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August 1, 2022

Albany bishop to ‘walk with’ alleged clergy abuse victim, By Brendan J. Lyons, Times Union [Albany NY], (July 26, 2022)
Man who settled sex abuse case with Albany Diocese met bishop before Sunday Mass, By Jonathan Hunter, WNYT-TV [Albany NY], (July 31, 2022)
Francis Calls Abuse of Indigenous People in Canada a ‘Genocide’, By Jason Horowitz, New York Times, (July 30, 2022)
Supreme Judicial Court allows Bishop Weldon abuse lawsuit to move forward, By Larry Parnass, The Berkshire Eagle [Pittsfield MA], (July 29, 2022)
In Chile, five women lead the Church’s anti-clerical abuse campaign, By Inés San Martín, Crux [Denver CO], (July 30, 2022)

August 2, 2022

‘Last Chance’ for Mass. Lawmakers to Ban NDAs This Year, By Mary Markos, WBTS - NBC 10 [Boston MA], (July 29, 2022)
When Abuse Occurs in a Sacramental Context, By Emily Hess, Crisis Magazine [Manchester NH], (August 1, 2022)
Group’s report card shows many dioceses failing in financial transparency, By Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service - USCCB [Washington DC], (August 1, 2022)
‘We heard nothing’: Cape Broyle community group blindsided by sale of local Catholic church and scrambling to save it, By Evan Careen, Saltwire Network [Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada], (August 2, 2022)
Priest accused of asking inappropriate questions has new post at Narragansett parish, By Antonia Noori Farzan, Providence Journal [Providence RI], (August 2, 2022)
The Catholic doctrine of discovery is already null and void, By Brendan Steven, The Hub [Toronto, Ontario, Canada], (August 2, 2022)

August 3, 2022

Bishop accused in lawsuit of abusing child decades ago, Detroit Free Press [Detroit MI], (August 2, 2022)
Survivors of abuse in Catholic Church demand attorney general release findings, By Ava-joye Burnett, WJZ-TV - CBS 2 [Baltimore MD], (August 2, 2022)
Francis in Canada: Trip shows tenacity of Canada’s Indigenous and pope, By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service - USCCB [Washington DC], (August 3, 2022)
Maryland’s clergy sex abuse investigation lacks results, survivors say, By Bruce DePuyt, Maryland Matters [Takoma Park MD], (August 2, 2022)
Attorney who represented church abuse victims defends state’s YDC settlement plan, By Annmarie Timmins, New Hampshire Bulletin [Concord NH], (August 3, 2022)
Bishop accused in lawsuit of abusing child decades ago, By Mark Pratt, Associated Press [New York NY], (August 2, 2022)
Regarding the Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Archbishop Paul Russell, Archdiocese of Detroit [Detroit MI], (August 2, 2022)
Attorney Garabedian calls for investigation into Fr. Eric Silva following reassignment, By Hector Molina, WLNE-TV, ABC-6 [Providence RI], (August 3, 2022)

August 4, 2022

Chile’s Catholics see chasm separating hierarchy from increasingly hostile laity, By Inés San Martín, Crux [Denver CO], (August 4, 2022)
“Call Bethel”: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Sexual Abuse. 4. The Montana Case, By Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter - Center for Studies on New Religions [Torino, Italy], (August 4, 2022)
Knoxville diocese fought to name plaintiff in rape cover-up suit, The Pillar [Washington DC], (August 3, 2022)
Between the faithful and predators, does the pope’s apology bring a new hope, By Mr. Lalu, Avenue Mail [Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India], (August 3, 2022)

