A new lawsuit alleges former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and several other clerics sexually abused a teenage boy at a New Jersey beach house in the s. AP — A Kansas priest was sentenced to more than three years in prison for possessing child pornography, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. AP — Prosecutors in Wyoming have again decided not to pursue sexual abuse charges against a retired Roman Catholic bishop accused of abusing boys over decades. AP — Prosecutors have reduced charges against an Amish bishop accused of not notifying law enforcement about a church member's alleged confession in the sexual assault of three
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The instructions were instead part of a new handbook intended to guide bishops and religious superiors who may have little experience handling abuse cases. The change comes after three popes over three decades have tried to manage an abuse scandal that has involved tens of thousands of accusations against priests and clerics. Pope Francis, who was elected in , has gone further than his predecessors, experts say, in trying to establish a universal set of practices for a global church, consulting abuse victims and laypeople and urging church leaders to cooperate with civil authorities. But Francis has also been accused of falling short of actually enacting into law the forceful reforms he has advocated. An unprecedented sexual abuse summit at the Vatican in February raised hopes that a turning point had been reached, but it fell short of providing the clear global battle plan that Catholics have demanded. Critics say the biggest, perennial problem for the church has been the lack of transparency and the continued failure to hold bishops accountable.
Vatican Tells Bishops to Report Sex Abuse to Police (but Doesn’t Require It)
Advocates for abuse victims had long asked the Roman Catholic Church to make this change, but said the new guidance still gives bishops too much leeway. As former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick became a powerful figure in the church, several boys from one family say he targeted them. By Elizabeth Bruenig and Damon Winter. The cardinal, whose sexual abuse conviction was overturned last month, knew decades ago that priests had victimized children but failed to take action, a government inquiry concluded.
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