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Diocese of Harrisburg Files for Bankruptcy Amid New Sex Abuse Lawsuits

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Harrisburg become the 21st U.S. Diocese to declare bankruptcy. The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania announced Wednesday that it is filing for bankruptcy. A landslide of clergy abuse lawsuits have been filed against the diocese after a watershed Pennsylvania grand jury report on clerical sexual abuse was released in August 2018 and a change to […]

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McCarrick’s Former Secretary: He Was ‘A Devourer Of Souls’

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A priest who was the personal secretary of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick said he is sickened by manipulative fundraising tactics employed while McCarrick was Archbishop of Washington. The priest called McCarrick a “manipulator” and a “devourer of souls.” “For a portion of my priesthood, I worked directly for the foremost fund-raiser in the Church – […]

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Bishop Paprocki Issues Common Sense Guidelines on Gender Ideology, But Where Are His Brother Bishops?

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Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois issued a pastoral guide last month regarding diocesan policies on gender identity, expounding on existing policy that schools and other diocesan institutions will recognize students and adults by the biological sex with which they were born. In the guide, Paprocki noted the need to approach the issue with […]

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Vatican Orders Additional Investigation Into Bishop Hoeppner

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The Diocese of Crookston announced Tuesday that the Vatican has ordered additional investigation into the conduct of Bishop Michael Hoeppner, the first U.S. bishop to be investigated through a process developed by Pope Francis last year. Hoeppner will not be permitted to oversee sexual abuse cases in his diocese during the follow-up investigation. “Archbishop Bernard […]

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Bishop DiMarzio Second U.S. Bishop to be Investigated Under Pope’s New Guidelines

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan is conducting an investigation into Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, following an allegation of sexual abuse. The investigation is being conducted under the provisions of Vos estis lux mundi, the Church law issued by Pope Francis last year on dealing with accusations against bishops. In a statement released Jan. 18, Joseph Zwilling, director […]