Vatican’s Child Protection Office Says it Prevents, Doesn’t Investigate, Abuse

Members of the Vatican’s commission for protecting young people in the Church have been listening to victims and survivors of abuse in Rome, while also pointing out they have no remit to investigate individual allegations of abuse. The 9th ordinary plenary assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which was set up … Read more

Cupich on Scandal: ‘We Have a Bigger Agenda Than to be Distracted by all of This’

The young man studying at Mundelein Seminary to become a Catholic priest seemed anguished as he vented to Cardinal Blase Cupich about the clergy sex-abuse scandal that threatens to topple Pope Francis and drive more people away from the faith. “I’m hurting, I can’t sleep, I’m sick,” the seminarian told Cupich during an Aug. 29 gathering at … Read more

George Neumayr: Cardinal Wuerl is Even Now Covering-Up for a Priest Who Abused Teen in Hot Tub

In a recent telephone interview, journalist and book author George Neumayr reveals many details about his ongoing investigation into the corruptions of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, but also of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Wuerl’s predecessor. Sign the petition asking Pope Francis to accept Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation Neumayr, who is the author of The Political Pope, has been speaking … Read more

Catholics Resist ‘Clericalism’ by Demanding Pope Answer Abuse Cover-Up Allegations

Fr. Thomas M. Rosica, Vatican press assistant for the anglophone sector, wrote recently these astonishingly frank words: Pope Francis breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants because he is ‘free from disordered attachments.’ Our Church has indeed entered a new phase: with the advent of this first Jesuit pope, it is openly ruled by an individual rather than … Read more

Vatican Continues Not to Cooperate With Media Over Viganò Allegations

Despite Pope Francis’ call on journalists to verify Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s allegations, a key cardinal and other Vatican officials and offices have so far refused to provide information. Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, appointed prefect of Congregation for Bishops a little over two months before Archbishop Theodore McCarrick was appointed to Washington D.C., has so … Read more

A Leaven In The World… A Tale Of Two Silences

Many Catholics are confused. A Pope who, up to now, hardly left a subject untouched in his ongoing conversation with the world, on topics ranging from advice on not ironing your son’s shirts if you want him to move out of the house, to the “emergency” of plastic trash in the ocean, has absolutely nothing … Read more

Tear Down this Papal Wall of Silence

In the dark of an August night in 1961, the Russians threw up a barrier between East and West Berlin which came to be known as the Berlin Wall. On June 12, 1987, Ronald Reagan stood at a podium in Berlin and delivered his famous speech, in which he said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this … Read more

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

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, … Read more

Pope Protecting Predators?

From 1998 to 2013 Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis, was Bishop of Buenos Aires. While he held that church position church officials in the US and Europe began addressing the catastrophe of child sexual abuse by clergy. Popes John Paul II and Benedict began to speak out on the abuse by making … Read more

Another Case of Abuse Cover-up by Francis? Students at School for the Deaf Say They Were Repeatedly Raped by Priests

The children told prosecutors the two Roman Catholic priests repeatedly raped them by an image of the Virgin Mary inside the small school chapel in remote northwestern Argentina. Only their tormentors would have heard their cries because the other children at the school were deaf. Take Action: Ask Pope Francis to Respond to Cover-Up Allegations … Read more