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Priest with blog critical of Church’s abuse handling removed

Associated Press/ Crux, April 14, 2020 RICHMOND, Virginia - A priest in Virginia was removed from his post after maintaining a blog critical of the Catholic Church’s handling of the sexual abuse scandal. Father Mark White, whose blog reaches more than 1 million readers, was removed on... read more

Court-appointed official says Vatican failing on accountability in Nienstedt case

By Christopher White, Crux, March 23, 2020 Court-appointed official says Vatican failing on accountability in Nienstedt case By Christopher White, Crux, March 23 2020 NEW YORK - A court-appointed official for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is alleging that the Vatican’s... read more

Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Barbarin as Archbishop of Lyon

By Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency, March 6, 2020 The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin as archbishop of Lyon after his recent acquittal at the conclusion of his appeal of a 2019 conviction of failing to report... read more

Mexican clerical abuse victims skeptical of Vatican mission

By Maria Verza, AP/ Crux, March 3, 2020 The Vatican is sending its top two sex crimes investigators to Mexico on a fact-finding and assistance mission as the Catholic hierarchy in the world's second-largest Catholic country begins to reckon with decades of clergy sex abuse and cover-up.... read more

Vatican investigators to meet with Mexican sex abuse victims, bishops

By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency, March 3, 2020 The Vatican is sending Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Monsignor Jordi Bertomeo to Mexico this month to meet with sex abuse victims and to strengthen the Mexican bishops’ fight against sexual abuse. In the past decade, 271 priests in... read more

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Buffalo’s Bishop

By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency, March 2, 2020 Pope Francis Monday accepted the resignation of Bishop Edward Grosz, the auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, who has been accused of mishandling a sex abuse allegation. Grosz, who turned 75 on February 16, offered his resignation at the age... read more
Pope Francis is with U.S. bishops during their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican Feb. 10, 2020.

U.S. bishops ask pope about Amazon synod, discuss range of issues

By Catholic News Service, February 10, 2020 Talking about debates, differences and discernment, Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that people focused on the possibility of ordaining some married men and women deacons for service in the Amazon will be disappointed in his apostolic... read more

Marriage, family therapist to chair U.S. bishops’ National Review Board

Catholic News Service, February 7, 2020Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has appointed Suzanne Healy, the former victims assistance coordinator for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as the new chair of the National Review Board, effective in... read more

McCarrick report expected soon but pope has last word: Vatican official

By Philip Pullella, Reuters, February 6, 2020 Work on a Vatican report into disgraced ex U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is complete and it may be released in the near future but Pope Francis will have the final word on timing, the Vatican’s number two said on Thursday. McCarrick was... read more

Legionaries of Christ elect new superior general.

Catholic News Agency, February 6, 2020 During its general chapter meeting in Rome, the Legionaries of Christ religious order has elected a new superior general to lead the embattled religious congregation. Fr. John Connor, LC, has been the North American territorial director of the... read more
St. Patrick's Seminary & University in Menlo Park, California.

The State of the Seminary and Reasons for Hope

The seminarians whom I serve, as a professor of philosophy, wish eagerly to share the Gospel and the freedom they themselves have found in Christ. Catholic World Report, John Macias, January 30, 2020 Our Lord told his disciples, “the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask... read more
Theodore McCarrick, receiving award from Cardinal Cupich shortly before McCarrick was exposed.

Disgraced cardinal gave over $600K to popes, Vatican officials: report

Monsignor John Kennedy, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Vatican office struggles to keep up with clergy abuse cases

Archbishop Charles Scicluna, left, and Spanish Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu, right

Top Vatican official says celibacy, homosexuality not cause of abuse crisis