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Buenos Aires victims urge Pope Francis to focus on sexual abuse in his home city
Pope Francis has promised not to tolerate more sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Argentine victims wish the former Buenos Aires archbishop had taken that stance years ago.
Protestors say Southern Baptists not taking clergy sex abuse seriously
By Bob Allen
June 12, 2014
The mother of a child sex abuse victim who is suing a Maryland ministry with ties to leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention said June 11 that a “good-old-boy” network among evangelical preachers is just as effective in covering up clergy predators as the Catholic hierarchy.
Editorial: Archbishop Carlson has some troubling memory lapses
By St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board
June 11, 2014
“And Pilate asked him, ‘Art thou the King of the Jews?’ And he answering said unto him, ‘I can’t remember.’ ”
Of course that’s not what the second verse of the 15th chapter of Mark’s gospel actually says. Jesus, on trial for his life before Pontius Pilate, replies, “Thou sayest it.”
Abuser Priests Were "Off Duty," Lawyer Argues
By Patricia Miller
June 6, 2014
A central contention of the Catholic bishops’ “religious liberty” argument is that Catholics shouldn’t have to "check their faith at the door" when it comes to religious objections to contraception or same-sex marriage in public life. In other words, Catholics are always on duty, whether at church or at home or at work at Hobby Lobby or baking a wedding cake.
SNAP seeks independent review of abuse handling by prominent SBC churches
By Bob Allen
June 5, 2014
A victims’ support group wants the Southern Baptist Convention to reopen a study of the denomination’s methods of handling alleged clergy sex abuse, this time with help from an independent investigation.
Retired Archbishop Flynn doesn't recall details from his handling of clergy abuse
By Madeleine Baran
June 4, 2014
Faced with tough questions under oath last month, former Twin Cities archbishop Harry Flynn said at least 134 times that he could not remember how he handled clergy sexual abuse cases during his 13-year tenure, according to documents made public Wednesday.
EXCLUSIVE: After US sex abuse scandals, an accused priest rises again in Paraguay
By Will Carless
June 3, 2014
CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay — A hush falls across the church, broken only by the rhythmic swish of the censer as it bestows acrid incense across the faces of the congregation.
When is a priest not a priest? When he's molesting a child, diocese says in defense of lawsuit
By Mark Mueller
June 2, 2014
Chris Naples says something snapped inside him that January day.
St. Thomas faculty member embroiled in sex abuse investigation to retire
By Madeleine Baran and Jon Collins
May 30, 2014
The University of St. Thomas said Tuesday that a long-time faculty member who faced questions about his knowledge of sexual abuse allegations against a professor is retiring.
Ex-archdiocesan official contradicts Nienstedt's sworn testimony over abuse claim
By Madeleine Baran
May 28, 2014
A former top official of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis contradicted Archbishop John Nienstedt's account of how top officials responded to a sexual abuse claim against a Catholic priest, according to sworn testimony made public today.