News & Commentary

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

As Rumors of Sexual Misdeeds Swirled, Cardinal McCarrick Became a Powerful Fundraiser for the Vatican

As Rumors of Sexual Misdeeds Swirled, Cardinal McCarrick Became a Powerful Fundraiser for the Vatican

When Theodore McCarrick arrived in D.C. in 2001 to be the region’s Catholic archbishop, it was clear right away that he was something very rare: a celebrity priest. The vivacious ...
‘Enough is Enough’: Famed Evangelist Pens Powerful Letter to ‘Troubled Catholics’

‘Enough is Enough’: Famed Evangelist Pens Powerful Letter to ‘Troubled Catholics’

Dear Troubled Catholics, I have never seen so many “ordinary Catholics”—who usually never follow or hear about Church news—as deeply troubled as I have seen them in response to the ...
When the Cardinal Sins

When the Cardinal Sins

Theodore McCarrick isn’t the first prince of the Catholic church to have lived a private life scandalously at odds with the red hat he wore. Nor is he the first ...
McCarrick, the Bishops, and the Deepening Confusion About Sex

McCarrick, the Bishops, and the Deepening Confusion About Sex

Faithful Catholics can easily see how the virtual abandonment of Humanae vitae by mid-level ecclesiastical leadership (many bishops, most priests, and nearly all marriage formators) over the last five decades has wrought ...
The Catholic Church has Obliterated its Ability to Inspire Trust

The Catholic Church has Obliterated its Ability to Inspire Trust

The church has described itself as “mater et magistra,” mother and teacher. Yet, having obliterated its ability to inspire trust, in large part through decades of abuse and abuse-enabling, the ...
An Invitation to the Laity

An Invitation to the Laity

On July 28, I sent the letter below to my bishop, the Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston. In it, I explain that I will no ...
McCarrick’s Former Secretary Claims Cardinal Wuerl Didn’t Know About Abuse Settlements

McCarrick’s Former Secretary Claims Cardinal Wuerl Didn’t Know About Abuse Settlements

Cardinal Donald Wuerl knew nothing of the abuse settlements paid to sex abuse victims of his predecessor Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, according to a letter sent to priests of the Archdiocese ...
Lay Catholics Express ‘Righteous Anger’ Over Church Leaders’ Failure in McCarrick Scandal

Lay Catholics Express ‘Righteous Anger’ Over Church Leaders’ Failure in McCarrick Scandal

This week I have been swamped with messages from loyal Catholics who have been shaken and disgusted by the latest eruption of the continuing sex-abuse scandal in the Church. I ...
Albany Bishop: Clerical Sex Abuse a ‘Profoundly Spiritual Crisis’

Albany Bishop: Clerical Sex Abuse a ‘Profoundly Spiritual Crisis’

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany wrote to the clerics of his local Church Sunday, saying that abuse of authority and sexual abuse by clerics is, more than a crisis of ...
Clergy Sexual Abuse: The Solution is Now Obvious

Clergy Sexual Abuse: The Solution is Now Obvious

In 2004 the Catholic Bishops of the United States ordered a study be made of the problem of sexual abuse by clergy in America. Since this John Jay College of ...
NJ Bishop Protects Predator Priests, Retires in Luxury

NJ Bishop Protects Predator Priests, Retires in Luxury

When New Jersey Abp. John J. Myers retired in 2017 — with a career scarred by sex abuse settlements and protection of predator priests — he went to live in a lavish estate ...
Why Did the Bishops Allow McCarrick to Draft the 2002 Sex Abuse Policy?

Why Did the Bishops Allow McCarrick to Draft the 2002 Sex Abuse Policy?

The other shoe has fallen for Cardinal McCarrick and he has been forced to resign from the College of Cardinals. That the resignation took this long is itself another scandal. But, ...
The Emergent MeToo Clerical Movement

The Emergent MeToo Clerical Movement

In Catholic circles, the news cycle has been dominated by recent news of several high profile bishops, Cardinal McCarrick and Bishop Pineda foremost among them, who are being publically and forcibly called out for ...
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal

Acting swiftly to contain a widening sex abuse scandal at the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church, the pope officially suspended the cardinal from the exercise of any public ...
Leading Churchmen are Denying the Undeniable

Leading Churchmen are Denying the Undeniable

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 ...
Texas Bishop: Hold McCarrick and His Enablers Accountable

Texas Bishop: Hold McCarrick and His Enablers Accountable

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s alleged crimes might merit removing him from the clergy entirely—and they require accountability for all Church leaders who knew of his alleged misconduct and did nothing, ...
When Bishops Lose Their Authority

When Bishops Lose Their Authority

While on the scaffold awaiting his execution, St. Thomas More famously declared, “I die the king’s faithful servant, but God’s first.” Throughout the controversy surrounding King Henry’s divorce and remarriage, ...
Which McCarrick Network Domino Will Be the First to Fall – And Where Will it Lead?

Which McCarrick Network Domino Will Be the First to Fall – And Where Will it Lead?

By now, Catholics the world over are sick of hearing about the not-so-secret life of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Stories that involve unwanted touching of minors and seminarians, strange costumes, familial ...
Sins That Demand Justice: How Clerical Culture Failed to Stop Sexual Predators

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

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, ...
McCarrick is ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

McCarrick is ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

Father Dariusz Oko became world-famous in 2013 for his bombshell essay on clerical homosexuality. In “With the Pope Against Homoheresy,” Oko asserted not only that homosexual priests and bishops have abused ...
The World Over: The Cardinal McCarrick Scandal, Marjorie Murphy Campbell with Raymond Arro

The World Over: The Cardinal McCarrick Scandal, Marjorie Murphy Campbell with Raymond Arro

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MARJORIE MURPHY CAMPBELL, mother, attorney, canon lawyer and author of this week’s Open Letter to the USCCB Regarding the Cardinal McCarrick Scandal ...
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