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Francis Ignored, Covered-Up Abuse in Argentina Before Becoming Pope

Francis Ignored, Covered-Up Abuse in Argentina Before Becoming Pope

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German national TV channel ZDF is rerunning a 2017 documentary produced by Martin Boudat that claims that Pope Francis, as Archbishop Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, ignored cries for justice from abuse victims ...
From a Moral-Historical Perspective, This Crisis is Worse Than You Realize

From a Moral-Historical Perspective, This Crisis is Worse Than You Realize

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There is nothing, nothing, that undermines the authority of the Church more quickly and thoroughly than this devilish marriage of scandal and hypocrisy. Contrary to Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s early and ...
Two Chicago Priests Arrested in Miami for 'Clericalism'

Two Chicago Priests Arrested in Miami for ‘Clericalism’

CBS News
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Two Chicago-area priests were charged Monday with ‘Clericalism‘ after being caught performing a sexual act inside a car parked on a Miami Beach street. According to Miami Beach Police, 39-year-old ...
Why Viganó’s Testimony Will Go Down as the ‘Clarifying Moment’ of Francis’ Papacy

Why Viganó’s Testimony Will Go Down as the ‘Clarifying Moment’ of Francis’ Papacy

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The month of August opened with a bang—and closed with a nuclear detonation. On August 2nd the world learned of Pope Francis’s disdain for the witness of Scripture and the ordinary ...
The Globe-Trotting Predator

The Globe-Trotting Predator

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What is the profile of a peripatetic predator? The sex tourist and human trafficker come to mind. He prowls, constantly moving, seeking new victims in far off lands, always outside ...
Cardinal Wuerl Met Privately with Pope Francis about Crisis in D.C. Diocese

Cardinal Wuerl Met Privately with Pope Francis about Crisis in D.C. Diocese

CNN, Daniel Burke
Pope Francis met with embattled Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington last Thursday in Vatican City, where they discussed the cardinal’s personal situation, according to a source familiar with Wuerl’s presentation ...
Viganò Corroboration #7: ‘Retired’ Cardinal McCarrick Traveled the Globe During Francis' Papacy

Viganò Corroboration #7: ‘Retired’ Cardinal McCarrick Traveled the Globe During Francis’ Papacy

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Though some commentators have argued that the disgraced cardinal was no more active during Pope Francis’ papacy than during the tenure of his German predecessor, some news outlets registered a ...
Viganò Corroboration #6: Viganò Story About Kim Davis Is Confirmed

Viganò Corroboration #6: Viganò Story About Kim Davis Is Confirmed

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The New York Times writes about the contretemps between Archbishop Vigano and the Vatican over the 2015 meeting Pope Francis had with Kim Davis. Team Francis has responded to Vigano’s defense, and ...
Time’s Up on Pope Francis and Catholic Church Leaders Being Able to Handle Clergy Abuse Crisis

Time’s Up on Pope Francis and Catholic Church Leaders Being Able to Handle Clergy Abuse Crisis

Boston Globe, Editors
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Time’s up for Pope Francis and the leaders of the Catholic Church. Catholics everywhere — and anyone who cares about children — should demand that our criminal justice system start ...
Cardinal Tobin Reportedly Declined to Investigate McCarrick Misconduct Rumors

Cardinal Tobin Reportedly Declined to Investigate McCarrick Misconduct Rumors

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Cardinal Joseph Tobin told a journalist Friday that he heard rumors shortly after his 2017 arrival in the Archdiocese of Newark about the sexual misconduct of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. He ...
Why Won't Pope Francis Respond to Viganò?

Why Won’t Pope Francis Respond to Viganò?

Dr. Taylor Marshall
Why Won’t Pope Francis Respond to Viganò? As a follow up to why did Pope Benedict resign, we look at the political history of Pope Francis and the influence of ...
How the Media are Covering-Up for Pope Francis

How the Media are Covering-Up for Pope Francis

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If the head of any other organisation were guilty of such complicity, he or she would not only be forced to resign but could also end up in the dock ...
Stonewalling Silence = Complicity With Sex Abuse

Stonewalling Silence = Complicity With Sex Abuse

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Give credit where credit is due: The New York Times called every curial cardinal accused by Vigano in his letter, asking them for comment. Here’s what happened: Following the pope’s lead, the Vatican ...
What's More Important Than The Sex Abuse Scandal? Ocean Trash.

What’s More Important Than The Sex Abuse Scandal? Ocean Trash.

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You stand accused by a former papal diplomat of covering up the serial sexual molestation of a top cardinal, despite your public claim of devotion to “transparency.” You refuse to ...
Attacking the Whistleblower: The Abuse-Enabling Culture is Alive and Well in the Vatican

Attacking the Whistleblower: The Abuse-Enabling Culture is Alive and Well in the Vatican

Rorate Caeli
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In the current phase of the Church’s crisis, we are focusing as much or more on the enablers of abuse, than on the abusers themselves. It is time we thought ...
Pope Francis and McCarrick: Where Does the Evidence Lead?

Pope Francis and McCarrick: Where Does the Evidence Lead?

Archbishop Viganò made four major claims. But do the facts support them? Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s testimony, published on Saturday, goes on for 7,000 words and names more than 30 public ...
Spadaro Speaks!

Spadaro Speaks!

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NOTE: Fr. Antonio Spadaro is editor-in-chief of the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica and close confidant of Pope Francis. An inspiring message from a spiritual giant of our time: That cannot be improved ...
Donald Wuerl, the Church’s Most Oblivious Cleric

Donald Wuerl, the Church’s Most Oblivious Cleric

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The cardinal’s repeated denials of knowledge and responsibility for sexual-abuse cover-ups defy all credibility. The Catholic Church’s nightmare of a summer began with Theodore McCarrick. After news broke in June ...
Archbishop Chaput Calls on Pope Francis to Cancel Youth Synod in Light of Abuse Crisis

Archbishop Chaput Calls on Pope Francis to Cancel Youth Synod in Light of Abuse Crisis

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia told a conference that had met to discuss the “young people” of the Church that in light of the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church ...
The Government Must Investigate the Catholic Church

The Government Must Investigate the Catholic Church

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When New York Times columnist Ross Douthat’s very fine “Bad Religion” published a half-dozen years ago, I commented then that what was so amazing was that Douthat — a convert to Catholicism ...
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