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Priest Sex Abuse Scandal

Pastor Opens Up About The Abuse That Contributed To His Sex Addiction

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.30.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Dr. Mark Laaser is a thriving ordained pastor today, but his past is much darker thanks to another man of the cloth abusing him as a child. He joined ...

Vatican Sex Abuse Record Under Investigation By UN

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 07.12.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has been called to give detailed information on its record on child sexual abuse to a United Nations panel, a move that...

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...

Priest Who Once Admitted To Touching Boy Lands Prestigious Gig In Diocese

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion

In a move branded "breathtaking arrogance" by a watchdog group, the Archdiocese of Newark has appointed a priest -- who once confessed to touching an ...

Reverend Reinstated Despite Previous Molestation Charge

Posted 09.13.2012 | Chicago

Joliet, Ill. was rocked in May 2010 when the Rev. F. Lee Ryan, who preached at two area parishes for decades, was removed from his ministry amid accus...

Priest Who Suggested Children Seduce The Clergy Apologizes

AP | DEEPTI HAJELA | Posted 10.30.2012 | Crime

NEW YORK -- A New York priest apologized Thursday after coming under criticism for saying that priests accused of child sex abuse are often seduced by...

Priest Faces 7 Years For Endangering Children

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 09.23.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — The first U.S. church official convicted of covering up sex-abuse claims against Roman Catholic priests was sentenced Tuesday to ...

Jury Hung On Priest Sex Abuse Charges

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 08.20.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A stubbornly divided jury will have a day off to dwell on clergy-abuse charges pending against two Roman Catholic priests before ...

Jurors Struggle Through Deliberations In Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 08.12.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — Frustration erupted Tuesday in a landmark priest-abuse case. As jurors failed to reach a verdict for a seventh day, a defense la...

Priest Sex Abuse: Daniel McCormack Faces New Accusations Of Abusing Boys In Lawsuit

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago priest who confessed in 2007 to sexually abusing five boys has been named in a new lawsuit by four other alleged victims. Daniel McCorma...

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.

Pope's Ivory Tower Past Adds to His Detachment

AP | VANESSA GERA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Long before entering Vatican life, Pope Benedict XVI won renown as a theologian and a German university professor, penning more t...

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.

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.