Pope Benedict XVI Officially Resigns

Today marks the official resignation of Pope Benedict XVI (a.k.a., Cardinal Ratzinger).  Rumors continue to surface that his resignation is directly linked to the sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church, which is not surprising as his former position was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was responsible for investigating complaints of abuse by Catholic priests (and more often than not, allowing them to continue serving).

 

 

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New Lawsuit Against Thomas Hacker and Boy Scouts of America

Thomas Hacker abused dozens of Boy Scouts in the Chicago area while he was a Scout leader and volunteer.  In December , we filed a lawsuit against Hacker, the Boy Scouts, and the Chicago Area Council on behalf of a man who was abused by Hacker in the mid-1980s.  This week we filed a lawsuit against Hacker and the Burbank Park District, where Hacker worked with children in the 1980s.  Click “Read More” to read documents about Hacker.

Documents Regarding Thomas ...

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Chicago Tribune Explores the Archdiocese of Chicago

In the wake of the Pope’s resignation, the Chicago Tribune has written a long piece on the Archdiocese of Chicago, including its efforts to handle decades of child abuse by its priests.

It remains unclear why the Pope actually resigned, but we hope articles like this reflect the Archdiocese and other Church leaders realizing that the best way to put the abuse scandal behind them is to be transparent with abuse survivors and offer them ...

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Court Orders Release of Diocese of Joliet Documents

A trial court in Will County has ordered the Diocese of Joliet to release documents regarding 15 priests who have been “credibly accused” of sexual misconduct or abuse with minors while serving as priests in parishes of the Diocese of Joliet.

Read the full order regarding the release of files regarding preists of the Diocese of Joliet.

The following 15 priests are identified in the order:

1)      Fr. Salvatore Formusa, deceased

2)      Fr. Leonardo Mateo, deceased

3)      Fr. Donald Pock, deceased

4)      Fr. James Frederick, ...

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