Catholic Church Faces Another Scandal

There is a storm brewing in New York and it has nothing to do with the weather. The Catholic Archdiocese of New York has been sued (nothing new there) concerning a Throgs Neck priest accused of financing his alternative lifestyle with parish funds. The controversy began earlier this year with an email sent to Cardinal […]

Pope Slammed For Calling Bishops Courageous

During Pope Francis’ meeting with US bishops at Washington’s St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, the Pope referred to the nation’s bishops as courageous in their stance on clergy sexual abuse. The remarks drew immediate fire from advocates for survivors of sex abuse who sought to remind the Latin American pontiff of the injustices and cover-ups […]

Cardinals’ Email Exchange Details Efforts to Silence a Sex Abuse Survivor

We have another email scandal on our hands. This time it doesn’t come from Washington. It involves a cardinal of the Catholic Church in Chile and his predecessor. In the email exchanges, the two princes of the church discuss ways to prevent an outspoken survivor of sexual abuse from joining the Pope’s commission on sex […]

Judge Orders Verdict of $400,000 in Catholic Church Abuse Case

Connecticut Superior Court Judge Cynthia Swienton has issued a verdict in favor of a survivor of child sexual abuse involving a Catholic youth choir director. The defendant, Shawn Pahl, was a part-time youth choir director for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in New Britain, Connecticut. The victim was 12 years old when he first […]

Archbishop Comments on Priest Accused in Hidden Camera Case

The local media called it an apology, but that’s being generous. Archbishop Alexander Sample made a pastoral visit to St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood recently to talk about the diocesan priest who allegedly hid a camera in a church bathroom. The priest, Father Ysrael Bien, has fled the country and returned to his native […]

Catholic Priest Sentenced to Six Months for Sexually Assaulting Model During Flight

A 46-year-old Diocese of San Bernardino Catholic priest has been sentenced to six months in prison for sexually groping a woman during an overnight flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles last August. The woman, who is employed as a model, woke up and found Marcelo de Jesumaria touching her breasts and buttocks. She immediately asked […]

Judge Orders Catholic Priest to Pay $5 Million in Sex Abuse Case

A federal judge in Spokane, Washington ordered a former Catholic priest who sexually abused an Oregon man to pay the survivor $5,000,000. Ernest Dale Calhoun, who did not deny the survivor’s allegations, began serving in the Yakima, Washington Diocese in 1977. This sexual abuse lawsuit was not the first case filed against Calhoun who has […]

Catholic Church in Louisville Sued For Sex Abuse

Two men have filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against an incarcerated priest, a nun, and the Archdiocese of Louisville for alleged sexual abuse they suffered in the 1970’s. The priest, 67-year-old Rev. James Schook, is serving a 15 year prison sentence for sexually molesting one of the two men. According to the Associated Press, “The […]

New Boss Same as the Old Boss

Since Pope Francis’ election as head of the Catholic Church, many observers have been pleased by the new Pope’s efforts at reforming the Church. So when Pope Francis named fellow Jesuit Rev. Robert Geisinger the Vatican’s “promoter of justice” for U.S. abuse cases in September, a position roughly analogous to chief prosecutor, some abuse advocates […]

Catholic Church in Canada Has Own History of Sex Abuse

One of the darkest deeds in a dark history of child abuse was how the Catholic Church in the United States shipped pedophile priests to northern Alaska with no warning to the indigenous villages they were supposed to serve. These villages were so poor and desperate that a priest arriving by dog sled every month […]

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