Pro-Infanticide Catholics Need the Church’s Strongest Medicinal Penalties

On Jan. 22, a ghoulish celebration was held in different parts of New York state. Cheers and applause accompanied New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing of the so-called Reproductive Health Act that had just been approved by the state Legislature. “With the signing of this bill,” Cuomo jubilantly declared, “we are sending a clear message … Read more

Confronting Troubling Questions Ahead of February Bishops’ Meeting

Time is short for concrete actions and authentic reforms. We cannot afford another missed opportunity. The Holy See announced in September that Pope Francis would focus all of the energies and proposals in dealing with the growing global clergy sex-abuse crisis on one event: the gathering in Rome of the presidents of the world’s episcopal … Read more

It’s Bad That The DOJ is Investigating The Catholic Church – It’s Worse That The Church Made That Necessary

These are dark days for the Catholic Church, particularly in the United States. Of Pennsylvania’s eight Catholic dioceses, seven reported receiving subpoenas this week from the Justice Department, marking a major development in the state’s growing involvement in the clergy sex-abuse scandal. “The Diocese of Pittsburgh has received the subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice and … Read more

We Need to Know: Silence Is Not An Option in the Abuse Crisis

Compared to his initial, rambling 11-page discourse, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s more concise second public statement renewing his allegations of a long-standing Vatican cover-up of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct does a much better job of articulating which of his shocking assertions require public and swift answers. And the continuing media deluge of additional revelations of abuse allegations … Read more

Time’s Up on Pope Francis and Catholic Church Leaders Being Able to Handle Clergy Abuse Crisis

Time’s up for Pope Francis and the leaders of the Catholic Church. Catholics everywhere — and anyone who cares about children — should demand that our criminal justice system start treating the Roman Catholic Church for what many victims believe it is: an international criminal conspiracy to cover up the rape of what in the … Read more

If Wuerl Keeps His Job, Then the Catholic Church’s “Zero Tolerance” Policy is a Sham

On Tuesday afternoon, the Pennsylvania attorney general released a shocking and sickening grand jury report documenting hundreds of cases of sexual crimes against minors committed by Catholic clergy in six Catholic dioceses over the course of 70 years, mostly before the sex-abuse crisis rocked the Boston archdiocese in 2002. We’ve read enough of the report … 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

Time for the Vatican to Show How Serious it is in Cleaning House

ONE MONTH after a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor forced the suspension of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the public ministry, there have been disturbing new revelations about his conduct. The additional complaints, including the charge he systemically preyed upon young adult men who were studying to be priests, raise questions about how … Read more