'Chile abuse crisis' returned 18 result(s)
Despite many positive and joyful moments during the Synod of Bishops on young people, bishops also have set aside the agenda to discuss the serious scandals and unfolding allegations affecting the church, two synod fathers said.
Pope Francis opened the Church's youth synod by urging participants to take their lead from younger generations and to avoid “falling into moralistic or elitist postures.”
With Pope Francis halfway into the sixth year of his pontificate, the percentage of US Catholics who view him favourably, while still strong, is noticeably down.
Pope Francis accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, bringing to seven the number of bishops who have stepped down since June in response to the clerical sexual abuse scandal in their country.
Several American bishops responded quickly upon hearing of the charges leveled by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, that church leaders -- including Pope Francis -- had been told years ago of the abuse allegations lodged against retired Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick.
The Catholic bishops of Latin America pledged their loyalty to Pope Francis and spoke against the "shameful" way he has been attacked, said the president of the Latin American bishops' council during an Aug. 26 Mass in Medellin, Colombia.
Chilean authorities have raided the offices of the Chilean Episcopal Conference in the capital of Santiago as part of an ongoing investigation into sexual abuse committed by members of the Marist order of brothers.
Chile's bishops acknowledged they had "failed to fulfil our duty by not listening, believing, attending or accompanying the victims of grave sins" after a five-day meeting to discuss the clergy sexual abuse crisis rocking the country.
The Church needs to confront its teachings on issues like celibacy, female ordination, its theology on sexuality and its hierarchical structure, otherwise it will continue to decline into irrelevance, Fr Kevin Hegarty has warned.
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