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May 1, 2022

Pope Francis calls for more transparency for sexual abuse survivors, By Jacob Knutson, Axios [Arlington VA], (April 30, 2022)
Topeka priest returns to duty after investigations don’t substantiate sex abuse claims against him, By Tim Hrenchir, Topeka Capital-Journal [Topeka KS], (April 29, 2022)
A Louisiana law was supposed to make it easier for abuse victims to sue. It needs fixing., By Julie O'Donoghue, Daily Advertiser [Lafayette LA], (April 27, 2022)
‘Fastest path to justice’: House Bill 951 for civil child abuse window stalled in Senate, By Dave Sutor, Tribune-Democrat [Johnstown PA], (April 29, 2022)
Pope Francis ends automatic dismissal of religious-order priests for abuse (updated), Catholic Culture - Trinity Communications [San Diego CA], (April 27, 2022)
Pope mandates annual audit on protection of children from abuse, By Philip Pullella, Reuters [London, England], (April 29, 2022)
A wounded healer speaks about the sexual abuse crisis, By Mark Joseph Williams, Mike Lewis, and Jeannie Gaffigan, Where Peter Is [Beltsville MD], (May 27, 2022)
The pedophilia of Italian priests that the bishops want to keep hidden, By Federica Tourn, Domani [Rome, Italy], (April 28, 2022)

May 2, 2022

Q&A with Archbishop Lori: 45 years a priest and 10 years an archbishop, By Christopher Gunty, Catholic Review - Archdiocese of Baltimore [Baltimore MD], (May 1, 2022)
Kerala: Priest gets 18 years rigorous imprisonment for sexually abusing boys, The Times of India [Mumbai, India], (May 1, 2022)
Archbishop of Canterbury apologizes to residential school survivors for Anglican Church’s role in ‘building hell’, By Kelly Cryderman and Kelly Grant, The Globe and Mail [Toronto, Canada], (May 1, 2022)
Abuse survivors and Catholic Diocese of Rochester face off in bankruptcy court, By Ginny Ryan, WHAM-TV, Ch. 13 [Rochester NY], (April 27, 2022)
Welby apologises for residential schools in Canada, Christian Today [London, England], (May 2, 2022)
Kansas priest suspended due to child sex abuse report; SNAP urges outreach, SNAP - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [Chicago IL], (May 2, 2022)
Archbishop of Canterbury promises release of residential school records in England following survivors’ calls, By Olivia Stefanovich, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) [Toronto, Canada], (May 2, 2022)

May 3, 2022

Vatican removes Ohio priest from ministry after abuse allegations, By Catholic News Service, Our Sunday Visitor [Huntington IN], (May 2, 2022)
Kansas City, Kansas, archdiocese suspends priest accused of sexual abuse of minor, By Luke Nozicka, Kansas City Star [Kansas City MO], (May 2, 2022)
Lawsuit accuses Church of Scientology of holding children captive, forcing them into labor, By Ian M. Giatti, CP Contributor, The Christian Post, (May 2, 2022)
Priests accused of sexual abuse living at Jefferson County treatment center, By Susan El Khoury, KMOV-TV, CBS-4 [St. Louis MO], (May 2, 2022)
Knoxville priests asked nuncio for ‘merciful relief’, The Pillar [Washington DC], (May 3, 2022)
Catholic priest who served in Lawrence, Eudora accused of child sex abuse, By Rochelle Valverde, Lawrence Journal-World [Lawrence KS], (May 2, 2022)
Decades after they were sexually abused, new law helps three women fight back, By Susan Christian Goulding, Orange County Register[Anaheim, CA], (April 27, 2022)
Kansas priest suspended amid claims of child sex abuse, By Heidi Schmidt, WDAF-TV - Fox 4 [Kansas City MO], (May 3, 2022)
Priest to return to Topeka parish after no charges filed, Associated Press [New York NY], (April 29, 2022)
California Catholic dioceses ask Supreme Court to hear statute of limitations extension case, By Catholic News Service, Angelus - Archdiocese of Los Angeles [Los Angeles CA], (May 2, 2022)
Vatican backs Cardinal Woelki over abuse study contracts, By Catholic News Agency, Catholic World Report [San Francisco CA], (May 3, 2022)

