Sexual Abuse Scandal

Cardinal Pell Speaks on Maintaining Hope in Prison, Touches on Vatican Finances

Cardinal Pell spent 13 months in solitary confinement, during which time he was not permitted to celebrate Mass. Catholic News Agency, August 18, 2020 WASHINGTON — Cardinal George Pell, who was acquitted this year after becoming the highest-ranking Catholic cleric ever to be convicted of... read more

‘Pray for Your Poor Uncle,’ a Predatory Priest Told His Victims

As former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick became a powerful figure in the church, several boys from one family say he targeted them. By Elizabeth Bruenig, New York Tmes, July 15, 2020 Rain fell in New York City four days before Christmas of 2018. Francis M. had planned to be in the city that day... read more

Coming Out of the Closet

By Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, Catholic Thing, February 20, 2020 At times, priests reveal intimate secrets about themselves from the pulpit. I’ve always hesitated to do so mostly because a sermon should be about Jesus, and innermost secrets and feelings are none of your business. But there are... read more

McCarrick was a ‘devourer of souls,’ former priest secretary tells parish

Catholic News Agency, February 15, 2020 A priest who was the personal secretary of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick said he is sickened by manipulative fundraising tactics employed while McCarrick was Archbishop of Washington. The priest called McCarrick a “manipulator” and a “devourer... read more

New Year’s Resolutions for Concerned Catholics: A Few Suggestions

May 2020 be a year full of grace for everyone. We’ll all need it. By George Weigel, December 31, 2019 During and after the grim martial law period in the early 1980s, many freedom-minded Poles would greet each other on Jan. 1 with a sardonic wish: “May the new year be better than you... read more
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Catholic laity beg Pope Francis to honor Mother Mary, not Mother Earth in open letter

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSite News, December 12, 2019 PARIS, France– A group of Catholic laypeople have written an open letter to Pope Francis imploring him to condemn the idolatry of mother earth (Pachamama) that recently took place at the Vatican and to confirm them in honoring Mary... read more

Buffalo whistleblower: Vatican snubbed abuse victims in calling bishop’s resignation ‘early retirement’

By Dorothy Cummings McLean BUFFALO, New York, December 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― Buffalo’s primary diocesan whistleblower Siobhan O’Connor was standing on a cold and dark Buffalo street when the Vatican’s formal announcement of Bishop Malone’s resignation was released early this... read more

Q&A turns up the heat as Latin Americans talk clerical abuse

By Shannon Levitt Ines San Martin, Crux, November 8, 2019 MEXICO CITY - In what might have been a tepid Q&A session in the midst of a long day during a conference on abuse prevention in Mexico City, three questions instead heated things up in an overly air-conditioned room. A priest... read more

US priest accused of abusing boys for decades in Philippines

Tim Sullivan, Sep 9, 2019, ASSOCIATED PRESS In this Jan. 25, 2019 photo, a resident holds an undated photograph of the town's Catholic parish priest Father Pius Hendricks, in Talustusan on Biliran Island in the central Philippines. (Credit: Bullit Marquez/AP.) TALUSTUSAN, Philippines  -... read more

Abuse on the Margins

By Stephen P. White, August 29, 2019 Sexual abuse is a plague no matter where it occurs or to whom. But one of the underexplored facets of the clerical sexual abuse crisis in the United States is the way in which marginalized and minority communities have proven particularly susceptible both to... read more

A Rough Summer in the Empire State

Stephen P. White, August 15, 2019 The eight Catholic dioceses of New York are bracing themselves against a flood of lawsuits over clerical sexual abuse. A new law, known as the Child Victims Act, was passed early this year and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in February. Among the provisions of... read more
Walter Denton prays as the sun rises in his backyard in Agat, Guam, Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Guam’s ex-archbishop shielded culture of clergy sex abuse

No Parish for Real Men

Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli

New Jersey bishop accused of covering-up priest’s gay sex abuse

Pope Francis meets with Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta. Credit: Vatican Media.

Zanchetta to stand trial in Argentina for sexual abuse of seminarians