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Cardinal O'Malley: Pope caused 'great pain' for abuse survivors in Chile

By Joshua J. McElwee, Jan 20, 2018, The National Catholic Reporter

TRUJILLO, PERU — Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, one of Pope Francis' key advisors on clergy sexual abuse, acknowledged Jan. 20 that the pontiff's defense of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse was "a source of great pain" for survivors.

In an unusually blunt statement from a church prelate in response to a controversial action of a pope, the cardinal also said that expressions of doubt about survivors' testimony "abandon those who have suffered reprehensible criminal violations of their human dignity."

 

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The Pope Causes More Pain for Priests’ Victims

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Pope Accuses Sex Abuse Victims in Chile of Slandering Bishop

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Sexual abuse case against Mormon Church to begin Friday

By Julie Zauzmer, January 18, 2018, The Washington Post

Michael Jensen preyed on children in the close-knit Mormon community around Martinsburg, W.Va. At least, that’s how law enforcement officials and at least half a dozen families see it now.

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Abuse survivor confronts gymnastics doctor: ‘I have been coming for you for a long time’

By Kyle Swenson, January 17, 2017, Washington Post

Two school pictures floated side-by-side on a projection screen in the Michigan courtroom. Both images caught the same small girl  — in one, all gawky smile and bangs; the next, braces and long hair — a few years apart. Until this week, the child in the snapshots had been officially identified only as “Victim Z.A.” or “a family friend.”

But on Tuesday, Kyle Stephens, now a young woman, stepped out from the curtain of anonymity to directly address disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar before a judge in Lansing.

 

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Church credibility in focus as Pope heads for Latin America

By Philip Pullella, January 16, 2018, Reuters

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Pope's visit to Peru and Chile casts harsh light on handling of sexual abuse cases

By Dan Collyns in Lima and Piotr Kozak in Santiago, January 12, 2018, The Guardian

Criticism that Pope Francis is failing to tackle allegations of abuse, in the wake of scandals in both countries, is likely to overshadow his week-long visit

Pope Francis leaves Rome this weekend for a tour of Chile and Peru amid renewed accusations that he is failing to tackle allegations of clerical sexual abuse after scandals in both countries.

The visit comes as the pope seeks to shore up the Catholic church faith against the loss of followers in two of South America’s most conservative nations.

During the week-long visit, the pope will also travel to the Amazon city of Puerto Maldonado in Peru, where he will meet indigenous leaders and is expected to expand on the environmental message of his 2015 encyclical on climate change.

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New London Man Alleging Priest Abuse Receives $900K Settlement

By Andrew Denney, January 12, 2018, Law.com

The Diocese of Norwich, a Catholic church in Groton and a Vermont-based order of priests have agreed to pay a $900,000 settlement to a New London man who says a priest molested him when he was an altar boy at the church in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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Will the Pope Address Sexual Abuse in the Chilean Church?

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AP Exclusive: Pope letter details concern over Chile bishop

 January 11, 2018, The Washington Post

SANTIAGO, Chile — The Vatican was so concerned about the fallout from Chile’s most notorious pedophile priest that it planned to ask three Chilean bishops accused of knowing about his decades-long crimes to resign and take a year’s sabbatical — a revelation that comes just days before Pope Francis makes his first visit to Chile as pope.

A confidential 2015 letter from Francis, obtained by The Associated Press, details the behind-the-scenes maneuvering by the Vatican and Chile’s bishops to deal with the prelates connected to the disgraced Rev. Fernando Karadima. And it reveals the bishops’ concern about Francis naming a Karadima protege, Bishop Juan Barros, to the helm of the diocese of Osorno — an appointment that roiled the diocese, with hundreds of priests and lay Catholics staging protests against him.

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