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Attorney Drops Abuse Suit Against Vatican
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A lawyer has dropped a lawsuit that sought to hold Pope Benedict XVI and other church officials responsible for a clergy sexual abuse case.
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Vatican to Host Global Summit on Sexual Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic bishops from all over the world will meet next week at a Vatican summit aimed at preventing abuse and protecting children.
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Boston Cardinal Marks 10 Years Since Abuse Scandal
(RNS) Ten years after the sex abuse scandal erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley has written a contrite public letter.
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Victims’ Group Refuses to Turn over Names in Abuse Suit
ST. LOUIS (RNS) The director of a leading victims’ advocacy group refused to answer some questions or turn over documents in a deposition.
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Pope: Others Should Be Held to Same Abuse Standards
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI said that “all other institutions” should be held to the same “exacting standards” as the Roman Catholic Church.
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Accused Janitor Says Priest Blackmailed, Abused Him
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (RNS) For four years, Jose Feliciano told a jury, his rage grew.
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Boston’s Cardinal Bernard Law Retires from Prominent Post
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Cardinal Bernard F. Law has stepped down from his controversial post as head of a prominent basilica in Rome.
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Episcopal Head Jefferts Schori Answers Critics on Abusive Priest
(RNS) Shori defended her decision to allow a former Roman Catholic monk to become an Episcopal priest even after he admitted to sexual misconduct with a minor.
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Lawyer Urges Penn State to Lift Confidentiality Claims
(RNS) Hundreds of people around the country who were sexually abused as children will watch in legally imposed silence, says a Boston attorney and expert on such cases.
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Sexual Abusers Hard to Profile or Predict
(RNS) The grand jury report reads like a textbook profile of child sexual abuse.
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Accused Mo. Bishop Accepts Deal to Avoid Second Indictment
(RNS) A Roman Catholic bishop avoided a second criminal charge for failing to report suspected child abuse.
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Why Penn State Abuse Is (and Isn’t) Like the Catholic Church
(RNS) Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno is out in the university’s burgeoning sex abuse scandal, and comparisons to the Roman Catholic Church’s own abuse scandals are in.
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Amid Tense Relations, Ireland Closes Embassy to the Vatican
VATICAN CITY (RNS) After months of tense relations over the clergy sex abuse scandal, the Irish government announced that it will close its embassy to the Vatican.
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Church Prosecutor: Parents Have Duty to Report Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic parents have a “right and duty” to report the sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican’s chief sex abuse investigator said.
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Amnesty International Slams Irish Catholic Church on Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A new report says the sexual abuse of children by Ireland’s Roman Catholic priests “included acts that amounted to torture."
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Victims Say Criminal Charges Against Pope Aren’t a Stunt
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A campaign to hold the pope responsible for “crimes against humanity” is not a publicity stunt, sex abuse victims say.
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Report: KC diocese put children in jeopardy
(RNS) The Roman Catholic Diocese could have put children in jeopardy when it failed to follow guidelines for reporting clergy sexual abuse.
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Vatican Recalls Irish Ambassador over Abuse Report
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to Ireland for “consultations” on the official church response to the government report.
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Chaput Will Upend Convention in the Most Conventional of Cities
(RNS) The most obvious reason he was sent to take over the prestigious Archdiocese of Philadelphia was the clergy sexual abuse scandal.
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Ireland Pushes Priests to Report Confessed Sex Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ireland’s prime minister said Catholic priests could be jailed for failing to report child sex abuse crimes they hear during confession.
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Irish Government Releases Damning Abuse Report
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A special commission sponsored by the Irish government criticized a bishop for failing to report allegations of clerical sex abuse.
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Episcopal Church Defends Top Bishop’s Record in Nevada Abuse Case
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Episcopal Church is rejecting charges that its top leader mishandled the ordination of a former priest who is now accused of sexual abuse.
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Calif. Bbishop Resigns, Citing Exhaustion from Sex Abuse Cases
(RNS) A Roman Catholic bishop in California resigned, saying he is “exhausted” from dealing with clergy sexual abuse cases in his Santa Rosa diocese.
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Bishops Leave Sex Abuse Policies Largely Intact
BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops voted to maintain current church policies on the sexual abuse of children.
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Bishops Open Meeting to Review Sex Abuse Rules
BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops began a review of church sex abuse policies.
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Vatican to Brief Bishops, Religious Orders on Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican will use online education and other methods to help bishops and the heads of religious orders deal with clerical sex abuse.
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First Amendment’s Free Exercise at Heart of Abuse Cases
(RNS) Jeremiah Scott was 11 when the abuse and molestation began in 1990 at the hands of an elder in his Mormon church in Portland, Ore.
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Irish Abuse Probe Finishes First Phase
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican investigation of clerical sex abuse in Ireland has finished its “first phase,” the Vatican announced.
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King's Daughter Leaves Ga. Church After Scandal

(RNS) The Rev. Bernice King announced that she is leaving an Atlanta-area megachurch whose leader has been embroiled in scandal.

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Bishop Long Settles Sex Suit Out of Court
(RNS) Bishop Eddie Long, an Atlanta-area megachurch pastor, has settled suits out of court with four young men who accused him of sexual misconduct.
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Bishops at Center of Abuse Scandal, and Potential Reform
WASHINGTON (RNS) A sweeping new report on the clergy sex abuse scandal compares the Roman Catholic Church to police departments.
