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Dallas: Missing and Incomplete Sex-Abuse Files Spark Police Diocese Raid

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Dallas police on Wednesday morning raided several Dallas Catholic Diocese offices after a detective said church officials have “thwarted” his investigations into allegations of sexual abuse by priests. Detective David Clark wrote in a search warrant affidavit that he uncovered new allegations while the diocese hid past allegations against priests, turned over incomplete records and […]

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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 […]