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  • Hillary Clinton’s curious relationship with major Swiss bank draws attention

    07/30/2015 9:51:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The State Department (which Hillary Clinton used to run and where she still holds significant influence) has been very clear about one thing. There is no relationship between donations to the Clinton Foundation and actions taken by the Secretary of State during her tenure there. Period. Full stop. End of discussion. Perish the thought. You’re all just a bunch of Clinton haters who are trying to stop the ongoing charity work of these wonderful people. And yet for some strange reason we keep seeing stories like this. Hillary hadn’t even finished unpacking her things in her new office at...
  • New Smyrna Beach woman admits to sex with 15-year-old

    08/28/2015 6:56:05 PM PDT · by robowombat · 52 replies
    Daytona News Journal ^ | Friday, August 28, 2015 at 9:38 p.m. | Lyda Longa
    A 15-year-old Deltona boy told investigators that he drank alcohol and had sex twice with a 23-year-old woman for two days while his family couldn't find him, an arrest report states. The teen said he spent his time away in an apartment with 23-year-old Jessica Belue, her 5-year-old son and a 31-year-old man, the report states. Belue is charged with lewd lascivious battery sexual activity with a person under the age of 16. She was being held Friday at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $5,000 bail. The boy's mother, whose name is not being published so that the teen's...
  • When Child Sex Abuse Gets Ignored

    08/28/2015 9:01:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    The double standard our media impose on child sexual abuse is garishly obvious. On Aug. 14, The Washington Post set the stage for the coming American visit of Pope Francis with another splashy front-page story on a man still berating the Catholic Church after being abused by a priest from 1969 to 1976. But on Aug. 21, after a court sentenced former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck, 48, for sexually abusing a 15-year old boy merely a year ago, the Post ignored it completely. Apparently, there was no room. That boy's family had no media advocate there. It's horrible that...
  • No End to Sexual Abuse Allegations Against UN Peacekeepers

    08/19/2015 5:57:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/19/15 | Joseph A. Klein
    Between 2007 and July 31, 2015 there were reportedly 690 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse for all categories of UN personnel, according to the UN’s own Office of Internal Oversight Services The United Nations Security Council issued a press statement on August 18th expressing “outrage and anger” regarding allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by United Nations peacekeepers, including the latest allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). The members of the Security Council had been briefed by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last week regarding these allegations and the measures he was...
  • Archdiocese settles sexual abuse claims for $21 million

    08/04/2015 1:23:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8-4-15 | Annysa Johnson
    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced Tuesday it will pay $21 million to compensate victims of childhood sexual abuse under a settlement agreement announced Tuesday — a deal that clears the way to ending its nearly 5-year-old bankruptcy. Of the 575 men and women who filed sex abuse claims in the bankruptcy, 330 would receive financial settlements of varying amounts, to be determined by an administrator appointed by the bankruptcy court. Federal law requires the settlement to be approved by a bankruptcy judge. It's also not known how many additional millions of dollars will go to pay fees of numerous attorneys...
  • Why Do Bill and Hillary Clinton Still Get a Pass?-

    07/30/2015 6:10:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | Larry Elder
    Donald Trump's ex-wife, Ivana, recently denied a 30-year-old allegation that Donald Trump raped her. The allegation, according to the New York Daily News, stems from the book "The Last Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump" by Harry Hurt III. The News wrote: "Hurt's 1993 book ... cited a divorce deposition, in which Ivana Trump claimed her then-husband sexually attacked her. ... In a rage, Trump allegedly tore out clumps of his wife's hair, the book claimed, and ripped off her clothes and assaulted her. 'According to versions she repeats to some of her closest confidantes, 'he raped me.'...
  • TLC cancels Duggars’ ‘19 Kids and Counting’

