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Pope's zero tolerance for pedophiles faces test in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Juan Carlos Cruz recalls that he and another teen boy would lie down on the priest's bed, one resting his head at the man's shoulder, another sitting near his feet. The priest would kiss the boys and grope them, he said, all while the Rev. Juan Barros watched.

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Australia archbishop charged with concealing sex abuse

BBC News Australia, 17 March 2015 Last updated at 09:19 ET

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, has been charged with concealing child sexual abuse by a priest in the 1970s.

He denies failing to report abuse carried out by Jim Fletcher, who died in prison in 2006 while serving time for raping an altar boy.

If found guilty the archbishop could serve up to two years in jail.

 

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Fleeing the FLDS: Followers are abandoning the notorious sect in droves

by March 16, 2015 5:00AM ET, Al Jazeera America

Warren Jeff's polygamous sect crumbles in the face of a federal lawsuit and a mass exodus.

Hildale, Utah  --  "I finally heard about this thing called Facebook, like, a year ago.  I had no idea what it war," says22-year old Brigham Johnson, rubbing his neat beard nervously.

He' embarrassed it took him to long to   . .  .

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6 Reasons Why Sexual Predators Target Churches

March 09, 2015, Tim Challies, Challies.com

It is terrible but true—sexual predators target churches. In the mind of a predator, a church offers a compelling target and, too often, an easy target. I recently worked my way through On Guard by Deepak Reju and learned that there are at least 6 reasons why sexual predators specifically target churches.

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Leslie Hittner: Judge Catholic bishops by their actions

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Lakewood rabbi ordered beatings and demanded cash for forced divorces, attacker testifies

By MaryAnn Spoto, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Star-LedgerMarch 11, 2015 at 7:17 PM, updated March 12, 2015 at 7:56 AM 

TRENTON —A Lakewood rabbi accused of arranging forced divorces orchestrated the beating of a Brooklyn man and demanded $50,000 for his work, a convicted Jewish religious leader said on Wednesday.

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Archdiocese of St. Louis ordered to produce 20 years of documents on sexual abuse

 , St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 11, 2015

A judge has ordered the Archdiocese of St. Louis to produce two decades worth of internal documents on sexual abuse allegations.

Thomas J. Prebil is only the second judge to attempt to compel the archdiocese to hand over such an extensive number of records.

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Court rules church can't shield $60 million in abuse cases

By Bruce Vielmetti And Annysa Johnson, March 10, 2015, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In a blow to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in its ongoing bankruptcy, a federal appeals court on Monday put a $60 million cemetery trust fund back in play to potentially settle claims related to sexual abuse by priests.

The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the church cannot use the First Amendment or a 1993 law aimed at protecting religious freedom to shield the funds.

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More than 1,000 quizzed already in sex abuse allegations: Detectives raid homes of Leon Brittan and ex-head of the Army

  • ~Homes of Leon Brittan and Lord Bramall have been raided by the police 
  • ~Raids conducted by officers from Scotland Yard's Operation Midland 
  • ~Operation was set up to investigate claims of a child sex abuse ring in 80s
  • ~Properties in London and Yorkshire belonging to Lord Brittan searched
  • ~Home owned by Lord Bramall in Surrey was also raided by officers 
  • ~Lord Bramall is one of the country's most decorated war veterans  
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Forth Worth Diocese Interrogated Sex Abuse Victim and His Mother in a Starbucks: Lawsuit

, Dallas Observer Blogs

By 2013, the stories of child molestation in the Catholic church, along with the archdiocese's attempts to sweep the allegations under the rug, were old news. In that year alone, sex abuse cases cost the Catholic church $108,954,109, according to a report by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The bishops acknowledged the church's failings and laid out a series of recommendations to prevent more abuse and abuse cover-ups. "We pledge that we will work toward healing and reconciliation for those sexually abused by clerics," they wrote.

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