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Clergy Sex Abuse

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.

Top Vatican Cardinal Testifies On Abuse, Admits Church Made Mistakes

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.29.2016 | Religion

Australian Cardinal George Pell said on Sunday the Catholic Church made "enormous mistakes" and dismissed cases of sexual abuse of children in "scanda...

Catholic Church Isn't Doing Enough to Stop Child Abuse

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 12.18.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The Pope begs our forgiveness for institutionalized child abuse, but neither he nor his church is deserving of it until they begin to work to end this epidemic and hold the accused accountable for their actions.

Catholic Clergy Abuse Survivor Opens Up About 'Revolting' Molestation

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.28.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Phil Saviano, a Catholic clergy abuse survivor, opened up to HuffPost Live on Monday about the "revolting" experience of enduring sexual violence as a...

Pope: Those Who Covered Up Clergy Sex Abuse Are 'Guilty'

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) People who cover up clerical sexual abuse should be considered guilty, and God will judge priests who are unrepentant about committing such...

Pope Francis Pays Surprise Visit To Survivors Of Clergy Sex Abuse

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis met with five survivors of sex abuse in Philadelphia on Sunday morning. The half-hour meeting took place at the St. Charles Borromeo Semi...

Why Pope's Comments On Clergy Abuse Upset Many Survivors

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis praised U.S. Catholic bishops for their response to the clergy sex abuse crisis Wednesday during an address in Washington -- comments tha...

Lottery-Winning Ex-Priest Charged With Sex Abuse

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.22.2015 | Crime

A once-popular priest who won more than $1 million in the New York Lottery is now earning attention for an entirely different reason. Joseph Faraone w...

Francis Fails on One Huge Issue

Martha Burk | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

We'll be inundated Pope, Pope, and more Pope 24-7 this week, as the pontiff makes his rounds in the nation's capital. Francis plans a White House visit, an outdoor mass in Washington, and a speech before Congress. He's also likely to join a rally on the National Mall.

Catholic Priest Claims 15 Year-Old Teen 'Wanted' Sexual Contact

Religion News Service / The Star-Ledger | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.20.2015 | Religion

NEWARK, N.J. – In an extraordinary admission of wrongdoing, a priest sought by authorities in New Jersey has acknowledged engaging in a sexual encou...

New Jersey Archbishop Could Be Next To Come Before Vatican Abuse Tribunal

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) - Priests, nuns and canon lawyers who advocate for molestation victims urged Pope Francis on Wednesday to use the new Vatican tribunal h...

70-Year-Old Catholic Priest Gets 12 Year Sentence For Child Porn, Sex Assault

USA Today / Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion

DETROIT — A Catholic priest who worked at a Detroit high school was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to transporting ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...