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USDallas Diocese accused of hiding info in clergy abuse investigation

15:15  16 may  2019
15:15  16 may  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Police search Catholic Diocese of Dallas amid new child sexual abuse allegations

Police search Catholic Diocese of Dallas amid new child sexual abuse allegations Police executed search warrants at the offices of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas on Wednesday, along with two other buildings, after an investigation into child sexual abuse allegations against a former priest uncovered claims against others, Dallas police said. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

The Dallas Catholic Diocese on Thursday joined Catholic leaders across Texas in releasing the names of nearly 300 clergy members who have been The Dallas diocese said its list of 31 — which was met with skepticism from victims' advocates — includes those accused of sexual abuse of a minor

Dallas police officers on Wednesday morning executed a search warrant at the Dallas Catholic Diocese 's offices in Oak As part of a transparency effort, all Catholic dioceses in Texas —including Dallas — in January published lists of clergy members "credibly accused " of sexual abuse of minors

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The Catholic Diocese of Dallas is defending its response to sex abuse claims against priests, after police raided several of its properties including its so-called "secret archives" Wednesday. Church officials are accused of impeding an investigation.

In January, the Catholic Diocese in Texas named nearly 300 of its priests who had been credibly accused of abuse. Dallas police and the FBI say they launched Wednesday's raid because the diocese hid information about some of those priests from investigators.

Key points of Vatican law on reporting sex abuse, cover-ups

Key points of Vatican law on reporting sex abuse, cover-ups Pope Francis on Thursday issued a new church law about reporting clergy sex abuse and cover-up, outlining investigation procedures when the accused is a bishop or religious superior. It's the latest effort by the pope to respond to the global eruption of the sex abuse and cover-up scandal. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Dallas police searched the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and other properties Wednesday as part of the church's widening sex Max Geron of the special investigations division said the raids are related to five new allegations of sexual abuse that emerged after police issued an

Clergy abuse problems have roiled the church for years and flared up again in recent months. In August, a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report Burns said he owed transparency "to the faithful of the Diocese of Dallas ." "And more importantly I owe it to those who've been abused and their

Bishop Edward Burns says his diocese is fully cooperating with investigators after Dallas police seized boxes of evidence from three diocese locations.

"I stand confident as the bishop of the diocese of Dallas that we're doing what's right," Burns said at a press conference. Burns says his diocese is fully cooperating with investigators after Dallas police seized boxes of evidence from three diocese locations. The investigation began last August after allegations of child abuse against local priest Edmundo Paredes became public. Police now say more victims came out against other priests. According to an affidavit obtained by CBS News, police say they questioned the diocese about missing details in a priest's file from a 2004 abuse case. Only after that inquiry did the diocese reveal 51 pages had been left out which included one victim's claim of sex abuse. The diocese provided those pages three weeks later. The raid is the second in Texas in just six months. In November, CBS News began investigating the Houston-Galveston Archdiocese and its Cardinal Daniel Dinardo for allegedly covering up priest abuse. One week after our report, police raided the Houston-Galveston Archdiocese.

Following this latest raid Monica Baez, who says she was abused as a toddler in the 70s by her priest, offered hope to other survivors. "As a survivor, it's, it's, immense. It's huge," Baez said. "Don't let them win, don't let that perpetrator take your life over. And they will have justice in one way or another." The five priests accused of child sex abuse in the affidavit are no longer in active ministry. The Dallas Police Department told CBS News no arrests were made in the raid, though there is an active arrest warrant for Edmundo Paredes – but he is on the run.

Pope Sets New Rules for Investigating Sex Abuse.
Pope Francis is enacting new rules for investigating bishops over sexual abuse or its coverup, responding to mounting public pressure on the Catholic Church to improve accountability after a string of abuse scandals involving senior clergy. The new church law, laid out on Thursday, requires all dioceses in the world to set up a “public, stable and easily accessible” process for reporting allegations of abuse, including by bishops and cardinals, that protects victims and whistleblowers.

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