At least 50 priests or religious leaders were involved in the abuse of hundreds of kids, and diocesan leaders systematically concealed the abuse, according to a grand jury report.
Catholic sex abuse cases
Catholic clergy have a "moral and ethical responsibility" to report sexual abuse, said Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, tasked with reforming the Vatican's approach to sexual crimes.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis' mission includes restoring peace to troubled consciences, broken relationships, hurting families, ideologically divided societies and fractured communities -- especially those within the church.
A Pennsylvania appeals court has vacated the conviction of Msgr. William J. Lynn, and ordered a new trial for the Philadelphia archdiocese’s former secretary for clergy.
Commentary: Francis could do something meaningful about child sexual abuse — change canon law by abolishing the pontifical secret over allegations of the sexual abuse of children by clergy and religious.
Analysis: During his U.S. visit, Pope Francis missed a number of opportunities to address the clergy sex abuse scandal from victims' standpoint, instead praised church leaders for their endurance.
German Jesuit Fr. Klaus Mertes, Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson worry about credibility of bishops and the pope’s leadership in how sex abuse cases are being cleared.
At the Intersection: I see parallels between the abuse scandal in the Catholic church and the slow awakening we are witnessing about the realities of police violence.
Doyle said he spent eight to 10 hours over three days explaining the situation in the U.S. from the perspective of his 30 years of advocacy for victims.
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