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Leaders hope compensation plan brings some healing, hope to survivors

A new private independent program set up to compensate victim-survivors of child sexual abuse by priests was rolled out Sept. 16 in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and five other participating Catholic dioceses in California.

Abuse crisis, leadership failure seen having impact on church giving

A Villanova University director and numerous lay Catholic experts and bishops identified soaring costs and reduced giving by Catholic faithful because of the clergy sexual abuse crisis and responses to it.

Panelists examine ‘human costs, moral implications’ of migration

Facing the challenge of the migration crisis will require actions taken up in solidarity with the more than 70 million migrants across the globe, said a speaker at a recent dialogue on immigration.

Clericalism at heart of crisis, says survivor, but its ‘day coming to end’

Vatican officials needed "a safeguarding policy" in place ages ago to prevent abuse and address it when it occurred, said Marie Collins, a clergy sexual abuse survivor from Ireland, speaking in Baltimore.

Irish abuse survivor disappointed with global reforms, accountability

Clergy sexual abuse survivor Marie Collins kicked off a five-city U.S. speaking tour on "The Catholic Tipping Point" in Baltimore Sept. 10, noting that she is disappointed with the results of the Vatican summit on child protection and efforts toward accountability and transparency.

Cruise ship to deliver aid to Bahamas, bring evacuees to Florida

MIAMI (CNS) — A second Florida-to-Bahamas round-trip humanitarian cruise was set to sail the weekend of Sept. 14, weather-permitting, carrying supplies, transport specialty personnel, power generators and volunteers. The previous week, the Grand Bahama cruise ship arrived at its home port in West Palm Beach with some 1,100 Bahamian storm evacuees. That ship was met […]

Central Americans want to stay home; development programs help that happen

A training and support program for teenagers and young adults in El Progreso, Honduras, is working to overcome negative influences and engender a belief that emigration is not the only option.

New accusations surface against retired Wyoming bishop

The Cheyenne Diocese said Sept. 10 three new abuse claims dating to the 1970s and '80s have been made against Bishop Hart. The allegations have been reported to the civil authorities, the diocese said.

Abortion survivor bill is ‘pro-child, human rights,’ congressman says

Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey said the bill he is sponsoring would protect babies born alive in failed abortions, ensure that "no mother of a child born alive can ever be prosecuted," and allow those women to sue.

Diocese of Rochester, N.Y., files bankruptcy

UPDATED - In the wake of nearly 50 lawsuits filed against it since New York's Child Victims Act took effect Aug. 14, the Diocese of Rochester filed for reorganization Sept. 12, under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.