(RNS) — When the American Catholic bishops met as a body last fall, they were on the verge of voting on a series of resolutions to show they were at last taking the sexual abuse crisis seriously — particularly their role disciplining and removing errant priests and fellow bishops.

Those votes were dramatically halted at the request of the Vatican, which was planning its own summit on sex abuse.

Now, three months after that conference in Rome, the bishops are heading to a summit in Baltimore, Md., this week, where they are facing pressure to pass those stalled resolutions — and then some.

The sex abuse scandal, which continues to roil the church from the parishes to the pope, will likely be the foremost topic

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