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  • 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.
  • Vatican rocked by another paedophilia scandal

    11/13/2014 5:29:02 AM PST · by Gamecock · 42 replies
    Euronews ^ | 25.09.2014
    Scandal has rocked the Vatican for the second time in a week. On Thursday (September 25), officials confirmed Pope Francis had sacked Bishop Livieres, head of the Paraguayan diocese of Ciudad del Este. Livieres is suspected of protecting a priest believed to have sexually abused young people. His dismissal followed the arrest two days earlier of former archbishop Josef Wesolowski, who is accused of paying for sex with children during his time as papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic. Pope Francis, has vowed to take a zero-tolerance policy on clerics who abuse minors. The pontiff approved Wesolowski’s arrest and earlier...
  • Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Helped Hide Priest Abuse in Chicago, Documents Show

    01/22/2014 6:03:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 116 replies
    WCPO Cincinnati ^ | 1/21/14 | Greg Noble
    Former Archbishop of Cincinnati cited in filesCHICAGO -- As head of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin got credit for instituting reforms and throwing out guilty priests in the midst of a child abuse scandal that covered four decades. But the former Archbishop of Cincinnati also helped cover up for sexual abusers, according to internal archdiocese documents released Tuesday that show how the archdiocese tried to contain the scandal. The documents claim that: > Bernardin not only refused to pursue a canonical trial to remove Rev. Norbert Maday, a convicted child molester, from the priesthood, he increased the priestÂ’s...
  • 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...
  • Tim Robbins: A Catholic Priest Took Me To See ‘Deliverance’ When I Was 10 or 11

    12/22/2013 1:18:37 PM PST · by detective · 61 replies
    News Busters ^ | | December 19, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    Can you imagine a priest taking a group of altar boys to see the movie “Deliverance?” According to Tim Robbins, when he was an altar boy in New York City, at the age of ten or eleven, a priest at his church took him and some other altar boys into Times Square to see the R-rated film which contained a brutal homosexual rape scene.
  • Former priest, dismissed on abuse charges, suing Milwaukee archdiocese

    07/23/2013 3:27:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    A former Milwaukee priest who was removed from ministry after being charged with sexual abuse but cleared by a jury in a civil trial, is seeking $450,000 in damages from the archdiocese. Marvin Knighton says he was removed from the priesthood wrongfully, after a jury found him not guilty on sex-abuse charges. Church officials, conducting an independent inquiry, concluded that the charges against him were credible even if they did not meet the “reasonable doubt” standard required in civil law. Knighton’s claim came to light in bankruptcy proceedings for the Milwaukee archdiocese. His name appears, alongside the names of sex-abuse...
  • Newark Archdiocese leader resigns amid sex scandal (NJ)

    05/25/2013 11:38:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2013 1:46 PM EDT
    The second-highest official in the Archdiocese of Newark is stepping down in the wake of a sex scandal involving a former priest accused of violating an agreement with law enforcement barring him from working with children. Church officials say Monsignor John Doran resigned Friday as vicar general and will no longer hold a leadership position with the archdiocese. Doran signed the agreement the former priest had reached with prosecutors in 2007. …
  • Cardinal Pell apologises for Church sex abuse, admits cover-ups

    05/28/2013 8:38:58 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    CathNews ^ | May 27, 2013
    The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Pell, has admitted to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry that some members of the Church tried to cover up child sexual abuse by other members of the clergy, and has apologised for decades of child sex abuse within the Church, the ABC reports. Cardinal George Pell told the inquiry he was "fully apologetic and absolutely sorry" about decades of child sex abuse within the Church. Some members of the packed public gallery wept as Cardinal Pell was forced to answer questions about the Church's systemic cover-up of cases of rape of children as young as five-years...
  • Uganda priest ostracized for publicizing clergy sex abuse

