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Retired Archbishop Flynn doesn't recall details from his handling of clergy abuse

By Madeleine Baran

June 4, 2014

Faced with tough questions under oath last month, former Twin Cities archbishop Harry Flynn said at least 134 times that he could not remember how he handled clergy sexual abuse cases during his 13-year tenure, according to documents made public Wednesday.


EXCLUSIVE: After US sex abuse scandals, an accused priest rises again in Paraguay

By Will Carless

June 3, 2014

CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay — A hush falls across the church, broken only by the rhythmic swish of the censer as it bestows acrid incense across the faces of the congregation.


When is a priest not a priest? When he's molesting a child, diocese says in defense of lawsuit

By Mark Mueller

June 2, 2014

Chris Naples says something snapped inside him that January day.


St. Thomas faculty member embroiled in sex abuse investigation to retire

By Madeleine Baran and Jon Collins 

May 30, 2014

The University of St. Thomas said Tuesday that a long-time faculty member who faced questions about his knowledge of sexual abuse allegations against a professor is retiring.


Ex-archdiocesan official contradicts Nienstedt's sworn testimony over abuse claim

By Madeleine Baran

May 28, 2014

A former top official of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis contradicted Archbishop John Nienstedt's account of how top officials responded to a sexual abuse claim against a Catholic priest, according to sworn testimony made public today.


UN panel slams Vatican on priest sex abuse scandal

By the AP

May 23, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — A United Nations committee concluded Friday that the Vatican has effective worldwide control over bishops and priests who must comply with a U.N. anti-torture treaty, a finding that could expose the Catholic Church to new lawsuits by victims of clerical sex abuse.


Fifth anniversary of Ryan child abuse report today

By Patsy McGarry

May 20, 2014

The fourth and final report on implementation of the 99 recommendations arising from the Ryan report is expected to be laid before the Oireachtas by Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan next month.


Chile: Catholic priests investigated over stolen babies

By Jonathan Franklin

May 15, 2014

The Catholic church in Chile is under investigation over allegations that priests played a central role in a network that stole newborn babies from single mothers.


Archdiocese made ‘astonishing’ claim in concealing Seattle priest’s sexual offenses, review board says

By Joel Connelly

May 12, 2014

The Archdiocese of Seattle failed to inform Catholic faithful, and made an “astonishing” claim and “serious misstatements” in seeking to explain why a priest suspended from ministry for sexual misconduct with a teenager went on saying mass and conducting weddings, say former leaders of a diocesan review board.


U.N. Panel Could Find Vatican Guilty Of Torture

By Sylvia Poggioli

May 11, 2014

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The Vatican got a grilling this past week for its handling of the clerical sex abuse scandal. The setting - a United Nations hearing in Geneva. Meanwhile in Rome, a new advisory board to Pope Francis held its first meeting on the sex abuse crisis.


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