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Justice Department probes Catholic Church sex abuse in Pennsylvania

Justice Department probes Catholic Church sex abuse in PennsylvaniaThe investigation is the first statewide probe by federal authorities of allegations of sex abuse and cover-up by the Catholic Church in the United States.



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Man says he was fired by Catholic diocese for gay marriage posts

Man says he was fired by Catholic diocese for gay marriage postsKeith Kozak says he was fired by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland for "liking" a post about a friend's gay marriage on Facebook.



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German Catholic Church apologises for mass child sex abuse

German Catholic Church apologises for mass child sex abuseGermany’s Catholic Church on Tuesday apologised to thousands of victims of sexual assault by clergy, with the institution’s top cardinal saying perpetrators must be brought to justice. The dismay expressed by the head of the German Bishops’ Conference came as the institution published a damning report showing that in Germany, almost 3,700 minors — mainly boys — were assaulted between 1946 and 2014. “Sexual abuse is a persistent problem and not a historical problem” in the Catholic Church, said Harald Dressing, a professor at the Mannheim Institute of Psychology, who coordinated the research commissioned by the Bishops’ Conference.



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Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic Church

Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic ChurchMore than half of the Netherlands’ senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal. Over the course of 65 years, 20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and their auxiliaries “covered up sexual abuse, allowing the perpetrators to cause many more victims”, the daily NRC reported. “Four abused children and 16 others allowed the transfer of paedophile priests who could have caused new victims in other parishes,” the Dutch newspaper added.



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Boston-Area Catholic Priest Charged With Sexually Assaulting Young Girl

Boston-Area Catholic Priest Charged With Sexually Assaulting Young GirlA Roman Catholic priest and Boston hospital chaplain has been charged with



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The Catholic Church Is Losing Its Most Devoted Followers

The Catholic Church Is Losing Its Most Devoted FollowersIf the Catholic church survives its latest scandal — the concealment of 300



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44,000 Catholic Women Demand Answers From Pope Francis Over Sex Abuse Crisis

44,000 Catholic Women Demand Answers From Pope Francis Over Sex Abuse CrisisMore than 44,000 Catholic women have signed a letter pressing Pope Francis to



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Nebraska Catholic diocese rocked by old abuse allegations

Nebraska Catholic diocese rocked by old abuse allegationsFor more than a decade, a conservative Catholic diocese was the only church in the U.S. that refused annual reviews of sexual misconduct.



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Vatican whistle-blower renews attacks on Pope Francis over disgraced cardinal as crisis in Catholic Church deepens

Vatican whistle-blower renews attacks on Pope Francis over disgraced cardinal as crisis in Catholic Church deepensA Vatican whistle-blower who has accused Pope Francis of having covered up sexually abusive behaviour by an American cardinal stepped up his attack on Wednesday, speaking from a secret location. Archbishop Carlo Mario Vigano, a former Vatican ambassador to the US, has plunged the Catholic Church into crisis with allegations that the pope failed to act against Theodore McCarrick, a US cardinal, who was accused of sexually abusing young priests over decades. Cardinal McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, resigned in disgrace last month, becoming the first cardinal to step down since 1927. Archbishop Vigano, 77, released an 11-page document detailing the allegations at the weekend and called on Francis to resign. He then went underground amid reports that he feared for his safety. After days of silence he gave an interview, from an undisclosed location, to an Italian journalist, renewing his criticism of Francis’ papacy. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick resigned in disgrace in July Credit: Max Rossi/Reuters  “I spoke out because corruption has now reached the highest levels of the Church hierarchy,” he said, claiming he had received broad support for his actions. “I have had messages from priests and the faithful who have thanked me because my testimony was for them a glimmer of hope for the Church.” He denied that he was pursuing a “vendetta” against Pope Francis and cardinals close to him. Vatican analysts say the attack appears to be part of a concerted effort by conservatives to oust Pope Francis, who they dislike for his relatively liberal views on issues such as acceptance of homosexuals, allowing divorcees to take Communion and his push for a more inclusive Church. “It really seems like an obvious move by conservatives to de-legitimise Francis," David Gibson, director of the Centre on Religion and Culture at Fordham University in New York, told Reuters. "This whole thing was carefully coordinated with conservative Catholic media and carefully timed." The strategy was to damage Francis’s legacy before he either dies or resigns, perhaps due to ill health, and to ensure a conservative successor. "It's the start of the campaign for the next conclave," said Mr Gibson, referring to the secret election held in the Sistine Chapel to choose a new pope. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has gone into hiding since making the allegations against Pope Francis Credit: Pool/Reuters “Behind these attacks there are dark forces,” said Tommaso Valentinetti, 66, an Italian archbishop. The pope’s enemies were “throwing mud” to try to discredit him, he said. The allegations against Pope Francis were first aired in the middle of his trip to Ireland, where he apologised for the Church’s decades of complicity and cover-up in the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy. Archbishop Vigano claims that he told Pope Francis of the allegations about Cardinal McCarrick, whom he described as “a serial predator”, back in 2013. He said that rather than punish McCarrick, the Argentinian pontiff had lifted sanctions imposed on him by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. It was only last month that Francis removed McCarrick as a cardinal, ordering him to live a lifetime of penance and prayer, after Church officials in the US found that allegations that he sexually abused a 16-year-old boy were credible. The Pope has not addressed the allegations directly but told journalists on board the papal plane returning from Ireland to Rome to "read the communique attentively and make your own judgement.” In his weekly address in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the sins committed by the Church in Ireland but did not mention the accusations levelled against him by Archbishop Vigano. The de facto leader of the conservatives who are deeply unhappy with Francis’s five-year papacy is Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American. Pope Francis poses with native Mexican people during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on August 29, 2018 in the Vatican. Credit: Giulio Origlia/Getty A traditionalist, he has accused the Pope of causing confusion with his remarks about homosexuality and giving Communion to divorcees who remarry in civil ceremonies. Cardinal Burke said on Wednesday that the allegations levelled against the Pope by Archbishop Vigano were “very serious” and had left him “speechless”. “I believe we now need a full response from the Pope and the Vatican,” he told La Repubblica newspaper. Calling for the pope to resign was “legitimate” if it was proved that he had made “grave errors” but the matter needed to be properly investigated, Cardinal Burke said. “I have nothing personal against the pope. I’m simply trying to defend the true faith and the clear presentation of the faith.”



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Here Are the Catholic Church Politics Behind That Letter Calling on Pope Francis to Resign

Here Are the Catholic Church Politics Behind That Letter Calling on Pope Francis to Resign"People are especially upset with the fact that Francis is opening the church on sexuality and homosexuality," says one longtime Vatican watcher



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