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Facing Financial Boycott, Diocese of West Virginia Agrees to Hire New Auditor and Make Findings Public

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A few days before protesting West Virginia Catholics were to begin withholding financial giving over alleged misconduct, diocesan leaders agreed to some of their demands, including hiring a new auditor and making that person’s findings public, an organizing laypersons’ group said Wednesday. That would give West Virginia Catholics the first look at the unusually hefty […]

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EPIC FAIL: Bishops Policing Bishops

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Catholic faithful across the country have demanded accountability from their bishops for the past year as sexual abuse scandals unfolded at the highest levels of the church. On Thursday, the bishops at last gave their response, in the form of a slate of new policies for policing themselves. Some Catholics, including advocates for more accountability, […]

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‘The Pope Ignored Them’: Alleged Abuse of Deaf Children on Two Continents Points to Vatican Failings

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When investigators swept in and raided the religious Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf, they uncovered one of the worst cases yet among the global abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church: a place of silent torment where prosecutors say pedophiles preyed on the most isolated and submissive children. The scope of the alleged abuse was […]

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Here’s Why You Should Care That McCarrick Won’t Get a Full Trial

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Six months after the Archdiocese of New York first announced it had received a “credible” accusation of sexual abuse against then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the disgraced former archbishop of Washington could soon find himself dismissed from the clergy altogether. But instead of conducting a full-blown trial, complete with procedural niceties and room for legal back-and-forth between prosecution and […]