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Lawyer: 231 children abused at Catholic boys' choir in Germany

Regensberg - More than 200 children were allegedly beaten, starved and sexually abused over a period of four decades at a German boys' choir run by the brother of former pope Benedict XVI.

Former archbishop to stand trial for alleged child sex abuse

Vatican City - In an unprecedented move, Vatican prosecutors have indicted the Holy See's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic on child sex abuse charges.

U.S. Catholic archbishop resigns over sex abuse coverup charges

Minneapolis - The archbishop of one of America's largest Roman Catholic archdioceses has resigned after prosecutors charged church leaders with failing to protect children from a pedophile priest and covering up clergy child sex abuse.

Catholic priest arrested for alleged rape, torture in exorcisms

Versailles - A French priest from an ultra-conservative Catholic sect has been arrested and charged with raping and torturing three schoolteachers while performing 'exorcisms.'

Alabama youth pastor 'can't remember' how many boys he molested

Muscle Shoals - A Baptist children's pastor from Alabama has pleaded guilty to 20 counts of sex crimes involving minors, telling police he "couldn't remember" just how many boys he molested over the years.

Ex-Christian youth minister arrested, accused of sodomizing boy

Sheffield - A former Alabama Christian minister has been arrested and accused of sexually abusing boys who were members of his church youth group in the mid-1990s.

5 Philadelphia priests removed over alleged child sex abuse

Philadelphia - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia has removed three suspected pedophile priests, two priests accused of misconduct, and placed another on leave as an investigation into clergy child sex abuse moves forward.

Winona archdiocese releases names of 14 accused pedophile priests

Winona - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Winona, Minnesota has released the names of 14 priests suspected of raping or sexually abusing children.

Minn. judge orders archdioceses to name suspected pedo priests

Saint Paul - A Minnesota judge has ordered two Catholic archdioceses to release the names of 46 clergy members accused of raping or sexually assaulting children.

LA Times details Cardinal Mahony's complicity in clergy sex abuse

Los Angeles - The Los Angeles Times has published extensive details chronicling Cardinal Roger Mahony's complicity in a massive child sex abuse scandal involving hundreds of priests and other clergy members.

Pedophile priest Rev. Ruben Martinez molested more than 100 boys

Los Angeles - One of the more than 230 clergy from the Los Angeles archdiocese implicated in a massive child rape and molestation scandal confessed during therapy to molesting more than 100 boys.

Documents prove Catholic Church shielded pedophile priests

Milwaukee - Newly-released documents prove Roman Catholic Church officials in Milwaukee protected accused pedophile priests from criminal prosecution.

Newark archdiocese pays $650K to settle priest sex abuse claims

Newark - The Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey has paid $650,000 to settle sex abuse claims against a pedophile priest who allegedly sexually assaulted numerous children in the 1970s and '80s.

Uganda priest ostracized for publicizing clergy sex abuse

Kampala - A popular Ugandan priest has been ostracized from the Catholic Church after exposing what he calls an 'open secret'-- the rampant sexual abuse of children by clergy members.

Twice-destroyed clergy sex abuse memorial to be re-dedicated

Mendham - A New Jersey memorial dedicated to child victims of clergy sex abuse that was destroyed twice in as many years will be re-dedicated on Sunday.

2 dozen priests and clergy added to Los Angeles sex abuse list

Los Angeles - The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has quietly added two dozen priests and other clergymen to the list of individuals suspected of raping or sexually assaulting children in what was already a major part of a massive worldwide Catholic sex abuse scandal.

Los Angeles archbishop protected child-raping clergy from police

Los Angeles - The former Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles and other high-ranking clergy conspired to protect colleagues who sexually assaulted children from criminal prosecution.

Pastor allegedly sexually assaulted men seeking 'ex-gay' therapy

Cambridge - A Minnesota pastor has been arrested and charged with felony criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly assaulted men who came to him seeking to "cure" their homosexuality.

Philly monsignor gets 3-6 years for covering up clergy sex abuse

Philadelphia - Monsignor William Lynn, the first and highest-ranking US Roman Catholic church official convicted in the massive clergy sex abuse scandal, was sentenced on Tuesday to up to six years in prison for covering up child sex abuse by Philadelphia priests.

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The former papal envoy and archbishop Jozef Wesolowski.
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Oliver Brazelle
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File photo: Regensburger Domspatzen
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Clergy sex abuse memorial; Mendham  NJ
Clergy sex abuse memorial; Mendham, NJ
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Archbishop John Nienstedt.
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A convicted pedophile priest is accusing some Vatican clergy of running an underage prostitution rin...
A convicted pedophile priest is accusing some Vatican clergy of running an underage prostitution ring.