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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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Victims File Class Action Lawsuit in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania Catholics are suing all eight dioceses in the state, claiming that Catholic leaders there systematically covered up ongoing sexual abuse by priests. A massive grand jury report released last month in the state has prompted a nationwide reckoning with the staggering scale of sexual abuse in the history of the Catholic Church and has […]

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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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Catholic Clergyman Calls on Wuerl to Resign, Says He’ll Refuse to Participate in Mass with Him

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A highly visible member of Washington’s Catholic clergy has made a dramatic declaration calling on Cardinal Donald Wuerl to resign, the latest blow to Washington’s embattled archbishop. Sign the petition asking Pope Francis to accept Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation Deacon James Garcia, in his role as a master of ceremonies at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in the District, […]

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New York Attorney General’s Office has Issued Subpoenas to every Catholic Diocese in the State

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The New York attorney general’s office has issued subpoenas to every Catholic diocese in the state, becoming the latest U.S. state to embark on a major investigation of sex crimes committed and covered up by Catholic priests. And New Jersey quickly followed on Thursday, announcing a criminal task force focused on investigating sexual abuse by Catholic […]