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NY self-help guru pleads not guilty to child porn charges

NY self-help guru pleads not guilty to child porn chargesNEW YORK (AP) — The spiritual leader of an upstate New York self-help group pleaded not guilty on Monday to newly filed child pornography charges at a hearing where it became clear that his co-defendants are trying to avoid going to trial with him next month.



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German Catholics accused of 'stonewalling' by child abuse victims

German Catholics accused of 'stonewalling' by child abuse victimsGermany’s under-fire Catholic Church admitted Thursday it must urgently confront its child sex abuse scandal, but victims accused it of continued “stonewalling”, especially on compensation. As in Australia, Chile, France, Ireland and the United States, Germany’s Catholic Church has had to admit to abuses by predator priests and clergy and their systematic cover-up over decades. “We carry responsibility toward those affected around the world — no-one among us can still negate the problem or treat it as a taboo,” said Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the German Bishops’ Conference.



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Parents charged with child abuse after Olive Garden waitress posts photo on Facebook

Parents charged with child abuse after Olive Garden waitress posts photo on FacebookTwo Tennessee parents were charged with child abuse and aggravated assaultafter an observant Olive Garden waitress posted about their distressingbehavior on Facebook



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R. Kelly back in custody for failing to pay child support

R. Kelly back in custody for failing to pay child supportR&B superstar R. Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday for failing to pay child support, just weeks after he was briefly detained on sex abuse charges. “He was taken into custody and he will be transported to Cook County jail later today,” Sophia Ansari of the local sheriff’s office said following a court hearing in Chicago. Ansari said Kelly owes $ 161,000, and is required to pay the full amount, with the next court date in the case set for March 13.



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French court convicts cardinal of not reporting child abuse

French court convicts cardinal of not reporting child abuseLYON, France (AP) — In a surprise ruling, France's senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, was convicted Thursday of failing to report a known pedophile priest to police, the latest high-ranking churchman to fall in the global reckoning over clergy sex abuse and cover-ups.



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'A child of God': Fourth-grade girl among 23 victims of Alabama tornado

'A child of God': Fourth-grade girl among 23 victims of Alabama tornadoFourth-grader Taylor Thornton was among the 23 victims of a devastating tornado in Lee County, Alabama.



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Eleven-year-old girl charged with child abuse over death of baby left in her care

Eleven-year-old girl charged with child abuse over death of baby left in her careAn 11-year-old girl has been charged with first-degree child abuse of a one-year-old boy who died after suffering serious injuries in her care. The girl, who is not related to the victim, was left babysitting Paxton Davis at her home in Maryland near Washington DC while her mother went out on an errand. Major Brian Reilly, commander of the criminal investigation division, told a press conference the motive remains under investigation.



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Pope compares child sex abuse to human sacrifice as he promises to combat 'with the wrath of God'

Pope compares child sex abuse to human sacrifice as he promises to combat 'with the wrath of God'Pope Francis wrapped up a landmark Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse on Sunday pledging to bring the “wrath of God” upon clergy who abuse children, and likening paedophilia to "human sacrifice". “We must deliver justice to whoever did this and never try to cover up any case,” Pope Francis told the 190 cardinals, bishops and participants gathered for the unprecedented four-day Vatican summit on the clerical sexual abuse crisis that has dogged the Roman Catholic Church for decades. “The echo of the silent cry of the little ones, who, instead of finding in them fathers and spiritual guides, encountered tormentors, will shake hearts dulled by hypocrisy and power." Support groups for the victims of clerical sexual abuse, however, said Pope Francis had lost a unique, high-profile opportunity for momentous change, instead opting for empty promises and “meaningless” reflection points.  His references to the devil and emphasis on the fact that the Church was not the only place children were abused particularly rankled.  Describing predatory priests as "tools of Satan", the Pope said paedophilia was "a widespread phenomenon in all cultures and societies". "I am reminded of the cruel religious practice, once widespread in certain cultures, of sacrificing human beings – frequently children – in pagan rites," he said. "Honestly it's a pastoral 'blabla', saying it's the fault of the devil," Swiss victim Jean-Marie Furbringer said. The summit concluded with the celebration of a mass, during which Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Mark Coleridge urged the swift implementation of change. “A mission stretches before us – a mission demanding not just words but real concrete action,” Archbishop Coleridge said. In his concluding remarks after mass, the 82-year-old Argentine pontiff called for a full-scale battle against the scourge of sexual abuse. This would include the development of guidelines, task forces and legislation within the church focused on eight key points: prevention, conduct, training, purification, protocols for informing authorities, fighting against sexual tourism and online abuse, accompaniment for the abused and, above all, protecting minors from predators in the Church. Vatican officials also confirmed he is considering changes to Canon Law to raise the current definition of minor from 14 to 18. He urged the “great majority of priests” who are not abusers and who feel dishonoured by the crimes of others to embrace an institutional change in mentality. Summit participants heard shocking revelations from the Church hierarchy about destruction of evidence, failure to report crimes and cover ups of the scandals in countries across the globe, including Chile, Germany, Ireland, Australia and the US. Victims’ advocacy and survivor support groups said they were disappointed by the pontiff’s failure to announce any concrete measures. More guidelines were by and large irrelevant, said Peter Saunders, a British victim who stepped down from a special commission on child protection out of frustration with the lack of progress and support. "The pope had a unique opportunity with the eyes of the world on him, to write into Canon Law that any priest or clergy who has been convicted or credibly accused must be removed from the priestly state forever. Likewise, any bishop, cardinal or church official who covers up from these crimes must be removed. Otherwise the church is still failing children across the world as we speak in a catastrophic way,” Mr. Saunders told the Telegraph.   Mr Saunders was among the dozens of abuse survivors who rallied outside the summit on Saturday, as inside others gave harrowing accounts of their abuse. One woman said she was forced to have three abortions after being sexually and physically tormented by a priest.  Nigerian nun Veronica Openibo scolded the cardinals and bishops for inaction, asking the question echoing endlessly through the  Vatican halls: “Why did we keep silent so long?”



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Pope vows 'all-out battle' saying child sex abuse like 'human sacrifice'

Pope vows 'all-out battle' saying child sex abuse like 'human sacrifice'Pope Francis on Sunday vowed to tackle every single case of sexual abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church, comparing paedophilia to “human sacrifice” in a speech that left victims cold. “If in the Church there should emerge even a single case of abuse – which already in itself represents an atrocity – that case will be faced with the utmost seriousness”, Francis promised.



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The Latest: Vatican City to get a child protection policy

The Latest: Vatican City to get a child protection policyVATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' summit at the Vatican on preventing clergy sex abuse (all times local):



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