Sexual Abuse

Associated Press April 17, 2018
Magistrate Belinda Wallington will make her ruling on May 1 on whether Pell will stand trial.
What makes the Barros case so important is that if the pope removes him from office, it will be the first time a Catholic prelate has been explicitly cashiered because he covered up abuse by others.
Pope Francis' letter asked "forgiveness of all those I have offended" and said he hoped to "be able to do it personally in the coming weeks."
In a letter to Chilean bishops, Pope Francis says he hopes to meet with Chilean sex abuse victims. "I apologize to all those who I have offended," he said. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Gerard O’Connell April 11, 2018
Pope Francis admitted that he had badly misjudged the situation in Chile, or as he put it: “I fell into serious errors in the evaluation and perception of the situation, due especially to the lack of true and balanced information.”
A Vatican police officer at St. Peter's Square during Easter Mass, April 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell April 07, 2018
Msgr. Carlo Cappella, who had served in the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C., has been under criminal investigation since his recall from the U.S. last September.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta said a legislative proposal called the Hidden Predator Act, or H.B. 605, is unfair to the Catholic Church and would be catastrophic to the church's mission. Georgia lawmakers are considering waiving the statutes of limitations for filing civil lawsuits over abuse of young people against nonprofits and businesses, but not government agencies or public schools. (CNS photo/Sean Gallagher, The Criterion)
Michael J. O’Loughlin March 29, 2018
Catholic leaders say they support abolishing time limits for criminal prosecution and expanding background checks for people who work with children. But they also point to an existing law that protects public institutions from “look back” lawsuits and say that it creates a double standard.