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Pope Francis image rightly tarnished by child abuse comments
By Markham Hislop
March 9, 2014
Recent remarks by Pope Francis are a throwback to conservative Pope Benedict XVI.
Is Pope Francis the face of a new Catholic Church? Or is he just public relations window dressing on the same old medieval institution?
Francis stumbles on sexual abuse
By Mark Silk
March 10, 2014
Rome, we’ve got a problem.
Pope Francis, politically the surest-footed pontiff in many a long century, stumbled pretty badly last week in discussing the crisis that has engulfed Roman Catholicism these past dozen years.
Church sex abuse survivors criticize Pope
By NBC Nightly News
March 5, 2014
On Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis’ strong words – printed in Italy’s largest newspaper -- caught some parishioners by surprise.
Pope defensive on sex abuse as commission lags
By Nicole Winfield
March 5, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is coming under increasing criticism that he doesn't get it on sex abuse.
Pope hits out at criticism of Church over sexual abuse
By BBC News
March 5, 2014
Pope Francis has strongly defended the Roman Catholic Church's record on tackling sexual abuse by priests.
In a rare interview with an Italian newspaper, the Pope said "no-one else has done more" to root out paedophilia.
Plug pulled on event for sex offender archbishop Kenneth Storheim
By Kristin Annable
March 2, 2014
A small but fervent group remains committed to raising funds for convicted sex offender and disgraced archbishop Kenneth (Seraphim) Storheim.
Mother of priest's victims reveals family pain, more abuse and church's rebuke
By Madeleine Barab
February 25, 2014
The mother of the boys abused by the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer no longer ends her days with a silent prayer. Memories and flashbacks surface too easily in those quiet moments. Instead, she plays solitaire on her cell phone until sleep.
A novel approach for Twin Cities Catholic officials: Punish those responsible
By Kristen Ward and David Clohessy
February 26, 2014
One way to sometimes stop people from doing wrong is to punish them for doing wrong. History, psychology and common sense all suggest this approach often works.
Pell's new job called a 'golden parachute'
By Channel 9 News
February, 25, 2014
Cardinal George Pell's new job at the Vatican is not an honour but an "escape clause", says a group representing survivors of child sex abuse by priests.
Number of alleged sex abusers greater than church has revealed
By Madeleine Baran
At the height of the national clergy abuse scandal 11 years ago, Archbishop Harry Flynn gave speeches across the country condemning child abuse and vowing to change the church.