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I Broke The First Boston Priest Scandal Story. Here's What 'Spotlight' Gets Wrong

Alison Bass | Posted 01.26.2016 | Media
Alison Bass

I was anxious to see the movie since I was The Boston Globe reporter who first broke the story about a molesting priest in Massachusetts. Let me say right up front that Spotlight is a riveting movie that gets a lot right. However, there are a few things the film doesn't get quite right.

Why Pope's Comments On Clergy Abuse Upset Many Survivors

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion

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Dominican Republic May Extradite Ex-Vatican Envoy To Try Him For Sex Abuse

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Jozef Wesolowski, the ex-Vatican envoy stripped of diplomatic immunity after claims he sexually abused young boys in the Dominican ...

Vatican Strips Former Ambassador Of Diplomatic Immunity In Sex Abuse Case

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican said Monday that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, accused of sexually abusing young boys in the Caribb...

Cardinal Sparks Outrage In Sex Abuse Survivors With Tone-Deaf Analogy

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) One of the most powerful men in the Vatican, charged with cleaning up corruption and fostering financial reform, has outraged survi...

SNAP Is 25 Years Old And More Vocal Against Priest Abuse Than Ever

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests first organized into a small band of volunteer activists in the late 1980s, reports of clergy m...

Pope Orders Investigation Into Priest Accused Of Sex Abuse

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 07.04.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is sending a cardinal and a bishop to Paraguay to investigate the activities of a priest previously accused of sex abu...

Australian Bishop Max Steps Down After Abuse Accusations

AP | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion

SYDNEY (AP) — A senior member of Australia's Catholic Church has stepped down from his post after being charged with sexually abusing a teenaged stu...

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson Claims He Wasn't Sure Whether Sex Abuse Was A Crime

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Lilly Fowler | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Archbishop Robert J. Carlson claimed to be uncertain that he knew sexual abuse of a child by a priest constituted a crime when he was auxiliary ...

Retired Archbishop Harry Flynn Can't Remember How He Handled Sex Abuse Cases

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion

Retired Archbishop Harry Flynn was deposed last month in a lawsuit contending that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Win...

Sex Abuse Survivors Not Sure They Want To Meet With Pope Francis

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis’ announcement this week that he would meet with victims of sexual abuse by priests is dividing victim advocates, with some dismis...

Are These The Bishops Under Investigation For Sex Abuse?

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has warned he has “zero tolerance” for child sex abuse in the Catholic Church and revealed that three bishops are ...

Vatican Must Comply With Anti-Torture Treaty, Says UN

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion

GENEVA (AP) — In a report that could expose the Catholic Church to new legal arguments by clerical sex abuse victims, a U.N. committee found Friday ...

Bombshell: Vatican Knew About Sex Abuse In Legion Of Christ For Decades

AP | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion

The late Pope John Paul II and his top advisers failed to grasp the severity of the sexual abuse problem until late in his 26-year papacy, especially ...

How Many Billion Dollars Did Sex Abuse Cost The U.S. Catholic Church?

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released their eleventh annual report on the progress of implementing the Charter for the Protection ...

Top Vatican Official Makes Bombshell Statement About Sex Abuse Scandals

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's new No. 3 accused Holy See officials Monday of downplaying the clerical sex abuse scandal in the 1990s, saying the...

Pope Francis Slammed For Innaction And Comments On Sex Abuse

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is coming under increasing criticism that he simply doesn't get it on sex abuse. Three months after the Vatican an...

Pope Defends Church's Actions In Fight Against Pedophile Priests

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a "superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic church,...

The Pressure is On Pope Francis To Stamp Out Sex Abuse

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.06.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis came under new pressure Wednesday to punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests when a U.N. human rights p...

Vatican Strikes Back At UN After Scathing Report

Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion

After the UN published a damning report on the Vatican's record on priest abuse, human rights, as well as its stance on homosexuality, contraception, ...

Pope Benedict Defrocked Nearly 400 Priests For Sex Abuse In Just 2 Years

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years f...

Pope Francis Denounces Sexual Abuse, 'The Shame Of The Church'

Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

The Catholic Church was slammed at the U.N. on Thursday about how they have historically handled cases of sex abuse by priests, as a committee investi...

Why Priest Says He's 'Embarrassed To Be Catholic'

Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion

There have been 18 lawsuits filed against members of the Minnesota Catholic clergy since May, when state law was changed to give abuse victims a three...

Catholic Priest Caught With Pantless 15-Year-Old, Police Say

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 09.22.2013 | Crime

A Catholic priest in Pennsylvania was charged with molesting a 15-year-old boy after cops say he was caught in the act. Father W. Jeffrey Paulish w...

Priest Sentenced After Sexually Abusing 12-Year-Old Boy

AP | Posted 04.02.2013 | Crime

SALEM, Ore. -- A Catholic priest pleaded guilty Monday to sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy he invited for a sleepover when he was pastor of a church...