Clerical Abuse

German Catholic Archbishop Offers to Resign from Office After Abuse Report Findings

A long-awaited report published on Thursday raised serious concerns about Archbishop Heße’s handling of several cases during his time in Cologne. National Catholic Register, March 19, 2021 HAMBURG, Germany — A German Catholic archbishop announced on Thursday that he was offering his... read more

Cardinal Marx’s Handling of Abuse Cases Under Scrutiny

A criminologist who was commissioned by the German bishops to investigate clergy abuse cases has alleged that the cardinal intervened to undermine his investigation. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, March 17, 2021 VATICAN CITY — German Cardinal Reinhard Marx has rejected as... read more

Ampleforth College: Catholic school in child abuse scandal fails new inspection

By Nicola Woolcock, The Times (UK) March 9, 2021 Ampleforth College, the Catholic school that is banned from taking new pupils after a child sex abuse scandal, has failed another Ofsted inspection. The school said that the latest findings related to “procedural” issues rather than... read more

Toxic Chanceries

By Michele McAloon, Crisis, March 8, 2021 Despite sincere efforts by many to curb the sexual abuse crisis and initiate reform in the institutional Church, the true disease has yet to be cured. A significant problem still lies in the work environments of the chanceries and tribunals in dioceses... read more

Dodge City bishop under investigation for alleged abuse of a minor

By Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency, February 9, 2021 The Bishop of Dodge City is under a Vatican-ordered Vos estis investigation over allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas announced Feb. 8 that it was “made aware” that Bishop John Brungardt of... read more

The Worst Person in America Is a Catholic Bishop. But Which?

It hasn’t been easy picking the most … “exceptional” bishops. But I’ve narrowed the candidates down to three, out of many worthy contenders. By John Zmirak, American Greatness, January 31, 2021 With so many “conservatives” and fainting-couch Christians tripping over themselves... read more

Second Man Accuses Chicago’s Father Pfleger of Sex Abuse

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago asked Fr. Pfleger to step away from his duties in early January after the first accusation. National Catholic Register, January 26, 2021 CHICAGO, Ill. — A second alleged victim has accused activist Chicago priest Fr. Michael Pfleger of sexually abusing him... read more

Former Cheyenne Bishop Skates on Abuse Charges

By Christopher Altieri, Catholic Herald, January 26, 2021 The Vatican has exonerated Bishop Joseph H. Hart, emeritus of Cheyenne, Wyoming, on seven counts of child sexual abuse. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which handled the canonical process, also said five other accusations... read more

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