August 5, 2022

Canada requests extradition of French priest accused of child abuse, Agence France Presse [Paris, France], (August 5, 2022)
Portugal cardinal meets pope as sex abuse allegations swirl, By Barry Hatton, Associated Press [New York NY], (August 5, 2022)
Albany Bishop talks Diocese response to sex abuse suits, By Liz Bishop, WRGB - CBS 6 [Albany NY], (August 4, 2022)
Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen, By Michael Rezendes, Associated Press [New York NY], (August 5, 2022)
Statement on the Assignment of Fr. Eric Silva, Diocese of Providence RI, (August 5, 2022)
Tobin Rescinds Priest Assignment After GoLocal Report, GoLocalProv [Providence RI], (August 5, 2022)

August 6, 2022

Pope Francis was not fully briefed prior to Canadian visit, By Thomas Reese, Religion News Service, National Catholic Reporter [Kansas City MO], (August 5, 2022)
Detroit auxiliary bishop denies allegation of sexually abusing minor, By Carl Bunderson, Shannon Mullen, Catholic News Agency - EWTN [Denver CO], (August 2, 2022)
Portugal’s Catholic Church child sex-abuse scandal deepens, By Natasha Donn, Portugal Resident [Lagoa, Portugal], (August 5, 2022)
4 takeaways from AP’s Mormon church sex abuse investigation, By Michael Rezendes, Associated Press [New York NY], (August 4, 2022)
Church responds to AP story on abuse of a child and reporting hotline, By Tad Walch, Deseret News [Salt Lake City, UT], (August 5, 2022)
Chicago Archdiocese settles sex abuse case for $1.75 million, By Mitch Dudek , Chicago Sun-Times, (August 5, 2022)
Protestors want former Barrington priest investigated amid allegations, By Joanna Bouras, NBC 10 News, WJAR-TV, NBC-10 [Providence RI], (August 5, 2022)
Diocese defends transfer of priest to Narragansett, By Ryan Blessing, Staff Writer, The Independent [Narragansett, RI], (August 4, 2022)
Diocese rescinds appointment of Father Eric Silva to Narragansett amid controversy, By Antonia Noori Farzan, Providence Journal [Providence RI], (August 5, 2022)
Two-year-old lawsuit accusing Theodore McCarrick of repeatedly raping boy still pending in NJ, By Shannon Mullen, Catholic News Agency - EWTN [Denver CO], (August 5, 2022)
Bishop Should Suspend Silva and Neronha Must Investigate – McKiernan of BishopAccountability, By Terence McKiernan, President and Co-Director, BishopAccountability, Guest MINDSETTER™, GoLocalProv [Providence RI], (August 6, 2022)
Pine Ridge council votes to exclude missionary from tribal lands, By Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today [Phoenix, AZ], (August 5, 2022)

August 7, 2022

LDS Church slams AP story as ‘mischaracterizing’ help line given to leaders to report abuse, By Tamarra Kemsley and Peggy Fletcher Stack, Salt Lake Tribune [Salt Lake City UT], (August 5, 2022)
Stephen Rowland: Always take allegations of sexual abuse seriously, By Stephen Rowland, Columbia Daily Herald [Columbia, TN], (August 6, 2022)
Roman stunner: More or less, the Vatican tells the truth about its money, By John L. Allen Jr., Crux [Denver CO], (August 7, 2022)
Pope Francis’ apology to Indigenous Canadians opened door to reconciliation, By Kevin P. Considine, National Catholic Reporter [Kansas City MO], (August 2, 2022)
The pope’s apology tour has some conspicuous gaps — let’s start with Junipero Serra, By Patty Krawec, Religion News Service - Missouri School of Journalism [Columbia MO], (July 29, 2022)

