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Mother of Catholic church abuse victim in Kansas laments ‘third-degree burns to the soul’

Janet Patterson ripped the blinders off when her adult son killed himself shortly after revealing a priest sexually abused him as a child.

Civil Courts Step In to Solve What the Catholic Church Won’t

PARIS—This week marked a major turning point in the Catholic Church’s sexual-abuse crisis. An Australian court sentenced Cardinal George Pell to six years in prison for sexually abusing minors, a decision that not only makes him the highest-ranking Church official to face civil justice, but also underscores a central animating tension in the issue: the one between civil and Church authorities.

Australian cardinal Pell sentenced to six years for child sex abuse

MELBOURNE, Australia — The most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral in a crime the judge said showed “staggering arrogance.”

Archbishop William Lori’s Investigation into Former Wheeling-Charleston Diocese Bishop Michael Bransfield Complete; Matter Forwarded to Vatican

WHEELING — An investigation into former Wheeling-Charleston Diocese bishop Michael Bransfield involved not only allegations of sexual harassment but also financial improprieties, and the matter has now been forwarded to the Vatican in Rome, the Diocese announced Monday.

Group wants names added to pedophile priests list

An advocacy group seeking greater protection for children from pedophile priests called Friday for the Archdiocese of San Antonio to add four names to its list of 56 clergy members who have worked in the area and have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse.

France: Card. Barbarin sentenced to six months suspended sentence

The Lyon court handed Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, a six-month suspended prison sentence for not reporting the cases in the period between July 2014 and June 2015.

Advocates decry diocese’s consideration of accusers’ reputations as ‘sickening’

Victim advocates say the fact that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus considers an accuser’s reputation when determining the credibility of sexual-abuse allegations is “atrocious” and comes across as victim blaming.

On Oprah's 'After Neverland' special, former Eagles player Al Chesley recalls abuse he suffered

During Oprah Winfrey's TV special about the explosive Michael Jackson documentary "After Neverland," former Eagles player Al Chesley spoke about the sexual abuse he suffered as a teenager from a local police officer. 

Oakland Diocese: Priest accused of child sex abuse fled the country

OAKLAND — An Oakland priest who was suspended from his duties following allegations of child sexual abuse, is believed to have fled the country, officials with the Oakland diocese said Saturday.

In NWI, reaction mixed on Vatican sex abuse summit

As Pope Francis called bishops worldwide to Rome last weekend for the Vatican’s first summit on clerical sex abuse, local reactions varied on what it accomplished.

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