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Clergy Sex Abuse

What Is The Most Significant Spiritual Lesson Of The Decade? (PHOTOS)

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

What was the most important spiritual lesson of the decade? Vote on that lesson you regard as the most significant, knowing there are perhaps many lessons we might have learned from any of the significant news events of the last decade.

Protecting Children From The Church's Abuse Of Power

William F. McMurry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
William F. McMurry

Until the governments of our world wrestle the power over children away from religious organizations operating in secrecy and without accountability, justice will remain an elusive butterfly.

Do Girls Matter? Sexism and Sexual Abuse

Robin Sax | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Robin Sax

by Vicki Polin Over the last ten years there's been so much emphasis and media attention on cases of clergy sexual abuse - with the perpetrators bein...

The Protestant Clergy Sex Abuse Pattern

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

Egregious violations by Protestant clergy have failed to generate the same levels of outrage as the Catholic sex abuse scandal. Why?

Denver Archbishop Chaput May Reconsider New York Times Boycott

Nicole Neroulias Gupte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nicole Neroulias Gupte

Why does Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput refuse to speak to The New York Times? Laurie Goodstein, the newspaper's national religion correspondent, got her chance to ask him directly.

Sexual Misconduct By Clergy: Who's To Blame?

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Although nobody is to blame for the sexual misdeeds of another, when a leader is allowed to continue leading despite serious moral or ethical shortfalls, the followers have some answering to do, as well.

Gunning for the Pope?

Diane Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diane Winston

Religious groups may aspire to a different standard of coverage but as long as they operate on this side of paradise, I expect journalists to give them the same treatment as they do any other human endeavor.

Pope, Breaking Silence, Says Church Must 'Do Penance'

Religion News Service | Francis X. Rocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Breaking his silence as an international clergy sex abuse scandal has roiled the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (Ap...

Vatican Backtracks On Linking Abuse Scandal To Gays

Religion News Service | Francis X. Rocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A day after the Vatican's No. 2 official suggested a link between pedophilia and homosexuality, the pope's top spokesman issued a c...

It's Not About Homosexuality: Blaming the Wrong People for the Sexual Abuse Crisis

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

There were clearly some gay priests who were attracted to adolescent boys, and who preyed on them. But not the vast majority of gay priests, who never abused anyone. This is a critical point.

The New Yorker: Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church

newyorker.com | Hendrik Hertzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

It is not "anti-Catholic" to hypothesize that these things may have something to do with the Church's extraordinary difficulty in coming to terms with...

It's Not About Celibacy: Blaming the Wrong Thing for the Sexual Abuse Crisis

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

Celibacy does not cause pedophilia. But that hasn't stopped otherwise thoughtful pundits and commentators, and among them even some Catholics, from opining on celibacy as a cause of the crisis.

Abusing Children: Not Just For Catholic Priests

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Given the public outcry against the Catholic Church, I am curious to see how the Jewish community will respond to the case of Bryan Bramly, the Arizona rabbi accused of molested a child.

Why Fallen Catholics Like Me Must Insist On Reforming The Catholic Church

Cindy Rodriguez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Cindy Rodriguez

Just like a true patriot speaks out when its government fails the people it is supposed to serve, it is necessary for Catholics -- fallen and otherwise -- to call for Vatican reform.

The Catholic Church's Approach To Communications: Cloister

Heidi Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Heidi Sinclair

The Catholic Church has chosen the comfortable approach to its communications during this ongoing sex abuse scandal: to cloister itself. Systematically, it has closed down any venue or platform for discussion.

Why The New York Times Is Not The Enemy

Roque Strew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Roque Strew

For Catholics, what we need to acknowledge is that, without the interventions of the press, however flawed, we likely would not be up to speed on the problem -- its seriousness and its scale.

The Pope's PR Problem

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christopher Brauchli

The days of papal apologies and expressions of contrition and shame have come and gone. The Church now lays blame on the reporters, not on the perpetrators and those who overlooked their transgressions.

Can We Fire the Pope?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Andy Ostroy

Repentance, demotions to desk duty, and other meaningless slaps on the wrists: these undeserved courtesies that the Church affords abusing priests are an outrageous insult to victims.

Why I Stay: A Parable From A Progressive Catholic

Mary C. Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mary C. Gordon

How do some of us stay in the Church? In grief, in sadness, with a resolve not to be shut out by those who say they are speaking in the name of the Father. The Church is not an institution; it is the people.

Is Your Congregation Safe from Child Sex Abuse?

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

The crisis in the Roman Catholic Church is a stark reminder that people we love and admire may turn out to be sex offenders, capable of causing irreparable damage to young lives.

Up to the Pope: Stop the Pandemic of Pedophilia

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

The Pope now has an urgent responsibility -- and an extraordinary opportunity. He must not only move beyond apologies to action, but could also use his influence to urge all religious institutions to address sexuality in healthier, more open and responsible ways.

The Vatican's Deeds Don't Yet Match the Pope's Words

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

The Pope's turnabout is commendable. So are his efforts to convey apologies to victims. But until the church does what any other legal institution harboring criminals and their abettors would do, such speeches amount to empty gestures of piety.

The Church as Sexual Predator

Emilie Townes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Emilie Townes

This is what has troubled me over the years: the church's sanction of sexual predation. I cannot think of a more grave violation of trust and faith.

Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cathleen Falsani

The big-screen incarnation of Doubt may be even more powerful than the play, particularly given the eerie similarities it bears to a very real drama that has unfolded in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Papal Bull: Sex, Lies and Vatican-tape

Edward Lozzi | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Edward Lozzi

Pope Benedict is in Australia about to pull the same media stunt of faux concern for the victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy that he pulled in the United States in April of this year.