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Holding Church Shepherds Accountable

By the New York Times Editorial Board

July 17, 2014

When Pope Francis met earlier this month with victims of rape and sexual abuse by priests, he vowed to hold bishops accountable for covering up the scandal instead of confronting it.

Calls for Resignation Mount for Minnesota Archbishop in Scandals

Just two years ago, the Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis was making headlines as a leader in the battle against same-sex marriage. But for the last year and a half, the archbishop, John C. Nienstedt, has been battling to hold onto his post in the face of a series of scandals, which further deepened on Tuesday with the filing of an explosive affidavit by the former chancellor of the archdiocese.

From Lafayette to Minnesota: A look at Archbishop Harry Flynn

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Watchdog group alleges Pope Francis covered up sex abuse

By Eric Morales

July 7, 2014

Buenos Aires - Pope Francis is accused of looking the other way when sex abuse occurred while he was still the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Sex-Abuse Victims to Pope: Stop Begging for Forgiveness and Just Stop the Abuse

By Barbie Latza Nadeau

July 7, 2014

Francis met with rape victims Monday and begged for their forgiveness. The head of the world’s largest survivor network has 15 better ways for him to act.

Victims of Catholic Church sex scandal gather to show their resolve

By Shannon O'Brien

July 2, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The victims of Catholic Church sex scandals gathered Wednesday in front of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph offices to let Bishop Robert Finn know that they will not stop in their quest to keep children safe from sexual abuse by clergy.

Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to Pay for Failure to Report Abuse

By Julie Bosman

June 30, 2014

CHICAGO — A Roman Catholic diocese in Missouri has been ordered to pay $1.1 million to victims of sexual abuse for breaking its promises on improving the way it deals with abuse cases.

Catholic archbishop defrocked by Vatican for sexually abusing teenage boys

By Nick Squires

June 27, 2014

A Catholic archbishop and former Holy See ambassador has been defrocked after being convicted of sexually abusing teenage boys, making him the most senior Vatican figure to be punished for such a crime.

Child abuse victims stung by Albany inaction

By Shant Shahrigian

June 25, 2014

Horace Mann School graduate Joseph Cumming says it took him 34 years to fully realize his treatment at the hands of his music teacher Johannes Somary was sexual abuse. But by then, even if he had wanted to, it was far too late for him to take legal action. New York’s criminal and civil statute of limitations for sexual abuse of minors is five years after the victim turns 18.

SNAP hopes priest case encourages other victims

By Bob Priddy 

June 23, 2014

A support organization for people abused by priests hopes resolution of an abuse case in Boonville last week encourages more people who’ve been harboring a secret to step forward.

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