Archbishop Aymond: ‘Maybe I Lived A Naive Life’

New Orleans archbishop denies knowledge of widespread child sex abuse in 1970s The Roman Catholic archbishop of New Orleans has said the allegations at the heart of a child-sex trafficking investigation being conducted by state police against his archdiocese are a “sin”, “evil” and a crime – but he has insisted he was oblivious to … Read more

Louisiana Supreme Court Hands Major Victory To Child Sexual-Abuse Victims

Louisiana’s state supreme court on Wednesday reversed its decision to strike down a law that allowed child-molestation victims to file civil lawsuits over long-ago abuse. The decision affects all alleged abusers and their enablers – but it is particularly significant for Louisiana’s Roman Catholic church, which is facing hundreds of decades-old claims of child molestation … Read more

Secret Deposition Reveals How A Child Molester Priest Was Shielded By His Church

ongtime New Orleans Catholic priest Lawrence Hecker received a special honor from the Vatican nearly 25 years ago despite having confessed to molesting children. Then, for another two decades, church leaders in the city strategically shielded him from law enforcement and media exposure – while also providing him with financial support ranging from paid limousine … Read more

New Orleans Archdiocese Target of Child Sex-Trafficking Inquiry

The Roman Catholic archdiocese of New Orleans is the target of an active child sex-trafficking investigation, according to a sweeping and unprecedented search warrant Louisiana state police recently served on an organization that for decades has been submerged in the global church’s clergy molestation scandal. The clerk at the state criminal courthouse where the warrant … Read more