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Pope Francis still has to prove the Church is serious about addressing sex abuse by priests, according to the director of a major new film about how the damaging scandal was exposed in the United States.
Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight", a newsroom drama that focuses on how the Boston Globe broke a local story that was to become a global crisis for the Church, had its premiere on Thursday at the Venice Film Festival.
“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
– Lord Acton
I spent a week last month at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford Pool, Maine, on a directed retreat, speaking with one of the sisters for an hour each day but otherwise, remaining in silence most of the time.
At Marie Joseph, newspapers were available on a table near the entrance to the dining room but I wasn’t interested in news until I read “It’s time to end pattern of deceit and denial on clergy sex abuse cases,” a headline on the July 3-16 issue of the National Catholic Reporter.
The Japan Times, August 30, 2015
Requests for legal advice from women who suffered sexual abuse in childhood have been on the increase since a 2014 court ruling that granted a woman’s request for compensation.
Braley Dodson, Journal Star, August 26, 2015
Peoria — A local catholic priest is being forced to step down from public ministry following allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Allegations against the Rev. Terry Cassidy, pastor of St. Ann catholic church in Peoria, date back nearly 30 years ago, according to a news release from the catholic diocese of Peoria on Wednesday.
By Journal Sentinel, August 25, 2015of the
A group of victims with claims in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy on Tuesday criticized its latest reorganization plan as inadequate, saying it does not do enough to ensure the protection of children or hold the archdiocese accountable for its past actions
By Catherine Deveney, Sunday 23 August 2015 03.00 EDT, The Guardian
They process slowly to the altar, Scotland’s Catholic bishops, their elaborate robes and red zucchettos symbols of their power and status. Around them, the light, honey-coloured stone arches of St Andrew’s cathedral in Glasgow soar, Italian-style embellishment spiralling up the slender columns in Madonna-blue paint and gold leaf.
How five unmarried mothers were buried in an unmarked mass grave alongside 796 babies who went missing at Irish nuns' Mother and Baby home of horrors
By Alison O'Reilly, the Irish Mail, August 24, 2015
The mothers were inmates at institution run by Bon Secours nuns, Galway
Historian Catherine Corless says babies were buried in grave behind home
Probe reveals 9 mothers died in home but burial records exist for only four
The Sisters of Bon Secours say it would now be inappropriate to comment
An arrest warrant has been issued for Father Ysrael Bien, a Sherwood priest who waited nearly a month to report a hidden camera found in a church bathroom to the police.
A break in the case came last week when a customer query led the owners of a Texas company called SpyGuy to Google the original story about the scandal. They determined that someone named Ysrael Bien had purchased a spy camera disguised as an electrical plug, and they called Sherwood police.
Mark Mueller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, August 19, 2015, NJ.com
In an extraordinary admission of wrongdoing, a priest sought by authorities in New Jersey has acknowledged engaging in a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy, but he deflected blame for the incident by saying the teen "wanted" it and had "evil in his mind."
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Dallas Observer
In February, a missionary agency made a startling report about one of its members. "... Mr. [Jordan] Root admitted that he has been sexually attracted to prepubescent female children for many years and that during his service with SIM [Serving in Mission] he has been viewing nude photographs of children via the Internet in order to gratify this desire," says a leaked, confidential report by Serving in Mission International, the missionary agency that Root and his then-wife had volunteered through.