Study: 3% of Catholics left over the sex abuse scandals

An interesting observation, from the New York Times (h/t Marcel): A survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life conducted in 2008 found that Americans who had left Catholicism had done so for many reasons, including unhappiness with the church’s position on abortion or homosexuality, disagreement with teachings on birth control, and the feeling [Read More…]

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Cardinal Law’s birthday bash

He turned 80 over the weekend, and the Boston Herald takes us to the celebration in Rome: Cardinal Bernard Law was treated to a lavish birthday spread, the company of a conclave of clerics and even the music of a mariachi band in a four-star Italian hotel, where guests rolled up in Vatican Mercedes sedans [Read More…]

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Court rules Church may be responsible for priests’ wrongdoing

It’s a precedent-setting ruling out of the Royal Court of Justice in London. From the Guardian: Victims of clerical sexual abuse will find it easier to bring compensation claims against the Catholic church after a judge ruled it can be held responsible for the wrongdoings of its priests. In a test case heard at the high [Read More…]

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KC update: Bishop Finn not planning to resign

Details: Calls for Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Finn to resign started even before last week, when he became the highest-ranking church leader in the sex abuse scandal criminally charged with sheltering an accused priest. The bishop of Kansas City, Mo., had acknowledged in May that he waited five months to tell police about the hundreds [Read More…]

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Coping in Kansas City: "Obviously, we're not O.K. with this…"

How does a diocese deal with having its bishop indicted?  The New York Times visited a parish in Kansas City — the former parish of Fr. Shawn Rattigan, the priest at the center of the scandal — to find out. The Rev. Justin Hoye was struggling to figure out what, if anything, to say on [Read More…]

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New sex abuse lawsuit filed in Montana — against nuns

Details: A new sex abuse lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is one of the first involving abuse by nuns toward Native American children, the plaintiffs’ attorney said. The latest suit, which also names the Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province as a defendant, is the second in as many weeks that [Read More…]

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SNAP seeks charges against the pope, Vatican at The Hague

Details, from the AP: Clergy sex abuse victims upset that no high-ranking Roman Catholic leaders have been prosecuted for sheltering guilty priests brought their claims Tuesday to the International Criminal Court, seeking an investigation of the pope and top Vatican cardinals for possible crimes against humanity. The Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based nonprofit [Read More…]

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Philadelphia prepares for return of suspended priests

It was big news when they were removed from ministry in March.  Now, the Archdiocese has issued an update: As a wave of discontent ripples among its priests, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Thursday described its contact with 26 clerics suspended over past allegations of child sex abuse or misconduct and said it hoped to [Read More…]

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"All these parishioners just feel so betrayed…"

The New York Times this morning catches up with the tragic story unfolding in Missouri, surrounding Fr. Shawn Rattigan and the actions of Bishop Robert Finn: In the annals of the sexual abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church, most of the cases that have come to light happened years before to children and teenagers [Read More…]

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Showdown: ailing Cardinal Bevilacqua ordered to appear in court

His health is failing, but the man at the center of the sex abuse scandal in Philadelphia has been ordered to make a court appearance next month. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua has been ordered to appear at a Sept. 12 hearing so a judge can determine if he is competent to [Read More…]

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