• Catholic officials threaten ex-seminarians over sex claims

    Catholic officials threaten ex-seminarians over sex claims

    • Nov 24, 2017

    Catholic officials in Italy have threatened former altar boys of the pope with criminal defamation charges for having publicly accused an older seminarian of sexual misconduct when they lived together at the youth seminary inside the Vatican gardens. Church lawyers in the diocese of Como have also warned an Italian investigative news program against broadcasting the boys’ claims and have purportedly pressed a church official to recant his suggestion of a cover-up.

  • Ex-priest arrested for sexual misconduct, held without bail

    Ex-priest arrested for sexual misconduct, held without bail

    • Feb 10, 2017

    A former Roman Catholic priest who was indicted in Maine on 29 counts of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s has been arrested in Boston. Police and U.S. Marshals took 74-year-old Ronald Paquin into custody on Wednesday near a hospital in the city’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

  • Former lay supervisor of altar boys denies abuse charges

    Former lay supervisor of altar boys denies abuse charges

    • Sep 30, 2016

    A 79-year-old man who once supervised altar boys as a layman at a Catholic church in Boston has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually abused a young boy decades ago, after being arraigned on two counts of child rape and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14.

  • The altar girls debate: Do they kill vocations, or feel valued?

    • Feb 4, 2015

    Blame it on those San Francisco values. That’s what the Rev. Joseph Illo believes is driving the uproar around his decision not to train girls to be altar servers at Star of the Sea Catholic Church. “I think the Church’s insistence on the distinctiveness of gender, that being male and