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US Supreme Court deals pedophilia blow for Vatican

The US Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal by the Vatican in a landmark case that opens the way for priests in the United States to stand trial for pedophilia. Allowing a federal appeals court ruling to stand, the decision means Vatican officials including theoretically Pope Benedict XVI…

Pope Benedict attacks Belgium police for raiding suspected pedophile priests

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday accused Belgian police of “deplorable methods” in raiding a bishops’ meeting as part of a pedophilia probe, as Brussels said the Vatican was over-reacting. The pontiff wrote a message of support to Andre-Joseph Leonard, archbishop of Brussels-Mechelen and the head of the Belgian bishops’ conference,…

School district blames disabled student for own molestation

When a teacher’s aide at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, CA was arrested for molesting one of the special-ed students under his care, the school district’s first impulse was to cover the incident up and hope no one would find out. Now the student’s parents have sued the Santa…

Pope begs forgiveness for church sex scandal

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Friday begged for forgiveness for the paedophile priest scandals rocking the Roman Catholic in his clearest apology yet for the scourge. At a mass with some 15,000 priests marking the end of the Roman Catholic Church’s Year for Priests, the pontiff pledged to…

Church sued victim of convicted sex abuser: report

AP: Pope refused to defrock convicted priest A Catholic diocese in Canada sued the victim of a convicted pedophile priest, driving the victim to attempt suicide several times, according to a newspaper report published Sunday. The church’s move would prove to be a successful tactic to force the victim to…

Obama admin. backs Vatican’s claim of immunity to sexual abuse lawsuits

Update at bottom: Fox News, other media outlets falsely tar Kagan on Vatican immunity The Obama administration in a brief to the Supreme Court has backed the Vatican’s claim of immunity from lawsuits arising from cases of sexual abuse by priests in the United States. The Supreme Court is considering…

Pope Benedict accepts bishop’s resignation for beating kids, pedophilia probe underway

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday accepted the resignation of a German bishop who admitted he beat children in a Catholic orphanage and also faces a pedophilia probe, the Vatican said. Walter Mixa, 69, had tendered his resignation as bishop of Augsburg and military bishop on Thursday. The pope “has accepted…

Boy Scouts ordered to pay $18.5 million in sexual abuse case

A jury in Portland, Oregon on Friday ordered the Boy Scouts of America to pay 18.5 million dollars in punitive damages to a man who was abused by a Scout leader in the 1980s, local media reported.…

Pope: Scandals call for ‘new evangelization’

VALLETTA (AFP) - – Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday the Roman Catholic Church had been wounded by sin as he flew to Malta on his first foreign trip since a wave of priest sex abuse scandals broke in Europe and the United States.…

Video: Muslim soldier reveals saga of abuse, racism

Discrimination against Muslims in the military is a harsh reality for Army Spec. Zachari Klawonn.…

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