Editorial: Archbishop Carlson has some troubling memory lapses

By St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board

June 11, 2014

“And Pilate asked him, ‘Art thou the King of the Jews?’ And he answering said unto him, ‘I can’t remember.’ ”

Of course that’s not what the second verse of the 15th chapter of Mark’s gospel actually says. Jesus, on trial for his life before Pontius Pilate, replies, “Thou sayest it.”

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Abuser Priests Were "Off Duty," Lawyer Argues

By Patricia Miller

June 6, 2014

A central contention of the Catholic bishops’ “religious liberty” argument is that Catholics shouldn’t have to "check their faith at the door" when it comes to religious objections to contraception or same-sex marriage in public life. In other words, Catholics are always on duty, whether at church or at home or at work at Hobby Lobby or baking a wedding cake.

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SNAP seeks independent review of abuse handling by prominent SBC churches

By Bob Allen

June 5, 2014

A victims’ support group wants the Southern Baptist Convention to reopen a study of the denomination’s methods of handling alleged clergy sex abuse, this time with help from an independent investigation.

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Retired Archbishop Flynn doesn't recall details from his handling of clergy abuse

By Madeleine Baran

June 4, 2014

Faced with tough questions under oath last month, former Twin Cities archbishop Harry Flynn said at least 134 times that he could not remember how he handled clergy sexual abuse cases during his 13-year tenure, according to documents made public Wednesday.

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EXCLUSIVE: After US sex abuse scandals, an accused priest rises again in Paraguay

By Will Carless

June 3, 2014

CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay — A hush falls across the church, broken only by the rhythmic swish of the censer as it bestows acrid incense across the faces of the congregation.

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When is a priest not a priest? When he's molesting a child, diocese says in defense of lawsuit

By Mark Mueller

June 2, 2014

Chris Naples says something snapped inside him that January day.

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St. Thomas faculty member embroiled in sex abuse investigation to retire

By Madeleine Baran and Jon Collins 

May 30, 2014

The University of St. Thomas said Tuesday that a long-time faculty member who faced questions about his knowledge of sexual abuse allegations against a professor is retiring.

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Ex-archdiocesan official contradicts Nienstedt's sworn testimony over abuse claim

By Madeleine Baran

May 28, 2014

A former top official of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis contradicted Archbishop John Nienstedt's account of how top officials responded to a sexual abuse claim against a Catholic priest, according to sworn testimony made public today.

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UN panel slams Vatican on priest sex abuse scandal

By the AP

May 23, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — A United Nations committee concluded Friday that the Vatican has effective worldwide control over bishops and priests who must comply with a U.N. anti-torture treaty, a finding that could expose the Catholic Church to new lawsuits by victims of clerical sex abuse.

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Fifth anniversary of Ryan child abuse report today

By Patsy McGarry

May 20, 2014

The fourth and final report on implementation of the 99 recommendations arising from the Ryan report is expected to be laid before the Oireachtas by Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan next month.

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