Six of California’s Catholic dioceses – including the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest – announced on May 14 that it was launching an Independent Compensation Program for survivors of clergy sex abuse.
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Bishops Address Abuse Crisis with U.S. Pilgrims at World Youth Day
Bishops from the United States addressed the sex abuse scandal back home during a popular event in Panama aimed at American and other English-speaking World Youth Day pilgrims.
Cardinal Cupich Calls February Abuse Summit Start of a ‘Worldwide Reform’
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, named Friday by Pope Francis to the planning committee for February’s high-stakes Vatican meeting on sex abuse, says the pope is seeking the “full involvement of the global Church in assuring the protection of children.”
Pope orders ‘thorough study’ of Vatican archives on ex-Cardinal McCarrick
John L. Allen Jr. and Ines San Martin ROME (Crux) – Pope Francis has ordered that an investigation by the Archdiocese of New York into sex abuse allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick be combined with a “thorough study of the entire documentation present in the archives of the dicasteries and offices of the Holy See” […]
US Bishops Address “Moral Catastrophe”
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement after a series of meetings with members of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and other bishops.
Following McCarrick Scandal, Cardinal DiNardo Acknowledges Crisis and Pledges Reform
Following Pope Francis’s historic decision to accept the resignation of once Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals after allegations of decades-long sex abuse, the head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) believes the “Church is suffering from a crisis of sexual morality” and is pledging reform.
Pope Accepts McCarrick’s Resignation As Cardinal
After a month of mounting allegations of sexual abuse against American Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Pope Francis has accepted his resignation from the College of Cardinals.
In Chile, ‘Historic Trial’ On Clerical Sexual Abuse
A Chilean prosecutor last weekend announced plans to bring an “historical trial” against the Catholic Church for attempting to hide or eliminate evidence related to clerical sexual abuse, confirming what Pope Francis said in May in a letter to the country’s bishops’ conference: “We know that there were religious who destroyed evidence.”
Chilean Bishops’ Resignations Are Accepted
After an in-depth Vatican-led investigation into clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 61-year-old Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, and two other Chilean bishops June 11.
Australian Prelate Convicted of Failing to Report Sexual Abuse
Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, who faces a maximum penalty of two years in jail for failing to inform police about child sexual abuse allegations, said he is disappointed at the court’s verdict.