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Archbishop William Lori’s Investigation into Former Wheeling-Charleston Diocese Bishop Michael Bransfield Complete; Matter Forwarded to Vatican

WHEELING — An investigation into former Wheeling-Charleston Diocese bishop Michael Bransfield involved not only allegations of sexual harassment but also financial improprieties, and the matter has now been forwarded to the Vatican in Rome, the Diocese announced Monday.


Group wants names added to pedophile priests list

An advocacy group seeking greater protection for children from pedophile priests called Friday for the Archdiocese of San Antonio to add four names to its list of 56 clergy members who have worked in the area and have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse.


France: Card. Barbarin sentenced to six months suspended sentence

The Lyon court handed Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, a six-month suspended prison sentence for not reporting the cases in the period between July 2014 and June 2015.


Advocates decry diocese’s consideration of accusers’ reputations as ‘sickening’

Victim advocates say the fact that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus considers an accuser’s reputation when determining the credibility of sexual-abuse allegations is “atrocious” and comes across as victim blaming.


On Oprah's 'After Neverland' special, former Eagles player Al Chesley recalls abuse he suffered

During Oprah Winfrey's TV special about the explosive Michael Jackson documentary "After Neverland," former Eagles player Al Chesley spoke about the sexual abuse he suffered as a teenager from a local police officer. 


Oakland Diocese: Priest accused of child sex abuse fled the country

OAKLAND — An Oakland priest who was suspended from his duties following allegations of child sexual abuse, is believed to have fled the country, officials with the Oakland diocese said Saturday.


In NWI, reaction mixed on Vatican sex abuse summit

As Pope Francis called bishops worldwide to Rome last weekend for the Vatican’s first summit on clerical sex abuse, local reactions varied on what it accomplished.


Tyrone priest takes case to Supreme Court

A priest from Co Tyrone who claims he was pushed out of his US parish because he refused to cover up for another priest's sexually inappropriate behaviour with an underage boy is taking his case to the US Supreme Court.


Top Vatican official's sex abuse conviction latest blow to embattled Catholic Church

The revelation that a Catholic cardinal in Australia was convicted of molesting boys marks the most senior member of the church to face prison time for sexual abuse.


Abuse survivor's message to Pope Francis: "Clean up your church, get rid of the pedophiles"

Three clergy abuse survivors all want to know why the Catholic Church still has not laid out concrete steps to stop child sex abuse. "CBS This Morning" has followed their fight for justice since last year, all the way from the U.S. to Rome, where they attended a summit with church leaders and called for a zero-tolerance policy for abuse.


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