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Catholic diocese names accused sex abusers

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 8/02/18, 01:24 pm

A Pennsylvania Catholic Church diocese on Wednesday named 71 priests and other members of the church accused of child sex abuse. Harrisburg Bishop Ronald Gainer held church leadership responsible for failing to adequately respond to accusations over the years. The diocese said it would strip the names of the bishops who led the church for the past 70 years from all church properties.

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Pope Francis changes Catholic teaching on the death penalty

by Les Sillars
Posted 8/02/18, 10:49 am

Pope Francis in a new policy published Thursday changed the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty, saying it is always “inadmissible” because it “attacks” the inherent dignity of all humans. The Vatican said Francis approved in May the change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which had previously not ruled out capital punishment if needed to defend human life “against the unjust aggressor.” That position is now considered “outdated,” according to Catechism No. 2267.

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Australian archbishop convicted of concealing child sex abuse

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/22/18, 10:20 am

An Australian court on Tuesday convicted a Catholic archbishop of covering up child sex abuse. Philip Wilson, archbishop of Adelaide, is the highest-ranking member of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy to face legal penalties in the worldwide abuse scandal. Wilson pleaded not guilty to concealing priest James Fletcher’s abuse of children in the 1970s. The 67-year-old archbishop will be sentenced in June and faces a maximum sentence of two years.

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