Priests Sex Abuse Scandal


Gay teacher and college reach settlement

The Rev. James St. George will not be returning to teach religion as an adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College, according to a settlement between the gay priest and the school announced Monday.

Lawyers in priest case say church knew of sex claims

Attorneys for four men who filed a priest sex-abuse lawsuit on Monday released letters yesterday that they say suggest church officials knew of the allegations for more than a decade.

Lawyers in priest case say church knew of sex claims

Attorneys for four men who filed a priest sex-abuse lawsuit on Monday released letters yesterday that they say suggest church officials knew of the allegations for more than a decade.

Ex-Burlco principal: Thefts prompted by abuse as teen

The former principal of Burlington County's only Catholic high school said he embezzled from the school partly to get back at the church for sexual abuse he endured as a teenage seminary student.

Ex-Burlco principal: Thefts prompted by abuse as teen

The former principal of Burlington County's only Catholic high school said he embezzled from the school partly to get back at the church for sexual abuse he endured as a teenage seminary student.

Vatican defrocks Phila. priest over abuse of minors

A Philadelphia priest whose archdiocesan file, according to a grand jury report, showed "a long history of abusive and manipulative relationships with adolescents" has been defrocked by the Roman Catholic Church.

Vatican defrocks Phila. priest over abuse of minors

A Philadelphia priest whose archdiocesan file, according to a grand jury report, showed "a long history of abusive and manipulative relationships with adolescents" has been defrocked by the Roman Catholic Church.
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Questions surround 'people's priest'

SCRANTON - Show up late, even by a minute, to one of the Rev. Joseph F. Sica's Sunday services at Mercy Hospital here and expect to stand out in the hall.

Daniel Rubin | Repairing a faith that was tested by Episcopal scandal

On matters of sex, the Episcopalians around here don't make too many headlines. When they do, it's typically a story about ordaining women or accepting homosexuality. And it's usually Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr., leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, taking tough stands against those who resist the church's progressive embrace.

Episcopal bishop suspended

In a surprise move, the Episcopal Church USA has suspended Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr., head of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, on charges that he concealed his brother's sexual abuse of a minor girl more than 30 years ago. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the denomination's leader, informed Bennison on Wednesday that he was formally "inhibited" and was to "cease all episcopal, ministerial and canonical acts" as of 11:59 p.m. tomorrow.

1st suit filed under Del. sex-abuse law

Under a new Delaware law nearly unique in the nation, a 55-year-old man filed suit yesterday against a priest, a parish, and the Diocese of Wilmington for sexual assaults he alleges took place more than 40 years ago.

Jail-cell struggle appears on Net

BOSTON - A prison security video showing guards struggling to enter a cell where a convicted killer was strangling a defrocked pedophile priest has turned up on the Internet.

What drew one man to the priesthood

Even as a boy growing up during the 1980s in South Philadelphia, Jonathan Dalin felt drawn to Catholic priesthood. Then came high school, and his sense of religious vocation was "drowned out by the noise of the world," he recalled last week.

Profiles of 25 priests who are accused of sexual abuse


Camden Diocese escapes scrutiny

One priest in the Camden Diocese was accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy - but was left in place. He abused more young boys. Other priests passed teenage boys around in a "sex ring" that shuttled victims from South Jersey to Rhode Island. In another case, a priest was called in by his bishop and "did not deny" years of attacks on two brothers. In response, the bishop quietly transferred him to a new parish.

Letter from Cardinal Rigali to the People of the Archdiocese, 9/21/05

Inquirer Editor's Note: Hyperlinks have been embedded in this letter to allow readers to find the documents the Cardinal mentions. These links take you to the documents on the Philly.com Web site. September 21, 2005 Dear People of the Archdiocese, Since April of 2002, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been the subject of a grand jury investigation conducted by the District Attorney of the City of Philadelphia. This investigation was to include “other religious orders, organizations and denominations.” This week, it was announced that the grand jury had completed its work and has issued its report. The publication of this lengthy report is receiving extensive coverage in the secular media. As the Archbishop of Philadelphia, I desire to communicate with you at this critical moment concerning the report.

Dioceses call out for more priests

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