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Filipino Catholic priests (seated from left) Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes and Flavie Villanueva are prayed over by nuns and religious leaders after talking to reporters in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on March 11. The three priests say they and other clergy who have criticized the president's crackdown on drugs, have received death threats from unknown people. Aaron Favila/AP hide caption

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Philippine Clergy Reports Death Threats As President Duterte Rails Against Church

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77-year-old Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati has stepped down as archbishop of Santiago, Chile. He is accused of covering up multiple claims of sexual abuse. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Cardinal George Pell, seen earlier this month, has been sentenced to six years in prison by a Melbourne, Australia, court for the sexual abuse of two children more than 20 years ago. Andy Brownbill/AP hide caption

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Rosaries are sold by a vendor in Mexico City on Sept. 22, 2017. AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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At Lent, Catholics Reflect On Faith As Sex Abuse Scandal Shakes The Church

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Pope Francis meets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI prior to the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. Vatican Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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The moon rises behind a church in the Pittsburgh Diocese, one of six dioceses mentioned in the massive report on sexual abuse among Pennsylvania clergy. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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For The Catholic Church, A Year Of Unending Clergy Abuse Revelations

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Pope Francis told a gathering of cardinals Friday that clergy who break their vows by sexually abusing children are similar to Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ. Vatican Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Cardinal George Pell, shown leaving court in Melbourne in May, was reportedly found guilty of sexual abuse, but Australian media are barred from reporting the news. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday. Two cardinals with ties to the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandals are no longer on his advisory panel. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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The office and residence of the Archbishop of Agana in Guam, seen Wednesday. The house was listed as one of the non-essential properties owned by the Catholic Church in the U.S. territory, which announced that it will file for bankruptcy. Grace Garces Bordallo/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis greets the crowd in the Vatican's St. Peter's Square in October. Many of the pope's most vocal opponents are in the United States, attacking him in tweets, blogs and politically conservative media. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Resurgence Of Cleric Scandal Invigorates Conservative U.S. Critics Of Pope Francis

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl speaks in front of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. in 2015. Wuerl resigned on Friday after accusations of covering up sexual abuse. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Archbishop William Lori announced a new program to issue parishioner ID cards outside a Baltimore church on Wednesday. Kevin J. Parks/Catholic Review Media hide caption

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Pope Francis has removed Fernando Karadima from the priesthood, seven years after the Vatican found that Karadima had sexually abused minors in Chile. Vladimir Rodas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Bishop Stephan Ackermann present the results of the study on sexual abuse of minors by Germany's Catholic priests and clerics on Tuesday in Fulda, Germany. Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Archbishop Jose Gomez (left) and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo arrive at the Perugino Gate to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday to discuss the sex abuse crisis within the church. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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Acting New York state Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood (left) speaks in Albany, N.Y. on May 15. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal speaks during a news conference on Aug. 1 in Newark, N.J. Hans Pennink and Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis arrives as people gather for the Mass in Phoenix Park on Sunday in Dublin. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Ends Visit To A Disillusioned Ireland, Where Church Authority Has Plunged

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