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Cardinal 'knew about priest's conviction'

By Megan Neil, July 13, 2017, Australian Associated Press

Australia's first Catholic cardinal suspended a priest who exposed himself to children but the man later returned to parish work and allegedly abused a boy, documents before a royal commission reveal.

 

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APNewsBreak: Priest who abused child still working with kids

By Michael Tarm, July 11, 2017, Washington Post

CHICAGO — The Claretians Roman Catholic order has settled a lawsuit from a man sexually abused as a 6-year-old by a teenager who later became a prominent priest in Chicago, confirming in the settlement obtained by The Associated Press that the longtime cleric recently left the priesthood.

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He sues the church to comfort the afflicted

By Milan Simonich, July 9, 2017, Santa Fe New Mexican

Happenstance can change lives. In rare cases, it can even lessen human suffering that’s been unrelenting for 30 or 40 years.

New Mexico is home to one such story. It involves attorney Brad Hall and 68 of his clients. All of these clients initially identified themselves in court documents as John Doe. But they were not faceless people, not to Hall and eventually not to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

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BACK IN AUSTRALIA, NUMBER THREE IN THE VATICAN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

AFP, July 10, 2017, Sherbrooke Times

Cardinal George Pell, number three on the Vatican, arrived Monday in Australia, where it must be heard in two weeks on suspicion of sexual assault.

Pope Francis has granted leave to the head of finance for the Holy see to enable him to ensure its defense.

The prelate 76-year-old was charged in late June for ‘ crimes of sexual assault, old “, without any precision on the facts alleged or the ages of the alleged victims. It is convened on 26 July before the court of Melbourne for a preliminary hearing.

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The Catholic Church in Mexico did not bring to justice pedophile priests, and this is their justification

By: Sergio Rincon, Univision Noticias, July 8, 2017

Mexican authorities investigate Cardinal Norberto Rivera for not denouncing acts of pederasty. The spokesman of the Mexican Archdiocese argued that before 2014 the law did not force them to denounce these facts, added that the Pope had finally punished the priests.

The central prosecutor says that Rivera, the highest ranking official of the institution in Mexico, knew that there were abusive priests but did not report violations to minors before Mexican authorities, so none of these religious were ever prosecuted and to date it is unknown how many Are and continue to be free. His only action before these sexual crimes was to initiate an internal judgment whose sentence and punishment gave the Pope of turn.

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Man claims monk sexually abused him more than 100 times as a kid

LINDEN -- A New Jersey man who attended the now-shuttered St. Elizabeth of Hungary School more than four decades ago has anonymously stepped forward and accused a Benedictine monk of abusing him on more than 100 occasions as a teenager.

In a lawsuit filed Friday morning, a plaintiff identified as John Doe III alleges he was sexually abused on numerous occasions by the Rev. Timothy Brennan between 1968 and 1971 while a student at St. Elizabeth's School. 

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LET THE BISHOPS BE JUDGED: THE DEPARTURE OF TWO CARDINALS LEAVES THE FRANCIS PAPACY AT A CROSSROADS

By 05 July 2017 | by Jason Berry, The Tablet

Cardinal George Pell’s return to Australia to face criminal charges has dealt a severe blow to Pope Francis’ reform agenda, making him the third consecutive Pope to find himself in a swamp over the long, aching crisis of clergy sex abuse.

Regardless of the allegations that he now faces, Pell’s record in Australia on sex abuse cases, particularly his approval of bare-knuckle legal counter-attacks on victims, should have disqualified him from a Vatican post. Yet Francis not only chose him to lead the clean-up of the Vatican’s murky finances but also asked him to join his circle of nine cardinal-advisers without regard for that past.

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Woman accuses Columbus pastor of sexual abuse

By J.T. Fellows, July 5, 2017, WTVM

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – We take a closer look at accusations of sexual abuse against a Columbus pastor as a woman recently filed a lawsuit claiming Lewis Clemons molested her as a teenager.

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The SNAP story you have been waiting for

By Joelle Castiex, July 4, 2017, The Worthy Adversary

I have remained quiet on the subject of the changes in SNAP, the Survivors Network.

This is because I have been very deeply involved in the recent transition in leadership, our refocus and change in messaging, and the shift from an organization with two founders in power to an organization with a working board, a managing director, and a core of passionate volunteers getting things done.

But after yet another recent article where, once again, the script was that the organization is facing an “uncertain future,” I have decided that it is time to shift the narrative and allow SNAP to own its story.

 

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Netflix's 'The Keepers' sparks petition to release dead priest's files

By Stephanie Nolasco, July 03, 2017, Fox News

“The Keepers” has prompted numerous calls for the Baltimore Archdiocese to release a dead priest’s files.

The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that the seven-part documentary exploring the priest’s alleged abuse led more to 11,000 signatures on an online petition. Archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine said state law bars the release of much of the confidential information.

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