Clerical Abuse

Activist Chicago Priest Is Accused of Sexual Abuse

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, known for his social activism, was accused of abusing a minor 40 years ago, the Archdiocese of Chicago said this week. By Allyson Waller and Marie Fazio, New York Times, January. 7, 2021 The Rev. Michael Pfleger, an influential Catholic priest with an activist... read more

Why can’t Cardinal Pell’s media critics let go?

In the logic of true believers, if he looks innocent, he must be guilty. By Michael Cook, Mercatornet, December 3, 2020 screenshot CNN There’s a phenomenon in psychology called the “true believer syndrome”. The paradigm example is analysed in a 1956 psychology classic... read more

US Catholic bishops’ response to McCarrick report is sad but predictable

by Thomas Reese, Religion News Service, November 23, 2020 The discussion of the Vatican report on ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick by the U.S. bishops at their annual fall meeting was sad but predictable — sad because the bishops failed to communicate that they understood the report's... read more

The McCarrick Report’s Unanswered Questions

Document represents one important step in fostering authentic renewal. By Michael Warsaw, National Catholic Register, November 13, 2020 The long-awaited McCarrick Report, detailing the rise and fall of the former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, was finally released Nov. 10. First promised two... read more

Profiles in Clericalism: The real flaw of the McCarrick Report

By Robert Mickens, LaCroix, November 14, 2020 In the end, it was just about what was to be expected. The exceedingly long and long awaited report on the history of Theodore McCarrick's rise to the penultimate rung of the Catholic hierarchy is now out. And it's being interpreted in almost... read more

McCarrick Report at odds with Cardinal Wuerl’s claims of ignorance

By Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency, November 13, 2020 The McCarrick Report sheds new light on when former Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, knew of allegations made against his predecessor, and what steps he and Vatican officials took to monitor or restrict McCarrick’s travel... read more

Lori: Report marks new era of transparency, which laity ‘have rightly demanded’

Catholic News Service, November 13, 2020 Lori: Report marks new era of transparency, which laity ‘have rightly demanded’Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, right, and then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick are pictured at the installation Mass of Archbishop Donald... read more

McCarrick Report: details of abuse ignored

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, November 10, 2020 The Vatican has issued a 450-page report on former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, acknowledging that reports of McCarrick’s sexual misconduct had circulated for years but insisting that Pope Francis was unaware of any serious charges against... read more

Alleged victims still waiting for justice in case of Argentine bishop working at Vatican

By Inés San Martín, Crux, November 13, 29020 ROSARIO, Argentina – As the release of a Vatican report on the rise of laicized former cardinal Theodore McCarrick puts the spotlight on how clerical culture can protect high-ranking officials when they are accused of abuse, some eyes turned to... read more

McCarrick and John Paul II: key moments in the Vatican’s report

by Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, November 11, 2020. VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's explosive report on the career of disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick makes one thing devastatingly clear: the late Pope John Paul II decided to appoint the priest as archbishop of... read more

The McCarrick Report and the need for new protocols (Part 1)

I told the Congregation of Bishops about Theodore McCarrick’s disturbing behaviors and some of my account appears in The McCarrick Report. But there is more to be said. By Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D., National Catholic Reporter, November 11, 2020 On June 5, 2019, I spoke to JL, who was... read more
Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz, retired archbishop of Wroclaw, Poland

‘Hard times’ ahead for Church in Poland after cardinal sanctioned by Vatican