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Cupich and Scicluna Hit Their Talking Points, but are Silent on Key Problems

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Throughout recent interviews, both Cardinal Cupich and Archbishop Scicluna convey a persistent attitude of denial regarding the role of the bishops in the ongoing crisis. Two significant interviews dropped late last week, in which key figures in the organization of the upcoming meeting of the heads of the world’s bishops’ conferences on the theme of […]

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Santa Fe Diocese Declares Bankruptcy Day After Attorney General Issues Search Warrant

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The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Thursday it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. At a press conference Nov. 29, Archbishop John Wester said that filing for bankruptcy is an equitable way to meet its responsibility to sexual abuse victims. Wester said there are between 35-40 active claims against the archdiocese, which is comprised […]

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Missouri Bishops Go Against the Grain in Pointed Letter to USCCB

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The statement by all five bishops in Missouri is direct and blunt. So is their cover letter to Timothy L. Doherty. Doherty, bishop of Lafayette in Indiana, is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People. Their letter expresses open skepticism that whatever is being cooked up […]

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Spineless Bishops Unable to Pass Simple Resolution Calling for Release of McCarrick Documents

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On the last day of their fall meeting, the U.S. bishops’ conference voted down a resolution that would have “encouraged” the Holy See to release all documents on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. After about a half hour of debate, objections that the resolution was redundant and ambiguous won out, and […]