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Accusations of Grave Mishandling of Abuse Case Across Church Jurisdictions

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A priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Fr Kevin McGoldrick, is quietly seeking voluntary laicization after that archdiocese investigated a claim he sexually assaulted a young woman who had been in his spiritual charge. The Philadelphia archdiocese determined the allegation to be credible roughly seven months after they received it directly from the victim. The […]

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Why is the Vatican Keeping Bishop Scharfenberger in the Dark?

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Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany, New York, is in a tough spot. Appointed apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo after the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone, Bishop Scharfenberger is the public face of the Church in a place riddled with scandal and in dire need of urgent repair. But he apparently has little power to effect reform and little information with […]

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Archbishop Paglia Says Priests Can Be Present At Assisted Suicide

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Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said Tuesday that he would be willing to hold the hand of someone dying from assisted suicide, and that he does not see that as lending implicit support for the practice. Paglia spoke at a December 10 press conference preceding a two-day symposium on palliative […]

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Cardinal Becciu Again Denies Involvement in IDI Hospital Purchase

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In a letter to a veteran Italian journalist, Cardinal Angelo Becciu wrote on Monday that he was not involved in the purchase of a bankrupt Italian hospital, and that reports to the contrary are unreliable. “The press release of Prof. Antonio Maria Leozappa, president of the Luigi Maria Monti Foundation, published by you on November […]

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Could Financial Scandal Isolate the Holy See?

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The Holy See is caught in a financial scandal that has seen it suspended from the information-sharing network of the world’s premier financial intelligence club. Some of the players in that scandal are tied to other murky financial doings. If the Holy See doesn’t get a handle on the business – and soon – the […]

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Can The Pope Do No Wrong?

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In recent months, controversies in the Catholic Church have reached a new pitch. On one side are critics of the Pope, often accused of being crypto-schismatics or sedevacantists. On the other side are ultramontanes – people who speak as if (even if they don’t quite believe) the Pope can do no wrong. Though superficially opposed, […]

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Clergy Who Ignore Church Teaching on Communion are Cruel

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The decision to refuse to admit pro-abortion politicians to Holy Communion is not just based on a centuries-old discipline of the Church. It is also an act of pastoral mercy. Sadly, a number of priests and even bishops have sown confusion about this discipline. The current norm for the Latin Church is enshrined in canon […]

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New Questions Emerge Over Apostolic Visitation in Buffalo

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Whistleblowers were discouraged from bringing counsel to their interview sessions As the US bishops begin their plenary meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, the Catholic bishops of New York are in Rome for their ad limina visits. Among them are Bishop Richard J Malone of Buffalo, and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, who has recently concluded a […]

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Bishop Bransfield Disinvited From US Bishops’ Meeting

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has canceled their invitation for Bishop Michael Bransfield, former head of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, to attend their upcoming annual fall meeting due to allegations of sexual abuse and financial misconduct. Chieko Noguchi, the director of public affairs for the USCCB, confirmed that Bransfield had been disinvited from […]

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Children Abused for Decades at ‘Sadistic’ Catholic School

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A ‘mafia-like’ atmosphere allowed priests to cover up sexual abuse at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, a report says A “sadistic and predatory” atmosphere allowed priests to “act like the mafia” in covering up the sexual abuse of dozens of young boys at a West London school over 50 years, an independent inquiry has found. […]