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September 1, 2021

Diocese of Rockville Centre ceases publication of diocesan magazine and Spanish-language newspaper, Catholic News Service - USCCB [Washington DC], (August 31, 2021)
Audit finds diocese in full compliance with sex abuse Charter, By Patrick Downes, Hawaii Catholic Herald [Diocese of Honolulu HI], (September 1, 2021)
All promise and no delivery: Morrison’s ‘slap in the face’ for sex abuse survivors, By David Hardaker, Crikey [Melbourne, Victoria, Australia], (September 1, 2021)
Independent Probe Clears Bishop DiMarzio of Sexual Abuse Claims, By John Lavenburg, The Tablet [Diocese of Brooklyn NY], (September 1, 2021)

September 2, 2021

Vatican Clears Brooklyn Bishop of Child Abuse Charges From 1970s, By Liam Stack, New York Times, (September 1, 2021)
Bishop DiMarzio cleared by Vatican: Response by BishopAccountability.org, By Anne Barrett Doyle, BishopAccountability.org [Waltham MA], (September 1, 2021)
Vatican exonerates Brooklyn Bishop accused of sexual abuse, By Bobby Caina Calvan, Associated Press [New York NY], (September 1, 2021)
Bishop Libasci Asks Judge to Dismiss Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Him, By Damien Fisher, InDepthNH.org - New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism [Barrington NH], (September 1, 2021)

September 3, 2021

Ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick to be arraigned for past sex assault of teen in Massachusetts court, By Michelle Boorstein and Kurt Shillinger, Washington Post, (September 2, 2021)
Vancouver archdiocese, priest order deny sex abuse allegations, By Jeremy Hainsworth, Vancouver Is Awesome [Vancouver BC, Canada], (September 2, 2021)

September 4, 2021

Pope addresses Vatican reforms aimed at curbing corruption, abuse, By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service - USCCB [Washington DC], (September 1, 2021)
Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick pleads not guilty to sexually abusing teenage boy, By Nate Raymond, Reuters [London, England], (September 3, 2021)
Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges, By Lauren del Valle, CNN [Atlanta GA], (September 3, 2021)
Ex-Cardinal McCarrick, 91, pleads not guilty in sex assault, By Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press [New York NY], (September 3, 2021)
Former Cardinal McCarrick pleads not guilty to sex assault, WCVB - ABC 5 [Boston MA], (September 3, 2021)
Former U.S. Cardinal Faces Sex-Abuse Charges in Court, By Francis X. Rocca, Wall Street Journal [New York NY], (September 3, 2021)
Bail Set at $5,000 for Defrocked Cardinal Facing Sexual Assault Charges in Mass., By Jeff Saperstone, NECN - New England Cable News [Needham MA], (September 3, 2021)
Let Your Voice Be for Victims, By James Grein, Church Militant [Ferndale MI], (September 3, 2021)
Former Cardinal McCarrick Pleaded Not Guilty to Sexual Assault, By Meg Woolhouse and Ari Shapiro, National Public Radio - NPR [Washington DC], (September 3, 2021)

September 5, 2021

Prince Andrew, Bob Dylan, Catholic priests and the Child Victims Act, By Ritu Prasad and Holly Honderich, BBC [London, England], (September 3, 2021)
Scots ex-priest who claims he was sexually abused by Archbishop demands Vatican release secret report, By Gordon Blackstock, Daily Record [Glasgow, Scotland], (September 5, 2021)
The church’s silence is deafening, but these men are righting its wrongs, By Rebecca Turner, Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC [Sydney, Australia], (September 4, 2021)

September 6, 2021

Abusive monks were my model for Judge Dredd, By Catherine Pepinster, The Times [England], (September 5, 2021)
‘Cardinal Keith O’Brien was like God to me. Then he tried to seduce me’: the whistleblower’s tale, By Catherine Deveney, The Guardian [London, England], (September 5, 2021)
It’s high time Indian religious sisters broke their silence, By Myron Pereira, Union of Catholic Asian News [Hong Kong], (September 6, 2021)
McCarrick sued for abuse in two new N.J. lawsuits, Essex News Daily [Union NJ], (September 5, 2021)
Inquest into murder of Maria James hears DNA evidence not found on rediscovered evidence, By Rachael Brown for Trace, Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC [Sydney, Australia], (September 6, 2021)

