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Mother of priest's victims reveals family pain, more abuse and church's rebuke

By Madeleine Barab

February 25, 2014

The mother of the boys abused by the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer no longer ends her days with a silent prayer. Memories and flashbacks surface too easily in those quiet moments. Instead, she plays solitaire on her cell phone until sleep.

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A novel approach for Twin Cities Catholic officials: Punish those responsible

By Kristen Ward and David Clohessy

February 26, 2014

One way to sometimes stop people from doing wrong is to punish them for doing wrong. History, psychology and common sense all suggest this approach often works.

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Pell's new job called a 'golden parachute'

By Channel 9 News

February, 25, 2014

Cardinal George Pell's new job at the Vatican is not an honour but an "escape clause", says a group representing survivors of child sex abuse by priests.

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Number of alleged sex abusers greater than church has revealed

By Madeleine Baran

February 19, 2014

At the height of the national clergy abuse scandal 11 years ago, Archbishop Harry Flynn gave speeches across the country condemning child abuse and vowing to change the church.

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The U.N. Isn't Biased Against the Vatican. It's Biased in Favor of Children

By Amanda Marcotte

February 7, 2014

On Wednesday, a U.N. human rights panel released its assessment of the Holy See's responsibilities in the decades long child sex-abuse scandal and offered its recommendations to the Vatican on both how to prevent sex abuse in the future and how to deal responsibly with victims when it happens. The report is scathing in its judgment of the church's past actions, but what is most startling is how aggressive the panel is in recommending that the church radically change its teachings and culture to prevent more child abuse.

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Ruling requiring Archbishop Nienstedt to testify in abuse case stands

By Emily Gurnon

February 16, 2014

A judge has denied a motion by the Twin Cities archdiocese to prevent Archbishop John Nienstedt from testifying about priests accused of child sexual abuse.

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A cool change, but what has Pope Francis actually achieved?

By Marcus O'Donnell

February 10, 2014

A year ago this week, the ageing, doctrinaire and aristocratic Pope, Benedict XVI, shocked keen Vatican watchers and the public alike by his sudden resignation. Few were prepared for the shockwaves that would follow.

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School's response to child sex abuse claims to be probed

By the Chronicle 

February 12, 2014

A TOOWOOMBA Catholic school's response to allegations of child sex abuse will be the focus of a Royal Commission hearing in Brisbane next week.

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Why Is Bob Jones University So Nervous?

By ROD DREHER 

February 11, 2014

The fundamentalist college fired GRACE, the investigator it hired to look into allegations of sexual abuse there — this, as the investigative report was nearing completion. RNS reports:

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If the Pope were really progressive, he'd speak about child rape

By: ELIZABETH RENZETTI

Feb. 10 2014

The Catholic Church probably thought the stormiest waters were behind. With a charismatic, groovy Pope at the helm, the church has been sailing an unexpectedly friendly sea. As if, perhaps, everyone had forgotten that thing. You know, that thing: The tens of thousands of children broken by abuse suffered at the hands of clergy. The priests left unpunished. The official silence.

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