Catholicism
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Vatican releases report on accused cardinal

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/10/20, 12:23 pm

Pope Francis escaped most of the blame for ignoring allegations of sexual abuse against former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. But the Vatican’s 400-plus-page internal investigation named a series of former and current bishops, cardinals, and popes who it said turned a blind eye to the clergyman’s alleged misconduct toward children and adults. McCarrick served as a priest, bishop, and archbishop in New York and New Jersey from the 1950s until becoming archbishop of Washington, D.C., in 2000.

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New York diocese files for bankruptcy

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/01/20, 06:16 pm

The Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York has faced more than 200 lawsuits since the state last year allowed victims of child sexual abuse to lodge complaints no matter how much time had passed. On Thursday, it became the latest and largest of more than 20 U.S. dioceses to file for bankruptcy protection. Rockville Centre, which includes much of Long Island and is home to 1.4 million Catholics, estimated it would owe $500 million in restitution and fees.

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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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