Sexual Abuse Scandal

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

The Continuing Scandal of the McCarrick Doctrine

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, November 30, 2020 Students of Catholic moral teaching discover what the most simple of faithful Catholics intuitively know. There is an impressive, coherent, logical unity to God’s law as we know it through Church teaching. Failures of vigilance and... read more

The McCarrick Report and the need for new protocols

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. Features, Opinion, November 11, 2020 On June 5, 2019, I spoke to JL, who was working on the... read more

Row over unpublished report on Cologne clerical sex abuse cover-up Report falls victim to legal claims and a power battle among two church camps

By Derek Scally, Irish Times, November 02, 2020 Germany’s most influential Catholic diocese stands accused of protecting senior bishops after refusing to publish a report outlining their cover-up of clerical sexual abuse. Last February Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, archbishop of Cologne... read more

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
St. Catherine of Sienna

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

Abuse on the Margins

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