May 4, 2022

Lawrence priest suspended after alleged child sex crimes, By Sarah Motter, WIBW [Topeka KS], (May 3, 2022)
Lawrence priest suspended after child sex abuse allegation, By Andrea Albright, The Lawrence Times [Lawrence, KS], (May 2, 2022)
Dodgeville daycare director on leave during police investigation, By Tim Elliott, WMTV [Madison, WI], (May 3, 2022)
Argentine nuns accuse archbishop, others of gender violence, By Almudena Calatrava, Associated Press [New York NY], (May 2, 2022)
Women religious blaze new trails in roles of authority at the Vatican, By Christopher White, Global Sisters Report [Kansas City, MO], (May 2, 2022)
Former Marshfield youth pastor pleads guilty to sex crimes, By Carrie Winchel, Fox4 [Kansas City, MO], (May 3, 2022)
Iowa’s dangerous safe base for abusers, By Kathryn Robb and Kylie DeWees, The Gazette [Cedar Rapids IA], (May 1, 2022)
Letters: Catholic church will never police itself, By Gerard Ahrens, Cincinnati Enquirer / cincinnati.com, (May 2, 2022)
Pope Francis vows new start in fight against clerical sex abuse, By Agence France Presse, Licas.news [Bangkok,TH], (May 1, 2022)
Iowa man claims a church employee abused him as a child, By Marcus McIntosh, KCCI.COM [Des Moines, IA], (May 3, 2022)
Archdiocesan priest accused of inappropriately touching minor in 2018, By Morgan Whitley, KDVR.COM Fox 31 [Denver, CO], (May 2, 2022)
NC judges side with Catholic diocese, say no second chance for child sex abuse lawsuits, By Sara Coello, Charlotte Observer [Charlotte NC], (May 4, 2022)

May 5, 2022

Deacon at Doug Wilson’s Church Indicted on Possession of Child Pornography, By Josh Shepherd, The Roys Report [Chicago IL], (May 4, 2022)
Abuse allegations against KCK priest found ‘unsubstantiated’ after independent review, By Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star [Kansas City MO], (May 4, 2022)
Archbishop opens heart to residential school survivors, By John Longhurst, Winnipeg Free Press [Winnipeg MB, Canada], (May 4, 2022)
Prominent figure in Catholic community jailed 5 years for sex offences against 2 teenage boys, By Davina Tham, Channel News Asia (CNA) [Queenstown, Singapore], (May 5, 2022)
German bishop suspends sainthood cause for founder of Schonstatt movement, By Catholic News Service, Crux [Denver CO], (May 5, 2022)
Vatican exonerates Cardinal Woelki in financial investigation, By Catholic News Service, Crux [Denver CO], (May 5, 2022)
We are all about loving the lost but we’re not taking care of the found, By Claire Rogers, Eternity News [North Sydney, NSW, Australia], (May 5, 2022)
Jesuits suspend prominent Chilean priest pending abuse investigation, By Catholic News Service, National Catholic Reporter [Kansas City MO], (May 5, 2022)
Priest wins defamation case over claim of Gozo ‘sex abuse cover-up’, By Matthew Xuereb, Times of Malta, (May 5, 2022)
Member of Catholic order in S’pore who committed sex acts on two teenage boys jailed 5 years, By Samuel Devaraj, The Straits Times [Singapore], (May 5, 2022)
Switzerland: Ecclesiastical Resistance in the Diocese of Chur, FSSPX.News - Communication Agency of the Society of St. Pius X [Paris, France], (May 4, 2022)
California Catholic bishops ask Supreme Court to review case challenging statute of limitations, By Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service - Missouri School of Journalism [Columbia MO], (May 5, 2022)
Statement regarding Father Benedict Jurchak, T.O.R., Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular of St. Francis, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus [Loretto PA], (May 3, 2022)
5 Former Capital Christian School Students Accuse Teacher Of Abuse, Say School Covered It Up, By Olivia Cavallaro, Christianity Daily [Los Angeles CA], (May 5, 2022)
Franciscan T.O.R removed from chaplaincy at D.C. Veteran’s home, SNAP - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [Chicago IL], (May 5, 2022)
Former Franciscan clergyman removed from ministry for sexual misconduct allegations, By Corrine Hackathorn, WTRF-TV [Wheeling WV], (May 5, 2022)

May 6, 2022

Capuchin Province clears Kansas priest of allegation, By Laura McMillan, KSNT-TV [Topeka KS], (May 5, 2022)
Bishop McManus: “He tapped me on the cheek and said, ‘Be a good bishop.”, By Jim Graves, Catholic World Report [San Francisco CA], (May 5, 2022)
Spanish bishops refuse to participate in State-run sex abuse inquiry, By Juliette Paquier, La Croix International [France], (May 4, 2022)
Legal loophole in MA leaves teens vulnerable to sexual predators, By Victoria Price, WHDH-TV, Ch. 7 [Boston MA], (May 5, 2022)
Newcastle priest took his own life after learning of ‘historic allegation’, By Patrick Gouldsbrough, Northern Echo [Darlington, England], (May 6, 2022)
Las Vegas ex-pastor, teacher pleads guilty in child sex case, Associated Press [New York NY], (May 4, 2022)
Word on Fire and the limits of canon law, By JD Flynn, The Pillar [Washington DC], (May 5, 2022)
Statement from Word on Fire, Word on Fire [Park Ridge IL], (May 2, 2022)

