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Pope Francis Issues Groundbreaking Law Requiring Clergy to Report Sex Abuse

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in an important new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks.

The new church law provides whistle-blower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses around the world to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially. And it outlines procedures for conducting preliminary investigations when the accused is a bishop, cardinal or religious superior.

It’s the latest effort by Francis to respond to the global eruption of the sex abuse and cover-up scandal that has devastated the credibility of the Catholic hierarchy and his own papacy. And it provides a new legal framework for U.S. bishops to use as they prepare to adopt accountability measures next month to respond to the scandal there.

“We have said for years that priests must conform to certain strict rules, so why shouldn’t bishops and others in the hierarchy do the same?” said Cardinal Marc Ouellet, head of the Vatican office for bishops. “It’s not just a law, but a profound responsibility.”    READ FULL STORY
Source: NBC News


Repairing Notre Dame is Important. Protecting Clergy Abuse Victims is More Important.

The rapid response to the burning of Notre Dame is appropriate and affirming, as name unified to save a monumental symbol of their faith, but where is the unified spirit to protect the human embodiment of that great faith? Where is the sense of urgency and acceptance of responsibility to support the victims and survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy?     READ FULL STORY
Source: The Washington Post

Lawyers Clash Over Nebraska Catholic Sex Abuse Records; A.G. Says Not All Documents Turned Over

Catholic officials in Nebraska have not turned over all sexual abuse records demanded two months ago by sweeping subpoenas, although the vast majority of Catholic institutions in the state have complied. The records not turned over, according to church attorneys, include psychiatric evaluations of perpetrators, medical records of priests and victims and confidential settlement agreements.     READ FULL STORY
Source: Omaha World-Herald

California AG Opens Investigation Into LA Archdiocese Over Handling of Sex Abuse Allegations

In a letter from state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to Archbishop Jose Gomez dated Thursday and obtained by the Los Angeles Times, church officials are asked to preserve an array of documents related to clergy abuse allegations.    READ FULL STORY
Source: CBS Los Angeles

Diocese of Syracuse Releases Report Detailing the Settlement it Has Come to With 79 Victims of Sexual Abuse by a Member of Clergy in the Diocese

The Diocese of Syracuse released a report on its website on Wednesday providing information on the settlement it has come to with 79 victims of sexual abuse by members of clergy in the diocese for a total of nearly $11 million.    READ FULL STORY
Source: WKTV


Catholic Diocese of Sacramento Releases List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento released the names of 46 priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse over the past seven decades.
The clergy named in the list have been credibly accused of sexually abusing 130 minors or young adults, aged 25 and under.    READ FULL STORY
Source: KCRA

Statewide Investigation Launched into Sex Abuse Allegations in Catholic Church

Georgia has become the latest state to launch an investigation into past sexual abuse claims within the Catholic Church. “This is a moment of reckoning for the church both locally and globally, and it’s not an exaggeration to say the church is in a period of crisis.”    READ FULL STORY
Source: The Atlanta Journalism-Constitution

Allentown Diocese Launches Compensation Fund for Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse

The program is designed to provide victims with prompt compensation without the need for the uncertainty of years-long litigation. Applying to the fund is voluntary, and victims are not required to accept the offers they may receive.    READ FULL STORY
Source: Reading Eagle

New York, Baltimore Archdioceses List Priests ‘Credibly Accused’ of Sex Abuse. But What Counts as Credible?

The church has been promoting the release of accused priest lists — which have grown from 35 in 2018 to more than 120 as of this month as evidence of a cultural move toward transparency. They are coming under fire from some survivors and advocates for their inconsistent criteria, which in many cases lead to lists that omit names for unclear reasons or fall short on information about priests that are named.    READ FULL STORY
Source: The Washington Post

Archdiocese of Baltimore Discloses the Names of 23 Deceased Clergy Accused of Child Sexual Abuse

The change is in keeping with an endeavor by the diocese to enhance openness when it comes to the issue of child sexual abuse in the church.    READ FULL STORY
Source: The Baltimore Sun

Lawmaker: Murphy to Sign Bill Easing Limits on Sex Abuse Suits Soon

The law would apply to cases filed after it takes effect. But for those barred from challenging their alleged attackers under the current statute of limitations, the legislation would create a temporary two-year window in which they could pursue a case. It also expands who could be held liable, enabling victims to pursue damages against anyone who knowingly permitted the abuse.    READ FULL STORY
Source: NJ Spotlight

