News & Commentary

Aggregated news and commentary from across the web regarding cover-up of the sexual abuse scandal.

Two Cardinals Close to Francis Accused of Covering-Up Sex Abuse of Pope’s Altar Boys

Two Cardinals Close to Francis Accused of Covering-Up Sex Abuse of Pope’s Altar Boys

Two high-ranking cardinals close to Pope Francis stopped an investigation of a seminarian accused of abusing multiple adolescents who serve at Pope Francis’ masses, according to extensive reports in the ...
Archbishop Chaput: Fr. James Martin's Message Causes Confusion About Church Doctrine

Archbishop Chaput: Fr. James Martin’s Message Causes Confusion About Church Doctrine

Catholic News Agency, Staff /
A ‘pattern of ambiguity’ in Fr Martin’s teachings wrongly inspires hope that Church doctrine can be changed, Chaput said After Fr James Martin, SJ, spoke at a Philadelphia university, the ...
LISTEN: Victims' Advocate Calls on Cardinal Dolan to Act on Bishop Malone

LISTEN: Victims’ Advocate Calls on Cardinal Dolan to Act on Bishop Malone

WBEN Radio, Staff /
Sex abuse victims advocate Robert Hoatson has been calling for Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation for more than a year-and-a-half. On Wednesday morning, he held yet another press conference outside the ...
Buffalo Diocese Facing More Lawsuits Than Any Other Defendant in NY

Buffalo Diocese Facing More Lawsuits Than Any Other Defendant in NY

Buffalo News, Staff /
More Child Victims Act lawsuits have been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo than against any other defendant in New York State, The Buffalo News has determined. From Aug ...
Cost of Abuse in U.S. Nears $4 Billion

Cost of Abuse in U.S. Nears $4 Billion

Catholic News Service, Brian Fraga /
With 17,651 parishes in the United States, the cost of abuse now amounts to $56,655 per parish – imagine what your parish could do with this extra money? The Catholic ...
The Courage of Bishop Schneider

The Courage of Bishop Schneider

Crisis Magazine, Jonathan Coe /
Bad bishops are hardly a novelty in the history of the Church. Historians estimate that, when the Arian heresy rocked Christendom in the fourth century, four out of five bishoprics ...
Former Michigan Priest Charged With Sexually Abusing 5-Year-Old Boy After Funeral for Boy's Relative

Former Michigan Priest Charged With Sexually Abusing 5-Year-Old Boy After Funeral for Boy’s Relative

ABC News, Staff /
A former priest who served at Catholic churches in Genesee County is facing a new count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The Michigan Attorney General’s Office already charged 80-year-old Vincent ...
How a Melbourne Seminary Became a Breeding Ground for Homosexual Paedophile Rings

How a Melbourne Seminary Became a Breeding Ground for Homosexual Paedophile Rings

The Age, Staff /
The altar boy sat firmly on the back of the motorbike, his skinny arms gripping the waist of the young priest as they weaved through the suburban streets leading to ...
Viganò Corroboration #14: Homosexual Abuse in Vatican Seminary

Viganò Corroboration #14: Homosexual Abuse in Vatican Seminary

Catholic Herald, Christopher Altieri /
Vatican City’s chief prosecutor has handed down criminal indictments against two priests in connection with sexual abuse allegedly committed at the Preseminario Pio X, a minor seminary located inside Vatican ...
Bishop Hubbard Denies New Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Bishop Hubbard Denies New Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Daily Gazette, Staff /
Retired Albany Catholic Diocese Bishop Howard J. Hubbard is denying the latest allegations leveled against him under the Child Victims Act, as the diocese continues to face new accusations of ...
Chicago Catholic Church Reportedly Paid $80,000,000 to Sex Abuse Victims

Chicago Catholic Church Reportedly Paid $80,000,000 to Sex Abuse Victims

Politics.com, Staff /
A victim of clergy abuse urged other survivors to come forward Tuesday as lawyers revealed that the Catholic Church in Chicago had paid out more than $80 million in sexual ...
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Opens Two Dozen Cases Into Possible Chicago Clergy Sexual Abuse

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Opens Two Dozen Cases Into Possible Chicago Clergy Sexual Abuse

Chicago Tribune, Staff /
Acting on concerns that more than 1,000 reports of possible sexual abuse by Catholic clergy may not have been properly reviewed by DCFS, the child welfare agency has opened 24 ...
Vatican Seeks to Indict Two Priests in Abuse Case Within Its Own Walls

Vatican Seeks to Indict Two Priests in Abuse Case Within Its Own Walls

Chico Harlan, Stefano Pitrelli /
The Vatican’s criminal prosecutors have requested the indictment of a priest accused of abusing an altar boy at a youth seminary steps away from St. Peter’s Basilica — a rare ...
Poll: 86% of Buffalo Catholics Want Bishop Malone to Resign

Poll: 86% of Buffalo Catholics Want Bishop Malone to Resign

Buffalo News, Jay Tokasz /
Contrary to What He Says, Vast Majority of Buffalo Catholics Want Bishop Malone To Resign An overwhelming majority of area Catholics or lapsed Catholics want Bishop Richard J. Malone to ...
Wolves in Shepherd’s Clothing

Wolves in Shepherd’s Clothing

Crisis Magazine, Jane Clark Scharl /
It was only a year ago that the Pennsylvania grand jury released its report on sexual abuse by priests. It was only a year ago that allegations broke about Theodore ...
Today is Day 1 of ‘Crusade of Prayer and Fasting'

Today is Day 1 of ‘Crusade of Prayer and Fasting’

National Catholic Register, Bree Dail /
Leaders of an international movement known as the Holy League of Nations have pledged their support, prayers and sacrifice, in response to a call from Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop ...
The Slow Road to Catholic Schism

The Slow Road to Catholic Schism

New York Times, Ross Douthat /
Some years ago, when I was younger and somewhat more excitable, I wrote a series of essays about Pope Francis’s liberalizing efforts, arguing that the supreme pontiff’s choices risked a ...
Is It Time to Abolish the USCCB?

Is It Time to Abolish the USCCB?

Crisis Magazine, Leila Marie Lawler /
“If I must speak the truth, I feel disposed to shun every conference of Bishops: for never saw I Synod brought to a happy issue, and remedying, and not rather ...
Louisiana Bishop Forbids Seminarians from Associating With Group Critical of the Diocese

Louisiana Bishop Forbids Seminarians from Associating With Group Critical of the Diocese

ABC News, Staff /
In a memo obtained by KATC Investigates, Lafayette Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel has forbid any seminarian from being “associated” with The Society of St. Peter Damian. “Any seminarian known by ...
Princeton University Chaplain Quits Amid Sex Abuse Allegations

Princeton University Chaplain Quits Amid Sex Abuse Allegations

J105, Staff /
The Catholic chaplain at Princeton University has stepped down, amid an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor dating back to 1975 that he denies. Father Gabriel Zeis also served ...
Bishop Bambera and the Jack Anderson Scandal

Bishop Bambera and the Jack Anderson Scandal

American Spectator, George Neumayr /
The other day I came across a picture of Joseph Bambera as a seminarian. About Bambera, the bishop of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Church insiders whisper that he may succeed the soon-to-retire ...
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