing that will scrutinize the Catholic Church’s response t...

Muslim Leader Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Harris Zafar | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Harris Zafar

There is no wonder that people continue to lose faith in religion due to the actions of leaders across the religious spectrum. But does the misconduct of these disgraced individuals reflect poorly upon the religion they serve?

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...

Vatican Called Before the UN

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
The Center for Constitutional Rights

By Barbara Blaine, President of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Since 1988, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests...

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 ...

La Leyenda Negra and the Queen of the Missions

Sam Slovick | Posted 07.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Sam Slovick

Noxious fumes assault my senses as I pull up to Old Mission Santa Barbara on a foggy Monday morning. The 'Queen of the Mission's' website said to expect "graceful lines with soft, blending colors" but I was still rubbing my eyes as I approached the front of the Spanish Colonial Revival buildings.

'Broadest Attempt At Transparency By Any Part Of The American Church'

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- A Roman Catholic religious order released an unusually candid report Tuesday outlining how its leaders failed for decades to stop sex abus...

Justice?

Chaim Levin | Posted 08.13.2013 | Religion
Chaim Levin

Just under 10 years ago, I came forward with a secret that haunted the majority of my life. A secret that I once swore I'd never tell anyone, it ate at the fiber of my soul every single second of every day. Now, I am proud of myself for doing what I once believed I'd never be able to do.