Revised norms expand ways Church responds to sex abuse

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WASHINGTON — The revised procedures governing the handling of clerical sexual abuse cases give Church officials stronger tools for aiding victims and for disciplining wayward priests, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People. Bishop Blase J. Cupich said bishops around the world have definitive rules for handling abuse cases and other serious violations of Church law under the procedures, known as norms in Church parlance.

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