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By John R Emshwiller
Wall Street Journal
Thusrday, January 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Federal authorities are investigating the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to see whether top church officials tried to cover up the sexual abuse of minors by priests, said a person familiar with the matter.

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A federal grand jury has issued subpoenas and begun calling witnesses in the probe, which began late last year, said this person. The investigation is still in its early, fact-gathering stage, and it isn't known whether any criminal charges will result.

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By David E. Lister

With the Grand jurors taking their seats to hear testimony against the Archdiocese of Cincinnati relating to their failure to report the misdeeds of priests, the archdiocese quickly sought an to end their legal problems. On November 20, 2003 the Archbishop Daniel E. Pilaczyk appeared before Common Plea Judge Richard Niehaus. Judge Niehaus asked the Archbishop if he understood what he was pleading no contest to. Looking pale, the archbishop stood before the judge and answered, "Right." With that one word answer the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and its Archbishop have brought the Roman Catholic Church to a status of guilty of breaking the law of Ohio and the United States.

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Thursday, 03 May 2007 00:12

US Church Offers Abuse Settlement

BBC News
Published: 2007/01/05 01:52:33 GMT

A Roman Catholic diocese in the US state of Washington has agreed to pay at least $48m (Â £24.7m) as compensation to people abused by priests.

A judge said the plan, designed to lift the Spokane diocese out of bankruptcy, includes non-economic provisions to give victims some "closure".

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Legal battle leads to records release in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- After nearly three years of legal wrangling, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has released information from the personnel files of 126 clergy accused of sexual abuse.

The confidential records show that for more than 75 years the nation's largest archdiocese shipped accused priests between therapy and new assignments, often ignoring parishioners' complaints.

And, in many cases, there was little mention of child molestation. Instead, euphemisms such as "boundary violations" were used to describe the conduct.

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Saturday, 01 March 2003 00:12

Church "Shamed"  Over Sex Abuse

Cardinal Bernard Law was forced to resign at the height of the scandal

More than 4,000 Roman Catholic priests in the US have faced sexual abuse allegations in the last 50 years, a new report commissioned by the Church says.

The figure represents about 4% of clergymen in the US during that time.

More than 10,000 children - a large majority boys - were allegedly abused, but victims' representatives say this appears to be an underestimate.

A separate report described the church leaders' failure to act effectively as "shameful to the church".

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Bishop: 'Very sobering and important milestone'

The survey, to be released February 27, found that children made more than 11,000 allegations of sexual abuse by priests. The 4,450 accused priests represent about 4 percent of the 110,000 priests who served during the 52 years covered by the study.

The report is based on a nationwide survey of church records, and was compiled by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the conference. The bishops' conference commissioned the survey to get a better understanding of the scope of the crisis.

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Sunday, 01 September 2002 00:12

The Abuse That Knows No Gender

The woman called with a tale of abuse by a member of the church, and my mind raced through the reams of horror stories I have read in recent weeks: Priest befriends parish family, grooms the child, then abuses him or her. Silence is kept until years pass and memories surge up " ” and our collective faith is rattled like a loose door in a hurricane.

Almost, the woman told me.

But her abuser was a nun.

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Saturday, 15 February 2003 00:12

Catholic Choirboy Sues Over Sex Abuse

By Bruce MacDougall
February 08, 2003

A CIVIL action for compensation has been launched against the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney over the sexual abuse of a child more than 20 years ago.

The victim, a former choirboy at St Mary's Cathedral, is suing the church and a former choirmaster alleging failure in their duty of care.

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Thursday, 01 January 2004 00:12

Vatican Gives "Pardon"  to Paedophile Priest

Flying in the faces of mounting victims of pedophile within the Catholic Church, three disgraced Melbourne Catholic priests -- a pedophile, a fornicator and a third convicted of violence -- have received a form of pardon from the Vatican in Rome.

This decision overturns former Melbourne Archbishops George Pell decision to remove any form of entitlement these priests receive from the church. As a result of this Vatican decision these priests can now receive about $13000A a year for a living stipend. When asked about being overturned Archbishop Pell referred this to his successor in Melbourne, Archbishop Dennis Hart.

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