Joseph Adamec, one of the Altoona-Johnstown, Pa., bishops singled out by a grand jury report for his "abysmal" record on sexually abusive priests, defended his handling of allegations.
While Australian abuse survivors say they faxed Francis a note, the Vatican spokesman said the pope's secretaries had not received one.
Bishop Mark Bartchak pledged on March 3 to publish a list of credibly accused priests, following the release of a scathing grand jury report March 1.
Decades ago, when a schoolboy came to Pell and reported that a Catholic teacher was "misbehaving with boys," Pell never reported the matter to authorities.
NCR Today: Meanwhile, Jesuit Fr. Klaus Mertes, the whistleblower who first unveiled the abuse in the Jesuit College in Berlin, has called for Müller to step down.
The statewide grand jury report chronicles a history of persistent, concealed abuse in the south-central Pennsylvania diocese that extended from 1940 through 2009.
At least 50 priests or religious leaders were involved in the abuse of hundreds of kids, and diocesan leaders systematically concealed the abuse, according to a grand jury report.
Cardinal George Pell faced intense scrutiny over his actions decades ago to prevent clergy sexual abuse in his home country of Australia, during an Australian government hearing late Monday evening.
Editorial: The church's public humiliation is now as thorough as can be in a culture where what is on screen is often the most persuasive element in fashioning public opinion.
Vatican official George Pell faced four hours of questioning about his role in the clergy sexual abuse crisis in his native Australia in an overnight hearing Sunday.