Church Sex Abuse Scandal


Tue July 19, 2011

Philly Archbishop Retires Amid Sex Abuse Report

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced his retirement Tuesday. For the past five months, Rigali has been dogged by claims that he may have protected questionable priests.
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The Vatican has appointed an outspoken archbishop to lead the troubled Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Charles Chapu of Denver will move to Philadelphia in September. He succeeds Cardinal Justin Rigali, who has been criticized for the way he's handled child sex abuse allegations.

Cardinal Denies Scandal Affected Retirement Decision

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Wed May 18, 2011

Study: Changes Of 1960s Behind Church's Abuse Crisis

Why did the Catholic Church experience a sexual abuse crisis? There are no simple answers, according to a five-year study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice that was released on Wednesday. But the reasons suggested in the report are unlikely to satisfy critics of the church.

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Wed May 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Study Finds Homosexuality, Celibacy Did Not Cause Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis

A five-year study commissioned by Roman Catholic bishops in the United States concluded the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church was caused by poorly prepared priests in the midst of the social and sexual revolution of the Woodstock Era.

The Boston Globe reports:

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Mon May 16, 2011

Vatican Issues Guidance For Sex Abuse Cases

The Vatican sent a letter to bishops around the world Monday offering guidance on dealing with reports of clerical sexual abuse.

But the suggestions in the letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are vague and nonbinding and fall far short of recommending the tough U.S.-style norms that bar a credibly accused priest from ministry while his case is investigated.

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Wed April 27, 2011

John Paul's Rise Toward Sainthood: Going Too Fast?

The chants began even before Pope John Paul II had been put to his final rest, as his coffin was carried through St. Peter's Square: "Santo Subito! Santo Subito!"

"Sainthood now!"

A month later, Pope Benedict XVI — his successor and close friend — launched the process that would do just that. On Sunday, John Paul II will be beatified in Rome, bringing him one step away from sainthood.

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