Shepherds of Souls or Keepers of Secrets?

An independent investigation into the German Diocese of Trier’s handling of sex abuse allegations recently made headlines after concluding that “successive bishops” covered up acts of abuse by predatory priests.  The investigation cites examples of priests like Father Edmund Dillinger, who, shielded by multiple bishops’ cover-ups, escaped punishment and went on to abuse 19 victims from 1961 … Read more

Archdiocese of Baltimore Concludes Traumatic ‘Listening Sessions’ Around Restructuring Plan

Hundreds of Catholic residents of Baltimore packed the Cathedral of Mary, Our Queen on Tuesday evening to give their often-impassioned reactions to a process that could lead to the closure of two-thirds of the city’s parishes. Several parishes from the state’s largest city organized large contingents to attend the April 30 meeting, which was the … Read more

Tensions With Insurers Mount in Archdiocese of Baltimore Bankruptcy Case

Tensions are growing in the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s bankruptcy case around the role of the church’s insurers. Baltimore’s arm of the Catholic Church, America’s oldest archdiocese, has sued its insurers for alleged breach of contract in one legal battle. In another argument, the insurers sought to block the committee of abuse survivors in the case … Read more

Archbishop Lori Suppresses Latin Mass At All Diocesan Parishes, FSSP Mass Will Continue

Archbishop William Lori announced that a Vatican indult allowing parish Latin Masses will expire in August and that the traditional Mass in his archdiocese will soon be relegated to a single shrine in Baltimore. Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has announced that a Vatican indult allowing a diocesan Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) in his archdiocese … Read more

Baltimore Archdiocese Planning to Shutter 65% of its Parishes

The Baltimore Archdiocese is planning to close about two-thirds of its churches in the city and county as the organization continues to be embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings regarding restitution for victims of child sexual assault. The plan would shutter 40 of the archdiocese’s 61 parishes, consolidating the congregations and closing some of the most historic … Read more

WATCH: Archbishop Lori Forced to Face the Music as Abuse Survivors Speak Out

One by one, searing memory by searing memory, childhood sexual abuse survivors stood up in court Monday and told their stories directly to Archbishop William E. Lori, the head of the institution that ignored them for so long. “This is a day of liberation for me,” said one of the six survivors who testified. “I’m … Read more

Six U.S. Prelates in Need of Laicization

As a sex abuse victims’ advocate, I am often contacted by priests or former seminarians who are unjustly disciplined by bishops, rectors, vocation directors, or pastors for reporting clerical sexual predation or homosexual misconduct. In ​most cases, the ​victims or whistleblower​s ​are heterosexually oriented clerics and seminarians​, while ​the predators,  bishops, and superiors are often closeted homosexual​s. On May 9, … Read more

WATCH: Archbishop Lori Wants to Use Catholic School Funds to Pay for Abuse   A Maryland Catholic school teacher told the 11 News I-Team she’s outraged that the Archdiocese of Baltimore plans to take nearly half of the money going to pay victim-survivors of clergy sex abuse from Catholic schools and parishes. Last week, the Archdiocese of Baltimore filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid the potential … Read more