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Pope defrocks priest involved in sex abuse scandal

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/28/18, 01:30 pm

Pope Francis defrocked a Chilean priest at the center of the ongoing sex abuse scandal in Chile, the Vatican announced Friday. The statement cited the “exceptional amount of damage” the priest’s crimes had done, adding that Francis was stiffening the sentence for “the good of the church.”

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Independent group to investigate Hybels, Willow Creek

by Mickey McLean
Posted 9/19/18, 05:17 pm

The Willow Creek Association announced Tuesday the formation of an independent committee to investigate accusations of sexual misconduct against Willow Creek Community Church’s founding pastor, Bill Hybels.

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More states probe Catholic abuse record

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/07/18, 12:33 pm

New York and New Jersey launched investigations Friday into the Roman Catholic Church’s handling of sex abuse allegations. Three weeks after a grand jury report found rampant sexual abuse of children by priests in Pennsylvania since the 1940s, Catholic leaders in New York and New Jersey said they would cooperate with authorities. The New York Archdiocese confirmed it received subpoenas and vowed to work with state Attorney General Barbara Underwood.

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