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Here’s Why You Should Care That McCarrick Won’t Get a Full Trial

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Six months after the Archdiocese of New York first announced it had received a “credible” accusation of sexual abuse against then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the disgraced former archbishop of Washington could soon find himself dismissed from the clergy altogether. But instead of conducting a full-blown trial, complete with procedural niceties and room for legal back-and-forth between prosecution and […]

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Want to Address Priest Sexual Abuse? The Catholic Church Needs to Overhaul its Seminaries

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Although clergy sexual abuse scandals aren’t new, the ones that have rocked the Catholic Church this summer revolved around a group seldom focused on before: seminarians. The sexual harassment and abuse of seminarians, and the response of seminary leaders, have been at the center of the case of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, whose removal from […]

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Cardinal Wuerl Caught In Another Lie?

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who has said repeatedly that he didn’t know about years of sexual misconduct complaints involving his predecessor in the District, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, was named in a 2005 settlement agreement that included allegations against McCarrick, according to the accuser in the case and documents obtained by The Washington Post. Two of the […]

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BREAKING: Bishop Michael Bransfield of West Virginia Resigns on Sexual Harassment Charges

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Pope Francis has ordered an investigation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., in connection with sexual harassment charges and accepted his resignation, the Vatican announced Thursday. The pope instructed Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore to conduct a probe into allegations that Bransfield, 75, sexually harassed adults, the Catholic News Service reported. Lori […]

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl Says He Will Go to Rome to Discuss his Potential Resignation

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who has faced increasing calls for his resignation over his handling of sexual abuse cases, wrote on Tuesday that he will soon discuss with Pope Francis the possibility of stepping down as leader of the Archdiocese of Washington. Wuerl did not say in his letter to priests whether he will ask Francis […]