Massachusetts' bishops have endorsed a bill that would extend by 32 years the limit for filing civil suits against alleged perpetrators of sex abuse.
Catholic sex abuse cases
The settlement, which involved abuse allegedly carried out by Christian Brothers, totaled $12.1 million. "I deeply regret the pain suffered by these victims," Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said.
Poland's Catholic church has held a penitential service for victims of sexual abuse by priests after calls for more action to curb molestation in the country.
"It was said this was America's problem, and then a problem of Anglo-Saxon countries, and then a problem for the West -- the frontiers were pushed ever further so we could insist it didn't affect us," said Bishop Piotr Libera of Plock, a former bishops' conference secretary-general.
One of the seven had previously been sued for abuse in the Los Angeles archdiocese. They are not allowed to practice their ministries.
After almost a year of investigation, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith concluded that Bishop Cristian Contreras Molina of San Felipe was innocent of the child abuse accusations made against him.
Through a statement, the diocese of San Felipe said that "the Vatican has concluded that those accusations were not true and has established the absence of incriminatory evidence."
The district attorney's office also closed its investigation regarding the case, the statement said, adding that the bishop had cooperated with both investigations.
Catholics must "hold each other accountable for any actions or decisions," one speaker at the USCCB meeting said, but there was no discussion on who would look for that accountability.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said in a deposition he was uncertain that abuse of a child by a priest was a crime when he was in the Twin Cities archdiocese.
Saying church officials must be held accountable for child sexual abuse, Chris Naples, an abuse victim, has filed suit against the Trenton, N.J., diocese.
A former top official on two separate occasions advised St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt to resign in response to accusations of mishandled clergy sex abuse allegations. While Nienstedt has not done so, Fr. Peter Laird heeded his own counsel.
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