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Archdiocese of Los Angeles fails in bid to keep sex abuse records confidential.

On Monday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias overturned a 2011 order and authorized the release of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles records that identify pedophile priests.  The order releases a treasure trove of documents relating to the abuse of children by Archdiocese priests – abuse that has resulted in the payment of over $600 million… Read More
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PEORIA DIOCESE: PERSONNEL DECISIONS PRIVILEGED

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria , Illinois is claiming that personnel decisions regarding priests are confidential, and not subject to civil court review. This latest turn in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis arises out of a lawsuit recently filed againts the Peoria Diocese by Andrew Ward. Ward, age 20, filed suit in June, accusing now retired Monsignor Thom… Read More
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DIOCESE OF BELLEVILLE SEEKS NEW TRIAL IN SEX ABUSE CASE

The diocese of Belleville recently filed a Motion for a new trial after getting hit with a $5.5 million dollar verdict in a recent sex abuse trial. Bishop Edward Braxton directed lawyers for the Diocese to file the motion. In addition, Braxton sent a letter to churches in the diocese to be read at Sunday mass. According to news reports, the letter indicated th… Read More
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POSTSCRIPT ON BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS SEX ABUSE TRIAL

A St. Clair County, Illinois jury today handed down a multimillion dollar verdict against the Belleville Diocese for flagrant sexual abuse of a minor by Rev. Raymond Kownacki. The plaintiff, James Wisniewski, now 47, claimed that he was repeatedly abused in the 1970’s by Kownacki. For the appalling details of the abuse, please see my August 27, 2008 post… Read More
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MORE SHOCKING DISCLOSURES IN CLERGY SEX ABUSE TRIAL

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, there was some absolutely jaw-dropping testimony yesterday in a clergy sex abuse case trial currently underway in St. Clair County, Illinois. James Wisniewski, 47, is suing the Belleville, Illinois Diocese for for damages arising out of the years of sexual abuse committed upon him by Rev. Raymond Kownacki… Read More
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SEX ABUSE CRISIS RAGES IN VERMONT

The story that just won’t go away. Various news agencies carried stories on Friday about the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal that is currently rocking Vermont. In May, a jury heard allegations from a former Vermont altar boy that he was abused repeatedly by Rev. Edward Paquette in the 1970s. The jury awarded the plaintiff, now in his 40’s, $8.7 m… Read More
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MORE DETAILS ON CHICAGO PRIEST ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

More details are emerging about precisely how early Church authorities were aware of alleged sexual misconduct on the part of Rev. Donald J. McGuire. McGuire was a teacher at Loyola Academy in the late 1960’s. In 1969, Rev. Charles Schlax contacted the the president of Loyola, Rev. John Reinke, to complain about McGuire. A young man had complained to F… Read More
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ANOTHER SEXUAL ABUSE LAWSUIT AGAINST CHICAGO PRIEST

Just this week, another sexual abuse lawsuit was filed against Rev. Donald McGuire, a Chicago area priest. The lawsuit, filed by two brothers, claims that McGuire sexually abused the two boys at different times. The older brother is claiming abuse from 1988 through 1994, while the younger brother is claiming abuse from 2001 through 2002. In 2006, McGuire was c… Read More
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