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Archdiocese seeks to shorten window for abuse claims

By Elizabeth Mohr,  emohr@pioneerpress.com, Posted:   04/14/2015 07:30:06 AM CDT, TwinCities.com

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which has filed for bankruptcy protection in the face of clergy abuse claims, is asking the court to sidestep a state law and reduce the window for victims' claims by about nine months.

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Papal sex abuse commission members meet over Chilean bishop

VATICAN CITY | , Reuters, Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:06am BST

Members of a commission advising Pope Francis on how to rid the Catholic Church of sexual abuse have met a top Vatican official to express their misgivings over the appointment of a bishop in Chile accused of covering up abuse.

Marie Collins, a victim of abuse from Ireland, told Reuters the meeting four members had with Cardinal Sean O'Malley on Sunday night "went well and the cardinal promised to take our concerns to the Holy Father".

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Catholic Church abuse claims were anticipated years before allegations were made

April 12, 2015 - 12:15AM

April 12, 2015 - 12:15AM, (29)Chris Vedelago, Jane Lee, Brisbane Times

The Catholic Church had set aside tens of millions of dollars to compensate sexual abuse victims years before it was prepared to publicly acknowledge the extent of the problem and now has up to $150 million set aside to cover existing and future claims.

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Despite rhetoric, Pope Francis treats cardinals like princes

 |  , National Catholic Reporter

In his pre-Christmas talk to the cardinals and bishops of the Vatican Curia, Pope Francis shocked his audience and the world by his scathing words on the failings of those working in the Vatican. He warned them against 15 separate "diseases" in their work and attitudes.

In this "examination of conscience," among other sins, he spoke of "spiritual Alzheimer's," "existential schizophrenia" and the "terrorism of gossip."

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Investigation into how abusive priest was transferred between dioceses

09 April 2015 12:48 by Joanna Moorhead, The Tablet

The Diocese of East Anglia is to commission an independent review into the circumstances surrounding the deployment of a priest who has been jailed for three years for abusing a boy at a children’s home.

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Gay Orgies and 'Murder' Scandals Engulf the Vatican

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Crookston Diocese accused of withholding names of priests in sexual abuse cases

By WDAY News on Apr 6, 2015 at 8:48 p.m.

 

Crookston, MN (WDAY TV) - The Crookston Diocese under fire after its Bishop is accused of withholding the names of priests involved in sex abuse cases.

 

A survivor's network of people abused by priests alleges Bishop Michael Hoeppner left out two priests from a list of offenders released in January 2014.

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Pope Francis and Zero Tolerance

By William Doino Jr. 4 . 6 . 15, First Things

The outcry against Pope Francis’s appointment of Chilean Bishop Juan Barros, who has long been associated with a child abusing priest of the Diocese of Osorno, has placed the pope’s “zero tolerance” policy against sexual abuse into question.

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Pope Francis faces serious tests of his leadership

AUSTRALIA, The Australian, TESS LIVINGSTONE THE AUSTRALIAN APRIL 04, 2015

Leading up to Easter, initiatives on opposite sides of the world underlined the value of effective church leadership.

In Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher announced 100,000 Catholic school students and their teachers would pause at noon each school day to pray the Angelus, an ancient prayer recalling the events of the Annunciation, when Mary, visited by the angel Gabriel, said yes to becoming the mother of God.

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The Awful Truth: Reflections on the Situation in Chile.

Jennifer Haselberger, 04/01/2015, Canonical Consultation and Services

There is a field of study in mathematics known as chaos theory. Students of 'chaotic' environments, which include natural systems such as weather and climate, note that even deterministic systems can produce unpredictable outcomes as a result of small differences in initial conditions.

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