Wuerl Knew of McCarrick Abuse Allegations in 2004

Recall that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò called Wuerl a ‘shameless liar’ in his testimony back in August 2018 – now this from CNA: An allegation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick was reported to Cardinal Donald Wuerl in 2004, despite Wuerl’s insistence he knew nothing about McCarrick’s alleged sexual misconduct until 2018. Wuerl forwarded the report … Read more

Vatican Press Directors Resign

Pope Francis Monday accepted the resignations of Press Office Director Greg Burke and Vice Director Paloma Garcia Ovejero, who have served at the head of the Holy See’s press office as the pope’s spokespersons since August 2016. Alessandro Gisotti, currently coordinator of social media for the Dicastery for Communication and past deputy editor-in-chief of Vatican … Read more

Cupich and Wuerl Collaborated on Alternative Sex Abuse Proposal

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington collaborated extensively on a recently proposed policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops, CNA has learned. Cupich submitted the plan Tuesday to leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference, proffering it as an alternative to a proposal that had been devised by conference officials and … Read more

Clergy Sex Abuse on the Rise and Church Leaders are Ignoring Why

After years in decline, Catholic clergy sex abuse could be on the rise again, warns a professor-priest’s analysis of relevant data. The professor’s report sees a rising trend in abuse, and argues that the evidence strongly suggests links between sexual abuse of minors and two factors: a disproportionate number of homosexual clergy, and the manifestation … Read more

US Bishops to Hold Retreat Following Abuse Scandals

The bishops of the United States will meet for a week-long retreat to reflect upon the current situation facing the Church in America. The meeting will take place early next year. In a statement issued by the US bishops’ conference Oct. 23, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, USCCB president and Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, said that Pope Francis … Read more

Viganò Corroboration #1: Former Nunciature Official Says ‘Vigano Said the Truth’

Monsignor Jean-François Lantheaume, the former first counsellor at the apostolic nunciature in Washington D.C., has said that the former nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, told “the truth” in his explosive statement released to the press on Aug. 25. The 11-page document contains specific allegations that senior bishops and cardinals have been aware of the allegations … Read more

Abuse Accusations Bring Scrutiny for McCarrick’s Charity Fund

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s roles included service on the boards of at least two foundations that gave over $500,000 combined to his personally overseen fund at the Archdiocese of Washington over a decade’s time. While the archdiocese says no irregularities have been found, CNA’s examination of tax records provides more insight into the archbishop’s areas … Read more