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  • Commission in Australia says priests should report abuse heard in confession

    Commission in Australia says priests should report abuse heard in confession

    Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says the right to practice one’s religious beliefs “must accommodate civil society’s obligation to provide for the safety of all and, in particular, children’s safety from sexual abuse.” Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, the president of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said in a statement the inviolability of the seal of confession is a “fundamental part of the freedom of religion.”

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  • In predominantly Catholic Guam, clergy sex abuse lawsuits near 100-mark

    In predominantly Catholic Guam, clergy sex abuse lawsuits near 100-mark

    The Archdiocese of Agana responded to abuse charges in a November 2016 statement, saying “The Church on Guam has a duty and desire to render pastoral care to all of its faithful, most especially those who have been severely wounded by those holding trusted positions in our archdiocese. We are strengthening our work in this area and pledge to provide a safe environment for all children and all people entrusted in our care.”

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  • Recovered memories lead to abuse accusations against retired bishop of Phoenix

    Recovered memories lead to abuse accusations against retired bishop of Phoenix

    Retired Bishop Thomas O’Brien, who resigned in 2003 after being accused of striking and killing 43-year-old Jim Reed with his car, is facing a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a boy decades ago. The accuser says he repressed the memory for 38 years, and started having flashbacks of the abuse in September 2014 when preparing for his son’s baptism.

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