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After Disappointing November Meeting, US Bishops Plan to Revisit Sex Abuse in June

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Next month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will meet in general assembly in Baltimore. The bishops left their November meeting without any decisive action towards ensuring accountability for bishops. Since then, the American bishops have gone on retreat together — at Pope Francis’ request — and the leaders of national episcopal conferences have met […]

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Pope Francis Requires Priests and Nuns to Report Sex Abuse, But Doesn’t Mandate Contacting Police

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On Thursday, Pope Francis announced a sweeping change to the way the Catholic Church responds to allegations of sexual abuse, but the measure doesn’t require church officials to notify law enforcement, sparking criticism that it doesn’t go far enough to protect survivors. Local church officials now are obligated to “report promptly” any allegations of abuse […]

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McCarrick’s Millions

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Billions in federal funding changing hands without transparency Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was known as a money man. It was a well-known fact that McCarrick would give envelopes of cash to his brother bishops and cardinals “to thank them for their work,” a former curial official said. He added, “Where these ‘honoraria’ came from or […]

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Theodore McCarrick: From Cardinal to Commoner

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Theodore McCarrick was demoted from cardinal to archbishop some months ago. Under pressure of media attention, the Vatican has upped the ante on penalties against him. Now he is simply Mr. McCarrick, forbidden to function as a priest in any but the most extreme emergency situations. He can still offer absolution to the dying victim […]