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Vatican defrocks McCarrick over sexual abuse

by Mickey McLean
Posted 2/16/19, 10:56 am

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Roman Catholic officials found him guilty of sexual abuse in the church. The 88-year-old former archbishop of Washington, D.C., can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments, wear clerical vestments, or have any title in the church. The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith office of the Vatican on Jan.

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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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