Catholic Church abuses

Pedophiles and Child Porn




Pope John Paul II     Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Francis



  Canadian community investigated

Following a series of paedophilia scandals in the Catholic Church in recent years, France 24 reporters investigated the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic religious community that has been sending missionaries to Africa for nearly a century. In Senegal we met with an alleged victim of abuse before tracking down the accused in Quebec.  (France 24)


Bishops resign

Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Juan Barros, as well as his fellow bishops Gonzalo Duarte and Cristian Caro.  They were among 34 Chilean bishops who offered to resign after Francis said the country's religious hierarchy was collectively responsible for 'grave defects' in handling sexual abuse cases and the church's resulting loss of credibility.   (Guardian UK)   MORE:   Pope accepts resignation     Juan Barros


Bishops hid sex abuse

ALTOONA - 2 Roman Catholic bishops who led a Pennsylvania diocese helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by more than 50 priests or religious leaders over a 40-year period, according to a grand jury report.  The 147-page report on the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese was based partly on evidence from a secret diocesan archive uncovered through a search warrant executed last year.   (AP)   MORE:   Abuse cover-up    Joseph Adamec   James Hogan


Found guilty

GATINEAU - Former Roman Catholic priest Jacques Faucher, of Gatineau, QC, has been found guilty of sexually molesting 3 choir boys in the 1970s.  (CBC)   MORE:   Priest convicted   Father Jacques Faucher 


2 years

WINNIPEG - Ron Leger, 77, the former priest of a St. Boniface parish has been sentenced to 2 years behind bars for sexual assault.  (CBC) 


Archbishop accused

SANTO DOMINGO - The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to the Dominican Republic and relieved him of his duties after local media accused him of pedophilia.  (Guardian UK)   MORE:   Vatican envoy recalled   Josef Wesolowski 


Sexual conduct admission

EDINBURGH - Cardinal Keith O’Brien, formerly the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the UK, signaled that he did make homosexual advances towards young men.   (Telegraph UK)    MORE:   Cardinal apologizes   Priests 'feel vindicated'   Keith O'Brien 


Hiding a priest's scandal

ROME  - The leader of the Legionaries of Christ admitted he knew for years the scandal-plagued religious order’s most famous priest had fathered a child but still allowed the popular cleric to preach about morality.  (Toronto Sun)   MORE:  Another legionary priest caught   Marcial Maciel 


Dutch Catholic abuse

HAGUE - Tens of thousands of children have suffered sexual abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions since 1945, a report says.  (BBC)   MORE:  Commission identifies 800 priests  


Priests defrocked

VATICAN CITY - In his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children, more than twice as many as the two years that preceded a 2010 explosion of sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond.    (AP)   Archbishop defrocked   Defrocked   Sex abuse charges    Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith


VATICAN CITY - The archdiocese of Naples says it has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier compiled by a male escort identifying 40 actively gay priests and seminarians in Italy.   (AP)


Insurer wants money back

LONDON, ON - AXA Insurance, now owned by Intact Financial, accuses the diocese of hiding pedophile priests by moving them to different parishes or duties for decades, thereby misleading the insurance company and exposing it to greater financial risk.  (Toronto Star)  



OTTAWA - Father Stephen Amesse was acquitted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy.  Justice James was unconvinced by 'contradictory' testimony and the evidence presented by J'B', saying, 'Some of it struck me as improbable.'   (Ottawa Citizen)   MORE:   Priest acquitted 


56 civil lawsuits

MONCTON - Almost every month for a year, lawsuits have been filed against the Catholic Church in NB by alleged victims seeking compensation for sexual abuse by priests.   32 of the accusations are against one individual - Camille Leger.   (CBC)    Sylvia's site: Yvon Arsenault    4 years   4 year sentence  


Sex charges

MONTREAL - Brian Boucher, 56, a Roman Catholic priest who has worked at 10 churches in Montreal over the last two decades, has been arrested and charged with sex-related offences.   (CBC)  MORE:   Priest arrested    Priest charged 



OTTAWA - William Barry McGrory, 82, has been charged with 2 counts of indecent assault on a male and 2 counts of gross indecency, which were Criminal Code offences in place at the time. (CBC)   MORE:   Priest accused of another assault   Sylvia's site: Father Barry McGrory    Ottawa Citizen: Barry McGrory 


More charges

VANCOUVER - Father Gordon William Dominey, 63, is now facing 18 charges of sexual assault and nine charges of gross indecency that allegedly occurred at the Edmonton Youth Development Centre during the 1980s, where Dominey worked at the time.  (CTV)   PREVIOUS:   Priest arrested   Priest charged   Alleged historic sexual assaults   


Pope's document

VATICAN - In the document, he says he is open to suggestions to changes in the power of the papacy.  He also warns that rising global economic inequality is bound to explode in conflict.  (BBC)     MORE:    Pope urges reform  