    07/16/2015 2:56:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 16, 2015 | Dustin Siggins
    TONTITOWN, AR, July 16, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- TV's biggest family is officially off the air.Two months after TLC suspended "19 Kids and Counting," the network has formally cancelled its biggest show. "TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with '19 Kids and Counting,'" the channel told The Associated Press. "The show will no longer appear on the air."According to the Duggars, there are no hard feelings. "Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity to share with...
  • Josh Duggar 'facing civil suit from victim of his molestation

    07/01/2015 2:04:47 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 1, 2015 | Chris Spargo
    Josh Duggar and his family may be heading to court as a victim of his molestation is reportedly planning to file a civil suit. InTouch reports that the individual is a non-Duggar victim, and according to a law enforcement insider is not happy with the way the family presented the scandal to the media after it was revealed what Josh had done to minor girls as a teenager. 'I have heard that the [non-family] victim is preparing to sue,' said the insider. 'This whole sordid affair with Josh rattled a lot of people, including the victim, who had to relive...
  • Video: Sister of alleged Dennis Hastert victim goes public

    06/05/2015 6:46:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/05/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It took 20 years for Jolene Reinboldt to have anyone take her story seriously. After her brother Steve died of AIDS in 1995, she was shocked to see Dennis Hastert, her brother’s teacher and coach in high school, show up for the viewing. She followed Hastert out to the parking lot and told him she knew his secret, and then tried for years to get law enforcement and news agencies to investigate it, all to no avail. Two weeks ago, though, the FBI came calling and wanted to hear her story for themselves as part of an investigation into...
  • Liberal Democrat Bill Press: A raw deal for Hastert

    06/02/2015 8:09:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/02/2015 | Bill Press
    As a Democrat, I know I’m supposed to cheer now that former Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) has been charged with federal crimes. But, in fact, I feel just the opposite. It looks to me like he got a raw deal, and ended up the victim of an overzealous federal prosecutor. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t condone Hastert’s rumored sexual abuse of a former student, if that’s what happened. But if that student still felt harmed, so many years later, why didn’t he go to the police instead of going to Hastert and hitting him up for hush money?...
  • Former Utah State University frat president accused of sexual abuse during party

    03/30/2015 3:40:39 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 25, 2015 (Updated March 27, 2015) | Michael McFall
    A former Utah State University fraternity president is accused of sexually abusing a woman at a fraternity party. Logan police arrested Ryan Wray, 26, on Tuesday night on suspicion of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. During Pi Kappa Alpha parties at the fraternity house, which is off-campus, people who "could no longer take care of themselves" were placed in Wray's care, said police Capt. Tyson Budge on Wednesday. "Several of the girls got talking and realized that they may have been taken advantage of," between last October and now, Budge said. One of the college-age women gave a statement...
  • Former Boy Scout sues Mormon church for sexual abuse

    03/30/2015 3:15:03 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 28 replies
    CNN.com ^ | March 23, 2015 | Kyra Phillips
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and The Boy Scouts of America are facing a lawsuit from a former Boy Scout who over alleged sexual abuse at a church-sponsored Scouting trip.
  • Gay Roman Catholic priest admits watching child porn film

    02/25/2015 12:42:12 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 41 replies
    Echo News UK ^ | 2/25/2014
    A GAY Roman Catholic priest on trial for sex abuse has admitted being shown a child porn film by a close friend. Tony McSweeney, 68, was father at St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Eastwood Road North, Eastwood, before being moved from the church in 1998, just months after his cleaner found pornographic video tapes at his home. McSweeney denies molesting three youngsters at Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow, West London, between 1979 and 1981. He admitted being shown a child sex porn film by close friend and care home manager John Stingemore, 72, and broke down in tears...
  • Box Office Dominatrix: 'Fifty Shades' Surges Friday for Possible $85M U.S. Debut

    02/14/2015 5:35:59 AM PST · by Perdogg · 46 replies
    Fifty Shades of Grey is easily seducing the North American box office, where it's poised to gross north of $26 million Friday for a historic $75 million to $85 million debut over the long Valentine's Day and Presidents Day weekend. Universal's film adaptation of EL James' S&M-laced romance novel will easily best the $63.1 million launch of Valentine's Day in 2010 to tie up the best showing of all time for the holiday. The range of $75 million to $85 million indicates that no one is exactly sure how the movie will perform or how front-loaded it is since there...
  • Twin Cities Archdiocese transfer of assets may protect it from bankruptcy creditors

