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Pope Benedict XVI's brother implicated in abuse scandal

July 19, 2017, LaCroix International

At least 547 children were the victims of physical and sexual violence in the Domspatzen Choir at the Regensburg cathedral in Germany between 1945 and 1995. After two years of public inquiry, a final report requested by the diocese has been made public.

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This Child Sex Abuse Case Could Overturn A Utah Law That Allows Victims To Sue Decades Later

By Zoe Tillman, Jul 17, 2017, Buzzfeed

A Utah woman's lawsuit against a former federal judge accusing him of raping her more than three decades ago is now at the center of a legal fight over how child sex abuse claims are handled in the state, and whether victims can seek justice for old alleged crimes.

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'Lambs to the slaughter': Lawyer fears George Pell's accusers could have their allegations 'watered down' without their knowledge

  • Lawyer fears George Pell could have charges 'watered down' by prosecutors
  • Ingrid Irwin represents some victims accusing Cardinal Pell of abuse
  • She says if backroom deals cut it could make people 'lambs to the slaughter'
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'No special treatment': Court confirms Cardinal George Pell will face justice next to bikies and murderers when he fights sex charges flanked by Australia's top defence lawyer


  • This means he could be rubbing shoulders with hardened criminals at court
  • Normal security screenings will also apply to Australia's most powerful Catholic
  • The news comes amid concerns for Cardinal Pell's safety due to large crowds
  • Cardinal Pell will be represented by Robert Richter, former lawyer to Mick Gatto 

The Vatican's third most powerful figure will receive no special treatment when he appears in court to face multiple historical sex charges.

There have been fears for the safety of Australia's most powerful Catholic at his court appearance on July 26, as sexual abuse survivors are expected to attend. 

Melbourne Magistrates Court appears unconcerned, and stated that Cardinal George Pell's trial will be 'business as usual.'

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Married Catholic school teacher & mother-of-five, is jailed for just 23 months for sexually abusing two female students

By Emily Crane and Jennifer Smith, Daily Mail, July 14, 2017

  • Former teacher Randi Zurenko, 34, was jailed in Pennsylvania on Thursday
  • She pleaded guilty to having sexual relations with two female teen students
  • The mother of five begged for leniency and was jailed for up to 23 months
  • She had been charged with more than 200 child sex offences during her time as a teacher at Bishop McDevitt High School
  • Police said Zurenko sexually abused her two victims, aged 16 and 17, hundreds of times between 2013 and 2016 
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Criminal investigation to be launched into St. Paul’s School

By Danny McDonald, Boston Globe, JULY 13, 2017

Following new reports of sexual misconduct at St. Paul’s School, authorities in New Hampshire Thursday announced a criminal investigation into the elite boarding school.

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald’s office, Concord police, and New Hampshire State Police will conduct the investigation, authorities said in a statement released Thursday night.

The investigation will initially focus on whether the school engaged in conduct that endangered the welfare of a child, the attorney general’s office said in the statement. That office will also investigate whether the school violated a law that prohibits obstructing criminal investigations.

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Cardinal 'knew about priest's conviction'

By Megan Neil, July 13, 2017, Australian Associated Press

Australia's first Catholic cardinal suspended a priest who exposed himself to children but the man later returned to parish work and allegedly abused a boy, documents before a royal commission reveal.


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APNewsBreak: Priest who abused child still working with kids

By Michael Tarm, July 11, 2017, Washington Post

CHICAGO — The Claretians Roman Catholic order has settled a lawsuit from a man sexually abused as a 6-year-old by a teenager who later became a prominent priest in Chicago, confirming in the settlement obtained by The Associated Press that the longtime cleric recently left the priesthood.

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He sues the church to comfort the afflicted

By Milan Simonich, July 9, 2017, Santa Fe New Mexican

Happenstance can change lives. In rare cases, it can even lessen human suffering that’s been unrelenting for 30 or 40 years.

New Mexico is home to one such story. It involves attorney Brad Hall and 68 of his clients. All of these clients initially identified themselves in court documents as John Doe. But they were not faceless people, not to Hall and eventually not to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

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AFP, July 10, 2017, Sherbrooke Times

Cardinal George Pell, number three on the Vatican, arrived Monday in Australia, where it must be heard in two weeks on suspicion of sexual assault.

Pope Francis has granted leave to the head of finance for the Holy see to enable him to ensure its defense.

The prelate 76-year-old was charged in late June for ‘ crimes of sexual assault, old “, without any precision on the facts alleged or the ages of the alleged victims. It is convened on 26 July before the court of Melbourne for a preliminary hearing.

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