'Sex abuse crisis' returned 36 result(s)

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington DC, one of the United States’ most prominent churchmen who has come under pressure in recent months for his handling of historic sexual abuse. 

Women and lay people are critical to solving the crisis of sex abuse within the Church, the Bishop of Plymouth said during a strongly-worded intervention at Synod.

The Church’s leading sexual abuse investigator wants accountability of bishops to be on the agenda when Pope Francis holds a summit on child protection early next year. 

Lawyers for a man in Los Angeles who claims that as a child he was abused by a priest filed a lawsuit on 2 October against the California Catholic Conference and 11 of California's 12 dioceses, including the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

In response to current scandals, clericalism and the need for reform, Catholic women must take the initiative and make their voices be heard, according to a series of articles in a Vatican magazine.

A US-based Catholic think tank is seeking more than a million dollars to compile dossiers on individual cardinals in a bid to prevent a repeat of the 2013 conclave which elected Pope Francis. 

The Archdiocese of Washington announced on 28 September that former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, who was removed from ministry earlier this year after abuse allegations came to light, is now living in Kansas in a friary for Capuchin Franciscan friars.

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.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the German bishops' conference, admitted that mistakes were made in the German church's handling of sex abuse of minors and said he anticipates change in the church.

Inviting presidents of the world's bishops' conference to the Vatican to discuss abuse prevention reflects an understanding that "lovely" words and promises are not enough -- concrete, concerted action by the whole church is needed, said Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta.


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