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  • 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.
  • Broken Promises: 25 years after we unlocked the mentally ill

    The Journal Sentinel tells the stories of five mentally ill Wisconsin residents lost in the state deinstitutinalized mental health care system. Deinstitunilization "was simple in concept: Instead of housing the stark hospital fortress of the era, all but the most dangerous or self-destructive would be released into what advocates hoped would be caring communities across the land." Today, the stories reveal, some of the released walk the streets, and some have been accepted back into society. But -- more or less -- the well-intentioned reforms in the mental health care system from a generation ago have changed their lives.
  • Mexico's Dirty Little Secret

    KNXV-TV found that "thousands of Mexican children are being raped and molested every year at the hands of American tourists. Very little is being done to stop it." It was "discovered that men from the United States are one of the largest groups of tourists traveling with the express purpose of engaging in sex with minors."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Catholic Bishops and Sex Abuse

    The Dallas Morning News exposes bishops who have knowingly kept on duty priests with history of sexual abuse accusations, even after Catholic church top leaders had agreed on a policy to suspend errant priests. The series details a number of sexual abuse cases and cover-ups nationwide.
  • Cover-up: Crisis in the Catholic Church

    Los Angeles Times report shows how Cardinal Roger Mahony approved a then-secret $1.3 million payment to two men who claimed that Father Michael Baker sexually abused them over a period of 15 years. "The Times identified and interviewed nine victims who said that Baker had molested them as children. Baker told The Times that he had informed Mahony in 1986 about his sexual abuse of young boys. Mahony initially denied participating in any such meeting, then acknowledged the Baker meeting and apologized for his handling of the case."
  • Behind the Pine Curtain

    "This article shows "how a sexually charged atmosphere was allowed to flourish over decades at St. John's Abbey, the largest Benedictine institution in the world, located in Collegeville, Minnesota." McEnroe and Louwagle "traced back four decades, and showed how one of the early abusers worked his way into a leadership role as the sexual subculture continued."
  • Abusive Priests

    The Hartford Courant published three investigative pieces about sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. The stories focused on New York Cardinal Edward Egan, who had served as a bishop in Connecticut; the psychiatric hospital, The Institute of Living in Hartford, which had treated Father John Geoghan; and a pedophile priest hiding for nearly a decade on a Carribean island with the support and knowledge of two priests from Connecticut and an order of priests in Washington D.C.
  • Bedside Felons

    From the contest entry summary: "More than 90 convicted felons, many found guilty of violent assault, sex crimes or theft, are licensed by the state of New York to work as aides in nursing homes with sometimes dangerous consequences for vulnerable residents." To obtain criminal court electronic databases and identify licensed workers, the newspaper had to sue state officials under New York's Freedom of Information Law.