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Buffalo Catholic whistleblower came forward because of victims, 'allegiance to the common good'

By Charlie Specht, October 28, 2018, WBKW Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Without Siobhan O’Connor, the Diocese of Buffalo may have pulled off one of the greatest cover-ups in the history of the Catholic Church.

“I am a very ordinary person and I found myself in rather extraordinary circumstances and the way I look at it is, I was the right person in the right place at the right time, and God gave me the strength to do the right thing,” she said.

Diocese of Buffalo whistleblower interviewed for Sunday's "60 Minutes" story

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The confidential whistleblower in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese sex abuse scandal will be featured this Sunday on the national news magazine "60 Minutes".

Siobhan O'Connor, the former secretary to embattled Bishop Richard J. Malone, will speak publicly for the first time Sunday about why she worked with the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team to expose the mishandling of sexual abuse claims against multiple priests by Malone.

Here's what the Pa. Senate missed by not passing bill for abuse survivors

Guest editorial by David Clohessy

Backers of the much-debated civil window for abuse and cover up lawsuits just won't compromise. So says Pennsylvania state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. But, Scarnati, R-Jefferson, couldn't be more wrong.

Interview with Becky Ianni: Fox 5 News on the Hill: Archdiocese of Washington names clergymen credibly accused of sex abuse

October 21, 2018, Fox 5

As the Archdiocese of Washington has voluntarily released the names of 31 clergy members who they say have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors from 1948 onward -- but a survivor of sexual abuse, Becky Ianni, says she believe there is is.

Watch the interview here... 

Criminal Charges for the Church? Why a Federal Prosecutor Thinks Cover-up of Abuse Is Worth Investigating Now

Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move.

However, a colleague in Philadelphia is now taking aim at the church this month, sending grand jury subpoenas to dioceses throughout Pennsylvania as he tries to build a federal criminal case centered on child exploitation.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain of Philadelphia has a head start on the work, given the sweeping state grand jury report released this summer, which found that 301 priests molested more than 1,000 children over seven decades. McSwain, a Harvard Law School graduate and former Marine sniper platoon commander, was appointed by President Trump and took office just four months ago.

Associated Press: Feds open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

By Maryclaire Dale and Eric Tucker, Associated Press, October 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims’ advocates say is the first such probe ever launched by the U.S. Justice Department.

Sex abuse survivors react after Washington Archdiocese releases name of abusive priests

By Janice Park, October 16, 2018, WUSA9

WASHINGTON -- The Archdiocese of Washington released a list Monday of 31 priests. It names priests involved in cases with credible accusations of abuse.

DC Archdiocese Releases Names of Priests Accused of Child Sex Abuse

By Andrea Swalec, October 15, 2018, NBC Washington

The Archdiocese of Washington has released the names of 28 former members of clergy who they say were "credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors" dating back as far as 1948.

Pennsylvania Republican Leadership Spits in the Eyes of Child Sex Abuse Victims with Faux Justice in New Proposal

By MARCI A. HAMILTON, October 13, 2018

The 2018 Pennsylvania Attorney General’s grand jury report on the six Pennsylvania dioceses not yet investigated for clergy sex abuse looked like it could move mountains at first. The account of over 300 priests and over 1000 victims certainly has garnered worldwide attention and empathy for the victims and their families. Republican leadership, however, with few days left in the legislative calendar has proved incapable of such empathy.

Instead, Senators Scarnati and Corman have produced a cynical “tribunal” that gives bishops and insurance companies what they love most: immunity from discovery. This is faux justice is an insult to every survivor in the state. It is also every child-molesting cleric’s best friend as it keeps their wrongdoing secret and every enabling institution’s best friend as it keeps their wrongdoing secret.

Hope among victims of child sex abuse dashed amid Senate GOP proposals

By Ivey DeJesus, October 10, 2018, PennLive

With time running out on the legislative clock, victims and advocates of child sexual abuse are ramping up efforts to pressure state Senate Republicans to approve a measure that would give adults who were abused as children an opportunity at justice.

A few weeks ago, a tide of optimism buoyed survivors and advocates with expectations that reforms would finally see the light of day. Late this week, those hopes may have been dealt a lethal blow.

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