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Mother and son reunite — almost 50 years after she says an Omaha priest forced her to give up her baby

By Michael O'Connor, World-Herald, Jun 5, 2017 

Her hands trembled as she held the letter.

“Hello,” the note began. “I apologize for sending this to your office — it’s the only address I found.”

Her body shook as she read the next words in a message she’d awaited for decades and wondered if she’d ever receive: “I’m the person you were looking for.”

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Archbishop accused of hiding pedophilia

Mexico News Daily | Saturday, June 3, 2017

A senior official of the Catholic Church in Mexico announced his resignation yesterday, the same day that a former priest filed accusations that Cardinal Norberto Rivera had concealed 15 cases of pedophilia by priests.

Rivera presented his resignation as Primate Archbishop of Mexico to church authorities, complying with regulations that require prelates to retire upon reaching the age of 75.

 

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State Assembly announces revised child sex abuse victims bill could pass by next week

BY KENNETH LOVETT, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, June 3, 2017

ALBANY — The state Assembly Friday introduced a reworked bill designed to make it easier for child sex abuse survivors to seek justice as adults — and it’s expected to pass as soon as next week.

The bill goes slightly further than a previous version that had been criticized by abuse survivors, who now support it.

Bill sponsor Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) said the plan is to move the bill through committee starting Tuesday and then have a full floor vote later in the week.

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12% of children in 'high-income' countries have endured abuse, inquiry told

The Hearld, June 1, 2017

More than one in eight children in well-off countries around the world say they have experienced some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime, Scotland's child abuse inquiry has heard.

Even more - one in five - has been at the receiving end of violence from a parent or caregiver, the inquiry was told.

The hearing heard claims there is a "huge gap" between the cases known about by authorities and what children actually report when they are questioned in a confidential survey.

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Here's What Happened to Father Maskell After 'The Keepers'

By Caitlin Busch, May 31, 2017, Inverse Entertainment

The "villain" of Netflix's docu-series doesn't get any less complicated after the final episode.

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Child sex abuse survivor says Catholic Church’s ‘hush money’ settlement won’t ease horrifying nightmares of assault

By Kenneth Lovett, Stephen Rex Brown, Reuven Blau, May 30, 2017, New York Daily News

When Peter Marghella hurt his ribs wrestling with some friends at summer camp he had no idea it would change his life forever.

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Australia plans paedophile passport ban

May 30, 2017, BBC News

Convicted paedophiles would be denied passports in Australia under a "world-first" plan proposed by the government.

The proposal, to be introduced to parliament, would prohibit registered sex offenders from travelling overseas.

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Pastor put on leave after concerns of interactions with youth

Valley News Live, May 29, 2017

When asked about the nature of the accusations against Father Feltman, a Fargo Diocese spokesperson said that any of those questions would have to be directed towards the Richland County Sheriff's office.

The spokesperson also couldn't say if there were similar claims made at Father Feltman's previous parishes.

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Irish victim alleges abuse by Maskell

By May 28 2017, The Sunday Times

A potential Irish victim of Joseph Maskell, an American priest who fled to Co Wexford in the 1990s following allegations of sexual abuse in Baltimore, Maryland, has come forward after a Netflix documentary revealed his possible involvement in murder.

Maskell fled to Ireland in 1995 after US police uncovered a trove of incriminating documents, including psychological profiles of his victims, that he had buried in a Baltimore graveyard the previous year. While in Ireland he worked as a psychologist in private practice and with the local area health board.

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Anthony Foster: campaigner for child sexual abuse victims dies

The chair of Australia’s child sex abuse royal commission has said he is “deeply saddened” by the death of tireless victims advocate Anthony Foster.

Foster, who became a relentless advocate after his daughters were raped by a priest, was reported to have died on Friday evening from a major stroke.

Foster and his wife, Chrissie, shared their torment to the media and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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