Catholic sex abuse cases http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24758/all en CORRECTED-German Catholic bishops halt sex abuse study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/corrected-german-catholic-bishops-halt-sex-abuse-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Fixes day in first paragraph)</p> <p>PARIS, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Germany's Roman Catholic bishops cancelled a study into sex abuse scandals within their church on Wednesday, prompting the lead researcher to accuse them of trying to censor his findings.</p> <p>Bishop Stephan Ackermann, spokesman on abuse issues for the German Bishops Conference, said the bishops had lost confidence in researcher Christian Pfeiffer and would look for another specialist to continue the study.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/corrected-german-catholic-bishops-halt-sex-abuse-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Child sexual abuse Religion Religion and children Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:45:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732142 at http://www.globalpost.com Florida priest pleads no contest in child abuse case http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/florida-priest-pleads-no-contest-child-abuse-case <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Church placed Father Neil Doherty on "leave" in 2002</p> <p>* Victims' lawyer says Doherty drugged his victims</p> <p>By Zachary Fagenson</p> <p>FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla,. Jan 14 (Reuters) - A South Florida priest accused of sexually assaulting young boys for decades pleaded no contest to a half dozen charges on Monday and could face up to 15 years in prison under a plea deal.</p> <p>It is the first time criminal charges have been brought against Father Neil Doherty, 69, despite numerous civil cases that named him.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/florida-priest-pleads-no-contest-child-abuse-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Child sexual abuse Religion and children Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:15:21 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734427 at http://www.globalpost.com German Catholic Church shuts sex abuse hotline after demand dips http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/german-catholic-church-shuts-sex-abuse-hotline-after-demand-dip <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Number of victims' calls fell after initial flurry in 2010</p> <p>* Bishop says Church still wants independent abuse study</p> <p>* Average reported cases were over 40 years old</p> <p>By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor</p> <p>Jan 17 (Reuters) - Germany's Roman Catholic Church has shut a national hotline for victims of sexual abuse by priests because demand for it has dropped since the peak of the scandal in 2010, the bishop overseeing the project said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/german-catholic-church-shuts-sex-abuse-hotline-after-demand-dip" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Child sexual abuse Religion Religion and children Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:15:12 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735667 at http://www.globalpost.com After abuse scandal, Pope appoints new head of Irish church http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/after-abuse-scandal-pope-appoints-new-head-irish-church <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Martin will become "Primate of All Ireland"</p> <p>* Brady was hit by sexual abuse scandal</p> <p>By Philip Pullella</p> <p>VATICAN CITY, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict on Friday appointed the new head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland to succeed Cardinal Sean Brady, whose tenure has been plagued by scandal over the sexual abuse of children on the predominantly Roman Catholic island.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/after-abuse-scandal-pope-appoints-new-head-irish-church" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Child sexual abuse Human Interest Religion Religion and children Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:00:48 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736164 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-Los Angeles Catholic archdiocese releases priest abuse files http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-los-angeles-catholic-archdiocese-releases-priest-abuse <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds material from files)</p> <p>By Dan Whitcomb and Alex Dobuzinskis</p> <p>LOS ANGELES, Jan 31 (Reuters) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, after years of legal battles, released files on Thursday of priests accused of molesting children and removed a top clergyman who had been linked to efforts to conceal the abuse.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-los-angeles-catholic-archdiocese-releases-priest-abuse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Child sexual abuse Entertainment Law Religion Religion and children Roger Mahony Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 04:00:57 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5742522 at http://www.globalpost.com US cardinal says didn't know how to deal with sex abuse http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/us-cardinal-says-didnt-know-how-deal-sex-abuse <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A US Catholic cardinal stripped of his duties said Friday he didn't know how to handle sex abuse claims, as he had not learned about it at college -- drawing withering criticism from victims.</p> <p>Retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony wrote on his blog that he was not taught about child sexual abuse, a day after was relieved of all administrative and public duties" by the current archbishop of LA. </p> <p>On Thursday the LA archdiocese also released files on more than 100 clerics, as required under a 2007 lawsuit deal over alleged sex abuse.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/us-cardinal-says-didnt-know-how-deal-sex-abuse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Child sexual abuse Religion Religion and children Roger Mahony Social Issues AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 01:00:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743733 at http://www.globalpost.com Vatican official thanks media for uncovering Church abuse http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/vatican-official-thanks-media-uncovering-church-abuse <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* New sexual crimes prosecutor says media "did a service"</p> <p>* Church in past often accused media of irresponsibility</p> <p>* Abuse scandals first uncovered by media in Boston in 2002</p> <p>By Philip Pullella</p> <p>ROME, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The Vatican's new sexual crimes prosecutor on Tuesday acknowledged that the U.S. media "did a service" to the Catholic Church through its aggressive reporting on child abuse that helped the Church "confront the truth".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/vatican-official-thanks-media-uncovering-church-abuse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Child sexual abuse Entertainment Pedophilia Religion Social Issues Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:15:12 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5746938 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian victims' group 'welcomes pope's resignation' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/australian-victims-group-welcomes-popes-resignation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An Australian group representing the victims of sexual abuse has welcomed Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, saying he had done little to stop "the reign of terror of child rapist priests", a report said.