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Once again, the Pope has officially removed someone while effectively keeping them in place

Shadow over the synod

The sex abuse crisis is gravely damaging the bishops

Bishops and commentators wonder what happens in the absence of an investigation

The Pope also possesses the power to depose bishops, something he’s been reluctant to do so far

Is the ‘apostolic constitution’ as big a deal as people think?

The new law appears to combine the Synod’s teaching authority with that of the Roman Pontiff

Some Vatican staff shared the public’s dismay at the image – but by then it was too late

At the nuncio’s request, Cardinal Wuerl cancelled an event where potential seminarians would have met McCarrick, a spokesman confirmed

The Pope must come up with a concrete plan to address the crisis

Many Catholics no longer trust them to handle the issue