January 17, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Thursday criticized the Vatican on the its handling of child sex abuse. During questioning in Geneva, committee member Sara Oviedo forced Vatican officials to acknowledge that the Holy See had been slow to react to allegations of ...[read more]
January 8, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Monday was ordered to release its files on child abuse by its employees with full disclosure on all subject matter, totaling nearly 30,000 pages of documents and more than 200 priests named in the allegations. Judge Emilie Elias of the Superior ...[read more]
February 8, 2012
by Jennie Ryan
The Vatican sex crimes prosecutor warned bishops on Wednesday that they must follow rules in place for protecting victims of sexual abuse in the church or they risk being sanctioned. Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the church appointed prosecutor in the ongoing clergy sex abuse scandals, issued his ...[read more]
September 13, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on Tuesday filed an International Criminal Court (ICC) complaint against Vatican officials, including Pope Benedict XVI, for systematic sexual abuse and subsequent concealment of over 10,000 incidents. The group filed the complaint on behalf of clergy sex ...[read more]
April 12, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On April 12, 2010, the Vatican released official Church procedures for handling alleged cases of sexual abuse by priests, ordering that, "Civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate authorities should always be followed." However, the Vatican also reserved the discretionary power ...[read more]
January 5, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer
Archbishop Jerome Listecki announced Tuesday that the Archodiocese of Milwaukee will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a result of financial strain from lawsuits over the clergy sex abuse scandals. The archdiocese's purpose in filing the petition is to achieve the dual goals of ...[read more]
May 14, 2010
by Sarah Miley
The Roman Catholic Diocese in Vermont on Thursday settled with dozens of former alter boys who alleged they were sexually abused by several clergy 30 years ago. The church agreed to pay 26 accusers a total of $17.65 million to drop child sex abuse cases pending in Burlington's Chittenden Superio... ...[read more]
April 12, 2010
by David Manes
The Vatican on Monday released Church procedures for handling alleged cases of sexual abuse by priests, instructing, Civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate authorities should always be followed. The Guide to Understanding Basic CDF Procedures concerning Sexual... ...[read more]
November 25, 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court decision denying in part defendant's motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit alleging that officials of the Roman Catholic Church failed to warn the public of sexual abuse of children by priests. The plaintiffs, who... ...[read more]
March 7, 2008
by Patrick Porter
Total payments in clergy abuse settlements nearly doubled in 2007 to reach $526 million, the highest number ever, according to an annual report by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops released Friday. The number of new allegations of abuse fell for the third year in a row, dropping by three ...[read more]

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