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Warrant Alleges Pattern Of Sexual Abuse By East Windsor Priest
By Kelly Glista
April 15, 2014
ENFIELD — An East Windsor priest who came to the attention of law enforcement when he reported feeling threatened by a local teenager had exploited his relationship with the teen in order to gain sexual contact, according to an arrest warrant unsealed on Tuesday.
Panel finds 'confusing and inadequate' archdiocese system for sex abuse protections
By Madeleine Baran
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Poor oversight and flawed policies are among the serious shortcomings inside the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that opened the door "for some priests to harm children," a panel ordered by the archbishop concluded Monday.
Deadline to file claims against Gallup diocese
By Olivier Uyttebrouck
Monday, April 14, 2014
People who allege they were sexually abused by priests in the Diocese of Gallup have until Aug. 11 to file claims in the diocese’s bankruptcy case, an Albuquerque judge ordered Friday.
As a Kansas City detective is honored in the Shawn Ratigan case, diocese is castigated
By Judy Thomas
April 9, 2014
A Kansas City police detective was honored Wednesday for her work to protect children, most notably in the case of a Kansas City priest now serving a prison sentence for child pornography.
Swift action needed from Pope Francis on child sex abuse
By Mary Dispenza
April 4, 2014
A WEEK ago, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, head of the Italian Episcopal Conference, defended the Vatican’s policy of not requiring clergy to report child sex abuse to the authorities. “The Vatican requires national laws to be respected, and we know that there is no such duty (to report abuse) under Italian law,” he told reporters.
Police departments: Archdiocese hasn't delivered priest files, yet
By Madeleine Baran
Friday, April 4, 2014
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Thursday that it has contacted nearly 50 law enforcement agencies in the past two weeks to provide files on priests accused of child sexual abuse. However, none of 12 metro law enforcement agencies contacted by MPR News confirmed that the archdiocese had offered files to review.
Archbishop Nienstedt answering questions about clergy sexual abuse scandal in deposition today
By Madeleine Baran
April 2, 2014
Archbishop John Nienstedt will testify under oath today about his handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations in St. Paul and Minneapolis, marking the first time that the leader of the Twin Cities archdiocese has been forced to answer questions about his role in the scandal.
The Fight to Reveal Abuses by Catholic Priests
By Clyde Haberman
March 30, 2014
Cardinal Edward M. Egan, the former Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, is in no way the principal face of the sexual abuse scandals that have buffeted the church and its priesthood almost without pause for three decades. But he embodies a certain mind-set among some in the highest clerical ranks. It is an attitude that has led critics, who of late include the authors of a scathing United Nations committee report, to wonder about the depth of the church’s commitment to atone for past predations and to ensure that those sins of the fathers are visited on no one else.
Statute of limitations on sexual abuse needs a fix
By Claudia Vercellotti
March 28, 2014
Supposedly to give child sex-abuse victims a chance to expose their perpetrators, Ohio legislators passed a unique law in 2007. It's called a “civil registry” for those found in a civil proceeding to have molested kids. There is just one problem: It doesn’t work.
Survivors, supporters voice concerns over Milwaukee's bankruptcy plan
By Marie Rohde
March 26, 2014
MILWAUKEE-- For 30 years, the Milwaukee archdiocese has provided therapy for the victims of clergy sex abuse. The plan it released as part of its bankruptcy reorganization plan is a continuation of that program.