August 8, 2022

Victim of clergy abuse asks Catholic church leaders for transparency, By Jana DeCamilla, Post-Star [Glen Falls NY], (August 6, 2022)
Harrisburg Diocese reaches settlement with clergy abuse survivors, WGAL-TV, NBC-8 [Lancaster PA], (August 5, 2022)
Sexual abuse survivors call for answers amid probe into Catholic Church in Baltimore, By Deena Zaru, ABC News [New York City NY], (August 3, 2022)
Theodore McCarrick Abuse Lawsuit Still Pending in New Jersey, By Shannon Mullen, National Catholic Register - EWTN [Irondale AL], (August 6, 2022)
A Nicaraguan priest is accused of abusing a minor. Human rights activists aren’t convinced., By Edgar Beltrán, The Pillar [Washington DC], (August 1, 2022)
Priest accused of sex assault against children in Glasgow, BBC [London, England], (August 4, 2022)
Priest accused of sexual conduct towards four girls at two Glasgow churches, By Connor Gordon, Glasgow Live [Glasgow, Scotland, UK], (August 4, 2022)
Perspective: I survived abuse. I worked for the church’s help line. The AP story broke my heart, By Kate Taylor Lauck, Deseret News [Salt Lake City, UT], (August 6, 2022)
Mormon church issues vague rebuttal on sex abuse hotline, By Erin Alberty, Axios [Arlington VA], (August 8, 2022)

August 9, 2022

Catholic Diocese Bankruptcies Drag On as Insurers Fight Rising Costs of Sex-Abuse Claims, By Soma Biswas, Wall Street Journal [New York NY], (August 4, 2022)
Potential class-action lawsuit in B.C. alleges abuse at Catholic schools, By Jeremy Hainsworth, Richmond News [Richmond, British Columbia, Canada], (August 8, 2022)
German bishop, accused of abuse, found to have helped wanted pedophile priests escape to Latin America, By AC Wimmer, Catholic World Report [San Francisco CA], (August 8, 2022)
Indigenous Canadian victim of Catholic Church recounts horrific ordeal at residential school, By Seyit Aydogan, Anadolu Agency [Ankara, Turkey], (August 8, 2022)
Deutsche Bischofskonferenz und Adveniat veröffentlichen unabhängige Untersuchung der Akten der Koordinationsstelle Fidei Donum, Deutsche Bischofskonferenz - German Bishops' Conference [Bonn, Germany], (August 8, 2022)
India’s Cardinal Gracias denies reports he intervened in accused bishop’s case, By Sarah Mac Donald , National Catholic Reporter [Kansas City MO], (August 9, 2022)
Commentary: Parishioners in R.I. deserve transparency about removal of Catholic priest, By Stephen Brophy and Christina Brophy, Boston Globe, (August 8, 2022)
Why all the people of God must take some responsibility for clericalism, By Hatty Calbus, The Tablet [Market Harborough, England], (August 8, 2022)
Namenscodierungen, Tarnadressen, Schecks: Bischof schützte Missbrauchstäter vor Strafverfolgung, By Annette Langer, Der Spiegel [Hamburg, Germany], (August 8, 2022)
Bishop Libasci sex abuse lawsuit stalled over bankruptcy, By Damien Fisher, InDepthNH.org - New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism [Barrington NH], (August 5, 2022)
Survivors release video with new recordings of AG Kaul and staff, Nate's Mission [Milwaukee WI], (July 27, 2022)
Detroit Archbishop Accused of Abusing a Minor in Massachusetts Parish, By Joseph H. Saunders, Los Angeles Legal Examiner - Saunders & Walker [Pinellas Park FL], (August 9, 2022)

August 10, 2022

Polish bishop accused of sexually abusing child in hospital bed denies wrongdoing, Notes from Poland [Kraków, Poland], (August 9, 2022)
Another red hat for a McCarrick ally, By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture - Trinity Communications [San Diego CA], (August 9, 2022)
Church is challenged to end trafficking, child abuse, By Father Shay Cullen, Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News) [Hong Kong], (August 9, 2022)
Hearing pain of Canada school survivors felt like slaps, pope says, By Philip Pullella, Reuters [London, England], (August 3, 2022)
Former FBI Child Sex Abuse Expert on What Parents Should Know About “Grooming”, By GoLocalProv news team, GoLocalProv [Providence RI], (August 7, 2022)
The Catholic Church is at a crossroads: Will it choose renewal or decline?, By John Kenneth White, The Hill, (August 9, 2022)
Convicted Sex Offender Pursuing Ministry Training at Southern Baptist Schools, By Kim Roberts, The Roys Report [Chicago IL], (August 8, 2022)
Barber names abuse task force members, By Scott Barkley, Baptist Press [Nashville TN], (August 8, 2022)

