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Court lets Vatican-sex abuse lawsuit move forward

A lawsuit against the Vatican that had been dismissed as a publicity stunt moved forward when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Holy See. Monday's development represents a significant advance for what many believed to be a long-shot claim that the Vatican bears legal responsi Full story

Supreme Court rejects Vatican appeal in sex abuse case

The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to consider whether the Vatican has legal immunity over the sexual abuse of minors by priests in the United States, allowing a lawsuit filed in 2002 to go forward. Full story

Belgium trumps Vatican on chuch abuse probes

Belgium insisted Monday in a dispute with the Vatican over credibility that Belgian law enforcement authorities — not the potentially biased Catholic Church — will investigate sexual abuse cases involving clergy. Full story

Pope rebukes Austrian cardinal who accused peer

Pope Benedict, still struggling to control the damage a sexual abuse scandal has done to the Catholic Church's image, on Monday bluntly told his top advisers that they should not trade accusations in public. Full story

Pope calls Belgian church sex abuse raids by police deplorable; stresses church autonomy

Pope calls Belgian church sex abuse raids by police deplorable; stresses church autonomy. Full story

Pope calls Belgian police Church raids "deplorable"

Pope Benedict denounced on Sunday as "surprising and deplorable" raids by Belgian police on Church offices and the home of a cardinal this week during an investigation into pedophilia by Roman Catholic priests. Full story

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  Irish priest weighs in on Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

Irish priest and theologian, Brendan Purcell, talked to NBC's Jim Maceda about the repercussions of the recent sex abuse scandals, how his Dublin Diocese is coping, and what it means for the Catholic Church at large.

  Pope addresses clergy sex abuse

While speaking to thousands of priests gathered for a three-day conference, Pope Benedict XVI said the church must beg for “forgiveness from God” for the sins of priests who abused children. NBC’s Jim Maceda has more details.

  Teacher cleared of molestation files $25M civil suit

Tonya Craft, the former kindergarten teacher who was cleared of 22 counts of child molestation, has filed a $25 million lawsuit against investigators in her case. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

  Vatican prepares defense in sex abuse lawsuit

NBC’s Stephanie Gosk talks about the Vatican’s detailed defense about priest sex abuse, which may keep the church out of federal court.

  Record shows Vatican reluctant to act on abuse

Rachel Maddow reviews the Catholic church's history of dealing with the sexual abuse committed by its priests.

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