This morning, attorneys for the Archdiocese of New Orleans were asked by an abuse victim’s attorney if Catholic officials were considering filing for bankruptcy. What such a decision would mean for that survivor, and others, needs to be put into context.
More charges against an allegedly abusive Catholic priest have been brought forward thanks to the work done by Michigan’s attorney general. The progress being made in Michigan should be a signal to other attorneys general around the country that children can be protected in their own states by launching a secular investigation into clergy abuse immediately.
For the second time in six months, police in Cheyenne, WY, have wrapped up an investigation into retired Bishop Joseph Hart. We hope that this investigation will again recommend charges be filed against him so that future children will be protected and so his victims will have a chance at justice in a court of law.
A Massachusetts priest who admitted to abusing “perhaps dozens” of boys had his request for parole denied today. We applaud this decision as it will keep children safer and shows that secular officials are treating serial sexual abuse with all the seriousness it deserves.
A Minnesota diocese has reached a $34 million settlement with nearly 100 survivors of clergy sexual abuse. We hope that this settlement will bring healing to survivors and greater public attention to the ongoing issues of clergy sexual abuse.
A priest who was convicted last November on charges that he sexually abused a child in the erily 2000s had his conviction vacated this week because a new judge believes the priest did not receive a fair trial. We are dismayed that the victim will have to go through yet another trial but are hopeful that the priest will once again be found guilty.
Odd Mix-up on Archdiocese of New Orleans List of Accused Priests Illustrates the Need for Secular Investigations
An odd mix-up of identities on the list of credibly accused priests released by church officials in New Orleans is the latest example of the need for outside, secular investigations into allegations of abuse levied against clerics. It is clear that church officials themselves are incapable of accurately relaying details to parishioners and the public.
A new report from the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica has found dozens of priests accused of abuse in the United States have gone on to work in other countries, sometimes with the knowledge of church leaders. This is yet another sign that sexual abuse crisis continues today, despite the rhetoric from church officials, and is a clear indicator of the need for every single diocese to be investigated by secular law enforcement officials.
Two recent cases involving Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints staff and child pornography requires that LDS leadership take steps to share this information where the community where each men worked and call for victims and witnesses to come forward and make a report to police.
A former priest from Fargo admitted in recently unsealed documents that he isn’t remorseful for sexually abusing children. This admission is a stunningly honest look into the mind of a serial abuser of children and we hope that this news will encourage survivors, witnesses, and whistleblowers to come forward and report their abusers, no matter when the abuse occurred.