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New Report Details Sexual Abuse Over Decades In The Bridgeport Diocese

A report released Tuesday says that 281 people have been sexually abused by members of the Diocese of Bridgeport since its inception in 1953 -- and nearly all of them were minors. In a report commissioned by the diocese itself, retired state court judge Robert Holzberg found that they had been sexually abused by 71 priests. 


The Catholic Church and Boy Scouts are Lobbying Against Child Abuse Statutes. This Is Their Playbook

Pennsylvania state Rep. Tom Murt slid into a pew at his childhood church, seeking a break from politics and the stress of work. Instead, Murt got an earful.

In his sermon, the priest talked about a bill pending in the state legislature that would give survivors of child sexual abuse more time to sue their abusers — and the institutions that hid abuse. 


SNAP Answers Call For Help From Sex Abuse Victims

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says the most recent allegations of sexual abuse involving a priest in the Cincinnati Archdiocese has spurred more rounds of questions. A SNAP-sponsored event Sunday night in West Chester brought survivors, counselors and therapists together to answer questions from the public.


Catholic Diocese of Jackson needs to help DA investigate sex abuse charges in Greenwood

As an advocate and a survivor in Mississippi, I think I am qualified to speak to the history of the Diocese of Jackson and the Catholic Church and their handling of sexual abuse claims.


Priests Who Taught, Lived at Saint Michael's Quietly Identified as Accused

A recent report by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington was billed as an exhaustive accounting of sexual abuse allegations against Vermont priests. Yet the Edmundites, members of the Colchester-based Catholic order that founded Saint Michael's College, have created their own list of 10 accused priests — and released it only on an obscure website where it has gone virtually unnoticed.


Some question if Colorado probe of Catholic Church will uncover full scope of priests' abuse

DENVER – As investigations in other states produce arrests and unearth abuse allegations within the Catholic Church, some people in Colorado are questioning if negotiations before the state’s review began will protect the church’s reputation and prevent the disclosure of decades worth of closely held secrets.


Canadian clergy-abuse survivors lobby for Catholic Church reforms, disclosure around accused priests

Canadian clergy-abuse survivors gathered in Cornwall, Ont., this week to lobby for reforms, asking Catholic Church leadership to boost disclosure, publish the names of credibly accused priests in the country and create external oversight to monitor how the church handles sexual-abuse claims.


A R.I. church was told it hired an accused child molester. It kept him on for two decades.

BRISTOL, R.I. — When the Rev. Barry Gamache arrived at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in early 1997, it had been a dozen years since a former longtime parish priest was hauled away for sexually abusing teenage boys.


St. Mary’s University Panel Discusses Way Forward After Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

Panelists at a St. Mary’s University symposium Thursday discussed what still needs to be done at the local, national, and global level to address the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church.


Former New Orleans deacon George Brignac jailed; first arrest since release of list of accused clergy

A Catholic Church deacon who was removed from ministry in 1988 following multiple child molestation accusations was jailed on a count of first-degree rape early Saturday, the first arrest of a clergyman in New Orleans on a sex-abuse charge since the church’s decades-old crisis reignited a little more than a year ago.


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