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Editorial: Missouri high court OKs harassment of priest victims group
In the law there's something called a "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation." They're filed by a powerful individuals or organization who want to shut up their critics by burying them in legal fees and hassles.
OF ALL the organisations that serve America’s poor, few do more good work than the Catholic church: its schools and hospitals provide a lifeline for millions. Yet even taking these virtues into account, the finances of the Catholic church in America are an unholy mess. The sins involved in its book-keeping are not as vivid or grotesque as those on display in the various sexual-abuse cases that have cost the American church more than $3 billion so far; but the financial mismanagement and questionable business practices would have seen widespread resignations at the top of any other public institution.
Sex Abuse Case Moves Forward Against Former Bell Gardens Pastor
(CNS) – A judge has cleared the way for trial of a young man’s lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by the former pastor of a Lutheran church in Bell Gardens.
Congregation shocked by charges against former youth pastor
Free Methodist Church leaders were "in shock" and "deeply concerned" after learning a youth pastor, who recently worked in Saskatoon, is charged in Ontario with attempted aggravated sexual assault and luring a child by means of computer.
When Priests Become Predators, Profiles of Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors: An Interview with Tom Neuberger
For nearly 40 years, Tom Neuberger has been a legal gadfly, challenging the powers that be and fighting for the “little guy” in the court system and the media. Although raised a devout Catholic and having received nearly all of his schooling in that educational system, Tom has spent the twilight of his career seeking justice on behalf of those who were betrayed by the very institution which played such a key part in his education and upbringing.
Outside LCWR meeting, victims allege abuse by sisters
ST. LOUIS -- As Catholic sisters from across the country were sequestered in meeting rooms Wednesday to discuss broad issues of the place of women and men in the church, specifically their relationships with bishops following a Vatican rebuke, five people stood outside the building.
Clergy abuse victims too scared to speak to inquiry
A former Victorian sex crimes squad detective says many clergy abuse victims are too scared to make submissions to a parliamentary inquiry.
Report offers hope for real-world thinking at KC diocese
Today, the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese takes another step toward transparency and common sense.
Trial starts for man accused of sex abuse
The trial begins Wednesday for a man accused of posing as a marriage counselor and sexually abusing his patients. The trial begins Wednesday for a man accused of posing as a marriage counselor and sexually abusing his patients.
Monsignor Lynn Will Ask To Be Released On Bail
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Monsignor William Lynn plans to seek bail Monday while his attorneys appeal his conviction in the church sex abuse scandal.