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Jul
28
2011
Jeffrey R. Anderson | 2:37 PM          
Denial Extends to UK: Diocese Asks High Court for Unprecedented Absolution

The UK's high court heard the case of a woman this month, "JGE," who was six years old when she was sexually abused by a priest at a children’s home in Portsmouth, England. "JGE" was abused by Father Wilfred Baldwin, a priest in the Diocese of Portsmouth, who visited Firs children’s home regularly. In addition to her negligence claim against the nuns who ran Firs, "JGE" and her attorneys say that Fr. Baldwin was working as a priest in the Diocese, so the Diocese is also responsible.

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Jul
25
2011
Jeffrey R. Anderson | 11:01 AM          
It's About Time. Irish Prime Minister Denounces Vatican- Vatican Responds by Withdrawing its Irish Ambassador

News headlines resounded last week as Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny attacked the Vatican over its response to clergy sexual abuse.  Reacting to the Cloyne report, which exposed the Vatican’s cover-up, failures and astounding mishandling of child abuse by Irish clergy, Ireland’s Prime Minister expressed unprecedented public fury.   Kenny’s harsh words for the Vatican and top church officials revealed sentiments that are rarely, if ever, heard from civil leaders.  It’s about time.

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Jul
19
2011
Jeffrey R. Anderson | 11:26 AM          
Rigali and Chaput: Iron Fists in a Velvet Glove

This morning Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Philadelphia Archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali.  This news comes only five months after a grand jury condemned Cardinal Rigali, Monsignor Lynn, and other top officials in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for not only failing to address the child sex abuse crisis but for their roles in concealing predator priests. While people have called for Rigali’s resignation since the issuance of the grand jury report, his departure is nevertheless abrupt and sooner than expected. 

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