priest abuse

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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Pennsylvania Capitol Building in Harrisburg.
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AP News
November 21, 2019 - 3:24 pm
A bill to provide more time to file charges or lawsuits over sexual abuse is on its way to Pennsylvania's governor, along with legislation to invalidate confidentiality agreements that aim to keep child sexual abuse victims from talking to investigators. Read more here.
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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
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Tim Jimenez
September 16, 2019 - 12:51 pm
A priest has been deemed "unsuitable for ministry" after being accused of sexually abusing a minor in the early '70s — before he became a priest and when he was a minor himself. Read more here.
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Robert Brennan lawsuit
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AP News
September 05, 2019 - 1:00 pm
Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have charged a former Roman Catholic priest with lying to the FBI about whether he knew an accuser and his family. Read more here.
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Francis Trauger
Bucks County District Attorney's Office
Jim Melwert
September 03, 2019 - 3:49 pm
Former priest Francis Trauger has been charged in Bucks County for allegedly molesting two altar boys — one in the mid-'90s, another in the early 2000s — at Saint Michael the Archangel Church. The boys, who were each about 12 at the time, said it happened while the priest was helping them get their...
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St. Paul Cathedral, the mother church of the Pittsburgh Diocese
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AP News
August 28, 2019 - 12:45 pm
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Four men have filed suit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton and its current and former bishop over claims a priest sexually abused them when they were children. The plaintiffs are believed to be the first to take advantage of a recent Pennsylvania appeals court...
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Victim points to photos of Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct.
Jae C. Hong/AP
May 31, 2019 - 9:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Quantifying its vast sex-abuse crisis, the U.S. Roman Catholic Church said Friday that allegations of child sex abuse by clerics more than doubled in its latest 12-month reporting period, and that its spending on victim compensation and child protection surged above $300 million...
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Temple of Divine Providence, a major church in Warsaw, Poland.
Czarek Sokolowski/AP
May 14, 2019 - 5:25 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister on Tuesday vowed tougher punishments for those who sexually abuse minors after a new film spurred the country into grappling with the problem of abuse by priests. The documentary "Tell No One" has triggered soul searching in the deeply Catholic country...
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Gov. Phil Murphy
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Ian Bush
May 13, 2019 - 4:09 pm
NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law an extension of the civil statute of limitations for sexual abuse claims in the state. It increases to seven years — or until age 55, whichever is later — the period of time during which sexual assault survivors can pursue...
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Temple of Divine Providence, a major church in Warsaw, Poland.
Czarek Sokolowski/AP
May 13, 2019 - 11:51 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new documentary revealing new cases of pedophilia by priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe's most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one priest to leave the clergy. "Just Tell No One," a film paid for through...
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