(RNS) — When the Rev. Bryan Fulwider, an accused rapist, ended his life, he didn't end the pain his alleged victim feels. To the contrary, it may well bring greater hurt.
DRYDEN, Mich. (AP) — A secretive network operating out of unmarked buildings in rural Michigan provides money, transportation, shelter and legal assistance to priests accused of abuse.
(RNS) — To those of us who’ve closely followed the Catholic Church’s distressing self-inflicted scandal for decades, the current flurry of meetings without action is depressingly familiar.
(RNS) — If we want our children to be safer, we cannot afford the comfortable delusion that this is an isolated problem.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) — David Clohessy's re-emergence is a reboot for the organization representing abuse survivors, two years after he resigned amid allegations of kickbacks from victims' attorneys.
(RNS) The chair of the board of SNAP said it would focus on developing local support groups despite the upheaval.
(RNS) Barbara Blaine's surprise departure from SNAP follows a lawsuit by a former employee alleging that the organization colluded with lawyers to refer clients and profit from settlements.
(RNS) David Clohessy, longtime executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said his departure had nothing to do with allegations that the group colluded with plaintiff lawyers to profit from settlements.
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) The settlement will be filed as part of the church's plan to restructure in U.S. Bankruptcy Court more than four years after the archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Members will give Pope Francis recommendations on how to punish bishops who shield priests suspected of misconduct, one of several moves that are encouraging the two victims on the panel. But they also chided Francis for endorsing spanking.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Priority must not be given to any other kind of concern, whatever its nature, such as the desire to avoid scandal, since there is absolutely no place in ministry for those who abuse minors," Pope Francis said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Obedience and closed environments also seem to have had a role in the prevalence of abuse within some religious orders and dioceses," the report said. "Obligatory celibacy may also have contributed to abuse.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Cardinal George Pell said the church was no more responsible for cases of child abuse carried out by church figures than a trucking company would be if it employed a driver who molested women.
(RNS) The leading advocacy group for people who have suffered clergy sexual abuse is wrestling with how to respond to a flood of inquiries from victims from other faiths and institutions, and how to push for changes beyond the familiar precincts of the Catholic Church.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Asked why Pope Francis' first meeting with abuse victims included no Americans, even though the U.S. scandal prompted worldwide attention, the Vatican's chief spokesman said it was “not such an easy thing to organize an event like this.”