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The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has reached a $1 million settlement with a former student of St. Charles Preparatory School over allegations of sexual abuse by a priest.

The Vatican on Wednesday published a handbook for clergy and church lawyers that lays out the steps to follow when investigating and reporting alleged cases of sexual abuse of minors and others by priests, deacons and prelates.

A Vatican official described the "vademecum," as the document is titled in Latin, as simply a "tool" for correctly conducting probes into such allegations.

Father Kevin Lutz founded the Jubilee Museum in 1998 and is now home to largest diversified collection of Catholic art in the United States, according to the Vatican.
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The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has found another credible allegation of sexual abuse against a priest.

Updated: 4:33 p.m.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation Thursday of the auxiliary bishop of the Cincinnati Archdiocese. Bishop Joseph Binzer offered his resignation last month after he failed to bring past concerns about Father Geoffrey Drew's conduct to Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.

The interior of St. Patrick's Catholic Church while it was open for limited silent prayer earlier this week. Friday, Bishop Robert Brennan announced all parishes should close their doors effective immediately.
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A priest dressed in purple Lenten robes stands behind an altar and recites the opening prayer of the Catholic mass. “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” begins Father Daniel Dury. 

A lone cameraman responds, “Amen.”

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The Catholic Conference of Ohio suspended all public masses in the state, effective immediately, through at least the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. It follows a series of restrictions on social gatherings imposed by Ohio officials to stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westerville.
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Catholic bishops of Ohio have excused church parishioners from attending mass for the next three weeks after Gov. Mike DeWine issued an order barring gatherings of more than 100 people on Thursday.

Pope Francis has sidestepped a request for married men to be ordained as priests and women to be ordained as deacons, saying the Roman Catholic Church should find other ways to address a dire shortage of clergy in South America's Amazon region. Bishops in that part of the world had asked for fundamental shifts in Roman Catholic policy last autumn.

David Tynan with his father, Mike Tynan
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After years serving as a priest in the Catholic Church, Mike Tynan decided he wanted instead to get married and start a family of his own. But Catholic priests aren't allowed to do either, so he chose to leave the church instead.

Retired Pope Benedict XVI, who promised to remain silent when he resigned as head of the Roman Catholic Church seven years ago, has stepped back into the ongoing debate over priestly celibacy with a new book defending the traditionalist view.

The surprise move is seen as a rebuke to Pope Francis, who is weighing the possibility of a revolutionary move to relax the strict celibacy requirement for ordination in some South American countries where the shortage of priests is particularly acute.

Pope Francis is giving legal authorities access to documents and testimony about sexual abuse cases that were previously kept under the Catholic Church's highest level of confidentiality. By abolishing the concept known as the "pontifical secret" when it comes to clergy misconduct, Francis will also let victims see more information about their cases — and speak out about their experience.

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The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has updated its list of clergy accused of sexual abuse of a minor, to include several priests who were accused while serving outside of Central Ohio.

Carol Zamonski is the Central Ohio coordinator for SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests or Clergy.
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Advocates from SNAP gathered in front of St. Joseph Cathedral to demand the Catholic Diocese of Columbus add the names of three more ministers to its official list of clerics “credibly accused” of sexual abuse.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is changing its protocol for investigating employees. The change comes as the organization apologizes for not requiring more oversight over Father Geoff Drew while he was being investigated for alleged inappropriate behavior toward teenage boys. 

A Catholic high school in Indianapolis says it has decided to fire a gay teacher to remain in the local archdiocese.

In a letter to the community, leaders of Cathedral High School said they had been in talks with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for 22 months before deciding to cut ties with the teacher.

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