Roman clerical cult of privilege, not American cultural history, at heart of global priest sexual abuse crisis says Twin Cities editorial
"At the heart of the crisis was clericalism, the mind-set of ecclesiastical privilege in which leaders behave as an anointed class accountable to no one except those above them in the church hierarchy." -- Editorial in the Minneapolis - St Paul StarTribune, 27 May 2011
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Diocese knew of priest who 'fit the profile of a child predator' months before removing him from access to children
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The principal of a Catholic elementary school warned the Kansas City-St. Joseph chancery office that a local priest “fit the profile of a child predator” six months before the diocese took any action to remove him from ministries dealing with children. This week, one full year af
Catholic canon law expert comments on church-financed denial of bishops responsibility in abuse crisis
There have been at least 27 other reports on clergy sex abuse between 1989 and 2011. All cite cultural causes as contributory. But the only one citing any culture other than the Roman clerical culture as causative is the one that very culture bankrolled.
So says catholic canon law expert
Biased study blames priest pedophilia on an era, bankrolled by Catholic bishops, Catholic groups and US Taxpayers
The National Survivors Advocacy Coalition, NSAC, has published the list of stakeholders in the seriously skewed John Jay College study designed to blame the Catholic priest child abuse crisis on a troubled era in American history.
The nearly 2 million dollar, 4 year study, involving 2 res
US Catholic bishops claim church, pedophile priests are victims of circumstance in '152 page millstone'
Referencing the gospel passage from Luke 17:2, religion scholar Joanna Brooks called the John Jay report, underwritten by the Catholic hierarchy it exonerates, "a 152 page millstone."
"As it is, this report is evidence of a large church prioritizing the interests of powerful, la
Priest survivor sees little in new bishop-funded report to suggest genuine commitment to protecting victims
"This report does not get to the heart of the issue, and the heart of the issue is deceit, cover-up, silence, secrecy and an internal culture that doesn't let anybody else in."
-- NPR Interview with survivor and Catholic priest Bob Hoatson
"We need a massive over
NSAC editorial renews commitment of survivor advocacy in wake of church-funded report
"Our Concern Rests with the Survivors Today
Our first concern today as we alert our readers to the release of the John Jay Report is for the survivors and their families and for the families of those who committed suicide as it will be a day with increased news coverage about sexual
Bishops blame 'woodstock,' redefine 'pedophile' and skew numbers in their favor in new church-financed report
A 2 million dollar study just released -- half of which was paid for by the Roman Catholic bishops in the United States themselves, and the balance of which was paid for mostly by other Catholic organizations -- points the blame for the Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis everywhere except toward
Amnesty International human rights report lists Vatican for failure to protect children
Amnesty International named the Vatican in its annual report on human rights issues for failing to sufficiently comply with international mandates to protect children from abuse.
This marked the first time the Vatican was named in the group's Annual Report on the state of human right
Vatican 'guidelines' on responsibility of bishops in sex abuse - too weak, too little, to late
WHAT THE POPE TO PROTECT CHURCH ASSETS:
Sept 22, 2010 -- Irish Times Headline
Vatican bank in the spotlight over money laundering claims
Dec 30, 2010 -- Irish Times Headline:
Vatican enacts new banking laws
WHAT THE POPE TO PROTECT CHILDREN
Jul 15, 2010 - Associated
SNAP opposes priest for Congressional chaplain
In 1986, the priest who hopes to be the next Congressional chaplain knew of likely child sex crimes but didn’t call the police. Instead, he just told an archbishop once. And he never followed up.
Fr. Patrick Conway is a smart, well-educated man. He knew child molestation was a crime. He k
New settlement reached for survivor of Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese serial child molester priest
Another victim of the late Monsignor James Reilly, a serial child molester who worked in Arlington, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, reached a settlement Monday with the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Reilly, who died in 1999, was a priest at
Bishop ousted by Vatican for favoring women, married clergy had accepted church's legal liability in clergy abuse case
An Australian bishop, Brian Morris -- fired by the pope after suggesting the church consider ordaining women and married men -- had also accepted legal responsibility in a clergy sex abuse case in his diocese.
Calling Morris' removal "profoundly disheartening," the auxilia
Male dominated priesthood trumps child safety in Vatican firing of bishop who supports women, married priests
In what is considered an uncharacteristically strong statement, the Vatican has fired an outspoken Australian bishop who had called on the church to consider ordaining women and married men.
Yet Roman hierarch Bernard Law, who presided over the Boston sex abuse scandal of 2001, continues
- Roman clerical cult of privilege, not American cultural history, at heart of global priest sexual abuse crisis says Twin Cities editorial