    05/06/2013 11:00:57 AM PDT · by BlueDragon · 75 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | May 6 2013 | Brett Wilkins
    Kampala - A popular Ugandan priest has been ostracized from the Catholic Church after exposing what he calls an 'open secret'-- the rampant sexual abuse of children by clergy members. Earlier this year, Ghanian cardinal and papal candidate Peter Turkson raised eyebrows when he told CNN that the international clergy sex abuse scandal couldn't happen in Africa because "African traditional systems kind of protect... its population against this tendency" and "in Africa homosexuality... [is] not countenanced in our society." But one African priest strongly disagrees. Anthony Musaala, a gospel music star known as the "Dancing Priest," has been publicizing sex...
  • Mark Wahlberg wants church clean-up after sex scandal

    04/02/2013 4:58:19 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 71 replies
    MSN Entertainment ^ | March 20, 2013
    He tells the Sydney Morning Herald, "I'm just glad that it's all coming to light so we can clean up the church so these things aren't happening any more. These are horrible things. Paedophiles or what have you hiding behind the cloth needs to be dealt with and addressed. But my faith will never waver because of people who are weak in the flesh." Wahlberg adds of his religious lifestyle, "Being a Catholic and also being a husband and a parent definitely makes me think a little bit longer and harder about the (movie) choices I make, but being an...
  • Pope Francis Often Quiet on Sex Abuse Cases as Archbishop (Hurlingham, Argentina)

    03/19/2013 10:19:00 AM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Monday March 18, 2013, 10:43 PM | NICK MIROFF
    HURLINGHAM, Argentina — Father Julio Cesar Grassi was a celebrity in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. The young, dynamic, media-savvy priest networked with wealthy Argentines to fund an array of schools, orphanages and job training programs for poor and abandoned youths, winning praise from Argentine politicians and his superior, Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Grassi called his foundation Felices los Niños, "Happy Children." Today, Grassi is a convicted sex offender who remains free on a conditional release after being sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2009 for molesting a prepubescent boy in his care. Yet in the years after Grassi's...
  • Cardinal......Blames Gay Priests for Abuse Scandals Facing Catholic Church [Turkson]

    02/22/2013 11:03:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 2/19/13 | Simon Caldwell
    Cardinal Peter Turkson made the comments to an American journalist He said similar sex scandals would not happen in African churches Cardinal Turkson is second favourite to take over as PopeThe African cardinal widely tipped to be the first black pope in modern history faced a firestorm of criticism last night after he laid the blame for clerical sex abuse crises at the feet of gay priests. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who comes from Ghana, told an American journalist that similar sex scandals would never convulse churches in Africa because the culture was inimical to homosexuality. ‘African traditional systems kind of...
  • LA Cardinal Mahony 'stripped of duties' over sex abuse

    02/01/2013 6:35:24 AM PST · by TSgt · 121 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 February 2013 Last updated at 05:40 ET | BBC
    A retired Los Angeles cardinal accused of mismanaging a child sex abuse crisis has been stripped of all administrative and public duties by his successor. Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, 76, has apologised for his "failure", Archbishop Jose Gomez said on Thursday. The Los Angeles archdiocese, the largest in the US, has released thousands of pages of files on priests accused of child molestation. Cardinal Mahony retired in 2011, having run the archdiocese for 25 years. In 2007 Los Angeles paid $660m (£415m) to alleged victims of abuse, the largest sex abuse payout on record. Cardinal Mahony has publicly apologised for...
  • LA Archbishop Relieves Retired Cardinal of Duties [Mahony, sex abuse fallout]

    02/01/2013 7:10:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 86 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/1/13 | Gillian Flaccus
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cardinal Roger Mahony, who retired with a tainted career after dodging criminal charges over how he handled pedophile priests, was stripped of duties by his successor as a judge ordered confidential church personnel files released. The unprecedented move by Archbishop Jose Gomez came less than two weeks after other long-secret priest personnel records showed how Mahony worked with top aides to protect the Roman Catholic church from the engulfing scandal. One of those aides, Monsignor Thomas Curry stepped down Thursday as auxiliary bishop in the Los Angeles archdiocese's Santa Barbara region. Gomez said Mahony, 76, would...
  • Files show how LA church leaders controlled damage

