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Catholics & Jews discuss their future dialogue, possible Muslim trialogue

March 2, 2011

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(Collège des Bernardins, site of the ILC meeting in Paris, 2 March 2011/Tom Heneghan)

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France to renew tight bioethics limits, critics hit Catholic lobbying

February 8, 2011

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(An in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure in Warsaw, October 26, 2010/Kacper Pempel )

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Former Belgian Catholic leader Danneels says not responsible for abuse

By Reuters Staff
December 21, 2010

danneels (Photo: Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels at a parliamentary committee hearing on child sexual abuse in the Belgian Catholic Church, in Brussels December 21, 2010./Francois Lenoir)

Belgium's former top Roman Catholic bishop told a parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday into the sexual abuse of children by clerics that he was not responsible for other Belgian bishops.

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Hungary’s communist leader Kádár summoned priest before dying

By Reuters Staff
November 23, 2010

kadarHungary's last communist leader János Kádár met a priest at his own request shortly before he died, former Hungarian Prime Minister Miklós Németh revealed on Tuesday, two decades after Kadar's death.

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Belgian Cardinal Danneels admits making mistakes in sex abuse case

September 8, 2010

danneels newsconfThe former head of Belgium's Roman Catholic Church,  Cardinal Godfried Danneels, has admitted he made mistakes in dealing with a case of sexual abuse and should have demanded the resignation of the bishop involved.

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Gunning for Godfried? Belgian abuse probe asks what Danneels knew

June 29, 2010

standaardAre the Belgian judicial authorities gunning for Godfried? It looks like Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the popular grandfatherly Catholic prelate who stepped down in January as archbishop of Brussels-Mechelen after three decades, is the main target of the incredible "tomb raider" sweeps that shocked the Church last Thursday. The police who swooped down on the diocesan headquarters in Mechelen, Danneels's own apartment nearby and the offices of the Church commission on abuse in Leuven did not suspect the cardinal of abuse himself. But it seems the investigating magistrate behind the raid is convinced that Danneels hushed up cases during his long reign.

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Undaunted cardinal says John Paul backed his praise for hiding abuser

April 17, 2010

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Castrillon Hoyos letter congratulating Bishop Pierre Pican/Golias

A former Vatican cardinal who congratulated a French bishop for hiding a sexually abusive priest has said he acted with the approval of the late Pope John Paul, a Spanish newspaper reported on Saturday.

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Embarrassing Vatican letter hailing bishop who hid predator priest

April 15, 2010

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Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos

As a tide of previously confidential Catholic Church documents about child sexual abuse by priests has risen over recent weeks, the Vatican has been able to say that none of them was a “smoking gun” proving it had instructed bishops to cover up the scandals. This defense looks thinner than ever with the posting of a 2001 letter by Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos congratulating (yes, congratulating!) a bishop for not only hiding a self-confessed serial abuser but earning himself a criminal sentence for doing so. For more on the 2001 case, click here.

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Pope-victims gap is tip of iceberg of incomprehension in Catholic Church

March 21, 2010

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Pope Benedict in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, 17 March 2010/Alessandro Bianchi

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Irish cardinal ashamed over abuse cases — will he resign or not?

March 18, 2010

Cardinal Seán Brady

Cardinal Seán Brady after Mass in Armagh, 17 March 2010/Cathal McNaughton

Cardinal Seán Brady, the Patriarch of Ireland, said at his St Patrick's Day Mass that he was "ashamed that I have not always upheld the values that I profess and believe in." This sermon came after days of calls for his resignation after it was revealed that he played a small part in keeping quiet the case of an abusive priest in 1975. Although he said back in December that he would resign if it turned out he had caused any child to suffer, Brady has refused to step down over this case despite loud calls in Ireland for him to do so.