A lay task force's six-month independent review of the sex abuse policies in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese found "a flawed organizational structure."
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The Vatican's scheduled May appearance before a United Nations committee monitoring adherence to an anti-torture treaty is being done willingly, the Vatican said.
"I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil that some priests ... and to ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done by sexually abusing children."
In the past, Catholics who answered their bishops' call to serve on abuse commissions were ignored. Will the new commission be more of the same?
We say: It's tempting to look at news about sex abuse and church finances and conclude that the system is broken. In reality, it's the clerical system that's broken.
Faith and Justice: The bishops' annual report on abuse is not fun reading. Every allegation is bad news, but there is a bit of a silver lining.
Young Voices: Unfortunately, the Vatican sometimes makes saints, officially or unofficially, out of those responsible for abuse or abuse cover-up.
Of particular concern are four dioceses that would not allow any audits and the fact that "most" dioceses do not allow or conduct audits of parishes or schools.
Opinion: Francis can earn little credibility about his devotion to the poor if he does not first embrace those whose lives have been impoverished by his church.
For 30 years, the Milwaukee archdiocese has provided therapy for abuse victims. But survivors are unhappy with how therapy will be handled under the new plan.