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Blindsided: Rome steps in, reform votes delayed

ANALYSIS - A last-minute request from the Vatican to delay action on proposed bishop accountability protocols stunned clerics, staff and journalists at the USCCB general assembly on Nov. 12.

Review board chair fears for church future if more action not taken on abuse

Francesco Cesareo, who heads the USCCB's national advisory committee on child and youth protection, called for greater accountability from bishops, and also urged them to publish complete lists of credibly accused clergy.

Minnesota bishop calls for ‘the strength to come clean’ on abuse

At the opening Mass for the USCCB assembly, Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis reflected on the need for bishops to put their flocks first, rather than "save their own hides."

Vote on proposed abuse protocols put on hold as bishops begin meeting

What is not going to be voted on by the U.S. bishops at their fall general meeting in Baltimore is likely to overshadow what is being discussed as they engage in three days of public sessions.

Catholic women urge bishops to work together and with laity for healing

"The eyes of every victim of abuse in the church. and indeed, the whole world will now observe," how you respond, said Sister Teresa Maya.

Protesters gather outside bishops’ meeting in Baltimore, call for change

UPDATED - Leaders organized a morning news conference, where they and victim-survivors of abuse denounced the Vatican's request for the U.S. bishops to delay any vote on two proposals they were to discuss at the assembly regarding their response to the clergy sex abuse scandals.

Survivors of clergy child sex abuse tell U.S. bishops of rejection, pain

"I witnessed a church that didn't understand or didn't seem to care, or worse, a church that was actively hostile to the children who had trusted and suffered under its care. A church that professed faith but acted shrewdly, a church that seemed to listen less to Christ's teachings and more to the advice of lawyers."

Kentucky nonprofit recruits ‘water women’ in bid to rid Haiti of cholera

UPDATED - Ursuline Sister Larraine Lauter has a vision of virtually eliminating the threat of cholera across Haiti.

Cardinal: Delay in vote on abuse response proposals a ‘bump in the road’

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston told reporters Nov. 12 that the Congregation for Bishops at the Vatican requested that no vote be taken on the proposals during the bishops' fall general assembly.

Papal nuncio urges U.S. bishops to restore trust, bring about reform

Archbishop Christophe Pierre urged the nation's church leaders to face the issue of clergy sexual abuse straight on, not to run from the challenges that confront them but "face them realistically and courageously."