The stolen children: Abuse scandals, thefts of newborns contribute to increased distrust in Chilean church

"You see the distance between the people and the church authorities; the people need to see in their authorities their own problems and lives."

The stolen children: Popular Chilean priest brought low by affiliation to theft of newborns

Today, 77-year-old Fr. Gerardo Joannon lives in semi-seclusion, suspended from his parish work, accused of arranging illegal adoptions for teenage girls from prominent families.

The stolen children: Chile parents allege theft of newborns

Nuns stand accused of working with a network of doctors, nurses and administrators to steal babies from mothers right after they were born.

Sexual assault an intractable problem across the country

The most recent issue of Notre Dame Magazine includes a long piece called “Anything but clear,” about sexual assault at the university, my alma mater. Yet its 3,936 words do not include these two: Lizzy Seeberg. She was the 19-year-old freshman at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., who committed suicide in the fall of 2010 after accusing a University of Notre Dame football player of sexual assaulting her.

“The number of sexual misconduct allegations in the 2010-11 academic year was consistent with past averages,” the alumni magazine story says near the top, “but a course of events drew widespread attention at Notre Dame and elsewhere.”