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January 11, 2019 10:43 AM Priest who abused boys, made 1 confess, due to be sentenced

BROOKVILLE, Pa. - A Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two boys and making one of them say confession after the assaults is set to be sentenced in Pennsylvania court. David Lee Poulson is one of two priests charged as a result of a damning Pennsylvania grand jury report that named almost 300 predator priests accused of abusing 18

January 10, 2019 8:40 PM Maryland attorney general: Hotline for clergy abuse victims

BALTIMORE - Maryland’s attorney general has set up a hotline for victims to report child sex abuse associated with a school or place of worship. Attorney General Brian Frosh announced the creation of the new hotline in a statement Thursday. Unlike other U.S. states that have announced probes into clergy sex abuse, Frosh’s office has only publicly called 17

January 8, 2019 11:52 PM U.S. House Democrats, making guns a priority, unveil a background check bill

WASHINGTON—Emboldened House Democrats, seeking a politically charged debate on gun control, unveiled legislation Tuesday to expand background checks to nearly all firearms purchases, a move timed to mark the eighth anniversary of the mass shooting in Arizona that nearly killed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. By introducing the measure less than one week after 29

January 7, 2019 2:21 PM Cardinal on trial in France’s biggest church sex abuse trial

If found guilty of failing to report the priest’s actions, the defendants could face up to three years in prison and a 45,000-euro ($51,300 U.S.) fine. Barbarin and some other defendants are also charged with failing to assist a person in peril. The case is a new test for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse has threatened his legacy and thrown 21

January 4, 2019 9:32 PM Five teenage girls killed in Poland ‘Escape Room’ fire

WARSAW, POLAND—A fire broke out at an “Escape Room” game location in northern Poland on Friday, killing five teenage girls and injuring a man, authorities said. Police said the dead were found after firefighters put out the blaze, which began around 5 p.m. at an “Escape Room” venue in Koszalin. Highly popular with teenagers across Poland, the “Escape 25

January 4, 2019 6:23 PM Filipino workers speak out against Halifax businessman in immigration fraud case

The Crown is recommending a sentence of two years in prison, noting the need to deter “like-minded individuals” and to fully denounce the offences against temporary foreign workers. The case of immigration fraud appears to have divided the city’s Filipino community, with some expressing trepidation about speaking out. After meeting with Crown and defence 29

December 19, 2018 11:22 PM Police continue to watch for anyone possessing or uploading the St. Mike’s video

The alleged continued circulation of the video is one of the “terrible” outcomes of the rise of social media, said Judith Taylor, a sociology and gender studies professor at University of Toronto. “It’s hard to believe that this kind of thing happens,” said Taylor, whose research includes issues of toxic masculinity. “It is a shocking thing, and so people 36

December 19, 2018 1:06 PM Pope accepts resignation of L.A. bishop accused of misconduct

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, officials said Wednesday. The Vatican announced the resignation in a one-line statement. It was the latest in a string of cases of alleged misconduct against bishops to come to light 33

December 10, 2018 7:50 PM Irish pedophile priest ordered to leave Chile in 72 hours

O’Reilly’s downfall is also further evidence that the problems in the Mexican-based Legion of Christ did not end with its founder. The late Rev. Marcial Maciel was found to have been a serial pedophile who fathered at least three children with two women. While O’Reilly was convicted by Chile’s courts, his canonical case has languished in the Vatican 27

December 6, 2018 8:56 PM Fundraiser for Humboldt Broncos raises over $15 million — the second-largest GoFundMe campaign in 2018

It’s second only to the fundraising campaign for the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which was launched in December 2017 as part of the #metoo movement in the United States. That fundraiser, which helps defray legal costs for victims of sexual harassment, assault, abuse and retaliation in the workplace, has raised nearly $22 million (US) to become the largest 28