How 2018 Became the Catholic Church’s Year from Hell

A prominent cardinal resigned in disgrace. Grand jurors accused hundreds of Catholic clerics of secretly abusing children. A former Vatican ambassador urged the Pope himself to step down. It was enough for New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan to call it the Catholic Church’s “summer of hell.” The cardinal may have been overly optimistic. In fact, the … Read more

D.C. Attorney General Launches Investigation into Catholic Church

Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine announced Tuesday he has launched a civil investigation into whether the Archdiocese of Washington violated the law by covering up the sexual abuse of minors. “While we generally don’t talk publicly about our confidential enforcement activity, I can report that our office has launched a civil investigation into whether … Read more

Cardinal Wuerl Met Privately with Pope Francis about Crisis in D.C. Diocese

Pope Francis met with embattled Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington last Thursday in Vatican City, where they discussed the cardinal’s personal situation, according to a source familiar with Wuerl’s presentation to local priests in Washington on Monday. Sign the petition asking Pope Francis to accept Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation Wuerl, who is archbishop of Washington, told … Read more

USCCB President: Catholic Church Suffers from ‘Crisis of Sexual Morality’

The sexual abuse accusations against a prominent American archbishop reveal a “grievous moral failure” within the Catholic Church, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said on Tuesday. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the Catholic bishops conference, also said the conference “will pursue the many questions” about the accusations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick … Read more