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Clergy Sex Abuse

Banksy Commits 'Cardinal Sin' With Controversial Work

Posted 12.21.2011 | Arts

Just when you thought Banksy was content to drop some uncontroversial holiday cheer on Liverpool, the artist unveils the button-pressing sculpture, "C...

Accused Janitor Says Priest Blackmailed, Abused Him

Posted 11.29.2011 | Religion

By Ben Horowitz Religion News Service MORRISTOWN, N.J. (RNS) For four years, Jose Feliciano told a jury on Monday (Nov. 28), his rage grew. ...

Sex Abuse And The Grandiose Narcissist

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

There are two main characteristics of the abuser: narcissism and grandiosity. The narcissist cares only for his own needs. And many of these people are like the Pied Piper -- the energetic coach, for example.

Jury Awards Victim $100M In Priest Abuse Verdict

AP | By CURT ANDERSON | Posted 01.11.2012 | Religion

MIAMI -- A Miami jury returned a $100 million verdict Thursday against a retired Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing dozens of boys over...

Indicted Bishop Plans To Continue Leading Diocese

AP | BY HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH and RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Calls for Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Finn to resign started even before last week, when he became the highest-ranking church lea...

Missing, Gone Or Disappeared By The Church: Where Are These Priests?

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 12.16.2011 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

The list of disappeared priests could go on and on. It is not our place to judge their particular issues. Yet, I really do believe it should be our place to reflect and ask: What is it that makes good priests?

A Proposed World Wide Registry For Catholic Clergy Predators

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

Recently, the Boston Archdiocese released a list of accused clergy. A good first step. A move in the right direction. But also mind-boggling is the number of Catholic clergy predators in one town.

Clergy Sex Abuse Victims File International Court Case Against Pope

AP | MIKE CORDER and RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 11.13.2011 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Clergy sex abuse victims upset that no high-ranking Roman Catholic leaders have been prosecuted for sheltering guilty p...

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?

Irish Government Slams Vatican For Role In Abuse Cover-up

AP | By SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 09.21.2011 | Religion

DUBLIN -- The Vatican encouraged Catholic bishops not to tell police about suspected pedophile priests and flouted Irish law, Ireland's lawmakers decl...

Irish Summon Vatican Diplomat Over Abuse Cover-up

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion

DUBLIN — Ireland's government demanded answers from the Vatican's ambassador Thursday after a fact-finding report concluded that Rome secretly d...

Irish Government To Publish New Catholic Sex Abuse Report

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 09.12.2011 | Religion

DUBLIN — A new investigation into the Catholic Church's chronic cover-up of child abuse found Wednesday that a rural diocese and its bishop igno...

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...

Vatican Gives Bishops Guidance For Handling Sex Abuse Cases

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.16.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has told bishops around the world that it is important to cooperate with police in reporting priests who rape and mol...

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.