Tag Archives: 2018 Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal Series

U.S. bishops move to address allegations of abuse, claims of cover-up

Backgrounder.  By Carol Zimmermann  Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — 2018 will no doubt be remembered as a dark time for the U.S. Catholic Church. Catholics felt betrayed by church leaders accused of sexual misconduct and cover-up revealed this summer … Continue reading

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Difficult 2018: For pope, it was year to come to terms with abuse crisis

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis marked the fifth anniversary of his election in March in the midst of a firestorm over his handling of clerical sexual abuse and bishops’ accountability in Chile. He … Continue reading

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U.S. bishops’ meeting has echoes, and differences, from 2002 gathering

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — The gathering of U.S. bishops in Baltimore Nov. 12-14 on the heels of the clergy abuse scandal that hit the Catholic Church this past summer had echoes of the 2002 bishops’ … Continue reading

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Bishops vote to let Vatican inquiry proceed without commenting

By Dennis Sadowski  Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops Nov. 14 defeated a resolution to encourage the Vatican to release all documents related to the investigation of allegations of misconduct by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick. The resolution … Continue reading

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Gobsmacked: Rome steps in,​ reform votes delayed

Analysis. By Greg Erlandson  Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — Seasoned bishop watchers know that just about every fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a surprise. Sometimes it’s an election result. Sometimes it is the debate … Continue reading

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On plane, pope discusses sex abuse, corruption of cover-up, China pact

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO ROME (CNS) — The Catholic Church has grown in its understanding of the horror of clerical sexual abuse and of the “corruption” of covering it up, Pope Francis said. … Continue reading

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After meeting pope, cardinal says he’s hopeful about addressing crisis

By Greg Erlandson  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston struck a determinedly hopeful tone after his long-awaited meeting with Pope Francis to discuss the growing sexual abuse crisis in the United States. “I … Continue reading

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Vocations in Ireland have dwindled due to abuse scandal, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While the faith of Catholics in Ireland is strong, the scandal of abuse and cover-up by church leaders has caused a decline in vocations to the priesthood and religious … Continue reading

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As survivors find voice, church leaders wrestle with how to address issue

By Chaz Muth Catholic News Service PITTSBURGH (CNS) — Pennsylvania survivors of clergy sex abuse spent the week after the release of the grand jury report finding their voice as bishops and priests in the state wrestled with how to … Continue reading

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Prominent Catholics see larger role for laity in church’s abuse response

By Dennis Sadowski  Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — An independent lay-run board that would hold bishops accountable for their actions, a national day for Mass or prayers of reparation, and encouragement to parishioners to become more involved in their … Continue reading

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