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Michael Rezendes

Michael Rezendes is an author at Religion News Service.

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Arizona court upholds clergy privilege in child abuse case

By Michael Rezendes and Jason Dearen — April 14, 2023
This church's negligence in reporting abuse, the lawsuit argues, allowed a father to continuing abusing the girl for as many as seven years, a time in which he also abused the girl’s infant sister.

Judge limits privilege defense in AZ Mormon sex abuse case

By Michael Rezendes — August 19, 2022
(AP) - The church has filed a legal motion asking Cardinal to delay implementing her order until it contests her findings with the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen

By Michael Rezendes — August 4, 2022
BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) – Nearly 12,000 pages of sealed records obtained by the Associated Press offer the most comprehensive look yet at the Mormon church's abuse "help line," which abuse victims and their attorneys say has been misused by church leaders to divert accusations away from law enforcement and instead to church attorneys who may bury the problem.
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