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Report on sexual abuse in German diocese faults retired pope / Associated Press

‘In a total of four cases, we came to the conclusion that the then-archbishop, Cardinal Retzinger, can be accused of misconduct,’ said one of the reports’ authors, Martin Pusch. (Associated Press)

“A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany’s Munich diocese on Thursday (Jan. 20) faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI’s handling of four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s. The law firm that drew up the report said Benedict strongly denies any wrongdoing.

Voice of the Faithful schedules first of many Synod on Synodality input sessions

BOSTON, Mass., Jan. 19, 2022―Roman Catholics worldwide embarked in October 2021 on a two-year synodal journey, and Voice of the Faithful, an international organization committed to raising lay voices in governing and guiding the Church, has scheduled the first of many Synod on Synodality input sessions. The Synod, called “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission,” provides the most significant opportunity ever for the Church’s laity to influence the future of the Church.

In the Vineyard: January 17, 2022

In the Vineyard :: January 17, 2022 :: Volume 22, Issue 1



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The sex abuse scandal is not over. The hierarchical culture still needs transformation. / National Catholic Reporter

What cannot be overstated at this point in the nearly 40-year public history of the scandal is the force that the hierarchical culture — that privileged, secretive, unaccountable, male-only construct — can apply against any movement toward radical truth-telling. (Tom Roberts, National Catholic Reporter)

“A 2004 story in The New York Times bore the headline, all in caps: ABUSE SCANDAL HAS BEEN ENDED, TOP BISHOP SAYS.