Pope’s Remarks on Abuse Just More of the Same

“To those who abuse minors I would say this: convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice.” Those were the words upon which reporters rightly seized, and from which headline writers took to craft their hooks, when Pope Francis delivered his annual “state of the Church” address to senior officials of the … Read more

Cupich and Scicluna Hit Their Talking Points, but are Silent on Key Problems

Throughout recent interviews, both Cardinal Cupich and Archbishop Scicluna convey a persistent attitude of denial regarding the role of the bishops in the ongoing crisis. Two significant interviews dropped late last week, in which key figures in the organization of the upcoming meeting of the heads of the world’s bishops’ conferences on the theme of … Read more

Cardinal Wuerl Is Gone — Or Is He?

Pope Francis’s acceptance of Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl’s resignation from the See of Washington, DC, we see an unmistakable pattern emerging. By accepting Wuerl’s resignation, but also keeping him on as Apostolic Administrator, the Pope shows he is working to a particular modus operandi. There seem to be three basic steps: (1) ignore criticism and impugn … Read more

Cardinal Ouellet’s Letter Forceful, But Does Not Provide Substantial Refutation

To cut to the chase: Cardinal Ouellet’s open letter (full text here) has confirmed there were restrictions on then-Cardinal McCarrick. This has been a major point of contention in the press, but it is really a secondary or an ancillary consideration. I’ve been saying from the start — I called it on August 27th, in the Catholic Herald — … Read more

Viganò Corroboration #2: Spokesman Confirms Cardinal Wuerl Cancelled McCarrick Meeting with Seminarians

At the nuncio’s request, Cardinal Wuerl cancelled an event where potential seminarians would have met McCarrick, a spokesman confirmed The bombshell letter of “testimony” written by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former apostolic nuncio to the United States, regarding the Vatican’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations against the disgraced former Archbishop of Washington, DC, Theodore … Read more