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Boston: Truth and Complicity

Garry Wills, January 15, 2016, New York Review of Books

Investigative reporting got a boost in 1976, after the movie All the President’s Menshowed what a small team (two men) could do if an editor and owner like Ben Bradlee and Kay Graham at The Washington Post let them keep digging for a long time. Another such coup was brought off by The Boston Globe in 2002, when its own investigative team of four people, called “Spotlight,” broke the story of Cardinal Law’s protection of priests who sexually preyed on children.  

Archbishop John Nienstedt, Bishop Robert Finn have new homes outside former dioceses

By Brian Roewe, Jan. 14, 2016,  National Catholic Reporter

Two U.S. bishops who prematurely resigned their posts amid clergy sexual abuse scandals each have found new landing spots outside their previous dioceses.

A southern Michigan parish announced over the weekend that Archbishop John Nienstedt, formerly head of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, will help out temporarily in the coming months, while Bishop Robert Finn, former head of the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo. diocese, began last month as chaplain for a Nebraska community of women religious.

Catholic Church Admits Prov. School Aide Arrested for Sexual Assault Worked at Cathedral

GoLocalProv News Team and Kate Nagle, Wednesday, January 13, 2016,

A teacher's aide at a Providence Middle School who was arrested for sexually assaulting a minor had been working part time at the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul in Providence, GoLocal has learned. 

Another judge criticizes Jehovah’s Witnesses’ court tactics

By Trey Bundy / January 11, 2016, Reveal, the Center for Investigative Journalism

A panel of judges in Philadelphia has ruled that Jehovah’s Witnesses used an “abusive tactic” to delay a trial in which a woman accused the religion’s leaders of covering up her abuse as a child.  

Victim of priest waits for Phila. Archdiocese to help him before he dies

Mike Newall, Inquiry, January 10, 2016, Philadelphia Inquiry

Brian McDonnell lies in his small, dark room under the crucifix on his wall, praying Hail Marys on his blue plastic rosary beads. Symbols of a church that had forsaken him, but one that he has never abandoned.

He worries that he is dying. It is all he thinks about.

Even death doesn't diminish former bishop's arrogant legacy

By David Rutter, January 8, 2016, Chicago Tribune Lake County News-Sun

In 2005, this was a snippet of Bishop Joseph Imesch's then-sealed sworn deposition detailing two decades of child sexual abuse by Joliet Diocese clerics under his management:

Imesch: "As far as I can remember, I think (priest) Gary (Berthiaume) admitted to me that he had done it before the conviction."


Arrest warrant issued for priest who admitted sex with teenage boy

By Mark Mueller, January 7, 2016, 

An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspended New Jersey priest who admitted to a reporter in August that he engaged in a sexual encounter with a teenage boy 13 years ago.

10 Women Accuse Christian Leader Tied To Duggars Of Rape, Sex Abuse

Jesuits to pay 281k to settle lawsuits against former SLU president Daniel O'Connell

By Danny Wicentowski on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 6:00 am, Riverfront Times

In the late 1960s, while Daniel O'Connell was a "very popular" professor at Saint Louis University, a female undergraduate alleges that he used his position to sexually abuse her during counseling sessions. Years later, in 2012, the woman filed a lawsuit claiming that O'Connell held her on his lap while he masturbated and told her that sex would bring her closer to God. 

Ex-pastor pleads guilty to child porn charge

Matthew Glowicki, January 4, 2016, Courier Journal


A Louisville Roman Catholic priest was taken into custody Monday after pleading guilty to a single felony count of accessing child porn.


Stephen Pohl, 57, a former pastor at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, admitted to accessing the pornographic images of nude underage boys on computers at the church rectory and office between January and August 2015.


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