Sex Abuse (28)
News on Catholic and Protestant alleged clergy sex abuse
01/31/13 ... On January 31, Archbishop Jose Gomez made a statement that he has removed retired Cardinal Mahony from any administrative or public duties, and removed Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry from his responsibility as Regional Bishop of Santa Barbara. The Archbishop also spoke to the victims of child sexual abuse.
02/04/13 ... Plaintiffs' attorneys allege that the files released by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, at 12,000 pages, are incomplete.
01/21/13 ... In the early decades of the Catholic sexual abuse scandal, the Archdiocese of LA sent priests for treatment but did not reveal abuse publicly. The Church progressed slowly in its understanding of sexual abuse, and eventually Cardinal Mahony apologized to victims.
01/22/13 ... Recently, internal church records have been released indicating mishandling of clergy sex abuse. They will be evaluated for criminal conduct but the statute of limitations probably bars criminal prosecution, as any cover-up happened several decades ago, before wide reforms in the approach to sexual abuse.
01/11/2013 . . . The bankruptcy court has determined that funds in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's cemetery trust will be accessible for the Archdiocese's bankruptcy estate. Creditors include sex abuse victims. The Archdiocese is seeking a separate decision from the U.S. District Court because of First Amendment and Religious Freedom Restoration Act issues.
12/22/12 ... Pope Benedict XVI appointed Rev. Robert W. Oliver, a Boston canon lawyer, to be Promoter of Justice for the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith. This organization handles all serious crimes against the Church, including sexual abuse of children.
12/26/12 ... Parents of two teen-aged boys are suing a rabbi who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment in 2010. He admitted he knowingly had inappropriate physical contact with the boys while they were naked in a ritual purification pool. He was not required to register as a sex offender, and received only 60 days in jail. The parents filed a civil lawsuit.
10/15/12 ... In Milwaukee, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and 575 alleged victims of sexual abuse failed to reach a settlement. 350 of the alleged victims are represented by Jeffrey Anderson. The creditors intend to move to force disclosure of documents and examine the church's finances. The archdiocese has asked the court to throw out claims that are beyond the statute of limitations, claims by those who previously received settlements, and claims against those not employed by the church.
10/17/12 ... A lawsuit was filed by three female plaintiffs that alleges that an evangelical church group covered up allegations of sexual abuse. The alleged abuse happened in the 1980s and 1990s in Sovereign Grace Ministries.