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Catholic Church Sexual Abuse

Pope To Sex Abuse Victims: 'I Beg Your Forgiveness'

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went fur...

Vatican Expels Newark Priest From Priesthood

The Star-Ledger | MARK MUELLER | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Acting with uncustomary speed, the Vatican expelled a New Jersey man from the priesthood for repeatedly defying a lifetime ban on ministry to ch...

Not Feeling the Love for Pope Francis

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

Not feeling the love? Sorry, but when I consider these issues, I just can't. I hear the kinder, gentler tone. I note the warm and fuzzy optics. But as for the prospect of real change -- no. I don't see it.

Poland's Church Slammed For Sex Abuses And Lame Excuses

AP | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion

WARSAW, Poland -- WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's Catholic Church has come under a wave of condemnation by appearing to suggest that ch...

Ugandan Priest Suspended For Denouncing Sex Abuse?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 05.08.2013 | Religion

Father Anthony Musaala, a popular and charismatic priest in Uganda, awaits the final decision on his suspension following the publication of a letter ...

A Response To Father Benedict Groeschel's Apology

Tom Rastrelli | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Tom Rastrelli

The condemnations and apologies have been forthcoming since Father Benedict Groeschel said that some teenage victims of sexual abuse seduce their priest perpetrators. It's easy to blame statements such as these on senility and misspeak.

Clergy Sex Abuse Report: Let's Rely on Science, Not Hysteria

Thomas G. Plante, PhD, ABPP | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas G. Plante, PhD, ABPP

The loudest voices were poised last week when researchers from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice finally released their much anticipated investigation examining the causes and context of clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church .

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...

Maureen Dowd: 'Negating Women' At Core Of Catholic Church's 'Hideous And Criminal Indifference'

New York Times | MAUREEN DOWD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

When I was in Saudi Arabia, I had tea and sweets with a group of educated and sophisticated young professional women. ... How could such spirit...

Bob Schieffer: Catholic Church Has More Than A PR Problem

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

On Easter Sunday, the Catholic Church faces more scandal surrounding sexual abuse of children by church officials. On CBS's "Face the Nation," host ...

The Catholic Church: A Safe Haven For Criminals?

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David A. Love

Let us explore for a moment the notion that the Catholic Church is a safe haven for criminals -- if not a criminal organization, then at least an organization whose leadership engages in criminality.

Of Popes And Renegades: How Magical Beliefs Breed Arrogance

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

As awful as is the rape of children by priests charged with their well-being, it pales in comparison with the horrors inflicted by the Lord's Resistance Army.

John Magee, Irish Bishop Resigns, Apologizes To Abuse Victims

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK and VERENA SCHMITT-ROSCHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBLIN — Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of an Irish bishop Wednesday for his failure to report child-molesting priests to police &nd...

Boy Scouts, Swim Team and Church: Do You Know Who's Playing with your Child?

Trish Kinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Trish Kinney

Despite how difficult it may be to even ponder such things, sexual abuse has social tentacles that affect such things as crime, homelessness, depression, and substance abuse.

Sean Brady: Catholic Leader Won't Quit For Serial Rape Coverup

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBLIN � Ireland's senior Roman Catholic, Cardinal Sean Brady, said Monday he would not resign despite admitting he helped the church collect eviden...

Catholic Church Child Abuse Claims Sweep Across Europe

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

DUBLIN — It often starts as a voice in the wilderness, but can swell into an entire nation's demand for truth. From Ireland to Germany, Europe's...

Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist, Says Devil Is In The Vatican

timesonline.co.uk | Richard Owen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church are proof that that "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican", according to the Holy See's chief exorc...