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  • Cesareo fears for church future if more action not taken on abuse

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops gave a standing ovation Nov. 13 to Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, for his report on the widening abuse crisis in the church and his calls for more action from them to address the abuse. Cesareo, ...

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  • Gobsmacked: Rome steps in, reform votes delayed

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Seasoned bishop watchers know that just about every fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a surprise. Sometimes it's an election result. Sometimes it is the debate you never expected. Sometimes it's that there's ...

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  • Pope names Archbishop Scicluna adjunct secretary of CDF

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis named Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, arguably the Catholic Church's most respected abuse investigator, to be adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Announcing ...

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Standards of bishops' accountability unveiled at USCCB meeting


BALTIMORE (CNS) -- A series of standards of episcopal accountability for bishops was formally unveiled Nov. 13 at the fall general meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. The standards will not be voted on during the bishops' meeting. A Vatican intervention announced Nov. 12 asked the bishops to delay approval of any elements of their proposals to strengthen the USCCB's policies on clergy sex abuse until they can be reviewed for their conformity to canon law and until after the February meeting at the Vatican for presidents of bishops' conferences worldwide.

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Gobsmacked: Rome steps in, reform votes delayed


BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Seasoned bishop watchers know that just about every fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a surprise. Sometimes it's an election result. Sometimes it is the debate you never expected. Sometimes it's that there's no debate.

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