August 11, 2022

The Pope’s Non-Apology to Indigenous Canadians Furthers a History of Abuse, By Lori Campbell, Yes! [Poulsbo WA], (August 5, 2022)
Polish church official: State commission can’t access abuse documents, By Jonathan Luxmoore, Crux [Denver CO], (August 10, 2022)
Sex abuse case against retired priest dropped by Allegheny County DA’s office, By Paula Reed Ward, Tribune-Review [Pittsburgh PA], (August 10, 2022)
Remains of Jesuit Priest Removed from Kahnawake Church Grounds, iHeart Radio [San Antonio TX], (August 10, 2022)
Jana Riess: How Latter-day Saints are addressing sex abuse: Too little, too late, By Jana Reiss, Religion News Service, Salt Lake Tribune [Salt Lake City UT], (August 11, 2022)
German Catholics want expanded lay roles, greater tolerance for dissent, By Elise Ann Allen, Crux [Denver CO], (August 11, 2022)
‘We will die first’ – religious abuse survivors speak up after exclusion from government payouts, By Steve Kilgallon, Stuff [Wellington, New Zealand], (August 11, 2022)
Opinion: Still no progress on statute of limitations reform for sex abuse victims, By Theresa Dinwiddie-Herrmann, Cincinnati Enquirer / cincinnati.com, (August 7, 2022)
Judge rules accused priest Bialkowski can control widow’s $2 million estate, By Charlie Specht, Buffalo News [Buffalo NY], (August 11, 2022)

August 12, 2022

Catholic Church’s Redress Not Fit For Purpose, Scoop [Wellington, New Zealand], (August 12, 2022)
Former students of Saskatoon school allege sexual abuse in $25M legal claim, By Chandra Philip, CTV Television Network [Toronto, Canada], (August 12, 2022)
Former Chilliwack Catholic priest accused of raping a boy in the 1970s, By Paul Henderson, Peace Arch News [Surrey, B.C., Canada], (August 11, 2022)
Rep. Lyman proposes requiring Utah clergy to report child abuse, By Daniel Woodruff, KUTV, CBS-2 [Salt Lake City UT], (August 12, 2022)
N. Attleborough Priest Placed on Administrative Leave Amid Investigation Into Alleged Misconduct, By Matt Fortin , WBTS - NBC 10 [Boston MA], (August 12, 2022)
North Attleborough Priest Placed on Administrative Leave, Diocese of Fall River [Fall River MA], (August 7, 2022)
Indigenous Residential School Survivors Recall Stories of Abuse Following Pope Francis’ Visit, By Johanna Li, Inside Edition [New York NY], (August 12, 2022)
Diocese nixes plan to transfer controversial priest, By Ryan Blessing, The Independent [Narragansett, RI], (August 12, 2022)

August 13, 2022

Calls for changes to New Zealand law after rapist claims sex with 12-year-old ‘consensual’, By Tess McClure, The Guardian [London, England], (August 12, 2022)
Mormon lawmaker pushes abuse reporting reform in Utah, By Brady McCombs, Associated Press [New York NY], (August 12, 2022)
Utah GOP lawmaker wants to require clergy to report child abuse, By Bryan Schott, Salt Lake Tribune [Salt Lake City UT], (August 12, 2022)
Two Utah lawmakers seek to end ‘clergy exception’ to child abuse reporting, By Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News [Salt Lake City, UT], (August 12, 2022)
Southern Baptists say they face U.S. federal probe after sex abuse claims, By Reuters, Reuters [London, England], (August 12, 2022)
Southern Baptist abuse claims under DoJ investigation, BBC [London, England], (August 13, 2022)
Former Plover youth pastor to be charged with child sexual assault, By Heather Poltrock and Emily Davies, WSAW [Wausau, WI], (August 10, 2022)
Catholic priest arrested for sexually harassing 3 school girls in TN, By Maha Krishnan, Hindu Post [New Delhi, IN], (August 11, 2022)
Indian cardinal denies cover-up to shield bishop charged with fathering a child, By CNA Staff, Catholic News Agency - EWTN [Denver CO], (August 10, 2022)
Victim of Bishop Zanchetta: ‘Don’t turn your back on us; we didn’t deserve such treatment’, By Walter Sanchez Silva, ACI Prensa Staff, Catholic News Agency - EWTN [Denver CO], (August 13, 2022)