May 7, 2022

Singapore archbishop apologizes after Catholic jailed for sex abuse, By UCA News reporter, Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News) [Hong Kong], (May 6, 2022)
Ex-CCSD teacher pleads guilty to lewdness charge, By Katelyn Newberg , Las Vegas Review-Journal [Las Vegas, NV], (May 4, 2022)
What they wore: Amish Country exhibit spotlights sex abuse, By Peter Smith, Associated Press [New York NY], (May 6, 2022)
Former Journey Church Workers Accused Of Abusing Children, By Anton Carillo, Christianity Daily [Los Angeles CA], (May 6, 2022)
Former Detroit pastor sentenced in sexual assault, By Sarah Rahal, Detroit News [Detroit MI], (May 5, 2022)
Sheriff: 66-year-old pastor arrested on child sexual abuse charges involving minor under 15, By Jordan Gartner, WSAZ News Channel-3 [Huntington, WV], (May 5, 2022)
UPDATE: At Vatican trial, Cardinal Becciu returns to testify, By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Agency - EWTN [Denver CO], (May 5, 2022)
Cardinal Pell highlights ‘somewhat incomplete’ account given by Cardinal Becciu at Vatican finance trial, By Carl Bunderson, Catholic News Agency - EWTN [Denver CO], (May 6, 2022)
Mary Alexander & Associates Files California Clergy Abuse Lawsuit, By Mary Alexander & Associates , PR Newswire [New York, NY], (May 5, 2022)
Surprising Secrecy in the Denver Archdiocese, By Admin, The Roys Report [Chicago IL], (May 6, 2022)

May 8, 2022

Bid to influence witness: Priest discharged in nun rape case, New Indian Express [Chennai, India], (May 8, 2022)
‘VOYEURISM’: Priest appears in court accused of spying on person for sexual thrills, By Paul Higgins, Sunday World [Dublin, Ireland], (May 7, 2022)
Forgiveness and Accountability: Looking at the John MacArthur Scandal, By Connor Brennan, Patheos [Englewood CO], (May 7, 2022)
Child Victims Act sunsets on Dec. 31, By John Crawford, Pasadena Star News [Pasadena CA], (May 7, 2022)
As an editor leaves, a celebration of Buffalo, Buffalo News [Buffalo NY], (May 7, 2022)
What they wore: Amish Country exhibit spotlights sex abuse, By Peter Smith, Associated Press [New York NY], (May 6, 2022)

May 9, 2022

‘Gross breach of trust’: Catholic priest jailed for child sex abuse, By Angie Raphael, News Corp Australia [Sydney, New South Wales, Australia], (May 9, 2022)
Victim wants abuser removed from priest’s circle at Yakima Catholic cemetery, By Joel Donofrio, Yakima Herald-Republic [Yakima WA], (May 9, 2022)
Trinity Screens at the Former House of Affirmation, By Skip Shea, Trinity: The Movie [Worcester MA], (May 9, 2022)
TOR priest allegation shows challenge to resolve ‘boundary’ cases, By Christine Rousselle, The Pillar [Washington DC], (May 6, 2022)

May 10, 2022

Officials across US church, Vatican lament closing of Catholic News Service, By Brian Fraga, National Catholic Reporter [Kansas City MO], (May 10, 2022)
Catholic bishops to SCOTUS: Review CA sex abuse law, By Emily Hoeven, CalMatters [Sacramento CA], (May 10, 2022)
18 Newfoundland churches for sale in St. John’s bankruptcy, The Pillar [Washington DC], (May 9, 2022)
Cost of Germany’s ‘Synodal Way’ remains a mystery, The Pilot - Archdiocese of Boston [Boston MA], (May 9, 2022)
Mother Teresa: For the Love of God? review – damning testimony from a killer witness, By Jack Seale, The Guardian [London, England], (May 9, 2022)
Officials across US church, Vatican lament closing of Catholic News Service, By Brian Fraga, National Catholic Reporter [Kansas City MO], (May 10, 2022)

