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

Alison Bass | Posted 01.21.2017 | 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

Pope Francis praised U.S. Catholic bishops for their response to the clergy sex abuse crisis Wednesday during an address in Washington -- comments tha...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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,...

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 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 Admitted Sexual Relations With Girl In Snow White Costume

Posted 02.04.2013 | Los Angeles

A retired Los Angeles priest who admitted to having sexual relations with a girl in his parish went on to be hired by the Los Angeles Unified School D...

Former East Bay Priest Faces More Sex Abuse Allegations

Lodi News-Sentinel, Calif. | Ross Farrow | Posted 01.08.2013 | San Francisco

Former Lockeford priest Michael Kelly and the Stockton Diocese have been sued for the third time on allegations that Kelly sexually abused former alta...

Dutch Roman Catholic Church Castrated Boys 'To Get Rid Of Homosexuality'

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.22.2012 | Religion

Shocking reports have surfaced that reveal at least ten teenage boys were castrated in the 1950s by the Dutch Roman Catholic Church as a "treatment" f...

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.

Texas Priest Charged With Hiring Hitman To Kill Teen Who Accused Him Of Sexual Abuse

WILL WEISSERT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest has been arrested on charges that he solicited a hit man to kill a teenager who had accused him of sexual ...

Church Panel Clears Priest Of Sex Abuse Allegations

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A Church-commissioned panel has cleared a Centennial priest suspected of committing sexual abuse in the 1970's. Father Mel Thompson of St. Thomas Mor...

From a Father to the Holy Father

Norman Lear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Norman Lear

Until the Pope opens up to us, I think the world press, on behalf of the world's families, owes it to us to stay circumspectly but diligently on the case.

Priest Accused Of Abusing Boy, Turning Home Into 'Erotic Dungeon' Surrenders To Police

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) SAO PAULO - A Polish priest accused of sexually abusing a former altar boy in Rio de Janeiro and turning his parish home into an "erotic dungeon"...

New Allegations Against Catholic Church Of Mishandling Child Abuse | David Sharrock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The Catholic Church in Ireland faced allegations of mishandling child sex abuse following claims that a bishop was party to swearing to secrecy a girl abused by a priest in an out-of-court settlement.