We say: The church has made progress in addressing the sexual abuse scandal, but none of it happened voluntarily. All of it was forced by public pressure.
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Part of Pope Francis' U.S. itinerary will take him to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in northeast Philadelphia along the Delaware River. One of the current occupants of the prison is Msgr. William Lynn.
A Roman Catholic priest whose charges of sexual abuse of a boy were dropped this month has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was unfairly targeted by police, the city and advocates for sexual abuse victims.
Fr. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang claims in the suit filed Thursday in St. Louis that false abuse accusations were the result of religious and ethnic discrimination. The suit says he was denied due process under the Constitution and defamed by a group that seeks justice for victims of abuse by priests.
Examining the Crisis: Many media reports describe the setting up of the Vatican tribunal to examine abuse as a breakthrough. There is no breakthrough.
The former papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic will stand trial next month at the Vatican with possible "international legal cooperation."
Updated: U.S. Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis resigned this morning, along with his auxiliary, Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché.
Bishops should require that all allegations of clergy sexual abuse be reviewed by diocesan review boards and make mandatory parish audits, Francesco Cesareo said.
Updated: The Ramsey County attorney brought six charges related to three victims of sexual abuse linked to former priest Curtis Wehmeyer.
Commentary: When you're told, "We've reported to law enforcement," insist on seeing proof. To church officials, the phrase "reported to authorities" can mean something very different.
Fr. Virgilio Elizondo has been accused of abusing a boy more than 30 years ago in a lawsuit filed against him, the San Antonio archdiocese and a former priest.