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Vatican confirms pope will meet abuse survivors in Ireland

Vatican confirms pope will meet abuse survivors in Ireland

| Cindy Wooden | August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will meet survivors of sexual abuse during his trip to Ireland Aug. 25-26, but it will be up to the survivors to decide whether any information about the meeting will be released, said the director of the Vatican press office.

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Clericalism: The culture that enables abuse and insists on hiding it

Clericalism: The culture that enables abuse and insists on hiding it

| Cindy Wooden | August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis blamed “clericalism” in the Catholic Church for creating a culture where criminal abuse was widespread and extraordinary efforts were made to keep the crimes hidden.

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St. Cloud-native nun’s pregame first pitch wows crowd, online world

St. Cloud-native nun’s pregame first pitch wows crowd, online world

| August 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Not only is Dominican Sister Mary Jo Sobieck a nun, she’s also an internet sensation.

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Two priests ruled unsuitable for ministry in Philadelphia Archdiocese

Two priests ruled unsuitable for ministry in Philadelphia Archdiocese

| Matthew Gambino | August 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Two priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have been found unsuitable for ministry, the archdiocese announced Aug. 19 following Masses at the parishes where Father Andrew McCormick and Msgr. Gregory Parlante most recently served.

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Eucharist is a taste of heaven on earth, pope says

Eucharist is a taste of heaven on earth, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

By receiving the Eucharist at Mass, Christians are given Christ’s same spirit and a taste of eternal life, Pope Francis said.

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Pennsylvania prelate says bishops who hid abuse should resign

Pennsylvania prelate says bishops who hid abuse should resign

| Rhina Guidos | August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

In an Aug. 16 interview with Eternal Word Television Network, Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico said the only way to regain the trust of the laity after decades-long claims of sexual abuse by priests and others at six Pennsylvania dioceses is by deeds and one of those deeds may mean getting rid of bishops who hid abusers.

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Group says only through major structural changes can Church address abuse

Group says only through major structural changes can Church address abuse

| Julie Asher | August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Catholic theologians, educators, parishioners and lay leaders across the United States expressed their disgust with the abuse scandal in the church, saying the details in a Pennsylvania grand jury’s report “evince a horror beyond expression.”

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Nuncio says U.S. bishops committed to addressing abuse scandal

Nuncio says U.S. bishops committed to addressing abuse scandal

| Cindy Wooden | August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops are “deeply committed” to facing the reality of clerical sexual abuse and the history of covering it up, said the Vatican nuncio to the United States.

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Victims say they felt hurt by fellow Catholics’ lack of compassion

Victims say they felt hurt by fellow Catholics’ lack of compassion

| Zita Ballinger Fletcher | August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sexual assault victims say they were hurt not only by individual priests, but by Church officials and ordinary Catholics who treated them with intolerance and indifference.

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Pope Francis: Abuse victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

Pope Francis: Abuse victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

| Cindy Wooden | August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

“No effort must be spared” to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and “to prevent the possibility of their being covered up,” Pope Francis said in a letter addressed “to the people of God.”

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Priests’ group says it’s ‘sad, angry, frustrated’ by abuse scandals

Priests’ group says it’s ‘sad, angry, frustrated’ by abuse scandals

| Dennis Sadowski | August 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests said its members are “sad … angry … frustrated” over continued reports involving fellow priests and a lack of accountability by bishops.

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U.S. Church’s response to sex abuse shows progress, but questions remain

U.S. Church’s response to sex abuse shows progress, but questions remain

| August 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

With the Aug. 14 release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report on priestly sexual abuse of minors, the U.S. Catholic Church again is confronting questions about its response to abuse allegations dating back several decades.

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