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Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Spotlight Dims

Matthew Ebert | Posted 03.10.2016 | Entertainment
Matthew Ebert

To the makers of Spotlight -- I am not beholden to you for anything, and I will never thank you for giving me a voice, because you didn't. You gave yourself a voice, and you frame it in a language you understand.

Where Boston's TV stations Were During the Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Joe Bergantino | Posted 03.08.2016 | Media
Joe Bergantino

The I-Team's May 1992 story unleashed a torrent of local and national coverage focused on Porter and other pedophile priests in Boston. Within days, I, along with investigative producer Paul Toomey, began getting phone calls about other priests including John Geoghan, the priest who was the focus of the Spotlight coverage 10 years later.

Catholic Church Isn't Doing Enough to Stop Child Abuse

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 12.18.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The Pope begs our forgiveness for institutionalized child abuse, but neither he nor his church is deserving of it until they begin to work to end this epidemic and hold the accused accountable for their actions.

'Spotlight' Celebrates Heroes Of Investigative Reporting -- and Democracy

Michael Winship | Posted 11.27.2015 | Media
Michael Winship

Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporter. If you haven't already heard, to the list of superb movies about the trade, you can now add Spotlight.

If 'God Weeps' About Church Sex Abuse, What Does a Pope Do?

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
The GroundTruth Project

On midday Sunday, as the pope went about his schedule in Philadelphia, the final day of his American trip, the Vatican issued a statement in carefully-controlled script saying the pope had met with three women and two men who had been sexually abused as children.

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 06.09.2016 | 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.

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 ...

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...

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.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

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.

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...

Dispute Over Decency

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Religious radicals are marketers of mistreatment, and it's time to call them on it. It is amazing what indecent things some people say and do in the name of decency.

Sinead O'Connor Calls Catholic Church Reforms 'Laughable'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has no faith in Catholic Church reforms under Pope Francis, she told Billboard in an interview for the August 16 issue. ...

Pope Benedict Gets Unwelcome Attention In Sex Abuse Case

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) A showdown between Pope Francis and a conservative bishop in Paraguay is heating up as the bishop rejected charges that he sheltered a priest ac...