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A R.I. church was told it hired an accused child molester. It kept him on for two decades.

BRISTOL, R.I. — When the Rev. Barry Gamache arrived at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in early 1997, it had been a dozen years since a former longtime parish priest was hauled away for sexually abusing teenage boys.


St. Mary’s University Panel Discusses Way Forward After Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

Panelists at a St. Mary’s University symposium Thursday discussed what still needs to be done at the local, national, and global level to address the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church.


Former New Orleans deacon George Brignac jailed; first arrest since release of list of accused clergy

A Catholic Church deacon who was removed from ministry in 1988 following multiple child molestation accusations was jailed on a count of first-degree rape early Saturday, the first arrest of a clergyman in New Orleans on a sex-abuse charge since the church’s decades-old crisis reignited a little more than a year ago.


Wichita diocese names 15 priests accused of child sexual abuse

The Catholic Diocese of Wichita has released the names of 15 priests who have been accused of child sexual abuse.


Justice follows revenge in Philadelphia Archdiocese clergy abuse at St. Titus in East Norriton | Maria Panaritis

It is time for life to cut Mike McDonnell a break — even if it’s 39 years overdue.

That time, it seems, may be nearer than ever.


Editorial: Missouri's stilted probe of clergy abuse must not be the last word on the issue

With the Catholic Church’s sordid history of enabling and covering up the sexual abuse of children by priests, and the long failure of government to confront those crimes, it’s tempting to cheer any progress toward justice. That’s why, at first blush, last week’s news might have appeared promising: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt forwarded the names of 12 former priests to local authorities for possible prosecution after an investigation that dredged up scores of previously unreported allegations against clergy in the state.


Abuse crisis, leadership failure seen having impact on church giving

The Catholic Church in the United States has spent a staggering amount of money - close to $4 billion in the past 20 years - to investigate, adjudicate and prevent clergy sex abuse, and to compensate victims for the harm they’ve suffered.


Clergy abuse: Activist asks Wausau church-goers to lobby La Crosse Diocese for openness

WAUSAU - Dozens of flyers fluttered under windshield wipers in the late morning breeze Sunday as parishioners left St. Michael Catholic Church in Wausau. 


Sexual Abuse Plaintiffs Fight Jesuit Efforts to Reveal Their Identities

As hundreds of Child Victims Act lawsuits work their way through New York’s courts, defense lawyers for one Catholic religious order are pressing to expose the identities of plaintiffs who wish to remain anonymous.


Catholics poured their hearts out to Bishop Malone. He blocked their emails.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Last week, Bishop Malone said he was getting mostly positive feedback from Catholics about his handling of multiple sexual abuse scandals .


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