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Clergy Would Have To Report Confessions Of Ongoing Child Abuse If Proposed Bill Approved

An Arizona legislator is attempting once again to change the state law that currently allows clergy members to remain silent about the ongoing physical or sexual abuse of children if they learn the information as part of a confession.

Thousands of Clergy Abuse Records Handed Over to Victims in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Diocese of Buffalo released thousands of clergy abuse documents and related records to abuse victims and their lawyers this week as part of an agreement in ongoing clergy abuse negotiations during its bankruptcy.

Father Bill Lombardy accused of sexual abuse by former altar boys: suit

One-time priest and chess grandmaster Father Bill Lombardy — who was portrayed by actor Peter Sarsgaard in a movie about famed chess player Bobby Fischer — has been accused of sexually abusing two altar boys in a new lawsuit.

Trove of Buffalo Diocese abuse records turned over to victims in bankruptcy court

Lawyers and survivors of childhood sexual abuse are reviewing more than 25,000 pages of internal Buffalo Diocese documents relating to clergy abuse, diocesan finances and personnel files.

Texas Diocese Asks Court to Toss Libel Suit Over List of Accused Abusers

(CN) — The Catholic Diocese of Lubbock urged the Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought by a former deacon who claims it falsely outed him as a child molester.

Pfleger removed from parish after sexual abuse allegation

Father Michael Pfleger, the longtime pastor at St. Sabina Church and one of the most prominent priests in Chicago, has been removed from the Auburn Gresham parish following revelations of a decades-old sexual abuse allegation against a minor.

Brazil archbishop investigated for sex abuse

Police in Brazil said on Monday they were investigating the archbishop of the city of Belem for alleged sexual abuse against underage seminary students.

Here's what we uncovered this year about Cardinal McCarrick, beach houses and sex abuse

A series of investigations by The Record and this year exposed new information about former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s rise to power through the church hierarchy despite abuse allegations that surfaced as early as the 1980s.

As deadline nears, adults flood Arizona courts with lawsuits alleging childhood sex abuse

Hundreds of civil lawsuits by people who allege they suffered abuse as children are being filed in Arizona's courts as a year-end deadline looms for them to seek justice.

Boarding schools fleeing abuse claims in other states find ‘Promised Land’ in Missouri

Aaron Rother was 16 when the leader of his boarding school announced they were packing up and moving again, to their third state in a little more than a year.

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