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Cardinal McCarrick and the Gay Mafia: Corruption of Clergy Now Rivals the Age of the Borgias

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The scandal of Cardinal McCarrick’s record of sexual abuse of seminarians and of minor children is sending waves of horror through the Church, as Catholics increasingly meditate on its disturbing implications. It is now clear that McCarrick’s reputation as a sexual predator was widely known in the Catholic hierarchy for decades, and nothing was done […]

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The Cost of Clericalism

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The bishops cannot fix the problem because the bishops, and the system that produces them, are at the heart of the problem. You might have missed this update to a blog I put up last night. Phil Lawler, who is, as ever, a must-read on the scandal, unearthed it and posted it yesterday. It’s a 2003 exchange […]

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Leading Churchmen are Denying the Undeniable

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A few cardinals have roused themselves to respond to the month-old press disclosures that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is a pederast, whereas before he was merely well known as a serial sexual harasser. Their response is depressing in the extreme and should make any Catholic or person of good will wish for their immediate, tearful confessions […]

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Sins That Demand Justice: How Clerical Culture Failed to Stop Sexual Predators

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Amid increasing allegations of sexual abuse against the disgraced U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the Church’s most respected advocate for victims of clergy sexual abuse of minors, broke the episcopal silence and pledged that Pope Francis would take decisive action against Cardinal McCarrick and other prelates facing similar allegations. The Church’s failure […]

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Cardinal Farrell Claims ‘Shock’ at Cardinal McCarrick Abuse. Really?

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A prelate who worked under Cardinal Theodore McCarrick––and who rose through the ranks thanks to McCarrick’s patronage––denies that he had any inkling of the Cardinal’s sexual abuses. Cardinal Kevin Farrell, recently appointed by Pope Francis as prefect of the nascent Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, said that he was “shocked” and “overwhelmed” at the […]

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Kevin Joseph Cardinal Farrell

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Current Role Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life Official Web Site: http://www.laityfamilylife.va/ Mailing Address: Piazza S. Calisto 16, 00153 Roma Telephone: 06.69.86.93.00; 06.69.86.93.31 What Has Been Reported Lived with Theodore McCarrick while in Washington DC. Appointed vicar-general for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. by McCarrick in 2001. McCarrick supported Farrell’s promotion […]

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Cardinal McCarrick’s Network

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One obvious next step in the Cardinal McCarrick story is uncovering more victims of his abuse. We now know of two. I would bet that there will surely be more. But that’s not the most interesting or important part of the story. The key now is to uncover the networks within the clergy and episcopate. […]