Sexual Abuse Scandal

Laxity in Seminaries as a Contributing Cause to the Sex-Abuse Crisis

By Janet E. Smith, National Catholic Register, July 10, 2019 “Hide the handsome ones.” That was what was “jokingly” said when Theodore McCarrick would visit seminaries. It disgusts me that such “jokes” — which clearly portrayed a reality — did not lead to a thorough investigation... read more

Vatican walks tightrope on China, comes on strong with Germany and confession

By: John L. Allen Jr., CRUX, July 2, 2019 ROME - Now that we’re in the dog days of summer, this year featuring record high temperatures across Europe, one might think the Vatican would be entering a “mad dogs and Englishmen” sort of lull. However, that’s not the nature of the Pope... read more
Pope Francis meets with Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta. Credit: Vatican Media.

Zanchetta to stand trial in Argentina for sexual abuse of seminarians

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jun 10, 2019 / 09:30 am (CNA).- Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta has been criminally charged with sexually assaulting two seminarians before a court in Argentina. The bishop has been barred from leaving the country and ordered to undergo a psychological examination. The... read more

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò gives his first extended interview since calling on the pope to resign, June 11, 2019 Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò went dark after releasing a letter critical of Pope Francis. In his first extended interview since he called on Pope Francis to resign last August, accusing the pontiff of covering up for a sexual abuser, Archbishop Carlo... read more

Finish the Job

By Stephen P. White, June 6, 2019 Last November’s general assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was notable for the genuine sense of urgency among the bishops gathered in Baltimore. They understood that their credibility was at stake, and that their exasperated... read more

Explosive report: Bishop sexually harassed priests, seminarians, spent millions of Church dollars

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSite News, June 7, 2019 According to an article that appeared Wednesday in the Washington Post, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, 75, gave cash gifts totaling $350,000 to fellow priests, including important prelates and young priests upon whom he allegedly foisted... read more
Sexual misconduct with adults next scandal facing the U.S. Church (Credit: Pixabay.)

Sexual misconduct with adults next scandal facing the U.S. Church

By Charles Collins, CruxNow, June 7, 2019 As the U.S. bishops prepare to meet next week for their general assembly in Baltimore, they must be hoping it won’t be a repeat of this one. The bishops were hoping to finalize a tough new policy on child sex abuse and - even more importantly -... read more

A Solid Foundation for Reform

By Stephen P. White Thursday, May 23, 2019 The motu proprio [1] released earlier this month by Pope Francis – Vos estis lux mundi– is not everything the Church in the United States could have hoped for, but it is a good deal more than many expected. And it’s a great lunge forward for... read more

Cardinal Sarah Endorses the “Notes” of Pope Benedict, “Martyr For the Truth”

By Sandro Magister Cardinal Robert Sarah took everyone by surprise on the evening of May 14 in Rome, in the auditorium of the cultural center of the church of St. Louis of the French, when everyone was expecting him to present his latest book, entitled “Le soir approche et déjà le jour... read more
Cardinal Maradiaga and Pope Francis I

Reflections on the New Sex-Abuse Norms

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing, May 18, 2019 Last week, Pope Francis issued new canonical norms to deal with the plague of the sexual abuse of minors and adults by clerics and religious. His motu proprio “You are the light of the World” (Vos estis lux mundi [1]) establishes new... read more

Unfinished Business

By Stephen P. White, May 9, 2019 Next month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will meet in general assembly in Baltimore. The bishops left their November meeting without any decisive action towards ensuring accountability for bishops. Since then, the American bishops have gone on retreat... read more