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47 names of clergy abuse victims part of accidental email leak

A clergy abuse victim who participated in the Philadelphia Archdiocese's independent compensation program for survivors is alleging that the confidentiality of nearly 50 other victims was compromised when the program administrator mistakenly sent the individual an email in 2019 with the names of participants from another diocese's program.


New survey of German religious orders finds decades of abuse accusations

BONN, GERMANY — A new survey of heads of German Catholic religious orders found abuse allegations against at least 654 members over a period of decades, reported the German Catholic news agency KNA.


Bransfield Accuser Calls Disgraced Bishop’s Apology ‘Inadequate’

WHEELING — The former traveling secretary for Michael Bransfield — who said the disgraced bishop sexually abused him while leading the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston — called his recent apology to his victims and the faithful “inadequate and unsatisfactory.”


Opinion: Pull back the curtain of secrecy on abuse by priests

St. Peter in Chains Cathedral is now a "minor basilica." It is clear that Archbishop Dennis Schnurr is excited and proud, and it is clear that he welcomed members of the news media into the cathedral (now basilica) space on Aug. 15 so he could talk about ceremonial bells and special privileges.


Mayor says it's time to talk about sex abuse

Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn didn't mince words after learning of the arrest of the Rev. Michael Zacharias, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel parish, Findlay.


Former West Virginia bishop apologizes, reimburses diocese

CHARLESTON, W. VA. — A former Roman Catholic bishop in West Virginia has issued an apology two years after resigning amid allegations of sexual and financial misconduct, and the diocese said Aug. 20 that he has repaid $441,000.


After years of accusations, this retired New Orleans priest is now on a clergy abuse list

When the Archdiocese of New Orleans issued a list two years ago that included dozens of clergymen credibly accused of sexual abuse, Mike Brandner Sr.’s heart sank.


Op-Ed: Survivors' Networks Sees Good, Bad in Covington Diocese Abuse List

The following op-ed is written by Zach Hiner, executive director of St. Louis-based Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

There is good news and bad news in the just released list of abusers associated with the Diocese of Covington.


The Catholic Diocese Of Pittsburgh Expects It Will Pay Tens Of Millions To Sexual Abuse Victims, Hopes To Avoid Bankruptcy

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Out of shock and shame that was the grand jury report, Bishop Zubik says the diocese emerged with one clear obligation — to compensate and care for victims of clergy sexual abuse — no matter the cost.


13 Investigates: PPP loans for 1000s of churches, SBA bends rules

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Hours after SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) criticized the Catholic church for accepting PPP loans Thursday, 13 Investigates looked into the program finding tens of thousands of churches accepting cash in the job saving program.


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