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Silence won't end scourge of sexual abuse

It is unfortunate that the Rev. Mark White of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond has fallen from grace with his superior, Bishop Barry Knestout. White’s innate charisma to shepherd attracts parishioners of both the Martinsville and Rocky Mount parishes. While the church gives lip service to transparency in revealing names of sexual abusers and their accomplices, White’s blog offers validation, support and hope.


Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale sentenced to 10 years' jail for sexual abuse of boys in 1970s

Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale will spend at least another three years in jail after pleading guilty to 14 new offences committed against young boys under his care.


New documentary highlights abuse cover-up in Poland

A new Polish documentary film on sexual abuse by Catholic clergy was released Saturday through the internet. Hide and Seek, produced by brothers Marek and Tomasz Sekielski, documents not only the sexual abuse of children within the Church in Poland, but also the abuse of power by the Church hierarchy.


Judge Sets Deadline for Abuse Claims Vs. Harrisburg Diocese

HARRISBURG, PA. (AP) — A federal judge is giving most claimants until Nov. 13 to seek compensation over child sexual abuse from the Harrisburg Roman Catholic Diocese, which sought bankruptcy protection earlier this year.


Employee sues Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, claiming retaliation for reporting sex-abuse complaint

SAGINAW, MI — A man who says his job with the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was impacted after he reported a sex-abuse complaint against a priest has filed a lawsuit against the diocese.


Minors accounting for unprecedented amount of calls to National Sexual Assault Hotline

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For the first time, minors are making up half of the victims receiving help from the National Sexual Assault Hotline.


Clergy confidentiality at issue in Amish bishop's case

The criminal complaint against the Amish bishop is clear about how he learned of a church member’s alleged sexual assault on three young teenage girls:


New York extends civil ‘look back’ for child sexual assault victims

ALBANY — New Yorkers who were sexually assaulted as children will have a little more time to take legal action against their alleged abusers.


Catholic Diocese, Western Mass. District Attorneys Reach Deal On Sexual Abuse Reporting

The Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese and three western Massachusetts prosecutors have reached a deal on how the church will report sexual abuse allegations.


Saints emails, lawsuits could be buried in church bankruptcy

A bankruptcy filing by New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese freezes sexual abuse lawsuits and could help bury the details of alleged coverups of predator priests and thousands of internal emails documenting a behind-the-scenes alliance with the New Orleans Saints.


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