September 7, 2021

Catholic priest charged with rape still going to trial Oct. 5, By Jessica Hill, Cape Cod Times [Hyannis MA], (August 31, 2021)
GU commission releases report on Catholic sexual abuse crisis, By Asher Ali, Devan Iyomasa, The Gonzaga Bulletin [Spokane WA], (September 1, 2021)
In McCarrick arraignment, activists see new phase in accountability push, By John Lavenburg, Crux [Denver CO], (September 4, 2021)
We owe it to clerical abuse survivors to read the whole story, By Nicole Perone, U.S. Catholic - Claretian Publications [Chicago IL], (September 3, 2021)
Report finds ‘shocking’ failings over child sex abuse, U.S. Catholic - Claretian Publications [Chicago IL], (September 2, 2021)
Bishop Resigns Amid Reported Relationship With Writer of Erotic Novels, By Anders Anglesey, Newsweek [New York NY], (September 6, 2021)
Fresno Catholic Diocese speaks out on resignation, abuse allegations against former priest, By Alyssa Flores, KFSN-TV, ABC-30 [Fresno CA], (September 7, 2021)
Santa Fe archdiocese denies it told principal not to report alleged sex abuse, By Rick Ruggles, Santa Fe New Mexican, (September 6, 2021)
Why the Catholic Church can’t put the clergy sex abuse scandal behind it, By Joan Vennochi, Boston Globe, (September 7, 2021)
Fresno Bishop: Bakersfield Priest Allegedly Abused 7 Minors, By Christine Niles, Church Militant [Ferndale MI], (September 6, 2021)
Spanish bishop allegedly stepped down because of relationship with novelist, By Inés San Martín, Crux [Denver CO], (September 7, 2021)
Letter to the editor: Sen. Kim Ward denying victims justice, By Marci Hamilton, Tribune-Review [Pittsburgh PA], (September 5, 2021)
Fresno bishop’s letter to parishioners about former priest Craig Harrison, By Bishop Joseph V. Brennan, D.D., Church Militant [Ferndale MI], (September 6, 2021)

September 8, 2021

SNAP applauds a courageous Catholic survivor, demands that her abuser be included on Diocesan lists, SNAP - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [St. Louis MO], (August 31, 2021)
Task force to weigh in on handling of clergy abuse reports by Springfield diocese, By Larry Parnass, The Berkshire Eagle [Pittsfield MA], (September 7, 2021)
‘Procession’: Film Review | Telluride 2021, By Lovia Gyarkye, Hollywood Reporter [Los Angeles CA], (September 3, 2021)
Letter: Hubbard’s commentary ‘rings dreadfully hollow’, By David Clohessy, Times Union [Albany NY], (August 30, 2021)
Albany diocese sends child sex abuse cases to review board, By Michelle Del Rey, Times Union [Albany NY], (August 29, 2021)
Another Voice: Buffalo bishop must show true remorse to victims of abuse, By Michael Taheri, Buffalo News [Buffalo NY], (September 7, 2021)
These 15 prominent S.I. figures, accused of sex-abuse, illustrate the scope of the Child Victims Act here, By Joseph Ostapiuk, Staten Island Advance [Staten Island NY], (September 5, 2021)
‘I guess it’s closure’: $1m settlement for victim of clerical abuse, By Cameron Houston, The Age [Melbourne, Australia], (September 8, 2021)
Vatican changed in tone, but not substance – Spotlight lawyer, Radio New Zealand [Wellington, New Zealand], (September 8, 2021)
Santa Fe man potentially linked to two cases of child sexual abuse, By Guili Frendak, KOB-TV [Albuquerque NM], (September 7, 2021)
‘There’s no escape’: Memories of being raped by Catholic priest haunt Columbus man, By Danae King, Columbus Dispatch [Columbus OH], (September 8, 2021)

September 9, 2021

In the wake of abuse: 46 pages doesn’t answer our questions, By Dawson Neely, The Gonzaga Bulletin [Spokane WA], (September 8, 2021)
Sinéad O’Connor knows exactly who she is, By Jessica Mesman, The Christian Century [Chicago IL], (September 9, 2021)
Report details ways to improve Springfield Diocese response to clergy abuse, By Larry Parnass, The Berkshire Eagle [Pittsfield MA], (September 8, 2021)
Report on Springfield diocese calls for changes, sees progress in handling of sex abuse claims, By Brian Steele, Daily Hampshire Gazette [Hampshire MA], (September 8, 2021)
Pope promotes theologian-priest who once testified against abusive mentor, By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service, National Catholic Reporter [Kansas City MO], (September 8, 2021)
Diocese vows to be timely, transparent in sex abuse cases, Associated Press [New York NY], (September 8, 2021)
COLLARED: Woman celebrates after priest who abused her 40 years ago finally found guilty, By Hugh Jordan, Sunday World (Ireland), (September 8, 2021)
Here’s what Pa. lawmakers aren’t coming back early to fix | Thursday Morning Coffee, By John L. Micek, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, (September 9, 2021)
Church leaders express regret after falsely accused Irish priest takes his life, By Nick Bramhill, IrishCentral [New York NY], (September 8, 2021)
Chicago-area priest cleared of child sex abuse allegation, Associated Press [New York NY], (September 9, 2021)