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Amnesty International Chides Vatican for Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Amnesty International has criticized the Vatican for falling short of its commitments to protect children from sex abuse.
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RNS Exclusive: Report Spreads Blame for Catholic Sex Abuse
NEW YORK (RNS) A comprehensive report on the scandal is set for release hoping to provide answers about a crisis that has raised numerous questions.
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Vatican Gives Bishops One Year to Set Abuse Policies
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The world’s Catholic bishops have one year to set national policies on clerical sex abuse of minors.
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Abuse Victims Oppose Pick for House Chaplain
WASHINGTON (RNS) The nation’s leading advocacy group for victims of clergy sexual abuse is opposing an Oregon Jesuit’s bid to serve as House chaplain.
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Belgian Bishop Says Nephews’ Abuse Was a Game
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Belgium’s Catholic bishops declared themselves “extremely shocked” by comments from a former bishop.
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Catholic Bishops Report Seven Abuse Cases During 2010
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops announced that sexual abuse accusations against Catholic clergy increased in 2010.
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Jesuits Sued over Sex Abuse Bankruptcy
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Lawyers representing a group of people who accuse Jesuit priests of sexual abuse filed 37 lawsuits.
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Top Church Official Indicted in Philly Abuse Probe
(RNS) Advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse are hailing the indictment of a senior Roman Catholic official.
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Vatican Tries to Tamp Down Abuse Letter to Irish Bishops
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican tried to tamp down allegations a letter to Irish bishops was meant to discourage prelates from reporting sexual abuse.
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Abuse Victim Claims No Money from $900,000 Settlement
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A man who secured a $900,000 settlement for alleged abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest has yet to see a penny more than seven years after the church paid out the money.
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Scandals Prompt Exodus from Catholic Church in Germany
BERLIN (RNS) The Catholic Church in Germany is seeing membership plunge as 2010 comes to a close.
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Pope Links Sex Abuse to Vices
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI deplored the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and linked it to other vices.
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Catholics Fight Bid to Lift Statute of Limitations on Abuse
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) New Jersey lawmakers will consider a bill that would eliminate any statute of limitations on when sex abuse victims can sue.
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Vatican Defends Pope’s Record on Sexual Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI, while still a cardinal, sought in vain to expedite the process for defrocking priests.
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Top Canadian Archbishop Arrested, Charged with Sexual Assault
TORONTO (RNS) A Canadian Orthodox archbishop has been charged with sexual assault on two 10-year-old boys about 25 years ago.
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Vatican Says New Guidelines Will Combat Global Abuse Scandal
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican announced that it is preparing international guidelines to prevent sexual abuse.
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Pope Outlines Scope of Irish Abuse Probe
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Catholic archbishops of New York and Boston will meet personally with victims of abusive priests.
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Vatican Seeks to Be Ally with Victims on Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s top spokesman appealed to victims of pedophile priests who demonstrated near the Vatican.
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Belgian Catholics’ Abuse Plan Falls Flat with Critics
(RNS) Belgian church leaders announced they would establish a center of recognition, reconciliation and healing.
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German Catholic Bishops Release New Sex Abuse Guidelines
BERLIN (RNS) Officials of Germany’s Roman Catholic Church will be required to immediately report suspicions of child abuse.
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Ex-leader of Belgian Catholics Urged Victim to Keep Silent
(RNS) Secret recordings show the church leader asking a sex abuse victim not to expose the crimes of his assailant.
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Episcopal Bishop, Back in Office, Vows to Stay
(RNS) The embattled Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia brushed aside calls for his resignation.
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SNAP Blasts Episcopalians on Reinstated Bishop
(RNS) SNAP blasted the Episcopal Church for reinstating the bishop of Philadelphia.
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Ky. Men Drop Abuse Suit Against the Vatican
(RNS) Three Kentucky men have dropped their six-year effort to sue the Vatican over sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy.
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Episcopal Bishop Reinstated after Abuse Case Overturned
(RNS) The Episcopal bishop was reinstated after a church court dismissed the charges.
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Child Sexual Abuse in Churches Can't Be Ignored
Child Sexual Abuse in Churches Can't Be Ignored
A child is sexually abused in the United States every four minutes. And Protestant churches, as part of the larger society, are not immune from this sin – no matter how some may try to camouflage it.
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 Why Christians Must Talk About Sexual Abuse
Why Christians Must Talk About Sexual Abuse
Many people would rather not talk about sexual abuse in the church – and that is part of the problem. When we don't talk about it, people get away with victimizing others.
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Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas wrote that the sexual scandals in Catholicism and Protestantism were different, but Catholic and Baptist leaders have more similarities than differences on the child-abuse front.
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Oregon Protects Kids from Sexual Predators. Why Can't Churches?
Oregon Protects Kids from Sexual Predators. Why Can't Churches?
Oregon lawmakers passed a law prohibiting schools from making deals that hide the sexual misconduct of teachers who resign. The practice is called passing the trash. Why can't Southern Baptists do something similar?
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‘All God’s Children’
‘All God’s Children’
The relentless stories of abuse mirror the dread that missionaries’ kids, some as young as 5, experienced for nine months at a time, hundreds of miles away from their missionary parents.
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Accuser Recants Sex Abuse Charge Against Baptist Youth Minister
A woman who accused a Kentucky Baptist youth minister last year of sexually abusing her teenaged daughter now says she made the story up.
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