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  • "Church struggles with change"

    This USA Today story describes changes in the Catholic Church in America. There are fewer parishes and fewer priest in the U.S. now then there was in 1990. And fewer of the nation's 65 million Catholics attend mass.
  • Runaway Priests: Hiding in Plain Sight

    For more than a year, reporters at the Dallas Morning News have been on a global trek in an attempt to track down a number of Catholic priests accused of sexally abusing or molesting children. This investigation looks at how priests accused of sexual assault often flee the country to take up new parishes, sometimes even with the help of Catholic church officials. In most cases, these priests are once again exposed to prolonged contact with young children, despite their criminal history. As a result of this series, the Samoan government deported one priest who arrived there after facing criminal charges in Australia, where he was later arrested.
  • Sins of the Father

    One of Anchorage's most charismatic priests, Father Francis Murphy, sexually abused at least about five teenage boys when he worked there. Although he admitted one case of abuse to his archbishop, he was allowed to continue working as a parish priest. Only later, when other accusations came to scene, he was sent to Boston for "alcoholism treatment".
  • I-Team Archdiocese Investigation

    This story is triggered off by the Cincinnati Archbishop's unusual reaction to the national sex abuse that rocked the Catholic Church. WCPO's investigation reveals the Cincinnati/Dayton area Catholic Church's longtime cover-up of sexual abuse by priests, and holds accountable its leader for the past twenty years, Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk. Driven by an interview with the Archbishop, the first story in this 3-part series details the church's failure to protect children from pedophile priests. The second story reveals how Archdiocese leaders routinely ignore credible complaints about priests who commit crimes and endanger students. The third story highlights some of the measures many Catholics believe might be the solution.
  • Decades of Damage

    The sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church spread to almost every American diocese. Over 1,200 priests were involved in the abuse of more than 4,000 minors in the last 60 years, according to a survey done by the New York Times. The survey may be the most complete collection of data on the scandal. Goodstein and Barbanel used the survey to provide a way to view the problem using statistics instead of anecdotes.
  • Facts of priest sex abuse at odds with perception

    An analysis by USA Today of all known cases from the nation's 10 largest dioceses paints a picture that is in some ways at odds with public perceptions of the priest sexual abuse scandal.
  • Trail of Pain in Church Crisis Leads to Nearly Every Diocese

    An analysis of every reported case of molestation by catholic priests shows that nearly every diocese in the country was affected. The story includes a list of the dioceses, how many priests are accused, and some interesting trends in the data.
  • Father Appleby: Hiding in Texas

    WFTS-TV goes to Texas to "track down a former priest in hiding who is accused of molesting an unknown number of altar boys in the Tampa Bay area of Florida."
  • Sins of the Father

    An investigation by WFTS-TV revealed that the St. Petersburg Diocese refuses to do a credible independent investigation of one of the Bishop's favorite high ranking priests who is accused of sexual misconduct by a fellow priest, a woman who was studying to be a nun and the victim of sexual misconduct. Moreover, the church claims the priest took and passed a polygraph but they refused repeated requests to allow (WFTS-TV) to examine the questions and results. The three highly credible witnesses insist the abuse occurred when Father Robert Morris was a seminary student in the late 1980s. Father Morris, designated by the bishop to counsel all troubled priests, denied the allegations. Yet, because of our investigation and subsequent reports he is cleared. The bishop then conducts a sham investigation into the charges and clears Father Morris. The church investigation did not include interviews with two of the three credible witnesses: a priest and a woman who at the time of the misconduct was studying to be a nun."
  • Crisis in the Catholic Church

    "The topic was the extraordinary number of Catholic priests who abused minors, and the decades-long effort by the bishops and cardinals to cover up the crimes. Priests who molested minors were most often moved from one parish to another when complaints were made, and sometimes shuffled off to other dioceses. Church leaders successfully warded off legislative efforts over the years to require clergy to report evidence of sexual abuse to the authorities. And when victims in large numbers hired lawyers in the 1990s to press claims, the Church made secret settlements to keep the lawyers from ever filing public lawsuits and prevent the victims from ever speaking out about their abuse. In the Boston archdiocese alone, files on 83 priests who molested children became public in 2002. Files on another 28 priests are being readied for public filing."