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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.
Archdiocese seeks to shorten window for abuse claims
By Elizabeth Mohr, [email protected], Posted: 04/14/2015 07:30:06 AM CDT, TwinCities.com
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which has filed for bankruptcy protection in the face of clergy abuse claims, is asking the court to sidestep a state law and reduce the window for victims' claims by about nine months.
Papal sex abuse commission members meet over Chilean bishop
VATICAN CITY | , Reuters,
Marie Collins, a victim of abuse from Ireland, told Reuters the meeting four members had with Cardinal Sean O'Malley on Sunday night "went well and the cardinal promised to take our concerns to the Holy Father".
Catholic Church abuse claims were anticipated years before allegations were made
April 12, 2015 - 12:15AM
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April 12, 2015 - 12:15AM, (29)Chris Vedelago, Jane Lee, Brisbane Times
The Catholic Church had set aside tens of millions of dollars to compensate sexual abuse victims years before it was prepared to publicly acknowledge the extent of the problem and now has up to $150 million set aside to cover existing and future claims.
Despite rhetoric, Pope Francis treats cardinals like princes
Apr. 10, 2015, National Catholic Reporter|
In his pre-Christmas talk to the cardinals and bishops of the Vatican Curia, Pope Francis shocked his audience and the world by his scathing words on the failings of those working in the Vatican. He warned them against 15 separate "diseases" in their work and attitudes.
In this "examination of conscience," among other sins, he spoke of "spiritual Alzheimer's," "existential schizophrenia" and the "terrorism of gossip."
Investigation into how abusive priest was transferred between dioceses
09 April 2015 12:48 by Joanna Moorhead, The Tablet
The Diocese of East Anglia is to commission an independent review into the circumstances surrounding the deployment of a priest who has been jailed for three years for abusing a boy at a children’s home.
Crookston Diocese accused of withholding names of priests in sexual abuse cases
By WDAY News on Apr 6, 2015 at 8:48 p.m.
Crookston, MN (WDAY TV) - The Crookston Diocese under fire after its Bishop is accused of withholding the names of priests involved in sex abuse cases.
A survivor's network of people abused by priests alleges Bishop Michael Hoeppner left out two priests from a list of offenders released in January 2014.
Pope Francis and Zero Tolerance
4 . 6 . 15, First Things
The outcry against Pope Francis’s appointment of Chilean Bishop Juan Barros, who has long been associated with a child abusing priest of the Diocese of Osorno, has placed the pope’s “zero tolerance” policy against sexual abuse into question.