Clerical abuse summit (2019)

Pope Francis’ 2019: Panama to Pan-Amazon to Pachamama

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, January 1st, 2020 A look back at the year that was for the Holy Father VATICAN CITY — The year 2019 was one of the most challenging of Pope Francis’ six-year pontificate, filled with plentiful activity and personal contact, but also hamstrung... read more

Lawsuit alleges famed Jesuit McGuire abused boy 1,000 times

By Michael Rezendes, Assocated Press, January 1, 2020 CHICAGO — One day in May of 1970, an 11-year-old boy and his disabled sister were sitting on the curb outside a Chicago tavern, waiting for their mother to come out. When a priest with crinkly eyes and a ready smile happened by and offered... read more
Marie Collins, then member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, watches as Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, president of the commission, speaks at the Vatican (CNS photo/Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi)

In US tour, Marie Collins exposes clerical culture behind abuse cover-up

By Tom Roberts, National Catholic Reporter, September 12, 2019 WASHINGTON — The Catholic Church has reached a crossroads. Its leaders can either change, become open and accountable, or maintain the status quo: an institution lacking transparency, wrapped in secrecy and beholden to a clerical... read more

Pope Benedict reacts to criticisms of his letter on the sex abuse crisis

By Maike Hickson, LifeStiteNews, August 27, 2019 In a short commentary for the Catholic German journal Herder Korrespondenz, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI responds to Birgit Aschmann, a history professor who criticized his April 2019 letter on the sex abuse crisis. In his response to Aschmann,... read more

Archbishop Viganò clarifies points arising from new interview

Fri Jun 14, 2019 - 7:00 pm EST By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews, June 14, 2019 In the wake of two recent pieces in the Washington Post relating to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, an article and an extended interview (the first the archbishop has granted since his initial allegations... read more

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò gives his first extended interview since calling on the pope to resign, June 11, 2019 Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò went dark after releasing a letter critical of Pope Francis. In his first extended interview since he called on Pope Francis to resign last August, accusing the pontiff of covering up for a sexual abuser, Archbishop Carlo... read more

Understanding the Vatican’s New Rules on Sex Abuse

By Stephen Bainbridge, Public Discourse, May 14, 2019 There are a number of praiseworthy provisions in the Vatican’s new rules, which are meant to root out abuse by bishops and prevent further cover-ups, but there are glaring problems and omissions as well. Troublingly, the new rules apply... read more

Francis mandates clergy abuse reporting worldwide, empowers archbishops to do investigations

by Joshua J. McElwee, NCR, May 9, 2019 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis issued sweeping new laws for the Catholic Church on the investigation of clergy sexual abuse May 9, mandating for the first time that all priests and members of religious orders worldwide are obligated to report any... read more

Cardinal Müller: Pope Benedict’s letter ‘more intelligent than all’ contributions at Rome Abuse Summit

Maike Hickson Blog April 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Gerhard Müller has given several interviews in recent days defending Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's April 10 letter on the roots of the abuse crisis. The former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith told the... read more

EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Schneider wins clarification on “diversity of religions” from Pope Francis, brands abuse summit a “failure”

By Diane Montagna, LifeSite News, March 7, 2019 In their recent ad limina visit to Rome, the bishops of Kazakhstan and Central Asia raised a number of concerns which have been widely shared in the Church over the last several years, concerning perceived ambiguities in the magisterium of Pope... read more

‘Cupich Plan’ for Investigating Bishops Accused of Sex Abuse Faces Rough Road

Critics say focus on metropolitan bishops is flawed, won’t restore public confidence. By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, March 6, 2019 WASHINGTON — Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago received a respectful hearing from Church leaders at the Vatican summit as he outlined... read more