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  • Swift action needed from Pope Francis on child sex abuse

    04/08/2014 8:42:43 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 12 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 4/4/2014 | Mary Dispenza
    A week ago, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, head of the Italian Episcopal Conference, defended the Vatican’s policy of not requiring clergy to report child sex abuse to the authorities. “The Vatican requires national laws to be respected, and we know that there is no such duty (to report abuse) under Italian law,” he told reporters. It was a disappointment because Pope Francis had just appointed a commission to advise him on sex-abuse policy. Bagnasco’s comments sounded like business as usual.
  • Abuse claims at four WA Christian Brothers’ school to be investigated by Royal Commission

    04/08/2014 8:21:31 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 3 replies
    Perth Now ^ | 4/6/2014 | Emily Moulton
    Claims of widespread child sex abuse at four Christian Brothers-run WA boarding schools will be investigated as part of a nationwide inquiry. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first WA public hearing at the end of this month. It will hear from dozens of former boarders who spent time as young boys at Castledare Junior Orphanage in Wilson, St Vincent’s Orphanage in Clontarf, St Mary’s Agricultural School in Tardun, and Bindoon Farm School.
  • Chicago) Archdiocese agrees to pay up to $2.1 mil. to settle sex abuse suit

    03/28/2014 8:59:34 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 2 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 3/26/2014 | Francine Knowles
    The Archdiocese of Chicago agreed to pay $1.68 million to $2.1 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged former priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack sexually abused a former fifth grade student at Our Lady of the Westside School, the plaintiff’s attorney announced Wednesday. The agreement settles a suit brought against the archdiocese and Cardinal Francis George in December, 2011. The suit was filed by a male Chicago plaintiff, now 23, who chose to remain anonymous and is identified as John Doe. It alleged that at various times in the 2000 to 2001 school year, McCormack “inappropriately sexually touched,...
  • Victims' groups want investigation into priests

    03/24/2014 9:46:53 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 30 replies ^ | 3/19/2014 | Daniel Tepfer
    Bishop Frank Caggiano has agreed to meet with representatives of national and local victim support groups who Wednesday called for him to hire an outside firm to investigate two priests who have been accused in the past of sex abuse -- one who admitted he hid more than 40 years of abuse complaints. But Barbara Blaine, president of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said although she is willing to meet with Caggiano, she would prefer to do so after he agrees to the investigation. "History has shown that meetings don't always bear fruit, but actions speak...
  • Priest jailed for 'systematic' sexual abuse of boy

    03/24/2014 7:43:33 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 24 replies
    RTE News ^ | 3/21/2014
    A 61-year-old Catholic priest has been jailed for seven years for systematically sexually abusing a boy in Co Wicklow over a five year period beginning in 2007 when the boy was 12. Denis Nolan, with an address at Carrigmore, Tinahely, pleaded guilty to sexual assault at that address between 1 January and 30 June 2007. He also pleaded guilty to a total of ten counts of defilement of a child between 1 July 2007 and 25 August 2011.
  • Abuse victims shocked by Pell's Vatican post

    02/26/2014 3:04:39 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 11 replies
    Newcastle Herald ^ | 2/25/2014 | Joanne McCarthy
    CARDINAL George Pell’s appointment to a top Vatican post is ‘‘unsettling’’, ‘‘disappointing’’ and ‘‘a deadset shocker’’, say victims of the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse crisis and their families. The cardinal’s move to Rome at the end of March after he gives evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse shocked people who campaigned for the historic inquiry.
  • 'Arrogant' Derby pervert priest Francis Paul Cullen worked for Tenerife newspaper

    02/26/2014 8:59:01 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 4 replies
    Derby Telegraph ^ | 2/26/2014 | Martin Naylor
    PAEDOPHILE Derby priest Francis Cullen was “an arrogant man who thought he was better than others”, says a former work colleague. Les Barr worked with the now 85-year-old former Derby Catholic at a newspaper in Tenerife. He said Cullen was employed to sell advertising for the fortnightly Island Connections newspaper for English-speaking ex-pats and tourists on the holiday island. But unbeknown to him his colleague was on the run from the police and the courts and had a perverted past that has now been thrust into the spotlight.
  • Child officials told to protect [Catholic] Church