August 14, 2022

Southern Baptists say denomination faces DOJ investigation, By Holly Meyer and David Crary, Associated Press [New York NY], (August 12, 2022)
Feds Getting Involved in SBC Investigation, By Eric Scot English, Patheos [Englewood CO], (August 13, 2022)
Road to Healing: Native American communities speak out on past abuse, By Josh Kurman, WWMT-TV [Kalamazoo MI], (August 13, 2022)
Canadian First Nations, Catholic Church Reflect After Papal Visit, Apology, By Craig McCullough, Voice of America [Washington DC], (August 12, 2022)
Advocate for victims of clergy abuse plans demonstration in North Attleboro, By Tom Reilly, The Sun Chronicle [Attleboro MA], (August 11, 2022)
The Village Church Settles Abuse Complaint, By Emily Belz, Christianity Today [Carol Stream IL], (August 12, 2022)
Department of Justice to investigate Southern Baptist sexual abuse, By Bob Smietana, Religion News Service - Missouri School of Journalism [Columbia MO], (August 12, 2022)
The healing and causes of childhood sexual abuse, By Fr. Shay Cullen, Manila Times [Manila, Philippines], (August 14, 2022)

August 15, 2022

Caso Próvolo: la historia de los abominables abusos sexuales de sacerdotes a niños sordos, By Luis Guerrero, La República [Lima, Peru], (August 13, 2022)
Mass. priest on leave amid investigation into alleged misconduct, By Alexander Newman, WFXT-TV, Fox-25, boston25news.com (Boston MA), (August 13, 2022)
Letter: Catholic Church’s apologies hollow, Times Union [Albany NY], (August 15, 2022)
Ex-Catholic brother faces abuse charges, By Cheryl Goodenough, Brisbane Times [Brisbane, Australia], (August 15, 2022)
Update public on clergy investigation — James Connell, The Journal Times [Racine WI], (August 12, 2022)
Catholic priest arrested for abusing minor boy in Kerala, By Press Trust of India, News9Live [Noida, India], (August 15, 2022)
Independent investigation called for into allegations against Rev. Rodney Thibault, By Max Bowen, North Star Reporter [North Attleborough MA], (August 12, 2022)

August 16, 2022

Report: Catholic clergy’s unquestioned — and uneducated — power spurs abuse, By Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service - Missouri School of Journalism [Columbia MO], (August 15, 2022)
Ex-Catholic brother faces abuse charges, By Laine Clark, Australian Associated Press, South Coast Register [New South Wales, Australia], (August 16, 2022)
Stepping down: Experts draft proposed laws on status of a retired pope, By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service, National Catholic Reporter [Kansas City MO], (August 12, 2022)
Church studying faith-based redress Cabinet paper, CathNews New Zealand [Wellington, New Zealand], (August 15, 2022)
The debate over the Catholicism ‘trend’, By Grayson Quay, The Week [London, England], (August 16, 2022)
Can the Catholic Church claim immunity from abuse lawsuits because it is a charity?, By Paris Alston, Jeremy Siegel, and Daniel Medwed, WGBH Radio - NPR affiliate [Boston MA], (August 16, 2022)