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Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Cardinal Suggests Pedophilia Not A Crime

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion

A South African cardinal who last week participated in the conclave to elect Pope Francis suggested in a recent interview with the BBC that pedophilia...

Former Friar Says Homosexuality Is A 'Ticking Time Bomb' For Catholic Church

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion

A former friar believes that homosexuality is a "ticking time bomb" for the Catholic Church. Days before Pope Benedict XVI is officially set to re...

Vatican Values: Homosexuality 'Disordered,' Lying Totally Fine

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Gays are the scapegoat, blamed for the child-abuse scandal, despite the fact that the vast majority of pedophiles are heterosexual, and despite the fact that the church leadership shuffled around the criminal priests without bringing them to justice.

"We Did Nothing Wrong" -- Retired Cardinal Takes Back Apology For Abuse

AP | By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 02.07.2012 | Religion

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Retired New York Cardinal Edward Egan is facing criticism from representatives of clergy sexual abuse victims for a recent intervi...

Chicago Archdiocese Reaches $3.2M Settlement In Another Sex Abuse Suit

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

The Archdiocese of Chicago has reached a $3.2 million settlement with the family of another sex abuse victim of former priest Daniel McCormack. The...

A Proposed World Wide Registry For Catholic Clergy Predators

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

Recently, the Boston Archdiocese released a list of accused clergy. A good first step. A move in the right direction. But also mind-boggling is the number of Catholic clergy predators in one town.

The Church's One Simple Phrase For Healing

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 06.06.2011 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

As a survivor of clergy abuse, I remain painfully aware that there have been no apologies from Pope Benedict XVI and his hierarchy.

Lie About Auschwitz Fuels Park51 Hysteria

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

Why would one of the most powerful figures in the American Catholic clergy step into the anti-Muslim hysteria waving a lie? Maybe somebody on the Archbishop's team is a regular viewer of Fox News.

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...

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.

Why Arresting the Pope Is a Great Idea

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Derek Beres

Leave it to Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the totems of the British Atheist movement, to once again point out common sense, noting that the Pope's political sidestep is not recognized by the UN.

Vatican Backtracks On Linking Abuse Scandal To Gays

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

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A day after the Vatican's No. 2 official suggested a link between pedophilia and homosexuality, the pope's top spokesman issued a c...

The New Yorker: Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church

newyorker.com | Hendrik Hertzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

It is not "anti-Catholic" to hypothesize that these things may have something to do with the Church's extraordinary difficulty in coming to terms with...

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.

The Pope's PR Problem

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christopher Brauchli

The days of papal apologies and expressions of contrition and shame have come and gone. The Church now lays blame on the reporters, not on the perpetrators and those who overlooked their transgressions.

Can We Fire the Pope?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Andy Ostroy

Repentance, demotions to desk duty, and other meaningless slaps on the wrists: these undeserved courtesies that the Church affords abusing priests are an outrageous insult to victims.

Vatican Details U.S. Sex Abuse Defense

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Monday will make its most detailed defense yet against claims that it is liable for U.S. bishops who allowed pries...