Teacher at Catholic school for girls accused of molesting student

Teacher at Ramona Convent Secondary School in Alhambra was arrested May 17 after a graphic text message was found on a student's phone, police said

A female teacher was arrested on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a student at an all-girls Catholic school in Alhambra, according to authorities. Alhambra police said 42-year-old Diana Wendel, a teacher at Ramona Convent Secondary School for the past three years, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a graphic text was found on a student's phone by her … [Read more...]

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Stockton diocese bankruptcy plan takes effect

Provides $15 million to survivors of sexual abuse

On February 14, the Diocese of Stockton Plan for Reorganization took effect. All settlement payments have been deposited in the trust set up for the benefit of survivors of sexual abuse. The Trust will now begin the process of administering and paying the abuse claims pursuant to the provisions of the Plan. As previously announced, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern … [Read more...]

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SNAP founder resigns

Announcement comes less than two weeks after SNAP’s executive director quit

The founder of a prominent advocacy group for children sexually abused by Catholic priests has resigned, the second major departure in the wake of a lawsuit filed last month by a former employee alleging that the organization colluded with lawyers to refer clients and profit from settlements. In an email to supporters Barbara Blaine said her decision to leave SNAP, which … [Read more...]

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Sad tale of a child sex slave

Duñia Zelaya and ex-labor slave Bishan Kumar share their stories during the L.A. Freedom Walk

“I knew my life wasn’t normal,” Duñia Zelaya said of her childhood. She vividly remembers the night her mother and stepfather dressed her in strange clothes and did her makeup before driving her to a bar to work as a sex slave. She can’t remember her age, but she was probably 7. Her mother gave her a drink to “give her courage.” Her two sisters, who were older though still … [Read more...]

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National director of SNAP resigns

Announcement that David Clohessy has stepped down comes a week after he and other SNAP leaders were named in a lawsuit alleging kickbacks for referrals to attorneys in sex-abuse cases

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests announced Tuesday that its longtime national director, accused by a former SNAP employee of referring potential clients to attorneys in return for financial kickbacks to the group, resigned at the end of last year. The announcement that David Clohessy, of St. Louis, left the Chicago-based organization comes a week after he and … [Read more...]

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Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests sued by former worker

Fired employee alleges SNAP colludes with attorneys, accepts kickbacks for client referrals, is motivated by "animus against the Catholic Church"

A former employee of the controversial Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful termination for challenging the organization’s misbehavior, including alleged kickbacks from attorneys who were suing the Church on behalf of sexual abuse victims. In the lawsuit, Gretchen Rachel Hammond, a past development director of SNAP, claimed to … [Read more...]

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Former CDF prefect speaks on curial reform, prosecution of abusive priests

Cardinal William Levada, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that he does not anticipate a downgrading of the Vatican’s doctrinal agency

Cardinal William Levada, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), said that he does not anticipate a downgrading of the Vatican’s doctrinal agency, and expects that the CDF will continue to handle cases of priests accused of sexual abuse, in a lengthy interview with the National Catholic Register. The American prelate, who was appointed as … [Read more...]

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