    01/21/2013 5:16:47 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    The State ^ | Jan. 21, 2013 | GILLIAN FLACCUS - Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES — Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark, according to church personnel files.
  • Australian government reports on Catholic Church moving pedophile priests

    10/13/2012 10:08:03 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 14 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 10/12/2012 | Reese Dunklin
    The Roman Catholic Church has moved sexually abusive priests across international borders and kept them in ministry, criminal authorities in Australia have concluded. Their finding mirrors that of our landmark 2004-2005 investigative series, Runaway Priests: Hiding in Plain Sight. We identified over 200 cases in which accused clerics escaped justice by going abroad. Police in the Australian state of Victoria, in a report to parliament there, cite a case I first brought to light: The Salesians of Don Bosco religious order moved a priest to Samoa in 1998, when he had one child molestation conviction on his record and was...
  • Filipino priest profiled in 'National Geographic' ivory trade exposé drops from public view

    09/25/2012 11:31:12 AM PDT · by DFG · 5 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 09/25/12 | Brooks Egerton
    An internationally prominent Catholic priest has dropped out of sight in the Philippines, years after admitting to me that he had sex with altar boys in the U.S. and supplied them with drugs. Monsignor Cristobal Garcia’s sudden low profile coincides with a new National Geographic article on the ivory trade. It calls Garcia “one of the best known ivory collectors in the Philippines” and quotes him as giving advice on how to smuggle ivory into the U.S., in defiance of a 1989 global trade ban. The magazine refers to my 2005 investigative piece on the priest, who had fled the...
  • Dramatic Front Page WashPost Story of Lesbian-Scarred-by-Priest Scandal Begins to Fall Apart

    03/07/2012 9:51:49 PM PST · by Jahoohio · 32 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 3/7/2012 | Tim Graham
    On February 29, The Washington Post created a scandal for the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington by dramatizing the denial of communion to lesbian activist Barbara Johnson at her mother’s funeral. Reporter Michelle Boorstein painted an emotional picture of a Catholic daughter being publicly shamed by a priest at her lowest moment. But new details keep ruining the Post’s report. Thomas Peters at Catholic Vote today reveals that Johnson has publicly declared she is a Buddhist, and not a Catholic! The Post is going to need to fill the Corrections box.
  • Homosexuality and the Church Crisis

    04/24/2010 10:42:59 AM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 6 replies · 407+ views
    Renew America ^ | April 24, 2010 | Brian W. Clowes
    Due to clergy sex abuse scandals centered primarily in the Northern hemisphere, the moral authority of the Roman Catholic Church has been subjected to an opportunistic siege by prominent individuals and organizations who see the chance to advance their goals, including the ordination of women and the suspension of the requirement for priestly celibacy. There is also a strongly defensive element to this strategy. Opponents of the Church know that there is a well-documented and strong correlation between male homosexuality and child sexual abuse, but claim that there is no evidence supporting this connection. And, of course, those who are...
  • Vatican Declined to Pursue Accused Priest

    04/05/2010 3:00:51 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 101 replies · 1,338+ views
    New York Times Europe ^ | April 5th 2020 | JACK HEALY
    A Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Minnesota has been allowed to continue working at a Catholic diocese in southern India despite warnings from an American bishop that he could still “pose a risk to minors,” according to church documents released Monday. In a letter sent in December 2005, the bishop, Victor H. Balke, told Vatican authorities that preliminary investigations showed that the priest, Father Joseph Pavanivel Jeyapaul, had molested a 16-year-old girl after promising to discuss her interest in becoming a nun. Bishop Balke wrote that the priest had also “misappropriated a substantial amount of...
  • Anglican leader: Irish church lost all credibility

