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Tollner seeks info from Diocese on abuse he says he suffered

ALBANY COUNTY — Rensselaerville resident Richard Tollner has filed a legal petition against the Diocese of Albany, relating to an effort to secure justice against a Catholic priest whom Tollner says sexually abused him when he was a teenage prep-school student in Nassau County. 

Pope and Canadian Indigenous: ‘Sorry’ must fit the level of suffering

ROME — Pope Francis seems to have no trouble using the word “sorry” and recommending others use it often.

Louisiana Legislature passes bill removing filing deadlines for child sex abuse lawsuits

In the final hours of the state legislative session that ended Thursday, lawmakers unanimously approved a bill that removes deadlines for child sex abuse victims to pursue damages in civil court.

Even after Kamloops, the Catholic Church opts for obfuscation

The word “shocking” has come up a lot in news stories about the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops; though, to anyone familiar with the history of such schools, there was nothing remotely surprising about it.

Church still incapable of saying there is no excuse for a priest abusing a child

I don’t know whether he lacks the will or the courage, or whether he is incapable of asserting real and moral authority. I don’t know whether he has been undermined from within, or is just an old man incapable of seeing anything resembling a bigger picture.

Clergy abuse survivors advocate protests outside Springfield prayer Mass, calls on church for full disclosure

SPRINGFIELD — Robert M. Hoatson has grown accustomed to being a protest of one.

New Vatican law criminalizes sexual abuse by priests and church officials

Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly criminalize the sexual abuse of adults by priests who abuse their authority and to say that laypeople who hold church office can be sanctioned for similar sex crimes.

The Catholic Church plays more games

Some may think the Diocese of Rockville Centre deserves kudos for releasing a list of clergy accused of sexual abuse. They would be wrong. Some may question why clergy sexual abuse survivors never seem to be satisfied with how the Catholic Church responds to them. They would be misinformed, but I cannot blame them for thinking so. There is a well-oiled public relations machine at work here.

Local priest appears in court after arrest on child pornography charges

BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A Bossier City man and associate pastor at a local church arrested last week on child pornography and bestiality charges made his first appearance in court Monday.

Former Springfield priest killed 13-year-old boy in 1972: Hampden District Attorney

A former Springfield priest who was a person of interest in the murder of a 13-year-old boy 49 years ago has been ID’d as the boy’s killer, the Hampden DA said Monday, three days after the man died.

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