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Catholic Sex Abuse

After Pope Francis' Apology, Abuse Victim Still Has One Question For The Church

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness last week from those who have been sexually abused by priests and vowed to make changes to prevent future assaults....

'Broadest Attempt At Transparency By Any Part Of The American Church'

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- A Roman Catholic religious order released an unusually candid report Tuesday outlining how its leaders failed for decades to stop sex abus...

Jaweed Kaleem

American Catholics: Sex Abuse Is Biggest Problem Facing Church

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.07.2013 | Religion

While the College of Cardinals meets to discuss the priorities of the Roman Catholic Church and select a new pope, a new survey shows that American Ca...

Vatican Gay-Baiting Is Bigotry That Shames The Church

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Every twist and turn of the long-running Catholic sex abuse scandal brings another round of gay baiting. But three decades after the first claims of abuse were made, the Catholic Church remains mired in the secrecy, narrow-mindedness and fear.

Abuse Victims' Group 'Welcomes Pope's Resignation'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion

An Australian group representing the victims of sexual abuse has welcomed Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, saying he had done little to stop "the reig...

Why Did The Archdiocese Leave Out Memos On This Priest?

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 02.07.2013 | Los Angeles

-- After alleged victims complained of key omissions, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has said it would release additional documents fr...

Sexual Abuse And The Church: Everyone Knew Better

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 04.03.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

I often encounter people who wonder why, after three decades, the Church continues to be afflicted by scandal related to abuse cases, many of which are 20 or 30 years old. In the Los Angeles case, all the tragic truth could have come out years ago.

L.A. Archdiocese Releases Priest Abuse Files

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion

(Adds material from files) By Dan Whitcomb and Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES, Jan 31 (Reuters) - The Catholic Archdiocese...

Getting A Grip On Religious Sex Abuse

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet

A message must go out to all segments of society including every religious community that sex abuse is a severe crime. The consequences to victims are real. The response must be robust. Not to deal with it forthright is to share in the guilt.

Philadelphia Sex Abuse Verdict: Priest And Former Teacher Found Guilty

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion

By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA, Jan 30 (Reuters) - A priest and a former parochial school teacher were found guilty on Wednesday of sexu...

As Los Angeles Church Divulges Documents, Prosecutions May Follow

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

After years of delay, orchestrated by some of the most able lawyers in the country, the Catholic Church may soon reveal more truth about how it dealt with priests who sexually abused hundreds of children in the sprawling Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Trial Starts In Case Of Altar Boy Allegedly Raped By Priest And Ex-Catholic Teacher

AP | Posted 03.09.2013 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Roman Catholic priest and a former Catholic school teacher charged with sexually as...

A Movie Healed Them

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

The movie, "Mea Maxima Culpa, Silence in the House of God," reveals a horrendous example of the clerical system that allowed thousands of priests to sexually abuse children in America and around the world.

Appalling Sexual Truths From Friar Groeschel

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 11.04.2012 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Although it's hard to fathom that any churchman would still be so confused about the criminality of adult priests committing sex acts with juveniles, we should be grateful that Groeschel gives us the chance to review the Church's problem with sex and power.

Vatican Isn't Priests' Employer, U.S. Judge Says

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Vatican won a major victory Monday in an Oregon federal courtroom, where a judge ruled that the Holy See is not the employer of ...

German Priest Fired For Decades Old Sex Abuse

AP | Posted 07.13.2012 | Religion

BERLIN -- The Catholic Church has fired a German priest for sexually abusing five underage boys more than 30 years ago. The diocese of Trier in weste...

The Earthly Power Of A Philadelphia Jury

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Those who wonder why the Church has been unable to halt the rolling catastrophe of sexual abuse claims need only consider the difference between the American system of law and Catholic justice.

Cardinal Dolan Has A Lot Of Explaining To Do

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.12.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Timothy Dolan has been curiously silent since the highly damning news that he may have paid pedophile priests in his (former) Milwaukee Archdiocese as much as $20,000 to go away broke on May 31.

Analysis: Bishops' Accountability Still Missing From Abuse Scandal

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.08.2012 | Religion

(RNS) As the nation's Catholic bishops mark 10 years since they adopted sweeping reforms to address the sexual abuse of children by clergy, the 800-po...

10 Years After Catholic Sex Abuse Reforms, What's Changed?

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.07.2012 | Religion

(RNS) When the nation's Catholic bishops gather in Atlanta next week (June 13-15) for their annual spring meeting, a top agenda item will be assessing...

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

Kansas City Bishop To Stand Trial In Abuse Case

Posted 04.11.2012 | Religion

By Joshua J. McElwee National Catholic Reporter KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The first criminal case against a sitting U.S. bishop in the decades-long cler...

Priest Blames Late Archbishop In Philly Sex Abuse Coverup

AP | By MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 04.28.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA -- A Roman Catholic monsignor charged with protecting predator-priests lost a last-minute bid to have criminal charges dismissed Monday, ...

Must Clergy Report Confidential Confessions to the Authorities?

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 04.15.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Judaism does not place the same emphasis on confession as the Catholic faith does, but we do want people to feel comfortable speaking with their rabbi while they're in the process of repentance.

More Mistresses Than Pedophilia, Priest Sex Abuse A Problem In Asia

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 04.10.2012 | Religion

ROME — A culture of silence across Asia may be keeping many victims of clergy sex abuse there from coming forward, a top Asian church official t...