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Man recounts alleged sexual assault by priest in Kennebunkport

Church laws deliberately misused to cover up sex claims: Royal Commission

By Rachel Browne, February 9, 2017, The Sydney Morning Herald

Catholic church authorities deliberately misused their own legal code to excuse claims of child sexual abuse and protect alleged perpetrators, according to testimony before a royal commission.

The fourth day of an inquiry into the Catholic church's approach to child sexual abuse heard that canon law has been used to justify the cover-up of alleged crimes.

How does a canonical trial work?

By Krystal Paco, February 08, 2017, Kuam

Archbishop Anthony Apuron is reportedly being tried in the Vatican for allegations of child sex abuse, but he was spotted in Fairfield, California just last month. What's the deal? One expert gives us a better understanding of protocol in Rome.

What can we expect from the ongoing canonical trial in Rome for Archbishop Apuron? Nothing.

California outlaws secret abuse settlements, hidden evidence

By Joelle Castiex, February 6, 2017, The Worthy Adversary

The era of secret child sex abuse settlements in California is over.

I am usually quick to beat up on California Governor Jerry Brown for his poor record on protecting institutions who cover-up child sex abuse. But a new law enacted January 1, 2017, slipped under my radar— and organizations who harbor men and women who prey on children should be on notice.

Royal commission into child sexual abuse: 1,880 alleged perpetrators identified in Catholic Church

By Philippa McDonald and Riley Stuart, February 5, 2017,

More than 20 per cent of the members of some Catholic religious orders — including Marist Brothers and Christian Brothers — were allegedly involved in child sexual abuse, a royal commission hearing in Sydney has been told.

Nearly 2,000 Catholic Church figures, including priests, religious brothers and sisters, and employees, were identified as alleged perpetrators in a report released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Canon lawyers: Guam clergy abuse trials could rip open secret archives

By Haidee V Eugenio , [email protected], Pacific Daily News, 

Guam clergy sexual abuse trials could rip open secret archives that every bishop or archbishop is required to keep under canon law, U.S.-based experts on laws governing the Catholic Church said.

The church secret archives contain sensitive records that could pertain to priest misconduct such as their sexual abuse of children, substance abuse and alcoholism, as well as mental health challenges, lawyers said.

SOFT JUSTICE Peter Ball, paedo bishop and pal of Prince Charles is free from prison halfway through his sentence for abusing 18 teen boys

A PREDATORY paedophile bishop and close pal of Prince Charles has been freed from prison halfway through his sentence.

Retired Bishop of Gloucester Peter Ball, now 84, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for grooming and abusing 18 teenagers and young men.

One later committed suicide.

Elite private school allowed sex abuse for decades, grand jury finds

By Tony Rhodin,, February 1, 2017

Students were sexually abused over more than 50 years at a small private school in Bucks County, and although administrators knew of the crimes, they weren't reported to authorities, a county grand jury report says.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub says charges won't be brought but changes must be made after a county grand jury's report details sexual abuse at Solebury School. (Kurt Bresswein | For 

Most of the acts are past the statute of limitations so charges can't be brought, and the one case that could be prosecuted won't be at the request of the victim, the Bucks County District Attorney's Office said in a news release Wednesday.


State Senate reintroduces child sex abuse bill that lifts some time limits for lawsuits

By Steve Esack, January 30, 2017, The Morning Call

In a surprise move Monday, a Senate panel resurrected and then unanimously approved a controversial bill to lift time limits for some child sex abuse victims to sue their alleged abusers and employers who protected them.

But the bill, which is identical to Senate legislation that failed last session, would not permit victims, if they are 31 or older, to retroactively sue their perpetrators as the House had sought following scathing grand jury report into child sex abuse at a Catholic diocese in western Pennsylvania.

5th Navajo sues Mormon church for alleged child sexual abuse

Associated Press, January 27, 2017, Capital Journal

SALT LAKE CITY — A fifth person has filed a lawsuit against the Mormon church accusing religious officials of not doing enough to protect Navajo children from sexual abuse in a now defunct church-run foster program that placed thousands of American Indian children with Mormon families.

The new lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Navajo Nation court by a woman who says was sexually abused as a teenager over a three-year period from 1968-1971 by her foster father at a house in Spanish Fork, Utah. She says was 15-years-old when the abuse began.

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