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Court rules church can't shield $60 million in abuse cases

By Bruce Vielmetti And Annysa Johnson, March 10, 2015, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In a blow to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in its ongoing bankruptcy, a federal appeals court on Monday put a $60 million cemetery trust fund back in play to potentially settle claims related to sexual abuse by priests.

The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the church cannot use the First Amendment or a 1993 law aimed at protecting religious freedom to shield the funds.

More than 1,000 quizzed already in sex abuse allegations: Detectives raid homes of Leon Brittan and ex-head of the Army

  • ~Homes of Leon Brittan and Lord Bramall have been raided by the police 
  • ~Raids conducted by officers from Scotland Yard's Operation Midland 
  • ~Operation was set up to investigate claims of a child sex abuse ring in 80s
  • ~Properties in London and Yorkshire belonging to Lord Brittan searched
  • ~Home owned by Lord Bramall in Surrey was also raided by officers 
  • ~Lord Bramall is one of the country's most decorated war veterans  

Forth Worth Diocese Interrogated Sex Abuse Victim and His Mother in a Starbucks: Lawsuit

, Dallas Observer Blogs

By 2013, the stories of child molestation in the Catholic church, along with the archdiocese's attempts to sweep the allegations under the rug, were old news. In that year alone, sex abuse cases cost the Catholic church $108,954,109, according to a report by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The bishops acknowledged the church's failings and laid out a series of recommendations to prevent more abuse and abuse cover-ups. "We pledge that we will work toward healing and reconciliation for those sexually abused by clerics," they wrote.

Suit accuses ex-Notre Dame chaplain of sex abuse

Lynn Walker, 12:01 PM, Mar 4, 2015, Time Record, Wichita Falls

A man who claims he suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a priest at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its bishop, Michael F. Olson.

The plaintiff, who is identified in court papers only as John Doe 117, alleges he was abused by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain between 1989 and 1991.

Busy Day at Philly Archdiocese – New Abuse Accusations and More Child Porn

March 3, 2015 by Susan Matthews, Catholics4Change

The Federal authorities have announced new evidence of more crimes committed by Father Mark Haynes. The new evidence includes destroying a laptop (which was evidence) and, far worse, allegations of sexual abuse of at least three children. The abuse accusations fall outside the statute of limitations (SOL).

Priest seeks to halt trial on indecent assault charges

Mary Carolan, Mon, Mar 2, 2015, 15:07, The Irish Times

A priest is seeking permission to bring High Court proceedings aimed at halting his trial on charges of indecently assaulting 14 boys at a secondary school in Munster.

The charges relate to alleged offences between 1969 and 1990 and the priest contends his right to a fair trial has been prejudiced due to a “fatal deficit” of disclosure, Mr Justice Seamus Noonan was told.

Franciscan friars accused of racist rants at St. Francis Friends of the Poor

Forgive me, fathers, for you have sinned.

Three Catholic priests who run homeless charities in Manhattan are anything but Christian behind closed doors, longtime female staffers at St. Francis Friends of the Poor claim in a lawsuit.

Philipsburg priest on leave after allegations of sexual misconduct

In a statement Friday, Altoona-Johnstown Diocese Bishop Mark Bartchak announced that the Rev. Robert Kelly was “on leave from active ministry” because of allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors dating back more than 30 years.

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Iowa Senate panel weighs changes in child sex abuse lawsuits

William Petroski, [email protected] 4:10 p.m. CST February 26, 2015, Des Moines Register

Victims of child sexual abuse would have more time to file civil lawsuits, and the statute of limitations for child sex crimes would be eliminated, under a bill advanced by an Iowa Senate subcommittee following emotional testimony Thursday.

An Advocate for the Sexually Abused Demands Answers from Prestonwood Baptist Church

, Dallas Observer  

The letter was anonymous, just like other warnings that came before it. In late January, it arrived in the mailboxes of advocates who work on behalf of Christian sex-abuse victims. For 26 pages, it offered a rambling defense of a place that shouldn't need one — Prestonwood Baptist Church, a Plano mega-church with 37,000 members, three campuses, decades of mostly good publicity and a celebrity pastor named Jack Graham.

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