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

Abuse Survivor: Write ‘Zero-Tolerance’ into Canon Law

Abuse Survivor: Write ‘Zero-Tolerance’ into Canon Law

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Marie Collins said canon law had more often been used to protect the abuser than to punish him Canon law should be re-written to institute a global zero-tolerance policy against ...
Seton Hall Investigates Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Seminarians Involving McCarrick

Seton Hall Investigates Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Seminarians Involving McCarrick

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Seton Hall University began investigating allegations that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and other priests sexually abused young men at two of its seminaries. University President Dr. Mary Meehan published a letter ...
What New Jersey Bishops, Now Retired, Knew about McCarrick Settlements

What New Jersey Bishops, Now Retired, Knew about McCarrick Settlements

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What became known following a New York Timesinvestigation into two seminarians who said they had been abused by former-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick is that settlements were reached with each man in ...
Missouri AG Launches Probe into Catholic Church Sexual Abuse

Missouri AG Launches Probe into Catholic Church Sexual Abuse

Fox News, Lukas Mikelionis /
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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Thursday an investigation into clergy sex crimes within the Roman Catholic Church. The state’s top attorney will be given “unfettered” access to the records ...
New York AG Reaches Out to State DAs to Investigate Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse

New York AG Reaches Out to State DAs to Investigate Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse

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The state attorney general on Friday announced a preliminary step into investigating sex abuse by Catholic priests in New York in the wake of a grand jury investigation undertaken by ...
Illinois Launches Investigation into Catholic Dioceses After Pennsylvania Report

Illinois Launches Investigation into Catholic Dioceses After Pennsylvania Report

Catholic Herald, David Barrett /
The investigation will include the Archdiocese of Chicago, which is headed by Cardinal Blase Cupich The Attorney General of Illinois is to set up a sex abuse enquiry in the ...
Why Priests Won’t Protest Violations of Clerical Celibacy

Why Priests Won’t Protest Violations of Clerical Celibacy

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Author’s note: The following essay is inspired by the testimonies of my brother priests along with elements of my own experience. It is not a testimonial nor does it reflect ...
Wyoming Police Reopen Case in Sex Abuse Claims Against former Kansas City Priest

Wyoming Police Reopen Case in Sex Abuse Claims Against former Kansas City Priest

Police in Cheyenne, Wyo., have reopened an investigation involving a former Kansas City priest who went on to become a Wyoming bishop and was later accused of sexually abusing several ...
Victims Call for Federal Investigation of Sex Abuse in Catholic Church

Victims Call for Federal Investigation of Sex Abuse in Catholic Church

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Some victims of clergy sex abuse and their supporters are calling on federal and state entities to investigate sex abuse within the Catholic Church and root out abusers and anyone ...
There Are Only 2 Things an American Bishop Can Say Now...

There Are Only 2 Things an American Bishop Can Say Now…

Catholic Culture, Phil Lawler /
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Last week a young Catholic woman asked me what our bishops are likely to do. “They’ll meet in November,” I began—and she interrupted with a shout: “In November??!!” She could not ...
Understanding the Demographics of the Predatory Priest Problem

Understanding the Demographics of the Predatory Priest Problem

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While some deny a same-sex predation problem among priests, the Grand Jury Report reflects similar demographic data as the John Jay Study of nearly 15 years ago. Faithful Catholics were ...
Donald Wuerl: The Con Man in the Cardinal's Cap

Donald Wuerl: The Con Man in the Cardinal’s Cap

Washington Post, Hugh Hewitt /
Sign the petition asking for Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation The demands that Donald Wuerl be dismissed as archbishop of Washington and resign from the Roman Catholic Church’s College of Cardinals are proportionate in their degree of outrage ...
First Director of McCarrick's Papal Foundation Accused of Sexual Abuse in PA Grand Jury Report

First Director of McCarrick’s Papal Foundation Accused of Sexual Abuse in PA Grand Jury Report

Sun Sentinel, Larry Barszewski /
For years, Benestad was the Administrator of the Papal Foundation, Co-Founded by Theodore McCarrick A retired priest who assisted at a Boca Raton church for four years is named in ...
Come Out of the Shadows

Come Out of the Shadows

The Remnant, Elizabeth Yore /
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“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”  ~Matthew 18:10 ...
Diocese Drops Cardinal Wuerl’s Name from High School

Diocese Drops Cardinal Wuerl’s Name from High School

Life Site News, Doug Mainwaring /
Just eight days after the release of an exhaustive, 900 page grand jury investigation into sexual abuse by Pennsylvania priests which mentions the city’s former bishop, Cardinal Wuerl, over 200 times, the ...
Cardinal Tobin Instructs Priests Not To Speak About ‘Gay Sub-Culture’

Cardinal Tobin Instructs Priests Not To Speak About ‘Gay Sub-Culture’

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Cardinal Tobin has told clergy in his diocese not to speak to the press after a news report detailing allegations of sexual misconduct appeared on Catholic News Agency. Six anonymous priests ...
Cardinal Wuerl and the Case of the Predatory Perverted Pittsburgh Priest George Zirwas

Cardinal Wuerl and the Case of the Predatory Perverted Pittsburgh Priest George Zirwas

George Zirwas was known to be part of a small ring of gay predatory priests in the Pittsburgh diocese who got teenaged boys drunk and sexually assaulted them. Even after ...
Pope Francis’s Letter on Abuse Was Not Enough - We Need Action

Pope Francis’s Letter on Abuse Was Not Enough – We Need Action

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The Pope must come up with a concrete plan to address the crisis Pope Francis has written another letter in the wake of the revelations regarding clerical sex abuse in Pennsylvania. From ...
Three Ways Catholics Can Fight Sexual Abuse in the Church

Three Ways Catholics Can Fight Sexual Abuse in the Church

USA Today, David Clohessy /
There are 70 million Catholics across the country. Here’s what they could do to help safeguard the vulnerable from harm, heal those already harmed and improve their church. First, help expose more ...
Priest Says He Repeatedly Complained About Theodore McCarrick's Alleged Sex Abuse

Priest Says He Repeatedly Complained About Theodore McCarrick’s Alleged Sex Abuse

There are new questions about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal – what did the church know about the allegations surrounding ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and when did the church know ...
A Crisis of Infidelity

A Crisis of Infidelity

First Things, Robert George /
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At the heart of the recent Catholic scandals is infidelity—literally the lack of faith. There are priests, including bishops and even cardinals, who do not believe in God, or whose ...