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Cupich and Wuerl Collaborated on Alternative Sex Abuse Proposal

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Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington collaborated extensively on a recently proposed policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops, CNA has learned. Cupich submitted the plan Tuesday to leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference, proffering it as an alternative to a proposal that had been devised by conference officials and […]

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What Rights Does a Pastor Have?

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While a priest’s ministry is dependent upon that of his bishop, and every priest promises respect and obedience to the bishop at ordination, it is a common mistake to think of a pastor as a kind of branch manager or tenant farmer of the bishop. The pastor’s canonical role is much different than that. Canon […]

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Never Again, AGAIN? Bishops Promise Action, But Will It Make a Difference?

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Ordinary Catholics want cultural and moral change, not bureaucracy The moral credibility of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy is under serious scrutiny, both by the faithful and the wider world. Something must be done – this is the consensus of cardinals, bishops, priests, and laity as the Church continues to grapple with the fallout of the […]

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Wuerl Allowed Seminarians To Be McCarrick Aides Amid Abuse Investigation

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McCarrick had seminarian assistants until June 2018, about a year after the archdiocese knew he was being investigated The Archdiocese of Washington has confirmed that seminarians were permitted to serve as assistants to Archbishop Theodore McCarrick while the archbishop was being investigated for the alleged sexual abuse of a teenager. In 2011, McCarrick moved from […]

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Viganò Corroboration #4: McCarrick Was Removed from Living at the Seminary

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The Archdiocese of Washington has declined to comment on details of McCarrick’s living arrangements The Archdiocese of Washington has declined to confirm new details about the post-retirement living arrangements of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, and maintained that Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Washington’s archbishop, was unaware of alleged Vatican sanctions against McCarrick. Archbishop Carlo Vigano, former Vatican ambassador […]

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Viganò Corroboration #1: Former Nunciature Official Says ‘Vigano Said the Truth’

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Monsignor Jean-François Lantheaume, the former first counsellor at the apostolic nunciature in Washington D.C., has said that the former nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, told “the truth” in his explosive statement released to the press on Aug. 25. The 11-page document contains specific allegations that senior bishops and cardinals have been aware of the allegations […]