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Sex abuse claims brought against 700 Catholic clergy in Illinois

Sex abuse claims brought against 700 Catholic clergy in IllinoisAlmost 700 clergymen in Illinois have been accused of child sexual assault, a far greater number than the Catholic Church had previously disclosed, the Midwestern US state’s top prosecutor revealed Wednesday. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the Church’s revelations that 185 clergy members were credibly accused of sexual abuse fell short of the number her office has uncovered. The preliminary results of an investigation that began in August found more than 500 additional priests and clergy members with sexual abuse allegations in the Midwestern state’s six dioceses — a total of at least 685 accused.



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Illinois AG finds 500 more Catholic clergy accused of abuse

Illinois AG finds 500 more Catholic clergy accused of abuseCHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday issued a blistering report about clergy sexual abuse, saying that Catholic dioceses in Illinois has not released the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children.



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Almost 700 Catholic clergy in Illinois accused of sexual abuse: official

Almost 700 Catholic clergy in Illinois accused of sexual abuse: officialAlmost 700 clergymen in Illinois have been accused of child sexual assault, a far greater number than the Catholic Church had previously disclosed, the Midwestern US state’s top prosecutor revealed Wednesday. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the Church’s revelations that 185 clergy members were credibly accused of sexual abuse fell short of the number her office has uncovered. The preliminary results of an investigation that began in August found more than 500 additional priests and clergy members with sexual abuse allegations in the Midwestern state’s six dioceses — a total of at least 685 accused.



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Pope Francis says being gay is a 'fashion' to which the clergy is susceptible

Pope Francis says being gay is a 'fashion' to which the clergy is susceptiblePope Francis is "concerned" about what he described as the "serious issue" of homosexuality, saying in an interview published Saturday that being gay was a "fashion" to which the clergy is susceptible. "The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates," the pontiff said with regards to would-be priests. "In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church," he says in the book 'The Strength of a Vocation', released in Italy on Saturday. "This is something I am concerned about, because perhaps at one time it did not receive much attention," he said in the book, a transcript of an interview which will be released in ten languages. The Roman Catholic Church's position is that homosexual acts are sinful and the pontiff's stance on homosexuality in the clergy is not new. Profile | Pope Francis A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests in 2016 stressed the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gays and those who support "gay culture" from holy orders. The barring of people who present homosexual tendencies was first stipulated by the Catholic Church in 2005. "It can happen that at the time perhaps they didn't exhibit [that tendency], but later on it comes out," Francis said. "In consecrated and priestly life, there's no room for that kind of affection. Therefore, the Church recommends that people with that kind of ingrained tendency should not be accepted into the ministry or consecrated life. "The ministry or the consecrated life is not his place," the Argentine added. Gay clergy were urged to be "impeccably responsible" in a warning over bad behaviour that was notable for its silence on heterosexual clergy who break their vow of celibacy.



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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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Francis calls clergy abuse summit as issue imperils papacy

Francis calls clergy abuse summit as issue imperils papacyVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis summoned the presidents of the world's bishops' conferences Wednesday to a summit on preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children, responding to the greatest crisis of his papacy with the realization that Vatican inaction on the growing global scandal now threatens his legacy.



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New database documents Irish clergy linked to sex abuse

New database documents Irish clergy linked to sex abuseDUBLIN (AP) — An international research group launched a database Monday of Irish clergy convicted or credibly accused of sexually abusing children in hopes of pressing Pope Francis to disclose the names of all the priests and brothers deemed guilty by the church.



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Pennsylvania Releases Damning Report On Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

Pennsylvania Releases Damning Report On Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse ScandalPennsylvania's attorney general released on Tuesday the long-awaited results



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Pennsylvania Diocese Releases Names Of 51 Clergy, Laypeople Accused Of Misconduct

Pennsylvania Diocese Releases Names Of 51 Clergy, Laypeople Accused Of MisconductA Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania has released the names of 51 former



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Pennsylvania Diocese Releases Names Of 51 Clergy, Laypeople Accused Of Misconduct

Pennsylvania Diocese Releases Names Of 51 Clergy, Laypeople Accused Of MisconductA Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania has released the names of 51 former



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