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Monday, August 27, 2018

Cardinal DiNardo seeks papal audience

by Heidi Schlumpf
Chicago: Calling the Catholic Church's latest controversy a "new low," Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich urged his fellow bishops to hold one another accountable and accept leadership from lay people on issues related to clerical sex abuse, while also praising Pope Francis' response - or lack thereof - to accusations by his former ambassador to the U.S.

by Catholic News Service
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he was "eager for an audience" with Pope Francis to gain his support for the bishops' plan to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.  

In an Aug. 27 statement, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston also said that the questions raised by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former nuncio to the United States, in a letter published by two Catholic media outlets "deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence."

by Nancy Sylvester, Global Sisters Report
Column: It is difficult to find the words to capture what I feel as the report of the 18-month investigation of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania is revealed. The number of priests - more than 300 - and the number of children abused - over 1,000 - is staggering. 

In the victims' testimonies, one feels the pain and the shame even these many years later. The magnitude of the violation is hard to imagine when the victim sees the abuser as a representative of God.

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