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June 16, 2003 | Richard Fausset and Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writers
American Roman Catholics on Sunday offered starkly differing reactions to former Oklahoma Gov. Frank A. Keating's announcement that he would step down as head of the U.S. sexual abuse oversight panel after publicly blasting some bishops for what he said was their failure to cooperate. A Keating aide announced late Saturday that Keating would resign from the church's National Review Board.
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June 15, 2003 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
The head of the Roman Catholic Church's U.S. sexual abuse oversight panel will resign his post, his spokesman said Saturday -- an ouster brought on by controversy that began last week when he publicly compared some Catholic bishops to "La Cosa Nostra." The resignation of former Oklahoma Gov. Frank A. Keating as head of the church's National Review Board comes after his words were denounced as "off the wall" by Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M.
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June 14, 2003 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
As they prepare for a potentially contentious meeting next week, Roman Catholic bishops are trying to assess the public relations damage they would suffer if they were to take action against the head of their national sexual abuse review board. In interviews Friday, bishops said that many of their number have been on the telephone to each other in the last few days, sizing up the controversy that faces them when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meets next week in St. Louis.
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June 13, 2003 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
A serious split at the senior level of the U.S. Roman Catholic Church widened Thursday as Cardinal Roger M. Mahony questioned whether bishops should remove the chief overseer they appointed last year to monitor their efforts to prevent sexual abuse by priests. Earlier this week in an interview, the overseer, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, sharply criticized Mahony and other bishops, comparing unnamed bishops who have opposed his efforts to "La Cosa Nostra."
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June 13, 2003 | Monte Morin, Times Staff Writer
Whether heading up a national committee to root out sexual abuses in the Catholic Church or sitting as the governor of Oklahoma, former prosector and FBI Agent Frank A. Keating has a reputation for speaking his mind -- and suffering the consequences. Before the U.S.
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June 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A panel appointed by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops will send auditors to every diocese to see if they are complying with the new sex abuse policy the bishops adopted last year. The audit will be conducted by the Gavin Group of Boston, a firm run by William Gavin, a former FBI director, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced. More than 50 auditors were trained last month to conduct checks in the nation's 195 dioceses.
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May 31, 2003 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
In what church officials here labeled "a response of repentance," the Boston Archdiocese released a set of rules Friday designed to protect children from clerical sexual abuse. The document, a year in the making, outlines protocol to create "safe environments" intended to prevent abuse by Roman Catholic priests. The report, whose recommendations are set to take effect July 1, also outlines procedures to report and investigate allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy.
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May 24, 2003 | From Religion News Service
The president of the liberal Unitarian Universalist Assn. has touched off a controversy by suggesting that the denomination needs to reclaim a vocabulary of reverence by not being afraid to talk about God. In a series of sermons and articles in the last five months, the Rev. William Sinkford has called for a reexamination of beliefs, because current principles "contain no hint of the holy."
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May 10, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
The Brooklyn diocese has lifted a ban on Voice of the Faithful, a Roman Catholic lay group that is seeking reforms after church sexual scandals. Bishop Thomas Daily said he would allow the group to meet on church property. For the last six months, while it was under ban, the group met in a college room, a Baptist church and an American Legion hall. Daily said he would ask individual pastors to monitor the group's activities. Daily had been one of eight U.S.
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May 10, 2003 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
As the nation's Roman Catholic priests take stock of more than a year of sexual abuse scandal, Bishop Raymond J. Boland seemed to capture the mood with a story about a gray-haired old man looking in the mirror. "Inside every older person there's a young person wondering what happened," Boland told the priests gathered for the annual meeting of the National Federation of Priests' Councils. His audience of priests, many of them gray-haired, laughed heartily.
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