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  • Reports of Abuse

    "Several reports written by senior members of women's religious orders and by an American priest assert that sexual abuse of nuns by priests, including rape, is a serious problem, especially in Africa and other parts of the developing world. The reports allege that some Catholic clergy exploit their financial and spiritual authority to gain sexual favors from religious women, many of whom, in developing countries, are culturally conditioned to be subservient to men. The reports obtained by NCR- some recent, some in circulation at least seven years- say priests at times demand sex in exchange for favors, such as permission or certification to work in a given diocese." John Allen Jr. and Pamela Schaeffer detail more.
  • AIDS in the Priesthood

    This three-part series capped four years of research on one of the Catholic Church's touchiest subjects: the high prevalence of AIDS among priests. An examination of death certificates and church records, supplemented by interviews with hundreds of priests, religious figures and AIDS experts nation-wide, revealed priests may be dying of AIDS at a higher rate than the general population. In November the Star did a follow-up in which the paper addressed the Catholic Church's reaction to the series, as well as new information about the issue.
  • Threat from Within

    MSNBC reports on the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing. Since then, "...home-grown acts of terror, particularly those committed by factions of the radical right similar to those responsible for Oklahoma City, have not gone away - and have, if anything, grown dramatically in frequency."
  • Pedophile Priests

    The Tennessean's investigation that "started out as a story about child sex abuse by clergy became a year-long investigation of how the very entities most expected to protect the interests of Nashville's children - church, police and juvenile court -- had repeatedly failed to prevent the abuse.... (the) Roman Catholic Diocese had protected two known pedophiles who had abused children for years, then pushed them quietly from the priesthood onto an unsuspecting community - even though the law required officials to report the men."
  • Gods and Monsters

    Connecticut Magazine investigates the current slew of cases being invoked against Connecticut Catholic priests on charges of sexual misconduct. Dioceses consistently covered up complaints and defended its clergy in light of numerous accusations. Church officials then proceeded to send the priests to other parishes, where the cycle of abuse continued. Special attention given to the recent legal triumphs that have forced churches to shell out millions in compensation.
  • Shadow Church

    The Kiplinger Report focuses on what could be the Catholic Church's biggest threat in the future: priests who are leaving in order to get married. "By 2000, many Catholic reform groups believe there will be more married ex-priests than active priests." Several Catholic groups wish to give the clergy the right to marry and to eliminate the concept of celibacy in hopes of retaining clergy..
  • How Rudy Kos Happened

    D Magazine investigates scandals that shook Holy Trinity, a Catholic seminary in Dallas, Texas, in the 1970s. Under the leadership of Monsignor Sheehan, former students claim there was a climate of promiscuity. Rudy Kos, one of the priests who was ordained during this period, was later convicted of child molestation.
  • Unfaithful

    Priest who leave the Catholic Church, regardless of how many years or decades they have served, are cut off from receiving any retirement pension or benefits. Meanwhile, Church officials acknowledge that they financially support priests convicted of crimes (including child molestation). Churches are exempt from filing their pension plans with any governmental agency. The only option for a priest to recover a pension is to take the Church to court, a prohibitively costly action. This financial dependence prevents priests from leaving the church to pursue other careers or to marry. Many have secret lovers, wives and even children hidden for years. In some cases, they father children but must be forced by the states to pay child support.
  • Project Sunshine: Spotlight on Campaign Abuse

    Part of a broader investigative series highlighting statewide campaign finance abuses. These pieces broke news about a number of violations of campaign finance law by Gov. Gary Locke's 1996 gubernatorial campaign. The first piece shows that the Locke campaign accepted more the $4,000 in cash contributions, which exceeds the state's legal limit, and failed to report and deposit those contributions as required by law. The second column shows evidence that a Buddhist temple violated federal tax rules by hosting a campaign event for Locke, that temple-affiliated donors did not comply with public disclosure rules, and that temple monks, priests and administrators may not have used their own money to make their contributions. The third was the Gov. Locke personally received $5,000 in cash inside a red envelope from the master of the Buddhist temple. Inconsistencies in accounts of how money was handled by the campaign are also revealed.
  • Faith Betrayed

    The reporters spent eight months investigating allegations of widespread sexual abuse and misconduct by priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana.