Catholic Dioceses Grand Jury Report

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Pope Francis announced Friday that he has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl from his post as Archbishop of the Diocese of Washington, D.C.

2-Year Window For Child Sex Abuse Suits Divides Negotiators

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A state House Democrat negotiating legislation to help victims of child sexual abuse is rejecting an approach recently circulated by the top-ranking Senate Republican.

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Most of the financials of Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses’ are a mystery to outsiders. As religious institutions, they don’t have to report income or spending. 

Haunted By Clergy Abuse, PA Family Leaves Catholic Church After Years-Long Struggle

Oct 9, 2018
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Each time there’s a new report or newspaper article about sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Chuck Gesing steels himself.

Ohio's Largest Catholic Diocese To Out Abusive Priests

Oct 3, 2018
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Ohio's largest Roman Catholic diocese will join three other dioceses in the state and release a list of priests who have been removed from their posts because of sexual abuse and misconduct allegations.

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In the first public arguments in the case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday over redactions to the scathing grand jury report released last month alleging widespread child sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic clergy in six of the state’s eight diocese.

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The state House has passed a major bill aimed at making it easier for victims of child sex abuse to sue their abusers.

The measure’s fate now rests with the Senate, and leaders say they have no intention of passing it without significant changes.

Both chambers agree on the proposal’s basic features.

It would get rid of the statute of limitations on all child sex abuse cases and extend the cap for victims to file civil suits against institutions.

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The state House has approved an amendment that would open a two-year window for child sex abuse victims to sue in cases on which the statute of limitations has run out.

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Bishop David Zubik kicked off the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese’s Year of Repentance Sunday.

Pennsylvania Dioceses Consider Victims' Compensation Fund

Sep 21, 2018
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Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses said late Friday they are willing to set up a victims' compensation fund as they face the prospect that state lawmakers will give victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to sue the church.

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A West Pennsylvania college has renamed its student activity center after receiving credible allegations of sexual abuse against the hall's previous clerical namesake.

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In the wake of a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing mass child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, state lawmakers are considering changes to the statute of limitation law. 

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Parents of children in the Roman Catholic Church and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy are suing Pennsylvania's eight dioceses and their bishops to compel them to release information about allegations.

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While scathing, last month's grand jury report about clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania was released with a big caveat.

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A Roman Catholic bishop in Indiana was cleared Thursday of suspicions of misconduct involving a former jail inmate he counseled while serving as a Pennsylvania priest in the 1990s.

Survivors Of Child Sex Abuse Again Push PA To Suspend Statute Of Limitations

Sep 13, 2018
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Pennsylvania’s recent grand jury report on the sexual abuse of children in Catholic dioceses throughout state has renewed calls to change statute of limitation laws.

Advocates and those sexually abused as children held a press conference Tuesday in Southeastern Pennsylvania urging lawmakers to provide a two-year window for past victims to file civil charges retroactively.

Francis Calls Clergy Abuse Summit As Issue Imperils Papacy

Sep 12, 2018
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Pope Francis summoned the presidents of the world's bishops' conferences Wednesday to a summit on preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children, responding to the greatest crisis of his papacy with the realization that Vatican inaction on the growing global scandal now threatens his legacy.

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Bishop David Zubik asked clergy members in the Pittsburgh Diocese to participate in a Year of Repentance. The announcment came one month after a state grand jury report alleged widespread child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

States Eye Pennsylvania’s Clergy Probe As Court Battle Looms

Sep 10, 2018
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Pennsylvania's sweeping grand jury report on child sexual abuse in Roman Catholic Church dioceses is drawing growing attention from prosecutors elsewhere as a court battle looms that could curtail such investigative reports in the future.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Friday that more than 15 state attorneys general and a senior Justice Department official have contacted him about his office's two-year investigation, what child advocates have called the biggest of its kind by a state into church cover-ups of abusive clergymen.

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A former Pennsylvania Roman Catholic bishop who now serves in Indiana has denied an allegation of misconduct.

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend told PennLive.com in a statement Thursday that former Harrisburg bishop Kevin Rhoades "adamantly denies" the accusation and that he "did nothing wrong."

Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo received the report last month. Rhoades hasn't been charged.

According to Chardo, the alleged male victim was around 18-years-old when the incident happened. Chardo says the individual died in 1996.

New York Catholic Dioceses Subpoenaed In Sex Abuse Probe

Sep 6, 2018
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New York and New Jersey launched new investigations into the Roman Catholic Church's handling of clergy sex abuse allegations Thursday as the number of similar inquiries around the country continues to grow.

When Ray Santori was 10, his mother died. His father had died the year before, so an aunt and uncle near Pittsburgh took him in.

Not long after that at Saint Bernadette Church in Monroeville, Pa., Santori met Father William Yockey, who according to the recent grand jury report, sexually assaulted him for about two years.

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The former bishop of the Greensburg Diocese, Anthony Bosco, has been accused of abuse in the wake of a grand jury report about six dioceses in Pennsylvania

As Bishop Looked On, Abusive 'Father Ned' Got New Assignment

Sep 5, 2018
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A Roman Catholic bishop who apologized to his flock last month for the "misguided and inappropriate decisions of church leaders" is reckoning with his own role — revealed in federal court a decade ago — in the system that protected pedophile priests.

Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera handled three sexual misconduct cases during his three-year tenure as diocesan vicar for clergy. He testified about one of them in a 2007 civil trial over clergy abuse.

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Three priests in the Diocese of Pittsburgh have been placed on administrative leave in the wake of allegations that they sexually abused minors, the diocese announced Friday afternoon.

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Pennsylvania's governor said Friday he was against a proposal to compensate victims of child sexual abuse by priests through a church-established fund, saying that lawmakers instead should amend state law to let victims sue over decades-old events.

Bishops Back Victim Fund Over Abuse Lawsuits In Pennsylvania

Aug 31, 2018
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Roman Catholic officials in Pennsylvania began lining up quickly and publicly with a key state legislative ally Thursday in backing the creation of a victims' compensation fund as an alternative to allowing victims in decades-old child sexual abuse cases to sue the church in court.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro stopped at the University of Pittsburgh to discuss campus safety on Wednesday. But he also made a visit to Holy Family Institute in Emsworth, to check on the plight of immigrant children who have been separated from their parents as a result of Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.  

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David Zubik was installed as the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2007 after years serving at the right hand of his predecessor, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who now serves as the Archbishop of Washington D.C. And it was at that time that he was privy to years of conversations and internal investigations outlined in the grand jury report released this month that detailed decades of child sex abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy across Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania's attorney general is repeating his accusation that the Vatican was complicit in the cover-up of the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests.

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