    04/03/2010 2:32:42 PM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 39 replies · 803+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 03 April 2010 | Raphael G. Satter
    The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has lost all credibility because of its mishandling of abuse by priests, the leader of the Anglican church said in remarks released Saturday. A leading Catholic archbishop said he was "stunned" by the comments. The remarks released Saturday marked the first time Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has spoken publicly on the crisis engulfing the Catholic Church. The comments come ahead of a planned visit to England and Scotland by Pope Benedict XVI later this year. "I was speaking to an Irish friend recently who was saying that it's quite difficult in some parts...
  • Would-Be Priests Are Checked Carefully Amid Vatican Crisis

    04/03/2010 1:44:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 418+ views
    ABC ^ | April 3, 2010 | JIM SCIUTTO and HANNA SIEGEL
    A seminary is not the place where you'd expect sex to be a regular topic of conversation. But at the North American College in Rome, where student priests from across the United States are sent, new efforts to prevent sexual abuse are changing that. Part of the psychological element of the examination, says the Rev. Gregory Grannazzisi, involves asking students directly about sex and celibacy. "Some will ask you about your friendships," Deacon Michael Novajosky says. "They will ask about what is your sexual past." The difficult questions aren't kept secret, but discussed openly at the seminary as an integral...
  • Pope Has Immunity In Abuse Trials: Vatican

    04/01/2010 7:55:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 150 replies · 1,325+ views ^ | April 1,2010 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict, accused by victims' lawyers of being ultimately responsible for a cover-up of sexual abuse of children by priests, cannot be called to testify at any trial because he has immunity as a head of state, a top Vatican legal official said on Thursday. The interview with Giuseppe dalla Torre, head of the Vatican's tribunal, was published in Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper as Pope Benedict began Holy Thursday services in St Peter's Basilica and Catholics marked the most solemn week of the liturgical calendar, culminating on Sunday in Easter Day.
  • The Catholic Church's Catastrophe ("The press and the pope deserve credit for confronting scandal")

    04/03/2010 5:33:12 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies · 587+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | APRIL 2, 2010 | PEGGY NOONAN
    There is an interesting and very modern thing that often happens when individuals join and rise within mighty and venerable institutions. They come to think of the institution as invulnerable—to think that there is nothing they can do to really damage it, that the big, strong, proud establishment they're part of can take any amount of abuse, that it doesn't require from its members an attitude of protectiveness because it's so strong, and has lasted so long. And so people become blithely damaging...
  • Today, On Good Friday, Here's Why I Remain Catholic

    04/02/2010 11:20:29 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 38 replies · 624+ views
    NPR (yes, *that* NPR) ^ | April 2, 2010 | Elizabeth Scalia
    Elizabeth Scalia is a contributing writer to First Things Magazine as the blogger known as The Anchoress. The question has come my way several times in the past week: "How do you maintain your faith in light of news stories that bring light to the dark places that exist within your church?" When have darkness and light been anything but co-existent? How do we recognize either without the other? I remain within, and love, the Catholic Church because it is a church that has lived and wrestled within the mystery of the shadow lands ever since an innocent man was...
  • 1963 letter indicates former pope knew of abuse

    03/31/2010 6:26:01 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 100 replies · 1,758+ views
    AP ^ | March 31st 2010 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    LOS ANGELES – The head of a Roman Catholic order that specialized in the treatment of pedophile priests visited with the then-pope nearly 50 years ago and followed up with a letter recommending the removal of pedophile priests from ministry, according to a copy of the letter released Wednesday. In the Aug. 27, 1963 letter, the head of the New Mexico-based Servants of the Holy Paraclete tells the pope he recommends removing pedophile priests from active ministry and strongly urges defrocking repeat offenders. The letter, written by the Rev. Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald, appears to have been drafted at the request...
  • Christopher Hitchens: The Pope Is Not Above the Law

