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'Pushing the boundaries': Church loses track of abusive priests

By Chris Vedelago, Beau Donelly, Cameron Houston, May 7, 2016, The Age, Victoria

The Catholic Church is allowing paedophile priests to live anonymously in the community with limited supervision and has ignored warnings about their misconduct.

The Sunday Age can also reveal one of Victoria's top Catholic officials, Bishop Les Tomlinson, has conducted mass alongside a priest banned from public ministry for committing acts of sexual abuse.

An investigation into the Melbourne archdiocese's program for managing sex offenders within its ranks has found:

Group Slams Rockville Centre Diocese For Not Removing Priest Who Was Sued For Alleged Abuse

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (CBS NewYork) — The Diocese of Rockville Centre was under fire Friday for not removing a priest who is the subject of sexual abuse lawsuits.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, there are two lawsuits accusing the Rev. Gregory Yacyshyn of sexually abusing a girl and a boy decades ago.

Priest on the lam found in Morocco

By Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer, Updated: Thursday, May 5th, 2016, Albuquerque Journal

After nearly a quarter of a century on the lam, a priest who helped ignite the clerical sex abuse crisis in New Mexico in the 1990s has turned up in Morocco, working at an English-language school for children, an Albuquerque attorney said.

Arthur Perrault, who vanished from his Albuquerque parish in 1992, was served last month with a civil lawsuit filed by a man who alleges he was sexually molested repeatedly by the former Archdiocese of Santa Fe priest.

Former Archbishop Nienstedt's never-revealed secret

By: Tom Lyden, May 5, 2016, Fox 9

 - When John Nienstedt resigned as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis last June, he left the Archdiocese in bankruptcy and under a criminal investigation that continues to this day. The criminal investigation stems from the cover-up of sexual abuse in the church. But of all the secrets Nienstedt is accused of keeping, there is one that has never been revealed: the secret in his own family.

More than 40 years ago,  as a young priest, John Nienstedt, knew of an allegation involving one of his best friends and it was Nienstedt who introduced him to his victim.  

Former Lumen Christi priest gets 20-40 years in prison for sex abuse

Updated: Sat 1:34 AM, Apr 30, 2016 By: Nicole Chadwick 

Ex-priest James Rapp will spend the next 20-40 years in prison for molesting students at Lumen Christi high school in Jackson  between 1980-86.

"His crime and his position was a murder on our soul," said Andrew Russell, who Rapp abused while he was...

Peterson: Volunteers keeping clergy abuse in spotlight

By Gary Peterson, [email protected], April 30, 2016

They stood quiet as church mice outside Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light. They spoke only to those passers-by who engaged them. Their presence was their message, and the message is that molestation of children by clergy didn't disappear with the final credits of "Spotlight."


Associated Press (FILE) Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. (Stacy Thacker) Wednesday, April 27, 2016 09:47PM 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) --Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is calling on lawmakers to eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex crimes and she has the support of organizations fighting to stop abuse.

Lawsuit says Catholic priest sexually abused Long Island man

By Bart Jones,  [email protected], April 26, 2016, NewsDay

A Long Island man said Tuesday he was sexually abused as a boy by a Roman Catholic priest — the second case brought against the priest since last year.

San Diego priest who pleaded guilty to sexual battery finds new home at Oklahoma parish

SARAH K. BURRIS, 25 APR 2016, Raw Story

Fr. Jose Alexis Davila was convicted of inappropriately touching a 19-year-old woman in San Diego in 2011. Like most priests who have been caught or convicted of sex acts, Davila went to another church. The problem, however, is no one at the church was told about his crimes.

When the church of the Blessed Sacrament in Lawton, Oklahoma was introduced to Davila they were told only that “he has pastoral experience in the United States” but nothing about his criminal past or even the name of his previous church. None of the members hand any idea he was convicted for groping a teenager, according to KFOR News.

Priest convicted of sex crime in San Diego resurfaces in Oklahoma

By Abbie Alford, Reporter, April 22, 2016,

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A convicted San Diego priest who pleaded guilty to fondling a teenage girl in 2011 is now serving in parishes in Oklahoma City.

Father Jose Alexis DaVila admitted to abusing a 19-year-old woman and now he is involved with three churches. It's a move that is being called both stunning and hurtful.

Blessed Sacrament's website in Lawton Oklahoma says as of March 29, Father Jose Alexis DaVila left to serve the following parishes in Oklahoma: Saint Ann Church, Elgin and Missions, Mother of Sorrows Church in Apache, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Sterling.

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