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Former New Orleans Deacon, 85, Dies Awaiting Rape Trial

A former Roman Catholic deacon awaiting trial on rape charges in New Orleans has died, his defense attorney said Tuesday.


Clergy sex abuse allegations triple, U.S. Catholic bishops report

U.S. Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday that the church tallied 4,434 sex abuse allegations against clergy in the 2018-19 audit year, triple the number seen the previous year, with much of the increase stemming from a wave of lawsuits and claims by survivors of decades-old molestation.


Boys still sexually abused by Scout volunteers despite reforms, arrest suggests

He played Santa Claus at a charity Christmas breakfast. He volunteered at tree plantings and neighborhood clean-ups. He worked the pancake breakfast to raise money for Boy Scout programs in low-income Long Beach schools.


Dunedin man posed as priest abusing children online

A Dunedin man posed as a priest while fantasising with others online about violating children, a court has heard.


Abuse allegations against former Springfield Bishop Christopher Weldon ‘unequivocally credible,' investigation finds

SPRINGFIELD — A retired superior court judge’s review of sexual abuse allegations against former Bishop Christopher J. Weldon, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield for more than 25 years, found the accusations to be “unequivocally credible.”


In Archdiocese bankruptcy case, creditors committee wants clergy abuse documents to be made public

James Adams had helped run the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ fundraising arm for years, even serving as president of its board of directors, when his lawsuit alleging sexual abuse at the hands of a Metairie priest compelled him to step down nearly two months ago.


Despite Vatican’s ruling, Virginia priest who blogs about clergy sex abuse remains defiant

A Catholic Diocese of Richmond priest who frequently blogs criticism over the church’s handling of clergy sexual abuse had his petition to remain the pastor of two southwest Virginia parishes rejected by the Vatican.


Opinion: Why lawmakers should reform law to help victims of childhood sexual abuse

Iread with great disappointment the failure of Colorado state lawmakers to once again take action which would have granted access to our legal system for child victims of sexual abuse.


Case against retired bishop now in limbo as DA tells police he will again review investigation

The criminal investigation into retired bishop Joseph Hart has not been officially closed, Cheyenne police said Friday, after authorities realized that a prosecutor had misunderstood police files describing the allegations against the cleric.


Servants of the Paraclete seeks dismissal in Catholic priest abuse lawsuit; victim speaks out

The Servants of the Paraclete, named in a lawsuit over child sexual abuse by Catholic priests, asked a New Mexico court to dismiss the case in a June 10 response. 


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