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Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

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....

Pope Francis Can't Be The Savior of the Catholic Church

Lauren Boyle | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

Despite his rampant popularity and sound bytes that give lapsed Catholics great hope, Pope Francis cannot save a Church by himself, nor should he have to.

Pope Defends Church's Actions In Fight Against Pedophile Priests

AFP | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis has defended the Catholic Church's record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, saying "no-one else has done more" to root...

Puerto Rico Probes Church Sex Abuse Allegations

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's justice secretary said Thursday that he has ordered an investigation into alleged sex abuse allegations i...

Catholic Church Slammed At UN Over Sex-Abuse Handling

AP | John Heilprin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

GENEVA (AP) - The Vatican came under blistering criticism from a U.N. committee Thursday for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, faci...

Vatican Faces Bruising Showdown On Sex Abuse Record

AP | John Helprin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is gearing up for a bruising showdown over the global priest sex abuse scandal, forced for the first time to defend it...

30 Minnesota Priests Accused Of Sexually Abusing Minors

Reuters | David Bailey and Mary Wisniewski | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion

By David Bailey and Mary Wisniewski Dec 5 (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday identifie...

Steubenville Rape Scandal: Enablers Have Consequences

Christine Pelosi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

It is a teaching moment that school officials covering up Steubenville rapes were indicted on the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. It is infuriating that in the year 2013 we still have to teach the teachers that rape is rape. But it must be done.

Is Vatican Shielding Archbishop From Sex Abuse Investigation?

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.12.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican said Thursday it was cooperating with prosecutors in the Dominican Republic who are investigating its ambassador for alleg...

Pope Francis, the Reformer

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Dr. Joe Wenke

The Catholic Church is greatly in need of self-examination and reform, indeed Reformation, on a host of issues. Sadly I see no reason to believe that Pope Francis is the reformer who could lead that change.

At the Vatican Noir: UN Seeking Disclosure of Thousands of Pedophile Cases Related to Clergy

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Alison Winfield Burns

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) will investigate widespread sexual assault against children by Catholic clergy. "We ...

Milwaukee Documents Reveal Bishop Dolan's Bankruptcy Scheme and Frustration With Rome

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Documents released today in Milwaukee show that Catholic church leaders, including then archbishop Timothy Dolan, deliberately transferred $59 million to a trust in order to protect it from the claims of people who had been sexually abused by local priests.

Milwaukee Archdiocese To Release Horrific Sex Abuse Records

AP | M.L. JOHNSON | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion

MILWAUKEE — As more victims of clergy sex abuse came forward, then-Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan oversaw a plan to pay some abusers to leav...

'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...

Secrets Don't Get Better With Age: Why I'm Choosing Leadership Over Secrecy

David M. Gordon | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
David M. Gordon

I kept my secret for eight years. For eight years I suffered in silence through the horrors of my own personal Hell. I endured close to a decade of rage, tears and ultimately self-destruction. The memories are nauseating, the shame unparalleled. The trauma didn't stop when my abuse did.

The Church Should Take Responsibility For Its Pedophiles

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Wolfman

Unless civil society is prepared swiftly to try, convict and imprison these men -- all of them and for decades -- the Church should not be permitted to foist pederasts, one after the next, on the rest of us.

Possible 'Vatican III' Called To End Child Abuse

Reuters | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor June 4 (Reuters) - A retired Australian bishop urged Roman Catholics around the world on Tuesday to ...

Cardinal Admits Abuse Cover-Up To Protect Church

Agence France Presse | | Posted 07.26.2013 | Religion

Fear of scandal prompted the cover-up of child sex abuse allegations within the Catholic Church, Australia's top-ranking Cardinal George Pell admitted...

Real Christian Heroes Step Forward

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Twelve new apostles of truth -- they call themselves The Catholic Whistleblowers -- are raising their voices against a system of cover-up and denial, calling on Pope Francis to follow a six-point plan for ending the era of scandal caused by priests who have sexually abused children.

The Good Bishop -- A Biography by Phyllis Theroux

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 07.19.2013 | Books
Nancy Doyle Palmer

It's a simple equation -- you take a good writer and a good subject and you get a good book. Such is the math for The Good Bishop by acclaimed writer and essayist Phyllis Theroux.

Abuse Watchdogs Say Bishops' ‘Failings' Hurt Their Credibility

Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) Even as an annual review this week gave Catholic bishops high marks on sex abuse prevention policies, ...

To Understand The Catholic Hierarchy's Troubles, Look To Newark's Scandal

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Often lost in the shadow of the Archdiocese of New York, and its larger-than-life cardinal, Timothy Dolan, the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., is attracting national attention these days for all the wrong reasons.

Puerto Rican Catholics Rally Around Beleaguered Archbishop

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Roman Catholics in Puerto Rico rallied Wednesday around an archbishop who is apparently under pressure from the Vatican ...

Pope Francis: Catholic Church Must 'Act Decisively' On Sexual Abuse By Priests

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to "act decisively" to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are...

Pope Francis Encourages Protection Of Children From Abuse

AP | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is calling for courageous defense of children to protect them from abuse. Francis made no mention of the church scandals...