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Cambodia jails Briton for two years on child sex conviction

A Cambodian judge on Monday jailed a British teacher for two years for sexually abusing three young brothers at a Phnom Penh guesthouse. Richard Fruin, 36, a convicted paedophile in the United Kingdom, was arrested last October on suspicion of sexually abusing the boys aged eight, 10 and 11-years-old. He had been teaching English in a private school in the capital for adults and children, despite serving a one year jail term in Britain in 2005 for producing child porn.

Pope appoints former child victim to church group on sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday named a victim of sexual abuse by a priest to be part of a core group formed to help the Catholic Church tackle the problem of clerical pedophilia that has dogged it for two decades. The formation of a group of experts was first announced in December, and today the pope named the first eight members - four female and four male - from eight different countries.

Philadelphia archdiocese limits tuition aid to abuse victims' children

(This version of the story corrects spokesman's first name to Kenneth in third paragraph. The story was first filed on March 11.) By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will no longer take applications for a small program that pays the Catholic school tuition of children of victims of sexual abuse by priests, saying that the money could be used to benefit victims directly.

Pope popular in US but sex scandals cast long shadow

A year after being chosen Pope Francis is very popular with American Catholics though his handling of the pedophile priests' scandal left many underwhelmed, a new study found. More than eight in 10 surveyed in the Pew Research Center study of 1,821 adults 18 or older --- fully 85 percent -- had a favorable opinion of the pope a year after his elevation, it found. Francis, born in Argentina, is the first pope born in the Americas, and the first from Latin America.

'No-one has done more than Church' against sex abuse

Pope Francis has defended the Catholic Church's record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, saying "no-one else has done more" to root out paedophilia. "The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility. No-one else has done more. Yet the Church is the only one to have been attacked," he said in an interview with Il Corriere della Sera daily published Wednesday.

Archdiocese of Los Angeles to pay $13 million in sex abuse settlement

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Seventeen people who brought sexual abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles have won a $13 million legal settlement, with most of the allegations involving a priest who left the country as an investigation got under way, attorneys said on Wednesday.

Archdiocese of Los Angeles to pay $13 million in sex abuse settlement

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Seventeen people who brought sexual abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles have won a $13 million legal settlement, with most of the allegations involving a priest who left the country as an investigation got under way, attorneys said on Wednesday.

Milwaukee Catholic archdiocese plans compensation fund for abuse victims

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee said on Wednesday it has proposed a restructuring plan for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court that would establish a sex abuse victim compensation fund worth $4 million, an amount advocates called woefully low. The $4 million would be made available to abuse victims partly through a loan the archdiocese plans to secure using property as collateral and may be used to sue the church's insurance companies, the archdiocese said in a statement.

Poland's Catholic church faces first paedophile lawsuit

Poland's powerful Roman Catholic church is being sued for damages for the first time by the victim of a paedophile priest, a human rights group said Thursday. A demand for 47,500 euros ($63,500) was made by a 25-year-old male -- identified only as Marcin K -- who was molested as a child, Adam Bondar of the Helsinki Foundation that has taken up the unprecedented case, told reporters in Warsaw. A Catholic priest was sentenced in 2012 to two years behind bars in the case, but his diocese refused to be held financially liable.

Vatican under global scrutiny after UN sex abuse report

The UN's damning report on the Vatican's handling of child sex abuse cases has turned up the pressure on the Church to convince a sceptical international community it has adopted a zero-tolerance approach. "The Vatican has taken some steps forward, but they have been largely symbolic: energetic words rather than actions. The UN is right to have spoken out so strongly," Vatican commentator Paolo Flores D'Arcais told AFP.
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