Family & Society
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Vatican summit brings little hope for change

Family | The historic meeting kicks off with historically low expectations
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 2/22/19, 03:00 pm

Pope Francis opened a four-day summit at the Vatican Thursday on preventing clergy sexual abuse by demanding action, not just condemnation. But critics are skeptical the meetings will set a new course for the church, particularly because the narrow focus of the gathering may fail to address the root cause of the crisis.

Organizers decided to restrict the topic of the summit to the sexual abuse of minors, bypassing two glaring issues some argue should be on the agenda: the sexual abuse of adults, especially seminarians and nuns, and homosexuality among Catholic leaders.

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Autonomy and accountability

Churches | A bombshell report on abuse by Southern Baptist leaders spurs reflection on church structure
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 2/15/19, 04:32 pm

A report about sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches this week sparked demands for criminal investigations and more accountability—calls that echo requests that abuse victims made to denominational leaders more than 10 years ago.

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‘Cut and pasted’ children

Family | Advocates argue children suffer the consequences when adults claim a right to parenthood
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 2/08/19, 05:43 pm

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on Tuesday that would redefine parenthood in the state by updating the laws on assisted reproduction.

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