`Tsunami of cases’: Clergy abuse strains secretive tribunal

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The tribunal has long been a secretive branch of the Vatican

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Pope Francis, background center, attends a penitential liturgy at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. The pontiff is hosting a four-day summit on preventing clergy sexual abuse, a high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops around the world that the problem is global and that there are consequences if they cover it up. (Vincenzo […]

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican office responsible for investigating clergy sex abuse cases says it is overwhelmed.

A record 1,000 cases have been reported in 2019, many of them from countries not been heard from before.

The tribunal has long been a secretive branch of the Vatican. Now, it is opening up, and invited one of the AP’s video journalists into its inner chambers.

It’s the first time television news cameras have been given access.

Its a measure of the church’s need to reach out and rebuild trust with rank-and-file Catholics who have grown disillusioned with decades of clergy abuse and cover-up.

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