Tom Gjelten Tom Gjelten covers issues of religion, faith, and belief for NPR News.

Pope Francis has summoned church leaders from around the world to the Vatican in February to address the continuing clergy sex abuse crisis. Some bishops say the abuse is due to gay priests within the church. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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As Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis Deepens, Conservative Circles Blame Gay Priests

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Pope Summons Bishops To Meeting On Sexual Abuse

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Pope Francis will meet at the Vatican with leaders of the U.S. Catholic Church, including the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, to discuss clergy sexual abuse. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced her own clergy abuse investigation last month. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Has Catholic Canon Law Aggravated The Clergy Abuse Crisis?

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Pennsylvania Grand Jury Investigation Into Clergy Sex Abuse May Set New Precedent

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Allegations Surface That Pope Francis Knew Of Alleged Abuses By Former D.C. Cardinal

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Victim Advocates Of Clergy Abuse Say They Won't Bury the Past

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol on Tuesday. A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims in records in six Roman Catholic dioceses. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Clergy Sex Abuse Raises Questions About Financial And Reputational Costs To Churches

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Pope Francis And U.S. Bishops Respond To Report On Sex Abuse In Pennsylvania

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Pope Francis, who visited Philadelphia in 2015, has been challenged by the widening abuse scandal, despite his efforts to deal with it. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Catholic Sexual Abuse Crisis Deepens As Authorities Lag In Response

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Sex Abuse Problems Persist Inside The Roman Catholic Church

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For A Church Defined By Tradition, Changing Catholic Doctrine Can Present A Problem

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Pope Paul VI acknowledges cheers as standing on platform in Bogota, Colombia, on Aug. 22, 1968. AP hide caption

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50 Years Ago, The Pope Called Birth Control 'Intrinsically Wrong'

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