• Diocese filing for bankruptcy to settle sex abuse claims

    Diocese filing for bankruptcy to settle sex abuse claims

    • Apr 1, 2017

    “On behalf of the entire Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, I express my profound sorrow and sincere apologies to anyone who was abused by a priest, a sister or a lay church worker,” Bishop Michael Warfel said in a statement. “No child should experience harm from anyone who serves the church.”

  • Cardinal Connell of Dublin dies at 90

    Cardinal Connell of Dublin dies at 90

    • Feb 21, 2017

    Cardinal Desmond Connell, the retired archbishop of Dublin, died February 21 at the age of 90. He was a strong defender of traditional Catholic values, including those regarding divorce, contraception and abortion. Today the Church in Ireland is crippled by the scope and devastation of clerical sexual abuse scandals.

  • Defrocked priest makes first court appearance in Maine

    • Feb 18, 2017

    Ronald Paquin appeared before a judge via video conference from jail on Friday. The 74-year-old is now accused of assaulting two boys between 1985 and 1988 in Kennebunkport. He is back in jail after being ordered held on $50,000 bail.

  • Leading clergy abuse group to stay the course despite lawsuit, departures

    Leading clergy abuse group to stay the course despite lawsuit, departures

    • Feb 10, 2017

    After the departure from SNAP of two of its founders and a lawsuit filed last month alleging that the organization colluded with lawyers to refer clients and profit from settlements, the chair said they will not change course. “We’re really not talking about anything changing,” said Mary Ellen Kruger.

  • Fighting sex abuse in the Church goes global, from the ground up

    Fighting sex abuse in the Church goes global, from the ground up

    • Dec 30, 2016

    Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, president of the Center for Child Protection at the Gregorian University, believes that the church’s typical top-down approach in handling sex-abuse allegations may not be enough. He proposes a global alliance comprised by individual priests, religious and laity along with Catholic universities, religious orders and bishops’ conferences.

  • Dolan program opens gates to dozens of clergy abuse claims

    Dolan program opens gates to dozens of clergy abuse claims

    • Dec 4, 2016

    A New York archdiocese program allows people to take claims, often too old for court, to a noted outside mediator while keeping painful details private. Since it was launched two months ago, 46 claims have been filed, and many more are likely to follow.