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Protest launched over clerical sex abuse video game

Apr 17, 2013 - 04:04 pm .- Spanish civil rights groups have launched a campaign calling for the removal of a video game based on clerical sex abuse, in which a Pope figure coordinates abuse and tries to avoid being caught by reporters.  

Movie on Catholic abuse scandal feared to be exploitative

Apr 12, 2013 - 04:07 am .- An upcoming movie on the sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston has caused one screenwriter to worry that the film could exploit sex abuse for the sake of Hollywood awards.

Pope Francis confirms strong stance against clerical abuse

Apr 5, 2013 - 06:49 am .- Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican process established by Benedict XVI for handling instances of sexual abuse by priests.

LA archbishop relieves Cardinal Mahony of duties, asks prayers for abuse victims

Jan 31, 2013 - 11:05 pm .- Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez has relieved retired Cardinal Roger Mahony of his remaining duties after the release of personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse decades ago.

Vatican condemns sex abuse in wake of Jimmy Savile revelations

Oct 30, 2012 - 04:05 am .- The Vatican has reiterated condemnation of sexual abuse following allegations against deceased British TV star Jimmy Savile, who during his life was given a papal knighthood for his charity work.

Pope accepts resignation of Chilean bishop accused of sexual abuse

Oct 9, 2012 - 04:03 pm .- On Oct. 9, Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernadez of Iquique, Chile, who has been under investigation by the Vatican since April for alleged sexual abuse.

Church in Chile confirms investigation of bishop for alleged abuse

Oct 3, 2012 - 12:05 pm .- In a statement Oct. 2, the Apostolic Nunciature in Chile revealed that local Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes of Iquique is under investigation for sexual abuse.

Ivory smuggling charge against priest reveals abuse investigation

Sep 27, 2012 - 10:50 am .- A National Geographic story on ivory smuggling has renewed focus on a prominent Philippines priest accused of sexual abuse in Los Angeles in the 1980s.

Australian bishops pledge cooperation with abuse inquiry

Sep 25, 2012 - 12:01 am .- The Catholic bishops of Australia’s Victoria state have said the Catholic Church in Victoria will cooperate “fully” with the Australian state’s parliamentary inquiry into child abuse.

Despite guilty verdict, Bishop Finn 'grateful' for end of trial

Sep 6, 2012 - 04:32 pm .- A Kansas judge has convicted Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph on one misdemeanor count of failure to report suspected child abuse and acquitted him on another count, while charges against the diocese have been dismissed.

Father Groeschel steps down from EWTN show

Sep 4, 2012 - 10:42 am .- Franciscan friar Father Benedict Groeschel has stepped down as host of EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime television show following his apology for making comments about the sexual abuse of minors.

Father Groeschel apologizes for sex abuse comments

Aug 31, 2012 - 12:22 pm .- Father Benedict Groeschel and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal have apologized for his comments that appeared to blame sex abuse victims for their abuse while excusing their abusers, with his religious order calling the remarks “completely out of character.”

Federal judge dismisses abuse lawsuit against Vatican

Aug 21, 2012 - 04:08 pm .- A federal judge dismissed a sex abuse lawsuit against the Holy See on grounds that the Vatican was not an employer of the accused ex-priest and cannot be held financially liable for the abuse.

Oregon priest charged with sexual abuse of minor

Aug 17, 2012 - 02:19 am .- A priest in the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., has been arrested and is facing accusations of sexually abusing a young boy, stunning the local community.

Kansas City diocese supports victims in wake of priest's guilty plea

Aug 3, 2012 - 11:37 am .- The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph voiced deep sympathy for victims harmed by a diocesan priest who plead guilty in federal court Aug. 2 to child pornography charges.

Coach allegedly made false abuse allegations to Phila. archdiocese

Jul 18, 2012 - 12:10 am .- A former Lansdale Catholic High School lacrosse coach has been arrested and charged after allegedly making false claims of sexual abuse in anonymous e-mails to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia archdiocese resolves six more priest abuse accusations

Jul 7, 2012 - 04:35 pm .- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced the resolution of six cases involving priests who were placed on leave following a grand jury report on sex abuse allegations, removing two of them from ministry permanently.

Report finds success, urges continued vigilance in sex abuse prevention

Jun 14, 2012 - 04:35 pm .- The Catholic Church in the U.S. has made significant improvements in preventing and addressing clergy sexual abuse and should continue its work to increase transparency, trust and accountability, according to a new report.

At penitential site, Cardinal Ouellet asks forgiveness for abuse

Jun 14, 2012 - 12:36 am .- At the request of Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Marc Ouellet visited Ireland’s traditional penitential pilgrimage site of Lough Derg to seek God’s forgiveness for priests who sexually abused children in Ireland and everywhere in the Church.

Wash. diocese reaches sex abuse agreement to save parishes

Jun 1, 2012 - 02:04 am .- The Diocese of Spokane, Wash. has reached a mediation agreement in a sex abuse suit that will save parishes from foreclosure, reduce the diocese's legal fees and compensate victims, Bishop Blase J. Cupich announced.

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