Sexual misconduct

Vatican has secret rules for priests who father children

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The Vatican confirmed, for the first time, to the New York Times that it has internal guidelines on how to deal with priests who violate the longstanding celibacy tradition and become fathers to children.

Why it matters: The Times reports that many priests with children have long been "suffering from the internalized shame that comes with being born from church scandal. ... The children are sometimes the result of affairs involving priests and laywomen or nuns — others of abuse or rape. There are some, exceedingly rare, high-profile cases, but the overwhelming majority remain out of the public eye."

Former congressman tried to "coerce" relationship with female employee

In this image, former congressman Mel Watt looks down and away from the camera, partially covering his face with one hand.
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A previously unreleased inspector general report obtained by the Washington Post revealed that retired Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), former director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency under President Obama, abused his position by attempting to "coerce or induce" a relationship with a female employee who was working toward a promotion.

What they're saying: Watt has denied the allegations. Simone Grimes, the former employee named in the investigation, said in an email to the Post that she was satisfied with the results of the report. She filed a federal complaint against Watt last year, alleging that he blocked her from career advancement opportunities after she denied his advances.

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