    02/04/2015 8:36:18 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 2/1/2015 | Jean Hopfensperger and Jennifer Bjorhus
    MINNEAPOLIS — For decades, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been shifting money into separate nonprofits that may be beyond the reach of its creditors in bankruptcy court. *snip* The nonprofits were created for various reasons, but they carry the potential benefit of protecting the church’s assets from liability linked to clergy abuse suits.
  • Spanish judge charges 10 Catholic priests with child sexual abuse

    01/27/2015 9:51:24 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 12 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 1/27/2015 | Sonya Dowsett
    MADRID (Reuters) - Ten Spanish priests were charged with child sexual abuse on Tuesday, in a case brought after Pope Francis telephoned the victim to offer the Church's apology, court documents showed. The victim, now 24, wrote to the pope to say he had been molested when he was an altar boy. The pope called the man in August to apologize, Spanish news site Religion Digital reported in November, a report later confirmed by the pope himself.
  • Filipino Columnist: Why I don’t like Pope Francis

    01/19/2015 4:49:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Philippine Inquirer ^ | 01/19/2015 | Red Tani
    rogressive friends wonder why I’m not a fan of Pope Francis, who—according to these friends, the mainstream media, and pretty much every progressive Catholic I’ve spoken to—is clearly progressive. The short answer: He is not. The long answer starts in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. * * * A poor 13-year-old Dominican boy needed epilepsy medicine, so an archbishop gave it to him in exchange for sexual acts. The archbishop would go on to abuse the boy for four more years. In 2013, minors interviewed by the police admitted to masturbating and having oral sex with the same archbishop...
  • Longtime Bronx Catholic School Priest Admits Sexually Abusing Children: Officials

    01/06/2015 1:11:59 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/6/2015 | Ida Siegal
    A longtime Catholic school priest at a renowned New York City school has admitted to sexually abusing minors in the 1970s and 1980s, and local prosecutors are now investigating, authorities say. Father Robert Harrison, a priest who taught for 26 years and coached basketball for more than 20 years at the all-boys Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, has been removed from the school and is barred from any sort of ministry as church and law enforcement officials investigate.
  • The Islamization of Britain in 2014

    12/31/2014 2:11:46 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 30, 2014 | Soeren Kern
    Britain remains the world's leading recruiting ground for al-Qaeda. ... British school teachers are afraid to teach their students about Christianity out of fear of offending Muslims. — Roger Bolton, BBC Radio 4's Feedback program. Rather than taking steps to protect British children, police, social workers, teachers... and the media deliberately played down the severity of the crimes [of Muslim sexual grooming gangs] in order to avoid being accused of "Islamophobia" or racism. — From the report "Easy Meat: Multiculturalism, Islam and Child Sex Slavery." ... The problem of honor-based violence and forced marriages in England is "worse than people...
  • The Coerced Abortion Epidemic

    12/10/2014 3:21:59 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | September 1, 2012 | Tech
    The Coerced Abortion Epidemic The Un-Choice: 64% involve coercion. Pressure can become violent.(2) 67% not counseled.(1) 65% suffer trauma.(1) Suicide 6-7 times higher.(3) Intense pressure to abort can come from husbands, parents, doctors, partners, counselors, or close friends and family. They may threaten or blackmail a woman into abortion. These are not idle threats. Coercion can escalate to violence. Women who resist abortion have been beaten, tortured and killed. One husband jumped on his wife’s stomach to force an abortion. A mother forced her daughter at gunpoint to go to the abortion clinic. A woman was forcibly injected by the...
  • End the Media Blackout on Gay Rapists

