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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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By Ian Fisher and Laurie Goodstein


Joseph Radzinger, now Pope Benenedict XVI, has given his old job as enforcer and head of  dogma for the Roman Catholic church (formerly known as the 'Pontifical Office For The Inquisition') to an American Arch Bishop who protected the identity of child molesting Roman Catholic clergy.  When Radzinger held the post before becoming pope he reissued the 'Solicitaccionnes Criminale'  directive instructing Bishops to  effectively obstruct justice in the protection of the identity of such pedophiles at the expense of the child victims.

In a world free from the political corruption of justice one must wonder why Radzinger  is not being criminally prosecuted for accessory to obstruct justice. Now  as pope he has given the job  Ã‚  to a colleague who complied with the papal directive.

ROME, May 13 - Pope Benedict XVI named an American archbishop the guardian of church doctrine on Friday, and said he would speed up the process to make his popular predecessor, John Paul II, a saint.

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By Greg Frost BOSTON (Reuters)

The Vatican's decision to let Cardinal Bernard Law lead a funeral Mass for Pope John Paul in come has prompted outrage back home, where the ousted Boston archbishop is seen as a symbol of a pedophile priest scandal.

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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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Sunday, 01 September 2002 00:12

"Better to Marry Than to Burn"

Boston and the Catholic troubles

" Sex, shame and the Catholic Church"  was Newsweek"s cover story for March 4th, 2002, subtitled "and new soul-searching across America."  Hopefully, Roman Catholic teaching on virginity and celibacy would have been exposed and discussed rather than simply a quoting some facts and figures, and who says what, with no reference to the official stand of the Roman Catholic Church. Since what has happened is of a most serious nature, it would be in order that some reference be made to the teaching of the Lord Christ Jesus on the abuse of children. The pastoral teaching of the Apostle Paul regarding marriage and ministry ought also to be brought to bear on the issue.

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Monday, 20 May 2002 00:12

Church Loses the Last Word

By Brian McGrory, Globe Columnist, 5/14/2002

Edward Breen didn't get as far as he did in his 92 years by leaving the details to others, so in the end, in his dying days, he summoned his only daughter to his bedside and told her just how he wanted to go.

He sent her to the cleaners with his best shirt not once, but twice. He picked out his burial suit and adorned it with a matching tie. He asked her to get his good shoes shined, then told her to tuck his favorite socks inside.

Oh, yes, at the funeral, he wanted his daughter, Nancy, to deliver the eulogy, just as she had for her mother four years before. And at the end of the service, he asked that ''Danny Boy'' be sung to the gathered crowd.

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By Darlene Gavron Stevens
Tribune staff reporter
Published August 17, 2002

Attempting to bring hard data to a persistent rumor in the Catholic Church, researchers said Friday in Chicago that more than half of U.S. priests say they perceive a gay subculture in their diocese or religious institute, with 19 percent saying it clearly exists.

The long-standing debate over homosexuality and the priesthood heated up this year as a result of the church's sexual abuse scandal. Bishop Wilton Gregory, leader of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, complained of the church's "ongoing struggle to make sure that the Catholic priesthood is not dominated by homosexual men," and a papal spokesman said people with "these inclinations just cannot be ordained."

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VATICAN CITY (Oct. 17) - The Vatican has rejected some elements of the U.S. Catholic Church's new sex abuse policy and cautioned the American bishops from going ahead with them, Church sources familiar with the response said Thursday.

In particular, the Vatican expressed concern over elements of the proposed policy that would violate the individual rights of accused clerics now protected under universal church law, the sources said.

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