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Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Vatican Orders Former Dominican Republic Archbishop To Stand Trial

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) In an unprecedented move, the Vatican on Monday (June 15) announced its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolows...

The Greatest Myth of Child Sexual Abuse

Paul Mones | Posted 06.10.2015 | Crime
Paul Mones

Perhaps the most enduring and pervasive American myth concerning child sexual abuse is that nice guys don't molest children; and it's a pernicious myth because it denies the reality of a victim's suffering.

5 Lessons From The Resignation Of Bishop Robert Finn

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion

(RNS) When Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Missouri Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted three years ago for failing to report a priest susp...

Bishop Who Failed To Report Abuse Resigns

Associated Press | Nicole Winfield | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected child abuser...

Another PR Disaster for Catholic Church - Dissing the Deaf (Video)

David Tereshchuk | Posted 06.13.2015 | Media
David Tereshchuk

In New York Catholic Church authorities have blundered into a remarkably insensitive piece of bad PR -- decreeing closure for the archdiocese's one specialist church catering for deaf congregants.

Vatican Defends Naming Of Bishop Who Caused Uproar In Chile

AP | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is defending Pope Francis' appointment of a Chilean bishop despite allegations from victims that the prelate had cover...

Looking Past Cardinal Dolan's Hearty Smile

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Although he has seemed a bit out of step since his sponsor, Benedict, was replaced by the more humble Francis I, Dolan has insisted that he has made no effort to change his style or practice.

Vatican Accepts Resignation Of Cardinal Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who was accused of sexually harassing several men in a scandal that exploded on the eve of the 2013 conclave ...

Relief For Hundreds Of Clergy Sex Abuse Victims In Montana

AP | Matthew Brown | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of victims of clergy sex abuse that spanned decades in Montana stand to receive payments totaling about $20 million,...

Chilean Priests Join Forces Against Newly Appointed Bishop They Say Covered Up Sexual Abuse

AP | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A group of Chilean priests on Thursday demanded the resignation of a bishop, accusing him of covering up for a prominent prie...

Pope's Sex Abuse Point Man Urges Bishop Accountability

AP | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion

ROME (AP) - Pope Francis' point man on clerical sex abuse said Monday the failure of the Catholic Church to punish bishops who covered up for pedophil...

Pope Orders Bishops To Cooperate With Sex Abuse Commission

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion

(Adds more from commission member, letter, commission details) By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Pope F...

Spain Indicts 10 Priests In Abuse Case That Drew Pope's Interest

AP | Posted 01.28.2015 | Religion

MADRID (AP) - A judge in the southern Spanish city of Granada has indicted 10 priests and two Catholic lay workers in a sex abuse case that prompted P...

Cardinal Burke Somehow Blames 'Feminized' Church For Sexual Abuse Crisis

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 01.08.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Cardinal Raymond Burke, a senior American churchman in Rome who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Pope Francis’ push for reform, i...

The Treacherous Intersection of Faith and Child Abuse

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.18.2015 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Secrecy is essential to the crime of child molestation and when it encounters the sacred secrecy inherent to some religious organizations, an atmosphere is created in which the predator can thrive.

Catholic Church In Australia: 'Obligatory Celibacy May Have Contributed To Abuse'

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Roman Catholic Church in Australia acknowledged that “obligatory celibacy” may have contributed to decades of clerical sexu...

"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.

Pope Francis Personally Called A Spanish Sex Abuse Victim

The Associated Press | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion

ROME (AP) - Pope Francis says he personally called a Spaniard who said he was sexually abused by a priest and urged him to report it to the diocese. ...

'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.

Los Angeles Monsignor Reinstated A Decade After Abuse Claim

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A high-ranking Roman Catholic official has been exonerated of clergy sex abuse allegations by a Vatican tribunal after a decade o...

Minnesota Archdiocese, Sex Abuse Victims Reach Settlement

AP | AMY FORLITI and JAMES NORD | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Victims of clergy sex abuse stood next to Catholic church leaders in Minnesota on Monday to announce a settlement to a novel ...

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Another Bishop Is Under Vatican Investigation

AP | Rachel Zoll | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

The Vatican is investigating Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, two years after he was convicted of failing to report suspected abuse. Fi...

Pope Francis Gives The Boot To Bishop Who Protected Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Thursday forcibly removed a conservative bishop from a Paraguayan diocese who had clashed with his fellow bishops ...

Former Archbishop Accused Of Sex Abuses Put Under House Arrest

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - The Vatican on Tuesday arrested a former archbishop accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominic...