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Editorial: Pennsylvania Senate must stand up for victims of abuse

Getting just about any piece of substantial legislation passed in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly is likely to be a roller coaster ride for the lawmakers and activists who support it. That’s just the nature of the institution.

Former California priest arrested in RI on sex-assault charges

A former Roman Catholic priest working as a psychologist in Rhode Island was arrested Wednesday on a warrant that accuses him of sexually abusing children in California, authorities said. 

Former Franciscan University of Steubenville Friar accused of raping a student arraigned

A former Franciscan University of Steubenville Friar accused of raping a student in the past was arraigned Wednesday morning, then released.

Pennsylvania AG prefers law change over constitutional amendment for sex abuse survivors

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said changing state law to open a civil litigation window for survivors of child sexual abuse remains legal, “sound” and “preferable” to a lengthy constitutional amendment process.

Minnesota bishop investigated by Vatican for alleged abuse cover-up resigns

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on April 13 accepted the resignation of Crookston, Minnesota, Bishop Michael Hoeppner, who had been under investigation for more than a year over allegations of mishandling cases of clergy sexual abuse.

SILENT NO MORE: Victim says abuse left her life a shambles

For decades, Leigh-Anne just wanted someone, anyone, to listen.

Instead, she said, she was placed in a mental hospital, silenced and ignored until she fell into a yearslong spiral of drug addiction, self-doubt and destruction.

Defrocked US priest revered in East Timor accused of abuse

It was the same every night. A list of names was posted on the Rev. Richard Daschbach’s bedroom door. The child at the top of the roster knew it was her turn to share the lower bunk with the elderly priest and another elementary school-aged girl.

St. Catherine's inquiry backs sexual misconduct claims against composer David Hass, recommends changes

An investigation sponsored by St. Catherine University into its relationship with Catholic music composer David Haas, who for years held summer music programs there, did not contradict reports of sexual misconduct by Haas.

Survivors of church abuse laud Missouri Supreme Court ruling on evidence in lawsuits

Survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests lauded a Missouri Supreme Court decision that will allow some circumstantial evidence to be presented in lawsuits.

Sanctions against Polish bishops cautiously welcomed by abuse survivors

KRAKÓW, Poland – After the Vatican sanctioned two retired bishops in Poland, abuse victims say it’s a good start, but may be too little, too late.

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