Sexual Abuse
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500 more Catholic clergymen accused of abuse in Illinois

by Kent Covington
Posted 12/20/18, 11:01 am

The Illinois attorney general’s office found that 500 more Catholic clergymen have been accused of sexually abusing children than the six archdioceses in the state have publicly identified, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Wednesday. The archdioceses listed 185 clergy members as having been “credibly” accused of child sexual abuse, she said, but the actual total is around 700.

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Vatican to bishops: Meet with victims

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 12/18/18, 11:23 am

A Vatican committee sent a letter on Tuesday warning that the credibility of the Catholic Church is in jeopardy over the global sexual abuse scandal. The letter went to the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world who will gather in February for a Vatican summit on sexual abuse prevention. The organizing committee urged attendees to meet personally with victims beforehand “to learn firsthand the suffering they have endured.”

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Pope Francis parts with two cardinals

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/13/18, 12:18 pm

Pope Francis has removed two cardinals who are facing sexual abuse accusations from his informal Cabinet, the Vatican announced Wednesday. Francis sent letters to Australian Cardinal George Pell and Chilean Cardinal Javier Errázuriz in October thanking them for their service, said Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office. Pell, 77, left his role as Vatican financial minister to stand trial in Australia for sex abuse charges.

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