After Decades of Left v. Right, Is It Now Bishops v. Everybody Else?

Moments of great crisis generally affect institutions in multiple ways, some of which are immediately evident and others that take longer to discern. Amid the clerical abuse scandals currently rocking Catholicism, it’s worth asking if one such long-term result is playing out before our eyes. To wit, are we seeing a redefinition of the traditional … Read more

How Obscure Italian Hospital Became the Eye of a Global Storm

In February 2013, in his last official act as pope, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI appointed a commissioner for a small, seemingly insignificant hospital in Rome, the Immaculate Dermatological Institute (IDI). Two years later, that same hospital was at the center of a tug-of-war between Australian Cardinal George Pell and the Vatican’s Secretary of State. Today, … Read more

Vatican’s Child Protection Office Says it Prevents, Doesn’t Investigate, Abuse

Members of the Vatican’s commission for protecting young people in the Church have been listening to victims and survivors of abuse in Rome, while also pointing out they have no remit to investigate individual allegations of abuse. The 9th ordinary plenary assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which was set up … Read more

Pope Francis Was Told About Priests Sexually Abusing Deaf Children in His Native Argentina

From December 2, 2106: Advocates for clerical sex abuse victims expressed outrage Thursday that a priest accused of sexually abusing deaf children in Italy wasn’t sanctioned by the Vatican and allegedly went on to abuse children in Pope Francis’s native Argentina. Argentine police arrested the priest, 82-year old Nicola Corradi, this week. Corradi, priest Horacio … Read more

What New Jersey Bishops, Now Retired, Knew about McCarrick Settlements

What became known following a New York Timesinvestigation into two seminarians who said they had been abused by former-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick is that settlements were reached with each man in the mid-2000s. What was less clear was the depth of involvement of each bishop, all of them from New Jersey, in the settlements, and what … Read more

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