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LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Archbishop
Jose H. Gomez said penance and purification is needed to rebuild the U.S. Catholic
Church and respond to the abuse crisis.
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Some victims of clergy sex abuse and
their supporters are calling on federal and state entities to investigate sex
abuse within the Catholic Church and root out abusers and anyone who has
(CNS) -- In an Aug. 18 letter to students and staff at The Catholic University
of America, its president, John Garvey, said the laity must have a role in
rebuilding the church in the wake of a new clergy sex abuse scandal that has
also trained its aim on bishops for their failure to act in stopping the abuse.
Pa. (CNS) -- The Jesuit-run University of Scranton announced Aug. 20 it was
rescinding honorary degrees given to three former bishops of the Diocese of Scranton,
and removing their names from buildings.
(CNS) -- Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said Aug. 20 that he takes full responsibility
for office procedures that resulted in him never being notified about a June
2015 letter sent to his attention regarding "sexual
abuse/harassment/intimidation" allegations concerning Archbishop Theodore
PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Two
priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have been found unsuitable for
ministry, the archdiocese announced Aug. 19 following Masses at the parishes
where Father Andrew D. McCormick and Msgr. Gregory J. Parlante most recently
Ore. (CNS) -- Portland Archbishop Alexander K. Sample issued a letter Aug. 20 to
western Oregon Catholics in which he expresses shock, anger and discouragement
over revelations of clergy sex abuse in other parts of the country.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will meet survivors of
sexual abuse during his trip to Ireland Aug. 25-26, but it will be up to the
survivors to decide whether any information about the meeting will be released,
said the director of the Vatican press office.
(CNS) -- Sexual assault victims say they were hurt not only by individual
priests, but by church officials and ordinary Catholics who treated them with
intolerance and indifference.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "No effort must be spared"
to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and "to prevent the
possibility of their being covered up," Pope Francis said in a letter
addressed "to the people of God."
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) -- At an
Aug. 17 news conference, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, said
that in response to the release of the grand jury report on abuse claims in six
Pennsylvania dioceses over a 70- year period, he will collect and release a
list of the names of priests in the diocese he currently heads who committed
CHICAGO (CNS) -- "Sorrow,
disgust, outrage -- these are righteous feelings" for all to have in reaction
to the latest abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
said in an Aug. 17 statement.
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