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Jun
02
2011
Documents: | 12:57 PM          
Photo of Msgr. Robert Murphy

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Documents: | 12:56 PM          
Photo of Ratigan

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Jun
01
2011
Documents: | 4:21 PM          
Victim's parents say priest created and diocese possessed child pornography depicting their minor daughter

At a news conference Thursday in Kansas City, prominent clergy abuse attorneys will announce a lawsuit against the Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph, Bishop Robert Finn and Father Shawn Ratigan on behalf of a child who is a victim of child pornography by Fr. Ratigan.  The lawsuit alleges that the Diocese and Bishop Robert Finn violated federal and state child pornography and child abuse laws when they concealed evidence that Fr. Ratigan was creating child pornography by photographing and being sexually inappropriate with young parish girls.

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May
26
2011
Article: Rose French | 2:00 PM          
Lawsuit: Spring Lake Park church failed to protect children against sex abuse

A 21 year-old Blaine man who says he was sexually abused at the age of 15 by his youth group leader at a Spring Lake Park church is suing its religious leaders. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Hennepin County District Court on the man’s behalf by attorneys with Jeff Anderson & Associates, names defendants Emmanuel Christian Center of the Assemblies of God in Spring Lake Park, its former youth group leader, Paul Alan Brandon, and the Minnesota District Council of the Assemblies of God. The lawsuit claims the plaintiff, referred to in the complaint as John Doe 169, was sexuall...

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Documents: | 10:32 AM          
Complaint: John Doe 169 V. Paul Alan Brandon, Emmanuel Christian Center and MN District Council of the Assemblies of God

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Documents: | 9:55 AM          
Sexual abuse victim files lawsuit against Spring Lake Park Church

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May
19
2011
Article: breakingnews.ie | 9:14 AM          
Defrocked O'Grady accused of possessing child pornography

A defrocked priest accused of possessing thousands of pornographic images of children was served with a book of evidence today and sent forward for trial before a judge and jury.Oliver O'Grady (aged 65), formerly of Charlemont Street, in Dublin 2, but who is now residing at an address in Ranelagh Village, in Dublin, had been arrested on December 10 last and charged with possessing child pornography.

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Article: The New York Times | 9:09 AM          
The Vatican Comes Up Short

The Vatican’s long overdue guidelines for fighting sexual abuse of children are, unfortunately, just that — flimsy guidelines for a global problem that requires an unequivocal mandate for church officials to work with secular authorities in prosecuting rogue priests. Instead, the Vatican has issued nonbinding guidance that punts the scandal back to the authority of local bishops, who still will not face firm oversight or punishment for cover-ups that recycled hundreds of abusive priests.

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May
13
2011
Documents: | 3:40 PM          
Amnesty International names Vatican in 2011 report on human rights violations

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Article: Associated Press | 9:15 AM          
Chicago Archdiocese 'surprised' at lawyer's claims

CHICAGO— The Archdiocese of Chicago says it's "surprised" by a lawyer's claim that the Archdiocese is withholding files on priests accused of sexually abusing children. Attorney Jeff Anderson filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Vatican on behalf of a woman whose son was molested by a former Chicago priest. Anderson says the Archdiocese promised as part of a 2008 settlement with 16 abuse victims to release documents on priests who'd been credibly accused of abuse. But he contends that hasn't happened and he believes it's because Vatican won't allow it. In a statement released ...

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Father Michael Kolar Priest File
Father Michael Kolar Priest File
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News Release: Archdiocese, Diocese of Winona Seek to Dismiss Doe 1 Case in Monday Hearing
Affidavit of Jennifer Haselberger