Hagatna, Guam -- Catholic archdiocese fears new law will bankrupt the local church beset by abuse scandal involving long-serving archbishop.
The special investigator Pope Francis appointed to look into allegations that the Catholic archbishop of Guam abused altar boys is urging the Vatican to remove the cleric.
Vatican: A member of Pope Francis' commission on clergy sexual abuse leaves the group, the second to stop their work with the commission.
The Catholic Whistleblowers mailed a second letter Sept. 1 to the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, referring back to another letter the group sent at the start of 2016.
Members of the pope's commission for child protection have been speaking with bishops and major Vatican offices to develop and educate the church about best practices.
A federal judge punished SNAP last week for withholding documents it believed were covered by state abuse victim protection laws.
Vatican City: The bishop welcomed clerics and seminarians with questionable reputations, some expelled from other diocese for misconduct
"A failure, however, isn't the same as a crime. That is a legal question, not a moral question," said Archbishop Bernard Hebda, head of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.
Msgr. William Lynn, the first U.S. church official convicted for his handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations, was released from prison on $250,000 bail Tuesday.
Aboard the Papal Plane: Francis said he would address the sexual abuse allegations against the high-ranking Vatican official after the Australian justice investigation concludes.