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Priest who is survivor says church still needs ‘lamentation’ for abuse


U.S. bishops applaud the vote approving a strict national policy to address clergy sexual abuse. The room of bishops all stood to acknowledge the vote at their meeting June 14, 2002, in Dallas.

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Survivors praised for 20 years of exposing Catholic abuse scandals


More than 20 years since the Boston Globe's Spotlight investigative team exposed the scope of Catholic clergy sexual abuse and institutional cover-up in the Archdiocese of Boston, attorney Mitchell Garabedian said abuse survivors are still teaching the church "how to be moral."



The Dallas Charter, 20 years later — Part 2: Procedures have been implemented, but the Church is not finished


This is the second of a special two-part series marking the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (known as the Dallas Charter). Part 1 can be found here.NCR



The Dallas Charter, 20 years later — Part 1: Widespread abuse comes to light, and the bishops respond


The first six months of 2002 marked a watershed in how sexual abuse of children and the Catholic Church were seen in the United States, as well as an inflection point for how the Church responded to allegations of abuse against priests.


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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 44th largest ... of the churchsex abuse crisis to try to prevent the abuse of children.