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The Latest: Christian sect raid plan to avoid violence

By Associated Press, August 22, 2017, Washington Post

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Latest on a New Mexico military-style Christian sect facing child abuse charges

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Judge: Baton Rouge diocese, area Catholic priest to remain in suit involving confessional

By Joe Gyan Jr., August 21, 2017, The Advocate

A state judge refused Monday to dismiss the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and a priest from a 2009 lawsuit by a woman who says that when she was a teenager she told the priest she was being sexually abused by a church parishioner, but he did not stop or report the alleged abuse.

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SNAP's evolution evident at gathering, in wake of departures

By by Tom Roberts, National Catholic Reporter, August 21, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — SNAP, the organization that has become synonymous with uncovering the clergy sex abuse scandal, may be outpacing its acronym.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, established in 1988, has been at the forefront of advocating for victims of clergy abuse and at pressing for accountability by church leadership. However, it was evident at a gathering of 300 victims, advocates and supporters Aug. 11-13 in Alexandria, Virginia, that the organization is in the midst of change.

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Catholic Church and local authorities criticised for claiming child sex abuse victims 'consented'

The Catholic Church and local authorities have been criticised after trying to claim child sex abuse victims "consented" in a bid to avoid compensation payouts.

Lawyers who represent some of the victims have told the Sunday Telegraph that the defence is more frequently being used by private schools, religious groups and local authorities when trying to defend compensation claims.  

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Sex abuse prevention experts: Brentwood Academy student policies may send troubling message

By Anita Wadhwani and Holly Meyer, Knoxville, Aug. 18, 2017, Tennessean

At the center of allegations that a 12-year-old boy was raped in 2015 in the locker room of an elite Brentwood Christian school are questions about how school officials respond to student misconduct.

A review of a Brentwood Academy student handbook reveals a biblical-based approach to student conduct.

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MARIST BROTHERS: SCHOOL DIRECTOR ADMITS ABUSING STUDENT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The general director of an elite school founded by the Marist Brothers in Argentina has admitted he sexually abused a student 38 years ago, an official for the order said Thursday.

Gonzalo Santa Coloma, the order's official for protecting children in Buenos Aires province, told The Associated Press that Brother Angel Duples acknowledged the abuse after the order began an investigation following a report by a former student who had talked with the victim.

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He molested a child twice in a church van and now a former pastor gets his day in court

By Jeff Clark, August 16, 2017, SunHerald

A former pastor at a Pearl River County church is facing jail time after pleading guilty to two sex crime charges in Hancock County.

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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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