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What went wrong in the Catholic Church? Why have its leaders been unable to deal with the priest sex abuse scandal in an honest and convincing way?

The files released last week by America's largest Catholic archdiocese revealed new and disturbing details about how church officials schemed to protect priests accused of molesting children. But was the scandal in Los Angeles really so much worse than in other places?

Awareness, enforcement help reduce child sex abuse

Increased public  awareness of how child predators operate, along with better law enforcement and  policies to protect children, may be helping to reduce child sex abuse despite  this year's headlines about cases connected to institutions like Penn State, the  Boy Scouts and the BBC. A recent report from the University  of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children  Research Center found incidents of child sexual abuse have been declining in  the U.S. for 20 years, with some statistics showing decreases as steep as 60  percent. The findings may be surprising  given the high-profile cases in the news. But many of those incidents took place  years, sometimes decades, ago. Ironically, experts say, publicity surrounding  such scandals may help reduce the problem.

Chilean Bishop Resigns as Sexual Abuse Allegations Investigated by Vatican

The pope accepted the resignation of a Chilean bishop who is under investigation  by the Vatican for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor. The resignation of Bishop Marco  Antonio Ordenes Fernandez of Iquique, Chile, marks one of the few times that  the Vatican has acknowledged publicly that it was investigating a bishop for sex  abuse allegations. Advocates for clerical sex abuse victims have long complained  that the Vatican has looked the other way when bishops have been accused of  abuse or of covering it up.

Kansas City Bishop Convicted of Shielding Pedophile Priest - First American Bishop Convicted

A Roman Catholic bishop was found guilty on Thursday of failing to report suspected child abuse, becoming the first American bishop in the decades-long sexual abuse scandal to be convicted of shielding a pedophile priest.

Philadelphia Monsignor Imprisoned for Covering Up Child Sex Abuse in Catholic Church

Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking clergyman convicted in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church scandal, was sentenced on Tuesday to up to six years in prison for covering up child sex abuse by priests in Philadelphia.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told Lynn, 61, the former secretary of the clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, that he protected "monsters in clerical garb who molested children." Sentenced to three to six years in prison, Lynn had faced the possibility of a slightly longer maximum sentence of up to seven years behind bars for his conviction on a single count of child endangerment. Lynn, who oversaw the work of 800 priests, was convicted of covering up sex-abuse allegations, often by transferring predatory priests to unsuspecting parishes. His case, which was closely watched by the Vatican, followed a series of child abuse scandals that hit the church in the United States and in Europe.

Waterford Priest Pleads Not Guilty In Child Porn Case

A Waterford priest charged last week with first-degree possession of child pornography pleaded not guilty to the charge Monday during a brief hearing in Superior Court.

Waterford Priest Charged With Having Child Pornography

Investigators say that when they knocked on the rectory door of St. Paul Parish last week, search warrant in hand, the priest there quickly gave up a secret.

Vatican Eyes Legion Priests On Abuse

The Vatican is investigating seven priests from the troubled Legion of Christ religious order for alleged sexual abuse of minors and another two for other alleged crimes.

Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney Continues to Represent Victims - Recent Cases Update

For the past 20 years, Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney has been devoted to representing the interests of individuals who were sexually abused, sexually assaulted, and sexually exploited when they were children. Over the years, we have successfully represented hundreds of childhood survivors in cases against religious institutions, hospitals, school systems, and individual perpetrators. We remain committed to this area of the law and we continue to actively represent survivors of these heinous acts. Here are a few recent updates: Dr. George Reardon/St. Francis Hospital In July of 2011, the jury in the Tim Doe v. St. Francis Hospital matter returned a verdict in the amount of $2.75 million. As expected, the Hospital appealed.  What was unexpected was that the Supreme Court transferred the appeal to itself and entered orders to allow for an expedited argument.   The briefing has been completed and the Court will hear argument on April 26, 2012. Teacher Abuse In March of 2012, a Superior Court judge in the Jane Doe v. Westport Board of Education matter ruled that a local Board of Education cannot use the shield of government immunity to protect it against a lawsuit by our client, a young woman, who claims she was sexually assaulted by her high school teacher.

A Brief Therapy Heals Trauma in Children

Every year millions of children from all walks of life become victims of, or witnesses to, abusive or violent events that can result in long-lasting symptoms of distress. The events can range from sexual and physical abuse to involvement in a natural disaster, fire or serious motor vehicle accident.

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