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Pastor of St. Ann Church in Peoria removed from public ministry amid sex allegations

Braley Dodson, Journal Star, August 26, 2015

Peoria — A local catholic priest is being forced to step down from public ministry following allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor. 

Allegations against the Rev. Terry Cassidy, pastor of St. Ann catholic church in Peoria, date back nearly 30 years ago, according to a news release from the catholic diocese of Peoria on Wednesday.

Some victims say archdiocese's plan doesn't go far enough

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel, August 25, 2015

A group of victims with claims in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy on Tuesday criticized its latest reorganization plan as inadequate, saying it does not do enough to ensure the protection of children or hold the archdiocese accountable for its past actions

Why this apology from the Scottish Catholic church rings hollow to me

By Catherine Deveney, Sunday 23 August 2015 , The Guardian

They process slowly to the altar, Scotland’s Catholic bishops, their elaborate robes and red zucchettos symbols of their power and status. Around them, the light, honey-coloured stone arches of St Andrew’s cathedral in Glasgow soar, Italian-style embellishment spiralling up the slender columns in Madonna-blue paint and gold leaf.


How five unmarried mothers were buried in an unmarked mass grave alongside 796 babies who went missing at Irish nuns' Mother and Baby home of horrors

By Alison O'Reilly, the Irish Mail, August 24, 2015

  • The mothers were inmates at institution run by Bon Secours nuns, Galway
  • Historian Catherine Corless says babies were buried in grave behind home
  • Probe reveals 9 mothers died in home but burial records exist for only four
  • The Sisters of Bon Secours say it would now be inappropriate to comment 

Receipt for spy cam led police to bust Sherwood priest

An arrest warrant has been issued for Father Ysrael Bien, a Sherwood priest who waited nearly a month to report a hidden camera found in a church bathroom to the police. 

A break in the case came last week when a customer query led the owners of a Texas company called SpyGuy to Google the original story about the scandal. They determined that someone named Ysrael Bien had purchased a spy camera disguised as an electrical plug, and they called Sherwood police.

Priest admits sex with minor, says teen 'wanted' it

Mark Mueller | NJ Advance Media for,  e Star-Ledger August 19, 2015,

In an extraordinary admission of wrongdoing, a priest sought by authorities in New Jersey has acknowledged engaging in a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy, but he deflected blame for the incident by saying the teen "wanted" it and had "evil in his mind."

Alleged Pedophile Used To Be Counselor at Dallas Mental Hospital Facing Closure

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Dallas Observer

In February, a missionary agency made a startling report about one of its members.  "... Mr. [Jordan] Root admitted that he has been sexually attracted to prepubescent female children for many years and that during his service with SIM [Serving in Mission] he has been viewing nude photographs of children via the Internet in order to gratify this desire," says a leaked, confidential report by Serving in Mission International, the missionary agency that Root and his then-wife had volunteered through.

Advocate: Survivors of abuse by clergy ‘not alone’

Marlee Ginter, Published: August 17, 2015, 12:07 am Updated: August 17, 2015, 11:12 am

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The most traumatic moment of Bill McAlary’s life happened in 1958. Nearly 60 years later, he’s still visibly shaken just talking about it.

McAlary says a Catholic priest molested him when he was a 12-year-old altar boy in Ionia.

“I woke up. He was molesting me sexually, on his knees next to my bed,” McAlary recalled. “That’s how I woke up.”

America’s leading cardinal rounds on accusers

By Joe Little on Sunday 16 August 2015 17.47, RTE News,

The Cardinal Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, has accused opponents of quoting out of context his 2007 statement to the Vatican that he was strengthening a diocese’s protection against litigation by sex abuse victims by putting most of its assets into a Cemetery Trust Fund.

Calvert Hall graduates release documents related to allegations against deceased priest

By Erik Zygmont, [email protected],  August 13, 2015

TOWSON – Two graduates of Calvert Hall College High School held a press conference Aug. 13 at the Baltimore County Courts Building to release documents pertaining to an allegation of abuse against Monsignor Joseph A. Davies, a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore who died in 1992.

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