    03/31/2010 4:48:14 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 113 replies · 1,562+ views
    Slate ^ | Monday, March 29, 2010
    One by one, as I predicted, the pathetic excuses of Joseph Ratzinger's apologists evaporate before our eyes. It was said until recently that when the Rev. Peter Hullermann was found to be a vicious pederast in 1980, the man who is now pope had no personal involvement in his subsequent transfer to his own diocese or in his later unimpeded career as a rapist and a molester. But now we find that the psychiatrist to whom the church turned for "therapy" was adamant that Hullermann never be allowed to go near children ever again. We also find that Ratzinger was...
  • Pope Benedict's Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2010 2:48:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 319+ views
    WITL ^ | March 19, 2010 | Rocco Palmo
    Here below in full, the text of Pope Benedict's Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland. * * * 1. Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Church in Ireland, it is with great concern that I write to you as Pastor of the universal Church. Like yourselves, I have been deeply disturbed by the information which has come to light regarding the abuse of children and vulnerable young people by members of the Church in Ireland, particularly by priests and religious. I can only share in the dismay and the sense of betrayal that so many of you have...
  • Vatican Denies Cover-Up In U.S. Sex Abuse Case ["Despicable Attempt To Smear"]

    03/25/2010 10:48:34 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 77 replies · 1,154+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 25, 2010
    Vatican Denies Cover-Up In U.S. Sex Abuse Case New York Times reports future pope failed to defrock troubled priest Breaking news VATICAN CITY - There was no cover-up in the church's handling of the case of an American priest accused of molesting 200 deaf boys, the Vatican said Thursday, denouncing what it called attempts to smear Pope Benedict XVI and involve him in the scandal. L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, said there was a "clear and despicable intention" to strike at the pope "at any cost" with recent revelations of how the Vatican handled clerical abuse. According to church and...
  • Boston Archdiocese admits Irish sex abuse priests worked in its parishes

    01/27/2010 2:55:32 PM PST · by noozguy1 · 1 replies · 287+ views ^ | 1/27/2010 | Kelly Fincham
    The Boston Archdiocese has admitted for the first time that Irish sex abuse priests worked in its diocese. The priests, named as Brendan Smyth, Dennis Murphy and Joseph Maguire, were transferred from Ireland to the U.S. in what critics say was little more than an attempt to insulate the priests from scrutiny and possible prosecution
  • Catholic group struggles to survive, needs $60K ASAP (VOTF tanking!)

    07/17/2009 1:11:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 305+ views
    Salem (MA) News ^ | 7/16/2009 | Tom Dalton
    Voice of the Faithful, the Catholic lay group that formed in response to the priest sex abuse scandal, is facing its own crisis: lack of money. The national organization said it is "at the crossroads of financial survival" and needs $60,000 in donations by the end of July to keep going. The news struck a chord at a local affiliate. "I'm not terribly surprised," said Jolene Guerra of Topsfield, co-coordinator of the North Shore-Seacoast affiliate, which has members from Salem to Newburyport. "I'm certainly disappointed. I think financially the national organization has been struggling." "I've already been receiving e-mails from...
  • Conn. diocese seeks appeal to US Supreme Court

    07/20/2009 7:47:51 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 6 replies · 579+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | July 18, 2009 | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
    A Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut sought Friday to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep under wraps sex abuse documents that could shed light on how a prominent retired cardinal handled the allegations. Bridgeport Diocese officials asked the state Supreme Court to continue a stay on releasing the documents while it asks the nation's highest court to review the case. The state court has ruled that more than 12,000 pages of documents from more than 20 lawsuits against priests should be released. Those documents have been sealed from public view since the diocese settled the cases in 2001.
  • Protestant Groups Considering Gay Clergy Should Remember What Gays Did To The Catholic Church

