Pope Praises US Bishops' Response To Abuse, Angering VictimsPope Francis praised American bishops Wednesday for their "generous commitment'" to helping victims of clergy sex abuse, drawing an angry rebuke from advocates who said the bishops acted only under the threat of hundreds of lawsuits. Addressing church leaders in a prayer service at the Washington cathedral, Francis said they had faced the crisis "without fear of self-criticism and at the cost of mortification and great sacrifice."
St. John's Abbey Leader Steps Down After Sex Abuse AllegationSt. John's Abbey Church stands unchanged on the campus of St. John's University. But within the walls, there is a shift in leadership. Father Tom Andert -- the monastery's prior, or second in command -- stepped aside for now following accusations he molested a former student.
Divide Among Attorneys, Victim Groups Over Church BankruptcySome attorneys and victims groups are reacting differently to a bankruptcy filing by Minnesota's largest Catholic archdiocese. Mike Finnegan is an attorney for a law firm that repeatedly sued the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese for abuse victims. His firm is now working with it on child protection issues. Finnegan says the filing won't stop scrutiny.
Victims' Group Applauds Man Who Sued Church A support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse is applauding a man who pursued a public nuisance claim against church leaders in Minnesota.