Group says structural changes in church needed to address abuse

Catholic theologians, educators, parishioners and lay leaders across the United States expressed their disgust with the abuse scandal in the church, saying the details in a Pennsylvania grand jury's report "evince a horror beyond expression."
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Anderson calls for ‘full accounting of misdeeds’ that have led to scandal

After years of Catholics having to confess their sins to the clergy, it is now time for priests and bishops "to come clean about what they have done and what they have failed to do," the CEO of the Knights of Columbus said.
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Cardinal DiNardo announces plan to address ‘moral catastrophe’ of abuse

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Aug. 16 announced three key goals and a comprehensive plan to address the "moral catastrophe" of the new abuse scandal hitting the U.S. church.
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Cardinal lays out broad plan for parishes to implement ‘Amoris Laetitia’

"'Amoris Laetitia' is a call to compassionate accompaniment in helping all to experience Christ's love and mercy," Cardinal Wuerl said in the 58-page pastoral plan.
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Every child ‘a precious gift from God,’ Trump tells pro-life rally

President Donald Trump said that his administration "will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life."
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U.S. bishops’ predecessors read ‘signs of the times’ in founding USCCB

The USCCB began as National Catholic War Council, founded in 1917 to coordinate Catholic response to the war, including recruitment of military chaplains and a focus on displaced people and child welfare.
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At Baltimore Mass, Cardinal Parolin praises USCCB for century of working for ‘a more just society’

"The church in your country seeks to bring not only material assistance but also the spiritual balm of healing, comfort and hope to new waves of migrants and refugees who come knocking on America's door," Cardinal Pietro Parolin said.
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Health bill must protect poor, unborn and conscience rights, bishop says

U.S. senators must reject any bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act unless such a measure "protects poor and vulnerable people, including immigrants, safeguards the unborn and supports conscience rights," said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee.
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Bishops: Loss of affordable health care under Senate bill ‘simply unacceptable’

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the Senate health care bill, said late June 26 the measure would leave 22 million more people without insurance.
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