    04/04/2009 8:37:33 AM PDT · by massmike · 18 replies · 942+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 3, 2002 | Stanley Kurtz
    (From 2002-but even more relevant today) The sex-abuse scandal currently plaguing the Catholic priesthood has already grown to the point where it poses a serious threat to the power, prestige, and credibility of the American Catholic Church. The sky, so to speak, is falling. An institution whose fundamental strength and continuity (whatever its many problems) could once be taken for granted is experiencing a genuine crisis. Yet, over and above its significance for the Catholic Church, the greatest lesson of this scandal has yet to be drawn. The uproar over priestly sex abuse — especially the calls to do away...
  • 9th Circuit Rules Vatican Can Be Sued Over Abuse

    03/04/2009 8:22:26 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 16 replies · 855+ views ^ | 3-4-09 | William McCall
    A federal appeals court says the Vatican can be sued for abuse committed by its priests. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests can sue the Vatican even though it is considered a sovereign nation. The appeals court said there are exceptions to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and abuse can be one of them. The Oregon case has been working its way through the federal appeals court since a judge in Portland ruled in 2006 that the Holy See can be held responsible for the actions of individual...
  • Cardinal Mahony under federal fraud probe over abusive priests, sources say

    01/28/2009 5:39:18 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 53 replies · 987+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 28, 2009 | Scott Glover and Jack Leonard
    The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles is pursuing the theory that the prelate deprived parishioners of 'the right of honest services' by failing to protect their children from predatory clerics. By Scott Glover and Jack Leonard 4:44 PM PST, January 28, 2009 The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles has launched a federal grand jury investigation into Cardinal Roger M. Mahony in connection with his response to the alleged molestation of children by priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the case. The probe, in which U.S. Atty. Thomas P. O'Brien is personally involved,...
  • Sixth Circuit: Vatican Can Be Sued for Sexual Abuse

    11/28/2008 10:48:14 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 85 replies · 1,525+ views
    Law Blog - Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 25, 2008 | Nathan Koppel
    The sexual-abuse litigation that has raged for years against the Catholic church just got a lot more interesting. In a landmark ruling yesterday, the Sixth Circuit concluded that the Vatican could be held liable for negligence in sexual-abuse cases filed in the U.S. It is the first time a circuit court reached that conclusion, and the opinion is considered a breakthrough by those allegedly abused by priests. Here’s the WSJ story. Catholic dioceses in the U.S. have paid out more than $3 billion to alleged abuse victims, most of that coming since the scandal broke open nationwide in 2002. Click...
  • An Irish Tragedy: How sex abuse by Irish priests helped cripple the Catholic church

    08/03/2008 3:24:20 PM PDT · by Soliton · 10 replies · 191+ views
    The Earth Times ^ | 01 Aug 2008 | Joe Rigert
    A number of books have been written about sexual abuse by Catholic clerics. Some are the gut-wrenching stories of victims themselves, told in their own words or through another. Some are polemical in that they confront the official Church for its hypocritical response while demanding both recognition and action to help solve the problem. Still others are scholarly ventures into the mysterious depths of this unique socio-cultural phenomenon by academics from a variety of disciplines. All are seeking answers as to “why.” The answers are much more complex and elusive than simply saying “celibate priests are sexually dysfunctional” or “bishops...
  • Don’t Blame Celibacy ( "most sexual abuse occurs within families" )

    07/19/2008 1:39:16 PM PDT · by kellynla · 16 replies · 259+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | July 17, 2008 | staff
    “Annoying and misleading” is what Sulpician ethicist Fr. Gerald Coleman has called a retired Australian bishop’s attempt to link celibacy with clergy sexual abuse of children. Writing in the July 11 San Francisco archdiocesan Catholic San Francisco, Coleman, the former rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park and currently the vice president for ethics for the Daughters of Charity Health System, challenged Geoffrey Robinson, a former auxiliary bishop of Sydney, Australia. In May, Cardinal Roger Mahony forbade Robinson to speak in the Los Angeles archdiocese, as did Bishop Tod Brown in the Diocese of Orange and Robert Brom of...
  • Priest charged with sex abuse of altar boy surrenders to police

