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Interview With McCarrick’s Former Secretary, Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo

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 The former secretary to defrocked American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has released excerpts from private and confidential correspondence among top Vatican leaders which reveal details of restrictions placed on McCarrick by the Holy See following allegations of sexual misconduct. The communications reveal the extent to which the restrictions were known among senior church leaders – […]

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Cardinal Philippe Barbarin Resigns After Being Convicted Of Failing to Report Abusive Priest

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In a surprise decision in France’s most important church sex abuse trial, a court on Thursday found top Catholic official Cardinal Philippe Barbarin guilty of failing to report to law enforcement accusations against a pedophile priest. The Lyon court handed Barbarin a six-month suspended prison sentence for not reporting the facts in the period between […]

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Vatican Confirms Secret Guidelines for Priests Who Father Children

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CBS News has confirmed that the Vatican has secret guidelines for priests who father children, despite their vows of celibacy. Vincent Doyle, the founder of a support group for children of priests, told CBS News that a Vatican official showed him the confidential instructions. Doyle said he’s been pushing the Church to publicly support those […]

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Women Describe Alleged Abuse by Nuns

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Catholic bishops from across the U.S. are gathering Wednesday for a weeklong retreat on the clergy sex abuse crisis at a seminary near Chicago. Organizers said the retreat, which was requested by Pope Francis, will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not policy-making. The gathering comes as CBS News has also learned of several cases […]

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Pope Francis to Clergy Sex Abusers: “Hand Yourself Over … and Prepare for Divine Justice”

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Pope Francis vowed Friday that the Catholic Church will “never again” cover up clergy sex abuse and demanded that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in. Francis dedicated his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy to abuse, evidence that a year of devastating revelations of sexual misconduct and cover-up has shaken his […]

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Whistleblower Says Bishop Malone Knew of Sexual Abuse Allegations, But Did Nothing

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The Roman Catholic Church is facing its biggest crisis in the United States since the Boston sex abuse scandal 16 years ago. 13 states are now investigating whether abuse was concealed by church leaders, including bishops who head each diocese. Sign the petition asking Bishop Malone to resign We have learned one place under scrutiny […]