Child & Youth Protection

Path for reform goes through Rome

Rome does indeed move slowly, but the U.S. bishops, who are clearly feeling the pressure from their people, are committed to applying pressure of their own.
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Archbishop Lori reflects on completed bishops’ meeting

Archbishop Lori offered his reflections on the recently completed bishops meeting in Baltimore.
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Six sex abuse survivors announce lawsuit against U.S. bishops

As the U.S. bishops entered the last public part of their 2018 fall general assembly, centered largely on the clergy sex abuse crisis, six clergy sex abuse survivors announced Nov. 14 a lawsuit against the prelates' main organization, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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Bishops hear frank presentations, discussion on abuse crisis

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Nov. 14 he had opened the bishops' fall general assembly "expressing some disappointment," but "I end it with hope."
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Bishop Parker joins Facebook Live panel discussion at meeting of U.S. bishops

“Trust is such a difficult thing – it’s a difficult thing to earn, it’s a difficult thing to maintain and trust is really all about relationship,” Bishop Parker said during the session.
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Psychologist addresses bishops on helping abuse victims to heal

Heather Banis, victim assistance coordinator for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, told bishops gathered Nov. 13 for the second day of their annual fall meeting in Baltimore that helping victims and survivors of child sex abuse heal is a journey and one that involves showing them repeated trustworthiness.
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Archbishop Lori addresses Baltimore media at bishops’ meeting

“I think the thing to keep your eye on is not the formality of whether it’s a resolution or a formal vote. The thing to keep our eye on is getting the job done and America, the United States, has been the world leader in this,” Archbishop Lori said.
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Cesareo fears for church future if more action not taken on abuse

The U.S. bishops gave a standing ovation Nov. 13 to Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, for his report on the widening abuse crisis in the church and his calls for more action from them to address the abuse.
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Archbishop Hebda urges bishops to give all, show commitment to change

In his homily for the Mass, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul-Minneapolis, said that providence provided inspirational readings for the day on the appropriate patronal feast of St. Josephat, a 16th-century “brother bishop who gave his life for his sheep.”
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Survivors of clergy child sex abuse tell U.S. bishops of rejection, pain

Luis A. Torres Jr. stood before a group of U.S. bishops during one of the most publicly watched of their fall annual meetings Nov. 12 in Baltimore and in doing so revealed to the world the reality that he has lived with since childhood: that he was abused by a priest.
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Protesters call for change outside bishops’ conference in Baltimore

Survivors of clergy sexual abuse shared their stories and demanded church reforms outside the fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 12 in Baltimore.
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Papal nuncio urges U.S. bishops to restore trust, bring about reform

At the start of the annual fall meeting of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore, Archbishop Christophe Pierre encouraged the U.S. bishops to work hard together to restore trust and bring about church reform amid the current crisis in the church.
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