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Top Anglican Calls for Lifting Seal of Confessional in Child Abuse Cases
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

He said that the Church of England must break the confidentiality of confession in cases where people disclosed the abuse of children. “If someone tells you a child has been abused, the confession doesn’t seem ...

#WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft Show the Many Faces of Abuse
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 8:42am | Type: Blog

This week, the Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of star running back Ray Rice after video of Rice beating his then-fiancée Janay emerged online. Rice had previously been suspended for two games for the ...

How Should We Respond to the Celebrity Photo Hacks?
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

When I was a university student, more and more people were getting cell phones that had cameras — a trend I only noticed when signs in the women’s locker room went up, warning that using cell phones in that sp ...

On Domestic Violence, the Church Has a Long Way to Go
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 7:07am | Type: Blog

We need both to develop a theology that can lead survivors of abuse to freedom and safety and to increase the day-to-day knowledge of pastors in the complicated but essential role they have when someone in an ...

Vatican Could Face Flood of Torture-related Abuse Lawsuits
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican could face a wave of new sexual abuse claims dating back decades if a United Nations inquiry finds that the Roman Catholic Church has violated an international treaty against torture and inhuman tr ...

Irish Abuse Victim, Boston Cardinal Named to Vatican Sex Abuse Panel
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

An Irish woman who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child is among eight members of a special commission appointed by Pope Francis on Saturday to start the long and arduous process of confronting the church’s ...

UN Panel Blasts Vatican for Sex Abuse policies
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

A United Nations panel on Wednesday blasted the Vatican for protecting itself rather than victims of sexual abuse, and it called on the Holy See to create what it called an “independent mechanism” to investiga ...

Pope Francis Launches Commission to Tackle Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is creating a special commission to deal with the clergy sexual abuse crisis on a global scale, a step that comes amid growing criticism that Francis had not given sufficient attention to the scan ...

Evangelicals Decry ‘Silence’ on Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition decrying the “silence” and “inattention” of evangelical leaders to sexual abuse in their churches. “These events expose the troubling reality that, far too ...

N.J. Priest Faces Judge for Violating Ban on Access to Children
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Wearing a bright orange prison jumpsuit, the priest at the center of the furor in the Archdiocese in Newark made his first court appearance on Tuesday on charges he violated a court-sanctioned lifetime ban on ...

10 Myths of Abuse in the Church
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

As a mental health professional, I have observed that many myths of sexual abuse continue to stand in the way of love and healing for survivors of abuse and the community of faith. ...

Church Whistle-Blowers Join Forces on Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

Priests and nuns have quietly banded together to support victims and speak out against protection of sexual predators in the Roman Catholic Church. A group of priests and nuns, ...

In the Image of God: Sex, Power, and ‘Masculine Christianity’
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Most of us are too familiar with this story: an Upper Midwestern Baptist minister claims that “God made Christianity to have a masculine feel [and] ordained for the church a masculine ministry.” Or a Reformed ...

‘What Is Going On with Men?’ TEDx Speaker Urges Fellow Men to Speak Out Against Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

Who is missing from the slew of headlines this week on kidnappings, gender-based violence, and victims' paths to healing? The perpetrators themselves — which is why this TEDx video is a must-see. ...

'I Believe You:' The Silence and the Shame of Sexual Violence in Church
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Several years ago, Amee Paparella was an eager student at a state university in Ohio. A conservative Christian, she quickly signed up to join the campus ministry. What she found in the group surprised her. “It ...

N.J. Catholics Outraged Over Accused Priest’s Access to Children
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

Amid calls for a Vatican investigation, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is facing fierce criticism for his handling of a priest who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a co ...

Calling of the Shepherd
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis A prayer for the new pope to fulfill, in fresh ways, the promise of Vatican II. WHEN POPE BENEDI ...

Father Benedict Groeschel Leaves Catholic Cable Show After Abuse Remarks
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, a well-known Catholic author and television personality, has given up his longtime spot on the conservative cable network EWTN following comments in which he appeared to defend cle ...

Catholic Bishops Told to Follow Their Own Policies Against Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Amid continuing headlines about cover-ups of child abuse in the Catholic Church, an oversight board of lay Catholics on June 13 warned the nation’s bishops that they must follow their own policies against abus ...

Vatican to Hold Global Summit on Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 02/04/2012 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — Ten years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in the United States, Catholic bishops from all over the world will meet next week at a Vatican summit aimed at preventing abuse and prote ...

Penn State’s Massive Moral Failure to Put The Most Vulnerable First Instead of Last
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

As it was done to them, it was done to Christ himself, the very Son of God. The Penn State story of the sexual abuse of children has just sickened me — as it has many others. I ha ...

The Elephant in the Sanctuary: Women and Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I concluded my celebration of Women's History Month (March) with a sober realization that the abuse of females is inseparable from the study of women's history.</p> ...

Pope Benedict: Greatest Persecution is from Sin Within the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On the papal plane, <em>Shepherd One</em>, en route to Portugal to visit the <a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/portugal/fatima-shrine-of-our-lady-of-fatima" target="_bla ...

Listeners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, at the height of the media coverage of the most recent sex abuse crisis, Father Francis Clooney, a professor at Harvard Divinity School and Director of the Center for the Study of Wor ...

Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger. These are dark days for Catholics and our church. T ...

Open Letter from Hans Kung to Catholic Bishops
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We wanted to make sure that folks saw <a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2010/0416/1224268443283.html" target="_blank">this letter</a> that circulated in the ...

The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the alrea ...

What If Resurrection Is A Choice?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"What if the resurrection was a choice?"</p> "What if the resurrection was a choice?" I was stunned when my professor posed this question in the last ...

Fighting for Their Lives
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 9:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Beatrice Spadacini Women's advocacy groups in Kenya take on the issues that most hit home. Last April, 10 ...

Our Sisters' Anguish
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Toya Richards Congo Sabbath Initiative helps churches stand with rape survivors. On the surface, there’s absol ...

Still Scandalous
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Joe Nangle Has the Catholic Church learned anything? As a Catholic priest, As a Ca ...

Catholic Scandal, Ecumenical Solution
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The whole church must combat sexual misconduct While much recent media hype has focused on ...

The Faith Will Survive
Originally Posted: 05/20/2011 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Joan Chittister The institutional church, on the other hand, is in serious trouble. Here's why. The quest ...

Seeing With One Eye
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joan Chittister Will the pedophilia scandal affect the role of women in the church? A recent editorial cartoon ...

What Must Be Done
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 10:44am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Having a 3-and-a-half-year-old son has made the horrific revelations about the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests ev ...