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Children of Catholic priests live with secrets and sorrow

By Michael Rezendes | Photos by Suzanne Kreiter | Videos by Emily Zendt August 16, 2017

This is the first of a two part Spotlight series.

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Bishop Seane in shameful sex sandals

By Tsaone Basimanebotlhe, August 11, 2017, Mmegi Online

Reverend Valentine Seane’s alleged insatiable sexual needs are behind his sudden and seemingly unceremonious resignation as Bishop of Gaborone. Seane has been at the helm of the local chapter of the church for eight years

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Magdalene abuse must not go unpunished, UN tells Ireland

August 12 2017, The Times

Members of the Catholic Church must be prosecuted and punished for their role in the Magdalene laundries, the United Nations has said.

The UN committee against torture has unequivocally dismissed the state’s investigation into the institutions and claims damning documents showing church and state collusion against women have been ignored.

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Paedophile Remains a Priest

Chris Morris, August 11, 2017, Otago Daily News

The Catholic Church is defending its decision not to defrock a paedophile priest who abused boys in Dunedin.

It was confirmed this week Magnus (Max) Murray, now aged 90, is  in the care of a Catholic-owned rest-home in Auckland. Despite admitting 10 charges of sexual offending against boys in Dunedin, dating back to the 1950s, Fr Murray has retained his status as a priest following his conviction in 2003, the church has confirmed

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Lafayette, diocese has history of sex offenses by priests

Ken Stickney, Aug. 9, 2017,  Daily Advertiser

Accusations of sex crimes involving Roman Catholic priests and Acadiana children might date back some seven decades, court records reveal. They also include two notorious court cases in the past few years.

The case of the Rev. F. David Broussard, whose scheduled Aug. 14 court appearance has been delayed until Nov. 27 in St. Martin Parish, is the most recent occurrence. Broussard is not accused of sexual contact with children, but the former Breaux Bridge pastor, 51, was charged in July 2016 with 500 counts of possession of child pornography. Some 500 images of children were found on his personal computer.

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Youth pastor already sentenced for filming girls in shower sentenced in second county

By NEWSROOM, Tuesday, August 8th 2017, UpNorthLive.com

EMMET COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The former Emmet County youth pastor who was already sentenced to four years in prison was sentenced in a second county.

Benoni Enciso was sentenced Monday in Emmet County to 54 months to seven years on the four convictions of using a computer to commit a crime and two years to five years on the four convictions of capturing an image of an unclothed individual. The sentences for the computer crime will run consecutive to the sentences for capturing an image.

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NJ priest groped girl just a month after being ordained, cops say

By Townsquare Staff, August 7, 2017, New Jersey 101.5

A newly ordained Roman Catholic priest has been charged with groping a teen girl under her skirt.

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Sexually deviant priests sent to Tagaytay for rehab

Anton C. Onato, VERA Files, August 7, 2017, news.abs-cbn.com

On a two-hectare land tucked away somewhere in Tagaytay City stands a gated retreat house run by priests for priests.

At any one time, the center can accommodate up to 45 priests in need of spiritual, physical, emotional and psychological renewal. It also serves as the temporary home of priests “exiled” by their bishops for sexual misconduct, including pedophilia and siring children.

Constructed in 2007, the John Mary Vianney Galilee Development and Retreat Center for Priests, or Galilee Center as it is commonly referred to, serves as a kind of “extended” seminary formation.

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Priest's abuse victim slams Ballarat Catholic Church over compensation dispute

By Emma Younger, August 5, 2017, ABC.net.au

The Catholic Church in Ballarat is being accused of breaking its own guidelines in its legal fight against a compensation claim from a victim of notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale.

The church released new guidelines for dealing with civil claims for child sexual abuse in November 2015, which it said would promote a more compassionate approach towards victims.

They state a claimant would not be required to prove the elements of an abuse case that the church authority had already accepted to be true.

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Push on to let older sex abuse victims sue institutions

By Jill Nolin, CNHI State Reporter, Aug 4, 2017, Joplin Globe

ATLANTA – Victims of child sexual abuse will have more time to pursue legal action against their abuser and, in some cases, the institutions that failed to protect them as children, under a bill that awaits state lawmakers.

The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, seeks to build on a 2015 measure that temporarily lifted the statute of limitations and allowed older victims to come forward and take their abuser to civil court.

State law gives victims until they 23 years old to file a civil lawsuit. That age cut-off was suspended for two years, during which time 13 cases were filed all across the state, Spencer said. 

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