    02/25/2014 7:27:10 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 4 replies
    BRISBANE, Feb 21 – A culture of protecting the church existed in a diocese where a Catholic teacher raped and molested 13 girls, an inquiry has heard. Teachers were repeatedly told not to compromise the bishop, but the culture of protection wasn’t sinister, a former principal told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Brisbane. Two Catholic Education Office staff and the principal of a Toowoomba school learned of abuse claims against a teacher in 2007, but failed to act.
  • Four teens facing charges after allegedly torturing boy

    02/18/2014 9:39:25 AM PST · by massmike · 23 replies ^ | 02/18/2014 | Colin Miner
    Drugs and ignorance is not a good combination. That's the conclusion of several law enforcement sources after looking into the case of four teenagers facing kidnapping and assault charges after they allegedly lured another teen to a shed in Southeast Portland and tortured him for several hours. Those under arrest are three boys and a girl. The youngest is 14. Two of them are 15 and one is 17. They were arraigned Tuesday, and the grand jury started hearing the case on Thursday. The 14-year-old is described as the ring-leader. The target of the teens is a 14-year-old that they...
  • US archdiocese offers clergy abuse victims $4M

    02/13/2014 9:02:56 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 2/13/2014 | M.L. Johnson
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee said Wednesday that it was prepared to set aside $4 million in its bankruptcy reorganization plan to compensate clergy sexual abuse victims, an amount one victim called "obscene" in its stinginess. Milwaukee is one of 11 Roman Catholic dioceses nationwide to file for bankruptcy in the past decade. If approved by a judge, Milwaukee's reorganization plan would provide the smallest per-victim payments yet in these cases — roughly $32,000 each for 125 victims. The actual amount each victim receives would be based on individual circumstances.
  • Calif. [Catholic] diocese settles 2 abuse suits for $3.8M

    02/12/2014 11:14:20 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 28 replies
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.—A Southern California diocese has paid $3.8 million to settle two child-abuse lawsuits brought against a former Catholic priest. The Diocese of San Bernardino announced Sunday that payments settling the two civil cases involving Alejandro Castillo came from a combination of insurance and diocese funds.
  • No excuses for priestly child abuse

    02/12/2014 10:26:21 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 17 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/10/2014 | Jim Carroll
    ON THE QUESTION of how far papal authority extends, the canon law of the Catholic Church could not be clearer: “The vicar of Christ. . . possesses full, immediate, and universal ordinary power in the Church, which he is always able to exercise freely.” (Can. 331) Note that canon law does not say, “except in cases of priestly sex abuse of children.” Canon law does not say that priests and bishops are independent contractors. Canon law does not say that what happens in Catholic parishes and dioceses around the world has nothing to do with Rome. In fact, another canon...
  • Bankruptcy is a convenient solution for [catholic] church

    02/12/2014 8:37:15 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    Independent Record (Montana) ^ | 2/11/2014 | David Clohessy
    The Helena Catholic diocese is the third diocese in eight weeks to seek bankpruptcy protection, citing clergy sex abuse and cover up allegations. But don’t be confused. This is not about money. It’s about secrecy. The huge eruption in victims reporting clergy sexual abuse happened more than a decade ago. But these three dioceses are filing Chapter 11 because they’re smart, not broke. Bishops have learned that this is a shrewd way to save the reputations and careers of top Catholic officials by keeping a tight lid on their horrific complicity. Bankruptcy preserves secrecy by stopping all civil litigation, one...
  • Woman Claims Archdiocese Leaders Ignored Reports of Abuse

    02/12/2014 8:28:05 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 6 replies
    ABC Eyewitness News ^ | 2/10/2014 | Jay Kolis
    A member of the Catholic Church tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she reported possible abuse of young boys by a priest to Archdiocese officials and nothing was done about it. Mary Tacheny attended the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood and witnessed a priest who had "crossed boundaries" with young boys, she said. "I reported the incidents I saw to Father Kevin McDonough, and he lied to me about conducting an investigation into it," Tacheny said. Father McDonough, at the time, was the second-in-command at the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
  • Abortion can make you sexually abuse children, says crisis pregnancy center (in London UK)

    02/11/2014 9:50:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 11 February 2014 | Katie Wilson
    Women at a crisis pregnancy center in London have been told having terminations can make them more likely to sexually abuse children they may have later, an investigation has revealed. An undercover reporter for the Daily Telegraph newspaper posed as a woman asking about the procedure and was told about various risks, including nightmares, seizures and tremors. In secretly-filmed footage, an adviser who gave her name as Annabel said: “There’s also an increased statistical likelihood of child abuse.” …
  • Hillary Has A 'Woody Allen Problem'

    02/06/2014 5:18:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | February 6, 2014 | Larry Elder
    Dylan Farrow, now 28 years old, is the adopted daughter of Oscar-winning director Woody Allen. In "An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow," published in The New York Times, Dylan accuses her father of inappropriately touching her "for as long as I could remember." She said: "When I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother's electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me." Not good news for Mr. Allen...
  • An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow (Alleged Victim of Woody Allen)

    02/01/2014 2:52:12 PM PST · by RummyChick · 192 replies
    Kristoff Blog of NY Times ^ | 2/1/2014 | Dylan Farrow
    What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house.
  • Roadside violation: Drivers, passengers say police searched inside underpants

    FOREST PARK, Ga. — Officers are supposed to pull drivers over for traffic violations, but a Channel 2 Action News investigation found traffic stops leading to a violation of another kind. Driver after driver told investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer officers searched inside their pants while they were stopped for minor traffic violations. In several cases, the invasive searches targeted passengers who were riding in the car. "He was like, 'Just unbuckle all your clothes,' and put his hands down inside my pants," said Terry Phillips. Forest Park police had pulled over Phillips' wife for a suspended registration. Phillips consented to...
  • [Catholic priest] Eric Dejaeger was defrocked in 2011, Oblates confirm

    01/22/2014 8:48:13 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 3 replies
    CBC News ^ | 1/20/2014
    Eric Dejaeger, the former Roman Catholic priest facing dozens of charges for the sexual abuse of children in Nunavut decades ago, is no longer a priest. "The Holy See in Rome decided to remove his priest status because he is accused of sexual abuse against children,” said Georges Vervust, the provincial superior of the Oblates in Belgium, in French. Vervust confirmed that Dejaeger was defrocked in 2011. However, he remains a member of the congregation.
  • Church Releasing Sex Abuse Files on Chicago Clergy

    01/16/2014 11:29:39 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 34 replies
    AP via ABCNews ^ | 1/15/2014 | Tammy Webber and Jason Keyser
    The release of 6,000 pages of documents by the Archdiocese of Chicago raised hopes Wednesday among sex abuse victims and their lawyers that new light will be shed on what the Catholic Church knew and did — or didn't do — about decades of allegations against priests. The nation's third-largest archdiocese handed over to victims' attorneys a trove of complaints, personnel documents and other files for about 30 priests with substantiated abuse allegations, as part of settlements with the victims. The lawyers, who have fought for years to hold the church accountable for concealing crimes and sometimes reassigning priests to...
  • Santa Fe [Catholic] Archdiocese incorporating many parishes

    01/08/2014 9:33:45 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 1/6/2014
    ALBUQUERQUE — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe has incorporated dozens of its parishes as nonprofits, a move that an attorney who has represented victims of clerical sexual abuse says could be an attempt to protect church assets. “If they are separately incorporated entities, the parish can say they have no responsibility for abuses at another parish,” said the attorney, James Stang of Los Angeles. Incorporation of most of the archdiocese’s 92 parishes follows similar steps by several other dioceses in the region, including those in Las Cruces, Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., the Albuquerque Journal reported. Diocese of Tucson...
  • Roman Catholics decline in England, Wales

    01/08/2014 9:01:40 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/7/2014 | Trevor Gundy
    CANTERBURY, England — The number of Roman Catholic adherents in England and Wales fell by more than 90,000 in 2012, despite a wave of immigrants from Poland and other Eastern European countries with historically Catholic backgrounds. Prominent Catholics say the recent wave of sex abuse scandals involving priests and children is responsible for the decline.
  • Chicago Catholics to See Letter on Abuse This Sunday

    01/08/2014 8:59:30 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 1/7/2014 | Mary Ann Ahern
    ext week the Chicago Archdiocese will release the names and details of 30 priests involved in sexual misconduct, and the information will grace the bulletins for thousands of Catholics this weekend. The disclosures are part of a settlement agreement ongoing for years. The church notes that most of these cases are from 20 years ago. Cardinal Francis George has written a letter to all priests under his supervision, and requested that his letter be published in this Sunday’s parish bulletins, hoping to get in front of what he explains will be the “the actual records of these crimes.”
  • Catholic diocese settles suit over abuse allegations

