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

Sexual Abuse Victims Group Calls for Removal of Cardinals Wuerl, Farrell and Maradiaga from World Meeting of Families Line-Up

Sexual Abuse Victims Group Calls for Removal of Cardinals Wuerl, Farrell and Maradiaga from World Meeting of Families Line-Up

A group representing clerical child sex survivors worldwide has written an open letter to Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin seeking the removal of three cardinals from World Meeting of ...
San Diego's Bishop Robert McElroy Knew About McCarrick

San Diego’s Bishop Robert McElroy Knew About McCarrick

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy was told of Abp. Theodore McCarrick’s sexual predation as early as July 2016, but remained silent. Richard Sipe, the renowned expert in clerical sex abuse who passed away ...
Where Are the Bishops Who Will Defend Faithful Priests?

Where Are the Bishops Who Will Defend Faithful Priests?

Crisis Magazine, Priest
It is hard to communicate to people the life of a priest. The inexpressible joys that we experience every day are so difficult to express, as is the privilege of journeying ...
Catholics tell Cardinal Cupich: Clerical Sex Abuse ‘Has Everything to do with Homosexuality’

Catholics tell Cardinal Cupich: Clerical Sex Abuse ‘Has Everything to do with Homosexuality’

According to Pope Francis-appointed Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, homosexuality in the clergy isn’t the main issue in the sex abuse crisis, and saying so is a “diversion” away from ...
Former National Review Board Member Reacts to McCarrick Scandal

Former National Review Board Member Reacts to McCarrick Scandal

ABC News, Mary Ann Ahern
With Pope Francis taking the most unusual step to remove retired Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, there are calls to examine why sexual misconduct allegations were kept silent. Anne Burke, an ...
The Meaning Of The Benedict Option

The Meaning Of The Benedict Option

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A rock-solid Catholic priest who has spent decades in the trenches for orthodox Christianity, but who has grown very weary of the spinelessness of the episcopacy, writes in about his ...
Enough Already

Enough Already

Let us hear no more from priests, prelates, and Catholic writers dissenting from the truth – from reason, from Scripture, from the constant and clear teaching of the Church in ...
An Open Letter from Young Catholics

An Open Letter from Young Catholics

First Things, Various
Archbishop McCarrick’s predatory career would not have been possible without the culpable silence or active complicity of men at the highest levels of the Church. Revelations of his abuse have ...
New Bishop Blasts ‘Silence of so Many Bishops’ on McCarrick

New Bishop Blasts ‘Silence of so Many Bishops’ on McCarrick

A newly-minted U.S. bishop has pledged to “change the culture among clergy” and “rebuild trust” with the laity in reaction to the ex-Cardinal McCarrick sexual abuse scandal.  Bishop of Jefferson ...
To Start the Healing Process, the US Bishops Should Consider Doing Public Penance

To Start the Healing Process, the US Bishops Should Consider Doing Public Penance

Whether with a Holy Hour or sackcloth and ashes, prelates can make reparation for the sins of their brother bishops Something very important is missing from every statement issued by ...
Cardinal O’Malley Fundraised with McCarrick Just Three Months After Receiving Letter about McCarrick's Abuse

Cardinal O’Malley Fundraised with McCarrick Just Three Months After Receiving Letter about McCarrick’s Abuse

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley continues to be close to the center of the now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sex abuse scandal. Church Militant discovered that O’Malley invited McCarrick to an archdiocesan fundraiser three ...
The Current Crisis and the Order of the Laity

The Current Crisis and the Order of the Laity

Of what is Wuerl afraid? In a word, power. One of the most important works of ecclesiology to be published this century was the English translation of Fr. Nicholas Afanasiev’s The ...
How Bishops Can BEGIN to Restore Trust

How Bishops Can BEGIN to Restore Trust

Trust is the foundation for loving relationships and is essential, for example, for the stability and health of marriages.  As I relate regularly in my work as a psychiatrist with ...
Moral Theologian: We Must ‘Eradicate’ Church’s Gay Networks to Fight Sex Abuse

Moral Theologian: We Must ‘Eradicate’ Church’s Gay Networks to Fight Sex Abuse

The allegations of sexual misconduct made public in June against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick finally brought the decades-old open secret of the disgraced former cardinal’s sexually abusive behavior out in the open – also raising the question of the ...
When Two Gay Catholic Tribes Go To (Cold) War

When Two Gay Catholic Tribes Go To (Cold) War

N., an exceptionally well-informed lay Catholic, tells me that there are two basic tribes of gay bishops and priests. The first tribe is the Progressives — some sexually active, others ...
“We Have Nothing to Fear from the Truth”: 25 Years of Covering Clergy Sex Abuse

“We Have Nothing to Fear from the Truth”: 25 Years of Covering Clergy Sex Abuse

CWR: Based on your experience and reporting, what were the key factors in the clergy abuse scandals? In what way is the current situation different from the early 2000s? Lawler: There were ...
Catholics Blast Cardinal Wuerl’s 'Solution' to the McCarrick Sex Abuse Crisis

Catholics Blast Cardinal Wuerl’s ‘Solution’ to the McCarrick Sex Abuse Crisis

Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s proposal to impanel a committee of bishops to investigate mounting allegations and evidence of systemic problems concerning the handling of sexual misconduct within the ranks of the U.S ...
Dissident Pro-LGBT Priest Given Free Rein in Cardinal Tobin’s Archdiocese

Dissident Pro-LGBT Priest Given Free Rein in Cardinal Tobin’s Archdiocese

On June 24, 2018, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Hoboken, New Jersey, the Archdiocese of Newark, Fr. Alexander Santora celebrated the Parish’s “first annual gay pride Mass.” At the beginning of ...
Catholics in Archdiocese of Washington are Conflicted Over Financial Support after McCarrick Sex Scandal

Catholics in Archdiocese of Washington are Conflicted Over Financial Support after McCarrick Sex Scandal

Catholics in the District of Columbia are conflicted about how to continue to support the church after the resignation of former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick over reports of sexual abuse ...
This Is What Priests Have Come To Know

This Is What Priests Have Come To Know

Here is an excerpt from the “pastoral reflection” of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington and immediate successor of Cardinal — sorry, now just “Archbishop” — Theodore McCarrick. It is the ...
Priest: ‘Evil’ Gay Bishops ‘Persecute, Blackmail’ Faithful Priests Who Might Expose Their Secret

Priest: ‘Evil’ Gay Bishops ‘Persecute, Blackmail’ Faithful Priests Who Might Expose Their Secret

“Evil” homosexual bishops set out to “punish, humiliate and blackmail” decent, God-fearing priests if these threaten to blow the whistle on the gay “mafia” within the Roman Catholic church, says ...
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