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Church in crisis

"Church in crisis" Continued...

Issue: "Flame-outs," May 8, 2010

When governments have round­table discussions with church officials instead of conducting tough investigations, it sends a "distressing signal" to sex abuse victims and makes it harder for victims to come forward, said Clohessy. The crisis of authority-both ecclesiastical and governmental-takes a spiritual toll. John Doe 1's petition for a trial includes this line: "Doe 1 has suffered many other damages, including . . . loss of faith."

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