</p> <p>The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) issued a statement calling for the next pontiff to be more cooperative with inquiries into abuse claims, according to a report by the Australian Associated Press (AAP).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/australian-victims-group-welcomes-popes-resignation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Child sexual abuse Religion Religion and children Social Issues AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:31:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752763 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope still has a few weeks to act against sex abuse: victims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-still-has-few-weeks-act-against-sex-abuse-victims <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he will step aside this month means "he still has two weeks" to take action against child sex abuse by church staff, a US victims' group said Monday.</p> <p>The pope announced earlier that he will resign because of old age, becoming the first pontiff in more than six centuries to step down in a move that stunned the world.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-still-has-few-weeks-act-against-sex-abuse-victims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Christianity International Theological Commission Religion Social Issues AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:16:13 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752940 at http://www.globalpost.com Good riddance, sex abuse victims tell pope http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/good-riddance-sex-abuse-victims-tell-pope <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI did nothing to punish pedophile priests or Church seniors who looked the other way, according to US and Irish victims hoping his successor will focus on fighting sex abuse.</p> <p>Barbara Blaine, founder and president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, called the outgoing pope's record "dismal."</p> <p>"He has made lofty statements. He has not matched those statements with deed or action. Under his reign, the children remained at risk," Blaine said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/good-riddance-sex-abuse-victims-tell-pope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Child sexual abuse Pedophilia Religion Technology AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 03:30:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753208 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED-U.N. body says U.S. lax on clerical sex abuse cases http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/un-body-says-us-lax-clerical-sex-abuse-cases <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Corrects name in ninth para to from Porteous Ward to Porteous Wood)</p> <p>* Report says U.S. drags feet on clerical child abuse cases</p> <p>* Urges U.S. legal authorities to step up prosecutions</p> <p>* Secular group says secrecy protects priests from the law</p> <p>By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/un-body-says-us-lax-clerical-sex-abuse-cases" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Child sexual abuse Religion Religion and children Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:00:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5759198 at http://www.globalpost.com Paedophilia scandals weigh on body to elect next pope http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/paedophilia-scandals-weigh-body-elect-next-pope <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Activists fighting for truth and justice for victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests hold out little hope for progress under the next pope as controversy brews over a US cardinal who covered up for predator clerics.</p> <p>A Catholic association has asked retired Los Angeles archbishop Roger Mahony to stay away from next month's conclave after he was stripped of all public duties for mishandling claims against dozens of priests.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/paedophilia-scandals-weigh-body-elect-next-pope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Child sexual abuse Religion Religion and children Social Issues Technology AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:00:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5760670 at http://www.globalpost.com British cardinal rejects "inappropriate behaviour" allegations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130224/british-cardinal-rejects-inappropriate-behaviour-allegations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, a cardinal expected to take part in the conclave to choose the next pope, rejected allegations on Sunday that he had behaved in an "inappropriate" way with other priests.</p> <p>The Observer newspaper said Cardinal Keith O'Brien, 74, the archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, who is known for outspoken views on homosexuality, had been reported to the Vatican over allegations of inappropriate behaviour stretching back 30 years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130224/british-cardinal-rejects-inappropriate-behaviour-allegations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Child sexual abuse Papal conclave Religion Social Issues Thomson Reuters Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:15:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5764933 at http://www.globalpost.com Top British Catholic quits after sexual advances claims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/top-british-catholic-quits-after-sexual-advances-claims <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric resigned as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland with immediate effect on Monday in the wake of claims that he made sexual advances towards priests.</p> <p>Cardinal Keith O'Brien -- who steps down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh -- denies the allegations, which date back to the 1980s, but he apologised to anyone offended by "failures" during his ministry.</p> <p>The 74-year-old had been due to be the only British cardinal to vote on a replacement for Pope Benedict XVI following the pontiff's shock resignation on February 11.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/top-british-catholic-quits-after-sexual-advances-claims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Keith O'Brien Pedophilia Religion Roman Curia Social Issues AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:30:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766134 at http://www.globalpost.com British cardinal apologises for sexual conduct http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/british-cardinal-apologises-sexual-conduct-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned last week as Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, on Sunday admitted that his sexual conduct had "fallen below the standards expected of me".</p> <p>A statement released by the former head of the Catholic Church in Scotland apologised "to those I have offended... to the Catholic Church and people of Scotland."</p> <p>The 74-year-old had been due to be the only British cardinal to vote on a replacement for Pope Benedict XVI following the pontiff's shock resignation on February 11.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/british-cardinal-apologises-sexual-conduct-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic sex abuse cases Keith O'Brien Pedophilia Religion Roman Curia Social Issues AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 18:45:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772285 at http://www.globalpost.com