Category Archives: Vatican

Cesareo urges greater role for laity in church’s response to abuse

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Laypeople must be involved in a “more meaningful and influential role” to help Catholic bishops create “an environment of safety within the church,” the chairman of the National Review Board said in an opinion … Continue reading

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Bishops must protect their flock from abuse at all costs, archbishop says

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics need to know that their leaders “mean business” when it comes to protecting minors from abuse, the Vatican’s top abuse investigator told representatives of the world’s bishops and religious … Continue reading

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At summit, survivors expose ‘cancer’ of clergy sex abuse

Updated 10:06 a.m. By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — “Every time I refused to have sex with him, he would beat me,” an abuse survivor from Africa told Pope Francis and bishops attending the Vatican … Continue reading

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Vatican summit opens with acknowledgment of evil committed

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Opening the Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis said, “The holy people of God are watching and are awaiting from us not simple, … Continue reading

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N.J. priest at Vatican, removed in 2018, was accused of abuse in 2003

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — U.S. Msgr. Joseph R. Punderson, a senior official of the Vatican’s highest court, was instructed by his bishop to resign his Vatican post late in 2018 and then was removed … Continue reading

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Blaming homosexuality for abuse of minors is distraction, victims say

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — People must stop using homosexuals as scapegoats for the sexual abuse of children, two male survivors of abuse by priests told reporters. “To make this link between homosexuality and pedophilia is … Continue reading

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To know God is to know love, pope says at audience

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When speaking to God as a father, Christians experience a love that goes beyond human love and affection, which can be unpredictable and mired by selfishness, Pope Francis said. … Continue reading

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