Why Vatican wanted to block U.S. bishops’ reforms

Ouellet-DeNardo letter comes out

The following comes from a Jan. 1 story on the website of the Catholic News Agency. A letter from Cardinal Marc Ouellet indicates that the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops had blocked the U.S. bishops from voting on proposals to address the sex abuse crisis in November because the congregation believed more time was needed to discuss the measures. The Associated Press … [Read more...]

Governor Brown vetoes bill extending time for victims to file sexual abuse claims

The measure, which was opposed by California's bishops, would have allowed victims of childhood sexual abuse to file civil suits until they are 40 years old

Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected a bill that would have given survivors of childhood sexual assault in California more time to file suits against those who could have stopped their abuse. The bill, written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), would have allowed victims to file abuse claims until they are 40 years old. It also would have permitted those who … [Read more...]

56 lawmakers seek probe of Planned Parenthood’s response to child sexual abuse

In a June 7 letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, legislators ask the agency to probe whether Planned Parenthood “failed in its duty to report suspected child abuse to local authorities and to HHS”

A group of 56 lawmakers led by Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., is urging federal officials to investigate the extent to which Planned Parenthood fails to report suspected sexual abuse of minors. In a letter Thursday to the Department of Health and Human Services, Hartzler and 55 other Republicans ask the agency to probe whether Planned Parenthood, as a recipient of federal Title X … [Read more...]

15 times Planned Parenthood was caught helping a rapist

Horrific: abortion provider has a history of failing to report possible rapes and allowing rapists to continue to assault their victims

If you take Planned Parenthood leaders at their word, then you probably view the organization as a law-abiding non-profit that exists to help people live healthy lives. If you dig a bit and understand that things aren’t always what they seem, you probably view Planned Parenthood with some skepticism. How much negative press can one organization receive before the majority of … [Read more...]

East San Jose parish youth counselor accused of molesting teen girl

Lawsuit filed against San Jose Diocese and others for $5 million

The following comes from a San Jose Mercury News article by Eric Kurhi: A youth counselor at an East San Jose church is being accused in a lawsuit of sexually molesting a teenage girl. The civil complaint, filed Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court on behalf of the girl, who is now over 18, alleges that lay pastoral associate Walter Mena demonstrated … [Read more...]

San Diego priest attacked by SNAP

Victims group aims at San Diego diocese

The following comes from a December 7 Raw Story article by Tom Boggiani: A group representing victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests has blasted the San Diego Catholic Diocese for appointing a priest who admitted to destroying documents detailing sexual assaults to oversee their sex abuse hotline. Likening him to “an admitted embezzler [who] shouldn’t … [Read more...]