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Mark Abrams
January 06, 2020 - 12:54 pm
The Diocese of Allentown has suspended a veteran priest from the ministry after he was caught taking photos of boys on his cellphone, without their knowledge, during a high school wrestling match. Read more here.
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Pope Francis celebrates a Mass for the Philippine community of Rome, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.
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AP News
December 17, 2019 - 10:50 am
Pope Francis abolished the "pontifical secret" used in clergy sexual abuse cases Tuesday, responding to mounting criticism that the high degree of confidentiality has been used to protect pedophiles, silence victims and prevent police from investigating crimes. Read more here.
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New York Giants
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AP News
December 09, 2019 - 5:52 pm
A former New York Giants team chaplain who faced sexual abuse allegations nearly 20 years ago has been sued by one of the accusers. Read more here.
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Catholic church in Massachusetts
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AP News
December 09, 2019 - 3:18 pm
More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due to stresses,...
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Church pews.
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Mark Abrams
December 09, 2019 - 7:02 am
A veteran priest who was named in a Philadelphia grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and later cleared has again been removed from active ministry. Read more here.
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Matthew's Church in Ridgefield, N.J.
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David Madden
December 03, 2019 - 12:53 pm
New Jersey has opened a two-year window for filing civil lawsuits on behalf of alleged victims of sex abuse whose cases date back decades. More than 40 cases had been filed by early Tuesday against the Boy Scouts and the five New Jersey Catholic dioceses under the new law. Read more here.
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Attorney Adam Slater, left, checks his phone during a working lunch with lawyers in his firm.
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AP News
December 02, 2019 - 10:26 am
The Associated Press reports key takeaways from the new laws in 15 states could clear the way for a deluge of lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church. Read more here.
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Judge's gavel
Sunday begins a two-year opportunity for victims of sexual abuse as minors in New Jersey to file civil suits against their alleged attackers and the entities that may have protected them. The Catholic Church is likely to be the main target.
David Madden
December 01, 2019 - 4:30 am
Sunday begins a two-year opportunity for victims of sexual abuse as minors in New Jersey to file civil suits against their alleged attackers and the entities that may have protected them. Read more here.
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St Paul Cathedral, the mother church of the Pittsburgh Diocese on August 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Diocese was rocked by revelations of abuse by priests the day before on August 14, 2018.
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Mark Abrams
November 26, 2019 - 11:21 am
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation this morning that abolishes the statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse in the state. Read more here.
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Attorney General Josh Shapiro
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Mark Abrams
November 24, 2019 - 1:40 pm
A historic package of reform measures to Pennsylvania's statute of limitations on child sex abuse is on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk, and the governor says he'll sign them into law.
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