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 sexual abuse for the Church worldwide has to be made aware of a problem in his own seminary by a Facebook post? From Rod Dreher … Read more

Cardinal O’Malley Fundraised with McCarrick Just Three Months After Receiving Letter about McCarrick’s Abuse

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley continues to be close to the center of the now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sex abuse scandal. Church Militant discovered that O’Malley invited McCarrick to an archdiocesan fundraiser three months after receiving a letter complaining of McCarrick’s predation. O’Malley runs a new papal commission on preventing child abuse. Of the damning letter, O’Malley says … Read more

McCarrick’s Former Secretary Claims Cardinal Wuerl Didn’t Know About Abuse Settlements

Cardinal Donald Wuerl knew nothing of the abuse settlements paid to sex abuse victims of his predecessor Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, according to a letter sent to priests of the Archdiocese of Washington. The letter, which came from Archdiocesan Vicar General Monsignor Charles Antonicelli, informed priests in the Archdiocese: “Neither the Archdiocese of Washington nor Cardinal Wuerl … Read more

Lay Catholics Express ‘Righteous Anger’ Over Church Leaders’ Failure in McCarrick Scandal

This week I have been swamped with messages from loyal Catholics who have been shaken and disgusted by the latest eruption of the continuing sex-abuse scandal in the Church. I wish I saw some sign that our bishops recognized the rising tide of anger – righteous anger – among the most active lay Catholics. Unfortunately, … Read more

Sins That Demand Justice: How Clerical Culture Failed to Stop Sexual Predators

Amid increasing allegations of sexual abuse against the disgraced U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the Church’s most respected advocate for victims of clergy sexual abuse of minors, broke the episcopal silence and pledged that Pope Francis would take decisive action against Cardinal McCarrick and other prelates facing similar allegations. The Church’s failure … Read more

Cardinal O’Malley: ‘I Did Not Personally Receive’ Damning Letter about Cardinal McCarrick

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, head of a papal commission on combating clerical sex abuse, has finally broken his silence on the Cardinal McCarrick scandal, saying he never saw a letter detailing some of the accusations about the elderly prelate. “Recent media reports also have referenced a letter sent to me from Rev. Boniface Ramsey, O.P. in June … Read more

Seán Patrick Cardinal O’Malley

Current Role Archbishop of Boston, Massachusetts President,  Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors Official Web Site: Cardinal’s Blog: Mailing Address: 66 Brooks Dr., Braintree, MA 02184-3839, USA Telephone: (617)254-0100 What Has Been Reported In 2015, O’Malley’s office received a letter from Rev. Boniface Ramsey accusing McCarrick of sexual improprieties.  Three months after receiving … Read more

He Preyed on Men Who Wanted to Be Priests. Then He Became a Cardinal.

As a young man studying to be a priest in the 1980s, Robert Ciolek was flattered when his brilliant, charismatic bishop in Metuchen, N.J., Theodore E. McCarrick, told him he was a shining star, cut out to study in Rome and rise high in the church. Bishop McCarrick began inviting him on overnight trips, sometimes … Read more