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Syracuse's Catholic bishop, sexual abuse and the harm that words can do

By Editorial Board, September 18, 2015, Syracuse.com

 

Adding insult to abomination, the Catholic bishop of Syracuse testified in 2011 that a child sexually abused by a priest was "culpable'' and "an accomplice'' in his own victimization.

 

Bishop Robert Cunningham's stinging words, spoken as he was questioned for a lawsuit filed by the victim of the abuse, were reported Sept. 13 by Syracuse.com and The Post-Standard. 

 

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US priests accused of sex abuse get a second chance by relocating to South America

Will Carless, GlobalPost.com, September 17, 2015 

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The Catholic Church has allowed priests accused of sexually abusing children in the United States and Europe to relocate to poor parishes in South America, a yearlong GlobalPost investigation has found.

Reporters confronted five accused priests in as many countries: Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Peru. One priest who relocated to a poor parish in Peru admitted on camera to molesting a 13-year-old boy while working in the Jackson, Mississippi diocese. Another is currently under investigation in Brazil after allegations arose that he abused disadvantaged children living in an orphanage he founded there.

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Priest sex abuse survivor to walk 270 miles hoping to change N.J. laws

By Don E. Woods, NJ.com,  September 16, 2015

Abused by a priest at 11 years old and quiet about it for most of his life, 68-year-old Fred Marigliano is making up for his silence.

For each step of a 270-mile walk he's making across New Jersey, he is stopping people on the street and educating them about what it's like to be a survivor of abuse and how much further the justice system needs to go to make it right.

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Child sex abuse royal commission: Catholic Church's Melbourne Response discouraged some victims from going to police, inquiry finds

Posted yesterday at 8:29pm, ABC.net.au

The process used by the Catholic Church in Melbourne to handle abuse claims discouraged victims from going to the police in some instances, the royal commission into child abuse has found.

In 1996 then archbishop George Pell introduced the Melbourne Response, as the church's process to deal with people sexually abused by priests and others within the Archdiocese.

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Chile Catholic Church rocked by email scandal

SANTIAGO, CHILE — The Catholic Church in Chile has been rocked by another scandal surrounding its most infamous pedophile.

Leaked emails between the archbishop of Santiago and his predecessor show how they conspired to block a well-known abuse survivor from being named to Pope Francis' sex abuse commission, fearing it would damage the church.

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Bedford church choir director facing Alabama child sex abuse charges

WFAA8:51 p.m. CDT September 10, 2015

BEDFORD – Members of a Bedford church congregation are reeling from revelations that their interim choir director was on bond on rape charges in Alabama.

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As pope visit nears, U.S. sex victims say Church remains obstacle to justice

By Scott Malone, September 10, 2015, The Daily Mail

BOSTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Mark Rozzi says he was 13, a young altar boy, when a priest at his eastern Pennsylvania parish sexually assaulted him in a shower.

It took Rozzi, who says the priest spent a year grooming him with trips to McDonald's and secretly shared beers, a quarter century to talk about the experience publicly. By then it was too late for any legal action. 

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Texas church hires pastor after he’s charged with 29 counts of child sex abuse at another church

 David Edwards, 09 Sep 2015 at 13:18 ET, Raw Story     

Parents in North Texas want to know why a pastor with pending charges of child rape and sodomy in Alabama has been hired by the First Baptist Church of Bedford.

According to Alabama court documents obtained by KDFW, Kyle Adcock faces charges for 29 counts of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl while he was working at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church between 2010 and 2012.

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Catholics Protest Outside Cathedral, Express Dismay at Archbishop's Leadership

Written by  Janela Carrera, September 8, 2015

The "silent protest" was held Sunday morning outside of the Cathedral de Basilica in Hagatna.

Guam - Another demonstration was held in front of the Cathedral De Basilica in Hagatna. This time, demonstrators called it a silent protest and had a clear message for Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

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New film casts spotlight on Church abuse

Pope Francis still has to prove the Church is serious about addressing sex abuse by priests, according to the director of a major new film about how the damaging scandal was exposed in the United States.

Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight", a newsroom drama that focuses on how the Boston Globe broke a local story that was to become a global crisis for the Church, had its premiere on Thursday at the Venice Film Festival.

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