Catholic Priest Wanted in USA and Canada for Child Pornography Hides in Vatican

Monsignor Carlo Capella, a 50-year-old priest and diplomat in the Vatican’s foreign service, is safely hiding in the Vatican, despite two countries that want to arrest him on child pornography charges. Both the US and Canada have issues warrants for the priest’s arrest, but he is untouchable as long as he stays within the walls […]

An Abuse Survivor’s Tale

Peter Marghella, a US Navy medical officer, recalls sitting in his tent in the sweltering heat of Bahrain during the Gulf War, unable to cope with the increasing panic attacks that came over him like tidal waves: I took out the pistol and I cocked it and I put it in my mouth. I was […]

Father Maurice Grammond — Oregon’s Serial Child Sex Predator

We recently filed the latest in a long string of claims against the Portland Archdiocese on behalf of an adult who was sexually abused as a young boy by Fr. Maurice Grammond. Grammond, who spent most of his years as a priest in Seaside, Oregon, has the reputation as Oregon’s most notorious pedophile. It didn’t […]

Dual Roles as Priest and Boy Scout Master Provided Easy Access to Children

Louis Brouillard served as a Catholic priest on the island of Guam from the 1940’s until 1981. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Agana in 1948. During his clerical tenure, he also served as a Boy Scout leader, giving him access to a wide range of children, Catholic and non-Catholic. Brouillard has publicly admitted […]

Sex Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against Catholic Church

In two lawsuits filed today in U.S. District Court in Portland, two brothers, now adults, allege that their Catholic priest sexually abused them when they were children living in St. Paul, Oregon. Father James Harris served as a Catholic priest in the St. Paul Parish in Silverton, Oregon in the mid to late 1960s when […]

Pennsylvania Senate Guts Pro Sex Abuse Victim Bill

Pennsylvania failed victims of child sexual abuse and caved into pressure from the Catholic Church and insurance companies. Faced with the chance to fully reform the state’s statute of limitations for civil claims, the state Senate balked. By a 9-4 vote, the Judiciary Committee of the Pennsylvania State Senate passed an amendment stripping the provision […]

Australian Police Admit Cover-up of Catholic Priest Molesting Boys

A former Australian police officer has testified that his attempts to investigate sexual abuse allegations against a Catholic priest were blocked by police officials. Testifying before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Denis Ryan told the Commission how he had attempted to investigate Monsignor John Day in the 1970’s but was […]

What Went Wrong with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Settlement with Survivors of Sexual Abuse?

In comparison to the other settlements with abuse survivors in Catholic dioceses or archdioceses in bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s settlement is horribly skewed. Victims of priest sex abuse will receive an average of only $44,000 from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy deal after the Church’s lawyers get paid. This is shockingly less than the […]

Investigation Launched Into How Priest Was Able to Abuse Children For Decades

Northern Ireland’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) has launched an inquiry into how Catholic priest Brendan Smyth was able to sexually abuse hundreds of children for more than four decades. Allegations of sexual abuse first surfaced concerning Smyth in 1975. Apparently the Catholic Church conducted “official” investigations as early as 1975. The Church moved Smyth […]

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