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Final U.S. Jesuit Province Releases Names of Accused Abusers Bringing Total To Over 300 Jesuits Nationally

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Fulfilling a vow to release the names of all U.S.-based Jesuits credibly accused of abuse, the Northeast Province of the Jesuits released a list on Tuesday, becoming the final province of the Society of Jesus to do so. In all, 50 names from the province were released, only 15 of whom are still alive. The […]

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It’s Clear Pope Francis ‘Owns’ This Synod

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A Synod of Bishops is often described as the “Congress of the Catholic Church,” with the College of Cardinals being the Catholic Senate. Both comparisons are terribly inexact, beginning with the fact that neither Catholic body holds any real power because it’s all in the hands of the pope. Yet there are certainly parallels, beginning […]

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After Decades of Left v. Right, Is It Now Bishops v. Everybody Else?

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Moments of great crisis generally affect institutions in multiple ways, some of which are immediately evident and others that take longer to discern. Amid the clerical abuse scandals currently rocking Catholicism, it’s worth asking if one such long-term result is playing out before our eyes. To wit, are we seeing a redefinition of the traditional […]

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Vatican’s Child Protection Office Says it Prevents, Doesn’t Investigate, Abuse

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Members of the Vatican’s commission for protecting young people in the Church have been listening to victims and survivors of abuse in Rome, while also pointing out they have no remit to investigate individual allegations of abuse. The 9th ordinary plenary assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which was set up […]

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Pope Francis Was Told About Priests Sexually Abusing Deaf Children in His Native Argentina

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From December 2, 2106: Advocates for clerical sex abuse victims expressed outrage Thursday that a priest accused of sexually abusing deaf children in Italy wasn’t sanctioned by the Vatican and allegedly went on to abuse children in Pope Francis’s native Argentina. Argentine police arrested the priest, 82-year old Nicola Corradi, this week. Corradi, priest Horacio […]