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Judge sentences Cardinal Pell to six years in prison on abuse charges

Cardinal George Pell, 77, was sentenced to six years in prison March 13, just over two weeks after a Melbourne court allowed the publication of news that he had been found guilty of sexually abusing two boys.
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Archbishop Lori restricts ministry of Bishop Bransfield and Bishop Bennett in dioceses

Archbishop Lori has announced restrictions on the ministry of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, retired bishop of Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W.V., and Bishop Gordon D. Bennett, S.J., former auxiliary bishop of Baltimore and a former bishop of the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica.
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Pope: God is purifying the church with ‘unbearable’ pain of abuse scandal

The clerical abuse scandal has caused everyone in the Catholic Church "pain and unbearable suffering," Pope Francis said, but it also is a call to repentance and the renewal of the church.
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Cardinal Pell jailed in Australia ahead of March 13 sentencing

Australian Cardinal George Pell has been taken into custody for the first time since historic child sex abuse charges against him were set for hearing in May 2018.
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Cardinal Pell convicted on five counts; verdict will be appealed

An Australian court found Cardinal George Pell guilty on five charges related to the sexual abuse of two 13-year-old boys; sentencing is expected in early March, but the cardinal's lawyer already has announced plans to appeal the conviction.
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ANALYSIS: After the Vatican’s summit on abuse, the stakes are clear

With this summit, Pope Francis has tossed down the gauntlet. The stakes are clear. In the words of Australian Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, "All of this will take time, but we do not have forever and we dare not fail."
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Summit affirms need to hold bishops accountable, U.S. cardinal says

The Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis affirmed the U.S. bishops' strong belief that bishops and cardinals who abuse children or cover up abuse must be held accountable, said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.
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Measures to help protect minors are imminent, summit moderator says

While the four-day Vatican summit on the protection of minors has ended, the work to ensure that laws and concrete actions are in place is just beginning, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi.
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Pope: No more excuses; time for ‘all-out battle’ against crime of abuse

The time has come for an "all-out battle" against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing a global four-day summit on child protection in the Catholic Church.
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Lack of transparency harms church, justice, victims, cardinal says

Transparent, reliable and respectful administration is critical for counteracting sinful behavior within the Catholic Church, said German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising.
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Church credibility ruined by silent hypocrisy, sister tells summit

The hypocrisy of Catholic leaders who claimed to be guardians of morality yet remained silent about clerical sexual abuse has left the church's credibility in shambles, an African woman religious told bishops at the Vatican summit on abuse.
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Archbishop Lori supports Knights of Columbus novena underway to pray for success of Vatican summit

In response to the Vatican's summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis, with Pope Francis and almost 190 church leaders from around the world gathered together Feb. 21-24, Anderson and Archbishop Lori urged their brother Knights and their families to set aside time over a nine-day period to say a "Novena for...
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