A bill that will support California survivors of child sexual abuse and help protect today's children has just passed in the California Assembly. It now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature. We applaud California lawmakers for passing this bill and hope that the governor will sign it immediately.
Report into Clergy Abuse Released in Missouri Fails to Get at Root of Clergy Abuse by Ignoring the Role of Church Officials and Cover-Up
Missouri’s top law enforcement official today released a report into clergy abuse in Missouri. The report released by A.G. Schmitt falls dramatically short of efforts by attorneys general in states like Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Tomorrow, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt will release his so-called report on clergy sex crimes and cover ups at a St. Louis news conference. This whitewash is precisely what we predicted and feared: apparently no subpoenas issued, no hearings held, no hotlines established, and no experts consulted.
A diocese in New York is filing for bankruptcy in order to avoid the repercussions of years of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up that are now being litigated thanks to the Child Victims Act. We believe this move by church officials is not about protecting church assets, but rather about protecting their secrets.
A Queens pastor and Vicar General for three bishops who was tasked with investigating cases of sexual abuse has himself been accused of sexual abuse. We are grateful to the victim for coming forward and exposing this apparent “fox in the henhouse” situation.
An investigation by the Washington Post into a Catholic ministry in California has revealed that the group was luring homeless people to their churches with false promises of food and shelter before kidnapping them, stealing their identification, and forcing them to panhandle money for the church. This is an unconscionable and horrific tale that seems like fiction but sadly is not.
In June, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a new model for investigating claims of wrongdoing by bishops. Now, that model is being put to the test in Minnesota and survivor advocates will be watching the outcome closely.
Today at a press conference in New York, important information about abusive clergy in Brooklyn was released to the public. We applaud the work of these independent advocates who prepared this report and hope that this information will help create more informed communities in New York.
Church officials in Bridgeport have updated their list of “credibly accused” priests to include two more names of deceased priests. Now we hope they follow up by actively reaching out to members of their flock and urging witnesses, whistleblowers, and victims to come forward and make a report.