September 10, 2021

Law School Launches New Initiative on Restorative Justice and Healing, By Carrie Hilger, University of St. Thomas School of Law [Minneapolis MN], (September 9, 2021)
Synod hears calls for ‘radical revision’ of Canon Law, By Sarah MacDonald, The Tablet [Market Harborough, England], (September 9, 2021)
Law firm starts database of Catholic child abuse, By Cara Chapman, Adirondack Daily Enterprise [Saranac Lake NY], (April 8, 2021)
DA drops sex abuse case of KCK priest. Trial ‘not in the best interests’ of victim, By July L. Thomas, Kansas City Star [Kansas City MO], (September 9, 2021)
Robert Greene’s ‘Procession’ Examines The Art Of Documentary Collaboration At The Telluride Film Festival, By Monica Castillo, CPR (Colorado Public Radio) [Denver CO], (September 8, 2021)
Gay priest ‘relieved’ at dropping of abuse case, By Helen Bruce, Extra.ie [Dublin, Ireland], (September 10, 2021)
Pope Francis promotes priest who denounced pedophilia in Chile’s clergy, By Agence-France Presse, Philippine Daily Inquirer [Makati City, Philippines], (September 9, 2021)
Harrison attorneys respond to bishop’s letter, By Jason Kotowski, KGET - NBC 17 [Bakersfield CA], (September 9, 2021)
Our view: Schools must handle sexual assault allegations better, Santa Fe New Mexican, (September 9, 2021)
Towards the Warsaw Conference: Exchanging experiences together, By Hanna Suchocka, L'Osservatore Romano [Vatican City], (September 10, 2021)
Shawn Vestal: GU report raises important question about Jesuit scandal, then skips an answer, By Shawn Vestal, The Spokesman-Review [Spokane WA], (September 10, 2021)

September 11, 2021

Former North Adams priest added to list of those credibly accused of sexual abuse, By Larry Parnass, The Berkshire Eagle [Pittsfield MA], (September 8, 2021)
Catholic church pays $23.9M to victims sexually abused by priests, The Sun-Gazette [Exeter CA], (September 8, 2021)
How Maryland’s statute of limitations undermines abuse survivors, including in Boy Scouts bankruptcy, By Madeleine O'Neill, USA TODAY NETWORK, The Sun-Gazette [Exeter CA], (September 10, 2021)
Inuit upset ‘devil priest’ isn’t being pursued by federal government, By Kathleen Martens, APTN - Aboriginal Peoples Television Network [Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada], (September 9, 2021)
McAleese speaks of despair at exclusion of lay Catholics from decision-making in Church, By Patsy McGarry, Irish Times [Dublin, Ireland], (September 11, 2021)
Pastor at Lake Zurich school, church reinstated after being cleared in child sex abuse investigation, By WOO-SUNG SHIM , Lake and McHenry County Scanner [Libertyville IL], (September 10, 2021)
Concerned Catholics seek healing path from sexual abuse, By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register [Toronto ON, Canada], (September 10, 2021)
Argentine priest sentenced to 17 years for abuse of minors, By Elise Ann Allen, Crux [Denver CO], (September 10, 2021)
Four priests placed on administrative leave by Bishop Fisher, By Troy Licastro, WIVB [Buffalo NY], (September 10, 2021)
Bishop suspends four priests accused of abuse; allegations were in secret court papers, By Jay Tokasz, Buffalo News [Buffalo NY], (September 10, 2021)
More alumni accuse former Georgetown provost of sexual misconduct, By Tom Jackman, Washington Post, (September 11, 2021)

September 12, 2021

Three Priests With Ties To Area Put On Leave, The Post-Journal [Jamestown NY], (September 11, 2021)
Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s legal fees exceed $2.3 million in bankruptcy case, By Rick Ruggles, Santa Fe New Mexican, (September 10, 2021)
Churchill: Child Victims Act provided window into vast pain, By Chris Churchill, Times Union [Albany NY], (September 11, 2021)
Catholic Church planned to house teen-sexting priest on primary school grounds, By Steve Kilgallon, Stuff [Wellington, New Zealand], (September 12, 2021)

