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Catholic Church Shields $2 Billion in Assets to Limit Abuse Payouts

For most of the 20th century, the Catholic Church in the U.S. minimized the damage wrought by pedophile priests by covering up the abuse. When the bishop of the Davenport, Iowa, diocese was told in the mid-1950s that one of his priests was sexually abusing boys at a local YMCA, he kept it secret. “It is consoling to know that no general notoriety has arisen, and I pray none may result,” he wrote to a priest, capturing the strategy of the era.

A bill in the Utah State Legislature removes ‘priest-penitent’ privilege when it comes to child abuse

SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill made public ahead of the 2020 legislative session would remove the "priest-penitent" privilege when it comes to reporting abuse cases.

Priest who served in Brighton during 1970s pleads guilty to child sex crimes

A Catholic priest who served in a Brighton parish decades ago has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two children during the 1970s in Suffolk County, according to prosecutors.

Former Sarasota bishop accused of sexually assaulting children over four decades

Henry Lee Porter, 72, pastored the church he incorporated in 1971 for 45 years before stepping down in June 2016.

A former bishop and founder of the Westcoast Center for Human Development was arrested Thursday by Sarasota Police after multiple investigations “demonstrated more than four decades of children and adults suffering sexual abuse by Henry Lee Porter Sr.,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Hans Zollner on Conflict Zone

Decades of child sexual abuse has left the Catholic Church in crisis. The faithful want priests who abuse removed and prosecuted. DW speaks to a priest on the papal commission for the protection of minors.

Lawsuit: Buffalo diocese official fast-tracked annulment to cover priest's abuse

An unnamed plaintiff alleged in a lawsuit that a former Buffalo Diocese administrator, who later became bishop of the Erie Diocese, fast-tracked an annulment in the 1980s to make sure that a family kept quiet about a priest’s abuse.

Activists Demand Update About State's Clergy-Abuse Investigation

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Members of the SNAP Network and ArchAngel Foundation stood outside the Archdiocese of Chicago Tuesday morning with a simple request: that state officials offer an update into allegations into church sex abuse.

Diocese of Charlotte releases list of clergy credibly accused of child sex abuse

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Diocese of Charlotte released a list of clergy members credibly accused of child sex abuse since the diocese was established in 1972.

Dioceses nationwide started revealing the names of church leaders accused of abuse, but the Diocese of Charlotte had not yet released a list of all priests with credible allegations until Monday.

‘Absolutely disgusting’: Catholics in Philadelphia react to the latest child sex-abuse scandal

As Phoenix Robertson sat in church on Sunday, she looked around and noticed — not for the first time — that she was one of very few young people attending Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

Disgraced former cardinal McCarrick gave more than $600,000 in church funds to powerful clerics, records show

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in church money to powerful Catholic clerics over nearly two decades, according to financial records obtained by The Washington Post, while the Vatican failed to act on claims he had sexually harassed young men.

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