Francis gives Vatican authority to initiate removal of bishops negligent on sexual abuse


ROME -- Pope Francis has signed a new law specifying that a bishop's negligence in response to clergy sexual abuse can lead to his removal from office. The law also empowers Vatican dicasteries to investigate such bishops and initiate processes of removal.

Baptist agency comes clean about ex-missionary's trail of sexual abuse

The Association of Baptists for World Evangelism has released a 280-page report revealing how its leaders failed to stop a leading missionary surgeon from sexually abusing 22 women and girls.

Starting in 1961, missionary Donn Ketcham served at Memorial Christian Hospital in Malumghat, southeast Bangladesh. He was fired in 1989, for sexually abusing an underage teenage girl, who was labeled as a "willing partner" and coerced to confess.

But the new report, released May 10, shows a far wider trail of abuse, which began in 1964 and continued until 1989.



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