Knoxville Priests Request ‘Merciful Relief’ From Bishop Stika

Priests of the Knoxville diocese asked a papal representative last year for “merciful relief” from the leadership of Bishop Rick Stika. More than six months later, they have received no response to their request, and there has not been any conclusion to a Vatican investigation into Stika’s leadership. “Our experience of our appointed bishop varies … Read more

Brooklyn Bishop Under Vatican Investigation, Whistleblower Resigns

The Vatican has commissioned an investigation into a recently retired auxiliary bishop, who served as the vicar general in the Diocese of Brooklyn until his retirement Monday. At least one diocesan official has resigned in protest over the handling of the complaint, according to sources in the diocese. Bishop Raymond Chappetto, 76, whose resignation was … Read more

Bishop Befriended By Bergoglio Behind Bars

The criminal conviction of Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta for the sexual abuse of seminarians has sent shock waves through the Argentine Catholic Church, and the Vatican. The conviction also raises questions about the credibility of Pope Francis, a close friend of Zanchetta, on handling abuse allegations. It could well cast a shadow over the pope’s … Read more

Bishop Stika Sued for Alleged Rape Cover-Up

A Feb. 22 lawsuit against the Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee, and its bishop, alleges that a former parish organist was raped and sexually harassed by a diocesan employee and seminarian, and that a diocesan investigation into his allegation was impeded by the bishop. Bishop Rick Stika told The Pillar last year that he removed a … Read more

Kansas’ Bishop Brungardt Remains Under Abuse Investigation

The bishop of Dodge City, Kansas, remains under criminal and canonical investigation, nearly a year after state authorities began looking into an allegation that the bishop sexually abused a minor. The bishop, who denies the allegation, stepped down from ministry when the allegation was announced. Ecclesiastical authorities charged with conducting a Vatican-directed investigation say the … Read more

Disgraced Cardinal Beccui Claims Answering Cardinal Pell’s Questions ‘Beneath the Dignity of Cardinals’

Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the disgraced former sostituto of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, has written to Cardinal George Pell, the former prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, declining to explain why he sent millions of euros of Vatican funds to Australia during the run up to Pell’s 2017 criminal trial. In an open letter … Read more

Three Former Cleveland Seminarians Allege Sexual Coercion, Inadequate Response

Three former seminarians say Cleveland diocesan and seminary officials failed to respond appropriately, after a priest allegedly pressured them to take naked swims with him at a lake house and other locations, couching the invitations in both spiritual language and excessive alcohol consumption. One seminarian also said the priest took nude photos and videos of … Read more

Investment Manager Who Handled Millions in Peter’s Pence Contributions Bought Florida Condos with Shell Corps

A defendant in the Vatican’s financial crimes trial invested in two South Florida luxury condominiums, using holding companies which Vatican prosecutors say were also used to dupe the Holy See into investing millions with a fake proposal to fund a highway in North Carolina, and move money around amid alleged acts of fraud. Former Vatican … Read more

Status Update on State AG Investigations into Sexual Abuse

When Pennsylvania’s attorney general began working on a grand jury investigation into clerical sexual abuse in his state, he had no idea what would happen when the report came out. The project began in 2016. By the time it finished in 2018, a grand jury had reviewed more than 500,000 pages in documents, and interviewed … Read more