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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Fears over ‘trafficking’ of children to the US

By Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Concerns that up to 1,000 children may have been “trafficked” to the US from the Tuam mother and baby home in “a scandal that dwarfs other, more recent issues with the Church and State” were raised by the HSE in 2012.

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Questions for Cardinal George Pell when he fronts the royal commission

By Jane Lee, June 2, 2015 - 2:00PM, The Age, Victoria, Australia

Ever since survivor witnesses told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that George Pell tried to bribe one, and ignored another's reports of abuse, calls have been growing for him to return from the Vatican to Australia to explain himself.

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More questions for Cardinal Pell

3:01pm June 1, 2015, 9News.com.au

A victims' advocate who once worked with George Pell says the cardinal needs to respond to claims that he protected known pedophile priests across Victoria, not just in Ballarat.

In Good Faith Foundation chief executive Helen Last says numerous pedophile priests across the state have been protected by the Catholic Church over the years, some while Cardinal Pell held top-ranking positions.

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Pope’s top advisor says "callous" Cardinal Pell should step down

1:34am June 1, 2015, 9News.com.au

A top advisor to the Pope has slammed Cardinal George Pell, saying Australia’s most senior Catholic should step down from his position at the Vatican.

Peter Saunders, who was hand-picked by Pope Francis six months ago to work as the Catholic Church’s commissioner for the protection of children, said Cardinal Pell’s position was “untenable”.

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5 Browns sisters to promote bill on statute of limitations of sex crimes

By Ben Lockhart, Deseret News, Published: Thursday, May 28 2015 10:15 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Two members of the famed piano group The 5 Browns are working with Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., to promote a bill that would incentivize states to reconsider their statute of limitations laws with regard to sexual crimes.

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Australia: Sins of omission: the testimony of Gerald Ridsdale

 Jane Lee, May 28, 2015 - 6:56PM, The Age--Victoria

In his blind loyalty to those who have washed their hands of him, Gerald Ridsdale has betrayed those he has already failed.

Who was the priest in the room when he raped a child in his office?

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A Cardinal Cleans Up the Vatican Bank, Not His Record With Pedophiles

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Child sex abuse inquiry: 'No plans' to remove convicted paedophile Robert Best from Christian Brothers order

By court reporter Peta Carlyon, May 22, 2015, ABC, Australia

The head of the Christian Brothers' Oceania chapter has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse there are no plans to remove paedophile Robert Best from the order.

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Allegations against Cardinal George Pell continue to mount at child abuse Royal Commission

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Broadcast: 21/05/2015, Reporter: David Mark

Cardinal George Pell is under growing pressure to appear before the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse after allegations he tried to bribe a victim to stay quiet, claims that he denies.

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George Pell tried to bribe victim of Gerald Ridsdale, Royal Commission hears

By FIONA HENDERSON May 20, 2015, The Courier

CARDINAL George Pell tried to bribe Gerald Ridsdale's nephew when he first disclosed he had been abused by his uncle, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.

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