"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.
Pell, an Australian who is third in the Vatican hierarchy, has strenuously rejected the latest claims that he sexually abused children many years ago as a priest.
Fr. Victor Franz Jagerstatter, administrator of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Mountain Home, Idaho, has been charged with raping a Mountain Home Air Force airman July 9.
The decision opened the door for Msgr. William Lynn to exit state prison as he awaits a new trial for his role in the supervision of a sexually abusive priest.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano ordered two auxiliary bishops to have a law firm wrap up its investigation, and later instructed them to destroy evidence, per a memo unsealed Wednesday.
Updated: The St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese agreed to a revision of its civil settlement that added "direct and public admission of wrongdoing" for its role in clergy sexual abuse.
Philadelphia -- State Rep. Mark Rozzi, a sex abuse survivor, had attempted to shepherd a bill through the legislature that would revamp the state's sex abuse laws.
Floyd McCoy Jordan, a former priest from the Mayaguez diocese who originally faced two felony charges of improper sexual behavior was sentenced on one of those charges July 14.