Vatican Abuse Czar Cardinal O’Malley Stays On After Formally Offering Resignation

Cardinal Sean O’Malley offered his resignation to Pope Francis over the weekend, but the Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston won’t be leaving his adopted hometown anytime soon, a spokesman for the archdiocese said Wednesday. Church law requires bishops to submit resignations when they turn 75, and Saturday was O’Malley’s birthday. But it is commonplace for … Read more

Boston Archdiocese Criticized for Failing to Release All Names of Priests Accused of Abuse

A lawyer who is well-known for representing victims of clergy sex abuse is criticizing the Archdiocese of Boston for not listing on its website the names of several priests who have faced accusations. “By not publicly listing the names of credibly accused deceased priests, defrocked priests, priests no longer in publicly ministry and retired priests … Read more

Boston Seminary Rector Forced Out Amid Homosexual Abuse Probe

The rector of a troubled Massachusetts seminary has been forced out of the archdiocese of Boston. Monsignor James P. Moroney, former head of scandal-ridden St. John’s Seminary in Brighton in the archdiocese of Boston, is being recalled to his home diocese of Worcester. Announcing the transfer Friday, Worcester authorities explained that beginning January 1, Msgr. Moroney will serve in the diocesan … Read more

O’Malley Exposes Dolan Abuse Cover-Up?

Church Militant has learned that Boston’s Cdl. Sean O’Malley has reported a case of predatory homosexual sex abuse by a New York priest and the ensuing cover-up by New York’s Cdl. Timothy Dolan to the papal nuncio to the United States, Abp. Christophe Pierre. In a letter dated Dec. 21, O’Malley draws the nuncio’s attention to the case … Read more

2015 Letter Belies Pope’s Claim of Ignorance

Pope Francis received a victim’s letter in 2015 that graphically detailed how a priest sexually abused him and how other Chilean clergy ignored it, contradicting the pope’s recent insistence that no victims had come forward to denounce the cover-up, the letter’s author and members of Francis’ own sex- abuse commission have told The Associated Press.

The fact that Francis received the eight-page letter, obtained by the AP, challenges his insistence that he has “zero tolerance” for sex abuse and cover-ups. It also calls into question his stated empathy with abuse survivors, compounding the most serious crisis of his five-year papacy.

But members of the pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors say that in April 2015, they sent a delegation to Rome specifically to hand-deliver a letter to the pope about Barros. The letter from Juan Carlos Cruz detailed the abuse, kissing and fondling he says he suffered at Karadima’s hands, which he said Barros and others saw but did nothing to stop.

Four members of the commission met with Francis’ top abuse adviser, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, explained their concerns about Francis’ recent appointment of Barros as a bishop in southern Chile, and gave him the letter to deliver to Francis.

“When we gave him (O’Malley) the letter for the pope, he assured us he would give it to the pope and speak of the concerns,” then-commission member Marie Collins told the AP. “And at a later date, he assured us that that had been done.”

Cruz, who now lives and works in Philadelphia, heard the same later that year.

“Cardinal O’Malley called me after the pope’s visit here in Philadelphia and he told me, among other things, that he had given the letter to the pope — in his hands,” he said in an interview at his home Sunday.

Neither the Vatican nor O’Malley responded to multiple requests for comment.

Read more at AP News

This Catholic Has Lost Her Patience With The Church

On Aug. 16, 2018, Cardinal Sean O’Malley issued a statement responding to the Pennsylvania grand jury report about the cover-up of decades-long sexual abuse by priests in that state. Attempting to offer some assurance to beleaguered Catholics, O’Malley stated: “The clock is ticking for all of us in Church leadership. Catholics have lost patience with us and … Read more

Vatican Releases ‘Shockingly Inappropriate’ Photo of Pope Francis and Cardinals LAUGHING During Sex Abuse Scandal Meeting

The Vatican has been slammed for posting bizarre images of Pope Francis laughing along with religious leaders at an emergency meeting to discuss the sex scandals which have rocked the Catholic Church. The shocking pictures feature top church officials including US cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, LA archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez and monsignor Brian … Read more

How a ‘Culture of Predation’ Puts Seminarians at Risk for Abuse

Sexual double lives among the clergy and failures in celibacy formation are among key factors that make priests-to-be vulnerable. Catholic seminarians and priests are breaking their silence about their experiences of sexual abuse or harassment after revelations that ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick reportedly sexually preyed upon seminarians and young priests for decades without any impediment. And, … Read more

Vatican’s Child Protection Office Says it Prevents, Doesn’t Investigate, Abuse

Members of the Vatican’s commission for protecting young people in the Church have been listening to victims and survivors of abuse in Rome, while also pointing out they have no remit to investigate individual allegations of abuse. The 9th ordinary plenary assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which was set up … Read more