Is Bishop Accountability Working for the Catholic Church?

Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane, Washington, was a San Francisco priest assigned to Marin Catholic High School when the Vatican approved the 2002 Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, including a new “zero-tolerance” policy mandating the removal of  priests facing “credible” accusations of abuse. For Bishop Daly, ordained in 1987 and … Read more

Clerical Misconduct On ‘Hook-Up’ Apps Poses Fresh Challenges for Bishops

A spate of online investigations over the past month exposing the alleged use of social media “hook-up” apps by clergy in the United States and in the Vatican, has ignited a national debate on privacy issues in the digital age. Experts who work closely with U.S. seminaries and dioceses to address sexual misconduct were not … Read more

Bishop Daly Rebukes Bishop McElroy for Statements on Abortion and the 2020 Election

During an Oct. 13 virtual discussion about voting, the Bishop McElroy of San Diego wrongfully implied that Joe Biden’s overt support for abortion rights is a ‘prudential’ position that is acceptable for a Catholic politician to advance. Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane told the Register Wednesday that he strongly disagreed with San Diego Bishop Robert … Read more

One Year After McCarrick’s Fall: A Status Report on Bishop Accountability

The scandal has led to Theodore McCarrick’s laicization and Vatican norms designed to hold bishops accountable, but investigations into an alleged cover-up continue. Celebrating his 60th anniversary as a priest with fellow jubilarians in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick received a standing ovation after he affirmed the need for priestly holiness during … Read more

Viganò Corroboration #7: ‘Retired’ Cardinal McCarrick Traveled the Globe During Francis’ Papacy

Though some commentators have argued that the disgraced cardinal was no more active during Pope Francis’ papacy than during the tenure of his German predecessor, some news outlets registered a notable uptick in the his profile post-2013. Among the claims made in Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s bombshell letter released this week is the contention then-Pope … Read more