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Catholic bishops promised reform in sex-abuse scandal. But they didn’t look at their own misdeeds

A Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer examination found that more than 130 US bishops have been accused of failing to adequately respond to sexual misconduct.


First All Survivors Day Aims To Empower Sexual Assault Survivors To Speak Up, Speak Out

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Survivors of sexual assault were recognized Saturday in Center City for the first ever All Survivors Day.

"I am the first known victim of Olympic team Doctor Larry Nassar,” said Philadelphia native Sarah Klein.


AP Report: Church Covered Up Sex Abuse Of Dozens Of Iowa Boys

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese has hidden for decades a priest's admission that he sexually abused dozens of Iowa boys, a silence that may have put other children in danger, The Associated Press has learned. The Rev. Jerome Coyle, 85, was stripped of his parish assignments in the 1980s but has never been defrocked or publicly identified by the church as a pedophile, even though the Diocese of Sioux City has been aware of his conduct for 32 years.


“Lay Involvement” in Church Investigation Does Not Guarantee Truth or Transparency

What is happening in the Catholic Church in West Virginia is truly remarkable, notable and important to watch. Occurring in the immediate wake of the Cardinal Theodore McCarrick scandal and the release of the damning PA grand jury report, the resignation and subsequent investigation of West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield for alleged sexual harassment of adults are of national significance. His past history in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. connect him directly to wider circles of influence at play in the U.S. church at this time. Additionally, the present investigation of Bransfield takes place just six years after he was alleged to have abused minors decades ago in his home diocese of Philadelphia, allegations that Bransfield and other officials of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston have consistently denied.


Buffalo Catholic whistleblower came forward because of victims, 'allegiance to the common good'

By Charlie Specht, October 28, 2018, WBKW Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Without Siobhan O’Connor, the Diocese of Buffalo may have pulled off one of the greatest cover-ups in the history of the Catholic Church.

“I am a very ordinary person and I found myself in rather extraordinary circumstances and the way I look at it is, I was the right person in the right place at the right time, and God gave me the strength to do the right thing,” she said.


Diocese of Buffalo whistleblower interviewed for Sunday's "60 Minutes" story

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The confidential whistleblower in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese sex abuse scandal will be featured this Sunday on the national news magazine "60 Minutes".

Siobhan O'Connor, the former secretary to embattled Bishop Richard J. Malone, will speak publicly for the first time Sunday about why she worked with the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team to expose the mishandling of sexual abuse claims against multiple priests by Malone.


Here's what the Pa. Senate missed by not passing bill for abuse survivors

Guest editorial by David Clohessy

Backers of the much-debated civil window for abuse and cover up lawsuits just won't compromise. So says Pennsylvania state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. But, Scarnati, R-Jefferson, couldn't be more wrong.


Interview with Becky Ianni: Fox 5 News on the Hill: Archdiocese of Washington names clergymen credibly accused of sex abuse

October 21, 2018, Fox 5

As the Archdiocese of Washington has voluntarily released the names of 31 clergy members who they say have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors from 1948 onward -- but a survivor of sexual abuse, Becky Ianni, says she believe there is is.

Watch the interview here... 


Criminal Charges for the Church? Why a Federal Prosecutor Thinks Cover-up of Abuse Is Worth Investigating Now

Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move.

However, a colleague in Philadelphia is now taking aim at the church this month, sending grand jury subpoenas to dioceses throughout Pennsylvania as he tries to build a federal criminal case centered on child exploitation.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain of Philadelphia has a head start on the work, given the sweeping state grand jury report released this summer, which found that 301 priests molested more than 1,000 children over seven decades. McSwain, a Harvard Law School graduate and former Marine sniper platoon commander, was appointed by President Trump and took office just four months ago.


Associated Press: Feds open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

By Maryclaire Dale and Eric Tucker, Associated Press, October 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims’ advocates say is the first such probe ever launched by the U.S. Justice Department.


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