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A better class of baby: Irish nuns discriminated against poorer mothers

Dara Kelly       

A letter from the nuns at Sean Ross Abbey in County Tipperary to adoptive parents, published this week, throws a harsh light on the prevailing attitudes of the clergy to unwed Irish mothers and their offspring, who were often forcibly adopted for cash, records show.        

Abusive Priests Outed—Time Running Out to Bring More Claims

Stephanie Woodard, 7/13/15, Indian Country Today Media Network
Law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates has released the names of seven priests and brothers whom a Catholic religious order agreed had been “credibly accused” of child sexual abuse. The disclosure results from a 2014 lawsuit brought in Minnesota against the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.


The Camera in Your Church’s Bathroom

Holy Seers, 07.10.151:00 AM ET, The Daily Beast 

This week, police alleged an Oregon priest either placed a camera in his church’s bathroom or covered for someone who did. He wouldn’t be the first religious leader to do so.


Pages and protection: A first step in bringing clergy sex abuse secrets to light

, National Catholic Reporter

We published our first major exposé on the abuse of minors by clergy in our June 7, 1985, issue, just days before the U.S. bishops were to gather at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., for their annual June meeting. Our coverage comprised a long piece out of Louisiana by Jason Berry about a young priest-pedophile in the Lafayette diocese;

A strong press is the Lafayette lesson

Five former Belleville Oblate priests “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors

Metro-East News, July 8, 2015

Seven former priests, including five who once had ties to the religious order that operates the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows near Belleville, have been publicly named in Minnesota as “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of minors, according to a written statement from the national Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

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Thanks to NCR, my crisis became a cause

 |     National Catholic Reporter

A single issue of NCR changed the course of my life and eventually led to my starting an international movement of survivors of clergy abuse. I am extremely grateful to NCR!

Magdalene Laundries services plan 'missing fundamental elements'

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 08:34 AM, Irish Examiner

A range of health services will become available from today for women who worked in the Magdalene Laundries.

The move is part of the Government's redress scheme for women who were resident in certain institutions.

Survivors, advocates form a chapter of anti-abuse network

Jun 29, 2015 by Mennonite World Review staff, Mennonite World Review

Group with Catholic roots now serves people from various faith communities

Twelve survivors of sexual abuse and their advocates have formed an Anabaptist-Mennonite chapter of an organization that “protects the vulnerable, heals the wounded and exposes the truth.”

Leaders of the group, known as SNAP-Menno, announced its formation June 23.

AL Attorneys: Deposing Catholic school priest would "harass and embarrass" him, regarding past sex allegations

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 7:25 PM PDT, By Kati Weis, FOX10 News Reporter

MOBILE, AL (WALA) - According to the most recent court documents filed in Mobile County Circuit Court, attorneys for Father Johnny Savoie are still trying to block subpoenas requesting to hear his sworn testimony about previous allegations against him.


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