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Local Church responds to crisis

The Diocese of Phoenix was in the midst of its own sexual abuse crisis more than 15 years ago and has since been proactive in providing healing for survivors plus preventative measures training for Church employees and volunteers.

Faithful pray to purify church amid newest wave of clergy scandal

“It’s important to understand we are powerless against this evil but not helpless,” Fr. John Lankeit said. “It’s not in our power to fix. The solution to what is going on in the Church is to surrender to the Lord.”

Path to healing starts with seeking forgiveness, Cardinal Wuerl says

A "Season of Healing" for sexual abuse survivors is underway in the Archdiocese of Washington.

U.S. bishops tell pope abuse scandal ‘lacerated’ the Church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference said they shared with Pope Francis how the Church in the United States has been “lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse.”

Cardinal to meet with pope to discuss resignation as Washington archbishop

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Saying that the best way to serve the Catholic Church as it moves into the future, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington announced he plans to meet soon with Pope Francis to discuss the resignation that he submitted three years ago when he turned 75, as required by canon law.

Pope to convene world meeting on abuse prevention with bishops’ leaders

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis is calling the presidents of every Catholic bishops’ conference in the world to Rome Feb. 21-24 to discuss the prevention of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

Sexual abuse victims want to be heard by Church hierarchy, Jesuit...

SYDNEY (CNS) — The president of the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Center for Child Protection said most of the victims of clergy sexual abuse whom he has met primarily want the Church hierarchy to listen to them and understand the depth of their suffering.

Acusaciones de ex nuncio sean ‘tomado en serio’, dice el Obispo...

El Obispo Thomas J. Olmsted Phoenix ha hecho publica una declaración el 27 de agosto pidiendo que el testimonio del Arzobispo Carlo Maria Viganò, el ex nuncio apostólico a los Estados Unidos, en una carta que fue publicada  en dos medios Católicos, “sea tomado en serio por todos, y que cada acusación que él hace sea investigada a fondo”.

NRB: Change in Church’s culture, including bishops, needed to end abuse

WASHINGTON (CNS) — More committees are not the answer to stop the abuse of children and vulnerable adults by clergy, said an Aug. 28 statement by the National Review Board, which is charged with addressing clerical sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church.

Pope serene despite ‘pain’ over archbishop’s testimony, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While recent accusations by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò have created tension in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis is approaching the situation calmly, the Vatican secretary of state said.