    11/28/2014 12:59:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 27, 2014 | Peter Heck
    "...while decades old rape accusations against a black TV star named Bill are given front page headlines,more credible rape allegations against a Southern white President of the United States named Bill are ignored and the victims are savaged in the press.Liberal politics,not people, matter to our evil media.That’s precisely why they rush to their cameras,microphones and keyboards when news breaks about a pedophile Catholic priest having his way with altar boys.Not because they care about the altar boys,but because they want to discredit the Catholic Church.If you doubt that fact,ask yourself why you haven’t heard much from the Mainstream Media...
  • The Drastic Overreach of the “Rape by Fraud” Bill

    11/25/2014 1:16:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Slate ^ | November 25, 2014 | Amanda Marcotte
    Here is some legitimate overreach when it comes to prosecuting sexual abuse:New Jersey state Assemblyman Troy Singleton has drafted a "rape by fraud" bill that would make it illegal to lie your way into someone's pants. From NJ.com:Earlier this month,state Assemblyman Troy Singleton(D-Burlington) introduced the bill(A3908),which would create the crime of “sexual assault by fraud,” which it defines as “an act of sexual penetration to which a person has given consent because the actor has misrepresented the purpose of the act or has represented he is someone he is not.”The bill was inspired by the case of Mischele Lewis, who...
  • ‘Gay’ DNC Bundler, Founder of HRC Charged with Raping Boy

    11/23/2014 2:27:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2014 | Matt Barber
    “It seems to me that in the gay community the people who should be running interference for NAM/BLA are the parents and friends of gays. Because if the parents and friends of gays are truly friends of gays, they would know from their gay kids that the relationship with an older man is precisely what 13-, 14-, and 15-year-old kids need more than anything else in the world.” – Harry Hay, founder of the modern “gay rights” movement None of it matters: Neither common sense, nor an abundance of victim testimony, peer-reviewed studies, nor their own loathsome admissions and actions....
  • Pedophile priests sent abroad to avoid prosecution: Activist

    11/18/2014 11:35:09 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 22 replies
    PressTV ^ | 11/18/2014
    Discredited pedophile priests in the Catholic Church are outsourced to countries where no prosecution takes place, a commentator tells Press TV. “A lot of the pedophiles who discredit themselves in more advanced white countries, where they’ll be prosecuted, are outsourced to rape, molest and abuse non-white black, brown people – And the church needs to confront its long history of racism,” Randy Short, a human rights activist said in an interview with Press TV from Washington on Tuesday.
  • Accuser Infuriated By Monsignor’s Exoneration By Catholic Church

    11/18/2014 11:29:13 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 14 replies
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who accused a high-ranking Roman Catholic monsignor in Los Angeles of molestation said Wednesday he is furious that an internal Vatican tribunal recently exonerated the priest. *snip* “They [the church] never contacted me for anything. It just infuriates me,” he said. “They’re laughing in my face.”
  • Four sisters recount lives haunted by [Catholic] clergy abuse

    11/18/2014 10:28:50 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 64 replies
    MPR News ^ | 11/17/2014 | Madeleine Baran
    Nancy Meyers remembers the fear in the priest's eyes when he spotted her. It was a Sunday morning in 1990, and Nancy, then 42, and her sister Kate had just arrived at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lino Lakes to confront the man Nancy says had sexually abused her as a child. The Rev. Kenneth LaVan was greeting parishioners at the back of the church. "Can I help you?" a parishioner asked. "Oh, no," Kate Meyers said. "We're here to see Father LaVan, it's just a quick thing. He knows us. We're old friends." When the sisters got to the...
  • Bill Cosby maintains radio silence when asked about sex assault allegations

    11/16/2014 5:30:12 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 44 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 16, 2014 | FoxNews
    Legendary comedian Bill Cosby silently refused to answer questions about revived allegations of sexual assault against him during a radio interview Saturday. [....] On Friday, Cosby representative David Brokaw told the Associated Press that the comedian would not appear on Wednesday's edition of CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman as previously scheduled. Brokaw did not give an explanation why. Another canceled booking, on "The Queen Latifah Show" on Oct. 30, was characterized by that show as a postponement granted at Cosby's request.
  • Watchdog group adds four names to clergy sex abuse list

