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  • Unfaithful

    As many as half of all priests break their celibacy vows, leading spiritually compromised lives. Mother Jones takes a look inside the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of the Catholic Church.
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    One lawsuit filed by a former alter boy alleging sexual misconduct by priests triggered a series of reports exposing how Diocese shuttled abusive priests among parishes, including one involved in an until-then secret $250,000 settlement. Once exposed by the WCP X-TV investigation the priest was recalled by the Diocese and made to retire from active ministry. (February, 1995)
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    KGO-TV found more than two dozen young men who claimed that Father Gary Timmons, a Catholic priest who founded a summer camp in California thrity year ago, had molested them. The local District Attorney decided to arrest the priest before the story aired, fearing that he would run. As a result of the series, the Catholic Church issued a public apology, and promised to be more open and aggressive in dealing with such cases. (Nov. 1 - 3, 9, 20 & Dec. 22, 1995)
  • God Only Knows

    Baltimore Magazine asks "Are the sexual abuse claims against Father Joseph Maskell true? Or are they just the flawed memories of former students?.... Sexual abuse by priests has rooted like a cancer within the body of the American Catholic Church, eluding most public detection until the early '80s. More than 500 priests have since been accused, prompting legal actions that have drained Catholic coffers of up to $500 million."
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    San Francisco Examiner investigates two high-profile priests in San Francisco: a monsignor accused of pedophiliac activities with altar boys and a parish priest alleged to have diverted church funds for his own use. Story resulted in the suspension of the monsignor's public priestly duties and a criminal investigation into the parish priest's financial improprieties, 1994.
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    Wall Street Journal discloses that the Catholic Church is often two-faced in its reaction to sexual abuse charges against priests; while professing compassion, its lawyers play rough in court to defend lapsed priests, November 1993.
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    Newsweek reports on efforts within the Roman Catholic Church to canonize Msgr. Josemaria Escriva, the Spanish founder of the controversial Opus Dei (Work of God), a highly secretive international organization of conservative bishops, priests and laymen; finds the order has much power in the Vatican; critics say the man was far from being a saint, and that he had fascist sympathies, which should disqualify him, Jan. 13, March 2, May 18, 1992.
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    Ms. magazine reports on sexual misconduct by Catholic priests and Protestant clergy involving women, and of its tragic effect on the women's lives; finds that the churches involved are more interested in protecting the reputation of the institution and the clergyman involved than in stopping the crime, March/April 1992.
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    The Express (St. Johns, Newfoundland) uncovers a long history of physical and sexual abuse of children at a Roman Catholic orphanage in Newfoundland involving priests and a Christian Brother, February - September 1989.
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    Village Voice (New York) spent four months investigating Father Louis Gigante, a neighborhood "saint" who has helped rebuild a South Bronx neighborhood once decimated by arson and abandonment, but who has also generously lined his own pockets and provided a $50 million opportunity for contracting fraud for the Genovese Mafia family run by his brother, Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, March 7, 1989.