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Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

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...

Catholic Church Violated by Karmic Thrust

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Scott Janssen

The frustration and embarrassment of the sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church added another chapter recently, this time in Belgiu...

Archbishop Pietro Sambi's Bizarre War Of Words With Sex Abuse Protester

Politics Daily | Annie Groer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

When Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Pietro Sambi as the Vatican's ambassador to the United Sates in 2005, he chose a man with broad international ...

A Solo Vigil Against Clergy Abuse

Religion News Service | By Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Eleanor Goldberg Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Protesting every day for the last 12 years has become more challenging for John Wojnowski ...

Sex and the City of God, Part 2: Celibacy and Sexuality in the Catholic Church

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The child abuse crisis and the Church hierarchy's homophobia, misogyny, and fixation on policing sexuality are intertwining, often-overlapping aspects of the broader sexual dysfunction that cripples the Church.

The Catholic Church: A Failed Institution?

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Zogby

Job approval of Pope Benedict XVI and American Bishops has reached historic lows. Only 56% of American Catholics approve of the overall job that Pope Benedict XVI doing.

Accused Catholic Priests Left In Legal Limbo

Religion News Service | By Daniel Burke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Somewhere in the Vatican, there is a thick file with the Rev. James Selvaraj's name on it. It's been t...

Poll: U.S. Catholics Unsatisfied With Abuse Response

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Catholics believe the Vatican tried to cover up clergy sex abuse, and a maj...

The Long Scandal: A History of Abuse

Alex Wilhelm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Alex Wilhelm

The Catholic Church is in trouble today, but they should be prosecuted in the public mind for millennia of wrongdoings against children. It is a long scandal, a heartbreaking history of abuse.

An Open Letter to Bernard-Henri Levy, on His Defense of Roman Polanski and Pope Benedict XVI

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ariel Gonzalez

I've been reading your intemperate, self-righteous posts on the Polanski affair, in which you defend the child rapist against his detractors, among whom I count myself.

Vatican To Assume Control Of Troubled Legion Of Christ

Religion News Service | Francis X. Rocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Members of the Legion of Christ are waiting for Pope Benedict XVI to name officials who ...

Molestation, Matthew 18, and Magnolia

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2013 | Religion
Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D.

Magnolia proposes that factually accurate and authentically remorseful confession is a prerequisite for relational healing. Those who confess in this way have the possibility (however slight) of reconciliation.

Cardinal Levada Blames Celibacy for Clergy Sex Abuse

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Angela Bonavoglia

No compulsory celibacy for Catholic priests means no hypocrisy, less duplicity, and hopefully, safer congregants and safer kids.

Belgium's Raid on Catholic Church Was Model For World To Follow

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

Law enforcement across the globe must stop coddling alleged criminals and enabling a Vatican cover-up. The Pope's kangaroo investigative committees ought to be dismantled immediately and the police should handle the possible crimes.

Indian Catholic Bishops Draft 'Zero Tolerance' Abuse Policy

Religion News Service | Achal Narayanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Achal Narayanan Religion News Service CHENNAI, India (RNS) Reacting to the Catholic Church's spreading sex abuse scandal, bishops in India have dr...

Pope Meets With Investigators Of Disgraced Legion

Religion News Service | Francis X. Rocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI met on Friday (April 30) with the leaders of a Vatican investigation o...

Spiritually Bankrupt

Dan Rather | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dan Rather

In various dioceses across the United States, church leaders are going to great lengths to avoid making amends with the same victims of sex abuse they claim to be trying to make peace with.

My Meeting with Pope Benedict -- Changing the Narrative of Recent Scandal

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I had my meeting with the Pope today at his Wednesday audience. He promised me friendship and cooperation between our faiths. 'We will work together. We will work together,' he said.

Pope May Apologize For Priest Abuse, Says Vatican

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI may issue a mea culpa for the church's handling of clerical sexual abuse cases when he attends a meeting of the...

Pope Slams 'Deplorable' Belgian Sex Abuse Raids

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI lashed out Sunday at what he called the "deplorable" raids carried out by Belgian police who detained bishops, ...

Two Lawyers, Two Styles, Two Sides: One Catholic Church

Religion News Service | By Nicole Neroulias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service (RNS) To victims' advocate Jeff Anderson, the Vatican is Nixon, the clergy sex abuse scandal is Watergat...

Sexual Abuse of Children: A Human Problem

Vinnie Rotondaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Vinnie Rotondaro

The Church should be faulted for its inaction, for its hypocrisy, for its secrecy. But if it becomes a scapegoat for the sexual abuse of children as a whole, the effect could obscure a larger problem.

When a Pope Needs Friends

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Pope Benedict is being kicked to the curb in nearly every part of the world. But I as a Jew do not forget that for all his failures, Benedict has been a great friend to the Jewish community,

Rik Deville, Retired Priest: I Told Church

AP | RAF CASERT and ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BUIZINGEN, Belgium — A retired priest said Saturday that he told church authorities years ago about allegations that Belgium's longest-serving b...

Abuse Victim Lawsuit Treats Vatican As Business

AP | DINESH RAMDE and ERIC GORSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

MILWAUKEE — A lawsuit from the U.S. aims to place blame for priest sexual abuse at the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church by claiming t...