    11/03/2014 9:29:14 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 4 replies
    AP via Portland Press-Herald ^ | 11/1/2014 | Denise Lavoie
    BOSTON — A watchdog group that documents the clergy sex abuse crisis Friday added four names to its public database of priests and other religious leaders accused of sexual abuse. BishopAccountability.org, an online research site that has chronicled the clergy sex abuse crisis since it erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2002, named clerics with the Congregation of Christian Brothers, the Dominican Order and the Salesians of Don Bosco.
  • Three Cincinnati priests laicized ("improper" behavior with minors)

    10/31/2014 3:17:21 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies
    Catholic Sentinel ^ | 10/31/2014 | Catholic News Service
    CINCINNATI -- Three priests of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who have been on administrative leave because of allegations of improper behavior involving minors have been dismissed from the clerical state by the Vatican. "I hope that this resolution will bring some measure of closure and healing to anyone harmed by these priests," Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati said in a statement issued Oct. 28. He said that with this decision, all the cases presented to the doctrinal congregation "have been dealt with and we have no more priests of the archdiocese on administrative leave."
  • Judge denies request to seal depositions of Catholic priests

    10/31/2014 3:04:24 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 2 replies
    KTTC ^ | 10/30/2014 | Krista Corrigan
    ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- On Thursday afternoon, an Olmsted County District Court judge denied a request to seal the depositions of three Catholic priests. These priests potentially had knowledge of a former Rochester Boy Scout Leader sexually abusing children. This all relates to a lawsuit brought by attorney Jeff Anderson on behalf of two former scouts. Anderson is seeking the depositions of three priests who served at St. Pius Church during the 1970s.
  • Archbishop Blase Cupich removes retired Catholic priest Dan Wetzler from ministry

    10/30/2014 6:40:35 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | 10/30/2014 | John Stucke
    Archbishop Blase Cupich has removed a retired Spokane Catholic priest from ministry following accusations that he sexually abused a child decades ago. It is the second time in 12 years that the Rev. Dan Wetzler has fallen under scrutiny and been removed. The decision last month by Cupich was published by the Inland Register, the newspaper of the Spokane Catholic Diocese. Wetzler last served at St. Paschal Parish in Spokane from 1992 to 2002.
  • Abuse victim reacts after Tri-State priests defrocked by Vatican

    10/29/2014 5:13:40 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 23 replies
    WLWT 5 ^ | 10/28/14 | John London
    CINCINNATI —It was a poignant moment Tuesday as a victim of abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest stood across from St. Peter-in-Chains Cathedral and spoke about the Vatican's decision to permanently remove three Tri-State priests. "Too little, too late," was how Dan Frondorf phrased it.
  • Italian priest, charged with abuse, commits suicide

    10/29/2014 4:51:25 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 29 replies
    An Italian Catholic priest apparently committed suicide after being accused of sexual abuse. Father Maks Suard reportedly admitted his guilt after being accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl; the incident occurred 17 years ago. The accused priest asked Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi of Trieste for time to compose a letter of apology, the Messaggero Veneto reported. He then hanged himself.
  • 88 [Catholic] Church Abuse Victims to Split $8M

    10/25/2014 12:57:30 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 173 replies
    The Ledger (Pittsburgh) ^ | 10/21/2014 | Joe Mandak
    PITTSBURGH Eighty-eight former students who were sexually molested by a Franciscan friar who worked as an athletic trainer at a Catholic high school have settled their legal claims for $8 million, according to two attorneys who represent more than half the victims.
  • [Catholic] Ex-Christian brother Paul Davey faces fresh jail term for child abuse

