June 10, 2015

Pope Francis moves to hold bishops accountable in sex abuse crisis

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Pope Francis stepped up the pressure on bishops who fail to protect young people. Photo by Dado Ruvic courtesy of Reuters.

Pope Francis stepped up the pressure on bishops who fail to protect young people. Photo by Dado Ruvic courtesy of Reuters.

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(RNS) Pope Francis has approved the first-ever system for judging, and possibly deposing, bishops who fail to protect children from abusive clerics, a major step in responding to Catholics who have been furious that guilty priests have been defrocked while bishops have largely escaped punishment.