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Priest Sex Abuse

The Season of Renewal

Sue Shanahan | Posted 03.25.2016 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

For now, the church has lost me. Confirmed allegations of sexual abuse from a priest in my parish makes it impossible for me to attend. Fortunately, my bond with God is closer than ever. He is with me everywhere. I have claimed the outdoors as my cathedral.

The Orcs of ISIS

Tami Shaikh | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Tami Shaikh

Why is their interpretation of the same book the total opposite of what mine is? How can they believe that beheading innocent humans can be ok when the Prophet Mohammad believed in treating others with kindness and compassion?

"Why Did I Do It and How Do I Feel About It Now?" Priest Sex Offender Speaks Out

Stafford Betty | Posted 01.21.2015 | Crime
Stafford Betty

The public is ready to forgive almost every crime except the one Cyril committed. On a radio show he participated in, a woman told him she would rather see her child murdered than sexually molested. He knows he has been demonized in the minds of almost everyone.

'For I Have Sinned' Delivers a Memorable Pageturner

Greg Archer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Books
Greg Archer

It's refreshing to discover a noteworthy female protagonist in Cate Harlow. She's the fiery private investigator in author Kristen Houghton's latest endeavor, For I Have Sinned.

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 ...

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...

Vatican Faces Second UN Hearing On Sex Abuse Policies

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican next month will face yet another crucial United Nations hearing that will scrutinize the Catholic Church’s response t...

Major Archdiocese Releasing Long-Awaited Files On Sex Abuse

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

Ahead of a Wednesday release of historical files on sexual abuse by Chicago-area priests, parishioners across the area found a message from the head o...

5 Priests Removed In Child Sex Scandal

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that it was removing five priests as the result of an investigation into alleged child sex abuse. ...

Hate the Sin, Blame the Victim

James Peron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

It seems that all their "responsibility" and damnation goes in one direction. It simultaneously justifies their own hatred and actions, while assuring everyone that the victim got what they deserved.

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...

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...

900 Year Old Tradition Of Priestly Celibacy May Soon Be Over

Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion

For over 900 years Catholic priests have practiced celibacy; but now that may be changing. After Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigned over sexual misconduc...

Conclave Considerations

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Patricia McGuire

A bad choice could set back the cause of the Church's renewal even more. A mediocre choice will only ensure that the Church continues to wallow in the current woes. A truly wise, visionary choice will lead the transformation of the Church to ensure its vitality for generations to come.

Meet the New Pope, Same as the Old Pope

Chez Pazienza | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Chez Pazienza

Whomever the Church chooses to succeed Pope Benedict should be important. It should be, but for the most part it isn't, because it's almost impossible to imagine a scenario in which the changing times or the will of mere mortals will impact the decision-making of the next head of the Catholic Church.

Telling God, "Ciao, I'm Out of Here"

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Jeff Schweitzer

My thoughts when I heard Ratzinger was resigning? First, yet another hypocrisy from the church in flouting supposedly divine law for convenience, and second, the more than 10,000 children known to have been violated by Catholic priests.

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 ...

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...

Priest Neil Doherty Sentenced On Sex Abuse Charges

Posted 01.28.2013 | Miami

A priest who accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a teenaged parishioner will spend the foreseeable future in prison. Father Neil Doherty, 6...

Broward Priest Pleads No Contest To Heinous Offense

Posted 01.15.2013 | Miami

A former Margate priest may spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading no contest to repeatedly drugging and molesting an underaged South Flo...

WATCH: Priest Sex Abuse Survivor Speaks Out

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.26.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Crimes against children happen everywhere in the world and seem to thrive through a conspiracy of silence and intimidation. Peter Isely, a survivor of...

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...

A Movie Healed Them

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

The movie, "Mea Maxima Culpa, Silence in the House of God," reveals a horrendous example of the clerical system that allowed thousands of priests to sexually abuse children in America and around the world.

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...

WATCH: Minister Allegedly Sexted A Child For 2 Years

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 07.09.2012 | Los Angeles

A local spiritual leader shocked and devastated his congregants Wednesday when he was arrested for allegedly engaging in a two-year sexual relationshi...