The academic institute moved operations from Germany to Rome in an effort to influence the church's work on the sex abuse globally.
Catholic sex abuse cases
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said he would seek assurances from religious congregations operating in his diocese that they are rigidly following child protection guidelines after a fresh round of audits raised serious concerns.
In a statement Tuesday, Martin said it was "appalling" that some major religious congregations had delayed fully implementing the church's child protection guidelines and that, in some cases, this process only really got underway in 2013.
Martin said the delays left him "seriously concerned."
The film examines the whistleblowers' motives, actions and considerable repercussions they experienced for speaking out against abuse.
Bringing more expertise and more geographic balance, the larger commission and the global nature of the church could add to the complexity, rather than reduce it.
A quiet street and a quaint three-bedroom home drew Mike Stenzhorn and his family to Dittmer 15 years ago. He and his two children loved the neighborhood in the small community 40 miles southwest of St. Louis.
They didn't put much thought to the Roman Catholic facility across the street -- a small complex of buildings called the Vianney Renewal Center.
Stenzhorn knew the center had something to do with helping struggling priests. In any case, it seemed harmless, and the neighborhood was nice.
The St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese has reopened the case of Fr. William Stolzman, who has already twice cleared of sexual misconduct.
Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's former chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse cases, will head a new doctrinal team dealing with appeals filed by clergy accused of abuse.
Updated: The archdiocese described the bankruptcy as "the fairest way" to resolve existing and future claims of sexual abuse; Archbishop John Nienstedt restates he is not resigning.
Fr. Charles Engelhardt, 67, died Nov. 15 in prison two years into a six-to-12-year sentence.
One of the claimants in the bankruptcy described the proposed settlement as "a Christmas gift for lawyers" and said it likely would not be approved by the committee of creditors.