According to a federal judge, the U.S. Secretary of Labor broke the law when arranging for a much-derided plea deal with a billionaire accused of abuse. Today we join the chorus of those calling for the resignation of Secretary Alexander Acosta due to his mishandling of the Jeffrey Epstein case. If children are to be safe from sexual violence, those who help minimize these crimes must be punished, not promoted.
For the sixth time in three months, Michigan’s top law enforcement professional has charged a priest with child sex crimes. She predicts more arrests will be made before her investigation is completed.
A Southern Baptist preacher who once headed the home church of President Bill Clinton has pled guilty to misdemeanor assault 11 years after a denominational panel substantiated allegations of sexual abuse against him but did not report it the police.
Why does wrongdoing thrive in the Catholic hierarchy? Here’s the answer in a nutshell.
A deeper dive by journalists into the West Virginia church sex and finances scandal reveals even more corruption than previously known. In light of this new and disturbing information, we call on every one of the 500 clerics who got checks from West Virginia’s bishop to return that money to West Virginia Catholics, and we call on law enforcement officials – in the state and elsewhere – to look more vigorously and skeptically at church funds.
The Diocese of Dallas has added another name to its list of clerics accused of child sexual abuse. We call on church officials in Dallas to explain two key facts to the public about this case: first, when did the accusations against Fr. Peter Barusseau surface, and when were they deemed “credible” by church officials?
A priest who faces at least three child sex abuse allegations was allowed to quietly retire. This kind of move flies in the face of church officials’ repeated promises to be open and transparent in cases of clergy abuse. We call on Toledo Catholic officials to go public with the results of their internal “investigation” into the allegations against Fr. Nelson Beaver as soon as it is completed.
This morning, the Diocese of Providence, RI has finally taken the step of posting the names of clergy who have been accused of abuse. Now we call on church officials in Rhode Island to aggressively reach out to parishioners, informing them of this list and urging anyone with information or allegations of their own to report to local police and prosecutors.
Now that five men have bravely disclosed their childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a priest, Arkansas Catholic officials must work to find others who were hurt and may be trapped in silence, shame and self-blame.
The Diocese of Richmond has added an additional 6 names to their list of clergy accused of abuse. We call on Bishop Barry Knestout to personally visit each parish where these men worked or spent time and urge witnesses, whistleblowers, and survivors to come forward and make a report to law enforcement.
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