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California bishops oppose bill that would re-open sexual abuse claims

The following is from the website of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops: In the aftermath of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, California lawmakers voted in 2002 to remove the statute of limitations on claims of sexual abuse for one year.  The Church did not oppose the legislation.  In the next calendar year, any person ever harmed by a priest, … [Read more...]

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Cardinal George Pell: “I’m innocent of these charges, they are false.”

Australian authorities allege Vatican's Prefect for the Secretariat of the Economy committed sexual abuse many years ago

After Australian police announced that they have charged him on multiple counts of sexual abuse, Cardinal George Pell has maintained his innocence, saying he will take leave from his responsibilities in the Vatican to clear his name. In comments to journalists during a June 29 news briefing at the Holy See Press Office, Cardinal Pell said that with the permission of Pope … [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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Man acquitted in priest-beating trial seeks signatures for California ballot initiative

Victim of sexual abuse wants to change the fact that child molesters can evade prosecution

The following comes from a December 16 Mercury News article by Tracey Kaplan: By the time Will Lynch was ready in the mid-1990s to report he'd been sexually abused as a child by a priest on a camping trip, there was nothing police could do about it. The abuse had happened about two decades earlier when he was 7, and the legal window then for bringing charges against the … [Read more...]

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Clerical abuse expert welcomes ‘marked drop’ in US claims

The 70s were more permissive Rome, Italy, Feb 7 (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the Catholic Church’s leading experts on clerical abuse says he welcomes a significant drop in the number of cases being reported in the United States – but won’t rest until that figure reaches zero. “The instance of new allegations have dropped precipitously, it’s a marked drop, which is great news, … [Read more...]

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