Clergy sex abuse crisis

Investigative reports from the Globe exposing the sex abuse scandal that continues to rock the Catholic Church today.

Globe Spotlight Team | Part 1 of 2

Church allowed abuse by priest for years

Former priest John J. Geoghan leaving his family home in Scituate in November.

Jim Davis / Globe Staff

Why did it take a succession of three cardinals and many bishops 34 years to place children out of John J. Geoghan’s reach?

Parishioners attend services yesterday at St. Julia’s in Weston. Cardinal Bernard F. Law assigned the Rev. John J. Geoghan to St. Julia’s in November 1984 even though Geoghan had been removed from his two prior parishes for molesting children.

Globe Spotlight Team | Part 2 of 2

Geoghan preferred preying on poorer children

Psychiatric documents offer added insights into the Rev. John J. Geoghan’s troubled mind and the motivations behind his aberrant actions.

Rev. Robert Bullock is pastor of Our Lady Of Sorrows in Sharon.

Church cloaked in culture of silence

Catholic priests were committing crimes so unspeakable that the Archdiocese of Boston went to extraordinary - and expensive - lengths to cover up the scandal.

Scores of priests involved in sex abuse cases

Under an extraordinary cloak of secrecy, the Archdiocese of Boston in the last 10 years has quietly settled child molestation claims against at least 70 priests.

Spotlight Report

Ex-Mass. bishop accused of ignoring abuse in NYC

The Most Rev. Thomas V. Daily is accused of brushing aside sexual abuse allegations.

Scandal erodes traditional deference to church

Prosecutors, judges, and politicians who once looked the other way when it came to the church’s dirty laundry are now holding church leaders to a higher standard.

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Ariz. abuse case names bishop, 2 priests

Documents show that the three had sex during the late 1970s and early 1980s with a Tucson teenager who was later given a chancery job to ensure his silence.

Archdiocese weighs bankruptcy filing

The Archdiocese of Boston prepared to take the extraordinary step of filing for bankruptcy, as hopes faded for a settlement with alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse.

More clergy abuse, secrecy cases

The Archdiocese of Boston for years dealt in secret with allegations against rogue priests, church records show.

A church seeks healing

Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of longtime Roman Catholic archbishop Cardinal Bernard F. Law.