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Poland Confronts the Problem of Clerical Abuse and Its Cover-Up by Church Authorities

In this photo taken on May 15, 2019, Barbara Borowiecka, a survivor of alleged abuse as a minor by a prominent Solidarity-era priest gestures during an interview with The Associated Press. A documentary film with testimony by victims of clerical abuse in Poland is so harrowing that it has forced an unprecedented reckoning with the problem in one of Europe’s most deeply Catholic societies. In December, Borowiecka, 62, told Polish media about being abused when she was 11 by Henryk Jankowski, a prominent prelate in Lech Walesa’s anti-communist Solidarity movement in Gdansk, where a monument of him stood. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
One victim spoke out, and then another, and another...

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Abuse of Faith: Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News Release Part 1 of Extensive Investigation Into Southern Baptist Sexual Abuse Committed by 330 Church Leaders and Leaving Over 700 Victims Since 1998

Abuse of Faith
20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms
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First of three parts
Thirty-five years later, Debbie Vasquez’s voice trembled as she described her trauma to a group of Southern Baptist leaders.

She was 14, she said, when she was first molested by her pastor in Sanger, a tiny prairie town an hour north of Dallas. It was the first of many assaults that Vasquez said destroyed her teenage years and, at 18, left her pregnant by the Southern Baptist pastor, a married man more than a dozen years older.
In June 2008, she paid her way to Indianapolis, where she and others asked leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention and its 47,000 churches to track sexual predators and take action against congregations that harbored or concealed a...

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5 Important Stories Regarding Churches and Ministries to Look For in 2019

Delegates pray before a plenary session at the United Methodist Church’s 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. | (Photo: Facebook/United Methodist General Conference)
As the new year begins, many developing stories regarding churches and ministries are taking place all across American Christianity.

Ongoing theological debates, issues regarding pervasive scandals, and possible influence in the political realm are on the horizon.
Here, in no particular order, are five important church stories to watch for in 2019. They include major conferences, ongoing controversies, and political advocacy.
UMC Special Session of General Conference on homosexuality stance
April 2017, the United Methodist Church Council of Bishops announced that there will be a special session of General Conference he...

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5 More States Join New Jersey and New York in Investigating Catholic Church Child Sex Abuse Cover-Up

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Aug. 14, 2018. A Pennsylvania grand jury’s investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims. The people seated behind Shapiro included some of those affected by the clergy abuse. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Last month, after Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro unveiled a bombshell 1,300-page grand jury report detailing the alleged sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in his state by hundreds of Catholic priests, American Catholics called for more investigations into church documents. Some even demanded the federal government step in.
Now law enforcement officials in at least seven states — New York, New Jersey, Nebraska, New Mexico, ...

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Pennsylvania Catholic Church Leaders Reportedly Pressured Victims and Police Over Child Sex Abuse Investigations

The Most Rev. Ronald Gainer, the Roman Catholic bishop of the diocese of Harrisburg, Pa., discusses child sexual abuse by clergy and a decision by the diocese to remove names of bishops going back to the 1940s after concluding they did not respond adequately to abuse allegations, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 during a news conference in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Mark Scolforo)
A grand jury investigating clergy sex abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses found that church leaders were more interested in preventing scandal than protecting children, in some cases discouraging victims from going to police or pressuring law enforcement officials to end or avoid investigations, according to a court filing.
The grand jury’s full, nearly 900-page, report is expected to be released in the next ...

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