Tag: Roman Catholic Church

West Virginia Sues Bishop and Diocese Over Sex Abuse, Citing Consumer Protection

The West Virginia attorney general filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against a retired top bishop and the state’s only Roman Catholic diocese, saying that they “knowingly employed pedophiles,” the latest in a string of attempts by law enforcement to hold officials accountable for sexual abuse in the church. The civil suit is notable for its […]

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West Virginia Sues Bishop and Diocese, Saying They Knowingly Employed Pedophiles

The West Virginia attorney general filed a lawsuit against a retired top bishop and the state’s only Catholic diocese on Tuesday, saying that they “knowingly employed pedophiles.” The civil suit also alleges that the diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, who was recently restricted from ministry, “failed to conduct adequate background checks” for […]

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New Jersey Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Found Shot to Death

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Allegations of sexual abuse trailed John Capparelli, a former priest, for decades, resurfacing in the years after the Archdiocese of Newark removed him from ministry. There were the lawsuits from accusers, and last month […]

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The Argument: How Does the Catholic Church Redeem Itself?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument,” Mara Gay of the Times editorial board joins the columnists to discuss the merits and potential pitfalls of universal prekindergarten initiatives. Michelle Goldberg argues […]

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French Cardinal Found Guilty of Covering Up Sexual Abuse by Priest

PARIS — A high-profile Catholic cardinal was found guilty by a French court on Thursday of covering up decades-old sexual abuse by a priest in his diocese, a surprise victory for the priest’s accusers, who had forced the case to trial after it was previously dropped by investigating prosecutors. The […]

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Cardinal George Pell Is Jailed to Await Sentencing on Sexual Abuse Conviction

MELBOURNE, Australia — Cardinal George Pell, the highest ranking Catholic clergyman convicted of sexually abusing children, left a courtroom in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday flanked by police officers to spend his first night in jail, after a judge heard arguments to determine his sentence for molesting two choirboys in 1996. […]

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Cardinal George Pell Sent to Jail to Await Sentencing on Sexual Abuse Conviction

MELBOURNE, Australia — Cardinal George Pell, the highest ranking Catholic clergyman convicted of sexually abusing children, left a courtroom in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday flanked by police officers to spend his first night in jail, after a judge heard arguments to determine his sentence for molesting two choirboys in 1996. […]

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Cardinal George Pell Sex Abuse Conviction Unsealed in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia — Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Roman Catholic leader ever convicted of sexual abuse, will not face a second trial on an additional round of assault allegations made by young boys. The earlier verdict was unsealed on Tuesday only after prosecutors decided they could not proceed with the […]

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Pope Francis Calls for ‘All-Out Battle’ to Fight Scourge of Sexual Abuse

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis ended a landmark Vatican meeting on clerical sexual abuse with an appeal “for an all-out battle against the abuse of minors,” which he compared to human sacrifice, but he did not offer concrete policy remedies demanded by many of the faithful. In a speech at […]

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Catholic Leaders at Meeting on Sex Abuse Hear Proposal for Removing Bishops

VATICAN CITY — The American cardinal entrusted by Pope Francis with organizing his global conference on clerical sexual abuse presented Roman Catholic leaders with a set of new proposals on Friday, including changes to the process for investigating bishops accused of misconduct or negligence. On the second day of a […]

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Pope Francis Opens Summit on Sexual Abuse: ‘Hear the Cry of the Little Ones’

VATICAN CITY — With his moral authority in question and his papal legacy in the balance, Pope Francis opened a historic summit meeting at the Vatican on Thursday devoted to clerical child sexual abuse, an issue that has for decades devastated some corners of his vast church while being utterly […]

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Gay Priests, Secret Rules and the Abuse of Nuns: Some of the Vatican Controversies as Bishops Meet

A series of scandals will be looming large in the eyes of church leaders and Vatican watchers alike when a highly anticipated conference on child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church begins on Thursday. The meeting was called to address decades of abuse disclosures that have rattled the church, eroded […]

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Pope Opens Summit on Sexual Abuse: ‘Hear the Cry of the Little Ones’

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis opened a historic summit meeting Thursday morning devoted to the scourge of child sexual abuse, an issue that has for decades devastated and eroded faith in some corners of his vast church while being utterly ignored and denied in others. “We hear the cry of […]

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Rapists Presented by Their Church as Men of God

When a journalist for the Illinois Baptist newspaper reported in 2002 on a Baptist pastor who had sexually assaulted two teenage girls in his church, one apparently just 13 years old, he received a furious reprimand. Glenn L. Akins, then running the Illinois Baptist State Association, offered a bizarre objection: […]

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The Catholic Church Is Breaking People’s Hearts

Pat Fitzgerald, 67, has long loved being a Catholic, and the part he loved maybe most of all, for the past quarter-century, was his role as a spiritual mentor at retreats for students at a church-affiliated high school in Indianapolis, where he lives. But he has been told that he’s […]

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Vatican Hopes Meeting on Child Sex Abuse Will Be a Turning Point

VATICAN CITY — In the decades since the crisis of clerical sexual abuse of children first exploded, the Roman Catholic church has struggled to resolve a scourge that has eroded its credibility, driven away the faithful and stained its priests, bishops, cardinals and popes. On Monday, as the Vatican prepared […]

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