Commentary: It's been 10 years since SNAP began prodding LCWR to take action on abuse by women religious. It's been a frustrating and fruitless decade.
Catholic sex abuse cases
Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano says Pope Benedict XVI vouched for a priest accused of sexual misconduct days before he became pope.
Today, as SNAP marks its 25th anniversary, its members can take satisfaction in seeing that its claims have been validated, and a few of its recommendations have been implemented.
The removal suggests that priests suspected of child abuse in one country can no longer find shelter in other countries.
The legal bills are far greater than the $4 million the archdiocese offered survivors of sex abuse before filing for bankruptcy on Jan. 4, 2011.
Abuse victims should be the focus of a new pastoral ministry since they are hurting and vulnerable to self-harm, said one of the six survivors to meet Pope Francis.
"We want to make this delicate material more accessible, more understandable and easier for bishops to apply," Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio said.
In a 107-page sworn affidavit, Jennifer Haselberger alleges her former employer had a "cavalier attitude towards the safety of other children."
The crisis of child abuse by clergy is not a thing of the past -- it will linger until the church humbly and courageously reaches out to all people still suffering in silence, said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.
"To some it might seem less than prudent to think that the church would go out of its way to seek out even more victims and survivors," opening up further possibilities for lawsuits, anguish and "trouble," he told representatives from bishops' conferences from around the world.
One of the Irish survivors of clerical sexual abuse who met Pope Francis on Monday described the encounter as a "huge vindication" for her.
The victim, Marie Kane, also asked the pope to remove Cardinal Sean Brady as archbishop of Armagh, Northern Ireland.