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U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops are gathering at a seminary close to Chicago for a weeklong retreat on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will give attention to prayer and religious reflection and never formulating coverage.

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The retreat, which kicks off Wednesday on the Mundelein Seminary, is being held a day after The Related Press reported that the Vatican in November blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures to deal with the clergy abuse scandal.

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It additionally serves as a prelude to a summit of the world’s bishops on the Vatican subsequent month to forge a complete response to the disaster that has riven the church.

The conferences comply with two blistering reviews this 12 months from state attorneys normal — in Illinois and Pennsylvania — alleging negligence by state church leaders.

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