    01/08/2014 8:56:40 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies
    The Southeast Texas Record ^ | 1/7/2014 | Marilyn Tennissen
    The Catholic Diocese of Beaumont recently settled a civil suit alleging a priest abused young boys for 30 years. The suit was filed April 12, 2012, against the diocese and Bishop Curtis Guillory. It alleges the Rev. Ronald Bollich abused six boys in at least three parishes over three decades. Guillory and the diocese were accused of negligence for keeping Bollich on staff when it “knew or should have known he had a propensity to molest boys,” the suit states.
  • Afghan Girl Believed to Be 10 Was Detained With Suicide Vest

    01/07/2014 9:26:28 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 7, 2014 | Sharona Schwartz
    An Afghan girl believed to be 10-years-old says that her brother and his friend forced her to wear a suicide vest and carry out an attack on police. The BBC reported that the girl, named Spogmai, could be as young as eight and is the sister of a prominent Taliban commander known as Zahir. According to Britain’s Daily Telegraph, her brother strapped her into the explosive harness and sent her across a river to her target, a border police checkpoint in Helmand province. In an interview after the ordeal, she said that she shouted “it’s cold and I can’t cross...
  • Will the Vatican comply with UN investigation into child abuse?

    01/07/2014 8:39:16 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 23 replies
    Metro ^ | 1/6/2014
    On January 16, a Vatican delegation is due to appear before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child at a hearing in Geneva as part of an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy around the world and an alleged system of cover-ups by the Holy See. Pope Francis and the Catholic Church have a clear opportunity to help victims whose lives have been ‘shattered’ by child abuse and help prevent ‘further suffering’, campaigners say.
  • Martyred bishop should be patron saint of abuse victims

    01/07/2014 8:17:29 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies
    A Dutch Catholic bishop burned alive in 1937 by Japanese troops for protecting Chinese girls from rape may become the patron saint of sex abuse victims worldwide. Frans Wiertz, who is bishop of Roermond in the southeastern Netherlands, has sent a dossier to the Vatican requesting martyred bishop Frans Schraven be beatified, one step away from becoming a saint, the bishopric said on its website on Monday. Bishop Wiertz "suggests that he be considered as the patron saint of victims of sexual abuse", it said.
  • Is Sexual Abuse a Catholic Problem Only? (Spotlights Leave Many Other Things in Darkness)

    04/22/2010 3:21:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies · 544+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 22, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Recent revelations of clergy sex abuse cases here and abroad have caused great distress among the people of God. There is simply no excuse for such offenses that can satisfy, and there should not be. The crime is bad enough but further charges of cover up cause even more distress and anger.But while the Church remains in the media focus, questions should also arise in the minds of all observers. Is the Church the only place where such things take place?Are the Church and Catholic Clergy worse offenders than, say, non-Catholic denominations and clergy, or public schools, or sports teams,...
  • Call girl tell-all: Eliot Spitzer liked to choke me, was into ‘struggle’

    12/29/2013 3:37:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/29/13 | Laura Italiano
    He socked it to her. Eliot Spitzer lusted after violence, a former hooker says in a new tell-all book — revealing in graphic detail how the love gov pinned her to a bed inside a posh, Murray Hill apartment and then gripped her by the neck until she feared for her safety. The violence was scripted by Spitzer, who wanted his hooker to follow a role-play dialogue in which she would pretend she had just taken a self-defense class. The kinky politician would then pretend to test her skills by announcing, “Well, then, let’s see if you learned anything,” and...
  • Abuse Royal Commission: Paedophile priest allowed to keep teaching job despite complaints

    12/19/2013 8:57:49 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 15 replies
    ABC News (Australia) ^ | 12/17/2013 | Thomas Oriti
    An inquiry into child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church has revealed a paedophile priest was allowed to continue teaching at a Sydney school, despite a number of complaints against him. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is examining the church's responses to Raymond Foster and his victims.
  • Sex abuse extradition decision reserved [NZ Catholic brother]

    12/18/2013 1:04:56 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 3 replies
    Silobreaker ^ | 12/17/2013
    A judge has reserved her decision on a further extradition hearing for former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath who faces hundreds of child sex abuse charges in Australia.
  • Catholic priest ran cult-like 'Charlie Brown' group to sexually abuse young girls

