Panama Slams NGOs for Encouraging Illegal Migration

Panama’s government on Sunday accused international aid groups of encouraging illegal migration by handing out maps to help those crossing the treacherous Darien Gap jungle. The comments come amid a spat between the government and medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which last month criticized a sharp rise in sexual violence against migrants making the … Read more

California Dioceses Reach Record $10 Million Sex Abuse Settlement

The Diocese of Orange and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have reached a combined $10 million settlement in a clergy child sex abuse case involving two of Orange County’s most notorious predators, attorneys with a high-profile sexual abuse law firm announced on Friday, Jan. 26. The settlement — which includes $9.5 million from the Diocese … Read more

Diocese of Rockville Centre Makes ‘Best and Final Offer’ to Long Island Sexual Abuse Victims

The Diocese of Rockville Centre has made its “best and final proposal” for victims of sexual abuse. The offer announced on Tuesday totals $200 million in compensation, Diocese spokesperson Sean Dolan said, adding that the amended plan is the “most efficient and most effective means to immediately begin compensating all eligible survivors.” The proposal from … Read more

In Wake of Devastating Report, Abuse Survivors Call for Archbishop Aymond’s Resignation – He Says He Won’t

A small group of survivors of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy protested outside a special Mass this week, calling on Archbishop Aymond to resign over his handling of the clergy abuse crisis. Three survivors stood outside the gates of St. Angela Merici on Wednesday, holding “Aymond Must Go” signs as the archbishop entered for … Read more

3 Women Sue Cleveland Diocese Over Alleged Sexual Abuse Spanning Decades

Three women filed lawsuits Tuesday that allege they were sexually and physically abused at a now-shuttered children’s group home that had been run by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. CLEVELAND, Ohio — Three women filed lawsuits Tuesday that allege they were sexually and physically abused at a now-shuttered children’s group home that had been run … Read more

Three More Women File Complaint Against Archdiocese of Montreal

At least three women filed formal sexual assault complaints against the archdiocese of Montreal since the allegations against Ouellet were made public, Christine Kirouack, ombudswoman for the city’s archdiocese, said in an interview Wednesday. “It exploded since yesterday,” Kirouack said about the introduction in Superior Court of two class-action lawsuits against members of the Catholic … Read more

Child Psychologist Says The Church Must Do More To Address Child Sexual Abuse

Research has repeatedly demonstrated that adverse childhood experiences (or “ACEs”) are associated with damage to the brain and other systems that are vital to healthy development. ACEs are events that are outside of a child’s control, yet they can have long lasting toxic effects on their health and well-being. Among a laundry list of tragic … Read more