    10/13/2014 9:25:02 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies
    A former Christian Brother at a Merseyside school was today again jailed for abusing a young boy. Paul Davey, who served as head of music at the De La Salle school in Croxteth, between 1983 and 1989, was jailed for 16 months for sexually assaulting a former pupil. Liverpool Crown Court heard that the 58-year-old was jailed for two and a half years in 1996 of abusing four boys from the school in the late 80s.
  • St Francis Boys' Home abuse inquiry: Police identify new suspect

    10/12/2014 10:36:07 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | Nic Rigby
    The senior investigator looking into claims of physical and sexual abuse at a former Catholic orphanage says a new suspect has been identified. *snip* Mr Ross said 80 "potential victims" had been identified and 35 statements taken in a worldwide investigation.
  • Pro-Abortion Group Compares Pro-Life People to Sexual Abusers

    10/08/2014 9:59:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | Cortney O'Brien
    We’ve seen some shameful and misleading ads this election cycle, but has the pro-abortion organization NARAL crossed the line?In an ad buy that cost over five figures, the group’s new video in North Carolina criticizes the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List for endorsing Republican Thom Tillis and his anti-abortion agenda. That’s the predictable part. What is shocking, however, is an image the NARAL ad uses at the end of the video for comparison: a man sexually molesting a woman. Watch the ad if you don’t believe me: naral12By including this disturbing picture (right) in the ad, NARAL is shamefully...
  • Simon Burke on Devil's Playground: 'We couldn't avoid tackling sexual abuse'

    09/09/2014 3:15:40 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 6 replies
    Unsettling new Foxtel drama makes for tough watching as it unflinchingly faces child sex abuse within the Catholic church. You’ve read reports about how the Catholic church covered up evidence involving paedophile priests. You’ve followed the hearings of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, established by Julia Gillard in 2012 following the shocking allegations of a cover-up in NSW. But nothing can prepare you for watching the grooming and abuse of an innocent 12-year-old boy by a respected school chaplain as it plays out dramatically in front of you.
  • Marianist order focus of abuse probe with heavy ties to North Catholic High School

    09/09/2014 12:20:01 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    TribLive.com ^ | 9/6/2014 | Bill Zlatos and Bobby Kerlik
    From the former North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh's Troy Hill to Australia, 157 victims have accused 31 members of the Marianist order of sexual abuse, records show. Watchdog groups, victims and their attorneys say officials with the religious order failed to stop the abuse or to adequately supervise those accused. Experts say such abuse went on for decades in part because of a culture that granted members of religious groups more credibility than children. A spokeswoman for the St. Louis-based Marianist Province of the United States did not respond to questions about how many members have been accused of...
  • Irish Catholic leader apologises for child abuse as he steps down

    09/09/2014 10:08:58 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 6 replies
    AFP via Yahoo.com ^ | 9/8/2014 | Conor Barrins
    Dublin (AFP) - Cardinal Sean Brady, who was criticised over his handling of abuse scandals, stepped down as leader of the Irish Catholic Church on Monday with an emotional plea for forgiveness. "I too need to say sorry and to ask forgiveness and I do so again today," Brady told the faithful at a mass in Armagh in Northern Ireland. Brady, who played a key role in the peace process after being appointed in 1996, had tendered his resignation to the Vatican last month after turning 75, the normal retirement age for senior clergy
  • When Child Sex Abuse Isn't News

    09/05/2014 6:46:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Five years ago, Pope Benedict arrived in London to erupting controversy. Around 10,000 people took to the capital's streets for a rally against the Holy Father's "intolerance," and as the Guardian reported, against "the child abuse scandal for which so many hold the pontiff personally responsible, for both accelerating it and then covering it up." The abuse in question centered for the most part on incidents that were 40 years old or more. Nevertheless, CBS reporter Mark Phillips described the trip as "A test of whether Pope Benedict can get his message across over the background noise of the Church's...
  • Abolish Vatican statehood

