Philly archbishop clears 3 priests, removes 5 others

(RNS) Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said Friday that five priests accused of sexually abusing children last year would be barred from ministry and could be defrocked, while three others were cleared by a church-led investigation and could return to pastoral work. By David Gibson.

Vatican website hacked for church’s ‘crimes’

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican website was under attack by the hacker group Anonymous on Wednesday, which said it targeted the Roman Catholic Church to punish it for its many 'crimes,' from sexual abuse to persecution of other religions. By Alessandro Speciale.

Bishops seek forgiveness for clergy abuse

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Bishops from all over the world at a Vatican-sponsored conference on clerical sexual abuse will take part in a penitential vigil in
Rome, seeking forgiveness for the church's role in preventing abuse. By Alessandro Speciale. 

Cardinal says bishops must cooperate with police on abuse

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) An American cardinal who has jurisdiction over all abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church said bishops have an obligation to “cooperate” with local law enforcement, but stopped short of mandating that bishops report abuse cases to police. By Alessandro Speciale.