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  1. -Vatican Hit With Scandal in Germany (Time.com)
      "Amid controversy, the Vatican's instinct is typically to protect the man at the top, particularly when it comes to what is known in both secular and ecclesiastical terms as scandal. That is evident again with a pedophile-priest controversy from the 1980s in Germany that is threatening to draw in the German-born Benedict XVI, even as his countrymen demand that he respond directly." 03-10

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  1. -Vatican Official Overseeing Abuse Left Abusive Priest in Place (USA Today)
      "The cardinal who oversees priest abuse cases at the Vatican didn't restrict a California priest after learning in 1995 that he had molested a 13-year-old boy a decade earlier." 04-10

  2. Catholic Church Official Convicted of Child Endangerment (MSNBC News)
      "Monsignor William Lynn is the first Roman Catholic church official in the United States tried for his role in protecting predator priests. He's charged with conspiracy and two counts of child endangerment for allegedly keeping accused priests in parish work around children."

      "Lynn said he did more than his colleagues to help victims and advance the church's response to both accusers and the accused priests, who were often sent for evaluation or treatment before transfers to new, unsuspecting parishes. Lynn said that only Bevilacqua had the power to remove priests from ministry."

      "But prosecutors say Lynn could have quit or called police. Instead, he stayed in the job for 12 years -- and acknowledged he never once contacted authorities." 06-12

  3. Grand Jury in Philadelphia Finds that 37 Accused Priests Remain in Ministry (New York Times)
      "When a grand jury in Philadelphia reported last month that the archdiocese there allowed 37 priests accused of abuse or inappropriate behavior to remain in ministry, it came as a complete surprise to the local and national 'review boards' that the bishops have put in place to help keep them accountable, members of those boards said."

      "Church officials are also deeply troubled by how it is possible that in the bishops’ most recent annual 'audit' — conducted by an outside agency to monitor each diocese’s compliance with the policy changes — Philadelphia passed with flying colors, said Teresa M. Kettelkamp, executive director of the bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, which issues the annual audit reports." 3-11

  4. Grand Jury in Philadelphia Finds that 37 Accused Priests Remain in Ministry (New York Times)
      "When a grand jury in Philadelphia reported last month that the archdiocese there allowed 37 priests accused of abuse or inappropriate behavior to remain in ministry, it came as a complete surprise to the local and national 'review boards' that the bishops have put in place to help keep them accountable, members of those boards said."

      "Church officials are also deeply troubled by how it is possible that in the bishops’ most recent annual 'audit' — conducted by an outside agency to monitor each diocese’s compliance with the policy changes — Philadelphia passed with flying colors, said Teresa M. Kettelkamp, executive director of the bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, which issues the annual audit reports." 3-11

  5. L.A.'s Cardinal Apologizes for Abuse (CBS News)
      "Cardinal Roger Mahony, leader of America's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, apologized Sunday to the hundreds of people who will get a share of a $660 million settlement over allegations of clergy sex abuse." 07-07

  6. Leading U.S. Cardinal Punished for Not Stopping Child Abuse (USA Today)
      "One of the most powerful Catholic leaders in the USA, Cardinal Roger Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles, has been relieved of his public roles for covering up for sexually abusive priests — a role the current archbishop called 'evil.' " 02-13

  7. Outrage as Shamed Belgian Priest Downplays Child Abuse (Time.com)
      "Dirk Jacobs, a sociology professor at Brussels Free University, says the Vatican must act forcefully now if it wants to salvage some of its credibility and moral authority in Belgium and abroad. 'But it might still be seen as too little, too late,' Jacobs says. 'The image we have is of the church as an institution of power, foremost worried about its reputation, disconnected from the real world and with a twisted view of sexuality.' However, there is little indication that the Vatican is ready for an image overhaul. And one year after he resigned in disgrace, Roger Vangheluwe appears — like the Vatican — to be in denial about the problem." 04-11

  8. Philadelphia Catholic Church Official Charged With Not Stopping Child Abuse (CNN News)
      "On trial are the Rev. James Brennan, who is accused of the attempted rape of a 14-year-old, and Monsignor William Lynn, who is accused of knowingly allowing dangerous priests to continue in the ministry in roles in which they had access to children."

      "The trial represents the first time that U.S. prosecutors have charged not just the priests who allegedly committed the abuses, but an official who stands accused of failing to stop the assaults. Lynn had been responsible from 1992 until 2004 for investigating reports that priests had sexually abused children." 07-07

   
   


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