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Bishop Bransfield’s Life of Luxury

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New details have emerged about the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by disgraced Bishop Michael Bransfield. Bransfield spent nearly one million dollars on private jets and over $660,000 on airfare and hotels during his 13 years as bishop of his former diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. A new investigation by the Washington Post, published Sept. 12, reported that during […]

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Missouri Attorney General Refers 12 Catholic Ex-Clergy for Sex Abuse Prosecution

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After investigating Missouri Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse, state Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Friday that he has referred 12 former clergy members for possible criminal prosecution. Schmitt released a 329-page report detailing his office’s year-long investigation that included interviews with victims and a review of personnel records dating back to 1945 of more than 2,000 […]

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Austin Diocese Settles Lawsuit Against Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

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A lawsuit filed by six women claiming they were sexually abused at St. Thomas More Catholic Church on FM 620 has been settled, according to a lawyer representing the women. The lawsuit stated that Father Isidore Ndagizimana acted inappropriately toward them on many occasions, including unwanted touching and sexual advances. The women said that when they reported […]

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Bankruptcy #19: Diocese of Rochester Files for Protection

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, facing potentially huge judgments for past sexual abuse by its priests and other ministers, filed bankruptcy Thursday morning. The diocese filed a petition for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Rochester at about 9:30 a.m. The petition estimates the diocese’s assets as $50 million to $100 million —and its financial liabilities as […]

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Cincinnati Bishops Expect Vatican to Investigate Their Handling of Priest Accused of Rape

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Cincinnati’s highest-ranking Roman Catholic church officials expect the Vatican to launch an investigation into how they handled complaints about a priest accused of raping an altar boy. The investigation would be among the first of its kind in the United States since Pope Francis’ announcement earlier this year he was revamping the Vatican’s procedures for dealing with […]

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Cheyenne Diocese Finds Credible Three Abuse Allegations Against Emeritus Bishop Hart

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The Diocese of Cheyenne announced Tuesday it has found credible and substantiated three allegations of child sexual abuse against Emeritus Bishop Joseph Hart, which it had received since July and August 2018. The alleged incidents newly found credible occurred in the 1970s and ’80s. “The results of the investigation were given to the Diocesan Review […]

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Buffalo Priest Launches ‘No Confidence’ Petition Against Bishop Malone

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Father Robert Zilliox of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Swormville told 2 On Your Side he is circulating a “No Confidence” petition to be delivered to the Diocese of Buffalo and Bishop Richard Malone. Zilliox informed his parishioners about the petition on Sunday. It is unclear at this time how many diocesan priests have signed […]