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Clergy Sex Abuse

Tommy Deary's Long Overdue Justice

David Margolick | Posted 09.30.2011 | Religion
David Margolick

Francis Bergeron of Moosup, Connecticut is a calm and good-natured man in his early sixties. But when the subject turns to Father Bernard Bissonnette, and the experience he had with him more than fifty years ago, he grows strangely sad and silent.

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?

Pentecost: The Flaming Dove Of Upper Room Roman Catholicism

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.18.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

At the mainstream Roman Catholic mass I attended this past Pentecost Sunday, two prayers for loving acceptance of "homosexual" Catholics were incorporated into the Prayers of the Faithful.

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...

Catholic Bishops To Take Second Look At Abuse Reforms

Posted 08.11.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) A review of church sex abuse guidelines will top the agenda when the nation's Roman Catholic bishops meet...

Asian Bishops Say Abuse Isn't Just 'A Problem Of The West'

Posted 08.06.2011 | Religion

By Hisashi Yukimoto Religion News Service TOKYO (RNS/ENInews) Roman Catholic bishops from across Asia will hold a summit on "The Impact of Pedophilia...

The Catholic Sex Abuse Report: Too Little, Too Late?

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 07.20.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

I found myself alternatively fascinated and infuriated as I read the new 152 page report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, "Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests."

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.

Vatican Suggests Bishops Take Sex Abuse To Police (VIDEO)

Posted 07.17.2011 | Religion

Monday, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a letter to Bishops worldwide with suggestions for dealing with cases of sex a...

Abuse Crisis Pits Church Honesty Against Lawyers' Caution

Posted 07.15.2011 | Religion

By Peter Eisler USA Today VIENNA, Va. (RNS) When officials at Vienna Presbyterian Church decided to acknowledge the church's failures in handling rep...

Belgian Bishop Says Abuse Of Nephew Was A 'Game'

Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Belgium's Catholic bishops declared themselves "extremely shocked" on Friday (Apr. 15...

Catholic Bishops Report Increase In Abuse Accusations

Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops announced Monday (April 11) that sexual abuse accusations against Cathol...

The Church's One Simple Phrase For Healing

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 06.06.2011 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

As a survivor of clergy abuse, I remain painfully aware that there have been no apologies from Pope Benedict XVI and his hierarchy.

We Need A New Catholic Church

Sinéad O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sinéad O'Connor

I ask please this Easter that we consider moving the stone away from the tomb and let the man out. He taught us to fear nothing on earth. And that prayer will give us answers.

The Daily Szep: Priests And Sex

Paul Szep | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Szep

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German Bishops Offer Cash To Abuse Victims

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Niels Sorrells Religion News Service BERLIN -- Germany's Roman Catholic Church is offering cash payments of up to 5,000 euros ($6,925) to victims ...

Symbols Of Repentence In The Irish Church (VIDEO)

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

A video response to Catholic sex abuse scandal in Ireland and an important show of repentence in Dublin.

Cardinal And Archbishop Wash The Feet Of Abuse Victims

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

These kinds of gestures can sometimes speak to something deep within the Catholic soul, and I've long thought that such public acts were necessities in the wake of the sexual abuse crisis.

Top Church Official Indicted In Philly Abuse Probe

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse are hailing the indictment of a senior Roman Catholic offici...

'Culture Of Secrecy' Alive And Well In The Roman Catholic Church

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 12.16.2011 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

It cannot be a sin to question church leaders and the way they run day-to-day operations. Only religious extremists shy away from justified criticism of today's Church.

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...

The Tangled Web Tightens For The Vatican

patheos.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Headlines around the world this week have reported that Irish broadcaster RTE obtained a 1997 letter from the Vatican that instructed Irish bishops no...

Will Other Catholic Bishops Risk Eternal Damnation?

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

I applaud the fearlessness it must have taken for a bishop to turn over a 1997 letter from the Vatican to the Irish broadcasters, thinking he'd face eternal damnation and excommunication.

Vatican Plays Damage Control On Irish Sex Abuse Letter

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican on Wednesday (Jan. 19) tried to tamp down allegations a controversial 1997 lett...

New Twists In The Vatican Investigation Of American Nuns

Maureen Fiedler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Maureen Fiedler

There is a deep concern that the Vatican wants to return American nuns to traditional ministries, put them back in habits, curtail their independence and keep them from speaking out.