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Taking stock of the clergy sexual abuse crisis: Holding bishops accountable

By Thomas Reese — March 28, 2019

(RNS) — As the Catholic sexual abuse crisis has rolled on, the demand that the bishops be held accountable has become the focus of inquiries from the Vatican to attorney general offices across the U.S.

The Catholic Church needs a way to deal with bad bishops

By Thomas Reese — July 26, 2018

(RNS) — Cardinal Sean O’Malley acknowledged this week that the church needs clearer norms and procedures for investigating and judging bishops. But O’Malley’s statement only raises further questions.

Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

By Nicole Winfield — February 19, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The announcement of the new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors came on the same day that a Vatican investigator will take the testimony in New York of one of the main whistleblowers in the Chilean cover-up scandal.

Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

By Delta Systems — February 19, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The announcement of the new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors came on the same day that a Vatican investigator will take the testimony in New York of one of the main whistleblowers in the Chilean cover-up scandal.

Pope Francis’ blind spot on sexual abuse

By Thomas Reese — January 25, 2018

(RNS) — The fundamental problem is that the church has no process for judging bishops that is transparent and has legitimacy with the public.

Irish abuse victim lashes out at Vatican bureaucracy as she quits panel

By Josephine McKenna — March 1, 2017

ROME (RNS) The departure of Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins is a huge setback for Pope Francis, who established the commission in 2013.

Clergy abuse survivor says Vatican commission is making progress

By Josephine McKenna — September 21, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Marie Collins said she would always like to see more done and faster, while another victim is more skeptical but wants to return to the papal commission.

Sex abuse victim allegedly sidelined by papal panel

By Rosie Scammell — February 6, 2016

ROME (RNS) “I made clear I would never be part of something that was a public relations exercise,” said British Catholic Peter Saunders.

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