Effective Oct. 1, new law will allow a victim of child sex abuse to sue private entities for up to $1.5 million if he or she can show the organization failed to properly respond to sexual abuse that occurred under its watch.
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The report alleges that Church officials attempted to cover up many of the abuses by protecting predator priests and dismissing complaints.
Before Baltimore, Catholics in the young United States were under the jurisdiction of the Apostolic Vicariate of the London District in England.
Consecrated on May 31, 1821, the basilica cornerstone was laid in 1806 by Bishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in the United States.
A grotesque cycle of poverty, drugs and incarceration confronts the Church in Baltimore, which is coming to grips with its own failures and need to reassess how it can give hope to a deeply wounded city.