• Monsignor in landmark church abuse case goes back on trial

    Monsignor in landmark church abuse case goes back on trial

    • Mar 16, 2020

    Nearly two decades after the Catholic priest-abuse scandal exploded in the U.S. in 2002, only one church official has ever gone to prison over it: Monsignor William Lynn, the longtime secretary for clergy in the Philadelphia archdiocese. After an appeals court found his sweeping 2012 trial flawed and his conviction was twice overturned, Lynn, 69, is set to be retried Monday on a single child endangerment count.

  • Survivors irritated: IDs of most Canadian bishops’ protection committee members secret

    Survivors irritated: IDs of most Canadian bishops’ protection committee members secret

    • Mar 10, 2020

    The Canadian bishops’ Standing Committee for the Responsible Ministry and Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Persons met for the first time in January, but the fact that the identities of the majority of its members is kept secret irritates victims, who see a lack of transparency.

  • States use Catholic clergy abuse lists to screen applicants

    States use Catholic clergy abuse lists to screen applicants

    • Feb 6, 2020

    In the wake of revelations that scores of Catholic priests and religious workers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living unsupervised in communities across the country, state officials face a quandary: Should they screen former clergy members who seek licenses for jobs that put them in contact with children? And, if so, how?