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Last clergy files released in Los Angeles 8 years after deal
By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press : May 1, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for hundreds of sex abuse victims in Los Angeles released the last batch of files Friday kept by the Roman Catholic church on priests accused of molesting children.
Diocese names priests, sisters, staff accused of sexual abuse
April 30, 2015, The Independent Record
The Diocese of Helena posted an online list Wednesday of every employee accused of sexually abusing a minor while working there.
The list dates back to the 1930s and includes the names of 80 priests, Ursuline Sisters, lay workers and others. A settlement between the Diocese and hundreds of victims requires that the names be posted and remain pinned to the Diocese homepage for the next decade.
Priest admits abuse in video, reveals alternate reason behind dismissal from Lousiville KY post
Derrick Rose, @WHAS11Derrick, WHAS 11 ABC
In a videotaped deposition and several documents released Tuesday, which include a letter written by Louisville native Father Gilbert "Allen" Tarlton, the priest admits to several incidents where he engaged in sexual misconduct with students or children in his care.
Bishop Robert Finn to preside over ordinations despite resignation
04/27/2015 6:15 PM, 04/27/2015 7:50 PM, Kansas City Star
Despite announcing his resignation a week ago, Bishop Robert W. Finn will preside over the priestly ordinations of seven deacons next month in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese.
ME -- Former Bangor priest found guilty for sexual assault
, Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm
BANGOR — A former priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bangor was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison with all but 6½ years suspended for sex crimes involving children.
Kansas City bishop finally pays the price for misusing power
Opinions, The Kansas City Star, April 22, 2015
The departure of Robert W. Finn as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, although overdue, is a step forward for the diocese and thousands of area Catholics.
Finn's conduct in office made him a symbol of the Catholic Church's failure to adequately address child sexual abuse by priests. He was the first Catholic bishop to be convicted of a crime related to that crisis.
A Bishop’s Resignation Puts All Eyes on Chile
Elizabeth Dias @elizabethjdias April 21, 2015 10:57 AM ET
The Vatican’s announcement that Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, was just one line, released in Tuesday’s daily press bulletin.
Advocacy group blasts Catholic board for keeping quiet about sexual assault allegations
By Roger Belgrave, Mississauga News, Apr 17, 2015
PEEL— A U.S.-based advocacy group for survivors of abuse has blasted Peel’s Catholic school board for its limited disclosure or outright silence when staff members are facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing, such as child sexual abuse.
Renewed push to pass Maspeth pol’s Child Victims Act
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI, [email protected] @robbpoz, TimesNewsWeekly.com
Four times since 2006, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey’s Child Victims Act — which extends the criminal and civil statute of limitations to punish sexual predators — passed the Assembly, but never made it to the state Senate floor for a vote.
The Maspeth lawmaker, however, isn’t giving up her efforts to make her bill a law.