Illinois Launches Investigation into Catholic Dioceses After Pennsylvania Report

The investigation will include the Archdiocese of Chicago, which is headed by Cardinal Blase Cupich The Attorney General of Illinois is to set up a sex abuse enquiry in the six dioceses in the state. “The Catholic Church has a moral obligation to provide its parishioners and the public a complete and accurate accounting of … Read more

Would a Mass Resignation of Bishops Hurt the US Church? Quite The Opposite

Policies have slowly improved. But as a matter of justice, individual prelates should admit wrongdoing and step down How could priests do this? Once, again, the Church confronts this question after Tuesday’s release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses over several decades. Even after so many previous revelations, the … Read more

Archdiocese Takes Down Website Defending Cardinal Wuerl’s Handling of Sex Abuse

The Archdiocese of Washington has deleted the “Wuerl Report” website defending the cardinal’s handling of sex abuse cases in Pittsburgh. The website was strongly criticised for striking the wrong tone after the release of a grand jury report detailing hundreds of sex abuse accusations against priests in Pennsylvania. Cardinal Wuerl was Bishop of Pittsburgh when … Read more

Canonical Reform Won’t End the Abuse Crisis, but it Can Help

Public penance should be the first response. Then let’s look at some basic improvements to canon law The official response to the allegations against Theodore McCarrick has been tiresomely predictable. First, the bishops expressed shock and disbelief; then they dutifully called for improved procedures to deal with offending clerics. Of course Church law, like the … Read more

To Start the Healing Process, the US Bishops Should Consider Doing Public Penance

Whether with a Holy Hour or sackcloth and ashes, prelates can make reparation for the sins of their brother bishops Something very important is missing from every statement issued by US bishops thus far in the wake of the allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. It is something needed not only for the restoration of the bishops’ credibility … Read more