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Clergy confidentiality at issue in Amish bishop's case

The criminal complaint against the Amish bishop is clear about how he learned of a church member’s alleged sexual assault on three young teenage girls:


New York extends civil ‘look back’ for child sexual assault victims

ALBANY — New Yorkers who were sexually assaulted as children will have a little more time to take legal action against their alleged abusers.


Catholic Diocese, Western Mass. District Attorneys Reach Deal On Sexual Abuse Reporting

The Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese and three western Massachusetts prosecutors have reached a deal on how the church will report sexual abuse allegations.


Saints emails, lawsuits could be buried in church bankruptcy

A bankruptcy filing by New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese freezes sexual abuse lawsuits and could help bury the details of alleged coverups of predator priests and thousands of internal emails documenting a behind-the-scenes alliance with the New Orleans Saints.


Supreme Court says Basilian Fathers responsible for $2.5M in damages to sexual abuse victim Rod MacLeod

Rod MacLeod, the victim of a pedophile priest in the 1960s at a Sudbury high school, said he hopes his latest legal victory will inspire other sexual abuse victims to come forward and “seek justice through the court.”


There’s a new Baptist sex abuser database, but SBC action is still needed

(RNS) — For more than a decade, abuse survivor advocates have been asking the Southern Baptist Convention to establish a clergy predator database, and for just as long they've been confronted with a denomination determined to do nothing.


Attorneys for alleged victims of church sex abuse respond to Archdiocese of New Orleans bankruptcy filing

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Attorneys for alleged church sex abuse victims with pending lawsuits against the Archdiocese of New Orleans released the following statement Friday responding to the Archdiocese’s bankruptcy filing.


Sacramento loses leading advocate for sexual abuse survivors

Joseph C. George, Sr., was a man who changed trajectories.

The description is apt not just of his own life, but the lives of the staff, clients and the many people who faced the Philadelphia native in court. Most of those were with organizations who knowingly covered up abuse and tried to make it go away.


The Buffalo Diocese is kicking these 23 priests off its payroll

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Clarification (5:20 p.m.): The Diocese of Buffalo originally indicated that Fr. James A. Spielman and Fr. John P. Hajduk would stop receiving benefits, but Wednesday afternoon clarified that they had both had "disassociated himself from the Diocese and moved elsewhere and has not been on the Diocesan pension plan or received any benefits."


Survivors of clergy sex abuse want accountability following Priest released on house arrest

The release of a priest convicted of molesting a teenage boy is raising questions for the judicial system and the COVID-19 pandemic.


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