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Abuse crisis

Pope broadens rules for investigating abuse allegations

Pope Francis has updated the procedures for investigating sexual abuse allegations, specifying that leaders of international Catholic lay associations and movements have the same responsibilities over their members that bishops have over diocesan priests. Source: CNS.

Abuse crisis United States

New ministries take Christ to abuse survivors to promote healing

A US archdiocese has introduced two new ministries to promote healing for those harmed by clergy abuse. Source: OSV News.

Abuse crisis Europe

Polish Church condemns abuse charges against John Paul II

Polish Church leaders have reacted angrily to new claims that St John Paul II covered up clerical sexual abuse while serving as Archbishop of Krakow before his papal election and vowed to “defend his good name”. Source: The Tablet.

Abuse crisis

Abuse a clear and present danger: Pope

Establishing clear procedures for protecting vulnerable people against abuse “must become a priority in every local church”, Pope Francis has told a Latin American congress. Source: NCR Online.

Abuse crisis Europe

Polish bishops and experts reject allegations St John Paul II covered up abuse

The Polish Bishops’ Conference says that “further archival research” is needed to fairly assess a new allegation, based on communist secret police records, that St John Paul II covered up child sexual abuse by a priest while serving as the archbishop of Krakow. Source: CNA.

Abuse crisis Prayer

Pope calls for prayers for victims of abuse

Pope Francis has dedicated this month to praying for victims of abuse, saying simply asking forgiveness is not enough, but the Church must put victims first and avoid cover-up. Source: Crux.

Abuse crisis United States

Report claiming McCarrick not competent to stand trial challenged

United States prosecutors are challenging the medical report claiming former cardinal Theodore McCarrick is not competent to stand trial on charges he sexually abused a teenager in the 1970s. Source: OSV News.

Abuse crisis

New restrictions against Jesuit possible after credible abuse accusations

The Society of Jesus said it will open a new internal investigation on Fr Marko Rupnik SJ after receiving abuse accusations with a “very high” degree of credibility against the artist. Source: CNA.

Abuse crisis Retreat

Funding scheme offers healing for victims of Church abuse

People who have been abused or harmed in Church or other settings and are seeking healing may be eligible for a new funding scheme available in 2023. Source: The Catholic Weekly.