Bishops to Return ‘Gifts’ from Disgraced Bishop Bransfield

Several cardinals, bishops, and priests, have said they will return money given to them by Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, the former head of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, after an article published by the Washington Post reported lavish spending and gift-giving by the West Virginia bishop. Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the Vatican Prefect of the Dicastery for … Read more

An Open Letter to Archbishop Chaput Supporting His Call to Cancel the Youth Synod

Your Excellency: As a young Catholic I write to share my grave concerns about the looming youth synod. I am grateful for your repeated efforts to promote orthodoxy at this event and your attempt to ask Pope Francis to presently cancel it in light of the sexual abuse crisis. “Right now, the bishops would have absolutely no credibility in addressing this … Read more

Papal Foundation: The Company You Keep

Clerical Trustees Looks Like a Who’s Who List of Sexual Abuse Cover-Up Most of us learn early on in life that we are often judged by the company we keep. We can have the best intentions at doing the right thing, but our efforts can be thwarted if we collaborate with the wrong kind of … Read more

Pope Francis Covered-Up McCarrick Abuse, Former US Nuncio Testifies

What you are about to read is the explosive testimony of the former apostolic nuncio to the United States, implicating Pope Francis and several senior prelates in covering up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s alleged sexual abuse of seminarians and priests. In an extraordinary 11-page written statement (see official English translation below), Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, claims … Read more

Uncle Ted’s Family Tradition

Handsy Archbishop (formerly Cardinal) Ted McCarrick’s name did not come up in the Pennsylvania grand jury report, but his shadow looms large over the burgeoning scandal engulfing the US bishops. McCarrick loved for seminarians and priests to call him “Uncle Ted” — an endearment he also instructed “James,” a man he began molesting when James … Read more

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

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 is taking place Aug. 21–26 in Dublin, Ireland. Included on the list of speakers at the international Catholic event is pro-gay Jesuit celebrity priest Fr. James Martin. One Irish … Read more

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 Families (WMOF) events in Dublin later this month. Archbishop Martin is chairing the WMOF board. Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) represents survivors in 15 countries and … Read more

More Fiddling while the House is Burning

Claims of innocence are not going to be enough any longer, nor the protections of the old-boy networks. Take the case of Cardinal Kevin Farrell, one-time auxiliary bishop of Washington D.C., who claims, implausibly, not to have known anything irregular about McCarrick, with whom he lived for six years. Perhaps he means to say that … Read more

Priest: If I Knew, So Did They

It was the feigned ignorance and shock of Cdl. Kevin Farrell that finally caused my confidence in the American hierarchy to completely collapse. Arriving in Rome at the North American College towards the close of Benedict’s papacy, the homosexual priest scandal seemed a distant memory. From my perspective, a new generation of bishops had corrected … Read more