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Editorial: Review of Catholic Church in Colorado is miserably weak

The Colorado attorney general and Catholic Church last month announced an agreement that established an inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse of children by clergy. This is Colorado's contribution to a broader search for truth that's occurring in states across the country. In some states, law enforcement officials are aggressively pursuing relevant information, but that's not happening in Colorado. In fact, the terms of the agreement are so favorable to the church and so incommensurate to the gravity of crimes uncovered in numerous other dioceses that it's doubtful to result in an honest account of abuses that took place in Colorado.


Defrocked Jersey priest who molested boys now teaches kids English in Dominican Republic

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — A former Roman Catholic priest who was defrocked and convicted of molesting two boys in New Jersey has found a new vocation in a new location — teaching children English at a private school in this resort town.


Report shines light on 395 Catholic priests, church staff accused of sex abuse

A 182-page report released Wednesday compiled information about nearly 400 Catholic clergy members and church staff in Illinois who have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct in the state’s six dioceses, including dozens in Chicago.


Former Dallas Jesuit student sues school over priest's alleged sexual abuse

DALLAS — A former Jesuit Dallas student has sued the prep school over allegations that a priest sexually abused him. The priest, Donald Dickerson, died last year and was named by the school in December as one of 11 priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.


Catholic diocese and former bishop in W.Va. knowingly employed pedophiles, according to lawsuit filed by state attorney general

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Wednesday sued the Catholic diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and its former bishop, Michael J. Bransfield, charging that they “knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks” for people working in Catholic schools and camps, a Morrisey press release says.


After Years Of Abuse By Priests, #NunsToo Are Speaking Out

In February, Pope Francis acknowledged a longstanding dirty secret in the Roman Catholic Church — the sexual abuse of nuns by priests.


Mother of Catholic church abuse victim in Kansas laments ‘third-degree burns to the soul’

Janet Patterson ripped the blinders off when her adult son killed himself shortly after revealing a priest sexually abused him as a child.


Civil Courts Step In to Solve What the Catholic Church Won’t

PARIS—This week marked a major turning point in the Catholic Church’s sexual-abuse crisis. An Australian court sentenced Cardinal George Pell to six years in prison for sexually abusing minors, a decision that not only makes him the highest-ranking Church official to face civil justice, but also underscores a central animating tension in the issue: the one between civil and Church authorities.


Australian cardinal Pell sentenced to six years for child sex abuse

MELBOURNE, Australia — The most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral in a crime the judge said showed “staggering arrogance.”


Archbishop William Lori’s Investigation into Former Wheeling-Charleston Diocese Bishop Michael Bransfield Complete; Matter Forwarded to Vatican

WHEELING — An investigation into former Wheeling-Charleston Diocese bishop Michael Bransfield involved not only allegations of sexual harassment but also financial improprieties, and the matter has now been forwarded to the Vatican in Rome, the Diocese announced Monday.


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