    07/17/2008 8:14:14 PM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 3 replies · 97+ views
    Charlotte Examiner ^ | 3 July 2008 | Kathleen Miller
    A Catholic priest who previously worked in youth ministry and religious education at churches in Germantown and Bethesda turned himself in to police Tuesday evening in Montgomery County after being charged with abusing a former altar boy. The Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, 56, worked part time in youth ministry at Mother Seton Parish in Germantown between 1999 and 2002 and part time in religious education at Bethesda’s St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish between 1997 and 1999. Police allege Cote engaged in “inappropriate touching of” and “inappropriate personal sexual activity” in the presence of a then-14-year-old victim, who was seeing...
  • Pope 'led cover-up of child abuse by priests'

    07/17/2008 8:24:15 PM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 30 replies · 87+ views
    Evening Standard (London, UK) ^ | 30 Sept 2006 | Staff Writer
    The Pope played a leading role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests, according to a shocking documentary to be screened by the BBC tonight. In 2001, while he was a cardinal, he issued a secret Vatican edict to Catholic bishops all over the world, instructing them to put the Church's interests ahead of child safety. The document recommended that rather than reporting sexual abuse to the relevant legal authorities, bishops should encourage the victim, witnesses and perpetrator not to talk about it. And, to keep victims quiet, it threatened that if they repeat the...
  • Shocking Past of Former Priest Who Was Killed in Apartment Fire (Charlotte priest)

    05/17/2008 2:33:36 PM PDT · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 31 replies · 341+ views
    CBS 3 Springfield ^ | 5/15/08 | Liz Tufts
    Shocking Past of Former Priest Who Was Killed In Palmer Fire YouNewsTV™Story Published: May 15, 2008 at 6:58 PM EDT Story Updated: May 16, 2008 at 3:13 PM EDT By Liz Tufts Watch The Story The shocking past of Andre Corbin is coming to light, just days after the former priest was killed in an apartment fire in Palmer. Andre Corbin was arrested in 1988 for molesting a boy at a church in North Carolina. According to a website that highlights the history of sexual abuse by priests, it says Corbin plead guilty to the accusations and was sentenced to...
  • Pedophilia and the Pope

    04/18/2008 6:38:50 PM PDT · by kellynla · 81 replies · 225+ views ^ | April 17, 2008 | Sandy Rios
    I can understand why nearly three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say they approve of their new Pope, Benedict XVI. He is a deep thinking Pontiff who, like John Paul II before him, holds fast to refreshingly strong moral convictions. When he said he was ashamed of the existence of pedophile priests and their subsequent abuse of young boys, unlike the scoffers, I believe him. It’s true that many Catholic leaders, to their disgrace, ignored early reports and initiated a cover-up. If financial retribution can ever repay such betrayal, many archdioceses have been bankrupted by the scandal. The church, however slow, has...
  • Papal Payback

    04/18/2008 8:38:05 AM PDT · by bocopar · 91 replies · 37+ views
    Outside The Wire ^ | Bob Parks
    Secular progressives, especially those in the Boston media, are having a field day dredging up the whole pedophile priest controversy here at its epicenter. While the mainstream media’s been giving us wall-to-wall all-Pope, all-the-time coverage, many here in the Boston area are well into their sixteenth minute of fame, and bashing the Pope for avoiding our city on his America tour. While he has publicly acknowledged the scandal, and now met with some of the victims, enough is not enough for these professional victims. "I acknowledge the pain of the Church in America is experiencing as a result of sexual...
  • Pope meets with victims of sex abuse by clergy, apologizes

    04/18/2008 8:50:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 71+ views ^ | April 18, 2008 | Eric GorskI
    For 25 remarkable minutes, the shepherd of the world's 1 billion Catholics met with a handful of victims in the worst scandal to ever tarnish the U.S. church. One man, abused as an altar boy, said he placed his hand over Pope Benedict XVI's heart as he pleaded with him to fix the problem of sexual abuse of minors. The pontiff apologized to his guests for not being perfectly fluent in English, and "for everything," according to another victim. Plans for the secret meeting were kept quiet. But two Boston-area victims of abuse shared details of the meeting in interviews...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Pope meets with Boston abuse victims

