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From West Virginia to the Vatican: How a Catholic bishop secretly sent money from a church hospital to a cardinal in Rome

The idea came to West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield while he was in Rome visiting an old friend, a powerful cardinal at the Vatican. Bransfield thought the cleric’s apartment was barren and lacked a comfortable room for watching television.

Accused of sexual abuse, a priest left Colorado for a safe haven: San Diego

In 1953, the Rev. Walter Buetzler was accused of molesting a fifth-grade boy after hearing the child’s confession at St. Joseph Parish in Monte Vista, Colo. After the boy’s father complained to the parish council and later to the Diocese of Pueblo’s bishop, Buetzler left the state.

Former Colorado state senator sexually assaulted children as a priest, report says

A Pueblo priest who served as a Colorado state senator sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl and a high school junior before joining the statehouse, according to a report about clergy sex abuse in Colorado.

What’s Inside The Colorado Attorney General’s Special Report On Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse

The independent review of Colorado church records from the dioceses of Colorado, Denver and Pueblo was announced in February by Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila and Attorney General Phil Weiser. The goal was to determine which priests had credible allegations of sexual abuse against them.

Abuse claims put Catholic Church in New York City under scrutiny

Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect identities.

Gabriel* was a young Catholic student when Father John Paddack arrived at his school in 1984. The priest taught at Incarnation School, said mass at its parish and was involved with the altar boy programme. Before long, Gabriel says Paddack began calling him into a secluded place in the church, where the boy was instructed to confess his sins.

Duluth diocese concludes bankruptcy

Scores of child sexual abuse victims in the Diocese of Duluth will soon share tens of millions of dollars in compensation, following a federal judge’s final approval Monday of a bankruptcy reorganization plan for the diocese.

More time to file bankruptcy plan, clergy abuse survivors could get paid by early 2020

Guam's clergy sex abuse survivors could start getting compensation from the Archdiocese of Agana by early to middle of 2020, now that parties are set to go into mediation will that be followed by a reorganization plan.

At least 7 more people told the Vatican they were sexually abused as boys by Theodore McCarrick, according to sources

Theodore McCarrick, a former D.C. archbishop and cardinal who was defrocked this year amid allegations he sexually abused two minors and sexually harassed seminarians, is facing new accusations that he abused at least seven boys from around 1970 until 1990, according to three sources, including a person with direct knowledge of the claims U.S. church officials sent to the Vatican in January.

45 years later, 'Uncle Raggy,' ex-youth minister, indicted in sexual abuse case

A former youth minister has been indicted on a sexual abuse charge stemming from an alleged incident that took place nearly 45 years ago. Dural Reece Ragsdale, 71, known as "Uncle Raggy" on his now shuttered YouTube channel, turned himself in to the Tishomingo County Jail Monday afternoon. He was charged with fondling, a felony. 

Catholic parents must stand up to church leaders and reject them for sex abuse cover-ups

Former Diocese attorney Frank Vollor referred to me as having a vengeance. I take issue with that assessment. I and many other survivors of sex abuse do have grievances. 

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