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Pope Francis Wants Seminarians to Read This Letter from a Clerical Abuse Survivor

The letter urges them to ‘Please be a good priest.’

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Pope Francis Unveils Sweeping Reform of Catholic Church’s Penal Sanctions

The Vatican published Tuesday major revisions to Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, which covers penal law in the Church, including sanctions related to clerical sexual abuse.

Archbishop Stefan Heße of Hamburg, Germany, makes his announcement on March 18, 2021 / YouTube screenshot

German Catholic Archbishop Offers to Resign from Office after Abuse Report Findings

A German archbishop has announced that he is offering his resignation to Pope Francis and requesting “immediate release” from all duties.

Analysis: How Will Ordinary Catholics Respond to the Disappointment of McCarrick Report?

Ordinarily, a news analysis attempts to bring some context or expertise to a situation, in order to assess why something has happened, what might happen next, and whether any of it will prove to be important.

The Cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on June 18, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Victim Petitions to Sue Pre-seminary and Religious Group at Vatican Abuse Trial

At a hearing Tuesday of an ongoing abuse and cover-up trial against two Italian priests, the Vatican court accepted a request from the victim’s lawyer to sue the institution where the alleged abuse took place, as well as the group which oversees it.