    12/18/2013 9:09:15 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 199 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | 12/9/2013 | Janet Fife-Yeomans
    A CATHOLIC priest ran a cult-like group sexually abusing young girls giving them all the surname Brown, as in Charlie Brown from the Peanuts comic strip, the royal commission has been told. Her voice wavering, one member of the group, Joan Isaacs, said Father Francis Derriman told her he was dying and had to have sex with her first. He fathered a child with another girl in the group when she was 17.
  • Austin residents shocked to hear about local priests accused of sexual abuse

    12/18/2013 8:52:44 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 17 replies
    Austin Daily Herald (MN) ^ | 12/17/2013 | Trey Mewes
    Austin residents may not remember much about Louis Cook or Jack Krough, but the two are spurring conversation after they were among 14 priests accused of sexually abusing children identified by the Diocese of Winona Monday. Many residents, including many Pacelli Catholic Schools graduates, were unhappy to hear about the two priests, one of whom taught at Pacelli, but few were willing to speak about the issue.
  • Pope assembles experts to tackle child sex abuse

    12/05/2013 2:34:32 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 16 replies
    Reuters via The Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/5/2013 | Naomi O'Leary
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Thursday ordered the formation of a team of experts to address the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, in his first major step to tackle a crisis that has plagued it for two decades. The group will consider ways to better screen priests, protect minors and help victims in the face of charges the Vatican has not done enough to guard the vulnerable or make amends.
  • Milwaukee Archdiocese Said To Be In Talks With Insurers

    12/02/2013 5:51:27 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Public Radio News ^ | 012/2/213 | Chuck Quirmbach
    It's coming up on three years since the Milwaukee Archdiocese declared bankruptcy. Archbishop Jerome Listecki has spent $11 million on lawyers' fees trying to limit the amount of money paid to the more than 500 people who say they were sexually abused by local Catholic clergy. Recently, insurance companies started buying back policies they sold to the archdiocese as a way of limiting liability.
  • Ex-Mormon bishop pleads guilty in sexual assaults of two teens

    11/26/2013 4:48:42 AM PST · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 | Rick Rojas
    A former Mormon bishop in Riverside County is expected to serve three years in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls who attended a Menifee church, prosecutors said. Todd Mitchell Edwards, 49, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts related to the assault of the teens, ages 16 and 18, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office. The counts were sexual battery and sexual penetration with a foreign object. In addition to the prison time, Edwards will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender as part...
  • Letters detail alleged sex abuse in diocese (Rhose Island)

    11/20/2013 7:03:28 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies
    NBC 10 ^ | 11/19/2013 | Katie Davis
    PROVIDENCE - In a recent investigation, the NBC 10 I-Team obtained through a records request 88 pages detailing sexual abuse by Rhode Island Roman Catholic priests, going back more than 30 years. In each case, a letter detailing allegations of sexual abuse was sent to Rhode Island State Police by the Diocese of Providence. The diocese began the practice around 2003, although there's no legal mandate requiring the letters. A total of 45 letters were sent to state police between 2003 and 2013.
  • [Catholic] Church allowed abuse to happen: Vic report

    11/14/2013 9:03:45 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 15 replies
    Perth Now ^ | 11/13/2013 | Patrick Caruana
    Senior Catholic Church leaders protected pedophiles, allowed them to keep offending and kept Victorians in the dark about the problem. A Victorian parliamentary report is scathing of the church's leadership prior to the 1990s, saying child abuse was trivialised and their protection of pedophiles meant abuse happened when it could have been avoided. Archbishop Denis Hart apologised to victims and said previous responses to abuse cases were inexcusable, calling it the worst betrayal of his lifetime in the church.
  • Lawsuit filed against church for coverup of sex abuse [Lds church accused of cover-up]

    11/07/2013 4:15:46 AM PST · by Colofornian · 26 replies
    Journal-News.Net (Martinsburg, WV) ^ | Oct. 25, 2013 | Edward Marshall
    MARTINSBURG - A lawsuit filed in Berkeley County against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon Church, and local church officials accuses church leaders of covering up allegations that the son of local church officials sexually abused 12 children over the course of more than five years. Christopher Michael Jensen, 22, of Cheswick Drive, Martinsburg, was found guilty of one count of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian Feb. 6 following a jury trial in Berkeley County Circuit Court. The criminal charges involved only two of the 12...
  • Archdiocese led lobby to stop abuse law change

