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Restraining order, but no charges for New Ulm priest

By: Tom Lyden, August 27, 2017, FOX 9

 - A New Ulm area Catholic priest will not face criminal charges after a six-month long criminal investigation into allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl. 

The girl’s mother, however, has taken matters into her own hands, taking out a restraining order against the priest--Father Sam Wagner, age 33. 

In a statement, the Diocese of New Ulm said Fr. Wagner remains on leave from the ministry pending a decision by its Clergy Review Board.

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Irish priest in Argentine sex abuse scandal

By August 27 2017, The Sunday Times

An Irish priest is at the centre of a sexual abuse scandal engulfing Latin America. Finnlugh Mac Conastair, who died in 1997, has been accused of abusing a 12-year-old boy at a prestigious school in Argentina.

Two other Irishmen are reported to have known of the abuse. The allegations are making headlines across South America and have been reported by English-language news outlets elsewhere.

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How I discovered my childhood priest was in the Ku Klux Klan

The Rev. William M. Aitcheson was my childhood priest and my history teacher. A fervent advocate of the Confederacy, he used to joke about “Saint Robert E. Lee” in his homilies at church. When I was in middle school in the early 2000s, he taught a Civil War history class for the home-school group at my church in the small Shenandoah County town of Woodstock, Va.

He was also a former Ku Klux Klan member, who in 1982 was fined $26,000 for burning crosses in the yard of an African American family and on the grounds of two Jewish establishments — a fine he had never paid. Before that, he was charged with six cross-burnings in Maryland and with sending a threatening letter to Coretta Scott King. 

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RSS-affiliated group writes to Pope Francis and demands apology for 'religious discrimination and the rape of women' by Christians in Meghalaya

The right-wing in India is taking its fight to re-create India in its own image even further afield. 

The battle for the RSS and its many affiliated groups has moved away from the major metropolitan areas and towards the far-flung regions of the North East that are sometimes overlooked.

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'I was raped, beaten and hung by the neck' Christian Brothers abuse survivor wins five-figure payout after 40-year fight for justice

By James Moncur, August 24, 2017, Daily Record

Dave Sharp is the first person in Scotland to win a payment from the Catholic order – decades after he was abused at St Ninian’s residential school in Fife.

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The Latest: Christian sect raid plan to avoid violence

By Associated Press, August 22, 2017, Washington Post

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Latest on a New Mexico military-style Christian sect facing child abuse charges

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Judge: Baton Rouge diocese, area Catholic priest to remain in suit involving confessional

By Joe Gyan Jr., August 21, 2017, The Advocate

A state judge refused Monday to dismiss the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and a priest from a 2009 lawsuit by a woman who says that when she was a teenager she told the priest she was being sexually abused by a church parishioner, but he did not stop or report the alleged abuse.

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SNAP's evolution evident at gathering, in wake of departures

By by Tom Roberts, National Catholic Reporter, August 21, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — SNAP, the organization that has become synonymous with uncovering the clergy sex abuse scandal, may be outpacing its acronym.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, established in 1988, has been at the forefront of advocating for victims of clergy abuse and at pressing for accountability by church leadership. However, it was evident at a gathering of 300 victims, advocates and supporters Aug. 11-13 in Alexandria, Virginia, that the organization is in the midst of change.

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Catholic Church and local authorities criticised for claiming child sex abuse victims 'consented'

The Catholic Church and local authorities have been criticised after trying to claim child sex abuse victims "consented" in a bid to avoid compensation payouts.

Lawyers who represent some of the victims have told the Sunday Telegraph that the defence is more frequently being used by private schools, religious groups and local authorities when trying to defend compensation claims.  

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Sex abuse prevention experts: Brentwood Academy student policies may send troubling message

By Anita Wadhwani and Holly Meyer, Knoxville, Aug. 18, 2017, Tennessean

At the center of allegations that a 12-year-old boy was raped in 2015 in the locker room of an elite Brentwood Christian school are questions about how school officials respond to student misconduct.

A review of a Brentwood Academy student handbook reveals a biblical-based approach to student conduct.

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