New York Archdiocese Releases Names of 120 Clergy Accused of Sex Abuse

The Archdiocese of New York, the second-largest diocese in the nation, has identified 120 priests and deacons accused of sexually abusing a child or having child pornography in the latest revelations in the Catholic Church’s long-running sex abuse epidemic.    READ FULL STORY
Source: CNN

Family Center ‘Muddied the Waters’ on Eliminating Child Abuse Statute of Limitations

A bill that would remove the statute of limitation for civil suits related to child sex abuse in Vermont hit resistance from an unlikely witness in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday: a community resource center in Bennington. Sunrise Family Resource Center, said it supported efforts to hold people accountable for child sex abuse, but believed the bill as written would quickly cause the center to close its doors, punishing the hundreds of community members who rely on its services.    READ FULL STORY
Source: VT Digger

Catholic Church Lobbying in Pennsylvania Spiked After Damaging Investigations

The Catholic Church has spent millions influencing Pennsylvania politics, but the funds perhaps have been the most useful amid reports uncovering widespread child sexual abuse and attempts to cover it up.    READ FULL STORY
Source: York Dispatch

More Child Sex Abuse Bills Advance in Pennsylvania House

Legislation intended to reform the statute of limitations on child sex abuse passed the House last week. Now the House Children and Youth Committee has advanced a bill to clarify and strengthen penalties for someone who is required to report suspected abuse and fails to do so.    READ FULL STORY
Source: KYW NewsRadio

How Catholic Church Used Treatment Centers to Protect Priests Accused of Child Abuse

A recent survey of bishops in more than 100 dioceses nationwide found that 87% of them used treatment centers to assess and care for priests believed to be sexually abusing children. The church must acknowledge that bishops across the country have, for decades, institutionalized a culture that not only fosters abusive priests but also aims to protect the accused and silence victims.    READ FULL STORY
Source: WHYY

Republicans Vote Down Bill to Increase Statute of Limitations on Child Sex Abuse

A bill that would have increased the statute of limitations on civil actions for victims of child sex abuse was shot down during a lengthy and contentious committee debate. This is a set back for those affected by clergy sex abuse in a nation where 15 states have removed the statute of limitations entirely for child sex crimes.    READ FULL STORY
Source: AZ Mirror

Sex Abuse Survivors Await Murphy’s Signature on N.J. Statute of Limitations Bill

Many victims in the Garden State may get their voices back if a bill passed by both houses of the state Legislature is signed into law.    READ FULL STORY
Source: WHYY

Bill to Lift Limits on Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits in Maryland Fails

A bill that would have enabled untold numbers of child sexual abuse survivors to file civil lawsuits in Maryland has been defeated.    READ FULL STORY
Source: The Baltimore Sun

Arizona Lawmakers Again Decide Not To Extend Statute Of Limitations For Child Sexual Abuse Survivors

Victims of child rape and sexual abuse won’t get more time to sue their assailants, at least not this year. On Thursday Rep. Regina Cobb, R-Kingman, refused to allow a vote on the measure in the Senate Appropriations Committee which she chairs.    READ FULL STORY
Source: KJZZ

Sex Abuse Victims Back California Priest Accountability Bill

A procession of sexual assault victims on Tuesday urged the Senate to pass a law requiring priests and other religious leaders to report child abuse, ending a legal exemption that allows them to keep information confidential if they learn it during confessions.    READ FULL STORY
Source: The Sacramento Bee

Pope Francis Names Next Head of Sex-Scandal-Hit D.C. Archdiocese

Pope Francis has tapped Archbishop Wilton Gregory to head the high-profile, sexual abuse-battered Washington D.C. archdiocese. The 71 year old prelate succeeds Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who resigned in October following criticism over his handling of abuse cases in the 1980s and 90s. Wuerl’s predecessor, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, was defrocked by Pope Francis after a Vatican investigation concluded he had sexually abused minors and adults.    READ FULL STORY
Source: CBS News

Diocese of Reno Releases Names of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors

Bishop Randolph Calvo has released the names of priests and religious credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.    READ FULL STORY
Source: 2 News

Erie Catholic Diocese Will Open Files to Priest Sex Abuse Victims

The Catholic Diocese of Erie, which recently settled a $2 million clergy sexual abuse complaint, is making “relevant” internal files available to abuse survivors for the asking, church officials said.    READ FULL STORY
Source: Trib Live

Federal Grand Jury Empaneled to Investigate Buffalo Diocese

A federal grand jury has been seated to investigate sexual abuse cover-up in the Catholic Church — and Buffalo appears to be the epicenter of the investigation.     READ FULL STORY
Source: WKBW Buffalo

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