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AUSTRALIA: Vatican Cardinal George Pell Appeals Child Sexual Abuse Convictions On Jury Plea Technicality

The Guardian reports: George Pell is arguing his child sexual abuse convictions should be overturned or he should receive a retrial, because of a “fundamental irregularity” that prevented him from entering a not-guilty plea in front of his jury. The Victorian court of appeal has released Pell’s grounds for appeal against his December conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys …

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NEW YORK: Senate Unanimously Passes Child Victims Act After Years Of Opposition By The Catholic Church

Buffalo’s ABC affiliate reports: The New York State Senate passed a series of historic reforms Monday that will allow victims of child sexual abuse to seek justice through the court system once they become adults. The Senate unanimously passed the long-awaited Child Victims Act as victims of priests from the Diocese of Buffalo and other institutions looked on. Victims of …

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Brooklyn Diocese Settles Abuse Suits For $27.5 Million

The New York Times reports: Four men who were repeatedly sexually abused as children by a religion teacher at a Catholic church in Brooklyn received a $27.5 million settlement from the Diocese of Brooklyn on Tuesday, in one of the largest settlements ever awarded to individual victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The settlement comes two weeks after …

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Catholic League: If You’re Mad About The Molestation Scandal, You’re Just “Taking The Bait” Of Church Haters

Via press release from Catholic League head Bill Donohue: Conservative Catholics have been especially strident in their comments. Unfortunately, they are being played. To be specific, their call for grand jury investigations in every state, and the wholesale release of priest personnel files, is playing into the hands of the enemies of the Catholic Church. So are their appeals to …

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Pennsylvania AG: The Vatican Knew About The Coverup

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Investigators “have evidence that the Vatican had knowledge of the cover-up,” involving priests accused of sexually abusing thousands of Pennsylvania children over decades, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday morning on NBC’s Today show. “I can’t speak specifically to Pope Francis, but I think the broader issues here with the Vatican knowing about this, with …

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Catholic League Continues Whataboutism Crusade: Nobody Is Going After “Hollywood Perverts” And MTV

Just in from Catholic League president Bill Donohue: While some Catholics are spinning out of control over cases of sexual abuse committed by the dead and the laicized, MTV will present the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to Jennifer Lopez on August 21. No one from the media, and certainly no finger-pointing Catholic, will question why there is an award …

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Pope Issues Letter Condemning Sex Abuse Coverup

NBC News reports: Pope Francis on Monday issued a letter to Catholics around the world condemning sexual abuse and cover-up, and demanding accountability in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said lay Catholics must be involved in any effort to …

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Pennsylvania Bishops Hold “Forgiveness” Mass [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: A Pennsylvania bishop named in a grand jury report on rampant sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy said Friday he has “profound remorse” and offers his “heartfelt apology” to the victims. Speaking at a Mass of Forgiveness, Harrisburg Bishop Ronald Gainer opened by reading the first paragraph of this week’s stunning report that said more than …

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Catholic Cardinal Blames Pennsylvania Molestations On “Disordered Homosexual Culture” Among The Clergy

From a Christian Newswire press release: When asked about what is at the root of the crisis Cardinal Burke said “it seems clear in light of these recent terrible scandals that indeed there is a homosexual culture, not only among the clergy but even within the hierarchy, which needs to be purified at the root. It is of course a …

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Vatican Breaks Silence On Pennsylvania Molestations: Victims Should Know That The Pope Is On Their Side

CNN reports: The Vatican broke its silence on Thursday about a Pennsylvania grand jury report that detailed decades of sexual abuses by priests and cover-ups by bishops, calling the accusations “criminal and morally reprehensible.” “Regarding the report made public in Pennsylvania this week, there are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame and sorrow,” …

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Catholic League “Debunks” Pennsylvania Molestation Scandal: It’s Not Rape When The Child Isn’t Penetrated

Catholic League president Bill Donohue today posted a lengthy “debunking” of media reports about the still-unfolding and massive molestation scandal wracking the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. Donohue’s missive includes his usual charges of anti-Catholic bigotry and personal attacks on “salacious” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. There’s also this: Shapiro said that “Church officials routinely and purposely described the abuse as …

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Vatican: No Comment On Pennsylvania Molestations

CNN reports: The Vatican has declined to respond to an explosive grand jury report detailing decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups by priests and bishops in Pennsylvania, refusing even to say whether church officials in Rome have read the damaging documents. “We have no comment at this time,” Paloma Ovejero, deputy director of the Vatican’s press office, said Wednesday. But …

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Grand Jury: Pittsburgh Priests Ran Child Porn Ring

The Allentown Morning Call reports: George said he never discussed the nude Polaroids, or the twisted, secret gift he and the other kids had been given decades ago by the men who preyed on them. These weren’t the kinds of things you could share without feeling humiliated, especially not if you grew up tough, like he did on the South …

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Catholic League: Pennsylvania Pedophile Priests Probe Is A “Scam” Because Other Religions Were Ignored

Via press release from blowhard Bill Donohue: The grand jury report will attract the prurient interest of the public, much to the delight of the media. But when the dust settles, what counts are the facts.  The media are saying that the report will name “more than 300 predator priests.” Not true. Many of those named are not priests: the …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Grand Jury Finds Dioceses Committed Systemic Coverups For 300+ Pedophile Priests [VIDEO]

The Allentown Morning Call reports: A scathing grand jury report released Tuesday reveals sexual abuse by hundreds of priests that went unchecked for decades in dioceses across Pennsylvania, including Allentown. Instead of reporting pedophiles, dioceses routinely shuffled them from parish to parish, enabling them to prey upon new victims, the document shows. The statewide grand jury spent two years on …

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Catholic League Accuses Pennsylvania AG Of “Bigotry” For Sexual Abuse Probe Of Over 300 Predator Priests

Via press release from blowhard Bill Donohue: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro needs to explain why he never convened a grand jury to investigate the sexual abuse of minors in the public schools. That’s where the action is — his state has one of the worst records on this score of any state in the nation — so why is …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Priest Pleads Guilty To Molesting 4th Grader In First Conviction Of Massive Probe [VIDEO]

Penn Live reports: At a news conference Wednesday in Westmoreland County, Attorney General Josh Shapiro called Father John Sweeney of the Greensburg Diocese a predator. Sweeney, 75, is the first priest convicted as a result of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, which recently concluded an investigation into sexually abusive priests and clergy in six of the state’s eight Catholic …

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Founder Of Nation’s Largest Christian Festival Gets 18 Years In Prison For Molesting Multiple Preteen Girls

The Christian Post reports: A former New Jersey pastor who co-founded the Creation Festival, which bills itself as the country’s largest Christian music festival, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting multiple young children. Harry Thomas, 75, who formerly pastored Come Alive New Testament Church in Medford and went on to help create the popular music …

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Roy Moore Vows To Sue Over Punking By Sacha Cohen

The Birmingham Herald reports: Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore announced today he was duped by comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen in his upcoming Showtime series, “Who Is America?” Moore, a Republican who lost a special election for U.S. senate last year to Democrat Doug Jones, released a statement today with details of how he was fooled. “In February 2018, …

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AUSTRALIA: Catholic Archbishop Sentenced To One Year Of “Home Detention” For Molestation Coverup [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: A Catholic archbishop in Australia has been given a maximum sentence of 12 months in detention for concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s. Philip Wilson, now archbishop of Adelaide, is the most senior Catholic globally to be convicted of the crime. He was found guilty by a court last month of covering up abuse by a …

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