August 2, 2018
Pope Francis. (Argentina Presidency of the Nation photo, CC BY 2.0, https://bit.ly/1FveBvo)
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In July, Pope Francis removed U.S. church leader Theodore McCarrick as a cardinal after church investigators said an allegation that he groped a teenage altar boy in the 1970s was credible.
Some survivors of clergy sex abuse said the call was a disingenuous attempt by the church to get around a true independent investigation.
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.