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Cardinal Pell’s conviction overturned

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/07/20, 11:26 am

The most senior Catholic official found guilty of child sex abuse will leave prison after serving 13 months of a six-year sentence. The Australian High Court dismissed the convictions against Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday.

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Pope scraps ‘pontifical secret’ in abuse cases

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/17/19, 11:50 am

The Roman Catholic Church will treat accusations, proceedings, and decisions involving clergy abuse with a lower level of confidentiality, Pope Francis announced Tuesday. While in-house legal proceedings still will not be public, the new rule says official secrecy will no longer impede civil law proceedings. Francis also increased the age separating child and adult pornography from 14 to 18.

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Catholic bishop resigns in New York

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/04/19, 11:47 am

Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone, whose diocese in Buffalo, N.Y., faces more than 220 lawsuits filed by people claiming priests sexually abused them. The Vatican named Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany, N.Y., to head the diocese temporarily.

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