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At Pope Francis’ sex abuse summit, American cardinal offers plan for bishops to police each other

Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, floated a similar proposal at a meeting of U.S bishops last year. But by endorsing it from a Vatican pulpit Friday, he propelled the idea to the forefront of the church's global debate.

Pope Francis seeks solutions, victims skeptical as historic clergy sex-abuse summit opens in Rome

Organizers have said they hope the four-day summit will prove to be as a “turning point” for a hierarchy battered by a series of scandals – especially in the United States.

Expectations high for Pope Francis’ sex-abuse summit, but some brace for disappointment

The meeting set to begin Thursday could become a defining moment for Francis’ papacy. It marks the first time a pontiff has gathered the religion’s top leaders from around the globe to discuss the issue of sexual abuse.

New Jersey dioceses name nearly 190 Catholic priests they say were credibly accused of sex abuse

The allegations against the vast majority of the clergy members named had already been publicly aired. Many were dead. Most of the misconduct described occurred in the 1970s and ‘80s and involved male teenage victims.

Sources in ‘Johnny Doc’ case: PPA board chair Ashdale bribed councilman to squash agency audit

Henon got windows for his chief of staff's house. In exchange, authorities allege, Ashdale got the councilman's help in defeating a proposed audit of the parking authority.

Johnny Doc case: Which city councilman needed a soda tax ‘hug’? Kenyatta Johnson, sources say

Sources say the two-term council member from Point Breeze was the one who Councilman Bobby Henon said required something in return for his vote on the city's soda tax.

Pa. GOP demands probe into Local 98 union money allegedly spent on Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty

The party's chairman urged state and federal authorities “to ensure that there is no fatal ethical taint on Justice Dougherty that would preclude him from carrying out the proper administration of justice in Pennsylvania.”

Sources: Pa. Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty received union-paid benefits in Local 98 case

Sources say the justice, brother of indicted labor leader John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, is “Family Member No. 4” described in the indictment unsealed last week. A spokesman for Kevin Dougherty said he never knowingly accepted any benefits.

U.S. attorney sues to stop supervised injection sites in Philadelphia

In a suit filed Tuesday, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain asked a judge to declare such a facility illegal under federal law before one could open its doors in Philadelphia.

For Johnny Doc, union-paid generosity began at home

Dougherty allegedly bestowed on his relatives home renovations, extravagant meals, lavish birthday parties, and shopping sprees. Three men on the union payroll collectively referred to as “the kids” were portrayed as personal gofers for his family by prosecutors.