Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Pope Francis, in file photo. (credit: Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

Pope’s New Clergy Sex Abuse Commission Seen As Fundamental Reform

Pope Francis is creating a special commission to address the ongoing sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, emphasizing the protection of children and putting a priority on reaching out to the victims.


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Philadelphia Archdiocese To Sell Large Jersey Shore Beach House

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is selling a 19-room beachfront property used by retired priests as it faces a $17 million budget deficit and millions in legal bills associated with a child sex abuse case.


(Msgr. William Lynn leaves the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia in March 2012.  Credit: Stan Honda/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Defense In Church Sex Abuse Trial Downplays Defendant’s Power

After two months of evidence the prosecution alleges shows defendant Monsignor William Lynn was at the heart of a cover-up of clergy abuse, the defense has opened and downplayed any power he had in the Archdiocese.


(Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, in 2003.)

Tests Ordered For Bevilacqua As Precursor To Possible Abuse Questioning

Cardinal Bevilacqua is not charged in the case, but four priests and a lay teacher are accused of abusing and endangering children.


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Priest In Philadelphia Sex Abuse Case Will Be Allowed July 4th NJ Shore Visit

The sexual abuse and endangerment charges against three priests, a monsignor, and a lay teacher are proceeding toward trial as the defendants reject potential plea deals.


(Plaintiff's attorney Jeff Anderson, right, holds a picture of the alleged victim, when he was a teenager.  Attorneys Daniel Monahan and Marci Hamilton look on.  Photo by Mike DeNardo))

Sixth Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Philadelphia Archdiocese Over Priest Sex Abuse

A former altar boy has filed the latest civil suit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, alleging sexual abuse at the hands of a priest.


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Delco Man Files Suit Against Philadelphia Archdiocese Over Priest Sex Abuse

Frank Finnegan, 49, of Collingdale, Pa., alleges he was first overpowered by Father John Kline at a vacation rental home on Long Beach Island, NJ back in 1968 or 1969.


(Cardinal Justin Rigali conducts an Ash Wednesday mass in 2011.  Image from Archdiocese of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Archdiocese Priests Vent Frustrations With Cardinal Justin Rigali

Priests who have spoken with Eyewitness News are increasingly frustrated with the way they say the church hierarchy is dealing with the child sex abuse scandal.


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Priest Sex Abuse Protesters, Outside Philadelphia Cathedral, Demand More From Rigali

Church abuse protesters handed out flyers during Ash Wednesday mass in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, one day after 21 priests were temporarily removed from ministry by the church.



Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Suspends 21 Priests In Renewed Probe Of Sex Abuse Claims

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced the suspension from ministry of 21 priests cited by a Philadelphia grand jury report last month as ducking what the panel believed were credible accusations of abuse.