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September 18, 2019: Benedict XVI provokes critics of his April essay on clerical sex abuse

https://international.la-croix.com/news/benedict-xvi-provokes-critics-of-his-april-essay-on-clerical-sex-abuse/10860 Benedict XVI has ignited new controversy by issuing a stinging response to critics of an essay in which he blamed the 1968 Movement for triggering the clerical sexual abuse of minors. The 92-year-old retired pope originally put forth his thesis with the 6,000-word article “The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse”, published last April in…

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September 13, 2019: Vatican: German Synod Plans ‘Not Ecclesiologically Valid’

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/vatican-german-synod-plans-not-ecclesiologically-valid In a letter sent to German bishops last week, the Vatican has said that plans for a binding Church synod in Germany are “not ecclesiologically valid.”  Plans for a “binding synodal process” were first announced by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the German episcopal conference, earlier this year.  CNA reported last week that draft…

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August 16, 2018 – President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Announces Effort That Will Involve Laity, Experts, and the Vatican as U.S. Bishops Resolve to Address “Moral Catastrophe”

http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-139.cfm Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement after a series of meetings with members of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and other bishops. The following statement includes three goals and three principles, along with initial steps of a plan that will…