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NEW INFORMATION: Fmr. youth pastor among suspects in child sex trafficking, exploitation case
By Mike Lopez and Jenny You
October 20, 2014
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Nine arrests have been made in connection to child sex crimes in the Chippewa Valley, and investigators say one of the suspects is a former youth pastor at an Eau Claire church.
Kansas City diocese agrees to settle 30 lawsuits for $10 million
By Judy L. Thomas of the Kansas City Star
October 14, 2014
The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on Tuesday agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle 30 lawsuits that alleged sexual abuse by priests.
That action came on the eve of jury deliberations after an 11-day trial in a case filed by a former altar boy.
SNAP Hands Out Leaflets On Investigation Into Pastor Outside St. Alphonsus
By Nancy Harty
October 12, 2014
(CBS) — Priest sex abuse survivors leafleted outside a Catholic church on Chicago’s North Side Sunday to draw attention to an ongoing investigation, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.
Trial date approaches for Ursuline sisters
A courtroom in Helena, Mont., could be the scene of a rare occurrence in the decades-long crisis of sex abuse in the Catholic church: Roman Catholic women religious as defendants.
Child sex abuse victims face hurdles seeking redress in court
To many survivors of childhood molestation in Japan, seeking retribution from their abusers has been unimaginably difficult.
The Orthodox Sex Abuse Crackdown That Wasn’t
By Emily Shire
October 7, 2014
Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson ran on the promise that he’d clean up the office’s problems with prosecuting ultra-Orthodox sex offenders who preyed on children—but so far he appears just as lax as his predecessor.
National group blasts Syracuse diocese over child-molesting allegations against monsignor
By John O'Brien
October 2, 2014
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A national victims' advocacy organization today criticized the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse over its handling of a child-molesting accusation against a monsignor.
Vatican trial for abuse suspect undercuts zero-tolerance goal
Boston Globe Editorial
October 3, 2014
POPE FRANCIS sounds genuinely contrite for the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, and he has promised that those responsible will be called to account . Yet as an institution, the church still seems stuck in the habit of protecting clergy members from secular criminal justice systems.
Diocese knew about abuse by KC priest but did nothing, witnesses tell jury Read more here
By Judy Thomas
October 1, 2014
A well-known public relations consultant, a Catholic nun and a former school board vice president told a Jackson County jury Wednesday that they had reported sexual abuse concerns involving Monsignor Thomas O’Brien to the diocese over a span of decades, but nothing was ever done.
KC Diocese trial extends culture of silence about abuse
By Mary Sanchez
October 1, 2014
The culture of silence continues. It’s hovering in a courtroom in Independence this week like a blanket threatening to smother.