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Diocese names priests, sisters, staff accused of sexual abuse

April 30, 2015, The Independent Record

The Diocese of Helena posted an online list Wednesday of every employee accused of sexually abusing a minor while working there.

The list dates back to the 1930s and includes the names of 80 priests, Ursuline Sisters, lay workers and others. A settlement between the Diocese and hundreds of victims requires that the names be posted and remain pinned to the Diocese homepage for the next decade.

Priest admits abuse in video, reveals alternate reason behind dismissal from Lousiville KY post

Derrick Rose, @WHAS11Derrick 11:50 p.m. EDT April 28, 2015, WHAS 11 ABC

In a videotaped deposition and several documents released Tuesday, which include a letter written by Louisville native Father Gilbert "Allen" Tarlton, the priest admits to several incidents where he engaged in sexual misconduct with students or children in his care.

Bishop Robert Finn to preside over ordinations despite resignation

04/27/2015 6:15 PM, 04/27/2015 7:50 PM, Kansas City Star

Despite announcing his resignation a week ago, Bishop Robert W. Finn will preside over the priestly ordinations of seven deacons next month in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese.

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ME -- Former Bangor priest found guilty for sexual assault

, Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm

BANGOR — A former priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bangor was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison with all but 6½ years suspended for sex crimes involving children.

GA -- Child Abuse Advocates Take to Church Steps to Send a Message

Posted: Apr 22, 2015 3:15 PM PDT,By Andrew Davis, Anchor/Reporter, WSAV3

Kansas City bishop finally pays the price for misusing power

Opinions, The Kansas City Star, April 22, 2015 

The departure of Robert W. Finn as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, although overdue, is a step forward for the diocese and thousands of area Catholics.

Finn's conduct in office made him a symbol of the Catholic Church's failure to adequately address child sexual abuse by priests. He was the first Catholic bishop to be convicted of a crime related to that crisis.

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A Bishop’s Resignation Puts All Eyes on Chile

Elizabeth Dias @elizabethjdias April 21, 2015 10:57 AM ET

The Vatican’s announcement that Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, was just one line, released in Tuesday’s daily press bulletin.

Advocacy group blasts Catholic board for keeping quiet about sexual assault allegations

By Roger Belgrave, Mississauga News, Apr 17, 2015

PEEL— A U.S.-based advocacy group for survivors of abuse has blasted Peel’s Catholic school board for its limited disclosure or outright silence when staff members are facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing, such as child sexual abuse.

Renewed push to pass Maspeth pol’s Child Victims Act


Four times since 2006, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey’s Child Victims Act — which extends the criminal and civil statute of limitations to punish sexual predators — passed the Assembly, but never made it to the state Senate floor for a vote.

The Maspeth lawmaker, however, isn’t giving up her efforts to make her bill a law.

Archdiocese seeks to shorten window for abuse claims

By Elizabeth Mohr,, Posted:   04/14/2015 07:30:06 AM CDT,

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which has filed for bankruptcy protection in the face of clergy abuse claims, is asking the court to sidestep a state law and reduce the window for victims' claims by about nine months.

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