Theologians, Lay Leaders Call for Mass Resignations of US Bishops

More than 140 theologians, educators and lay leaders have called for all U.S. bishops to submit their resignations to Pope Francis, much like Chile’s 34 bishops did in May after revelations of sexual abuse and corruption, as a public act of penance and a “willing abdication of earthly status.” “Today, we call on the Catholic … Read more

Would a Mass Resignation of Bishops Hurt the US Church? Quite The Opposite

Policies have slowly improved. But as a matter of justice, individual prelates should admit wrongdoing and step down How could priests do this? Once, again, the Church confronts this question after Tuesday’s release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses over several decades. Even after so many previous revelations, the … Read more

Cleansing the Church of Clerical Sacrilege

It is time for clergy and laity to begin a movement for the purification of the Church. The shameful sexual sins and crimes of clergy—including cardinals, bishops, and priests—can no longer be tolerated. Tolerance is precisely what has allowed these problems to multiply for decades and persist up to today. As Fr. Thomas Berg recently explained, … Read more

Bishop Arthur Joseph Serratelli

Current Role Bishop of Patterson, New Jersey Official Web Site: Mailing Address: Diocesan Center, 777 Valley Road, Clifton, NJ 07013, USA Telephone: (973)777-8818 Fax: 777-8976 What’s Been Reported Ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark in 1968. Served as a diocesan priest under Theodore McCarrick for 14 years (1986-2000). Taught scripture at Seton … Read more

Catholic Relief Services’ McCarrick Problem

Since the scandalous revelations of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s sexual dalliances flooded the news and social media, faithful Catholics have been demanding answers, especially ‘Who Knew?’ Most eyes are on other bishops and cardinals closest to McCarrick, but there is another connection being grossly overlooked. For over 18 years, McCarrick served as a member of Catholic … Read more

Some Home Truths about the McCarrick Case

Mom liked to invite them [priests] to dinner and to pose questions to them. The virginity of priests gave birth in her to a feeling of confidence and respect.” So wrote French Benedictine Abbot Dom Gerard Calvet, founder of the monastery of Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux, about his childhood. His mother’s closeness to priests was rooted … Read more

Archdiocese Takes Down Website Defending Cardinal Wuerl’s Handling of Sex Abuse

The Archdiocese of Washington has deleted the “Wuerl Report” website defending the cardinal’s handling of sex abuse cases in Pittsburgh. The website was strongly criticised for striking the wrong tone after the release of a grand jury report detailing hundreds of sex abuse accusations against priests in Pennsylvania. Cardinal Wuerl was Bishop of Pittsburgh when … Read more

Report: ‘They Were Raping Little Boys & Girls’

The long-awaited state grand jury report into sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Pittsburgh and Greensburg, has finally been released. The 884-page document, two years in the making, shines a light into the dark corners of these dioceses going back seven decades, exposing the predators and the efforts of their bishops to protect them. … Read more