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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,

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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Insights and Outbursts: The Catholic Church's unsung heroes

Eileen Ford, August 5, 2015, Gloucester Times

“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

– Lord Acton

I spent a week last month at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford Pool, Maine, on a directed retreat, speaking with one of the sisters for an hour each day but otherwise, remaining in silence most of the time.

At Marie Joseph, newspapers were available on a table near the entrance to the dining room but I wasn’t interested in news until I read “It’s time to end pattern of deceit and denial on clergy sex abuse cases,” a headline on the July 3-16 issue of the National Catholic Reporter. 

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Group outraged after controversial priest moves into Brookside

By Heather Staggers, Aug 31, 2015, KCTV5


He is one of the most controversial priests in the history of the Kansas City Catholic Church, and one group is upset that he has quietly moved into a neighborhood that's popular with families.

Father Michael Tierney is no longer an active priest, but he has not been defrocked by the Vatican despite the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph paying money to settle sex abuse claims involving Tierney. 


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Campaign ramps up to lift statute of limitations on child abuse complaints

The Japan Times, August 30, 2015

Requests for legal advice from women who suffered sexual abuse in childhood have been on the increase since a 2014 court ruling that granted a woman’s request for compensation.

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