Cardinal Pell released from prison after court overturns conviction

VALLA BEACH, Australia – Cardinal George Pell has been released from prison after 405 days behind bars after the seven judges of the High Court of Australia unanimously overturned the original December 2018 jury verdict that found him guilty on five counts of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in 1996.

Archdiocese of Seattle updates list of credibly accused clergy

SEATTLE – The Archdiocese of Seattle has updated its list of clergy and religious for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, established or determined to be credible to include Father Mario Cruz. Father Cruz was from the Archdiocese of Manila and worked in the Archdiocese of Seattle at St. Mary Parish in Aberdeen from 1971 to 1972 and at St. Anthony Parish in Renton from 1972 to 1973. He is now deceased.

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Jean Vanier had ‘manipulative’ sexual relationships with six women

MONTREAL  – Jean Vanier, founder of the ecumenical L’Arche communities that provide group homes and spiritual support for people with intellectual disabilities, used his status to have “manipulative” sexual relationships with at least six women, concludes an internal investigation commissioned by the organization.

Archbishop Etienne addresses call for ‘lay-led’ review of abuse files

SEATTLE – Archbishop Paul D. Etienne has written a letter to the people of the Archdiocese of Seattle in response to articles that appeared January 28 in the Seattle Times and the Seattle P-I about a group of lay Catholics, called Heal Our Church, who have written to the archbishop calling for “the creation of a lay-led Truth and Reconciliation Commission” to review “all files related to the sexual abuse scandal.”

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