Catholic Church abuse in Maryland: Coverage from The Baltimore Sun

Exterior of the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore.

An accounting of decades of systemic sexual abuse of children within the Archdiocese of Baltimore is about to become public. The imminent release of a redacted version of a Maryland attorney general’s report comes as state lawmakers consider legislation related to child sexual abuse lawsuits. Here is The Baltimore Sun’s coverage:

Maryland Senate overwhelmingly passes Child Victims Act

The Maryland Senate voted, 42-5, to pass Senate Bill 686, which would remove the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse lawsuits and allow survivors to file lawsuits regardless of when their abuse happened.

Judge approves redactions for AG’s Catholic clergy abuse report, clearing way for its release

A Baltimore judge on Tuesday approved the needed redactions for the attorney general’s report on sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, clearing the way for its public release.

Key Maryland Senate committee OKs Child Victims Act, survivors 'vindicated'

A key Maryland Senate committee voted 10-1 Friday to pass the Child Victims Act, a law that would make it easier for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits against their abusers and the institutions that protected them.

Maryland AG to deliver redacted Catholic abuse report to judge, public release likely soon

Monday is the deadline for the Maryland Attorney General’s Office to give a Baltimore judge a redacted version of its 456-page report into the history of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, clearing the way for its public release.

With Gov. Wes Moore's support, survivors hope this is the year the Child Victims Act finally passes

This year marks the fourth time lawmakers will consider Del. C.T. Wilson’s Child Victims Act, a law that would remove the statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse lawsuits and open a retroactive lookback window.

'A public reckoning': Baltimore judge orders release of redacted Catholic church abuse report

A Baltimore judge has ordered the release of a redacted version of a Maryland Attorney General’s Office report detailing the history of child sexual abuse in the Catholic church.

As lawmakers consider sexual abuse bill, Catholic Church once pushed for the same provisions it now opposes

The Catholic Church suggests that the same legal avenue it sought in 1991 should now be considered unconstitutional.

Baltimore judge orders Catholic clergy abuse report proceedings remain secret; no decision yet on report's release

The legal fight over whether to make public a comprehensive report on sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests in Maryland will continue to play out behind closed doors, a Baltimore judge ruled.

Survivor groups slam Maryland Catholic Church statement on statute of limitations reform for failing to serve past victims

A day after the Maryland Catholic Church said it would support legislation reform on statute of limitations laws, survivors say it shows the church is still refusing to deal fairly with past victims.

Lawyers seek Catholic abuse survivors as Maryland lawmakers consider statute of limitations bill

The Maryland attorney general’s office said there were more than 600 victims of abuse at Catholic churches and schools. Boys and girls were abused, with ages ranging from preschoolers to young adults.

For years, the three Roman Catholic dioceses operating parishes in Maryland have successfully lobbied lawmakers to keep sexual abuse survivors from filing lawsuits against the church, a Baltimore Sun review of lobbying records shows.

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge ordered all court proceedings, communications and filings must remain confidential in the fight to release an attorney general’s office report into sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests over decades.

Baltimore archdiocese paying attorney costs for members of group seeking to seal court proceedings in clergy abuse investigation

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Baltimore says it's paying, at least in part, the fees of two attorneys representing people who are not accused of sexual abuse, but are named in a report from the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.

A Catholic priest told a church official he was attracted to teens. They told him not to 'worry about it.'

Catholic officials failed to act on abuse allegations or report them, according to a report prepared by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office.

Baltimore's Catholic Archdiocese will not oppose public release of AG report detailing sexual abuse

After days of mixed signals, the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore announced Tuesday that it would not oppose the public release of an attorney general report showing the extent of sexual abuses committed by clergy over the past eight decades.

Maryland AG report: 'No parish was safe' from 'rampant sexual abuse' in Baltimore's Catholic archdiocese

The investigation found the Archdiocese of Baltimore failed to report many allegations of sexual abuse, conduct adequate investigations, remove abusers from their posts or restrict their access.

Maryland attorney general's investigation of child sexual abuse in Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore nears completion

The Maryland Attorney General’s Office’s four-year-long investigation into the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s history of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests is almost finished.

I would like to hear something, please': Survivors of abuse call for release of AG Frosh's investigation into Catholic Church

Four years ago, Teresa Lancaster visited the Maryland Attorney General’s Office in Baltimore and described sexual abuse she suffered decades ago at Archbishop Keough High School. Tuesday she and other victims returned, seeking the status of an AG's office investigation.