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Gobsmacked: Rome steps in, reform votes delayed for bishops

BALTIMORE — Seasoned bishop watchers know that just about every fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a surprise. Sometimes it’s...

National Review Board chairman seeks fix to address charter ‘loophole’

WASHINGTON — The National Review Board chairman called for changes to the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" to "make it...

Open letter to U.S. bishops: Make prelates mandatory reporters of abuse

PHILADELPHIA — An open letter to the U.S. bishops asks that at their Nov. 12-14 fall general meeting in Baltimore, they make it mandatory...

Quebec bishops denounce abuses aired in broadcast on Oblates

MONTREAL — In a statement issued a few minutes after the broadcast of a story from Radio-Canada investigating sexual abuse allegedly committed by 10...

At synod, Sydney archbishop apologizes to young people for church failures

VATICAN CITY — Australian Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney used his speech at the Synod of Bishops to formally apologize to young people for...

Canadian bishops’ abuse policies do not include way to censure bishops

OTTAWA, Ontario — New sexual abuse policies that Canada’s bishops have vowed to implement will focus on prevention but will not include a mechanism...

Pa. bishops support creating fund to compensate survivors of sex abuse

PHILADELPHIA — The bishops of Pennsylvania’s eight Roman Catholic dioceses are supporting creation of an independent fund to compensate survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Ever...

Cardinal Wuerl addresses church’s ‘pain, confusion and disillusionment’

WASHINGTON — Addressing the clergy abuse crisis in the church will require “wider lay engagement, more realized accountability and evident transparency,” said Washington Cardinal...

World’s bishops call for action on abuse; English bishop wants synod

MANCHESTER, England — A global synod on priests could help the church to end the “terrible” scandals of clerical child abuse, an English bishop...

Prominent Catholics see larger role for laity in church’s abuse response

WASHINGTON — An independent lay-run board that would hold bishops accountable for their actions, a national day for Mass or prayers of reparation, and...

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