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The Ball Is Now In The Bishops’ Court

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When the U.S. bishops gather in plenary assembly in Baltimore two months from now, their immediate task will be putting in place a new system of episcopal accountability in dealing with sex abuse. Its elements will likely include a code of conduct for themselves, a hotline for receiving complaints, and a framework for judging bishops […]

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Nearly 400 Polish Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

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Nearly 400 Polish priests were accused of sexual abuse of minors from 1990 until 2018, a study commissioned by the Episcopal Conference of Poland revealed on Thursday. The study covered data collected from the more than 10,000 parishes in Poland, and included religious orders. According to the report, 382 priests were accused of abuse during […]

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Vatican Abuse Summit Follow-Up Decides To Hold More Follow-Ups

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On Monday, in the Vatican’s first follow-up to last week’s child abuse summit, officials emphasized “encounter” and the need for concrete responses as called for by Catholics. The focus of the four-hour meeting Feb. 25 was “first and unanimously” on Pope Francis’ desire for encounter, according to a statement by papal spokesman Alessandro Gisotti. In […]