September 13, 2021

Catholic Church sentences priest who they believe abused children to “life of prayer”, By Juwan J. Holmes, LGBTQ Nation [Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada], (September 12, 2021)
‘Come to the Father’: How an Anglican priest groomed and abused a grieving mum, By Kirsty Johnston, Stuff [Wellington, New Zealand], (September 13, 2021)
Gonzaga sex abuse report recommends actions as university faces its own complicity, By Brian Fraga, National Catholic Reporter [Kansas City MO], (September 13, 2021)
Ireland’s break with its Catholic past incomplete, says Sally Rooney, By Derek Scally, Irish Times [Dublin, Ireland], (September 12, 2021)
Polish nun, cardinal who defied communism are beatified, By Vanessa Gera, Associated Press [New York NY], (September 12, 2021)
Father Bob Maguire: The priest who fought the Catholic Church, By Ingeborg van Teeseling, The Big Smoke [Sydney, New South Wales, Australia], (September 13, 2021)
Letter to the Editor: Maryland can help victims of child sex abuse, By Susan Kerin, Washington Post, (September 7, 2021)
Don’t let the government ‘move on’ from residential schools. Vote to stop Canada’s ‘dark history’, By Cindy Blackstock, Global News [Toronto, Canada], (September 10, 2021)
Hearts fill with emotion as children’s spirits return from Kamloops to Splatsin, By Martha Wickett, Salmon Arm Observer [Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada], (September 12, 2021)

September 14, 2021

The Catholic Church and the Art of the Coverup, By Richard Windmann, Big Easy Magazine [New Orleans LA], (September 13, 2021)
Al Shands, Episcopal priest, filmmaker, writer and art connoisseur, dies at 92, By Keith L. Runyon, Courier Journal [Louisville KY], (September 14, 2021)
Deceased Priest Tied Up in LI Home Was Abuser: Lawsuit Alleges, By Lisa Finn, Patch [New York City NY], (September 13, 2021)
Less words, more actions needed to protect minors, By Virginia Saldanha, Union of Catholic Asian News [Hong Kong], (September 14, 2021)
Montreal archbishop’s ombudswoman issues first report on abuse complaints, By Francois Gloutnay, The Catholic Register [Toronto ON, Canada], (September 14, 2021)
No abuse hearing in Dunedin called ‘slap in the face’, By Daisy Hudson, Otago Daily Times [Dunedin, New Zealand], (September 15, 2021)
Victim-centric and Pastoral Authority, By Scot McKnight, Jesus Creed - Christianity Today [Carol Stream IL], (September 14, 2021)
Church Militant sues Baltimore, calls cancellation of Pier Six event free speech infringement, By Fern Shen, Baltimore Brew [Baltimore MD], (September 14, 2021)
The resignation of the Bishop of Broome raises some big questions for the Catholic Church, By Noel Debien, Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC [Sydney, Australia], (September 14, 2021)

September 15, 2021

Five more former students say they were sexually abused at West Essex Middle School, By Kaitlyn Kanzler, The Record [Woodland Park NJ], (September 15, 2021)
Local church teacher, who was assaulted by mother claiming abuse, is cleared of wrongdoing, By Jozsef Papp, Augusta Chronicle [Augusta GA], (September 15, 2021)
Letter to the Editor – No excuses: Report all cases of suspected abuse, By Steven J. Carrillo, Santa Fe New Mexican, (September 14, 2021)
Man who claims paedophile priest Malachy Finnegan abused him at Co Down school to receive five-figure payout, By Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph [Belfast, Northern Ireland], (September 15, 2021)
NSW pedophile priest believed own ‘lies’, By Greta Stonehouse, Seven Network - 7news [Eveleigh, NSW Australia], (September 15, 2021)

September 16, 2021

Archbishops urge California governor to save controversial statue of 18th-century priest, By Dani Anguiano, The Guardian [London, England], (September 15, 2021)
Commentary: A brother’s innocence, and the church’s transgressions, By Michael Wielch, Times Union [Albany NY], (September 16, 2021)
Canada’s extradition process with France over Oblate priest ‘atrocious’, says prof, By Kathleen Martens, APTN - Aboriginal Peoples Television Network [Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada], (September 15, 2021)
Man abused by paedophile priest Malachy Finegan to receive ‘five-figure’ payout, The Irish News [Belfast, Northern Ireland], (September 15, 2021)