Altar boy sent 4 men to prison

PHILADLPHIA - Daniel Gallagher is a slender 27-year-old with a wispy beard who is better known as 'Billy Doe.'  (Newsweek) 


Committee set up

Pope Francis is to set up a Vatican committee to fight sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church and offer help to victims.   (BBC)   MORE:  Pope named Time's Person of the Year  


Sex abuse claims filed

ST JOHN'S - The final number for claims against the Christian Brothers in North America is in, surprising even some of the lawyers handling them.   (CBC) 



Pedophile priests

VATICAN - Weeks ago, the UN released one of the greatest international indictments of the Vatican in years. The report said, the Catholic Church hadn't just ignored pleas for reform. It had protected pedophile priests. 'Well-known child sexual abusers have been transferred from parish to parish or to other countries in an attempt by the church to cover-up such crimes,' the United Nations alleged (.pdf).   (Washington Post)     

Costs of abuse in US church underestimated

New norms

Defrocked 400 priests

Pope feels 'shame'

UN slams Vatican

'Paedophilia not criminal condition'

US: Pope can't be sued

Pope condemns police raids

'Deeply Ashamed' 

4% of priest accused of abuse 

US trip is 'not a political event'

Purge sex abuse, Pope tells bishops

Pope sanctions priest in abuse case

Sex abuse defense

Claim not well received

Vatican in damage control  

Child abuse is not the only problem  

Vatican's legal move  

New abuse allegations

Catholic body reveals 150 sexual abuse

Commission to inquire into child abuse

The truth has been crucified 

Vatican police break up gay orgy   

Abuse commission head quits

'Sin within'  

Letter praises bishop for concealing priest

Report abuse cases to police

Guidelines on sexual abuse

Another letter  

'Letter' reignites abuse row  

'Good of the universal church'  

Failure to act  

Child abuse apologize

'Systematic' sexual abuse  

Irish church knew

Pope opens Holy Week amid sex abuse crisis

Transfer cleared by Pope

Pope apologizes

Pope's letter to Irish Catholics

Irish 'child abuse outrage'

Pope writes letter on Irish paedophile priests

2 more bishops resign

'Endemic' rape and abuse

Church turned blind eye to abuse

Silenced priest warns of gay crisis

Abuse costs curtail church work

Focus on victims

Belgium child abuse report  

Abuse claims sweep Europe

'Church is not a criminal organization'

Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Ireland 

Arrogant, corrupt, secretive

Text of Pope's apology for abuse in Australia

Pope calls for unity at vigil

Anti Pope rally in Brisbane

Pope sorry for priests' sex abuse

George Pell

Philadelphia Catholic sex abuse scandal

Robert Finn

4,450 priests accused of abuse since 1950

80% of victims since 1950 were male

Timeline: US Catholic sex scandal

Self-policing will never work



Hundreds reportedly abused

REGENSBURG - At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys' choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992.  (AP) 

Regensburger Domspatzen

Georg Ratzinger

Pope Benedict XVI

Gerhard Ludwig Mueller

More than 500 boys abused

Mueller accuses Pope 



Not the only one

TUAM - The mass grave of 796 children at a former home for unwed mothers and children in Tuam, Co. Galway is likely not the only one of its kind in Ireland, Prime Minister Enda Kenny has said.  A government investigation launched in wake of the shocking discovery will focus on all of the former so-called 'mother and baby homes' in Ireland.   (Irish Centra)   

Unspeakable crimes

Vatican denies claims  

Safeguarding review  

Mass grave in Smyllum Park

Mass grave found at orphanage in Ireland

Mother and Baby Homes Commission

Mass grave found 

Willing to widen inquiry to other institutions

Secret vaccine trials

Bon Secours Mother and Baby home

Tell us the truth 

Mass grave

'Reminder of a darker past'

Unmarked grave



11 more years

IQALUIT - A former priest found guilty of sexually abusing children in Igloolik, Nunavut, 30 years ago has been sentenced to 19 years in prison.  Eric Dejaeger, 67, was found guilty last year of 32 counts of child sexual abuse dating back to his time as a priest in between 1978 and 1982.  (CBC) 


11 more years  

Sylvia's Site: Eric Dejaeger  

Dark legacy

Guilty of 24 charges 

Guilty plea to 8 charges 

Threatened with hell 

Drugs, threats and disbelief

Canada let priest leave

Belgian victims' advocate in court

More charges




VATICAN CITY - Vatican prosecutors have indicted the former president and the ex-treasurer of the Vatican-owned children's hospital for allegedly diverting money from the hospital's fundraising foundation to pay for renovations on Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone's apartment.  The indictment released Thursday orders Giuseppe Profiti and Massimo Spina to stand trial in the Vatican tribunal, starting next Tuesday.   (AP)   

