Tag: Child Abuse and Neglect

West Virginia Sues Bishop and Diocese Over Sex Abuse, Citing Consumer Protection

The West Virginia attorney general filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against a retired top bishop and the state’s only Roman Catholic diocese, saying that they “knowingly employed pedophiles,” the latest in a string of attempts by law enforcement to hold officials accountable for sexual abuse in the church. The civil suit is notable for its […]

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West Virginia Sues Bishop and Diocese, Saying They Knowingly Employed Pedophiles

The West Virginia attorney general filed a lawsuit against a retired top bishop and the state’s only Catholic diocese on Tuesday, saying that they “knowingly employed pedophiles.” The civil suit also alleges that the diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, who was recently restricted from ministry, “failed to conduct adequate background checks” for […]

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Pope Rejects Resignation of French Cardinal Convicted of Abuse Cover-Up

ROME — Pope Francis has rejected the resignation of a French cardinal, the Vatican announced on Tuesday, despite the cardinal’s conviction this month for covering up decades-old allegations of sexual abuse by a priest in his diocese. A French court found Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, guilty on March 7 of failing to report […]

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Two Women, Heroes for Our Age

This is a dispiriting epoch of strongmen and bullies, yet side by side with the worst you find the best. So today let’s find inspiration in two heroes. They are women who bravely challenged misogyny and dictatorship, one in Iran, the other in Saudi Arabia. Those two nations may be enemies, but they find common […]

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New Jersey Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Found Shot to Death

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Allegations of sexual abuse trailed John Capparelli, a former priest, for decades, resurfacing in the years after the Archdiocese of Newark removed him from ministry. There were the lawsuits from accusers, and last month his name was included on […]

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Cardinal George Pell of Australia Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

MELBOURNE, Australia — George Pell, an Australian cardinal who was the Vatican’s chief financial officer and an adviser to Pope Francis, was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday, with no chance for parole for three years and eight months, for molesting two boys after Sunday Mass in 1996. The cardinal was convicted on […]

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Cardinal George Pell of Australia Awaits Sentence for Molesting Boys

MELBOURNE, Australia — George Pell, an Australian cardinal who was the Vatican’s chief financial officer and an adviser to Pope Francis, is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday for molesting two boys after a Sunday Mass in 1996. The cardinal was convicted on five counts in December, making him the most senior Catholic official — […]

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Cardinal Pell’s Legacy in Australia: Catholic Church’s Bank Is Full, but Pews Are Empty

SYDNEY, Australia — Despite a series of sexual abuse scandals stretching back decades, Australia’s Roman Catholic Church displays a veneer of strength. Across Australia, more Catholic parishes have stayed open than in other countries that have weathered abuse scandals, and Catholic schools are still filled with children — owing largely to the financial and legal […]

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U.K. Jails Mother for Female Genital Cutting

LONDON — A British court has sentenced a 37-year-old Ugandan woman to 11 years in prison for the genital cutting of her 3-year-old daughter, after a landmark conviction last month. The judge on Friday sentenced the woman, who last month became the first person in Britain to be convicted of the crime, to 11 years […]

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‘Reparation’ Mass: Catholic Bishops, Reeling From Sex Abuse Crisis, Beg for Forgiveness

GUILFORD, Conn. — When the Archdiocese of Hartford released a list this year identifying 48 priests accused of sexual abuse, five of them had served at the same church: St. George’s, in the small coastal town of Guilford. One had been a pastor there for more than a decade, baptizing children and hearing confessions. Some […]

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French Cardinal Found Guilty of Covering Up Sexual Abuse by Priest

PARIS — A high-profile Catholic cardinal was found guilty by a French court on Thursday of covering up decades-old sexual abuse by a priest in his diocese, a surprise victory for the priest’s accusers, who had forced the case to trial after it was previously dropped by investigating prosecutors. The cardinal, Philippe Barbarin, 68, archbishop […]

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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Leaving Neverland’ Deepens Shadow Over 2003 Michael Jackson Interview

In 2003, the “King of Pop” gave a strange, on-brand performance in “Living With Michael Jackson,” a 90-minute television special hosted by the British journalist Martin Bashir. Part documentary, part “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” this program seemed to demonstrate just how out of touch with reality Jackson was. Among other things, he insisted […]

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In ‘After Neverland,’ Oprah Winfrey Processes Michael Jackson Allegations

On a recent afternoon, an audience composed mostly of survivors of sexual abuse sat in the Times Center auditorium in Manhattan for a preview screening of Dan Reed’s “Leaving Neverland,” to be followed by a Q. and A. led by Oprah Winfrey. The documentary, which aired on HBO in two parts on Sunday and Monday, […]

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‘Leaving Neverland’ Recap: ‘The Abuse Was a Bomb That Dropped in Our Lives’

In Part 1 of “Leaving Neverland,” two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, describe in disturbing detail how they were drawn into Michael Jackson’s orbit when they were boys, and then how he repeatedly used them for sex. In the second half, which aired on HBO Monday night, the boys have grown older and Jackson […]

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Michael Jackson Fans Are Tenacious. ‘Leaving Neverland’ Has Them Poised for Battle.

Beyoncé has the BeyHive and Nicki Minaj the Barbz, fan groups who swarm online against anyone who disparages their idols. The Deadheads may have provided a blueprint, though these days they are more likely to bicker among themselves. But in the age of the 21st-century superfan, perhaps no group is more emphatic, organized and passionate […]

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‘Leaving Neverland’ Part One Recap: 2 Men Say Michael Jackson Used His Fame to Sexually Abuse Them as Boys

A secret system of bells to warn when other adults were approaching. A mock wedding ceremony with a young boy, complete with a gold ring studded with diamonds. Parents who were only too happy to be guests at Neverland, unaware what was happening to their sons a few closed doors away. By the time he […]

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HBO Film Revives Lurid Claims, Imperiling Thriving Michael Jackson Estate

Michael Jackson’s damaged reputation began to recover the day he died. The lurid accusations of child molestation that had dogged him for years fell to the background as fans around the world celebrated the entertainer who had gone from pop prodigy to global superstar over a four-decade career. Flash mobs from Stockholm to the Philippines […]

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YouTube Bans Comments on Videos of Young Children in Bid to Block Predators

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube will disable comments on most videos that include children 13 and younger after coming under fire for failing to keep pedophiles from posting suggestive remarks on such videos, the company said on Thursday. YouTube, which is owned by Google, said in a blog post that over the next few months, it […]

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Michael Jackson Cast a Spell. ‘Leaving Neverland’ Breaks It.

If the average cultural experience demands the suspension of disbelief, if we oughtn’t think too much about this movie we’re watching, this novel we’re reading, this magic trick being performed right before our eyes, if being entertained means setting aside skepticism, logic and possibly a sense of morality, then what a magic trick we had […]

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Thousands of Immigrant Children Said They Were Sexually Abused in U.S. Detention Centers, Report Says

The federal government received more than 4,500 complaints in four years about the sexual abuse of immigrant children who were being held at government-funded detention facilities, including an increase in complaints while the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the border was in place, the Justice Department revealed this week. The records, which […]

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