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Priest admits abuse in video, reveals alternate reason behind dismissal from Lousiville KY post

Derrick Rose, @WHAS11Derrick 11:50 p.m. EDT April 28, 2015, WHAS 11 ABC

In a videotaped deposition and several documents released Tuesday, which include a letter written by Louisville native Father Gilbert "Allen" Tarlton, the priest admits to several incidents where he engaged in sexual misconduct with students or children in his care.

Bishop Robert Finn to preside over ordinations despite resignation

04/27/2015 6:15 PM, 04/27/2015 7:50 PM, Kansas City Star

Despite announcing his resignation a week ago, Bishop Robert W. Finn will preside over the priestly ordinations of seven deacons next month in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese.

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ME -- Former Bangor priest found guilty for sexual assault

, Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm

BANGOR — A former priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bangor was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison with all but 6½ years suspended for sex crimes involving children.

GA -- Child Abuse Advocates Take to Church Steps to Send a Message

Posted: Apr 22, 2015 3:15 PM PDT,By Andrew Davis, Anchor/Reporter, WSAV3

Kansas City bishop finally pays the price for misusing power

Opinions, The Kansas City Star, April 22, 2015 

The departure of Robert W. Finn as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, although overdue, is a step forward for the diocese and thousands of area Catholics.

Finn's conduct in office made him a symbol of the Catholic Church's failure to adequately address child sexual abuse by priests. He was the first Catholic bishop to be convicted of a crime related to that crisis.

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A Bishop’s Resignation Puts All Eyes on Chile

Elizabeth Dias @elizabethjdias April 21, 2015 10:57 AM ET

The Vatican’s announcement that Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, was just one line, released in Tuesday’s daily press bulletin.

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,

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,

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, Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:06am BST

Members of a commission advising Pope Francis on how to rid the Catholic Church of sexual abuse have met a top Vatican official to express their misgivings over the appointment of a bishop in Chile accused of covering up abuse.

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".

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