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Clergy Sex Abuse

 'Sex abuse is the Catholic 9/11'
Massimo Franco is a veteran journalist who writes for Corriere della Sera, the most prestigious daily newspaper in Italy. Recently he published a book titled C’era Una Volta un Vaticano (“Once Upon a Time, there was a Vatican”), arguing that underneath the PR meltdowns and internal crises of the Vatican under Benedict XVI lies a radical historical shift – from the Vatican as the chaplain of the West, to the Vatican as representative of a minority subculture.

 'The Faith Will Survive'
The institutional church, on the other hand, is in serious trouble. Here's why... by Joan Chittister, OSB.

 A Catholic Response to Sexual Abuse
Confession, Contrition, Resolve - Bishop Wilton D. Gregory's opening remarks at the Dallas Bishops' Meeting.
"Let us embrace the grace that God gives us so abundantly, so that the work we do in these days together may be to his glory and contribute to full reconciliation and healing in the Church."

 A Church in Crisis
From Americancatholic.org: American Catholics are struggling to understand what went wrong and how to make sure it never happens again.

 A new prayer for forgiveness
From the Baltimore Sun: Reconciliation - Some find the church's popular 'zero tolerance' policy for priests who abuse minors contrary to the teachings of Catholicism.

 A priest speaks out
An open letter from one Catholic priest to all other Catholic priests, regarding the need for the revelation of truth concerning the priest sexual abuse scandal.

 A relationship in need of repair
It is only three months since an international symposium on clerical child abuse was held in Rome, causing many observers to believe that the Church was beginning to understand the full scale of the scandal. There were wise words from Mgr Charles Scicluna, of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), who deals with abuse cases, urging church leaders to put the protection of children above all else.

 A Response to Sexual Abuse
From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, The Five Principles to Follow Regarding Allegations of Sexual Abuse.

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