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Duluth diocese concludes bankruptcy

Scores of child sexual abuse victims in the Diocese of Duluth will soon share tens of millions of dollars in compensation, following a federal judge’s final approval Monday of a bankruptcy reorganization plan for the diocese.


More time to file bankruptcy plan, clergy abuse survivors could get paid by early 2020

Guam's clergy sex abuse survivors could start getting compensation from the Archdiocese of Agana by early to middle of 2020, now that parties are set to go into mediation will that be followed by a reorganization plan.


At least 7 more people told the Vatican they were sexually abused as boys by Theodore McCarrick, according to sources

Theodore McCarrick, a former D.C. archbishop and cardinal who was defrocked this year amid allegations he sexually abused two minors and sexually harassed seminarians, is facing new accusations that he abused at least seven boys from around 1970 until 1990, according to three sources, including a person with direct knowledge of the claims U.S. church officials sent to the Vatican in January.


45 years later, 'Uncle Raggy,' ex-youth minister, indicted in sexual abuse case

A former youth minister has been indicted on a sexual abuse charge stemming from an alleged incident that took place nearly 45 years ago. Dural Reece Ragsdale, 71, known as "Uncle Raggy" on his now shuttered YouTube channel, turned himself in to the Tishomingo County Jail Monday afternoon. He was charged with fondling, a felony. 


Catholic parents must stand up to church leaders and reject them for sex abuse cover-ups

Former Diocese attorney Frank Vollor referred to me as having a vengeance. I take issue with that assessment. I and many other survivors of sex abuse do have grievances. 


Pope accepts resignation of NYC bishop accused of abuse

ROME - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a New York City bishop after he was accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the 1980s.


Repressed memories: Veteran alleges sex abuse by Catholic priest. He's suing decades later.

When he was 12, Robert McGowen went to catechism class. His mother was Southern Baptist, but his father was Catholic, so he attended classes at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hattiesburg.

It was the mid-1980s and his priest was the Rev. John Scanlon. 


FOX43 Reveals: Survivors of Clergy Abuse vs. Catholic Church Lobbying Dollars

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Survivors of clergy sexual abuse are up against big money in politics as they push for criminal and justice reform. A recent report showed the Catholic Church spent $10.6 million lobbying in northeast states since 2011. FOX43 Reveals how much money the Church paid out to lobby lawmakers in Pennsylvania, fighting bills that would have helped child sexual abuse survivors like the Fortney sisters.


The Chicago Archdiocese does not publicly identify deceased priests accused of sexual abuse. Here’s why one suburban deacon is trying to change that.

The first time it happened, the priest offered Terry Neary a cookie.

Neary, then an eighth grade student, was working an after-school job in the rectory of St. Ethelreda in Chicago. He followed the Roman Catholic priest into the kitchen, where, Neary has alleged, the 75-year-old man sexually abused him that day and a few more times in 1971.


Unsupervised accused priests teach, counsel, adopt children

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an Associated Press investigation has found.


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