Feb 23, 2019

Top cardinal admits Catholic Church destroyed documents of sex abuse

A priest walks in St. Peter's Square during the Papal summit on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. Photo: Antonio Masiello via Getty Images

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx told a clergy abuse summit on Saturday that the Catholic Church had destroyed decades of files that could have "documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible" for child sex abuse, reports the National Catholic Reporter.

Details: "Instead of the perpetrators, the victims were regulated and silence imposed on them," Marx told an audience of 190 cardinals, bishops and heads of religious orders. A Nigerian nun named Veronica Openibo described a broken culture of "mediocrity, hypocrisy, and complacency" that brought the church to a "disgraceful and scandalous place." While the abuse summit plays out, Catholics from Italy and around the world gathered to march through Rome in protest of the Vatican's response to pedophilia, the AP reports.

Go deeper: The stunning scale of the global Catholic sex abuse crisis.

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue past curfews

Protesters on Tuesday evening by the metal fence recently erected outside the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Largely peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday night across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day.

The latest: Protesters were out en masse well after curfews were in force in cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and Portland — one of the cities where there was a late-night flash-point between police and protesters.

Primary elections test impact of protests, coronavirus on voting

Election official at a polling place at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In the midst of a global pandemic and national protests over the death of George Floyd, eight states and the District of Columbia held primary elections on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, needs to win 425 of the 479 delegates up for grabs in order to officially clinch the nomination. There are a number of key down-ballot races throughout the country as well, including a primary in Iowa that could determine the fate of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

Iowa Rep. Steve King defeated in GOP primary

Rep. Steve King. Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

State Sen. Randy Feenstra defeated incumbent Rep. Steve King in Tuesday's Republican primary for Iowa's 4th congressional district, according to the Cook Political Report.

Why it matters: King's history of racist remarks has made him one of the most controversial politicians in the country and a pariah within the Republican Party.