2019 March

Mar 29, 2019: Serial Predator Fr. Romano Ferraro Up for Parole: Make Your Voice Heard

One of the eastern seaboard’s most notorious predator priests, Father Romano Ferraro, is up for parole on a life sentence. For decades Ferraro was moved from parish to parish under the protection of Roman Catholic hierarchs, all the while sexually abusing countless children in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Missouri. This man is as dangerous today as he was back when he first admitted his sexual desires for young boys as a seminarian in 1955.His parole hearing is Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Massachusetts Parole Board’s Central Office at 12 Mercer Road, Natick, MA…

Mar 20, 2019: Illinois Clergy Sexual Abuse Report Containing 395 Perpetrator Names to be Released at News Conference Today in Chicago

At a news conference on Wednesday in Chicago, survivors, advocates and the law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates will release a 185-page report on clergy sexual abuse in Illinois containing background information, photographs and assignment histories of 395 Catholic clergy and laypersons accused of sexual misconduct.

Mar 19, 2019: Illinois Clergy Sexual Abuse Report Containing 395 Perpetrator Names to be Released at News Conference Wednesday In Chicago

At a news conference on Wednesday in Chicago, survivors, advocates and the law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates will release a 185-page report on clergy sexual abuse in Illinois containing background information, photographs and assignment histories of 395 Catholic clergy and laypersons accused of sexual misconduct.

Mar 19, 2019: Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Diocese of Orange and Priest—News Conference Tuesday in Santa Ana

Diocese Protected Fr. John Ruhl In Spite of multiple Abuse AccusationsAt a press conference Tuesday in Santa Ana, California, survivors, advocates, and the law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates will announce a lawsuit on behalf of a man naming the Diocese of Orange and Fr. John E. Ruhl as defendants. The lawsuit alleges that Fr. Ruhl sexually abused the boy at a Placentia parish.

Mar 15, 2019: Pennsylvania Dioceses’ Compensation Programs Available to Clergy Abuse Survivors

In response to the bombshell 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on clergy sexual abuse, six of Pennsylvania’s eight dioceses are offering compensation programs for survivors. The best response would be for Pennsylvania lawmakers to enact a Child Victims Act giving survivors more time to bring civil lawsuits against pedophiles and their enabling institutions, and opening a window for bringing claims currently barred by the statute of limitations. The Pennsylvania bishops won’t give up their secrets and stop protecting abusive clergy until that happens.But the compensation programs no doubt…