Clerical Abuse

It’s an issue

By Phil Lawler | Jun 02, 2020 A friend recently called my attention to a debate held at the Oxford Union last June, on the resolution: “This House believes the Catholic Church can never pay for its sins.” It wasn’t really much of a debate. With their focus on the sex-abuse scandal, the... read more

Cardinal George Pell freed from prison after High Court overturns sex abuse conviction

By Hilary Whiteman, CNN, April 7, 2020 Cardinal George Pell has been freed from prison after Australia's High Court unanimously overturned his conviction on five counts of historical child sex abuse. The momentous decision, handed down Tuesday by Chief Justice Susan Kiefel, ends a five-year... 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

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

Detroit Catholics say archdiocese fabricated rape charge against pastor

By J. D. Flynn, Catholic News Agency, February 25, 2020 A group of Detroit Catholics has filed a lawsuit claiming that the Archdiocese of Detroit fabricated an allegation of rape against their pastor in order to avoid media criticism about its handling of abuse allegations, and has mishandled... 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

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