Surprise, Surprise, Surprise: Synod Reports Call For Women’s Ordination, LGBTQ Welcoming

More than a half million U.S. Catholics have participated in synodal listening sessions over the past year as part of Pope Francis’ two-year process of grassroots listening ahead of the 2023 Synod of Bishops in Rome, and responses indicate that many Americans want a more welcoming church that reaches out to the marginalized, especially the … Read more

Bishop Iffert Withdraws Support of Men’s Conference Because Speakers Have “Significant Baggage”

A Kentucky bishop has withdrawn from the speaker lineup of a Catholic men’s conference in Cincinnati that the local archdiocese is not sponsoring or participating in because of the “significant baggage” of its featured speakers, which include EWTN anchor Raymond Arroyo and “Passion of the Christ” actor Jim Caviezel. The Cincinnati Men’s Conference, scheduled for … Read more

Vatican Fraud Trial Sees More Delay Amid Procedural Errors

The Vatican’s big fraud and embezzlement trial, which opened to great fanfare in July, suffered another delay Tuesday as the tribunal postponed any further decisions until prosecutors finish redoing their investigation of four of the original 10 defendants. The delay means the trial, which had already been proceeding at a snail’s pace even by Italian … Read more

Gonzaga University Faces Its Own Complicity In Sexual Abuse Crisis

National Catholic Reporter reports that Gonzaga University, a Jesuit-run institution in the state of Washington, released a 46-page report on Sept. 1 from its University Commission on Gonzaga’s Response to the Catholic Sexual Abuse Crisis. The commission’s work coincided with media reports that detailed a decades long pattern of sexually abusive Jesuits being permitted to … Read more

Norwich Becomes 26th US Diocese to Declare Bankruptcy Due To Sexual Abuse Crisis

A Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut filed for federal bankruptcy protection on Thursday, July 15, to resolve dozens of lawsuits alleging the abuse of teenage students decades ago at the former Academy at Mount St. John School, a residential treatment center for troubled youth in Deep River. Documents filed by the Norwich Diocese, which oversaw … Read more

Former Campus Minister at Franciscan University Indicted on Rape Charges

A former campus minister at Franciscan University of Steubenville has been charged with rape and sexual battery against an individual with mental illness placed under his care for mental health treatment. The charges against Third Order Franciscan Fr. David Morrier were filed on April 7 in Jefferson County, Ohio. Morrier, 59, is charged with one … Read more

Former Priest Wanted on Abuse Charges in Arizona Arrested in Italy

Italian police arrested former U.S. Salvatorian Fr. Joseph J. Henn 16 years after Italy’s highest court confirmed his extradition to the United States to face allegations of child sexual abuse in Arizona. Michele Gentiloni, Henn’s attorney, said his client was taken into custody May 28 after trying to use his expired U.S. passport as identification … Read more

Theologians, Lay Leaders Call for Mass Resignations of US Bishops

More than 140 theologians, educators and lay leaders have called for all U.S. bishops to submit their resignations to Pope Francis, much like Chile’s 34 bishops did in May after revelations of sexual abuse and corruption, as a public act of penance and a “willing abdication of earthly status.” “Today, we call on the Catholic … Read more

McCarrick Allegations put ‘Public Inquiry’ on all Bishops

Bishop Timothy L. Doherty of Lafayette, who is chair of the bishops’ child and youth protection committee, said “general prayers and apologies are necessary, but not sufficient” for victims of sexual abuse. The bishop, writing in a column for the Aug. 5 issue of The Catholic Moment, diocesan newspaper of Lafayette, said it is important … Read more