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French Catholics raise voices, demand measures to prevent further clergy sex abuse

The outrage sparked by the program "Abused Sisters: The Other Scandal of the Church" on the Franco-German public television channel ARTE, which aired in early March, has led many French Catholics to raise their voices to call for new measures to make sure these crimes do not happen again.

UISG, LCWR leaders discuss clergy sex abuse, and the credibility of religious life

GSR recently held a discussion with Sr. Carmen Sammut, president of UISG; Sr. Pat Murray, executive director of UISG; Sr. Sharlet Wagner, president of the LCWR; and Sr. Carol Zinn, executive director of LCWR, about abuse of sisters, the role of women in the church, interreligious dialogue and work at the margins.

Pope amends canon law on religious who abandon their community

Pope Francis has made it easier for a religious order to dismiss a member who leaves the community without permission, stays away and does not communicate with his or her superior. In a document titled Communis Vita, the pope amended the Code of Canon Law to include an almost automatic dismissal of religious who are absent without authorization for at least 12 months.

National Catholic Sisters Week goes big for its sixth year

The sixth annual celebration of Catholic women religious, which always begins March 8, International Women's Day, and runs through March 14, has a record number of events planned. National Catholic Sisters Week, which focuses on getting laypeople to engage with sisters, continues to grow in part because the program staff have made it easier than ever to participate.