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Pittsburgh Diocesan Lawyer Raises Possibility of Using Needy Children’s Fund to Pay Sexual Abuse Settlements

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An attorney for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh raised the prospect of bankruptcy in a court hearing Friday over whether the church can use a trust fund for needy children, worth more than $8 million, toward compensating victims of sexual abuse by priests. Attorney Robert Ridge said during a hearing in Allegheny County Orphans […]

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Former Franciscan Leaders Face Criminal Charges For Enabling Friar Who Abused More Than 100 Children

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Hours of testimony and legal jousting led to a quick conclusion Wednesday afternoon when a judge ordered three Franciscan priests to stand trial on charges of conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children for their oversight of a sexually abusive friar. Blair County District Judge Paula Aigner made the ruling without elaborating after a prosecutor […]