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September 2, 2020

Woman suing Archdiocese of Vancouver claiming decades of cover up of children sexually abused by clergy

  A woman is suing the Archdiocese of Vancouver, claiming she was sexually assaulted years ago by Father Michael Conaghan as a child at St. Francis of Assisi School, a Catholic elementary school in Vancouver. The Archdiocese is accused of covering up systemic abuse by priests, bishops and other members of its clergy, dating back decades. In some instances, there was alleged forcing of victims to be silent . The allegations in the law suit claim that the Archdiocese of Vancouver  knew for years about accusations against clergy of systemic psychological, sexual, and physical abuse, but actively buried complaints. According […]
July 29, 2020

Former Priests and Teacher at McQuaid Jesuit High School accused of sexually abusing students in the 1970’s/80’s

Former students at McQuaid Jesuit High School have come forward to claim that a former teacher and two former Jesuit priests sexually abused them when they were students in the 1970s and 1980s. At this time there have been more than 120 lawsuits filed in Monroe County alone.  14 child sexual abuse lawsuits were filed last week against the Society of Jesus USA Northeastern Province (Jesuits) under the Child Victims Act (CVA), which opened a one-year window for survivors of child sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits even if the alleged abuse was decades ago.   Father Harry Untereiner, Father James […]
June 24, 2020

Documentary exposes Cover up of Clergy sex abuse of minors

  Archbishop Wojciech Polak, the head of Poland’s Roman Catholic Church has said he is asking the Vatican to investigate the cover-up of child sexual abuse by priests following the release of a documentary on the subject on Saturday. The film tells the story of two brothers who try to confront a priest who allegedly abused them when they were children. The Vatican is expected to assign an investigator to the case. The film – “Hide and Seek” – is the second documentary on the subject by brothers Marek and Tomasz Sekielski and has been viewed more than 1.9 million times […]
April 20, 2020

Archdiocese of Pittsburgh accused of not reporting sexual abuse

  A lawsuit was filed  in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court  that accuses the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and co-defendant Bishop David Zubik of “protecting child sexual abusers” because they refused to provide the information to help identify the three priests that were accused of sexually abusing a New Hampshire man.  The plaintiff, now 62, claims he faced years of sexual assault starting in the 1960’s -early 70’s at the hands of priests, which began when he was just 7 or 8 years old and a student at St. Colman’s Catholic School in Turtle Creek. The diocese did not […]
April 7, 2020

High Court Overturns sex abuse conviction of High Ranking Catholic Official Cardinal Pell

Australia’s High Court unanimously overturned the conviction of Cardinal George Pell and he has been freed from prison. Pell had been convicted of five counts of historical child sex abuse. Yesterday,  Chief Justice Susan Kiefel, after a five-year legal battle, put an end to what began when a man in his 30s approached police and accused Cardinal Pell of sexually abusing him as a child in the mid-1990s. In the 90’s, Cardinal Pell was the Vatican Treasurer and the highest ranking Catholic official to ever be publicly accused of child sex offenses. Pell has continued to deny the charges and […]
May 14, 2019

Pope Francis issues groundbreaking law requiring priests, nuns to report sex abuse, cover-up

The law mandates that the world’s 415,000 Catholic priests and 660,000 religious sisters inform church authorities when they have “well-founded motives to believe” abuse has occurred. According to The Associated Press, Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in an important new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. The new church law provides whistle-blower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses around the world to have a system […]
May 13, 2019

Gov. Murphy Signs Sexual Assault Civil Statute of Limitations Reform into Law

New law will provide expanded pathways to justice for survivors of sexual assault in New Jersey TRENTON, N.J. – Today, Governor Phil Murphy signed S477 / A3648 into law, drastically reforming New Jersey’s civil statute of limitations for survivors of sexual assault, which has been referred to as “the broadest in the nation.” “Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the long fight for expanding access to justice for survivors of sexual assault,” said Patricia Teffenhart, executive director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. “We know the severity of the trauma caused by sexual assault victimization requires a statewide […]
May 8, 2019

Syracuse diocese pays victims of 4 priests not on sex abuse list

According to, the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse paid settlements to four victims of priests who have not been publicly named to a list of child sex abusers. The diocese said it previously did not have enough information to act on claims against four priests. The four accusers, however, were among 88 people the diocese invited to participate in an independent compensation program, which found they deserved to be paid settlements. The Syracuse diocese announced last week it had paid $11 million to 79 victims of child sex abuse suffered at the hands of clergymen. Four of the 79 people accused four […]
May 6, 2019

Protesters demand Diocese of Rockville Centre release list of accused priests

According to Newsday, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests organized the event after the diocese said it would not publish a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse. Advocates for clergy sex abuse victims protested Thursday outside St. Agnes Cathedral, demanding that the Diocese of Rockville Centre release a list of credibly accused clergy. The diocese said this week that it will not release such a list now but may do so in the future. “They are hiding something,” Janet Klinger of the advocacy group SNAP said outside the cathedral. “I think they don’t want this out. They don’t want their […]
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