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Pope apologizes for priests' sex abuse, promises strong response

Apr 11, 2014 - 10:36 am .- Pope Francis called April 11 for an “even stronger” Catholic Church response to combat sexual abuse, saying he felt compelled to “personally ask forgiveness” for priests who have sexually abused children.

Cardinal Dolan anticipates attacks over handling of sex abuse

Feb 25, 2014 - 12:06 pm .- In an attempt to both anticipate and deflect “potentially negative publicity,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York has written a defense of his time as an auxiliary bishop of the St. Louis archdiocese.

Cardinal reaffirms child protection pledge as documents release

Jan 22, 2014 - 12:04 am .- Responding to the release of documents about Chicago priests accused of abusing minors over the past 50 years, Cardinal Francis George has apologized to victims and reaffirmed that no accused priests are presently serving in ministry.

Cardinal stresses accountability amid past clergy reports

Jan 13, 2014 - 07:07 pm .- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has sent a letter to the faithful of his archdiocese ahead of the release of documents about past clergy sexual misconduct, reaffirming that no known sex abusers are in active ministry.

Archbishop Chaput calls contribution to priest's bail 'just'

Jan 3, 2014 - 03:54 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has explained his decision to provide ten percent of the bail of Msgr. William Lynn, whose conviction for child endangerment was overturned last week.

Archbishop Chaput says five Philly priests unfit for ministry

Dec 18, 2013 - 01:05 am .- Continuing the Philadelphia archdiocese's response to a grand jury report on sex abuse or misconduct by clergy, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Dec. 15 declared five priests unsuitable for ministry, including one who faced a substantiated allegation of abuse committed 30 years ago.

Priest's arrest shows Philadelphia reforms, attorney says

Sep 27, 2013 - 10:26 am .- The Philadelphia archdiocese drew praise for its swift reporting of an inactive priest to authorities after a young man said that he had been abused during his time as an altar boy between 1998 and 2001.

Vatican willing to hand over accused nuncio to civil authorities

Sep 12, 2013 - 10:57 am .- A Vatican spokesman has said that the Holy See is willing to hand over a former nuncio accused of sexual misconduct to civil authorities in the Dominican Republic if requested to do so.

LA Catholics pray for victims as more sex abuse files released

Aug 2, 2013 - 02:03 am .- As the first set of religious orders' files on accused sex abusers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is released, one leading priest has urged prayer for victims and continued efforts for child protection.

Milwaukee archbishop releases abuse documentation

Jul 3, 2013 - 04:19 am .- Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki has released almost 6,000 pages of documents related to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s handling of sex abuse cases, saying the documents will help the Church face up to mistakes and prevent abuse.

Vatican lawyer not surprised by court's refusal to hear abuse case

Jun 18, 2013 - 12:04 am .- A dismissed request that the International Criminal Court investigate U.S. clergy sex abuse as a crime against humanity misunderstands the nature of the Catholic Church, the Vatican’s U.S. lawyer has said.

Religious orders to release records of abusive LA priests

May 30, 2013 - 02:02 am .- Catholic religious orders will soon release confidential files about priests accused of sex abuse who were assigned to work in Los Angeles, fulfilling part of a settlement agreement with victims.

Archbishop Myers stresses child safety efforts in Newark

May 30, 2013 - 12:02 am .- Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark has reaffirmed the archdiocese’s commitment to protecting children following the resignation of a priest who violated a legal agreement to avoid minors.

Former Newark priest arrested after breaking court agreement

May 21, 2013 - 02:03 pm .- After violating the terms of an understanding with local prosecutors, a priest who recently resigned from ministry with the Newark archdiocese was arrested May 20.

Abuse report finds few allegations against clergy in 2012

May 11, 2013 - 01:04 pm .- The latest report on child protection in the U.S. Catholic Church found a total of 11 credible allegations of abuse of minors by diocesan clergy in 2012, with a 20 percent decrease in the numbers of new credible abuse allegations about incidents in the past 60 years.

Newark archdiocese says media 'mischaracterizing' accused priest

May 1, 2013 - 12:05 am .- The Archdiocese of Newark asserts that a local publication is inaccurately portraying the continued ministry of a priest who was accused of abusing a minor.

Protest launched over clerical sex abuse video game

Apr 17, 2013 - 04:04 pm .- Spanish civil rights groups have launched a campaign calling for the removal of a video game based on clerical sex abuse, in which a Pope figure coordinates abuse and tries to avoid being caught by reporters.  

Archbishop Chaput finalizes three priests' ministry removal

Apr 8, 2013 - 01:03 pm .- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has finalized three priests' removal from archdiocesan ministry: one who faces a “substantiated” allegation of abuse in a 40-year-old incident and two priests who have been accused of sex abuse or other misconduct.

LA archdiocese settles sex abuse case for nearly $10 million

Mar 13, 2013 - 11:04 am .- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $9.99 million to settle a case brought by four supposed sex abuse victims of Michael Baker, who was formerly a priest of the archdiocese.

LA archdiocese vows continued anti-abuse efforts

Jan 22, 2013 - 04:00 pm .- As former priests face litigation over sexual abuse, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has renewed its commitment to protect the young people of the Church.

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