Child & Youth Protection

Archbishop Lori shares Holy Week message

Archbishop William E. Lori shared the following video message with the people of the Archdiocese of Baltimore April 17.  A full transcript follows. 
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Retired pope publishes reflection on abuse crisis

Retired Pope Benedict XVI, acknowledging his role in helping the Catholic Church come to terms with the clerical sexual abuse crisis beginning in the 1980s, wrote an article outlining his thoughts about what must be done now.
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Protection groundwork done at parishes and schools

More than 30,000 volunteers, clergy, religious and employees in the Archdiocese of Baltimore were cleared after submitting to a criminal history screening in reporting year 2018 (July 2017 to June 2018).
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Archbishop Lori: Church has many reasons to get right response to child sexual abuse

A week into National Child Abuse Protection Month, Archbishop William E. Lori visited the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops chapel to celebrate midday Mass for employees of the conference to reflect on the church’s work to develop policies and procedures to prevent child abuse by those within the church.
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West Virginia diocese responds to suit, ‘steadfastly’ affirms child protection policy

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is addressing a lawsuit filed by the state "with utmost seriousness," while "steadfastly affirming" the diocese's rigorous child protection standards, said the diocese's apostolic administrator, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori.
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‘Spiritual combat’ must be part of fight against sex abuse, pope says

To fight clerical sexual abuse, the Catholic Church must have clear laws and procedures, but it also must engage in "spiritual combat," because it is obvious the devil is at work, Pope Francis said.
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Pope issues new child protection law, guidelines for Vatican City State

To better protect minors and vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse and exploitation, Pope Francis approved a new law and a set of safeguarding guidelines for Vatican City State and the Roman Curia.
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Pope accepts resignation of embattled Chilean cardinal

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Chilean cardinal who has faced widespread criticism for his handling of cases of clerical sexual abuse in the country.
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West Virginia’s attorney general files suit against diocese, bishop

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston "strongly and unconditionally" rejects the state attorney general's assertion that "the diocese is not wholly committed to the protection of children."
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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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