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St. Pius X society abandons unification, claims Francis spreading errors

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A traditionalist group of Catholic bishops and priests that has been separated from the wider church for decades appears to have abandoned efforts to reunite with Rome, releasing a statement Wednesday that claims Pope Francis is encouraging the spreading of errors in church teaching.

The Society of St. Pius X, founded by the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1970 mainly in opposition to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, says now it "does not primarily seek a canonical recognition" from the Vatican for its continuing activities.

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

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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.

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