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Pope Francis Struggles to Escape Scandals of 2019

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Pope Francis ended 2019 in embarrassment when he angrily slapped the hand of a woman who had pulled on his own while he was greeting pilgrims on New Year’s Eve. He began 2020 with a public apology for losing his patience and setting a “bad example.” It was a fitting coda to a year in […]

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St. Greta Spreads the Climate Gospel

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A movement that believes in sin, penance and salvation doesn’t sound very scientific. It’s been noted before that the cause of addressing climate change has become something like the modern world’s version of a secular religion. In much of Europe especially, but in sections of American society too, a kind of climate theology has replaced […]

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Vatican Loses Access to International Financial Watchdog Information

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An international network of financial watchdogs has suspended the Vatican’s access to its information, dealing a major blow to the Vatican’s financial credibility under Pope Francis. The Egmont Group, a Toronto-based network of more than 160 national financial intelligence units around the world, has decided to suspend the Vatican watchdog from access to its secure […]

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Insurers Face Wave of Costly Child Sex-Abuse Claims

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New state laws encouraging child sex-abuse victims to come forward are expected to spur a wave of lawsuits against insurance companies. Twenty-two states and Washington, D.C., have laws going into effect this year that extend or eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex-abuse claims against alleged abusers or the institutions they were affiliated with, […]

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New York Sex-Abuse Law Brings Forth Hundreds of New Cases

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One woman alleged that an elementary-school teacher repeatedly put his hand up her skirt while hidden behind a chalkboard, sometimes hitting her with a plastic bat. A man accused a social-service worker tasked with driving him to court of abusing him in a car. Another man claimed that while he was hospitalized at age 7, […]

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Catholic Church Offers Cash to Settle Abuse Claims – With a Catch

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A potential flood of lawsuits has spurred the Catholic Church to offer mediation, only if accusers agree not to sue Four decades ago, Jimmy Pliska says, he was sexually assaulted by his local parish priest on an overnight fishing trip. Now, he has an agonizing decision to make. Amid a recent wave of sexual-abuse investigations […]

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Two Priests Resign in West Virginia Shakeup

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On Monday, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced the resignations of Monsignors Anthony Cincinnati and Kevin Quirk. A third priest, Frederick Annie, resigned in September, it said. The diocese didn’t give a reason for the moves. “Archbishop Lori has and continues to make a number of decisions and changes for the good of the local Church, […]

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Vatican Allows Guam Archbishop to Keep Rank Despite Child-Abuse Verdict

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An archbishop in Guam who was found guilty of sexual abuse of minors by a Vatican court and permanently removed from his post remains a priest with the rank of archbishop, underscoring wide inconsistencies in the Catholic Church’s approach to abuse around the world. The sentence, in the latest abuse case involving senior Catholic hierarchy, […]

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Everyday Catholics Can Fight Sex Abuse

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Bishops have failed to police themselves.  It’s time for the laity to step up. More than 15 years after Americans learned of gross abuse of children by Catholic priests, this week the Vatican hosts its first-ever summit on the “protection of minors.”  For four days bishops from across the world will hear victims’ testimony and […]