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7/19/2004 - Canadian Friar Accused of Sex Abuse Hides in California
A Dallas newspaper recently brought to light a case in which a Canadian priest accused of sexually abusing minors was moved by the Catholic Church to the United States....

6/21/2004 - Catholics Priests Accused of Sex Abuse Hide Abroad
Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children are hiding from authorities abroad, often with the assistance of church officials, according to an extensive newspaper investigation....

10/10/2003 - First Muslim Woman Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Human Rights for defending the rights of women and children as well as fighting for democracy in the Islamic world....

4/24/2003 - US to Abstain from UN Human Rights/Sexual Orientation Resolution
In yet another affront to advocates of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights, the US State department disclosed at a briefing Tuesday plans to abstain from voting on a UN resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation....

1/31/2003 - Pope Rejects Excommunicated Womens Appeal
The Vatican on Monday rejected an appeal filed last fall by seven womenordained and then excommunicated as Catholic priests....

8/22/2002 - Women Demand Churchs Attention for Sexual Abuse of Nuns by Priests
Despite worldwide focus on the notorious child sexual abuse scandal, the Catholic Church is continuing its routine of secrecy, denial, and feigned alacrity in regards to the little-publicized issue of nun sexual abuse by priests....

8/13/2002 - Priest Scandal Extends Worldwide; Catholic Heartland of Ireland Reels With Revelations
After years of sexually abusing young boys while leaders of the Catholic church looked the other way, a prominent Irish priest was arraigned on 29 charges of sodomy, indecent assault and gross indecency showing that the scandal that has rocked the church in the US extends even as far as the devoutly Catholic stronghold of Ireland....

8/5/2002 - Vatican Excommunicates Women Ordained as Priests
Less than a month after the Vatican called the ordination of women to priesthood "an affront to the dignity of women, whose specific role in the Church and society is distinctive and irreplaceable," seven women priests were excommunicated for failing to repent by the Church-issued July 22 deadline....

5/20/2002 - Canon Law Expert Says US Bishops Not Morally Responsible for Sex Abuse
Commenting on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Reverend Gianfranco Ghirlanda, Dean of Canon Law Faculty at Pontificial Gregorian University in Rome, argued that bishops should not inform their parishioners if a priest has committed pedophilia because the priest would be totally discredited in front of his parochial community and in fact would be blocked from any effective pastoral action. Ghirlandas comments come after the eruption of the child sex abuse scandal in the US....

4/17/2002 - Vatican Focuses on US Pedophile Priests Despite Worldwide Abuses
The Vatican has called a summit of U.S....

4/4/2002 - Lawsuit Launched Against the Vatican for Sex-Abuse Scandal
Two men, who claim to have been sexually abused by priests as teenagers, have filed lawsuits in Florida and Oregon that accuse the Vatican of conspiring with church dioceses and religious orders to protect sex offenders and pedophiles operating within the church....

4/2/2002 - Irish Bishop Resigns
One of Irelands most well-known bishops, Bishop Brendan Comiskey, announced his resignation yesterday amid allegations that he protected a pedophile priest from prosecution....

3/8/2002 - Irish Anti-Abortion Referendum Defeated
Irish voters narrowly defeated a referendum that would have increased the prohibitions on when women in Ireland are permitted to seek an abortion....

2/1/2002 - Irish Roman Catholic Orders Offer $110 Million to Victims of Abuse
Eighteen Catholic religious orders in Ireland offered Wednesday to pay $110 million to children who were physically and sexually abused by nuns and priests while they lived in the Churchs schools and child care centers....

1/9/2002 - Vatican Directs Priests Accused of Pedophilia to Stand Trial in Secret Church Courts
Scandalized by public outcry over widespread pedophilia and sexual abuse committed by Catholic clergy, Pope John Paul II issued a directive ordering the Vaticans Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith to set up guidelines for handling the problem....

11/27/2001 - Pope Apologizes for Sexual Abuse of Nuns
Pope John Paul last week apologized to those who were victims of sexual abuse and rape committed by clergy members, including priests....

3/27/2001 - Special Series: Priests, Rape, and AIDS Part IV
Exploited Nuns Go Unheard A young Islamic woman converts to Christianity, alienating her family and effectively banishing herself from the community she has grown up in....

3/23/2001 - Special Series: Priests, Rape, and AIDS Part III
Priests Impregnate Nuns, Some Advise Abortion Reports from 23 countries, mostly concentrated in Africa, reveal the widespread sexual exploitation of nuns by priests, many of whom are targeting nuns for sex because they see nuns as safe from HIV and AIDS....

3/22/2001 - Special Series: Priests, Rape, and AIDS Part II
Sexual Exploitation of Nuns by Priests Widespread The scandal surrounding priests, rape, and AIDS, according to news accounts, includes abuses of power and financial explotation....

3/9/2001 - Report Exposes Catholic Groups Ties to Anti-Abortion Organization
A report by Catholics for a Free Choice released this week exposes the connection between the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (CAFHRI), a conservative anti-reproductive rights group that lobbies the United Nations, and the anti-abortion group Human Life International, and reveals shocking remarks about Hillary Clinton made by its president Austin Ruse....

2/25/1997 - Archeological Excavation Discovers Remnants of Female Warrior Class
American and Russian archeologists have found skeletons of women buried with swords and daggers in Pakrovka....