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Allegations against Cardinal George Pell continue to mount at child abuse Royal Commission

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Broadcast: 21/05/2015, Reporter: David Mark

Cardinal George Pell is under growing pressure to appear before the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse after allegations he tried to bribe a victim to stay quiet, claims that he denies.

George Pell tried to bribe victim of Gerald Ridsdale, Royal Commission hears

By FIONA HENDERSON May 20, 2015, The Courier

CARDINAL George Pell tried to bribe Gerald Ridsdale's nephew when he first disclosed he had been abused by his uncle, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.

Mother sues Catholic church after administrators accuse her of child abuse

Brendaliss Gonzalez,  May 18, 2015, KSHB Kansas City

As Le Moyne prepares for Dolan speech, leader of abuse survivors group says: Remember us

By Sean Kirst | [email protected] The Post-Standard, May 16, 2015 at 8:33 AM, updated May 16, 2015 at 4:59 PM, The Post Standard

Almost a year ago, Charlie Bailey's dentist said to him: You look a little gray. The worried dentist said Bailey should see a cardiologist. Bailey had already gone through all the standard tests, including a stress test and an echocardiogram. Everything about his heart seemed to be fine.

Buried In Baltimore: The Mysterious Murder Of A Nun Who Knew Too Much

Posted: 05/14/2015 4:51 pm EDT  by Laura Bassett [email protected]

On a frigid day in November 1969, Father Joseph Maskell, the chaplain of Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, called a student into his office and suggested they go for a drive. When the final bell rang at 2:40 p.m., Jean Hargadon Wehner, a 16-year-old junior at the all-girls Catholic school, followed the priest to the parking lot and climbed into the passenger seat of his light blue Buick Roadmaster.

Priest breaks silence over his removal

By David C.L. Bauer [email protected], May 13. 2015

A former Jacksonville priest is striking out at what he calls a witch hunt that led to his removal after a decades-old abuse allegation.

In a rare move, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki forced removal of the Rev. Robert “Bud” DeGrand earlier this month. DeGrand was pastor of Catholic churches in Lillyville, Green Creek, Sigel and Neoga. He previously served parishes in Bluffs, Winchester and Jacksonville.


600+ Le Moyne students sign petition to remove Cardinal Dolan as commencement speaker

05/11/2015 12:01 AM, Syracuse (WSYR-TV),

Some students at Le Moyne College are angry that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York will be speaking at graduation next weekend.

There are allegations, that while Dolan was Archbishop of Milwaukee, he moved money into a fund to protect priests involved in sexual abuse scandals.

SC--Abuse survivors stand vigil at Bob Jones University

Lyn Riddle, [email protected] 7:16 p.m. EDT May 7, 2015

Five abuse survivors held a silent vigil outside the main gate of Bob Jones University Thursday protesting what they called the university's tepid response to a report that criticized the way faculty and staff counseled students who had been sexually abused or assaulted.


Archbishop Philip Wilson pleads not guilty to concealing child sex abuse

May 7, 2015 - 3:16PM

Gabriel Wingate-Pearse, May 7, 2015 - 3:16PM, The Sydney Morning Herald

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has pleaded not guilty to concealing child sex abuse in the Catholic church via his lawyer in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.



A Youth Minister's Downfall is Tearing First Christian Church of Florissant Apart

By Danny Wicentowski, Published Wed., May 6 2015 at 8:00 AM


As he waits to face his victims, the former youth minister can do nothing but stare at his manacled hands. His piercing blue eyes barely move as St. Louis County Circuit Judge Robert Cohen adjudicates some half-dozen criminal cases — heroin possession, burglary, probation violations. An hour passes before Brandon Milburn's name is called.

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