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Pope Francis Tells Newly-Ordained Bishops to Fight Abuse and the Culture Behind It

Pope Francis Tells Newly-Ordained Bishops to Fight Abuse and the Culture Behind ItFrancis cited his recent letter about combatting abuse to 74 new bishops



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Pope tells bishops to fight abuse, culture behind it

Pope tells bishops to fight abuse, culture behind itVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops Saturday that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled the sex abuse and cover-up scandal rocking his papacy.



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Why It Is Time for All U.S. Bishops to Resign

Why It Is Time for All U.S. Bishops to ResignIn the midst of the Catholic Church's latest reckoning



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Chile's Catholic bishops apologize for failing abuse victims

Chile's Catholic bishops apologize for failing abuse victimsChilean Catholic bishops apologized on Friday for having “failed” victims of sexual abuse and promised to work with prosecutors to prevent a repeat of the crimes dating back five decades. “We failed in our duty as pastors by not listening to, believing, caring for or accompanying the victims of terrible sins and injustices committed by priests and religious lay people,” the Church said in a statement at the end of five days of meetings by Chile’s Episcopal Conference.



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Diocese names 71 accused of child sex abuse, blames bishops

Diocese names 71 accused of child sex abuse, blames bishopsA Roman Catholic diocese on Wednesday identified 71 priests and other members of the church who had been accused of child sex abuse and said it was holding accountable the bishops who led the church for the past 70 years, announcing their names will be stripped from all church properties.



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Pope Francis accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops

Pope Francis accepts resignations of three Chilean bishopsBy Crispian Balmer and Aislinn Laing VATICAN CITY/SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of three Chilean bishops following sex abuse scandals, including Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, the city at the center of the uproar, the Vatican said on Monday. In an unprecedented move, all of Chile’s 34 bishops offered to resign en masse last month after attending a meeting with the pope over allegations of a cover-up of sexual abuse in the country.



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Pope tells bishops not to accept gay seminarians: report

Pope tells bishops not to accept gay seminarians: reportPope Francis warned Italian bishops this week to vet carefully applicants to the priesthood and reject anyone they suspected might be homosexual, local media reported on Thursday. “Keep an eye on the admissions to seminaries, keep your eyes open,” the pope was quoted as saying by newspaper La Stampa’s Vatican Insider service. “If in doubt, better not let them enter.” The Vatican did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the remarks, which Vatican Insider and Il Messaggero said were made at a closed-door gathering on Monday.



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All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandalThirty-four Chilean bishops announced their resignation Friday over a child sex abuse scandal within the Church in Chile that has come to haunt the reign of Pope Francis. “We, all the bishops present in Rome, have tendered our resignation to the Holy Father so that he may decide freely for each of us,” the bishops said in a statement after three days of intense meetings with Francis at the Vatican. “We want to ask forgiveness for the pain caused to the victims, to the Pope, to God’s people and to our country for the serious errors and omissions we have committed,” the statement continued.



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German bishops tell Vatican: Catholics reject sex rules

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS (Reuters) – Germany’s Catholic bishops, responding to a worldwide Vatican survey, said on Monday that many Church teachings on sexual morality were either unknown to the faithful there or rejected as unrealistic and heartless. They said the survey, drawn up for a synod on possible reforms in October, showed most German Catholics disputed Church bans on birth control and premarital or gay sex and criticized rules barring the divorced from remarriage in church. The results will not be news to many Catholics, especially in affluent Western countries, but the blunt official admission of this wide gap between policy and practice is uncommon and bound to raise pressure on Pope Francis to introduce reforms. Bishops in Germany, one of the richest and most influential national churches in the 1.2-billion-strong Catholic world, have been pressing the Vatican to reform, especially over divorce.
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U.S. Catholic bishops ask Congress for contraceptives reprieve

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Roman Catholic bishops stepped up their battle against President Obama’s contraceptives policy on Friday by urging Congress to use its fiscal debate to free religious employers from a mandate requiring insurance coverage for birth control. In a letter to all 535 members of Congress, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore suggested two provisions to extend existing federal conscience protections to the contraceptives mandate and strengthen the ability of opponents to seek vindication in federal court. …
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