‘They Knew And They Let It Happen’: Uncovering Child Abuse In The Catholic Church

The Spotlight Team revealed the church’s secret protection of pedophile priests in a series with global repercussions. [Photo above: A man protesting against Cardinal Bernard Law faces a group of pro-Law protesters on the steps of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston in April 2002. – Michael Dwyer/AP/File] On his first day on … Read more

Defrocked Cardinal McCarrick Criminally Charged With Sexually Assaulting a Teenager

Defrocked former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy during a wedding reception at Wellesley College in the 1970s, making him the highest-ranking Roman Catholic official in the United States to face criminal charges in the clergy sexual abuse scandal. McCarrick, 91, a former archbishop of Washington, D.C., who fraternized … Read more

Vatican Abuse Czar Cardinal O’Malley Stays On After Formally Offering Resignation

Cardinal Sean O’Malley offered his resignation to Pope Francis over the weekend, but the Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston won’t be leaving his adopted hometown anytime soon, a spokesman for the archdiocese said Wednesday. Church law requires bishops to submit resignations when they turn 75, and Saturday was O’Malley’s birthday. But it is commonplace for … Read more

This Catholic Has Lost Her Patience With The Church

On Aug. 16, 2018, Cardinal Sean O’Malley issued a statement responding to the Pennsylvania grand jury report about the cover-up of decades-long sexual abuse by priests in that state. Attempting to offer some assurance to beleaguered Catholics, O’Malley stated: “The clock is ticking for all of us in Church leadership. Catholics have lost patience with us and … 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

More than 1,000 Sign Letter Asking US Catholic Bishops to Resign

As Catholics throughout Greater Boston heard Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley’s message at weekend Masses assailing the church for “clerical sins and clerical failures” that caused the clergy sex abuse crisis, a letter asking all US Catholic bishops to resign over the scandal topped 1,000 signatures. The letter, published Friday on the website Daily Theology, says … Read more