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Lists of accused ND priests still under wraps

By Archie Ingersoll on Jan 24, 2016 at 5:45 a.m., Inforum

Fargo -- Over the years, nearly 30 Roman Catholic dioceses around the country have publicly disclosed a list naming priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Sometimes these lists held no surprises – the priests named were already known as alleged predators. But often these lists revealed new names, shedding light on dark corners of the church.

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Former St. Mary’s School principal thinks clergy sex abuse disclosure is incomplete

By Jake Schild, The Daily World, January 23, 2016

A former nun who worked at St. Mary’s School in Aberdeen during the 1970s and ‘80s believes the recently released list of priests accused of sexual abuse is incomplete.

The list, released last week by the Archdiocese of Seattle, also should have come out earlier, said Mary Dispenza, who was the principal of St. Mary’s for 10 years starting in 1973.

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Sen. John Cooke works to remove 10-year sex-assault statute of limitations

The Tribune, January 23, 2016

Greeley’s Sen. John Cooke, the former Weld County Sheriff, wants to remove the statute of limitations on sexual assault crimes.

The Republican senator is working across the aisle with Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, to completely repeal Colorado’s 10-year statute of limitations on felony sexual assault crimes, such as rape.

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Bronx Priest Suspended in Abuse Case

JAN. 21, 2016, NY Times

A Roman Catholic priest also active in Bronx politics has been suspended from priestly duties because of allegations that he sexually abused minors three decades ago, church officials said on Thursday.

The priest, the Rev. Richard Gorman, is the director of prison chaplains for the Archdiocese of New York, with an office at the archdiocese’s headquarters in Manhattan.

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Advocacy group decries ‘risk’ of Lincoln Diocese hiring disgraced bishop

By Michael O’Connor, January 21, 2016, Omaha World-Herald, Omaha.com

An advocacy group for clergy abuse victims is raising concerns about the appointment of a retired bishop to a chaplain’s post in the Lincoln Diocese.

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A Shady Church Sex-Abuse Shell Game?

KATIE ZAVADSKI,  01.19.16, The Daily Beast

An archbishop accused of covering up a major sex-abuse scandal is moving to a new church—and local residents are not pleased.

A battle is brewing in Battle Creek, Michigan, where residents are less than pleased that an archbishop accused of covering up a sex-abuse scandal has now embraced a second calling as a pastor in their town.

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Catholics, community react to priest's arrival amid sex abuse backdrop

By Rosemary Parker | rparker3@mlive.com January 19, 2016  MLive Michigan

BATTLE CREEK, MI -- A pastor was sick. Another priest was available.

When Archbishop John Nienstedt celebrated three Masses at St. Philip Catholic Church this weekend, he was merely helping out his old friend Fr. John Fleckenstein, who is ill. He plans to continue to help as needed for about a six months.

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WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU HIRE ARCHBISHOP JOHN NIENSTEDT?

BY MIKE MULLEN, MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2016,  CityPages.com

It's hard enough getting a job these days. Here's a tip: You don't have to include all of your work experience, especially if you're not sure listing a previous gig will help you get the new job. Say, for example, your former employer is in bankruptcy, and you've been indicted as a lead figure in a conspiracy to cover up the sexual abuse of children. That might be something you would leave off your resume.

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Boston: Truth and Complicity

Garry Wills, January 15, 2016, New York Review of Books

Investigative reporting got a boost in 1976, after the movie All the President’s Menshowed what a small team (two men) could do if an editor and owner like Ben Bradlee and Kay Graham at The Washington Post let them keep digging for a long time. Another such coup was brought off by The Boston Globe in 2002, when its own investigative team of four people, called “Spotlight,” broke the story of Cardinal Law’s protection of priests who sexually preyed on children.  

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Archbishop John Nienstedt, Bishop Robert Finn have new homes outside former dioceses

By Brian Roewe, Jan. 14, 2016,  National Catholic Reporter

Two U.S. bishops who prematurely resigned their posts amid clergy sexual abuse scandals each have found new landing spots outside their previous dioceses.

A southern Michigan parish announced over the weekend that Archbishop John Nienstedt, formerly head of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, will help out temporarily in the coming months, while Bishop Robert Finn, former head of the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo. diocese, began last month as chaplain for a Nebraska community of women religious.

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