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Originally sentenced to a life of prayer and penance for sexual abuse of minors, Karadima has now been defrocked, in what the Vatican said was an invocation of the pope's "supreme" power.
Abuse survivor Juan Carlos Cruz recalls a "crazy year" — traveling with other survivors to the Vatican, receiving Francis' apology face-to-face, and more — at SNAP's annual conference in Chicago.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two more Chilean Catholic bishops, bringing to five the number of prelates he has replaced so far as part of the continuing fallout of the country's clergy sexual abuse crisis.
Pope Francis admitted in a May 31 letter to the people of Chile that clergy sexual abuse has continued because church leaders have not taken victims seriously.