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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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Mother sues Catholic church after administrators accuse her of child abuse

Brendaliss Gonzalez,  May 18, 2015, KSHB Kansas City

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As Le Moyne prepares for Dolan speech, leader of abuse survivors group says: Remember us

By Sean Kirst | skirst@syracuse.com The Post-Standard, May 16, 2015 at 8:33 AM, updated May 16, 2015 at 4:59 PM, The Post Standard

Almost a year ago, Charlie Bailey's dentist said to him: You look a little gray. The worried dentist said Bailey should see a cardiologist. Bailey had already gone through all the standard tests, including a stress test and an echocardiogram. Everything about his heart seemed to be fine.

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Buried In Baltimore: The Mysterious Murder Of A Nun Who Knew Too Much

Posted: 05/14/2015 4:51 pm EDT  by Laura Bassett lbassett@huffingtonpost.com

On a frigid day in November 1969, Father Joseph Maskell, the chaplain of Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, called a student into his office and suggested they go for a drive. When the final bell rang at 2:40 p.m., Jean Hargadon Wehner, a 16-year-old junior at the all-girls Catholic school, followed the priest to the parking lot and climbed into the passenger seat of his light blue Buick Roadmaster.

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