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(clockwise left to right) Robert Van Handel, Berard Connolly, Gus Krumm, Samuel Cabot, Martin McKeon, David Carriere, Mario Cimmarrusti, and David Johnson

Roman Catholic Church Abuse Files Released In Unprecedented Move

Thousands of confidential religious files documenting sexual abuse among clergy members in the Roman Catholic church were made public on Wednesday.

05/23/2012

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Franciscan Files Released Highlighting Generational Patterns Of Sexual Abuse

The sexual abuse at St. Anthony’s, including Van Handel’s own account of his crimes, is included in more than 4,000 pages from the confidential files of nine Franciscan religious brothers who were accused of abuse. The internal files, coupled with an additional 4,000 pages of sworn testimony obtained by the AP, are the largest release of a religious order’s files to date and paint one of the fullest pictures yet of a pervasive culture of abuse that affected generations of students at the seminary dedicated to training future Franciscans.

05/22/2012

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