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Retired LA Cardinal Roger Mahony claims he didn’t know how to deal with sex abuse claims

A US Catholic cardinal stripped of his duties said Friday he didn’t know how to handle sex abuse claims, as he had not learned about it at college—drawing withering criticism from victims. Retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony wrote on his blog that he was not taught about child sexual…

8,000 new instances of child sexual abuse alleged in Milwaukee Archdiocese

The bankruptcy hearings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee have revealed more than 8,000 previously unreported instances of alleged sexual abuse of children, according to one attorney representing the victims. The charges cover a span of 60 years and implicate a group of 100 alleged offenders, including nuns, church workers and…

Sandusky case triggers jump in U.S. abuse calls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Child molestation charges against a former Penn State football coach have sparked an unprecedented awareness of sexual abuse marked by a sharp upturn in calls to abuse hotlines and lawyers, attorneys and counselors said on Wednesday. More allegations of sexual abuse and a growing number of lawsuits…

Sex abuse claims prompt look at youth sports culture

BOSTON (Reuters) – Millions of children are lacing up sneakers and skates, donning swimsuits and grabbing rackets to join the ranks of youth sports teams and leagues across the country, often with minimal parental supervision. But accusations of abuse last week against a major figure in amateur athletics have renewed…

Chicago Catholic church to expose abusive priests

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago’s Catholic archdiocese will allow dozens of former priests accused of child sexual abuse to be identified as part of a settlement that moves the church closer to naming all offending clergy, a lawyer for abuse victims said on Monday. The undisclosed financial settlement with the nation’s…

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