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Sep
13
2011
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Navajo Nation Supreme Court: Tribal court must hear case of priest who sexually abused Navajo child on reservation

News Release September 13, 2011   Navajo Nation Supreme Court:   Tribal court must hear case of priest who sexually abused Navajo child on reservation   Ruling reverses lower court that dismissed case based on a 20-year delay of reporting   Allows lawsuit against Franciscan priest, his order and the Diocese of Gallup to move forward   (St. Paul, MN) A prominent Minnesota law firm, known throughout the county for pioneering the use of civil litigation against clergy who sexually abuse children, achieved a major victory last week when the Navajo Na...

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Sep
07
2011
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Order denying legionaries of Christ Motion to Strike

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Vatican Cover-up Case of World Wide Predator Allowed to go Forward

A Connecticut judge’s ruling today will allow a high-profile child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit to move forward.  It involves a prominent cleric who was close to Pope John Paul II and the controversial religious order he founded and led for decades. In a 15 page Memorandum of Decision issued today... 

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Sep
06
2011
Article: Scott Theisen | 7:30 PM          
Crookston Diocese Settles With Alleged Victim

A woman who says she was sexually abused by a former priest in northern Minnesota when she was 14 has reached a $750,000 settlement that requires the Diocese of Crookston to warn parishioners about the abuse and take steps to protect kids in the future. Megan Peterson, now 21, of Thief River Falls, appeared at a news conference Tuesday in St. Paul to announce the settlement. She chose to come forward "to let people know they are not alone." "I'm here today to speak my truth, and to protect kids," she said. Peterson says she was a teenager with aspirations of becoming a nun when she was rape...

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Letter to Anderson with attached 1182 signatures requesting him to withdraw the suit against Jeyapaul

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Article: | 1:46 PM          
Video of Press Conference - Groundbreaking settlement announced

At a press conference on Tuesday in St. Paul, clergy abuse attorney Jeff Anderson announces the settlement of a lawsuit with the Diocese of Crookston involving the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl by a priest on loan from India. The priest, Reverend Joseph Jeyapaul, who was also charged criminally by Roseau County authorities, is now a fugitive from justice and working in the active ministry in India. The victim, now 21, will disclose her identity at the news conference and release a disturbing petition showing her perpetrator around children in India where he is now in charge of 40 schools.

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Sep
05
2011
Documents: | 6:30 PM          
Press Conference - Groundbreaking settlement to be announced

At a press conference on Tuesday in St. Paul, clergy abuse attorney Jeff Anderson will announce the settlement of a lawsuit with the Diocese of Crookston involving the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl by a priest on loan from India.  The priest, Reverend Joseph Jeyapaul, who was also charged criminally by Roseau County authorities, is now a fugitive from justice and working in the active ministry in India.  The victim, now 21, will disclose her identity at the news conference and release a disturbing petition showing her perpetrator around children in India where he is now in charge of 40 schools.

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Sep
02
2011
Article: Kim Norvell | 3:52 PM          
NewsPressNOW.com - Investigation finds diocese failed to follow policies

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph failed to follow its own procedures and polices when reporting allegations of child sex abuse against the Rev. Shawn F. Ratigan, an independent investigation found.Conducted by former United States Attorney Todd Graves and his team, the 141-page review concluded Msgr. Robert Murphy, vicar general of the diocese, waited too long to advise the Independent Review Board of allegations against Rev. Ratigan, which allowed him to continue to abuse children and defy child protective boundaries set forth by Bishop Robert Finn.Those allegations inclu...

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Article: Judy L. Thomas and Glenn E. Rice | 3:47 PM          
Kansas City Star - Report faults Catholic diocese in Ratigan investigation

For months after finding troubling images on a computer, the Catholic diocese tried on its own to deal with Father Shawn Ratigan.As a result, a report released Thursday said, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph went off track, bungling its own investigation and failing to even follow its own policies.An investigation by a former federal prosecutor found that “individuals in positions of authority reacted to events in ways that could have jeopardized the safety of children in diocesan parishes, schools and families.

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Article: | 3:40 PM          
Clergy Abuse Attorney Jeff Anderson: Graves report just words--it is the actions that matter

Clergy Abuse Attorney Jeff Anderson: Graves report just words--it is the actions that matter   Prominent Victims’ Attorney Jeff Anderson Reacts to Release of Graves’ Report   The report made public today by the law firm hired by Bishop Finn is both misleading and self-serving.  We stood with and sued the Diocese and the Bishop for the failure to act when they had sufficient information to remove Ratigan and didn’t.  We stand by the allegations of the Complaint that Diocese officials had sufficient information in 2006 to both act and react...

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