Aug 14, 2018

Hundreds of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse in Pennsylvania

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More than 300 Catholic clergy members have been accused of sexual abuse — victimizing more than 1,000 children — detailed in a report released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court following a 18-month probe led by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The report reveals a "systematic coverup by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican" over 70 years, Shapiro told the Post. The revelations come on the heels of the far-reaching #MeToo movement, recent reports of sexual abuse by priests in Chile and Australia, as well as the resignation last month of the former archbishop of Washington following accusations of decades of sexual abuse. While details of allegations are included in the report, some of the priests' names have been redacted.

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Surgeon general: This week will be "Pearl Harbor" or "9/11 moment" in U.S.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on "Fox News Sunday" that the next week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment" — as the projected death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surges.

Why it matters: Unlike those tragedies, Adams emphasized that the direct effects of coronavirus will not be "localized," and that it will be happening "all over the country." But he also stressed that the public has the "power to change the trajectory of this epidemic" by following social distancing and other public health guidelines.

Biden says he'll follow CDC mask guidance: "Listen to the Faucis of the world"

Joe Biden said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that he will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new recommendation that people wear face coverings when they leave home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Why it matters: After the White House announced the guideline last week, President Trump said he will likely not wear a mask and emphasized that the guidance was "voluntary."