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Clergy Sex Abuse

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 vio...

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 committin...

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. Charle...

Why Pope's Comments On Clergy Abuse Upset Many Survivors

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion

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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&n...

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 e...

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&...

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 transpor...

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...