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Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles stands outside St. Joseph's Church in New York following an ecumenical prayer service presided over by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.
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The Rev. Benedict Groeschel (seated), a Franciscan friar from New York, said that priests who abuse children ``on their first offense'' should not go to jail. Photo taken at Friars St. Adalbert's in the South Bronx - 2011.
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Cardinal says bishops must cooperate with police on abuse

VATICAN CITY (RNS) An American cardinal who has jurisdiction over all abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church said bishops have an obligation to "cooperate" with local law enforcement, but stopped short of mandating that bishops report abuse cases to police. By Alessandro Speciale.
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