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Victims, reports say boards to review church abuse flawed

This October 1968 family photo shows Katie Bowman as a child, right, in her room in Waterloo, Iowa. Bowman’s parents welcomed into their religious home three priests who molested her, she said, starting when she was around 4, a few months after this photo was made.

November 22, 2019

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help bishops ensure...

Vatican considers nixing celibacy requirements

Pope Francis walks past statues depicting naked pregnant women as he arrives to attend a tree planting rite with members of Amazon indigenous populations in the Vatican gardens, Oct. 4, 2019.

Ella Lee, Arts & Life Editor

October 28, 2019

Bishops voted on the penultimate day of a synod for Amazonian clergy to suggest that Pope Francis should loosen the celibacy requirement for some priests in the Amazon to promote interest in priesthood. The vote, which took place Oct. 26, was 128 in favor to 41 opposed — the closest margin of any t...

DePaul and Loyola respond to sexual abuse coverup

DePaul and Loyola respond to sexual abuse coverup

Marin Scott, Nation & World Editor

September 17, 2018

It has been a month since the grand jury report was released, revealing that the Catholic Church has covered up the systemic sexual abuse of children by priests over 70 years in Pennsylvania. This revelation has sent parishioners and members of the Catholic community questioning their safety in churches,...

Priest speaks about racism

Priest speaks about racism

Jack Chelsky

October 10, 2016

When Father Simon Kim spoke Thursday at Cortelyou Commons about racism within the Catholic Church, the campus climate had changed from the last time he spoke at the university in 2015. Read More »...

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