Summary of AP's findings  

Pope's hospital chasing profits

Vatican cleric 'laundered millions'

Pope sacks Cardinals 

Vatican Bank

Greed and financial mismanagement

Vatican cleric arrested

IOR scandal

Monsignor held

Smuggling plot

Money smuggling case

Banker planned

Vatican whistleblowers  

Corruption scandal widens  

Butler arrested  

Ettore Gotti Tedeschi



Vatican diplomat sentenced

VATICAN CITY - A former Holy See envoy to Washington was sentenced to a 5-year prison term for viewing and sharing child pornography, the first time on record that the Vatican has convicted one of its own former diplomats for such crimes.  Monsignor Carlo Capella will serve his sentence in a cell within the Vatican police barracks.  (DPA) 

Vatican arrests diplomat

Diplomat arrested  

Vatican diplomat sought  

Wanted likely living in Italy  

Vatican recalls diplomat  

Child porn investigation 


Sex claims rise

WASHINGTON - The number of new claims of sexual abuse made against US Roman Catholic priests rose by 16% to more than 800 last year, a Church report says.  It says the Church paid $436M in 2008 for abuse cases.  (BBC)    REPORT:  2008 annual report protection of children and young people   .pdf.

Vatican urges psych tests

VATICAN CITY - Candidates for the Catholic priesthood should undergo psychological tests to screen out heterosexuals unable to control their sexual urges and those with strong homosexual tendencies, the Vatican said Thursday.  (Reuters)    MORE:  Vatican issues new psych screening to weed out pedophiles



7 years

QUEBEC CITY - The judge denounced the fact that a high-level Catholic clergy official, informed of Herman Cassista's crimes, tried to settle the case privately and get 2 victims to drop the charges. One of those victims then committed suicide.  (Sun Media)  

Archdiocese of Quebec  


Diocese of Bathurst

8 years

Levi Noel  


3 years

Priest pleads guilty


Ex-chaplain paid off teen

Charges laid

House arrest

Retired priest gets house arrest

Priest pleads guilty

Priest charged

Victims win

Priest guilty 




LOS ANGELES - The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles is to pay out nearly $10M to settle 4 cases of sexual abuse by a former priest, Father Michael Baker.  Recently released files show Cardinal Roger Mahony knew the priest had abused but put him back into ministry, where he is alleged to have abused again.  (BBC)  

Covered up settled

Archdiocese settlement

Archdiocese declare bankruptcy to avoid

Cardinal under federal investigation

Catholic sex-abuse report finds mixed results

List of dioceses not complying

800 sue Catholic Church for sex abuse

Record settlement in Calif. church abuse case

Ordered to provide documents

Archbishop of Los Angeles

Roger Mahony

Victims settle with Chicago Archdiocese



Self-preservation trumps mission

So Several Toledo parishes didn't tell their members in church bulletins about credible charges of child sexual abuse against the Rev. Bernard Kokocinski.  American Catholicism had to be sued into Good Shepherd behavior, caring for its flock more than its minions.   Many of the victims were doubly victimized. ( Toledo Blade)

Sex crimes cover-up by Vatican

For decades, priests in this country abused children in parish after parish while their superiors covered it all up. Now it turns out the orders for this cover up were written in Rome at the highest levels of the Vatican.   CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales has uncovered a church document kept secret for 40 years.  (CBS News)   Links to the original Latin version and an unofficial English translation provided to CBS News are available.



Church figures colluded

LONDON - The report, the result of an 18 month-long enquiry by Dame Moira Gibb, found that senior Church of England clergy 'trivialized' the actions of the disgraced bishop and sought to protect its reputation by failing to pass on evidence of further abuse.   (Telegraph UK)

Abuse of faith  .pdf

Peter Ball

Retired Bishop arrested

George Carey

Church of England

Ball was convicted of sex offences in 2015

Abuse claims

Child sex abuse investigation




Found guilty

NEWCASTLE - The most senior Catholic to be charged with concealing child sexual abuse - Adelaide's Archbishop Philip Wilson - has been found guilty by a New South Wales court, in a landmark ruling.  The 67-year-old was accused of covering up abuse by priest Jim Fletcher in the NSW Hunter region in the 1970s.  (ABC AU) 

Philip Wilson

Guilty of covering up child sexual abuse


Catholic sexual abuse cases in Australia

AU church abuse

Royal Commission Child Sexual Abuse

Data reveals extend of Catholic allegations

Catholic Church abused 4,400  

Church admits sex abuse      

Sex abuse trial

Who is George Pell?   

George Pell  

Adviser charged 




American Catholic

BBC News: A Global Scandal

Scotsman: Abuse in the Catholic Church

Boston Globe:  Abuse in the Church







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