Maryland: New Database Expands List of Those Accused in Catholic Church Abuse Beyond Baltimore Archdiocese

Kurt Rupprecht was elated last spring when the Maryland attorney general’s office went public with its report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. But it left the Harford County victims’ advocate, a survivor of childhood sexual assault, wanting more. The “Attorney General’s Report on Child Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Baltimore” was just … Read more

Archdiocese of Baltimore Adds 42 More Names to it’s List of Credibly Accused Sexual Abusers

The additions, approved at the direction of Archbishop William Lori, mark the largest single expansion of the archdiocese’s credibly accused list since it first published 57 names in 2002 as part of its response to the national clergy abuse scandal. With Friday’s update, the church’s list now runs to more than 180 names. Although the … Read more

Time for ‘A Public Reckoning’ for Archbishop Lori: Baltimore Judge Orders Release of Redacted Abuse Report

A public accounting of the systemic sexual abuse of children within the local Catholic Church is imminent, with a judge ordering the Maryland attorney general’s office to release its report on the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Baltimore Circuit Judge Robert Taylor determined that the “need for disclosure outweighs the need for secrecy,” and directed the office … Read more

Priest Who Told Church Official He Was Attracted to Teenage Boys Told Not To Worry About It

In the 1980s, Father Brian Cox told an official with Catholic church he had a problem – he was attracted to teenage boys. The official, according to court papers, brushed him off, telling the Westminster priest not to “worry about it.” Cox, in a taped conversation with one of his victims, said a bishop once … Read more

Bishops Will Seek “Middle Way” on Communion

  Canon 915 and 916 are clear, but leave it up to the U.S. Bishops to obfuscate the issue when it comes to giving Holy Communion to Catholic politician who support abortion.   The most hotly anticipated moment might be when a committee that has been asked to take a fresh look at the practice … Read more

Former Philadelphia Priest Pleads Guilty to Lying to Agents Investigating Clergy Abuse

Former Philadelphia priest Robert Brennan, 83, changed his plea to guilty Wednesday in federal court, according to court documents. The charges stem from a federal investigation undertaken after Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released an explosive 2018 grand jury report on abuse in the state’s Roman Catholic dioceses that detailed decades of abuse by more … Read more

Case of Notorious Calvert Hall Priest Cited in Recent Report on Clergy Abuse

The case of a notorious Baltimore-area Catholic priest is cited in a recent report as a key example of how church officials shuffled clergy accused of sexual abuse, leaving more children at risk. Church leaders in Bridgeport, Connecticut knew about allegations against Laurence Brett in the 1960s, according to an independent review of how the … Read more

Baltimore-Based Xaverian Brothers Say 34 Catholic Brothers Accused of Abuse

The Baltimore-based Xaverian Brothers released Friday a list of 34 members who have been accused of sexually abusing children. The list includes two men “with a credible or established offense against a minor” who are currently members of the religious order, according to documents released on the order’s website. The order also identified 18 other deceased or former … Read more

Maryland Jesuits Release List of bout 30 Men ‘Credibly Accused’ of Abuse

The Maryland Province of Jesuits on Monday released a list of about 30 priests and other order members who have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of children since 1950. The list compiled by the Roman Catholic group cites men who at some point worked, studied or served in the Maryland Province, which includes eight … Read more