News & Commentary

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

Archdiocese Takes Down Website Defending Cardinal Wuerl’s Handling of Sex Abuse

Archdiocese Takes Down Website Defending Cardinal Wuerl’s Handling of Sex Abuse

Catholic Herald /
The Archdiocese of Washington has deleted the “Wuerl Report” website defending the cardinal’s handling of sex abuse cases in Pittsburgh. The website was strongly criticised for striking the wrong tone ...
Report: ‘They Were Raping Little Boys & Girls’

Report: ‘They Were Raping Little Boys & Girls’

CBS News, Andy Sheehan /
The long-awaited state grand jury report into sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Pittsburgh and Greensburg, has finally been released. The 884-page document, two years in the making, shines ...
What Would Jesus Do? Clean House in the Catholic Church

What Would Jesus Do? Clean House in the Catholic Church

Washington Post, Megan McArdle /
Anyone who welcomes one little child like this in my name welcomes me,” said Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. “But anyone who is the downfall of one of these ...
Cardinal Ferrell Backs Fr. James Martin For World Meeting of Families

Cardinal Ferrell Backs Fr. James Martin For World Meeting of Families

Church Militant, David Nussman /
A spokesperson for the archdiocese of Dublin has confirmed that a U.S. cardinal helped invite a pro-gay priest to speak at the World Meeting of Families (WMOF). The 2018 WMOF ...
The Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report Shows the Church is a Criminal Syndicate

The Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report Shows the Church is a Criminal Syndicate

NBC News, Anthea Butler /
It is time to face the horrible truth: The Catholic church is a pedophile ring. According to the grand jury report of six dioceses in Pennsylvania, over a period of ...
PA Grand Jury: Cardinal Wuerl Paid Hush Money to Child Porn Priest

PA Grand Jury: Cardinal Wuerl Paid Hush Money to Child Porn Priest

Church Militant, Christine Niles /
Among the most disturbing details in the 884-page Pennsylvania grand jury report was that then-Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh gave a priest involved in a child porn ring extra money ...
Pittsburgh Abuse Report: Wuerl Systematically Covered-Up Sexual Abuse

Pittsburgh Abuse Report: Wuerl Systematically Covered-Up Sexual Abuse

The Washington Times /
A landmark grand jury report says hundreds of priests preyed on boys and girls in six Pennsylvania dioceses, where at least 1,000 were sexually assaulted over decades as top church ...
Pennsylvania Grand Jury Says Church Had a ‘Playbook for Concealing the Truth’

Pennsylvania Grand Jury Says Church Had a ‘Playbook for Concealing the Truth’

New York Times, Matt Rourke /
Avoid scandal. Use euphemisms. Ask inadequate questions. Lock complaints away in a “secret archive.” Above all, don’t tell the police. Those are some of the tactics that leaders of the ...
Is this the Notorious McCarrick Beach House?

Is this the Notorious McCarrick Beach House?

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People familiar with the Theodore McCarrick sex scandal have heard about the notorious “beach house” he alleged used to lure young seminarians and priests into sexual encounters. According to news ...
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 ...