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Top Vatican investigator on sex abuse says church must empower victims

By Claire Giangravé — July 2, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘We talk about communicating with victims, but we really need to listen to them,’ said Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna in a Tuesday webinar.

The success of Pope Francis’ new sex abuse reporting rules depends on enforcement

By Thomas Reese — May 9, 2019
(RNS) — Only if the new norms are enforced well can the church’s credibility be rebuilt.

Vatican meeting on abuse opens with indictments from victims

By Thomas Reese — February 21, 2019
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis’ goals for this week’s meeting on sex abuse have become clear: Win back the trust of the Catholic people by focusing on the victims of abuse.

Raising expectations for the Vatican’s abuse summit

By Mark Silk — February 5, 2019
There's good reason to think significant progress will be made.

Five reasons the pope’s clergy sex abuse meeting in Rome will fail

By Thomas Reese — January 17, 2019
(RNS) — Besides a lack of time to prepare and impossible expectations, even Francis' greatest strength, his pastoral sense, is working against him.

Pope taps experts, US cardinal to help prep for abuse summit

By Nicole Winfield — November 23, 2018
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Notably absent from the lineup announced Friday was Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, who heads the pope's sex abuse advisory commission.

Will Pope Francis solve the abuse crisis?

By Mark Silk — August 3, 2018
He has put himself in a position to do so.

At last, bad news is good news in the Catholic sex abuse scandal

By Thomas Reese — June 28, 2018
(RNS) — The truly bad news of the scandal, of course, has been the horrible abuse of children and the negative effects of the abuse will be with them for the rest of their lives. The good news is that perpetrators have been caught and exposed. Accusations are being investigated and the guilty are being punished.

Chilean police raid Catholic Church offices amid abuse probe

By Patricia Luna — June 13, 2018
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Police and prosecutors raided Roman Catholic Church offices in two Chilean cities Wednesday, looking for files, investigative reports and documents related to a clergy sex abuse scandal.

‘I have made serious mistakes,’ says pope. ‘I ask forgiveness.’

By Thomas Reese — April 16, 2018
(RNS) — Popes are not supposed to make mistakes. But Francis from the beginning of his papacy has admitted that he is a sinner like every other Christian.

Pope admits ‘grave errors’ in Chile abuse case

By Jerome Socolovsky — April 11, 2018
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has admitted he made "grave errors" in judgment in Chile's sex abuse scandal and invited the abuse victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness.

Vatican seeks to defuse scandal, says pope meets victims

By Nicole Winfield — February 15, 2018
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Spokesman Greg Burke said Francis meets in private with victims individually or in groups several times a month to "listen to them and try to help them to heal their serious wounds."

The pope sends in the cavalry to rescue himself

By Mark Silk — January 31, 2018
Let's hope Archbishop Charles Scicluna succeeds.

Pope sends rare condolence after Malta journalist is slain

By guest — October 21, 2017
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Rarely does the death of a private citizen elicit a formal letter of condolence signed by the Vatican secretary of state in the pope's name.

Malta OKs same-sex marriages over Catholic Church protest

By guest — July 12, 2017
(AP) Only one lawmaker out of 67 in the Maltese Parliament voted against the legislation, signaling its broad support in the predominantly Catholic island nation.
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