May 11, 2022

WA Catholic priest Richard Doyle handed four-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of young girl, By Joanna Menagh, Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC [Sydney, Australia], (May 8, 2022)
Imagine that you’re a deeply religious young person…., By David Clohessy, DavidClohessy.com [St. Louis MO], (May 10, 2022)
A Big Loss for Catholic Journalism On All Levels, The Tablet [Diocese of Brooklyn NY], (May 10, 2022)
U.S. bishops announce Catholic News Service to cease domestic operations at year’s end, By Catholic News Service, America [New York NY], (May 4, 2022)
Church of Portugal apologizes for sexual abuse of minors, By Malvi, The Rimont [Rimont, FR], (May 11, 2022)
Victim wants abuser removed from priest’s circle at Yakima Catholic cemetery, By Joel Donofrio, Yakima Herald-Republic [Yakima WA], (May 9, 2022)
EU commission proposes plan to fight child pornography, By Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press [New York NY], (May 11, 2022)
The scandal of online sexual abuse of Filipino children, By Father Shay Cullen, Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News) [Hong Kong], (May 4, 2022)
Portuguese commission has received 326 testimonies into church abuse since January, By Ashley Cornell, Spam Chronicles [Walnut Creek, CA], (May 10, 2022)
Catholic Church loses bid to dismiss sexual abuse lawsuit in Kansas, By John O'Brien, Legal News Line [Chicago, IL], (May 4, 2022)
Catholic Church in Louisiana Loses Legal Bid Against Victims of The Church’s Child Sex Crimes, By Richard Windmann, Survivors of Childhood Sex Abuse [Middletown, DE], (May 6, 2022)

May 12, 2022

Former Catholic Priest sentenced to 22 years for sexually abusing minor he met in church, By Rushaad Hayward, WMAR - ABC 2 [Baltimore MD], (May 11, 2022)
Retired Bishop Brom of San Diego dies at 83, Catholic News Service - USCCB [Washington DC], (May 11, 2022)
Catholic Diocese of Buffalo drastically reducing number of priests, Spectrum News [Syracuse NY], (May 11, 2022)
Education coordinator and former Catholic school teacher Lina Costanzo charged with child sex offences, By Claire Campbell, Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC [Sydney, Australia], (May 12, 2022)
Department of the Interior Releases Investigative Report, Outlines Next Steps in Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, By Deb Haaland and Bryan Newland, U.S. Department of the Interior, (May 11, 2022)

May 13, 2022

Pope to visit Canada, part of apology aims for church abuse, By Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press [New York NY], (May 13, 2022)
Portuguese bishops’ leader seeks forgiveness from abuse victims, Catholic News Service - USCCB [Washington DC], (May 12, 2022)
Convicted ex-friar won’t be tried in 2nd sex abuse case, Associated Press [New York NY], (May 12, 2022)
German bishops’ president asserts ‘the need to develop the Church’s teaching’, Catholic News Agency - EWTN [Denver CO], (May 12, 2022)
Basilica bidders hope to preserve culture, faith amid church bankruptcy, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) [Toronto, Canada], (May 13, 2022)
Why is the church failing in the West?, By Thomas Reese, Catholic News Service - USCCB [Washington DC], (May 13, 2022)
Jail Birds – A history of incarcerated cardinals, By Michelle La Rosa, The Pillar [Washington DC], (May 12, 2022)
Report identifies abuses of Native American children in U.S. boarding schools, some run by Catholics, By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service - USCCB [Washington DC], (May 12, 2022)

May 14, 2022

End statute of limitations on civil child sex abuse claims, Iowa Democrats say, By Erin Murphy, The Gazette [Cedar Rapids IA], (May 10, 2022)
Pope Francis will travel to Canada in July to visit Indigenous communities, By Christopher White, National Catholic Reporter [Kansas City MO], (May 13, 2022)
Bishop to step down as abuse spokesman for German bishops’ conference, By Catholic News Service, National Catholic Reporter [Kansas City MO], (May 13, 2022)
Catholic priest sanctioned after confessing to sexually abusing child, By News Agency of Nigeria, Peoples Gazette [Abuja, NG], (May 12, 2022)
After more than 30 years, this clergy abuse survivor is finally being heard, By Karin Olafson, Broadview [Toronto, Ontario, Canada], (May 12, 2022)
Apology for past abuse expected during pope’s visit to Canada, By Elise Ann Allen, Crux [Denver CO], (May 14, 2022)
Minnesota Catholics examine church’s role in Indian boarding schools, By Maria Wiering, Crux [Denver CO], (May 14, 2022)
UPDATE: Vatican confirms pope will visit Indigenous in Canada in late July, By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service - USCCB [Washington DC], (May 13, 2022)
Benton Harbor pastor charged with criminal sexual conduct appears in court, By 16 News Now, WNDU-TV [South Bend IN], (May 11, 2022)
U.S. counts Indian boarding school deaths for first time but leaves key questions unanswered, By Graham Lee Brewer, NBC News [New York NY], (May 11, 2022)
Letter: Church offers callous response to a reasonable request, By David G. Clohessy, Yakima Herald-Republic [Yakima WA], (May 14, 2022)
Hundreds of children died in Native American boarding schools, report finds, By Shawna Chen, Axios [Arlington VA], (May 11, 2022)

