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Kansas City bishop finally pays the price for misusing power

Opinions, The Kansas City Star, April 22, 2015 

The departure of Robert W. Finn as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, although overdue, is a step forward for the diocese and thousands of area Catholics.

Finn's conduct in office made him a symbol of the Catholic Church's failure to adequately address child sexual abuse by priests. He was the first Catholic bishop to be convicted of a crime related to that crisis.

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A Bishop’s Resignation Puts All Eyes on Chile

Elizabeth Dias @elizabethjdias April 21, 2015 10:57 AM ET

The Vatican’s announcement that Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, was just one line, released in Tuesday’s daily press bulletin.

Advocacy group blasts Catholic board for keeping quiet about sexual assault allegations

By Roger Belgrave, Mississauga News, Apr 17, 2015

PEEL— A U.S.-based advocacy group for survivors of abuse has blasted Peel’s Catholic school board for its limited disclosure or outright silence when staff members are facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing, such as child sexual abuse.

Renewed push to pass Maspeth pol’s Child Victims Act

BY ROBERT POZARYCKI, [email protected] @robbpoz,

Four times since 2006, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey’s Child Victims Act — which extends the criminal and civil statute of limitations to punish sexual predators — passed the Assembly, but never made it to the state Senate floor for a vote.

The Maspeth lawmaker, however, isn’t giving up her efforts to make her bill a law.

Archdiocese seeks to shorten window for abuse claims

By Elizabeth Mohr,  [email protected], Posted:   04/14/2015 07:30:06 AM CDT,

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.

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".

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.

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."

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.

Gay Orgies and 'Murder' Scandals Engulf the Vatican

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