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Pope Francis. (Argentina Presidency of the Nation photo, CC BY 2.0,

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Catholic board seeks parishioner-led abuse investigation

Some survivors of clergy sex abuse said the call was a disingenuous attempt by the church to get around a true independent investigation.

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Pope rules out death penalty in change to church teaching

Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is "inadmissible" under all circumstances and the Catholic Church should campaign to abolish it, a change in church teaching that could influence Catholic politicians and judges in the U.S. and across the globe.