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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.
Abuse victims group demands diocesan records of priest
By David Falchek
March 26, 2014
A group representing abuse victims demands Bishop Joseph Bambera release documents about an accused former Diocese of Scranton priest who is now second-in-command at a South American diocese.
Dear Pope Francis, To Know Is Not The Same As To Do
By Rob Dreher
March 24, 2014
Pope Francis has named his top-level panel to deal with the sexual abuse crisis among the Catholic clergy. Excerpt:
comments Once again, no punishment for Archibishop Myers in Fugee case: Editorial
Michael Fugee is no longer a Catholic priest, and that is right and just. Not only did he confess to fondling a teenage boy, he repeatedly broke a binding legal agreement to stay away from other children. The man is a menace.
Future Pope accused of failing abuse victims while archbishop
By Isabel de Bertodano
March 21, 2014
Pope Francis has been accused of failing to take appropriate action in a number of cases of clerical child abuse that came to light while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
Former Greenwich priest named in victims' group petition
By Daniel Tepfer
March 19, 2014
Bishop Frank Caggiano has agreed to meet with representatives of national and local victim support groups who Wednesday called for him to hire an outside firm to investigate two priests who have been accused in the past of sex abuse -- including a prominent former Greenwich pastor who has admitted he hid more than 40 years of abuse complaints.
The Record: Church insensitivity
By the Record
March 18, 2014
EVEN IN death, the Archdiocese of Newark puts the interests of its institutional self above the people it is charged to serve. Its new funeral policy for priests who were removed from ministry on sexual abuse accusations is designed to shield the families of these priests, as well as the Catholic Church, from unwanted publicity. The victims of sexual abuse do not matter.
Why Catholic Church still gets picked on
By Pocono Record
"When you go in through those doors, it is supposed to be a spiritual, wholesome place. .. You don't know who you're listening to anymore ... It's like using the word of God for other purposes." — Roman Catholic Jose Soto, 44, talking to Fox News in Arecito, Puerto Rico
Priest in Pike County sex case promoted after move to Paraguay
By Beth Brelje
March 14, 2014
A Roman Catholic priest who was accused of molesting boys in Shohola and Moscow, Pa., has been promoted to the No. 2 position in his diocese in Paraguay.