Child & Youth Protection

Reporting system to record abuse complaints against bishops begins

A reporting system accepting sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. bishops and eparchs is in place.
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Archdiocese of Baltimore rolls out new national system to receive complaints against bishops

The Archdiocese of Baltimore implemented locally a new national reporting system for allegations against bishops for sexual misconduct that was activated March 16.
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Maryland bishops: End criminal statute of limitations for interfering with abuse reporting

The Maryland bishops are supporting a bill that would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for those that prevent or interfere with the reporting of child sexual abuse. 
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Archdiocese’s compensation program aids abuse survivors

When it comes to child sexual abuse, the Archdiocese of Baltimore for decades has offered counseling to anyone harmed by church personnel.
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Bishop Strickland says he asked pope about McCarrick report

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Tyler, Texas, said he asked Pope Francis about the Vatican investigation into Theodore E. McCarrick and the release of a promised report on how the former cardinal managed to rise through the church ranks.
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Pope lifts secrecy obligation for those who report having been abused

Pope Francis has abolished the obligation of secrecy for those who report having been sexually abused by a priest and for those who testify in a church trial or process having to do with clerical sexual abuse.
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West Virginia bishop asks predecessor to repay $792,000 to diocese

Bishop Mark E. Brennan of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, has asked the former bishop of the diocese to pay back more than $792,000 to cover the "inappropriate expenditure of diocesan funds to support a luxurious lifestyle."
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Vatican’s top investigator on abuse crisis addresses Notre Dame forum

U.S. Catholics "have to be prepared for another wave of traumatic narrative" regarding the clergy sex abuse crisis, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said Nov. 13 at the University of Notre Dame.
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Results released from independent investigation of Diocese of Bridgeport

The report found that Bishop Lori took “immediate and strong steps,” removing abusive priests, instituting organizational procedures for preventing and responding to abuse and beginning “meaningful outreach efforts to survivors for the first time in the diocese’s history.”
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Archbishop Lori participates in Notre Dame expert panel on clergy sex abuse crisis

Archbishop Lori said the numbers of abuse cases are significantly down, “but one case is still too many.” He emphasized that it is necessary always to see the charter and norms not just as policies to be complied with. Rather, he said bishops and their coworkers need to have “a conversion of mind and heart.”
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In Baltimore kickoff to speaking tour, Irish abuse survivor says she is disappointed with global reforms

Clergy sexual abuse survivor Marie Collins kicked off a five-city U.S. speaking tour on “The Catholic Tipping Point” in Baltimore Sept. 10, noting that she is disappointed with the results of the Vatican summit on child protection and efforts toward accountability and transparency.
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Appeals court upholds Cardinal Pell conviction on abuse charges

An Australian appeals court upheld the conviction of Cardinal George Pell on five counts of sexually assaulting two choirboys more than two decades ago.
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