May 15, 2022

Chilean bishop facing misconduct, abuse allegations leaves country, By Inés San Martín, Crux [Denver CO], (May 15, 2022)
Child abuse spreads like the coronavirus, By Fr. Shay Cullen, Manila Times [Manila, Philippines], (May 15, 2022)
In tiny Malta, the Catholic Church still has a shot at getting secularism right, By John L. Allen Jr., Crux [Denver CO], (May 15, 2022)
US finds 500 Native American boarding school deaths so far, By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press [New York NY], (May 11, 2022)
Burin Peninsula Catholics were already unsettled over insolvency. Now they’re losing their priest, By Terry Roberts, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) [Toronto, Canada], (May 11, 2022)
Player Alleges Sexual Abuse by Teammates on Elite Catholic Prep School’s Football Program, By Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast [New York NY], (May 9, 2022)
Mater Dei athlete told police that teammates sexually assaulted him, By Scott Reid and Tony Saavedra, Daily Bulletin [Ontario CA], (May 9, 2022)
Exorcists, Abusers, and When Catholic History is Horror, By Matthew J. Cressler, The Revealer - Center for Religion and Media at New York University [New York NY], (May 10, 2022)
Victims Are Not Guilty! Spiritual Abuse and Ecclesiastical Responsibility, By Samuel Fernández, Religions [Basel, Switzerland], (May 9, 2022)

May 16, 2022

By overturning Roe, the Supreme Court delivers for the Catholic Church, By Joan Vennochi, Boston Globe, (May 10, 2022)
Professor gets new job after pedophilia research caused stir, Associated Press [New York NY], (May 14, 2022)
Former priest accused of sexual abuse against minors, By Richard Roman, WTEN, ABC-10[Albany NY], (May 15, 2022)
Albany diocese priest put on ‘credibly accused’ list, By Lauren Stanforth, Times Union [Albany NY], (May 15, 2022)
Qué hizo el Vaticano con las denuncias contra el obispo Roncagliolo?, By Catalina Batarce and Juan Manuel Ojeda, La Tercera [Las Condes, Santiago, Chile], (May 16, 2022)
Two graduate from Jesuit Dallas 40 years after priest sex abuse, By Krista M. Torralva, Dallas Morning News, (May 16, 2022)
Late Edmundston priest accused of sexually assaulting mother and son for 10 years, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) [Toronto, Canada], (May 16, 2022)

May 17, 2022

Report finds government abuse of indigenous children, By Alexandra Limon, WRIC - ABC 8 [Richmond VA], (May 11, 2022)
New Report Details ‘Forced Family Separation’ at US Indian Boarding Schools, By Emily Miller, The Roys Report [Chicago IL], (May 11, 2022)
Calls for the Queen to say sorry over major church child abuse scandal in Canada, By Russell Myers, Daily Mirror [London, England], (May 17, 2022)
Archdiocese lawyer gives judge upbeat assessment of possible settlement , By Rick Ruggles, Santa Fe New Mexican, (May 16, 2022)
Former minister breaks silence on child-abuse reports: ‘A lot of ugly in Trinidad and Tobago’, By Clint Chan Tack , Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, (May 16, 2022)
US report details church-state collusion on Native schools, By Peter Smith, Associated Press [New York NY], (May 14, 2022)
Settlement reached in archdiocese bankruptcy case, By Colleen Heild, Albuquerque Journal [Albuquerque NM], (May 17, 2022)
Catholic school in Mississippi Delta closing after 70 years, Associated Press [New York NY], (May 17, 2022)
Vermont Catholic Diocese settles sex abuse lawsuit targeting South Burlington priest, By Melissa Cooney, WCAX [South Burlington VT], (May 17, 2022)
Chicago Archdiocese settles with sex abuse victim for $1.2M, By Timothy H.J. Nerozzi, WFLD - Fox 32 [Chicago IL], (May 17, 2022)