January 31 2015 7 31 /01 /January /2015 19:23

A judge in the southern Spanish city of Granada has charged 10 Roman Catholic priests and two Catholic lay workers with child sex abuse. The 12 are suspected of abusing four teenage boys between 2004 and 2007, the most serious offences occurring in a...
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January 31 2015 7 31 /01 /January /2015 19:17

A Ramsey County judge has ordered Catholic officials in New Ulm and Duluth and the religious order Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate to release all documents pertaining to alleged clergy sex abuse dating as far back as 1949. Ramsey County Judge John...
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January 31 2015 7 31 /01 /January /2015 19:16

We all wonder what will happen to us after we die. When a loved one dies, we long to see him or her again after our turn comes. Will we have a glorious reunion with those we love or is death the end of all consciousness? Jesus taught that life does not...
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January 31 2015 7 31 /01 /January /2015 19:14

Last year was arguably a year of bad news, the kind that made you cringe and feel sad. Unfortunately, 2015 is starting off much the same way.; The Minneapolis-St. Paul Archdiocese has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it needs to handle several...
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January 31 2015 7 31 /01 /January /2015 19:13

Justice Peter McClellan ‘gets it’, victim advocates say, as the chair of the royal commission opens the conversation about compensation and other restitution. Former prime minister Julia Gillard “chose the right man for the job” when she appointed Justice...
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January 31 2015 7 31 /01 /January /2015 19:11

The move by Pope Francis’s almoner follows plan unveiled last year to install toilets and showers for the homeless near St Peter’s Square. Homeless people in Rome will soon be able to head to the Vatican for a free shave and haircut. The move, arranged...
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January 31 2015 7 31 /01 /January /2015 19:05

Spain's Catholic church, which has long been accused of silencing cases of priests sexually abusing children, is starting to take a hard line against offenders, spurred by Pope Francis. A judge in the southern city of Granada on Tuesday charged 10 priests...
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January 31 2015 7 31 /01 /January /2015 19:03

Local Catholic Church officials created nonprofit foundations, funds to potentially keep them out of creditors’ reach. For decades, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been shifting money into separate nonprofits that may be beyond the reach...
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January 31 2015 7 31 /01 /January /2015 19:00

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has assets totaling more than $45 million — including about $11 million in real estate — according to a schedule of assets and liabilities filed Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The filing, required...
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January 31 2015 7 31 /01 /January /2015 18:59

I recently had the opportunity to visit Italy, specifically Rome, which was inspirational, although only for secular reasons. As an atheist, I couldn't help but notice that the Catholic Church appeared to have spent an awful lot of money on itself instead...
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January 29 2015 5 29 /01 /January /2015 09:02

The Internet conditions people to expect hostility. It’s always there, in the voyeuristic fragments of argument or comments on a YouTube video. Aggression has become a permanent part of the Internet’s background noise. Whether we choose to acknowledge...
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January 29 2015 5 29 /01 /January /2015 08:54

A woman testified Monday she once was Matthew Graziotti's "best friend." She trusted him with her children, who became two of the confessed child-pornographer's 29 known victims. "I don't know the man who's sitting in court today," she said. The parents...
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January 29 2015 5 29 /01 /January /2015 08:53

There are two groups of people Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has spent his career resolutely defending. The first is Israeli war criminals. And the second is accused and convicted rapists. As rape allegations against Dershowitz intensify, his...
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January 29 2015 5 29 /01 /January /2015 08:51

Survivors of clerical sexual abuse and former clergy offenders have worked together for the first time at a ground-breaking meeting in Durham, held last week (21 - 23 January) at Ushaw College. Alongside psychologists and lawyers, seminary rectors and...
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January 29 2015 5 29 /01 /January /2015 08:48

A Buffalo man says he was sexually abused by a priest 40 years ago when he was a boy. A Niagara Falls woman says a male lay teacher abused her 12 years ago when she was a student at a Catholic middle school. Last year, their attorneys said, they took...
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  • Ann Free Spirit
  • I am a Survivor of Childhood Abuse and Childhood Sexual Abuse, in two Catholic Church Orphanages, Christchurch New Zealand. 1941 to 1965. Awareness,  and to Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Committed by the Catholic Church and other Denomination Worldwide.
  • I am a Survivor of Childhood Abuse and Childhood Sexual Abuse, in two Catholic Church Orphanages, Christchurch New Zealand. 1941 to 1965. Awareness, and to Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Committed by the Catholic Church and other Denomination Worldwide.

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