    04/17/2008 3:22:12 PM PDT · by annalex · 17 replies · 127+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 17, 2008 04:12 PM | Michael Paulson
    WASHINGTON -- Pope Benedict XVI, in a dramatic move likely to alter forever the image of his pontificate, met this afternoon with five victims of clergy sexual abuse from Boston. The private meeting, which was first reported by the Globe this afternoon and has since been confirmed by the Vatican, was brokered by Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston.
  • Pope blames church sex scandal on breakdown of society

    04/17/2008 3:25:48 PM PDT · by ninonitti · 60 replies · 76+ views
    AFP ^ | Apr 17 05:12 AM US/Eastern | AFP
    Pope Benedict XVI chided Americans for a moral breakdown he said had fueled the church's child sex abuse scandal, ahead of an open-air mass before tens of thousands here Thursday. Gates opened at Washington's new sports stadium before dawn so that an expected 48,000 people could trickle through stringent security measures to attend the mass at 10:00 am (1400 GMT). Benedict received a rapturous White House welcome Wednesday and met privately with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office, before addressing the pedophile priest scandal that has rocked the US church in a speech to US Catholic bishops. Thousands...
  • Catholic diocese officials say priest HIV positive

    02/27/2008 5:17:23 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 37 replies · 181+ views
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Catholic diocese officials say a priest accused of sexually abusing minors is HIV positive. After the Reverend Philip Magaldi recently told another priest that he has the disease that causes AIDS, the diocese alerted people who have lodged allegations against him. The diocese in Fort Worth said it also notified parishes where Magaldi served. Church officials say they believe Magaldi has been HIV positive since 2003. He was removed as a priest in 1999 after sexual misconduct allegations arose in Rhode Island and Fort Worth.
  • Teachers Vs. Priests - Unequal Treatment In the Media?

    12/02/2007 11:50:04 AM PST · by NYer · 62 replies · 711+ views
    NCR ^ | December 2, 2007 | WAYNE LAUGESEN
    NEW YORK — When the Associated Press set out to investigate an apparent problem with sexual assault of children in public schools, the organization spared no expense. A congressionally mandated study by Hofstra University had already found school-based sexual abuse to be a big problem. “It was one of our priorities for the year,” said John Affleck, editor of the AP’s national reporting team.The result was a three-part series, available to editors throughout the country beginning Oct. 20, that revealed widespread and routine sexual assault of public school students throughout the country. The first story summarized: “Students in America’s schools...
  • Friends Amid Scandals [Giuliani and (alleged) Pedophile Priest]

    11/27/2007 3:12:15 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 1 replies · 137+ views
    TIES THAT BIND Against the advice of some of his campaign advisers, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has kept a suspended Catholic priest and childhood friend on the payroll of Giuliani Partners as a consultant. The priest has been caught up in the continuing sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Msgr. Alan Placa, who was suspended from his priestly duties back in 2002 and who has also served as a practicing attorney, has worked on a consulting basis with Giuliani Partners. In 2003 a grand jury in Suffolk County, New York, accused Placa of sexually abusing multiple victims....
  • John Jay study: Catholic Church unfairly targeted on "clergy sex abuse"?

    11/16/2007 10:08:43 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies · 83+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Nov 16 2007 | John L Allen Jr
    A study presented to the [U.S. Catholic] bishops on Monday by Karen Terry and Margaret Smith of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on the "causes and context" of the [sex abuse] crisis....said the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, which peaked numerically in the mid-1970s, for the most part reflected "overall changes in behavior, attitudes, and media representations in American society during this time period." "This is in conflict with the idea that there is something distinctive about the Catholic church that led to the sexual abuse of minors," Terry said. [snip] ...During a press briefing on...