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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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Pope orders inquiry into bishop as U.S. Church leaders discuss abuse crisis

Pope orders inquiry into bishop as U.S. Church leaders discuss abuse crisisThe Vatican and U.S. Church officials announced the investigation on Thursday as the pope was meeting U.S. Catholic Church leaders to discuss a scandal that has shaken his papacy. The Vatican said the pope had appointed Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore to run the Wheeling-Charleston diocese, West Virginia, until Bishop Michael J. Bransfield is replaced. There were no details on the specific allegations against Bransfield and neither he nor his legal representatives could immediately be reached for comment.



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Pope meets with US church leaders over clergy sex abuse

Pope meets with US church leaders over clergy sex abusePope Francis met with US bishops and cardinals on Thursday to discuss the Vatican’s response to a new wave of devastating claims of sexual abuse by clergy. The pope met Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who leads the US Conference of Bishops, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who advises the pope on sex abuse issues. DiNardo’s deputy Jose Horacio Gomez and general secretary Brian Bransfield also attended the closed-door meeting.



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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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Pope to meet US Church leaders after abuse cover-up claim

Pope to meet US Church leaders after abuse cover-up claimPope Francis will meet leaders of the US Catholic Church on Thursday, the Vatican announced, after a high profile accusation that the pontiff covered up sexual abuse allegations against an American cardinal. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, will attend the meeting after saying last month he was eager to meet the pope following the scandal. Two other conference officials will be at the meeting, as will Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said on Tuesday.



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Pope to meet U.S. Church leaders after archbishop's accusations: Vatican

Pope to meet U.S. Church leaders after archbishop's accusations: VaticanPope Francis will meet on Thursday with U.S. Catholic Church leaders who want to discuss the fallout from a scandal involving a former American cardinal and demands from an archbishop that the pontiff step down. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), asked for the meeting after Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano last month accused the pope of knowing for years about sexual misconduct by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and of doing nothing about it. The Vatican said in a statement the pope would meet on Thursday with DiNardo, Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley of Boston, and two USCCB officials.



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Pope should not resign, but church abuse tribunal needed: Bannon

Pope should not resign, but church abuse tribunal needed: BannonIn a statement that stunned the church, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said last month that Pope Francis should stand down for allegedly covering up for a former U.S. cardinal who was accused of sexually molesting children and adult seminarians. Some media saw the hands of fierce conservative critics of Francis behind the unprecedented attack on a living pope, including U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is close to Bannon. You don’t just sit there and say ‘I think you should resign’,” said Bannon during a visit to Rome.



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Ex-Mormon bishop accuses church elders of having 'pornographic' talks with kids

Ex-Mormon bishop accuses church elders of having 'pornographic' talks with kidsThe church will decide whether to oust Sam Young from the church on Sunday for asking others to vote against Mormon leaders.



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Pope Francis Just Reminded Us How The Church Still Feels About Homosexuality

Pope Francis Just Reminded Us How The Church Still Feels About HomosexualityIn the middle of a tumultuous controversy swirling around the Vatican ― in



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Chile's Santiago Archbishop says regrets 'tension' in the Church

Chile's Santiago Archbishop says regrets 'tension' in the ChurchRicardo Ezzati, the Archbishop of Santiago, told colleagues at an internal church event on Tuesday that the Catholic church was facing a “completely unprecedented situation,” according to the text of his speech posted on the archbishopric’s website. “The terms to describe this situation are well-known: pain, shame, anger, indignation, tension,” he said. “We are living in a tense time within the country and the Church.



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