News & Commentary

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

In the Midst of Clerical Misdeeds, a Crucial Moment for the Laity

In the Midst of Clerical Misdeeds, a Crucial Moment for the Laity

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The last four weeks in the Church have borne witness to a growing cauldron of sorrow and anger. God’s faithful are rightly disturbed at the latest explosion of sexual abuse ...
Trust: Either You Have It or You Don’t

Trust: Either You Have It or You Don’t

The Catholic Thing, Robert Royal /
came across an advertisement for a financial institution recently that, sad to say, displayed more wisdom than we usually find today among many people, including many Catholics: “Trust is binary ...
Seven Lessons from the McCarrick Case

Seven Lessons from the McCarrick Case

Following the long overdue revelations about the contemptible sexual misconduct of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, many authors have rightly expressed their indignation toward him and his episcopal enablers. In this ...
Chastity, for Each and All, is Central to a Life of Holiness

Chastity, for Each and All, is Central to a Life of Holiness

I know I am not alone in my sorrow over the reports of sexual immorality among the clergy of the Church from the scandals of abusive priests of the early ...
Why the Vatican Continues to Struggle with Sex Abuse Scandals

Why the Vatican Continues to Struggle with Sex Abuse Scandals

Washington Post, Chico Harlan /
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With revelation after revelation, a new wave of sexual abuse scandals is rocking the Roman Catholic Church and presenting Pope Francis with the greatest crisis of his papacy. In Chile, ...
A Priest Responds to the Catholic Church’s ‘Summer of Shame’

A Priest Responds to the Catholic Church’s ‘Summer of Shame’

National Review, Benedict Kiely /
The ongoing scandals are the bitter fruit of a corrupt clerical culture, marked by a widespread failure to accept traditional teaching on sexual morality. A few weeks before I was ...
The Church’s Coming Catastrophe

The Church’s Coming Catastrophe

I had not intended to post another Catholic scandal item today, but then I saw the above tweet by J.D. Flynn, and, given Flynn’s reputation and his position as editor-in-chief ...
Incompetent or Complicit? It Takes Former Seminarians' Facebook Posts to get Cardinal O'Malley to Take Action in his Own Backyard

Incompetent or Complicit? It Takes Former Seminarians’ Facebook Posts to get Cardinal O’Malley to Take Action in his Own Backyard

Cardinal Seán O’Malley is president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He is also Archbishop of Boston. How bad is it when the guy in-charge of clerical ...
Canonical Reform Won’t End the Abuse Crisis, but it Can Help

Canonical Reform Won’t End the Abuse Crisis, but it Can Help

Catholic Herald, Ed Peters /
Public penance should be the first response. Then let’s look at some basic improvements to canon law The official response to the allegations against Theodore McCarrick has been tiresomely predictable ...
The Death Of Richard Sipe

The Death Of Richard Sipe

This is almost cinematic: A.W. Richard Sipe, one of the foremost figures in the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandal drama, died Wednesday night at his California home. He was 85 ...
Who Will Guard the Guardians of the Church?

Who Will Guard the Guardians of the Church?

Amid the raw anger over the cover-ups for ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s alleged sexual abuse, bishops and lay faithful are calling for independent investigations, saying the credibility of the U.S. episcopate ...
Abuse Accusations Bring Scrutiny for McCarrick's Charity Fund

Abuse Accusations Bring Scrutiny for McCarrick’s Charity Fund

Catholic News Agency, Kevin Jones /
Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s roles included service on the boards of at least two foundations that gave over $500,000 combined to his personally overseen fund at the Archdiocese of Washington ...
Yes, “Consensual Adult Relationships” Among Clergy are Crimes Under Canon Law

Yes, “Consensual Adult Relationships” Among Clergy are Crimes Under Canon Law

Catholic World Report, Ed Peters /
Homosexual acts committed by or between clerics—even among those presumably able to consent—are at the root, the very root, of the sexual misconduct and cover-up crisis exposed by the McCarrick ...
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

The Irish Times, Patsy McGarry /
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

Church Militant, Christine Niles /
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 ...
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 ...
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’

Life Site News, Claire Chretien /
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 ...