    09/03/2014 8:35:47 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 57 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 9/1/2014 | James Carroll
    This contradiction was laid bare recently when the Holy See, acting in secret, threw the protective cloak of diplomatic immunity over Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski — the papal nuncio in the Dominican Republic and an alleged serial abuser of minors. In a show of toughness, church officials defrocked Wesolowski and promised to try him according to the laws of Vatican City. In effect, though, church officials once again shielded a predator priest from civil jurisdiction.
  • Church bailed out abusive priest Wilfred Baker by paying his rent

    08/28/2014 1:53:21 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 7 replies
    The Herald Sun ^ | 8/27/2014 | Shannon Deery
    THE Catholic Church paid more than $40,000 in rent for a convicted paedophile priest who molested at least eight young boys and was set to stand trial on a string of new charges before he died earlier this year. Wilfred Baker’s crimes against children were so horrific he was placed on administrative leave in 1997 and never again worked as a priest, and was officially laicised in September 2012. But the Herald Sun can reveal the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne paid Baker’s rent for at least four years until his death in February, despite his sickening record of abuse on...
  • South Africa extradites German priest on sex abuse charges

    08/01/2014 9:20:54 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies
    InterAksyon.com ^ | 7/31/2014 | Agence France-Presse
    JOHANNESBURG - A German Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse of children in his native country and in South Africa has been extradited to Germany, police said Wednesday. Georg Kerkhoff, who is in his 50s, was put on a plane to Germany on Tuesday night, South African police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini told AFP. "We took him to the airport and handed him over to the German police. He will face trial in Germany," he said.
  • Minnesota archbishop won’t resign amid criticism

    07/30/2014 1:41:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 3:56 PM EDT
    The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he won’t resign despite criticism over the archdiocese’s handling of sexual abuse claims involving priests. Archbishop John Nienstedt made his comments in in a column that will appear in Thursday’s archdiocese newspaper, The Catholic Spirit. He says he’s bound to stay in office as long as Pope Francis wants. …
  • Church lawyer details cover-up claims on sex abuse

    07/16/2014 9:01:12 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 13 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 7/15/2014 | Rachel Zoll
    A canon lawyer alleging a widespread cover-up of clergy sex misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has made her most detailed claims yet, accusing archbishops and their top staff of lying to the public and of ignoring the U.S. bishops' pledge to have no tolerance of priests who abuse.
  • Exposing [Catholic] abusers must give victims new hope

    07/14/2014 10:19:31 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 2 replies
    Bedfordshire News (UK) ^ | 7/13/2014 | Steve Lowe
    AT long last there could be hope for those historically abused at a former Catholic boys home. The Government, under pressure itself, is setting up an inquiry into historic abuse. And the current Pope has also promised to listen and act on allegations of abuse by Catholic priests. St Francis Home, in Shefford, took boys from across the county and wider, where, instead of being cared for, they were systematically abused, both physically and sexually.
  • Second Opinion: The Catholic Church still does not get child abuse

    07/11/2014 8:38:58 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 50 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jacky Jones
    The conviction of Rolf Harris is a reminder that child abuse is an abuse of power. The crime persists because perpetrators are not challenged and dealt with speedily by the criminal justice system. Children are still abused in Ireland every day.
  • Pope Francis must do more than apologize

    07/10/2014 2:34:13 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 58 replies
    SouthCoastToday.com ^ | 7/10/2014 | Editorial
    True reconciliation only begins with an apology. It takes more than saying one is sorry to heal the wounds that come from hurting others. That takes justice — a commitment to make things right, to change whatever actions have caused harm, and to hold those responsible for that harm accountable for their actions. Pope Francis on Monday met with a group of Roman Catholics who had suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy, and he offered a sweeping apology to them for the wrongs done against them when they were children.
  • Recent Utah sex abuse cases involving teachers, leaders [20 cases involving educators since 2009]

    07/05/2014 5:40:52 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 28, 2014 | Whitney Evans
    SALT LAKE CITY — Since 2009, Utah has seen more than 20 cases of teachers and others in positions of authority accused of having some type of sexual contact with a minor. Below is a list of some of those who were prosecuted and the status of their cases...