News & Commentary

Aggregated news and commentary from across the web regarding cover-up of the sexual abuse scandal.

Six California Dioceses Create Victim Compensation Program

Six California Dioceses Create Victim Compensation Program

Los Angles Times, Staff /
Six Catholic dioceses across California, including Los Angeles and Orange, said Tuesday that they had joined together to create a “compensation program” that would be available to victims of clergy ...
Dallas: Missing and Incomplete Sex-Abuse Files Spark Police Diocese Raid

Dallas: Missing and Incomplete Sex-Abuse Files Spark Police Diocese Raid

Dallas News, Staff /
Dallas police on Wednesday morning raided several Dallas Catholic Diocese offices after a detective said church officials have “thwarted” his investigations into allegations of sexual abuse by priests. Detective David ...
Homosexuals In the Seminaries: A Startling Survey In Brazil

Homosexuals In the Seminaries: A Startling Survey In Brazil

L'Espresso, Sandro Magister /
The survey is not brand-new, its results came out in the spring of 2017 in Portuguese in the “Revista Eclesiástica Brasileira.” But “Il Regno – Documenti” has recently published a ...
After Disappointing November Meeting, US Bishops Plan to Revisit Sex Abuse in June

After Disappointing November Meeting, US Bishops Plan to Revisit Sex Abuse in June

Life Site News, Stephen White /
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 ...
Greensburg Diocese Puts Priest on Leave After Sex Abuse Allegation

Greensburg Diocese Puts Priest on Leave After Sex Abuse Allegation

Pittsburgh Action 4, Staff /
A priest who serves at two parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg is being investigated for alleged sexual abuse of a minor, the diocese announced Monday night. The allegation ...
New Jersey Extends Statute of Limitations, Allowing Sex Abuse Victims More Time to Sue

New Jersey Extends Statute of Limitations, Allowing Sex Abuse Victims More Time to Sue

NewJersey.com, Staff /
New Jersey victims of sexual abuse will now have sweeping new abilities to sue their attackers, and it will be easier for them to seek damages from institutions such as ...
Victims Sue Vatican, Seeking Names of Thousands of Abusers

Victims Sue Vatican, Seeking Names of Thousands of Abusers

MPR, Staff /
Five men who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were minors are planning to sue the Vatican and are demanding the names of thousands of ...
Pope Francis Requires Priests and Nuns to Report Sex Abuse, But Doesn't Mandate Contacting Police

Pope Francis Requires Priests and Nuns to Report Sex Abuse, But Doesn’t Mandate Contacting Police

People, Staff /
On Thursday, Pope Francis announced a sweeping change to the way the Catholic Church responds to allegations of sexual abuse, but the measure doesn’t require church officials to notify law ...
Francis's Document is Silent on Consensual Clerical Sodomy

Francis’s Document is Silent on Consensual Clerical Sodomy

Yes, the title of this column is provocative, to say the least, but that is what is really going on with the just-signed Apostolic Letter “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” (VELM).  ...
Two Steps Forward and One Step Back Won’t Cleanse the Catholic Church

Two Steps Forward and One Step Back Won’t Cleanse the Catholic Church

Washington Post, Editors /
THE ESSENTIAL problem that gave rise to decades of clergy sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church was that bishops, whose authority over their domains is all but absolute, were ...
McCarrick's Millions

McCarrick’s Millions

Billions in federal funding changing hands without transparency Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was known as a money man. It was a well-known fact that McCarrick would give envelopes of cash ...
Theodore McCarrick: From Cardinal to Commoner

Theodore McCarrick: From Cardinal to Commoner

Theodore McCarrick was demoted from cardinal to archbishop some months ago. Under pressure of media attention, the Vatican has upped the ante on penalties against him. Now he is simply ...
Pope Francis Signs Motu Proprio to Prevent and Denounce Abuses in the Catholic Church

Pope Francis Signs Motu Proprio to Prevent and Denounce Abuses in the Catholic Church

New Vatican norms for the Church’s handling of sex abuse, issued Thursday, place seminarians and religious coerced into sexual activity through the misuse of authority in the same criminal category ...
How the Sexual Toxicity of the 1960s Has Harmed the Church

How the Sexual Toxicity of the 1960s Has Harmed the Church

I have been rather astounded and amused at the controversy, indeed outright denial, surrounding Pope Emeritus Benedict’s recent essay which attributes a large portion of our current crisis in the Church to the ...
Law Firm Releases 300 Names of Catholic Priests and Others Accused of Abuse in New Jersey

Law Firm Releases 300 Names of Catholic Priests and Others Accused of Abuse in New Jersey

Edward Hanratty doesn’t think it’s a coincidence that four abusive priests wound up at his parish in Ridgefield Park. In his Irish Catholic community, nobody ever questioned the church, which ...
Catholic Couple Starts 'The Angry Catholic’ Podcast After Grand Jury Report into Clergy Sex Abuse

Catholic Couple Starts ‘The Angry Catholic’ Podcast After Grand Jury Report into Clergy Sex Abuse

The Morning Call, Staff /
Paul and Kristen Ciaccia remember the news that sparked their anger. In 2013, they learned their sons had served as altar boys with a priest who had just been arrested ...
Buffalo Diocese Denies ‘Crackdown’ on Seminarians - Sources Say Otherwise

Buffalo Diocese Denies ‘Crackdown’ on Seminarians – Sources Say Otherwise

Life Site News, Lisa Bourne /
The Diocese of Buffalo and Christ the King Seminary are unequivocally denying a report that the seminary is conducting a leak investigation into seminarians who spoke up about diocesan priests having ...
Stephanie’s Letter

Stephanie’s Letter

This is the first time that I’m sharing the background of my “burn this place down” remark, which was made public during 60 Minutes Overtime last October. How vividly do I recall ...
Catholic Culture Has Changed Forever: And That’s a Good Thing

Catholic Culture Has Changed Forever: And That’s a Good Thing

Clergy, priests and bishops, you’re on notice: We are watching. We aren’t leaving the Church. Neither are we staying and going back to “business as usual.” Deal with it, gentlemen ...
Boston Archdiocese Criticized for Failing to Release All Names of Priests Accused of Abuse

Boston Archdiocese Criticized for Failing to Release All Names of Priests Accused of Abuse

Staff /
A lawyer who is well-known for representing victims of clergy sex abuse is criticizing the Archdiocese of Boston for not listing on its website the names of several priests who ...
Vatican's Former Doctrine Chief Sounds Alarm On Francis' Plans To Reorder Curia

Vatican’s Former Doctrine Chief Sounds Alarm On Francis’ Plans To Reorder Curia

The Vatican’s former doctrine chief has strongly criticized a draft document containing Pope Francis’ plans for an overhaul of the curia — where “doctrine” is expected to take a backseat ...
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