    11/06/2013 3:06:03 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    StarTribune ^ | 11/5/2013 | Tony Kennedy
    Church spent heavily to prevent expansion of time limit for lawsuits by childhood sexual abuse victims. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was at the forefront of extensive lobbying against efforts to expand the time limit for lawsuits by victims of childhood sexual abuse, according to a document obtained by the Star Tribune.
  • Shefford St Francis Boys Home: Campaign for 'justice' over abuse claims

    11/06/2013 9:41:53 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/4/2013 | Unknown
    Twenty former residents of a Catholic boys home in Bedfordshire have now joined a legal action to seek compensation. Detectives are investigating claims of sexual and physical abuse at the St Francis Boys Home, in Shefford. But ex-residents are angry that police files from two previous enquiries have gone missing.
  • 'Response shows need for abuse inquiry' (Catholic sexual abuse in N. Ireland)

    11/05/2013 6:37:29 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies
    U.TV ^ | 11/4/2013 | UTV News
    Amnesty International has said the response to a call for submissions to the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry demonstrates how much the investigation was needed. Almost 400 people have contacted the inquiry set up to examine child abuse in Catholic and state-run homes in Northern Ireland.
  • Albany diocese ordered to turn over clergy abuse files

    11/04/2013 8:53:21 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 3 replies ^ | 11/2/2013 | Brendan J. Lyons
    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has been ordered by a federal judge to turn over nearly 40 years worth of clergy abuse files to a Warren County man who is suing the diocese and a priest who raped him as a young boy. It's the first time the Albany diocese has been ordered by a court to fully disclose its confidential files on priests and other employees accused of sexual abuse.
  • Priest says he's been shunned, fired for discussing sex abuse

    11/01/2013 12:34:18 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 2 replies ^ | 10/30/2013 | Andy Blatchford
    MONTREAL - A Roman Catholic priest says his attempt to raise the issue of sexual abuse with colleagues resulted in him being ostracized and eventually fired from a famous Montreal church. The story told by Rev. Andre Samson suggests that the Vatican's promises of a new, more open approach to dealing with sexual crimes has not necessarily translated through the church rank-and-file.
  • Priest demands Nienstedt explain handling of clergy sexual abuse

    10/30/2013 11:25:23 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 11 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | 10/29/2013 | Madeleine Baran
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — A popular St. Paul priest on Sunday accused Archbishop John Nienstedt of arrogance and demanded an explanation for the clergy sexual abuse scandal. "He needs to stand before us and explain himself," the Rev. Stephen O'Gara, pastor of the Church of the Assumption, said in a Sunday homily. "Only then will we have the respect called to his office. It's about arrogance, and we all fall victim to arrogance in some degree or in some place in our lives. But this is more. This is not some small matter. This is a big deal. It's the...
  • Sexual predator honored with U.S. postage stamp

    10/28/2013 4:21:15 PM PDT · by James R. Aist · 19 replies ^ | October 28, 2013 | Matt Barber
    So what does a man like Harvey Milk get for his apparent crimes? While most sexual predators get time in prison and a dishonorable mention on the registry of sex offenders, Harvey Milk got his own California state holiday ("Harvey Milk Day") and, more recently, his own commemorative postage stamp, awarded by the Obama administration's USPS.
  • Catholic priest: Clergy abuse scandals could lead to financial woes

    10/28/2013 1:06:40 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    KARE 11 ^ | 10/26/2013 | Karla Hult
    KARE 11 is a Gannett company. Article and video available at the link.
  • Catholic priest Ratigan pleads guilty once again in child porn case

    10/28/2013 9:39:51 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 4 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 10/25/2013 | Glenn E. Rice
    The final criminal chapter in the child pornography case against a Northland Catholic priest concluded Friday when the Rev. Shawn F. Ratigan pleaded guilty in Clay County Circuit Court to three counts of possessing child pornography.
  • Archbishop orders outside review of all clergy abuse files

    10/25/2013 2:46:45 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 2 replies ^ | 10/24/2013 | Mike Durkin
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - Archbishop John Nienstedt has ordered an outside review of all clergy files, while acknowledging "some serious mistakes" over the last decade in how the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis handled allegations of clergy sexual abuse. Nienstedt's comments and action plan were published Thursday in a column for The Catholic Spirit, titled, "My pledge to restore trust."
  • 'Filthy little liar': nuns abused child sex victim, court hears

    10/15/2013 9:21:26 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 70 replies
    Vanity (source listed in comment | 10/15/2013 | Dr. Thorne
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