Former Michigan Priest Sentenced for Sexual Abuse

A former priest will spend 8-15 years in prison for sexually abusing teenagers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Gary Jacobs, 75, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Dickinson County in May. In April he pleaded guilty to four counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ontonagon County. He was sentenced to 8-15 years for the … Read more

St. Cloud Diocese to Pay $22.5M to Sexual Assault Victims

The Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud in Minnesota announced in a statement Tuesday it will pay $22.5 million to 70 victims of clergy sexual assault and file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In 2013, the Minnesota Child Victims Act opened a three-year window that temporarily lifted previous statute of limitations on allegations of child sexual assault. During the time … Read more

Minnesota Governor Capitulates On Discriminatory Religious Restrictions

Today Governor Tim Walz announced he was revising his discriminatory restrictions on religious organizations.  Walz’s backtracked on his previous order which opened most non-essential businesses in Minnesota but continued to limit religious gatherings to 10 people.  The new order limits religious services to 25% of a building’s capacity. The deal comes days after the Archdiocese … Read more

Attorneys for Alleged Victims Respond to Archdiocese of New Orleans Bankruptcy Filing

STATEMENT OF VICTIM-SURVIVORS’ LEGAL TEAM: “Regarding the Archdiocese’s midnight filing for bankruptcy, Archbishop Gregory Aymond stated, “I strongly believe that this path will allow victims and survivors of clergy abuse to resolve their claims in a fair and timely manner.” Unfortunately, this is not what our client-survivors believe, and of course, Abp. Aymond made no … Read more

Saints Concealing Shepherd’s Sins in New Orleans?

Many pro football experts thought the New Orleans Saints would be heading to the Super Bowl next week, now it appears they are heading to court instead amidst reports of the team’s involvement in the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal. The NFL team is asking the civil district court in the Parish of Orleans to keep … Read more