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Former papal adviser says Francis needs to make sex abuse a priority

By Claire Giangravè, February 22, 2018, Crux

ROME - A former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has charged that Pope Francis is not making the fight against sexual abuse a priority, and expressed her frustration with the procedures and limitations of the group, which she said led her to hand in her resignation last year.

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Iowa priest suspended after allegation of 'unwelcome advances,' diocese says

By Luke Nozicka, February 20, 2018, De Moines Register

A Council Bluffs priest was suspended Tuesday after an allegation of unwelcome advances, the diocese said.

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Disgraced cardinal cancels appearance representing Pope after locals vow to protest

By Claire Chretien, February 20, 2018, USA Life Site

SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, February 19, 2018, LifeSiteNews  – Pope Francis appointed disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony to be his special envoy to the Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s 150th anniversary Mass. But after uproar, the diocese removed the announcement of Mahony’s visit from their website and told LifeSiteNews the cardinal informed them “late last week” that he’ll be unable to attend.

On January 13, the Diocese of Scranton issued a press release saying, “Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, as his special envoy at the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the erection of the Diocese of Scranton, to be observed with a Pontifical Mass on March 4 in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton.”

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Pope backs down, OKs resignation of divisive Nigerian bishop

By: NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press, Feb 19, 2018, KIRO 7

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis backed down Monday and accepted the resignation of Nigerian bishop who had been rejected for years by the priests of his diocese, setting a precedent that could have repercussions in Chile and elsewhere when papal authority is challenged.

The announcement came after Francis in June issued a harsh ultimatum to the priests of Nigeria's southern Ahiara diocese, warning they would lose their jobs if they didn't obey him and accept Monsignor Peter Okpaleke as their bishop. Francis gave each priest 30 days to pledge their obedience.

The Vatican said Monday that 200 priests obeyed, but some still expressed problems in working with Okpaleke.

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Vatican seeks to defuse scandal, says pope meets victims

By NICOLE WINFIELD, APNews, February 15, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis meets frequently with victims of sexual abuse, seeking to defuse a mounting scandal over his unbridled support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse.

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.”

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Diocese of Syracuse creates program to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse

By Patrick Lohmann, February 14, 2018, New York Upstate

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Catholic Diocese of Syracuse announced today it will create a program that will allow victims of clergy sexual abuse to seek compensation.

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I’ve Been a Mormon for 75 Years. Here’s What I Know About the Church and Assault.

By Judy Dushku, February 13, 2018, The Cut

The most shocking thing about the outing of Rob Porter this week is not that there is another accused wife-batterer in the White House — it’s who did the outing: his Mormon ex-wives. Mormon women pretty reliably show up in comedy and drama as naïve, passive, and sweet mothers; gentle women who do not take the reins in blowing up an abuser and a criminal.

In bringing down Porter, Jennie Willoughby and Colbie Holderness defied their church bishops, who had dismissed their allegations about how he punched and choked them, and instead went public. They shared photographs, and details of the alleged abuse, and refused to back down — even in the face of a president who doubts them. To see Mormon women take on a Mormon man of such stature is quite a new image.

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Catholic Church's Massive Wealth Revealed

By Royce Millar, Ben Schneiders, Chris Vedelago, February 12, 2018, The Sydney Morning Herald

The Catholic Church in Australia is worth tens of billions of dollars, making it one of the country’s biggest non-government property owners, and massively wealthier than it has claimed in evidence to major inquiries into child sexual abuse.

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Pope Francis, a brewing crisis and 'feminine genius

By Robert Mickens, Rome, February 9, 2018, La Croix International

The biggest error Catholic leaders have made regarding the church’s response to priests abusing children

has been the exclusion of women leading the policy-making process

The last couple of weeks have not been what anyone in his or her right mind would call the most brightly shining moment in the current pontificate.

First, the cardinal in charge of the Roman Curia’s office on the laity blocked Ireland’s former president, Mary MacAleese, from speaking at an International Woman’s Day event originally scheduled to take place inside the Vatican. In response, the organizers simply moved the venue to the nearby Jesuit headquarters.

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Michigan State turns over 45,000 pages to AG, gets extension from lawmakers

By Justin A. Hinkley, Lansing State Journal, February 9, 2018

EAST LANSING - Michigan State University was expected on Friday to have turned over some 45,000 pages of documents to investigators at the Michigan Attorney General's Office, with more to come on "a rolling basis," according to a letter from the university's attorneys to investigators.

Meanwhile, lawmakers on Friday gave the university until Wednesday to hand over documents in their own investigation into how MSU officials responded to Larry Nassar scandal. 

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